I feel very fortunate to have a photography studio in Central London (Bermondsey). Everyday I enjoy the stunning river views, walking through the old railway arches, and of course, I get to utilise the best in class transport links! The studio is located on Riley Road, a short distance from the River Thames and Tower Bridge.
Bermondsey (SE1) has a very different feel to other areas of Central and South London. Many of the buildings around my photography studio have been home to a huge number of different industries from the late 19th Century. Due to its proximity to the City, there has been a rich history in the processing and trading of leather and hides – reflected in the unique, industrial architecture. During World War 2 the area around Bermondsey and London Bridge suffered significant bomb damage to the many Wharfs and Warehouses. These remained relatively empty until the late 1970s and 1980’s, but are now home to some of the most desirable and sought after residential properties in London.
The Sunday Times back in 2018 actually named Bermondsey as the best place to live in London – according to The Sunday Times; “Bermondsey reflects the rise of an area that epitomises the modern urban good life… Its residents are typically young, affluent and often reside in photogenic lofts in converted warehouses, while railway arches are fast being converted into galleries, bars and restaurants.”
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Another favourable aspect to working in SE1 is having Borough Market right on our doorstep! It is one of the oldest and largest food markets in London – dating back to around the 12th century. Over the last 800 years it has certainly changed, but it still offers a fantastic wealth of Local and International Cuisine. It’s also great to be able to purchase fresh and vibrant garnishes for my drinks shoots!
The Bermondsey Beer Mile is another favourite haunt – perfect for unwinding with a local craft beer. Check-out the Beer Mile website for more information and how to get there!
The transport links in SE1 are fantastic too – with the Jubilee line, South Bermondsey Station and London Bridge connecting my studio into key transport routes across London. Working within London Zone 1 means I’m accessible from any of London’s key transport hubs: London Bridge Station, Waterloo Station, Fenchurch Street Station, Victoria Station and Liverpool Street Station.
London is certainly a place where anyone can feel at home as a Londoner!