London. Now home to over 9.4 million people. Every street, town, neighbourhood and borough of this urban city is bursting with history, complemented with the vibrant and diverse cultures that are available for you to explore at every turn. Here, we will look at the tale of Southwark – a borough perched on the banks of the River Thames and home to Blackfriars Road, London’s only boulevard.
CREATING A HOME
So, what exactly is a boulevard? In its simplest form, a boulevard is categorised as a very wide, treelined city street. Think New York glamour – it commands a certain elegance. Taking pride of place on this street and joining the buzzing community of Southwark, now standing at an estimated 320,000 residents, is our new development, ‘The Boulevard’. Playing host to a range of homes, workplaces and entertainment facilities, Southwark perfectly combines a harmony of history and modernity; proving to be an ideal location to put down roots in the capital.
THE EVOLVING LANDSCAPE
Since its official creation in 1965, the borough of Southwark has become a hub for construction, with a number of renowned landmarks occupying the region. Starting with Borough Market, this wholesale centre has stood at the foot of London Bridge for the last 1,000 years. After undergoing many transformations, it now resides in an 1850s structure and sells speciality foods to an array of Londoners. Similarly, to the market, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, originally built in 1599 on the south bank of the River Thames, has also experienced significant changes to its structure, with a replica theatre built in 1997 after the original was sadly demolished in 1644. The development and opening of the Tate Modern in 2000 saw the former Bankside Power Station reinvented into a striking gallery; displaying a mix of international modern and contemporary art. Most recently, the 2009 construction of The Shard allows locals and tourists alike to enjoy breath-taking views over the River Thames and the London skyline, spotting further landmarks such as the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the London Eye.
However, it is not just building construction that has influenced the landscape of Southwark. Southwark is considered to be one of the greenest boroughs in London, with 245 hectares of public parkland contributing to a range of greenspace and nature reserves. This includes Burgess Park, 47.66 hectares of land gradually carved out of a highly built-up area from 1943, and Southwark Park, a 26.57-hectare space first opened in 1869 by the Metropolitan Board of Works as one of its first parks.
BUILDING BUSINESSES AND CONNECTIONS
Borough High Street is one of the oldest roads in Southwark, running from London bridge and forming part of the A3. It was originally occupied by a collection of coaching inns, many of which received mention in the work of celebrated writers including Chaucer, Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. Throughout the years, Borough High Street has advanced to become a zone for both business and entertainment, offering a mix of independent shops and eateries, as well as household brands and convenience stores. As business continued to boom, fast transport connections taking you in and around London became essential. Under a ten-minute walk from The Boulevard and on the Southwark border is the historic Waterloo Station, built in 1848 to supply overground and tube services. The introduction of Southwark Tube Station as part of the Jubilee Line extension in 1999 provided additional routes; connecting the capital further.
The Boulevard is perfectly positioned in this borough, taking full advantage of the lively high street, an abundance of greenspace and fast transport links, with views over the surrounding city. If you’re eager to embrace its history and create a new life in Southwark, find out more about the availability here.