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Top 10 facts and green spaces near our new home in London Bridge

London Bridge area: Top 10 facts

The area is one of the oldest parts of London, first built by the Romans.

London Bridge was the first bridge to cross the Thames, but is now one of over 200.

The bridge has been rebuilt many times since. The New London Bridge was built in 1831 then sold in 1968 to American entrepreneur Robert McCulloch, who reportedly thought it was Tower Bridge. The current bridge was finished in 1972.

340 organisations call London Bridge home – from international service firms to independent traders as well as City Hall and HMS Belfast.

Our new neighbour is Crossbones – a graveyard believed to be the final resting place for 15,000 medieval prostitutes and paupers.

Nearby you can find The Shard. At 310m, it's hard to miss and is the tallest building in the EU.

If you've read Charles Dickens, some of the place names might seem familiar – several of his novels were set in this borough where he grew up.

The local Borough Market was founded over 1000 years ago in 1014, when it was a separate town to London.

London Bridge used to be known as 'London's larder' because of all the exotic food that was shipped there from across the globe and stored in the riverside warehouses.

Just down the road from the Shard lies Britain's only surviving 19th century operating theatre. The Old Operating Theatre, Museum and Herb Garret, is hidden in the roof of a church and gives visitors an insight into what surgery was like in the pre-anaesthetics era.


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Our new SE1 green spaces

Amid the hustle and bustle of London Bridge are plenty of green spaces to escape to and enjoy. While we'll be very sorry to say goodbye to the wonderful Regent's Park, you'll have your pick of parks to catch some sun, stretch those legs and clear your mind.

Crossbones Garden (<1-minute walk)

Situated next door to the RCOG's new home, this garden was once a post-medieval pauper's burial ground. By the time it closed in 1853, it reportedly held the remains of 15,000 people. It is now a memorial garden.

Marlborough Sports Garden (<1-minute walk)

Directly across the road, Marlborough Sports Garden contains a football pitch, sand court and facilities for basketball and table tennis. It's free for anyone who lives or works in SE1.

Red Cross Garden (3-minute walk)

This attractive small park and its neighbouring cottages were established in 1886. It has since been restored to its original Victoria layout and is now a community garden.

Mint Street Park (5-minute walk)

A slightly longer walk from our new building takes you to the larger open green space, Mint Street Park, which sits on the former site of the Evelina Children's Hospital (1869-1976) and is the largest green park in Bankside.

Winchester Palace Garden (8-minute walk)

The Winchester Palace Garden can be found amid the ruins of the Palace of the Bishops of Winchester. The 13th century Rose Window of the Great Hall still stands.

Tate Community Garden (10-minute walk)

The Tate Community Garden boasts a pond, orchard, herb and flower beds, and a pergola. The popular garden regularly hosts events for the local community.


Find out more about the Bankside Open Spaces Trust.