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 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 the Bermondsey 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...
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.
Explore 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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+
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.
This large and airy restaurant provides daily menus at both £5 (changed weekly) and £10 (changed monthly). Sunday Buffet is £7.75. The 'club' atmosphere is heightened by the slightly old-fashioned attentive personal service and the cleverly-folded clipper sail napkins. It's an ideal restaurant for a quiet lunch a deux.
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.
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.