London: Bermondsey

London Bermondsey

In February Soletraveller went to London. I could have stuffed the pages here with pictures during my stay, but held back. The reason why can now be seen in the magazine Take Off.

Take Off is Torp Sandefjord Airport’s own travel magazine. With daily departures to London from Torp (Norwegian and Ryan Air) I thought this magazine would be a perfect spot for an article about London´s wonderful Bermondsey. I pitched them in time as they had actually planned for a London article for their next issue.
As the article says, Bermondsey is an exciting part of London and its popularity is growing, with new cafes and small design shops popping up in the lovely Bermondsey Street. I fell completely in love with the cosy little café, The Watch House – perfect spot for breakfast.

Bermondsey Street. Free from Starbucks, Primark and Pret A Manger. Just small cozy designer shops, cafes and restaurants.


There used to be a huge leather and tanning industry in Bermondsey. Street names and buildings stand as proof of the ol´busy days.


Every Friday there is an antiques market in Bermondsey Square. Go there early.


Left:
The Swedish cafe HEJ (not runned by Swedes). Right: Unfortunately Fashion and Textile Museum was closed while I was here, so no opportunity to have a peak this time. They were preparing the next exhibition.


Bermondsey is full of small galleries. The White Cube, however, has four branches around the world, the one in Bermondsey being their largest. Fan of contemporary art? This is the place.

What used to be a rough no go area is now a wonderful mix of modern and old. Along the river Thames, London´s new face is rising towards the sky.


The Watch House:
Aaaaaaaah! I could spend hours in here. I did start one of my days in this little place, having a bowl of organic porridge with müesli and honey. As I was eating, I heard the warming sound from their lit up fireplace.


There are more versions of the pieces «Rude kids» in Bermondsey Street, and they are a part of a project. I never really found out what it was …


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– the bicycle cafe. Look at those tables! Have a coffee and a bicycle chat. The store is in the back of the cafe.

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