Bermondsey Area Guide

UK Area Guides

Bermondsey, South East London


Living in Bermondsey

Bermondsey has gone through numerous reinventions throughout the centuries, and some of its most dramatic changes have occured in recent decades. Now, it is realising its potential as a trendy, central, riverside London neighbourhood. Bermondsey has a reputation for being a foodie mecca, as well as independent shops. The miles of riverwide walks and Southwark Park compensate for the fact that this area isn't very green, and Bermondsey is a prime example of urban living.




Bermondsey is mostly home to working professionals, and there's a lot of new development in the area. There's also a significant juxtapoisition between some extreme affluence and poverty in the area. However, there are some long-term residents, and most who live here are proud of where they live.


Bermondsey is rated by the Met police as having average crime. The 2014/2015 crime rate in this area was somewhat higher than the overall London rate, while the violence against the person rate was a bit lower. The neighbourhood is only just on the fringe of the high-crime hotspot that is most of Central London.


Parking isn't especially easy in this area, with its narrow streets. The rate of car ownership is fairly low, at about one car for every two households. Road links - including the A200 to Tower Bridge Road and the A2 - are good.


Nightlife in this area is more of the independent restaurant and bar variety, rather than being about nightclubs. However, Bermondey is centrally located, and travel to places with more clubs and music venues is easy and fast.

Family Friendly

The wide range of property in Bermondsey includes some properties that would make suitable family homes. While there's not a huge amount of green space in the area, Southwark Park is fairly substantial, and there are many riverside walks to take in some of London's most iconic sights. There's a wide range of excellent schools to choose from in the local area, including state, Catholic, and private schools. The population of children in this area is fairly low for London.

Pet Friendly

Bermondsey has many types of property to choose from, some of which would be suitable for pets. The only significant green space in the area is Southwark Park, but there are also many riverside walks to enjoy in Bermondsey. 


Bermondsey has its own tube station, located in Zone 2, which is served by the Jubilee Line. South Bermondsey is served by National Rail trains. Nearby London Bridge (Zone 1) is on the Northern and Jubilee Lines. The area is well-served by local buses, and road links - including the A200 to Tower Bridge Road and the A2 - are good. There are also a lot of good cycling routes, many of which are traffic-free, for Bermondsey residents to enjoy.