b'8 The Boulevard SE1Story of a boroughThe borough of Southwark has been shaped by the river and the railways. Today, it is an intriguing mix of historyand modernity, industry and creativity. From its riverbanks to its back streets, it teems with urban curiosities: wharves and warehouses, towers andWhen Waterloo station opened in 1848, the countrys largest almshouses. Trains are a recurring motif, with many historicterminus brought a new wave of traveller and curious bridges and viaducts crisscrossing the area nearby. revellers to the areas theatres, taverns and music halls.The South Bank has been a destination and meeting pointThe 1951 Festival of Britain gave the war damaged South since the 19th century, a place for promenades and Bank a fresh start with the Royal Festival Hall. It kickstarted a pleasure cruises, drinking and dancing.cultural regeneration that saw the riverside strip transformed into a national hub for the arts, with arts venue after arts venue added. Next came the reinvention of the wharves, crowned by the OXO Tower. The millennium brought two new landmarks: the London Eye and Norman Fosters Millennium Bridge.'