As with many of London’s riverside areas, the SE16 district has undergone significant redevelopment in the last decade or so, moving on from its proud maritime heritage and diversifying into a viable commercial centre. It’s home to four underground stations: Bermondsey (Jubilee Line), Canada Water (Jubilee Line and DLR), Rotherhithe (Overground) and Surrey Quays (DLR and Overground). Canary Wharf is just one tube stop away, while Westminster is now less than a 10-minute train ride.
Many of the commercial premises in the SE16 area are buildings that have been tastefully converted into multi-purpose 21st century work space. Take The Biscuit Factory for example, which was a major centre for food production back in the Victorian age. The redevelopment around Canada Water lake, with its raft of independent, relaxed cafes and restaurants and outdoor leisure facilities is also another big attraction for new businesses located here.
There’s also excellent connectivity into and out of SE16 by road, with the area joined to the north bank of the Thames by three separate tunnels – the Thames Tunnel, the Rotherhithe Tunnel and the Jubilee Line tunnel extension. With modern housing and commercial facilities, Rotherhithe and Surrey Quays is a business area fit for the new millennium.
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