The Taper Building, London SE1

A historic quarter

SE1 has a rich industrial history that stretches back to medieval times. The riverside location was once an important hub with leather and textiles the key trades, together with food processing. Peek Frean Co’s biscuits, Sarson’s vinegar and Hartley’s jam were once produced here, with locals naming the area ‘London’s Larder’.

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In the heart of SE1

Food & drink

SE1’s popularity with discerning foodies means that the area continues to be known as ‘London’s larder’. There are restaurants to suit all tastes and cuisines, cafés for coffee aficionados and markets that are brimming with local and organic treats.

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Bermondsey Street and the surrounding areas are abuzz with independent boutiques. They cater for everything from clothing for discerning fashionistas of all ages to customised collars for the most pampered of pooches.

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Art & culture

SE1 is rammed to the rafters with art studios, galleries and world-class independent venues. Highlights include London Glassblowing, where you can watch the artists craft their pieces, White Cube’s programme of contemporary exhibitions, the independent Shortwave Cinema, which shows art house films, and the Fashion and Textile Museum, founded by Zandra Rhodes.

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