South Bank Area Guide
South Bank is one of London’s fastest growing districts, and in recent years has become a cultural centre, housing numerous theatres, galleries and concert halls. Situated minutes away from Waterloo mainline station – which provides regular services to the South West – and Waterloo underground station, the second busiest on the tube network, South Bank is an enviable location for office space in London due to its superior transport links. From Waterloo, all of London is very easily accessible. South Bank is adjacent to the south bank of the River Thames and contains the postcode SE1.
The area has also experienced extensive development in recent years and a business partnership group, The South Bank Employers’ Group, is dedicated to the ongoing improvement of the area for employees, visitors and residents. This makes now a great time to relocate to South Bank, as you can be sure the urbanisation that has already taken place will be built upon and not left to stagnate.
Why do business in South Bank?
Connectivity beyond London
Any businesses requiring superior mobility in London would benefit from offices in South Bank. Waterloo station is very well connected in terms of tube lines and mainline services beyond the capital, and has more platforms than any station in the UK.
Proximity to Square Mile
South Bank is just four minutes from Bank – the heart of the city’s financial district – via the Waterloo & City line, making the area an ideal location for firms who need regular access to Square Mile.
The South Bank Employers’ Group is committed to improving the urban environment and the facilities for residents and employees. It actively works in partnership with a broad range of organisations to improve local services and also acts as a beacon for inner city carbon savings through the South Bank Decentralised Energy project.
London South Bank University
Now a top-20 UK university for graduate starting salaries, London South Bank University attracts over 25,000 students ensuring a wide and varied talent pool for businesses to choose from.
What businesses does South Bank suit?
South Bank would make a very strong strategic hub for businesses in the financial services sector, due to its close proximity to Bank and the city’s influential financial district.
Entertainment and culture
South Bank’s vibrant cultural facilities also provide the ideal backdrop for entertainment-based businesses looking to take advantage of one of the more laidback cultural centres in Central London.
The area suits new and growing businesses looking to relocate to London but without the budget to afford rates that West End and inner city properties demand. Start-ups can also take advantage of hiring graduates from the nearby university to enhance workforces.
Situated within walking distance of London Waterloo, South Bank has unsurpassed transport links. Waterloo offers extensive mainline services to the South West, and is linked to four of the tube lines, Bakerloo, Northern, Waterloo & City and Jubilee lines.
Liverpool Street: 19 minutes
Bank: 4 minutes
Canary Wharf: 14 minutes
South Bank’s expansion as a cultural hotspot has resulted in some fine eateries being opened, many of which have unique selling points. Caffè Vergnano (Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX) has existed in various guises since 1882 and was recommended by none other than Gordon Ramsay, who thinks its coffee is absolute perfection. Alternatively, Canteen (same as above) includes a great bar that focuses on British beers, and a menu that serves up healthy ‘comfort food’ within a modern, clean environment.
South Bank has some great pubs to explore, and an electric mix of weird and wonderful bars. Concrete (The Hayward, Belvedere Road, SE1) lives up to its name, and has a bright pink cement mixer at the entrance, after which you’ll find a buzzing atmosphere with a banging electronica playlist. Or there’s The Archduke (Concert Hall Approach, SE1), South Bank’s first wine bar, which offers regular live jazz sessions and, of course, a great wine list. In terms of nightclubs, you really cannot beat Ministry of Sound, (103 Gaunt St., London, SE1) the original London superclub that has spawned a world-famous music empire.
One of London’s top tourist attractions, the London Eye regularly attracts over 3 million people a year. It’s officially the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel, and provides spectacular views of London as you perform a slow rotation in your glass viewing capsule.
With over 400 species of fish, the London Aquarium is a marine lover’s paradise. It showcases life from all over the globe, including the rainforest, coral reefs and the Indian Ocean. It has recently undergone a £5 million refurbishment, so now is a great time to visit.