Welcome to Visit Southwark Places
The Walkfo guide to things to do & explore in Southwark

Visit Southwark PlacesVisit Southwark places using Walkfo for free guided tours of the best Southwark places to visit. A unique way to experience Southwark’s places, Walkfo allows you to explore Southwark as you would a museum or art gallery with audio guides.

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Southwark is situated on the south bank of the River Thames, forming the north-western part of the wider modern London Borough of Southwark . The district developed due to its position at the southern end of the early versions of London Bridge, the only crossing point for many miles . Southwark Cathedral, Borough Market, Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, The Shard, Tower Bridge and Butler’s Wharf are all points of interest . When you visit Southwark, Walkfo brings Southwark places to life as you travel by foot, bike, bus or car with a mobile phone & headphones.


Southwark Places Overview: History, Culture & Facts about Southwark

Visit Southwark – Walkfo’s stats for the places to visit

Southwark photo With 2746 audio plaques & Southwark places for you to explore in the Southwark area, Walkfo is the world’s largest heritage & history digital plaque provider. The AI continually learns & refines facts about the best Southwark places to visit from travel & tourism authorities (like Wikipedia), converting history into an interactive audio experience.

Southwark history


The name Suthriganaweorc or Suthringa geweorche is recorded for the area in the 10th-century Anglo-Saxon document known as the Burghal Hidage . It means “fort of the men of Surrey” or “the defensive work of the . men of . Surrey . In Old English, Surrey means “southern district (or the men . of the southern district)


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Southwark is sited on a once slightly marshy area south of the River Thames . It was at the lowest bridging point of the Thames in Roman Britain, providing a crossing from Londinium . Archaeological work at Tabard Street in 2004 discovered a plaque with the earliest reference to Londoners from the Roman period on it .

Saxons and Vikings

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Sometime about 886, the burh of Southwark was created and the Roman city area reoccupied . It was probably fortified to defend the bridge and hence the reemerging City of London to the north . Southwark appears to recover only during the time of King Alfred and his successors .

Medieval period

At Domesday, the area’s assets were: Bishop Odo of Bayeux held the monastery (the site of modern Southwark Cathedral) and the tideway, which still exists as St Mary Overie dock . The area was renowned for its inns, especially The Tabard, from which Geoffrey Chaucer’s pilgrims set off their journey in The Canterbury Tales .


In 1587, Southwark’s first playhouse theatre, The Rose, opened . In 1599 the Globe Theatre, in which Shakespeare was a shareholder, was erected in the Liberty of the Clink . Southwark was also the location of several prisons, including those of the Crown or Prerogative Courts, the Marshalsea and King’s Bench .


In 1861, another great fire destroyed a large number of buildings between Tooley Street and the Thames . In 1836 the first railway in the London area was created, the London and Greenwich Railway, originally terminating at Spa Road and later extended west to London Bridge . The first deep-level underground tube line in London was the City and South London Railway, now the Bank branch of the Northern line, opened in 1890 .

Why visit Southwark with Walkfo Travel Guide App?

Visit Southwark PlacesYou can visit Southwark places with Walkfo Southwark to hear history at Southwark’s places whilst walking around using the free digital tour app. Walkfo Southwark has 2746 places to visit in our interactive Southwark map, with amazing history, culture & travel facts you can explore the same way you would at a museum or art gallery with information audio headset. With Walkfo, you can travel by foot, bike or bus throughout Southwark, being in the moment, without digital distraction or limits to a specific walking route. Our historic audio walks, National Trust interactive audio experiences, digital tour guides for English Heritage locations are available at Southwark places, with a AI tour guide to help you get the best from a visit to Southwark & the surrounding areas.

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Best Southwark places to visit

Southwark has places to explore by foot, bike or bus. Below are a selection of the varied Southwark’s destinations you can visit with additional content available at the Walkfo Southwark’s information audio spots:

Southwark photo St James’s Club
The St James’s Club was a London gentlemen’s club which operated between 1857 and 1978 . It was first established in Charles Street and moved to 106 Piccadilly by 1868 .
Southwark photo Imitate Modern
Imitate Modern is a London-based contemporary photography and art gallery that exhibits work by emerging artists . It is the first of its kind in the UK and is based in London . The gallery is dedicated to contemporary photography, art and art photography .
Southwark photo Cambridge House
Cambridge House is a Grade I listed former townhouse in central London . It sits on the northern side of Piccadilly at number 94, in the fashionable district of Mayfair . As of 2021, the property is being converted into a luxury hotel and seven residences .
Southwark photo Mandela Way T-34 Tank
The Mandela Way T-34 Tank, nicknamed Stompie, is a decommissioned Soviet-built tank . It is now permanently located on the corner of Mandela Way and Page’s Walk in Bermondsey, London .
Southwark photo Miloco Studios
Miloco Studios are a group of recording studios based in London, England . Miloco studios are based in the city of London and London .
Southwark photo Bermondsey Square
Bermondsey Square is on Tower Bridge Road in south London . It was the site of the 11th century Bermondsey Abbey . The earliest medieval remains found are a Norman church from around 1080 .
Southwark photo Burgess Park
Burgess Park is a public park situated in Walworth the London Borough of Southwark . At 56 hectares (140 acres), it is one of the largest parks in South London .
Southwark photo St John Horsleydown
St John Horsleydown was built for the Commission for Building Fifty New Churches to the designs of Nicholas Hawksmoor and John James in 1726–1733 . It was noted for its distinctive spire in the form of a tapering column .
Southwark photo Southwark Park
Southwark Park is located in Rotherhithe, in central South East London . It first opened in 1869 by the Metropolitan Board of Works as one of its first parks . It takes its name from being in what was the old Parliamentary constituency of Southwark .
Southwark photo Potters Fields Park
Potters Fields Park is a small public park situated in the London Borough of Southwark . The park is located south-west of Tower Bridge and south-east of City Hall, London .

Visit Southwark plaques

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Southwark has 879 physical plaques in tourist plaque schemes for you to explore via Walkfo Southwark plaques audio map when visiting. Plaques like National Heritage’s “Blue Plaques” provide visual geo-markers to highlight points-of-interest at the places where they happened – and Walkfo’s AI has researched additional, deeper content when you visit Southwark using the app. Experience the history of a location when Walkfo local tourist guide app triggers audio close to each Southwark plaque. Explore Plaques & History has a complete list of Hartlepool’s plaques & Hartlepool history plaque map.