Located in the envious spot of being within a 5 minute walk of the bustling food and drink hub of Bermondsey Street, The Toyshop has no shortage of activities and food & drink spots within easy walking distance. Head west and you'll find all the global cuisine you could possibly imagine at Mercato Metropolitano, head north for The Shard, Vinegar Yard and Bermondsey Street, or head east for the Bermondsey Beer Mile, Maltby Street and The Arch Climbing Wall. South East London is your oyster!
A mere 15 minute walk from the studio is the tallest building in Western Europe, The Shard. 72 stories up is The View from The Shard, featuring the finest views the capital has to offer.
Sitting just north of Waterloo Station is the South Bank area of the Thames. The cultural heart of London, it is home to various arts spaces including the Southbank Centre, The British Film Institute, The National Theatre and The Hayward Gallery. As well as this there are a whole host of bars and restaurants, including a regular streetfood market and the hyper-cool Spiritland.
Opened in 2016 by Ben Lovett from Mumford & Sons, Omeara is a live music, creative event and club space situated on Flat Iron Square in Borough. Specifically targeted towards new and emerging talent, it's a great space to go and watch gigs, and benefits from the plethora of food and drink options right on its doorstep.
If you want to expend some energy and train those fingertips by bouldering over more than 11,000 square feet of wall, then look no further than The Arch Bermondsey! Featuring everything you need to get off the ground, including shoe and chalk bag rentals, it's a great way to blow off some steam if you need a break from the studio.
The flagship restaurant of renowned Spanish chef José Pizarro, Pizarro is the sit-down sibling of his original tapas bar José, just down the road also on Bermondsey Street. Serving both tapas-style sharing plates as well as larger starters and mains, expect Spanish classics like Padrón peppers, croquetas and pan con tomate, as well as the finest acorn-fed Iberian pork and suckling lamb.
A cracking local pub a mere 5 minutes walk from the studio, Spit and Sawdust have an impeccable rolling selection of local beers on offer, as well as a weekly Tuesday pub quiz and, best of all, Taco Wednesdays, featuring incredible authentic tacos at just £2.50 a pop, what's not to love?
If you're in need of a world-class coffee, look no further than Bermondsey Street's WatchHouse. Featuring single-origin beans roasted at their Bermondsey roasting house, as well as a glorious selection of tasty treats (think breakfast burritos, sausage brioche buns, and millionaire shortbread slices), it's our first port of call if we're flagging and feeling fancy.
Looking for somewhere to eat but struggling to find a cuisine to suit everyone's tastes? Look no further than Mercato Metropolitano! A ginormous food hall with countless cuisines from around the world, as well as plenty of bars, there's something for everyone, and even a super-secret jazz bar if you can find it...