About Southwark

We're a place of growth, development and opportunity; a borough with a rich and proud history and a strong sense of community

 

Southwark is an incredibly exciting borough at the heart of London, an historic borough that is ever forward looking and creating stunning opportunities for our residents.

It’s a place of growth, development and opportunity; a borough with a rich and proud history, a strong sense of community and a great ability to transform and renew, sometimes very much against the odds. Never afraid of challenging the status quo in order to stand up for our residents, our ambition is to be more than the sum of our parts.

Southwark is a very modern place. Regeneration and development abound with some of Europe’s most exciting and complex schemes such as Elephant and Castle, Aylesbury, Canada Water and London Bridge Quarter, home of the Shard, being delivered in the borough bringing thousands of new homes and jobs. The extension of the Bakerloo line is planned to come right through the borough improving transport links and again creating more jobs for local residents.

With green spaces and a thriving cultural scene, there’s really nowhere quite like it. The borough has a vibrant mix of culture, leisure and arts facilities on its doorstep. Historically, Southwark was the centre for entertainment and arts for the city evident by Shakespeare’s Globe.

Today, the borough is home to Tate Modern, Dulwich Picture Gallery and London’s newest international theatre at One Tower Bridge where the London Theatre Company opened the Bridge Theatre in 2017.

Southwark has huge employment opportunities across a range of sectors. Southwark is a net importer of labour in London, powering the jobs market across the city. The borough has a rich mix of employers, including internationally renowned names such as PwC, Ernst & Young, News UK and Hilton hotels. The business mix ranges across construction, health and social care, retail, catering, hospitality, public sector and administration and finance and legal. However, as across London, we face a skills challenge in getting more people into the jobs of the future and ensuring all benefit from growth and development in years to come.

Southwark is highly diverse, in some ways a product of its history and a reflection of the ability to welcome new communities alongside existing residents. Southwark punches above its weight, it is diverse and dynamic - just like its people. There is much to build on; the social infrastructure is strong and regenerating for the future.