The secrets of Southwark


Southwark, home to one of ABC Selfstore’s affordable self storage sites in London, has a past steeped in history and culture. The borough is one of London’s most ancient and is made up of areas such as Elephant & Castle, Bermondsey, Lambeth and Waterloo with its northern boundary formed by the gentle curve of the River Thames.

The Borough of Southwark was mentioned in the Doomsday book and there is proof that both the Romans and the Anglo Saxons settled in the area. More recently the area has been subject to mass regeneration, making it one of London’s most populated areas with soaring property prices and compact living spaces.

New and innovative architecture stands alongside the older brick structures of the Victorians, Georgians and where the Tudor design of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre can be found mirrored in the highly polished glass of the Mayor’s modern office building.

We are reminded of Southwark’s past as we gaze up at the gothic marvel that is Southwark Cathedral standing at the oldest crossing point of the tidal Thames. The Tabard Inn that once stood on the east side of Borough High Street reminds us of the Borough’s busy past as it was from this inn that Chaucer’s hapless Pilgrims kicked off their pilgrimage in the Canterbury tales.

It is said that Charlie Chaplin developed his trademark walk on the streets of Southwark, yet today more trendy feet pound the streets, as new homes are developed – hip and chic bars and restaurants pop up to sit alongside modern and upbeat art galleries.

Foodies delight as they stroll through Borough market, the stalls groan under the weight of fresh produce, stall holders holler out as they pedal their products to the likes of Jamie Oliver! There’s no doubt Southwark has been and always will be one of the most popular areas in London to live.


However, choosing to live in or near the desirable Southwark can come with a hefty price tag, so to help make the most of your space at home why not use one of our affordable self storage units, on hand and ready to use for all your items. With flexible access and spaces from small storage lockers to larger garage spaces there’s something for everyone, allowing you to clear the clutter and enjoy the special secrets of Southwark.

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