Southwark: Short Guide
Southwark is situated in South London, connected to the city by several well-known bridges, including Tower Bridge, Millennium Bridge and London Bridge. The borough consists of historic villages such as Rotherhithe, Southwark (including Bankside, a historic district along the Thames), Bermondsey, Walworth, Camberwell, Peckham (in part), Nunhead, East Dulwich, Herne Hill (in part), Dulwich and Sydenham Hill.
The History of Southwark
The borough is the oldest in South London, and was first developed as an urban area in the Roman period. Old Southwark, traditionally known as The Borough, was a market town from early Saxon times, though it turned into a haven for criminals and prostitutes in the middle ages.
From the 15th century onwards, Southwark became known for its inns, theatres, spas, country resorts and other entertainment and recreation spots. One of the most notable and recognisable is William Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, where his plays were first shown. The original building on Bankside was demolished, but the reconstruction that we know so well sits near the original site.
Southwark was formed in 1965 after the merging of metropolitan boroughs Southwark, Camberwell and Bermondsey. The area is home to famous historic sites such as the Bethlem Hospital (also known as Bedlam) and Clink Street prison in St. George’s Fields. It is also associated with the writer Charles Dickens, who set novels such as Oliver Twist in the borough.
A Booming Borough
Home to over 314,000 residents, Southwark is a densely populated and diverse area, welcoming a patchwork of communities. From Nigeria and Jamaica, to Poland and France, citizens from many disparate cultural traditions come together. Over 60% of the borough’s children and young people, for example, are from ethnic minority backgrounds.
More than 18,300 businesses are registered in Southwark — 83% of these employ fewer than nine people each. Companies within the professional, scientific and technical sector are the most prominent. While management consultancies, specialist design businesses and software development companies also have a strong presence.
This range gives the team at Bywaters plenty of responsibilities. We cater to organisations of all sizes though, so it doesn’t matter if you’re a high-rise office block or an independent coffee shop fuelling workers and tourists — we can collect and recycle your commercial waste.
Alongside the waste we manage from businesses, Southwark has developed a reputation for itself as a cultural hotspot for tourists. Not only will you find a variety of restaurants and pubs, it’s home to the Globe Theatre, National Theatre, Tate Modern, Design Museum and Borough Market, all of which welcome thousands of visitors a day. You can also see the Shard!
We cater to events, hospitality, and facility management industries, so if you’re in one of these sectors yourself, you can rest assured knowing your waste will be correctly dealt with.