With a growing number of Londoners continuing to work from home, getting out and about for that all-important dose of daily exercise has become an essential part of our self-care routines. From cycling routes and running paths, to London sights that are a feast for the eyes, Southwark offers buyers a city sanctuary. If you’re considering the move to Southwark, or are already an established member of its prestigious community, take a look at some of the lockdown applicable activities you can enjoy in the fresh air this season:
CYCLING IN THE CITY
There is nothing quite like a bike ride to start your day. Cycling has propelled in popularity over the last decade, with no indication of its growth slowing any time soon. With more bicycles beginning to fill the capital, Southwark county council have revealed that they will be trialling road closures, improving pedestrian crossings, providing more benches and making it easier for people to cycle across the borough. Cycling group Southwark Cyclists are in favour of the low traffic neighbourhoods, with group coordinator Jakub Mamczak commenting “Earlier in lockdown, we saw a shortage of bikes in bike shops. There’s definitely been an increase in the number of cyclists.” You will find an endless bank of cycling routes on offer in the capital, whether you want to enjoy a slow-paced, sunrise cycle around Burgess Park, or a brisk cycle through Dog Kennel Hill. TFL have also recently awarded funding of more than £1million to create up to 2,000 new cycle parking spaces throughout London, ensuring you can take a moments rest and breathe in the surrounding scenery!
SEEING THE SITES ON FOOT
Reducing cabin fever and enjoying both a Sunday stroll or mid-week run is now engrained in our weekly routine. Step out from the enchanting concierge at The Boulevard and embark on a short walk to Mint park, Bankside’s biggest green space, boasting an urban outdoor gym and colourful gardens. The Thames River Path is also on your doorstep, with infamous sites of the city ahead. Here, you can run the river to the Tower of London and beyond, passing landmarks such as The London Eye, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and more. Alternatively, slip into the evening for a moonlight walk across Blackfriars bridge directly below your balcony, rewarded at the end with spectacular views of St. Pauls Cathedral.
GRAB AND GO
Staying at home doesn’t mean you have to endure the horrors of home cooking every evening. The streets of Southwark are bursting with independent boutique coffee shops and diverse cuisines to try, offering anything from a fresh orange juice to a charcuterie board, all available for takeaway! If you fancy a sweet treat, GAIL’s Bakery, just a one-minute walk from The Boulevard, has a selection of over 30 different freshly baked breads and pastries to satisfy your craving. If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, there is a vast variety of restaurants to choose from, including Meson Don Felipe, a city favourite tapas bar with delicious cocktails to complement, located just moments away on The Cut. On the other hand, a quick dash along the river bank will find you immersed in the hustle and bustle of Borough Market, presented with an abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables, meats and cheeses; prefect for the nights you do choose to rustle up a homecooked meal.
There are a wealth of cycling routes, leafy parks and iconic London sites to lap up, all within walking distance from The Boulevard. The ultimate wellbeing setting, Southwark offers homebuyers mindful city living.