Six people queued in the spring sunshine at 7am on Saturday morning to be among the first to visit The Castle, the new leisure centre at Elephant & Castle.
From this weekend, Tooley Street will be part-closed to eastbound motor traffic until February 2018 for work on the redevelopment of London Bridge Station.
A Conservative MP has accused the operators of tourist excursions using amphibious vehicles of causing a "real disruption to the lives of residents" in SE1.
The foundations are now being laid for more than 800 homes and new office space on the Shell Centre site in Waterloo.
An SE1-based letting agent has been fined for its part in the illegal subletting of a council flat in Brixton.