Thursday 28 October 2004 11.10am
I can probably help. I live in Alma Grove
which is down in the Bermondsey end of SE1, near the Thorburn Square
Firstly, Bermondsey is far removed from Borough. I lived in Borough for 2 years and then moved to Bermondsey. Borough is trendy, has lots of bars, is full of afluent thirty-somethings etc. Bermondsey is not like this at all, not at this end of Bermondsey anyway. It is a very poor area and some parts are very run down. It is, and I use a phrase with the best of intentions, largely populated with white-trash. I'd say that at least 75% of the area is clothed in Burberry, own pit-bull terriers and support Millwall.
The area is changing fast and as house prices increase (which they are rapidly in this area) the make up of the area is changing. In my area, 4 houses have sole recently and the new owners seem to be thirty-something couples who drive Audi TTs, SLKs and other such vehicles.
The nearest 'trendy' area to me is Bermondsey street, this is very much like Borough and has a very urban and trendy feel to it. This is a ten minute walk up from the Thorburn square area.
Now, I live in this area and love it. It's still good value, the mix of people makes it 'interesting' and it is becomming more affluent. My best guess is that the trendyess will spread down Grange Road
as the whole area is being developed. Also, the Bermondsey Spa regeneration zone is bringing a lot of money to the area.
Transport - it's fairly bad. There are only two buses, the 1 and the 78. The 1 goes to Elephant and Castle and the 78 goes to Liverpool Street. There is no bus that goes from this part of Bermondsey to Borough, although you can walk.
I hope you don't mind my 'honest' opinion of the area. It's a nice place, just don't think it's Borough.