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The Pool - What To Do

The Pool  is located in Bermondsey just off Tower Bridge Road . It's a wonderfully vibrant area with a real community spirit and a diverse range of cultures, (including a frankly supreme Lebanese grocers). Every Friday there's an infamous antiques market nearby and there are a large number of quality local restaurants to grace with your stomach's company.

In recent years developers have been moving in and building a raft of upmarket dwellings, so, alongside the more traditional feel, the area is starting to benefit from an influx of trendy gastronomic bars and fancy cafes. In summary, the area has a really friendly and eclectic feel.

Within 10 minutes walk you can find yourself at Tower Bridge, with its large selection of restaurants, bars and hotels. And if you fancy a longer stroll you can head to London Bridge to sample the delights of Borough Market, more restaurants, the Vinopolis wine-tasting emporium, Globe Theatre and Tate Modern.

In addition to the many activities on offer and the large selection of restaurants and bars catering to palette and thirst, there's also a good and varied range of hotels. Read on for details, my friends...

To Visit

The Globe Theatre

21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT 020 7902 1400 View Website

The Globe Theatre is a faithful reconstruction of the open-air playhouse, designed in 1599, where Shakespeare plied his trade and for which he wrote many of his greatest plays. You can sit in the gallery or stand in the yard - just as audiences would have done some 400 years ago.

H.M.S. Belfast

Morgan's Lane, Tooley Street, London SE1 2JH 0207 940 6300 View Website

Expore all nine decks of Europe's only surviving big gun battleship from WWII. HMS Belfast was launched in 1938, saw active service in World War II and was decommissioned in 1965. HMS Belfast has been a floating museum since 1971. 

The Tower of London

HM Tower of London, London EC3N 4AB View Website

The Tower of London has been an integral part of British royal history for nearly 1,000 years. Only at the Tower can you marvel at the breathtaking Crown Jewels, stand on the execution site of three English queens and hear the myths and legends that make a visit to the Tower 'a day out to die for'. 

The London Dungeon

28 Tooley Street, London SE1 2SZ 0871 360 2049 View Website

The London Dungeon combines real history, horror and humour to bring gruesome goings-on back to life in the 21st century. Live/undead actors, a terrifying boat ride, shows and special effects transport you to London's gory past, and since 2005 there's also been Labyrinth of the Lost, the world's largest and scariest Mirror Maze. 


1 Bank End, London SE1 9BU 0870 241 4040 View Website

What could be finer than a 2.5 acre space devoted to the world of wine and its associated pleasures? Immerse yourself in the Vinopolis World of Wine tour and enjoy a region-to-region tour of tastes, cultures and history. Discover wine cultures from around the world and the origins of the art of winemaking. 

The Tate Modern

Bankside, London SE1 9TG 020 7967 8000 View Website

The world-famous gallery of modern art opened on Bankside in May 2000. It's full of art. It's a great building. I'd go. 

The London Aquarium

Riverside Building, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB 020 7967 8000 View Website

One of the largest aquaria in Europe, containing over 1 million litres of water. Learn all about the world's oceans, as well as rainforests, tropical freshwater, seashores and beaches. See a recreation of a coral reef and take a gander at the daily expert talks beamed through the video screens in the foyer. 

Corsica Studios

Unit 5 Farrell Court, Elephant Road, SE17 1LB 0207 703 4760 View Website

This independent arts organisation has a history of developing creative spaces across London, using empty buildings within areas which are undergoing re-development. So, as the South London area of Elephant and Castle is currently such an area, their latest site has occured there. It caters for a wide range of media and arts activities, music of course being one of them. Check their site for more info. 

The Coronet

28 New Kent Road, SE1 6TJ 020 7701 1500 View Website

Generally regarded as one of the most exciting new venues in the city, The Coronet is set within an old art deco cinema, hosting a whole load of innovative and intersting artists. 

Ministry of Sound

103 Gaunt Street, Elephant and Castle, London 0870 060 0010 View Website

Clubbing fanatics will need no introduction to Ministry of Sound. It has been one of Europe's leading clubs for many years, attracting the world's top DJs week in-week out. It is a short bus ride from Miloco's Leroy Street premises. 

Curzon Mondrian London

Curzon Mondrian London 20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD Visit Website

Only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights this luxury boutique cinema is perfect for kicking back in front of the silver screen in style. Come for the films, stay for the comy sofa-like seats and great selection food and drinks on offer.

Lovely And British

132a, Bermondsey St, London SE1 3TX 020 7378 6570 Visit Facebook Page

This quirky little gift shop is nestled amongst the hustle and bustle of Bermondsey Street, selling products from local and independent artists and designers. A great stop for every gift-buyer it has an eclectic mix of wares from retro decorations, to candles, jewellery and art.

Bermondsey Square Antiques Market

Bermondsey Square, London SE1 3UN Visit Website

Since the redevelopment of Bermondsey Square, the long standing antiques market lives on. Selling china, silver, food, fashion and craft it's a great place to browse, but be warned it's also the perfect place to lose track of time!

To Eat & Drink

Borough Market

8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL 020 7407 1002 Visit Website

Arguably London's most famous food market, Borough Market is a foodie's heaven, offering everything from organic coffee to handmade chorizo - and who could forget the truffle cheese! It's also home to a range of cafes, pubs, restaurants, flower stalls, and take away food vendors. It slows down a bit Monday to Wednesday, but any other day make sure to get there early to avoid the crush! 

Le Pont De La Tour

36d Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE 020 7403 8403 View Website

Conran's SE1 flagship. Offers private dining for groups of up to 20 in a room with a wall of sheet-glass providing a view of the wine cellar and all those lovely loitering bottles. Set menu for groups of 13+

All Bar One

34 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YG 020 7940 9771

Riverside location next to the Design Museum. Standard All Bar One setup but in a good spot and features a varied menu alongside the usual beverage suspects. 

The Garrison Bar & Grill

99 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XB 020 7089 9355 View Website

The Garrison in Bermondsey Street is the Honest Cabbage re-launched by a new team, and this is very unusual pub. While some of the decor is kept simple and cool with stripped floorboards, the splendid toilets are worth visiting to experience the sensation of being onboard an ocean liner. 

The Wool Pack

98 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3UB 020 7357 9269 View Website

Formerly the London Scotia Bar, this is a nice pub that has been completely redecorated and offers food for lunch and in the evening. It has a great beer garden too. 

Bermondsey Arts Club

102A Tower Bridge Road SE1 4TP 020 7237 9552 View Website

Housed in an old public lavatory (they got rid of the smell, don't worry) is this art-deo style cocktail bar and music venue. Just on the fork where Bermondsey St and Tower Bridge Road split, it's just a stone's throw from the studio and the perfect place fora well-earned after session drink. 

The Watch House

193 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UW 020 7407 5431 View Website

This gorgeous little cafe would be considered a hole-in-the-wall, if it was in fact attached to any walls. The tiny building sits on the corner of the St. Mary Magdalene churchyard, serving artisan coffee and tasty snacks, and if you like the art by local artists on their walls, you can buy one of those too! 


1 Bermondsey Square, London SE1 3UN Visit Website

Hej (pronounced 'hey!') is a Swedish run cafe that is overflowing with flowers, Löfbergs coffee, and the best looking pastry cabinet we've seen in a while. Just off Bermondsey Square it's particularly perfect on a Friday when the local antiques market sets up shop outside. 

Fine Foods

218 Long Lane, London SE1 4QB 0207 403 7513

Fine Foods is a quaint little Italian deli just off Bermondsey street that sells the freshest and finest in artisanal cheeses, cold cuts, pasta, suaces, wines, coffee - basically all the amazing gastronomy Italy has to offer!

The Roebuck

50 Great Dover Street, SE1 4YG 020 7357 7324 Visit Website

The Roebuck is an inviting pub tucked away at the end of Great Dover Street. It offers a wide range of local beers and a menu featuring sustainably sourced produce. It's trendy but not pretentious, and as it's just a stone's throw from Borough tube is conveniently located without being amongst the hubbub of Borough Market. 

Simon The Tanner

231 Long Ln, London SE1 4PR 020 7357 8740 Visit Website

Just a hop, skip and a jump from Bermondsey Street is the welcoming Simon The Tanner. A beautiful pub that offers the best larger, porter, ciders and ales, as well as really good pub food, it's a spot that comes highly recommended by the Miloco HQ team. 

The Other Room

60 Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 4TR 020 3302 0610 Visit Website

The Other Room is a great new addition to our little stretch of Tower Bridge Road. Open seven days a week, it serves craft beer and Californian food, accompanied by Blues music and brought to you by very friendly staff! 

José Pizarro Tapas

104 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UB 020 7403 4902 Visit Website

Get a little taste of Spain in Bermondsey with José Pizarro Tapas. It's a cosy tapas bar that reproduces the bustling atmosphere and traditional menus of tapas in Barcelona and Andalucia. The menu rotates on a daily basis so you're always guaranteed the freshest produce! 

Sobo Cafe Restaurant

83 Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 4TT 020 7403 5080

SoBo is an imaginative new venture in Tower Bridge Road mixing art and coffee. A special SoBo blend of coffee is supplied by Rizzi Coffee, based just around the corner in Wilds Rents. Muffins, pastries and cakes, delivered daily, are all hand-made using only non-GM and free-range ingredients.