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Borough London Guide

3 May 2021 Simon Banks Read time: 3 min
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Simon Banks

Borough is located in the heart of Southwark and just a stone's throw away from London Bridge and Tower Bridge. But it's Borough Market that will capture your attention in this SE1 postcode. You'll have a plethora of food options right on your doorstep if you move to this South London neighbourhood. 

Delectable delights aside, Borough also provides you with a central location, excellent transport links and a buzzing place to live with all the vibes. It's a small area that packs a mighty punch. 

In our latest London guide, we're visiting Borough to what it's really like living in this SE postcode. So read on and discover everything you need to know about living in Borough. 

On a map

Short for The London Borough of Southwark, Borough forms part of inner London and is connected by bridges across the River Thames to the City of London and London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The Borough neighbourhood is located on the south bank of the Thames and has an SE1 postcode. 

History of Borough

The name Borough comes from a time when it was the only borough outside the City of London. During the 16th and 17th centuries, the area was an entertainment hub famed for its inns, theatres and the Southwark Fair, which was shut down in the 1800s after it was deemed too raunchy. 

Borough Market, which is the most notable landmark in the area, was first opened in 1014 and is one of the oldest markets in the capital. Today, you can see many remnants of the past in the neighbourhood, including medieval pubs and theatres. 

Who lives there?

Borough is a centrally-located area, which means it's popular with anyone wanting to experience central London's buzz. With excellent travel links to the City, the West End and Canary Wharf, Borough is a popular place with professionals. 

Renting in Borough

Expect to find a mix of period homes and newer builds in and around the area of Borough. By the river and near Bankside, you will find charming period homes from the Georgian and Victorian eras, as well as converted warehouses. Other parts of the neighbourhood feature new-build homes. 

A one-bedroom apartment rents for around £1,800 per month, and a two-bedroom home achieves in the region of £2,200 per month. Three-bed-and-up houses start from around £3,250 per month.

Borough transport

There are plenty of transport links in the Borough neighbourhood, including a tube station on the Northern Line with direct services to WaterlooHampstead, Tottenham Court Road and Bank, to name a few. 

London Bridge and Elephant & Castle tube stations are also nearby. The local bus network takes you to neighbourhoods like DulwichClapham and Shoreditch, while a half-hourly riverboat service runs to Canary Wharf and Greenwich. Borough is located in travel Zone 1. 

Borough eateries

NOAH’s Southbank

Making food is art at NOAH's, and a visit here is a chance to delight your taste buds. Head here for a hearty breakfast with some eggs benedict, or make your own lunch with a mega burrito. The menu is diverse and delicious. 

Hawksmoor Borough

If you're a steak lover then get yourself down to Hawksmoor. This upmarket chain of restaurants has a spot in Borough, so you can order some of the best steaks in London right on your doorstep. Choose from a selection of great cuts and wash them down with a cocktail or a glass of wine. 

Lobos Meat and Tapas

Set under rail arches, Lobos Meat and Tapas is a cosy, dimly lit spot perfect for a first date. There's tapas galore on offer, with favourites like croquetas, tortilla, cured chorizo and more on the menu. 

Things to do in Borough


Catch the latest flick at BFI IMAX and experience cinema the way it was meant to be seen. It features the biggest cinema screen in Britain, so get ready for a truly immersive movie experience at BFI IMAX. 

Borough Market

The most famous food market in London is right on your doorstep if you live in Borough. A trip to Borough Market is a foodie's dream with everything from meats and fish to freshly-baked bread and tasty cakes. There are plenty of food stalls to sample, plus a communal dining space to enjoy your grub. 

Southwark Park

Get back to nature at Southwark Park and wander the open space while enjoying a pleasant stroll. You will find sporting facilities, a cafe, an art gallery, a boating lake and gardens all within this picture-perfect park. 

Moving to Borough

Living in Borough means you get to experience the buzz of London, set to the backdrop of peaceful riverside settings. From the moment you step foot in the neighbourhood, it's easy to see why Borough is so popular, thanks to a sought-after location, excellent restaurants and shops and famous landmarks like Borough Market. This is prime London living. 

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