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'We Knit Waterloo' show inspired by history of shopping streets

'We Knit Waterloo' show inspired by history of shopping streets

An open-air exhibition knitting together the history of Waterloo's key shopping streets has opened in Emma Cons Gardens opposite The Old Vic.

Bermondsey Street turned into 1960s Paris for Giacometti movie

Empty shops on Bermondsey Street have been turned into a 1960s-style French high street as scenes for a new movie are filmed.

Bermondsey Street turned into 1960s Paris for Giacometti movie
Round-the-world bagpipe challenge ends at HMS Belfast

Round-the-world bagpipe challenge ends at HMS Belfast

On Saturday Irene Robinson came to HMS Belfast to finish a 50,000-mile journey across 7 continents in 50 days playing the bagpipes at the world's most famous locations.

Fire brigade celebrates 150 years with Union Street display

The London Fire Brigade has decorated the windows of its Union Street headquarters with historic images of fire engines and firefighters to mark the brigade's 150th anniversary.

Fire brigade celebrates 150 years with Union Street display
Bankside 1598 recreated in virtual reality at Florida university

Bankside 1598 recreated in virtual reality at Florida university

A multidisciplinary team of students at Florida International University has created a virtual reality experience based on Bankside in the age of William Shakespeare.

St Thomas' Hospital chapel restored

The historic chapel at St Thomas' Hospital has been officially reopened and blessed after eight months of restoration work.

St Thomas' Hospital chapel restored
Earthworks: Southwark Cathedral hosts Lent art installation

Earthworks: Southwark Cathedral hosts Lent art installation

For the fifth year Southwark Cathedral is hosting a contemporary art installation during the season of Lent.

How Shakespeare's playhouse moved from EC2 to SE1

Key documents relating to William Shakespeare's life in London are part of a new exhibition at Somerset House to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death.

How Shakespeare's playhouse moved from EC2 to SE1
Theatre Royal recreated in SE1 for Tom Hardy 'Taboo' drama

Theatre Royal recreated in SE1 for Tom Hardy 'Taboo' drama

The portico of Henry Wood Hall in Trinity Church Square was turned into the entrance of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Saturday.

Four South Bank sculptures given listed status

Four sculptures on the South Bank are among 41 post-war works of public art to be included on the national heritage list.

Four South Bank sculptures given listed status
Wanted: your memories of Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre

Wanted: your memories of Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre

A group of local artists are appealing for people to share their memories of the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre as they prepare a film and model of the building before it is demolished.

Philip Henslowe anniversary opens Shakespeare 400 year

The 400th anniversary year of William Shakespeare's death opens with the anniversary of the death - also in 1616 - of his friend Philip Henslowe.

Philip Henslowe anniversary opens Shakespeare 400 year
Local photographer launches 2016 London calendar

Local photographer launches 2016 London calendar

For the 13th year Southwark-based photographer Steve Hollingshead has created a limited edition calendar featuring images of London events.

Architects devise South Bank ice rink concept

Architects NBBJ have come up with a concept for a series of ice rinks above the River Thames on the South Bank, inspired by the frost fairs once held on the river.

Architects devise South Bank ice rink concept
Treasures from hospital art collection go on public view

Treasures from hospital art collection go on public view

A previously unknown portrait of Edward VI, only son of Henry VIII, has been discovered hidden in the art collection of Guy's and St Thomas' Charity.

Filming for 'A United Kingdom' takes over Waterloo streets

Roupell Street, Whittlesey Street and Theed Street were closed this week whilst scenes for a new movie were filmed.

Filming for 'A United Kingdom' takes over Waterloo streets
Agincourt song featured in Tower of London exhibition

Agincourt song featured in Tower of London exhibition

A 15th-century copy of the Agincourt Song, heard in Borough High Street 600 years ago, is on display at the Tower of London.

Remembrance Sunday 2015 at the Soviet War Memorial

Politicians and diplomats gathered at the Soviet War Memorial in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park to observe Remembrance Sunday.

Remembrance Sunday 2015 at the Soviet War Memorial
1,000 local children celebrate Southwark's Agincourt link

1,000 local children celebrate Southwark's Agincourt link

A thousand primary school pupils from Southwark and Lewisham took part in a semi-staged musical performance this week to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt.

Leake Street Pocket Park now open

A scrap of wasteland at the junction of Lower Marsh and Leake Street has been turned into a small garden in a £90,000 project.

Leake Street Pocket Park now open
'Mosasaurus' breaks through the South Bank

'Mosasaurus' breaks through the South Bank

A life-sized mosasaurus burst through the South Bank riverside path on Monday to promote the Blu-ray and DVD release of the new Jurassic World movie.

Winchester Palace: a new garden for Clink Street

A new garden in the ruins of Winchester Palace was inaugurated last week.

Winchester Palace: a new garden for Clink Street
Local choir takes centre stage at Shakespeare's Globe

Local choir takes centre stage at Shakespeare's Globe

16 members of local acapella group Borough Market Choir have been picked to take part in Adele Thomas's production of Aeschylus' The Oresteia at Shakespeare's Globe.

Bermondsey Street Festival 2015

The Bermondsey Street Festival continued its extraordinary run of bright, sunny days for the ninth annual event last Saturday.

Bermondsey Street Festival 2015
Thames flotilla celebrates Queen's record-breaking reign

Thames flotilla celebrates Queen's record-breaking reign

Crowds lined bridges over the Thames on Wednesday lunchtime to see a flotilla of historic vessels to mark the Queen becoming Britain's longest-reigning monarch.

Colombian tall ship ARC Gloria visits the Pool of London

Hundreds of people - many waving Colombian flags - lined the banks of the Thames on Sunday night to watch the flagship of the Colombian navy pass through Tower Bridge.

Colombian tall ship ARC Gloria visits the Pool of London
Avon Place mural unveiled

Avon Place mural unveiled

A colourful new mural in an alleyway off Borough High Street has been officially unveiled by Neil Coyle MP and Captain Ian McNaught of Trinity House.

6-metre City & Southwark wall hanging unveiled at Glaziers Hall

An embroidered triptych depicting City and Southwark landmarks - which took 4,000 hours over four years for four men in two prisons and one former prisoner to make - has been unveiled at Glaziers Hall.

6-metre City & Southwark wall hanging unveiled at Glaziers Hall
Myths and legends theme for 12th Waterloo Carnival

Myths and legends theme for 12th Waterloo Carnival

The sun shone on the Waterloo Carnival parade as it made its way through the streets on Friday lunchtime.

In pictures: Open Streets London in Great Suffolk Street

Great Suffolk Street was closed to motor traffic for five hours on Saturday with the aim of making space for people to use the road space in new and creative ways.

In pictures: Open Streets London in Great Suffolk Street
Blackfriars Estate fun day

Blackfriars Estate fun day

Newly elected Bermondsey & Old Southwark MP Neil Coyle joined more than 200 local residents at a fun filled event on Peabody's Blackfriars Estate.

St Thomas' to St Petersburg: 2,000-mile charity bike ride

Gavin Tiffin, head of hospitality at Guy's and St Thomas', will this summer cycle 2,000 miles from London to Russia to raise money for charities linked to the hospitals.

St Thomas' to St Petersburg: 2,000-mile charity bike ride
National award for St Thomas' Hospital nurse Liz Browse

National award for St Thomas' Hospital nurse Liz Browse

Liz Browse of St Thomas' Hospital has been named the bank nurse of the year at the Nursing Standard Nurse Awards, following more than 40 years of service.

Spooks movie features SE1 locations

A new movie based on the long-running TV drama Spooks was released on Friday - and it makes use of lots of SE1 filming locations.

Spooks movie features SE1 locations
Finds from Dickens Square archaeological dig on show at museum

Finds from Dickens Square archaeological dig on show at museum

Items found during a recent archaeological dig at the Harper Road mosque have gone on display at the Museum of London.

Lambeth Palace Garden: Archbishop extends public access

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has introduced regular monthly open days at the Lambeth Palace Garden.

Lambeth Palace Garden: Archbishop extends public access
Giant chicken skeleton installed in Bermondsey school foyer

Giant chicken skeleton installed in Bermondsey school foyer

Students at the City of London Academy in Lynton Road have created a giant chicken skeleton which is on display in the school's atrium.

Pocket park brightens corner of Snowsfields and Weston Street

The bleak brick walls of the Greenwood Theatre at the corner of Snowsfields and Weston Street have been transformed by the creation of a new 'pocket park' designed by Dame Zandra Rhodes and Joe Swift.

Pocket park brightens corner of Snowsfields and Weston Street
St George's Day celebrated in Southwark

St George's Day celebrated in Southwark

The St George in Southwark Festival made a comeback this year with a day of celebrations centred on St George the Martyr church in Borough High Street.

Southwark Cathedral confirms Rouen link

An ecumenical twinning agreement between Southwark and Rouen cathedrals has been reaffirmed by a new generation with a signing ceremony at Southwark Cathedral.

Southwark Cathedral confirms Rouen link
'Brad Pitt's Bruised Bits' - new sculpture in Bermondsey Square

'Brad Pitt's Bruised Bits' - new sculpture in Bermondsey Square

The second in a series of three sculptures to be exhibited in Bermondsey Square has been unveiled.

Jonathan Dimbleby marks 50 years of cancer charity with 50km walk

Broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby is taking on an endurance challenge this summer in celebration of the charity founded in honour of his father, Richard, who died 50 years ago this year.

Jonathan Dimbleby marks 50 years of cancer charity with 50km walk
Alan Titchmarsh and Rowan Williams unveil Guy's Hospital artwork

Alan Titchmarsh and Rowan Williams unveil Guy's Hospital artwork

A new artwork has been unveiled at Guy's Hospital in honour of those who have donated organs and helped save the lives of others.

Olivia Colman and Neil Morrissey filming in Southwark

Southwark Cathedral's churchyard was taken over by a BBC film crew on Thursday shooting scenes for a new adaptation of John Le Carré's 'The Night Manager'.

Olivia Colman and Neil Morrissey filming in Southwark
Mayor of Southwark unveils Queen's Walk sundial

Mayor of Southwark unveils Queen's Walk sundial

Southwark mayor Cllr Sunil Chopra this week presided at the unveiling of a new sundial on The Queen's Walk alongside Potters Fields Park.

Female street artists take over Leake Street tunnel

The graffiti tunnel under Waterloo Station was taken over by female artists on Sunday to celebrate International Women's Day

Female street artists take over Leake Street tunnel
Heart-shaped bike rack appears in Union Street

Heart-shaped bike rack appears in Union Street

Just in time for St Valentine's Day, Cyclehoop has teamed up with Hackney-based artist Graham McLoughlin and the British Heart Foundation to place 14 heart-shaped cycle stands across Central London.

Shaun the Sheep statue arrives on South Bank

A giant statue of Shaun the Sheep has been installed on the South Bank to mark the launch of the latest Aardman Animations movie.

Shaun the Sheep statue arrives on South Bank
8 facts about Borough, Bankside & Walworth

8 facts about Borough, Bankside & Walworth

Southwark Council has published a new profile of the residents of Borough, Bankside and Walworth based on information from the 2011 census.

National Bakery School creates metre-long cake for Parliament

Parliament celebrated its 750th birthday on Monday with a metre-long cake created by the National Bakery School at London South Bank University.

National Bakery School creates metre-long cake for Parliament
Hundreds of plants grown in recycled fruit juice drums

Hundreds of plants grown in recycled fruit juice drums

60 recycled fruit juice drums have been installed in the streets of Waterloo as part of a project make the area greener and increase local biodiversity.

A Nativity scene with a difference at Southwark Cathedral

This year's Nativity scene at Southwark Cathedral is rather different to usual: the figures have no faces, arms or legs.

A Nativity scene with a difference at Southwark Cathedral
Local images feature on 2015 calendars

Local images feature on 2015 calendars

If you're in need of a last-minute Christmas gift - or simply a way of keeping track of the coming year on your own wall - then two 2015 calendars featuring local images are now available.

Waterloo Station hosts landscape photography exhibition

A striking black and white photograph of London Bridge Station seen from The Shard is one of dozens of images featured in a new exhibition at Waterloo Station.

Waterloo Station hosts landscape photography exhibition
William Blake's Lambeth studio recreated in Oxford museum

William Blake's Lambeth studio recreated in Oxford museum

The front room of William Blake's house in Hercules Road, Lambeth, has been recreated for a new exhibition at Oxford's Ashmolean Museum.

Could you befriend a local older person? Charity seeks volunteers

Blackfriars Settlement is looking for volunteers to work with older people.

Could you befriend a local older person? Charity seeks volunteers
Carole Wright receives volunteering award from Peabody

Carole Wright receives volunteering award from Peabody

The achievements of a Blackfriars Road resident were recognised at the fifth annual Peabody Volunteer Awards held at City Hall last month.

'Real' Apple Store turns heads at Borough Market autumn celebration

With white walls and minimalist displays, for one day only Borough Market adopted the design aesthetic of a well-known electronics and computer company with its 'Real' Apple Store.

'Real' Apple Store turns heads at Borough Market autumn celebration
Elephant & Castle tube station inspires short story for children

Elephant & Castle tube station inspires short story for children

An American author has published a book of children's stories including a tale inspired by Elephant & Castle tube station.

Radioactive blob appears in Bermondsey Square

A sculpture inspired by a science-fiction film has been installed in Bermondsey Square.

Radioactive blob appears in Bermondsey Square
Bermondsey Street Festival 2014

Bermondsey Street Festival 2014

Good weather drew thousands of people to Bermondsey Street Festival on Saturday.

BOST is 'Champion of Champions' again

Bankside Open Spaces Trust has been awarded a special Champion of Champions certificate by London/Britain in Bloom for the second year running.

BOST is 'Champion of Champions' again
Queensborough Centre marks 30 years

Queensborough Centre marks 30 years

The Queensborough Community Centre on the Scovell Estate has marked its 30th anniversary with a party.

Bermondsey Project exhibitions

The Bermondsey Project is celebrating five years at the Crosse & Blackwell factory in Willow Walk.

Bermondsey Project exhibitions
South Bank bar installs division bell to summon MPs to vote

South Bank bar installs division bell to summon MPs to vote

A restaurant and bar at County Hall on the South Bank has installed a division bell which gives MPs an eight-minute warning to make their way across the river to vote in the lobbies of the Palace of Westminster.

Centenary of Waterloo-born Labour foreign secretary George Brown

The centenary of foreign secretary George Brown, born on 2 September 1914 just a month into the First World War, falls this year.

Centenary of Waterloo-born Labour foreign secretary George Brown
Blackfriars watercolour to feature on tube station posters

Blackfriars watercolour to feature on tube station posters

A watercolour of Blackfriars Railway Bridge is one of two Thames-related paintings to be displayed on posters at river piers and tube stations around London.

Fundraising feats to raise money for Garden Museum expansion

A Lambeth councillor has raised more than £1,000 for the Garden Museum with a 78-mile walk round the Capital Ring orbital footpath ... and now the museum's boss plans to swim the Thames from Oxford to London.

Fundraising feats to raise money for Garden Museum expansion
Local trainees employed as marshals on Roupell Street film set

Local trainees employed as marshals on Roupell Street film set

Six young people trained by a Kennington-based charity were employed as marshals on a film set in Waterloo last month.

Book exchange opens in hidden London Bridge garden

As the Gibbon's Rent garden celebrates its second anniversary, a new book exchange cabinet has been added to the green oasis just yards away from the bustle of Tooley Street.

Book exchange opens in hidden London Bridge garden
New Anna Robinson poetry collection launched in Lower Marsh

New Anna Robinson poetry collection launched in Lower Marsh

Anna Robinson's second poetry collection Into the Woods has been launched with a party in Lower Marsh.

Southwark's Dog & Pot at Dickens Museum

The Dog and Pot sign opposite Southwark Station in Blackfriars Road is featured in a new exhibition at the Charles Dickens Museum.

Southwark's Dog & Pot at Dickens Museum
GBBO star Kimberley Wilson helps to judge Waterloo's best cake

GBBO star Kimberley Wilson helps to judge Waterloo's best cake

Great British Bake Off finalist Kimberley Wilson and Konditor & Cook founder Gerhard Jenne this week judged Waterloo's very own cake competition.

Thames cutter crews compete in Port of London Challenge

Competitors in the Port of London Challenge assembled near the National Theatre on Thursday evening to set off on a 4.4 mile race up the Thames.

Thames cutter crews compete in Port of London Challenge
Southwark Street, George Street or Station Road? TfL can't decide

Southwark Street, George Street or Station Road? TfL can't decide

Bus passengers in Southwark Street could be forgiven for being confused by the new bus stop flags installed this week by Transport for London.

Vintage RT bus on route 100

Passengers on bus route 100 between Elephant & Castle and Shadwell enjoyed free rides on a 66-year-old vintage RT bus on Saturday.

Vintage RT bus on route 100
German artist's dazzling WWI centenary makeover for HMS President

German artist's dazzling WWI centenary makeover for HMS President

A World War I warship permanently moored on the River Thames has been given a startling new livery as part of the commemorations of the centenary of the start of the conflict.

Artist and activist Veronica Planton remembered at Waterloo exhibition

Waterloo resident and community activist Veronica Planton has been remembered with an exhibition of her paintings, drawings and sketches.

Artist and activist Veronica Planton remembered at Waterloo exhibition
Sunday Service: photographing Southwark's black majority churches

Sunday Service: photographing Southwark's black majority churches

Photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews has brought together pictures of Southwark's black majority churches in an exhibition at Tate Modern called Sunday Service.

Circus-themed Waterloo Carnival features locals aged 2 to 82

The eleventh annual Waterloo Carnival procession took to the streets on Friday lunchtime.

Circus-themed Waterloo Carnival features locals aged 2 to 82
BookBenches appear around Bankside and London Bridge

BookBenches appear around Bankside and London Bridge

Decorated benches in the shape of an open book have appeared around Bankside and London Bridge as part of a London-wide initiative by the National Literacy Trust.

Bermondsey in Bloom 2014: call for entries

Residents, businesses and organisations in Bermondsey are invited to enter this year's competition to celebrate gardening prowess.

Bermondsey in Bloom 2014: call for entries
Simon Hughes takes up tennis at Tanner Street

Simon Hughes takes up tennis at Tanner Street

Bermondsey & Old Southwark MP Simon Hughes took up a challenge from a local coach this weekend and enjoyed a game of tennis at Tanner Street Park.

'Book bin' installed in Bermondsey

A 'book bin' for unwanted books has been installed at the Leathermarket JMB offices in Leathermarket Street, Bermondsey.

'Book bin' installed in Bermondsey
Bermondsey girls are London basketball champions

Bermondsey girls are London basketball champions

Students from the under-16 girls' basketball team at the City of London Academy have been celebrating today after winning the London School of Basketball's Community Basketball League finals earlier this month.

2014 Southwark Civic Awards presented at Southwark Cathedral

Volunteers from across the borough were honoured for their exceptional work for the community at the Southwark Civic Awards held last week.

2014 Southwark Civic Awards presented at Southwark Cathedral
Maria Moruzzi celebrates 50 years at Borough Market

Maria Moruzzi celebrates 50 years at Borough Market

Maria Moruzzi was uncharacteristically lost for words on Friday when Borough Market trustees, staff and traders descended on Maria's Market Cafe to celebrate her 50-year association with the market.

Former England footballer John Barnes at Southwark Tube Station

Former England footballer John Barnes visited Southwark Underground Station on Tuesday to launch a partnership between Transport for London and football website ESPNFC to bring live World Cup updates to tube passengers this summer.

Former England footballer John Barnes at Southwark Tube Station
Royal Marines drummers and buglers visit Bermondsey school

Royal Marines drummers and buglers visit Bermondsey school

Drummers and buglers from the Royal Marines Band Service visited the City of London Academy in Bermondsey last week.

Bermondsey Farmers' Market seeks new traders

The Saturday morning farmers' market in Bermondsey Square is inviting new traders to join the regular stalls.

Bermondsey Farmers' Market seeks new traders
Southwark delftware cats to go under the hammer in pottery sale

Southwark delftware cats to go under the hammer in pottery sale

Two delftware cats probably made in Southwark more than three centuries ago are among the lots in Bonhams Fine British Pottery sale on Wednesday 21 May.

John Constable launches new poetry book

Playwright Nell Dunn joined John Constable at the Boot & Flogger for the launch of his book Spark in the Dark.

John Constable launches new poetry book
Harvey's horses and dray visit Southwark

Harvey's horses and dray visit Southwark

The Horses and dray from Harvey's Brewery in Lewes, Sussex, have visited the Royal Oak in Southwark.

Borough Market offers free wifi to shoppers

Borough Market has introduced free wireless internet access for shoppers.

Borough Market offers free wifi to shoppers
Queen's row barge Gloriana returns to tidal Thames for Tudor Pull

Queen's row barge Gloriana returns to tidal Thames for Tudor Pull

The Queen's row barge Gloriana startled those out for a Sunday afternoon stroll on the South Bank when it made its way down the Thames as part of the Tudor Pull.

Borough schoolboy wins Fourth Plinth art competition

A pupil at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in the Borough has been named as one of the winners of this year's Fourth Plinth School Awards.

Borough schoolboy wins Fourth Plinth art competition
Konditor & Cook founder reveals cake recipes in new book

Konditor & Cook founder reveals cake recipes in new book

Gerhard Jenne, founder of the cake shop, has published a recipe book 'Konditor & Cook: Deservedly Legendary Baking' featuring some of his popular cakes.

BOST celebrates Sumner Street Garden and Bankside food-growing

Bankside Open Spaces Trust and Sumner Buildings residents held a garden party last Saturday to launch their new food garden and celebrate the 24 food growing projects which form part of 'Edible Bankside'.

BOST celebrates Sumner Street Garden and Bankside food-growing

Waterloo Festival launches film score competition

The organisers of the Waterloo Festival have teamed up with the British Film Institute to launch this year's film score composition competition.

Waterloo Festival launches film score competition
Actress Lesley Sharp visits Globe Academy

Actress Lesley Sharp visits Globe Academy

Actress Lesley Sharp - currently appearing at the National Theatre on the South Bank - led a Q&A session with GCSE drama pupils at the Globe Academy this week.

Dan Cruickshank visits Kirkaldy Testing Museum

Architectural historian and broadcaster Dan Cruickshank last week visited the Kirkaldy Testing Museum in Southwark Street.

Dan Cruickshank visits Kirkaldy Testing Museum
Small grants available for SE1 locals to green their environment

Small grants available for SE1 locals to green their environment

For the second year running Bankside Open Spaces Trust and the City Bridge Trust are offering individuals and community organisations small grants to help kick-start or sustain local gardening and greening projects.

SE1 kids enjoy free visits to London Eye and London Aquarium

Children from a number of SE1 schools enjoyed free visits to South Bank attractions this week as part of an initiative by Merlin Entertainments.

SE1 kids enjoy free visits to London Eye and London Aquarium
Young SE1 basketball player reaches Europe's top 40

Young SE1 basketball player reaches Europe's top 40

Globe Academy pupil Samuel Japhet-Mathias has been recognised as one of Europe's top 40 basketball players in his age group.

Lower Marsh's new Saturday market launches

A new weekend market launched in Waterloo's Lower Marsh on Saturday.

Lower Marsh's new Saturday market launches
Book launch marks start of Southwark Cathedral's WWI commemorations

Book launch marks start of Southwark Cathedral's WWI commemorations

Southwark Cathedral's programme of events to mark the centenary of the start of World War I began last week with the launch of a reprint of a key book.

Southwark students celebrate Seven Ages of Shakespeare at Globe

This week Shakespeare's Globe hosted a performance by Southwark school pupils to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of the Bard.

Southwark students celebrate Seven Ages of Shakespeare at Globe
Medieval flagon on display at Wheatsheaf pub in Stoney Street

Medieval flagon on display at Wheatsheaf pub in Stoney Street

A 14th-century jug found during excavations at the Wheatsheaf pub in Borough Market has now gone on display.

Southwark flies rainbow flag for LGBT History Month

Eagled-eyed passers-by will have noticed a flash of colour against the grey February skies on Tooley Street this week as Southwark Council shows its support for LGBT History Month.

Southwark flies rainbow flag for LGBT History Month
Foyles bookshop opens at Waterloo Station

Foyles bookshop opens at Waterloo Station

The long-awaited new Foyles Bookshop at Waterloo Station opened its doors on Saturday morning.

Volunteers wanted for London's first Open Streets event

The organisers of a one-day event that will see Southwark Street and Blackfriars Road closed to motor traffic have appealed for local residents to get involved.

Volunteers wanted for London's first Open Streets event
Homeless Londoners 'denied basic human rights'

Homeless Londoners 'denied basic human rights'

Hundreds of street homeless people across the country are being denied the basic human rights of access to shelter, drinking water, sanitation and food, according to a coalition of housing and human rights groups.

Bermondsey brewer creates beer inspired by bees

Hiver - a honey beer - has been created by a Bermondsey resident and is available at a number of local bars.

Bermondsey brewer creates beer inspired by bees
Filmmaker retraces steps of 1927 colour cinematographer

Filmmaker retraces steps of 1927 colour cinematographer

A London filmmaker has produced a short video showing how London has changed over the past eight and half decades.

Strictly Come Dancing stars visit Evelina Children's Hospital

Patients and pupils at Evelina London Children's Hospital and its school had an early Christmas treat when the stars of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing popped in for a visit.

Strictly Come Dancing stars visit Evelina Children's Hospital
Simon Hughes invites young social entrepreneurs to Parliament

Simon Hughes invites young social entrepreneurs to Parliament

Simon Hughes MP was so impressed with Walworth Academy's social enterprise project he has invited pupils to sell their wares at the House of Commons.

The streets of London really are paved with gold

Visitors to Shad Thames on Wednesday found the street covered in gold 'cobbles'.

The streets of London really are paved with gold
Local scenes feature on 2014 calendars

Local scenes feature on 2014 calendars

If you're in need of a last-minute Christmas gift - or simply a way of keeping track of the coming year on your own wall - then two 2014 calendars featuring local images are now available.

National Bakery School creates giant cake for Chelsea Pensioners

The National Bakery School at London South Bank University has created a 4-foot cake for the Chelsea Pensioners' annual Christmas Cake Ceremony - complete with edible Christmas trees and snowmen.

National Bakery School creates giant cake for Chelsea Pensioners
Stephen Humphrey produces definitive history of Elephant & Castle

Stephen Humphrey produces definitive history of Elephant & Castle

Stephen Humphrey's history of the Elephant & Castle has been published after a quarter of a century of research.

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! at Somerset House

The life and wardrobe of former Waterloo resident and fashion writer Isabella Blow is explored in a lavish exhibition at Somerset House.

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! at Somerset House
City skyline recreated in ice sculpture at London Eye

City skyline recreated in ice sculpture at London Eye

To mark the start of its winter 'Frostival' season the London Eye created an ice sculpture of the capital's skyline on the South Bank.

Sony rebrands Oxo Tower to promote PlayStation

If you look carefully at Oxo Tower Wharf you might notice something a little different...

Sony rebrands Oxo Tower to promote PlayStation
Leathermarket sculpture project wins Southwark arts award

Leathermarket sculpture project wins Southwark arts award

The Leathermarket Community Scultpure Project has been awarded a 'SAFTA' as Southwark's Best Community Arts Project.

Bankside Neighbourhood Plan: an interview with Tim Wood

For the past two and a half years residents, business and community groups in Bankside have been working to draw up a neighbourhood plan to help shape the future of this fast-changing area.

Bankside Neighbourhood Plan: an interview with Tim Wood
Green flag raised at Archbishop's Park

Green flag raised at Archbishop's Park

Archbishop's Park has been described as "a real hidden gem in the heart of central London" by a senior local politician.

Pictures: Apple Day at Borough Market

Borough Market, Southwark Cathedral and the Lions part theatre company held their annual autumn celebrations of harvest festival and Apple Day on Sunday.

Pictures: Apple Day at Borough Market
Bankside Open Spaces Trust celebrates double awards success

Bankside Open Spaces Trust celebrates double awards success

Bankside Open Spaces Trust has received two major awards for community gardening and engaging people with nature.

Young traders sell their harvest produce at Borough Market

Pupils from 11 Southwark schools gathered at Borough Market last week to sell their seasonal vegetables, grown and nurtured from seed.

Young traders sell their harvest produce at Borough Market
St Jude's pupils meet Anneka Rice at Waterloo Station

St Jude's pupils meet Anneka Rice at Waterloo Station

Pupils from St Jude's Primary School in Colnbrook Street joined Anneka Rice at Waterloo Station on Friday to record extracts from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for a new talking book.

Malaysia Eye art exhibition at Nolias 11

Malaysia Eye features 38 pioneer and young Malaysian artists selected with the aim of presenting the broadest possible collection of Malaysian art in London.

Malaysia Eye art exhibition at Nolias 11
'Fete at Bermondsey' painting goes on show at National Portrait Gallery

'Fete at Bermondsey' painting goes on show at National Portrait Gallery

A 16th-century painting called A Fete at Bermondsey is being displayed at the entrance to a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Elephant & Castle Strata tower features in post-apocalyptic novel

A novel called Ice Diaries looks ahead just five years to when the Elephant & Castle is the best place to be in horrendous weather.

Elephant & Castle Strata tower features in post-apocalyptic novel
3,400 teddy bears set up encampment in Potters Fields Park

3,400 teddy bears set up encampment in Potters Fields Park

Potters Fields Park was filled with hundreds of teddy bears on Tuesday morning to raise awareness of meningitis.

Southwark Mayor supports Macmillan charity coffee morning

The Mayor of Southwark joined staff and patients at St Thomas' Hospital on Friday for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Southwark Mayor supports Macmillan charity coffee morning
Lower Marsh people and shops featured in new children's book

Lower Marsh people and shops featured in new children's book

Lower Marsh shops, stalls and familiar faces are featured in a new children's book.

Bermondsey Street Festival 2013

The seventh Bermondsey Street Festival brought large crowds to the street and its neighbouring green spaces on Saturday.

Bermondsey Street Festival 2013
Konditor & Cook celebrates 20 years with Roupell Street Cake Fete

Konditor & Cook celebrates 20 years with Roupell Street Cake Fete

Local bakers Konditor & Cook held a street party called a 'cake fete' to celebrate twenty years in Waterloo.

1513: A Ships' Opera at The Mayor's Thames Festival

The Pool of London echoed with the sounds of vintage vessels on Saturday night as the river provided the setting for an extraordinary performance as part of The Mayor's Thames Festival.

1513: A Ships' Opera at The Mayor's Thames Festival
Southwark sixth-formers visit Borough Road Gallery

Southwark sixth-formers visit Borough Road Gallery

Local school pupils took part in a three-day drawing workshop at London South Bank University's Borough Road Gallery last week, led by artist-teacher Bruce Ingram.

54 riders cycle 54 miles to raise £10k for 10-year-old youth charity

As local youth charity SE1 United celebrates its tenth anniversary, 54 intrepid cyclists this week completed a 54-mile bike ride to Brighton with the aim of raising £10,000 to secure the future of the charity's work.

54 riders cycle 54 miles to raise £10k for 10-year-old youth charity
Giraffes take up residence at More London

Giraffes take up residence at More London

15 hand-painted 2.5-metre giraffe sculptures have been installed on the More London estate near Tower Bridge

Great River Race: pictures and video

More than 300 boats took part in the Great River Race on Saturday.

Great River Race: pictures and video
Locals get a preview of new Rambert community dance programme

Locals get a preview of new Rambert community dance programme

Local children and adults have enjoyed a summer preview of the new community dance programme to be launched by Rambert when it moves into its new South Bank headquarters

Children from Evelina hospital triumph at Transplant Games

28 children from the Evelina London Children's Hospital transplant unit have returned from the annual British Transplant Games weighed down with 52 medals.

Children from Evelina hospital triumph at Transplant Games
Midwife's love of the South Bank reflected in art installation

Midwife's love of the South Bank reflected in art installation

A St Thomas' midwife - who got married, went into labour and watched her children take their first steps in the Royal Festival Hall - has made her story into an interactive art installation.

Boating lake and paddling pool opened in Union Street

A temporary boating lake for inflatables and toy boats and a paddling pool has opened in Union Street.

Boating lake and paddling pool opened in Union Street
Latin American flower festival comes to Elephant & Castle

Latin American flower festival comes to Elephant & Castle

St Mary's Churchyard at the Elephant & Castle hosted the Azucar Flower Festival on Saturday - a Latin American celebration organised as part of Southwark Council's Elephant and The Nun Festival.

Pearly King & Queen lead Lambeth Walk extravaganza at SummerFest

The Pearly King of Bow Bells and the Pearly Queen of the Old Kent Road led the crowd in a mass performance of 'Doing the Lambeth Walk' to open this year's SummerFest in Archbishop's Park on Friday.

Pearly King & Queen lead Lambeth Walk extravaganza at SummerFest
West Side Story cast recreate show's dance moves in Leake Street

West Side Story cast recreate show's dance moves in Leake Street

The international cast of West Side Story has arrived in London for the show's run at Sadler's Wells and some of the members of the two rival gang - The Jets and The Sharks - headed to Leake Street to recreate some of the show's famous moves.

Bankside & Waterloo Growing Grants: kick-start a community garden

Need £200 to make your local environment better? Don't want to fill a long application form for a few hundred pounds? Bankside Open Spaces Trust can help.

Bankside & Waterloo Growing Grants: kick-start a community garden
Model of Tower Bridge created from single toothpick

Model of Tower Bridge created from single toothpick

A San Francisco artist has created a model of Tower Bridge from a single toothpick.

Borough Market's new indoor garden is now open

Borough Market's new glass market hall on Borough High Street is now open.

Borough Market's new indoor garden is now open
Notre Dame dancers take to the stage at Sadler's Wells

Notre Dame dancers take to the stage at Sadler's Wells

Pupils from Notre Dame RC Girls' School were among 400 young dancers from London and Essex who took part in the Step LIVE! 2013 show at Sadler's Wells on Sunday.

Dale Inglis shows Thames paintings at National Theatre

Paintings by Walworth-based artist Dale Inglis have been on show at the National Theatre since late May as part of a collaboration with the Waterloo Festival.

Dale Inglis shows Thames paintings at National Theatre
Waterloo celebrates 10 years of

Waterloo celebrates 10 years of "best small carnival in London"

Nearly 400 people took part in a a colourful farmyard-themed carnival procession through the streets of Waterloo on Friday lunchtime.

MPs win Thames boat race against Lords

The Parliamentary Boat Race has been won by the House of Commons.

MPs win Thames boat race against Lords
Spanish Civil War's British fighters remembered on South Bank

Spanish Civil War's British fighters remembered on South Bank

Tributes were paid to David Lomon during the annual Spanish Civil War international brigades commemoration in Jubilee Gardens on Saturday afternoon.

Archbishop's Park gardening club seeks new members

A Friday afternoon gardening club in a North Lambeth park is looking for more volunteers to get involved.

Archbishop's Park gardening club seeks new members
SE1 United seeks cyclists for London-Brighton challenge

SE1 United seeks cyclists for London-Brighton challenge

Local youth charity SE1 United is looking for cyclists to help it raise £10,000 by riding from London to Brighton this September.

New play inspired by lupus patients at St Thomas' Hospital

A playwright has used her experiences of working at St Thomas' Hospital to write a critically acclaimed play about lupus, a medical condition 'no one has heard of'.

New play inspired by lupus patients at St Thomas' Hospital
Green wall created next to Borough's Wheatsheaf pub

Green wall created next to Borough's Wheatsheaf pub

Nearly 200 plants have been added to a green wall which disguises a metal access staircase next to the recently reopened Wheatsheaf pub in Stoney Street.

Thames cutter crews compete in Admiral of the Port's Challenge

14 crews competed in the Admiral of the Port's Challenge on the River Thames on Monday night.

Thames cutter crews compete in Admiral of the Port's Challenge
'Tax haven' island set up on South Bank

'Tax haven' island set up on South Bank

Anti-poverty campaigners set up a tropical island on the South Bank on Friday to encourage Londoners to lobby the prime minister before the G8 summit.

Hops planted in Borough's new market hall

Pupils from Notre Dame School last month visited Borough Market where they helped to plant hops which will be grown in the new glazed hall at the corner of Borough High Street and Bedale Street.

Hops planted in Borough's new market hall
Flying sheep at London Bridge and a peat bog in Potters Fields

Flying sheep at London Bridge and a peat bog in Potters Fields

A parade of 'flying' sheep across London Bridge and a peat bog in Potters Fields Park were two of the features of 'Ardbog Day', held on Saturday to promote Ardbeg whisky.

Lucy Brown House: residents celebrate 25 years of sheltered housing

Residents of a sheltered housing complex in Park Street last week celebrated the 25th anniversary of the opening of the development.

Lucy Brown House: residents celebrate 25 years of sheltered housing
Desmond Tutu draws a crowd to Greenwood Theatre at London Bridge

Desmond Tutu draws a crowd to Greenwood Theatre at London Bridge

A queue stretching along Weston Street and around the corner into Snowsfields formed on Monday afternoon as hundreds of people packed into the Greenwood Theatre to hear Archbishop Desmond Tutu take part in a panel discussion.

Former England captain Amanda Newton coaches Waterloo Netball club

Former England netball captain Amanda Newton visited Waterloo Netball club on Saturday for a special coaching session at Geraldine Mary Harmsworth sports facility.

Former England captain Amanda Newton coaches Waterloo Netball club
Recycling bin for low-energy lightbulbs installed in Waterloo

Recycling bin for low-energy lightbulbs installed in Waterloo

A recycling bin for low-energy lightbulbs has been installed in Waterloo.

First London Bridge Open Kitchen held at White Cube Bermondsey

The first London Bridge Open Kitchen food festival was held on Wednesday night in the forecourt of the White Cube gallery in Bermondsey Street.

First London Bridge Open Kitchen held at White Cube Bermondsey
Empowering Latin American women through art

Empowering Latin American women through art

This week Southwark Council's Tooley Street headquarters has played host to the 'Empowerment through Art: Photography and Latin American Migrants Girls in London' exhibition.

Borough Market turns new glazed hall into 'city garden'

Gardeners are applying the finishing touches to a 'city garden' which has been created in Borough Market's new glass market hall.

Borough Market turns new glazed hall into 'city garden'
24 years on: film of campaign rally to save Rose Theatre Bankside

24 years on: film of campaign rally to save Rose Theatre Bankside

Rare video footage of the extraordinary campaign to save the remains of Bankside's Rose Theatre has been published 24 years later.

Archbishop's Park Bower unveiled

A stunning new hand-carved new bower or shelter has been unveiled in Archbishop's Park.

Archbishop's Park Bower unveiled
Southbank Centre launches summer-long Festival of Neighbourhood

Southbank Centre launches summer-long Festival of Neighbourhood

Southbank Centre's summer festival this year will celebrate the idea of neighbourhood and explore the concept of what makes a good neighbourhood and what it means to be a good neighbour.

Romeo the Shard fox immortalised in Cumbrian forest

A wooden monolith depicting the adventures of an urban fox in Europe's tallest building has been installed in the Grizedale Forest in Cumbria.

Romeo the Shard fox immortalised in Cumbrian forest
Tate Modern turbine hall filled with flotilla of paper boats

Tate Modern turbine hall filled with flotilla of paper boats

Tate Modern's turbine hall was filled with dozens of paper boats made from banknotes, maps and rail tickets this weekend as part of the Hyperlink festival.

Dragon Cafe celebrates St George with East meets West parade

The Dragon Cafe - an arts and creative project which operates from the crypt of St George the Martyr church every Monday - celebrated the eve of St George's Day this week with a range of colourful events.

Dragon Cafe celebrates St George with East meets West parade
Royal rowbarge Gloriana leads Thames Tudor Pull

Royal rowbarge Gloriana leads Thames Tudor Pull

The royal rowbarge Gloriana, built for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant, was the star of this year's Tudor Pull event.

St George's Day: human towers and an Anglo-Catalan festival at Borough Market

England and Catalonia share St George as their patron saint so it was fitting that Borough Market's St George's Day event on Sunday had a Catalan twist.

St George's Day: human towers and an Anglo-Catalan festival at Borough Market
HMS Belfast opens new cafe-bar

HMS Belfast opens new cafe-bar

The first phase of HMS Belfast's new land-side building has been completed with the opening of a cafe-bar alongside the ticket office and souvenir shop.

NPG's new Maggie Smith portrait was painted in Southwark studio

A new portrait of Dame Maggie Smith painted in the Southwark studio of artist James Lloyd has gone on display at the National Portrait Gallery.

NPG's new Maggie Smith portrait was painted in Southwark studio
Explorers climb cathedral tower to make Scout promise

Explorers climb cathedral tower to make Scout promise

Eight members of a new Explorer Scout Unit based in Bermondsey climbed the tower of Southwark Cathedral last week to make their Scout promises.

Waterloo's 'Cardboard City' featured in new short film

A powerful new short film inspired by a gang which once roamed Waterloo's Cardboad City will receive its premiere at the BAFTA cinema in Piccadilly on 5 April.

Waterloo's 'Cardboard City' featured in new short film
24-hour bike repair pitstop opens in Great Guildford Street

24-hour bike repair pitstop opens in Great Guildford Street

A 'pink pitstop' for cyclists to pump up their bike tyres or carry out basic repairs has been unveiled outside the Bankside Community Space in Great Guildford Street.

Waterloo Netball under-14s beat Wandsworth team

Waterloo Netball under-14s enjoyed a victory over Wandsworth last Saturday at Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park.

Waterloo Netball under-14s beat Wandsworth team
Lambeth kids visit Rambert Dance Company's new South Bank home

Lambeth kids visit Rambert Dance Company's new South Bank home

Pupils from Walnut Tree Walk Primary School in Kennington got an exclusive preview of the Rambert Dance Company's new headquarters on the South Bank this week.

Tower Bridge launches smartphone app

The Tower Bridge Exhibition has launched a smartphone app for iOS and Android devices.

Tower Bridge launches smartphone app
Tanner Street aquaponic urban farm seeks funds

Tanner Street aquaponic urban farm seeks funds

Fish and vegetables could be produced in a Bermondsey car park this summer if the GrowUp project succeeds in raising £15,000 by the end of the month.

Fairtrade Warrior strides across Potters Fields Park

Year 4 pupils from Tower Bridge Primary School met cocoa farmers from Ghana at Potters Fields Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Fairtrade Warrior strides across Potters Fields Park
Dramatic sculpture installed at Southwark Cathedral

Dramatic sculpture installed at Southwark Cathedral

'Christ Rests in Peace' – a new sculpture by Nic Fiddian-Green – has been placed in front of the high altar of Southwark Cathedral during the season of Lent.

Giant alien egg hatches in Potters Fields Park

A 6-metre alien egg appeared at Potters Fields Park on Monday afternoon.

Giant alien egg hatches in Potters Fields Park
Borough Market enters

Borough Market enters "next era" as Three Crown Square reopens

"This is the start of the next era of Borough Market," said managing director Keith Davis as traders moved back in to Three Crown Square this week after the construction of a new rail viaduct.

Charles Dickens' great-great-grandson unveils Dog and Pot sculpture

A replica of a Victorian shop sign that formed one of the landmarks on the young Charles Dickens' regular walk through Southwark has been unveiled by the writer's great-great-grandson.

Charles Dickens' great-great-grandson unveils Dog and Pot sculpture
Finishing touches applied to refurbished Borough Market hall

Finishing touches applied to refurbished Borough Market hall

This week workmen have been applying the finishing touches to the rebuilt canopy at Three Crown Square as Borough Market traders prepare to move back in to the space they vacated in 2009 for the construction of a new rail viaduct.

Waterloo Netball Juniors visit the London Eye

Last month the EDF Energy London Eye hosted a visit by Waterloo Netball Juniors. 19 girls, one coach and four parents climbed aboard a private capsule on the wheel before going along to the 4D experience at County Hall.

Waterloo Netball Juniors visit the London Eye
Children's hospital play room transformed by Merlin's Magic Wand

Children's hospital play room transformed by Merlin's Magic Wand

An illuminated model replica of the London Eye is one of the centrepieces of a multi-sensory room at the Evelina Children's Hospital which has been upgraded thanks to money and skills from staff at the observation wheel and its sister attractions.

Bermondsey boxing champion battles it out with Battroborg robot

Frank Bruno Boxing Academy student and Fisher Amateur Boxing Club member Ted Cheeseman helped to demonstrate new Tomy Battroborg robots at the Toy Fair at Olympia this week

Bermondsey boxing champion battles it out with Battroborg robot
Balancing conservation and commercialism on the South Bank

Balancing conservation and commercialism on the South Bank

Architects, arts programmers and conservationists met on Friday to debate how the competing considerations of commercialism and conservation can be reconciled in the refurbishment of the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery on the South Bank.

Clive Rowe cuts Twelfth Night cake at The Old Vic

Clive Rowe, from the Kiss Me Kate cast, cut The Old Vic's Twelfth Night cake on Saturday afternoon

Clive Rowe cuts Twelfth Night cake at The Old Vic
Pedal powered Christmas lights on the South Bank

Pedal powered Christmas lights on the South Bank

This year's Christmas lights at Southbank Centre have a twist: they rely on visitors to generate the power themselves.

Red Cross Garden Christmas fayre rounds off Octavia Hill centenary

Christmas festivities at Red Cross Garden on Friday marked the end of a year of events to commemorate the centenary of the death of Octavia Hill.

Red Cross Garden Christmas fayre rounds off Octavia Hill centenary
Crossway Church minister Peter Stevenson launches new book

Crossway Church minister Peter Stevenson launches new book

United Reformed Church minister Peter Stevenson has presented a copy of his book on Jesus' miracles to Mayor of Southwark Cllr Althea Smith.

Southwark Santa school features in Channel 4 show

A new Channel 4 show that follows a group of unemployed men as they are taken through their paces at Santa School in Southwark - but only the best will make it into the grottos in time for Christmas.

Southwark Santa school features in Channel 4 show
SE1 children decorate Lambeth Palace Christmas trees

SE1 children decorate Lambeth Palace Christmas trees

Pupils from St Jude's Primary School in Colnbrook Street visited Lambeth Palace on Wednesday to help decorate Christmas trees with the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams.

Tower Bridge raised for giant yellow duck

It was one of the most talked-about publicity stunts of 2012: commuters couldn't believe their eyes on Tuesday morning when a giant yellow duck made its way under Tower Bridge.

Tower Bridge raised for giant yellow duck
Steve Hollingshead's 2013 London calendar out now

Steve Hollingshead's 2013 London calendar out now

For the tenth year local photographer Steve Hollingshead has created a limited edition calendar.

'Southwark is Home' theme for Globe's winter community concert

More than 250 performers from six Southwark schools and community groups took to the stage of Shakespeare's Globe on Bankside on Thursday for the theatre's annual Concert for Winter.

'Southwark is Home' theme for Globe's winter community concert
Dog and pot sculpture to be installed as Dickens bicentenary year ends

Dog and pot sculpture to be installed as Dickens bicentenary year ends

A lasting tribute to Charles Dickens is to be revealed in Southwark at the climax of the author's bicentenary year.

Food, fighting, sex and theatre in Elizabethan Southwark

"If you want a day out, a night out, fun in the 1590s, the place you come to is Southwark," said British Museum director Neil MacGregor when speaking about the Elizabethan years.

Food, fighting, sex and theatre in Elizabethan Southwark
Shakespeare's Local: the George Inn's place in Southwark history

Shakespeare's Local: the George Inn's place in Southwark history

"Here we are on page 46 and we're only now getting to something...," writes Pete Brown. This book is a ramble around the Borough and sometimes you feel as if you might be in the George listening to the author talking about the area.

Sculpture shows man defecating on the lawn at Potters Fields Park

An 4.5 metre high interactive artwork representing a man squatting as if defecating has been installed in Potters Fields Park to mark World Toilet Day.

Sculpture shows man defecating on the lawn at Potters Fields Park
Actionplus Foundation celebrates 15 years with Commons reception

Actionplus Foundation celebrates 15 years with Commons reception

Southwark-based charity Actionplus Foundation is marking its 15th anniversary as well as its founder's thirty years ministry.

Wheelchair loan service helps Bankside OAPs go further

Residents of a sheltered housing complex in Bankside can now take advantage of a wheelchair loan service to help them enjoy living in central London.

Wheelchair loan service helps Bankside OAPs go further
Artists' playful reinventions of the London Underground roundel

Artists' playful reinventions of the London Underground roundel

100 artworks made in 2008 to mark the centenary of the London Underground roundel logo have been put on display at Southwark Tube Station.

Southwark and Lambeth curiosities in Statute Law (Repeals) Bill

On Guy Fawkes' Night the House of Lords gave an unopposed second reading to a 'bonfire' of obsolete legislation. The 800+ acts to be repealed include a number of local curiosities.

Southwark and Lambeth curiosities in Statute Law (Repeals) Bill
Microsoft 'flying saucer' at Tower Bridge for Halo 4 launch

Microsoft 'flying saucer' at Tower Bridge for Halo 4 launch

River traffic on the Thames was halted on Monday night when a 'flying saucer' appeared in the Pool of London near Butler's Wharf.

Kids enjoy Halloween-themed composting workshop at Mint Street

Children at Mint Street Adventure Playground learned about worms and creepy crawlies during a Halloween-themed workshop.

Kids enjoy Halloween-themed composting workshop at Mint Street
Youth film to examine Bermondsey life 40 years after Thames TV documentary

Youth film to examine Bermondsey life 40 years after Thames TV documentary

The Downside Fisher Youth Club has launched a project to create a new film and photography exhibition inspired by the 40th anniversary of 'We Was All One', the 1972 Thames Television documentary about Bermondsey life.

Artists re-imagine the hoarding at Tate Modern 'pocket park'

Artists Heather and Ivan Morison were in Sumner Street on Thursday evening for the inauguration of their Skirt of the Black Mouth art installation.

Artists re-imagine the hoarding at Tate Modern 'pocket park'
Nolias 11 jazz club opens in Stamford Street

Nolias 11 jazz club opens in Stamford Street

Jazz fans and several well-known players have been visiting 56 Stamford Street for a few weeks but it officially opened on Thursday evening when the Mayor of Southwark Althea Smith cut a red ribbon.

SE1 United members visit Earl of Normanton's country estate

Members of youth-led community group SE1 United visited Hampshire this weekend to spend a day at Somerley, home of the Earl of Normanton.

SE1 United members visit Earl of Normanton's country estate
Mindapples tree appears in Southwark Cathedral churchyard

Mindapples tree appears in Southwark Cathedral churchyard

Local workers and tourists walking through Southwark Cathedral's churchyard on Wednesday lunchtime were invited to share their secrets of mental wellbeing.

St Thomas' Hospital art projections aim to make the invisible visible

A new collaboration between artist Dryden Goodwin and scientists from King's College London this month will highlight the need for a public debate on air pollution in the capital.

St Thomas' Hospital art projections aim to make the invisible visible
Former South Bank rough sleepers taken for ride on London Eye

Former South Bank rough sleepers taken for ride on London Eye

Two formerly homeless men who spent many years sleeping rough on the streets around the South Bank realised one of their dreams last week when they were given the chance to ride on the London Eye.

Bermondsey Street Festival returns for sixth year

The sun shone on Bermondsey Street on Saturday for the street's sixth annual festival.

Bermondsey Street Festival returns for sixth year
Savoy unveils panoramic painting of South Bank and River Thames

Savoy unveils panoramic painting of South Bank and River Thames

A panoramic painting depicting the River Thames and the South Bank on the day of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant has been unveiled in the front hall of the Savoy Hotel.

Dame Kelly Holmes drops in to Tooley Street's Stress Exchange

Dame Kelly Holmes this week visited the Stress Exchange in Tooley Street to lend her support to the salon's charity fundraising efforts.

Dame Kelly Holmes drops in to Tooley Street's Stress Exchange
Pop-up Shakespeare comes to Borough Market

Pop-up Shakespeare comes to Borough Market

Last weekend Borough Market hosted the finale to the 'What You Will: Pop-Up Shakespeare' series of of performances held around the capital as part of the London 2012 Festival.

Peckham post-riot Post-it note patchwork on show at cathedral

An artwork created from the messages left by local people in the wake of the summer 2011 riots in Peckham is now being exhibited in Southwark Cathedral.

Peckham post-riot Post-it note patchwork on show at cathedral
Floral designers create living art gallery at Southwark Cathedral

Floral designers create living art gallery at Southwark Cathedral

85 floral designers have created displays for the Leprosy Mission Festival of Flowers held this week at Southwark Cathedral.

Millennium Bridge and London Eye feature on Paralympics stamps

Royal Mail will this week issue a set of four stamps to mark the start of the Paralympic Games - and two of the stamps feature SE1 landmarks.

Millennium Bridge and London Eye feature on Paralympics stamps
Sun shines on SummerFest at Archbishop's Park

Sun shines on SummerFest at Archbishop's Park

Archbishop's Park in Waterloo was filled with stalls and activities on Friday for the annual SummerFest event.

Projections on Thames mark Olympic handover from London to Rio

A water projection on the Thames - designed to be viewed from the South Bank - marked the handover of Olympic host city status from London to Rio de Janeiro.

Projections on Thames mark Olympic handover from London to Rio
Designers use Thames mud to create crockery range

Designers use Thames mud to create crockery range

This week a young duo from this year's Designers in Residence at the Design Museum began their project to turn mud from the bottom of the River Thames into kitchenware.

Pop-up Mini Olympics extended till late October

The Pop-up Mini Olympics at the Marlborough Playground on Union Street - planned as a month-long event - has proved such a hit that it has been extended for a further three months.

Pop-up Mini Olympics extended till late October
Pop-up radio station broadcasts from bus parked in Montague Close

Pop-up radio station broadcasts from bus parked in Montague Close

A pop-up radio station with its studio in a bus parked in Montague Close near London Bridge is broadcasting on DAB digital radio across London during the Olympic Games.

Feast food festival held in Guy's Hospital car park

The consultants' car park at Guy's Hospital was filled with stalls from some of the biggest names on the London restaurant and street food scenes this weekend.

Feast food festival held in Guy's Hospital car park
Borough Market hosts carousel celebrating the SE1 skyline

Borough Market hosts carousel celebrating the SE1 skyline

Borough Market is hosting one of five Streetscape Carousels dotted around London during the Olympic Games.

See historic drawings of Waterloo and London Bridge Stations

Architectural plans and drawings of some of the capital's biggest and busiest railway stations – including London Bridge and Waterloo - have been published on Network Rail's online archive.

See historic drawings of Waterloo and London Bridge Stations
Parliamentary projections provide new South Bank spectacle

Parliamentary projections provide new South Bank spectacle

Each night during the Olympic and Paralympic games locals and visitors out for a late-night stroll on the Albert Embankment upstream of Westminster Bridge are being treated to a sporting sound and light show.

See the Olympic and Paralympic games on the big screen in Potters Fields Park

The big screen in Potters Fields Park showing Olympic and Paralympic games has already proved a hit with locals and tourists during its first three days.

See the Olympic and Paralympic games on the big screen in Potters Fields Park
South Bank's National Theatre ablaze for Olympic celebrations

South Bank's National Theatre ablaze for Olympic celebrations

On Tuesday night the National Theatre was ablaze as The World Famous Pyrotechnic Company turned Denys Lasdun's building into a Fire Garden to mark the opening of the Olympics.

'Climber' scales Southwark Cathedral to promote flower festival

A life-size moss man was installed on the walls of the south transept of Southwark Cathedral on Monday.

'Climber' scales Southwark Cathedral to promote flower festival
London's first 'repair cafe' held at Goodlife Centre

London's first 'repair cafe' held at Goodlife Centre

Wobbly chairs, wonky umbrellas and a toaster were some of the items that were fixed at the inaugural 'repair cafe' held on Sunday at The Goodlife Centre in Webber Street.

Thames bridges get special Olympic lighting

Six river crossings linking SE1 with Westminster and the City are hosting nightly light shows as part of London's Olympic and Paralympic celebrations.

Thames bridges get special Olympic lighting
Wenlock Olympic mascot arrives at Southwark Cathedral

Wenlock Olympic mascot arrives at Southwark Cathedral

Southwark Cathedral is one of 16 locations across SE1 hosting large representations of the Olympic and Paralympic mascots.

Paris comes to Park Street as Borough celebrates Bastille Day

Torrential rain didn't dampen enthusiasm at Saturday's Bastille Day celebrations in and around Borough Market.

Paris comes to Park Street as Borough celebrates Bastille Day
County Street Urban Garden gives SE1's fourth plinth a green setting

County Street Urban Garden gives SE1's fourth plinth a green setting

A new 'urban garden' has been created at the end of a dead-end street just yards from the busy New Kent Road.

Waterloo Carnival 2012: pictures, video, audio

The streets of Waterloo were filled with superheroes on Friday lunchtime as the Waterloo Carnival made its way from Lower Marsh to Waterloo Millennium Green.

Waterloo Carnival 2012: pictures, video, audio
New aerial photos of Blackfriars and London Bridge stations

New aerial photos of Blackfriars and London Bridge stations

Network Rail has released new images of Blackfriars and London Bridge Stations captured from the company's helicopter which flies around the railway system surveying it from the air.

Tour highlights Southwark's brewing and hop trade heritage

The first of a series of special London CAMRA heritage pub crawls took place in Southwark on Wednesday night.

Tour highlights Southwark's brewing and hop trade heritage
Young SE1 composer turns Tower Bridge into musical instrument

Young SE1 composer turns Tower Bridge into musical instrument

Tower Bridge played to a capacity audience on Sunday night as more than 500 people came to hear the premiere of Samuel Bordoli's 'Live Music Sculpture' on the high-level walkways that span the Thames.

14 remarkable local women depicted in mosaic at Morley College

A new permanent display of mosaic portraits of notable local women has been unveiled at Morley College by the Mayor of Lambeth.

14 remarkable local women depicted in mosaic at Morley College
Reverdy Road residents get preview of TV history documentary

Reverdy Road residents get preview of TV history documentary

Residents of Reverdy Road have given the thumbs-up to to a film about their street which will be broadcast this week.

Giant red ball appears on Golden Jubilee Bridge

Commuters and tourists crossing one of the Golden Jubilee footbridges alongside Hungerford Bridge on Wednesday found a 15-foot inflatable red ball wedged into the structure of the bridge.

Giant red ball appears on Golden Jubilee Bridge
Banners unfurled at Jerwood Space

Banners unfurled at Jerwood Space

To mark the end of Jerwood Visual Arts' Assembly exhibition, artist Charlie Woolley led a banner making workshop on Sunday which concluded in a banner drop outside the Jerwood Space building.

Seven street pianos come to SE1

50 pianos free for anybody to play have appeared on the streets of London - and seven of them are in SE1.

Seven street pianos come to SE1
Sponge cake model of Wren church on show at SE1 architects' office

Sponge cake model of Wren church on show at SE1 architects' office

A model of St Bride's Church in Fleet Street made from sponge cake was displayed this weekend at the offices of John Robertson Architects in Southwark Street.

Extraordinary subterranean fungal landscape opens in Waterloo

An underground horticultural installation has opened in a dark, dank railway arch at the Old Vic Tunnels in Waterloo.

Extraordinary subterranean fungal landscape opens in Waterloo
London Bridge rail heritage under

London Bridge rail heritage under "imminent death sentence"

Campaigners hoping to save two Victorian buildings likely to be demolished as part of the redevelopment of London Bridge Station have opened an exhibition of the work of the two architects responsible for the historic structures.

Dickens-themed fashion show at London Bridge nightclub

Local mental health charity CoolTan Arts last month hosted a Dickens-themed fashion show in the atmospheric setting of the Cable nightclub under London Bridge Station.

Dickens-themed fashion show at London Bridge nightclub
Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

Thanks to the reader who sent in these great pictures of Sunday's momentous river pageant to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Oxo Tower Wharf decked out with handmade diamond jubilee bunting

Off-the-shelf Diamond Jubilee bunting wasn't good enough for the designer-makers at Oxo Tower Wharf so they clubbed together to design and make their own decorations.

Oxo Tower Wharf decked out with handmade diamond jubilee bunting
SE1 schoolgirl's Jubilee tribute to Queen unveiled in Potters Fields Park

SE1 schoolgirl's Jubilee tribute to Queen unveiled in Potters Fields Park

A Diamond Jubilee image designed by 11-year-old Malika Mohammed has been unveiled in Potters Fields Park on the hoardings around Berkeley Homes' One Tower Bridge development.

London Eye features on Isle of Man Diamond Jubilee postage stamps

The London Eye features on a set of commemorative postage stamps issued by Isle of Man Post Office to mark the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

London Eye features on Isle of Man Diamond Jubilee postage stamps
Kevin Pietersen and Sir Viv Richards visit Waterloo school

Kevin Pietersen and Sir Viv Richards visit Waterloo school

Cricketers Charlotte Edwards, Kevin Pietersen and Sir Viv Richards helped celebrate Chance to Shine's Brit Insurance National Cricket Day at Johanna Primary, Oasis Academy Waterloo on Tuesday

Mayor of Southwark hosts charity ball at Vinopolis

More than 200 guests attended the Mayor of Southwark's charity ball event held at Vinopolis last Saturday evening.

Mayor of Southwark hosts charity ball at Vinopolis
Southwark Street book exchange launched by communications firm

Southwark Street book exchange launched by communications firm

A pavement book exchange where secondhand books can be swapped freely has been set up in the doorway of Forster Communications' Southwark Street offices.

Diamond Jubilee stained glass window installed at Southwark Cathedral

A stained glass window to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee has been installed at Southwark Cathedral.

Diamond Jubilee stained glass window installed at Southwark Cathedral
London Eye hosts pop-up garden to launch Cityscapes project

London Eye hosts pop-up garden to launch Cityscapes project

A London Eye capsule was turned into a temporary garden on Wednesday to mark the launch of Cityscapes, a summer-long programme of temporary gardens around the South Bank, Bankside and London Bridge.

Local children to design Jubilee hoarding for One Tower Bridge

Pupils from Tower Bridge Primary School have visited the Berkeley Homes construction site next to Potters Fields Park.

Local children to design Jubilee hoarding for One Tower Bridge
Prince of Wales opens Royal Devotion exhibition at Lambeth Palace Library

Prince of Wales opens Royal Devotion exhibition at Lambeth Palace Library

The Prince of Wales has opened an exhibition at Lambeth Palace featuring his own prayer book.

SE1 children plant herbs at Borough Market's 'nomadic allotments'

Pupils from Snowsfields and St Joseph's Primary Schools visited Borough Market on Tuesday to help put in a new batch of plants at the market's mobile allotments.

SE1 children plant herbs at Borough Market's 'nomadic allotments'
Deptford Jack in the Green returns to SE1 for May Day revels

Deptford Jack in the Green returns to SE1 for May Day revels

Fowlers Troop brought the Deptford Jack in the Green back to Southwark on Tuesday for a May Day tour of pubs in SE1 and the City.

SE1 flower and vegetable show to celebrate Octavia Hill centenary

Bankside Open Spaces Trust is inviting SE1 residents to grow flowers and vegetables or make cakes and chutneys for a flower show in celebration of Octavia Hill a century after her death.

SE1 flower and vegetable show to celebrate Octavia Hill centenary
St George's Day 2012 in Southwark

St George's Day 2012 in Southwark

St George's Day in Southwark was marked by events at the borough's two cathedrals as well the Borough's church of St George and Red Cross Garden.

St George celebrations in Southwark: Catalan, Ethiopian and Somali-style

"As the patron saint of multicultural and multilingual England, St George seems perfect," declared Fr Rana Khan in his sermon at the St George in Southwark Festival service.

St George celebrations in Southwark: Catalan, Ethiopian and Somali-style
Storytellers embark on pilgrimage from Southwark to Canterbury

Storytellers embark on pilgrimage from Southwark to Canterbury

On a wet Wednesday morning a bedraggled group of walkers gathered in Talbot Yard to embark on a literary pilgrimage from Southwark to the shrine of St Thomas Becket tracing the route taken by Chaucer's fictional pilgrims in the Canterbury Tales.

Rowan tree planted in Archbishop's Park

A rowan tree has been planted in Archbishop's Park as part of a programme teaching children about the importance of trees.

Rowan tree planted in Archbishop's Park
Vision Quest: A Ritual for Elephant & Castle - Marcus Coates

Vision Quest: A Ritual for Elephant & Castle - Marcus Coates

The former PriceMark 98p shop at the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre has been transformed into a temporary cinema showing an extraordinary film about one man's quest to understand the neighbourhood and what makes it tick.

Dame Helen Mirren learns lifesaving skills at Waterloo ambulance HQ

Dame Helen Mirren visited London Ambulance Service headquarters in Waterloo this week to meet the people behind the London Ambulance Voluntary Responder Group and learn how to save a life.

Dame Helen Mirren learns lifesaving skills at Waterloo ambulance HQ
Public bicycle pump installed in Kennington Road

Public bicycle pump installed in Kennington Road

A public bicycle pump has been installed outside the Three Stags pub at the corner of Kennington Road and Lambeth Road.

Cardboard box model of the Shard created by local shop

The Rocketvan Box Shop in Union Street has unveiled its latest creation - a model of the Shard.

Cardboard box model of the Shard created by local shop
Elizabethan fork excavated at Rose Theatre to feature on Radio 4

Elizabethan fork excavated at Rose Theatre to feature on Radio 4

A fork discovered during excavations at the Rose Theatre on Bankside will be the subject of a programme presented by British Museum director Neil MacGregor on BBC Radio 4 this spring.

London Eye and Tower Bridge in floral art show at City Hall

Floral depictions of London landmarks including Tower Bridge and the London Eye have gone on show at City Hall this week.

London Eye and Tower Bridge in floral art show at City Hall
SE1 primary school pupils to raise cash for endangered tigers

SE1 primary school pupils to raise cash for endangered tigers

200 pupils at Cathedral School in Redcross Way will dress up in tiger costumes this Friday as part of a month-long initiative to raise funds and awareness for tiger conservation projects.

SE1 students win Design Museum prize for reinventing tiddlywinks

Slick Shooter, a game based on tiddlywinks devised by pupils at the Walworth Academy, will go on sale at the Design Museum shop this sumer.

SE1 students win Design Museum prize for reinventing tiddlywinks
Dramatic 'coat hanger crucifixion' sculpture installed at Southwark Cathedral

Dramatic 'coat hanger crucifixion' sculpture installed at Southwark Cathedral

David Mach's coat hanger crucifixion Die Harder has been installed in Southwark Cathedral. This is the first time that the work has been seen in London.

Bermondsey's health propaganda heritage on show at Wellcome Collection

Films made by Bermondsey Borough Council in the 1920s and 1930s to promote public health are at the centre of a new temporary display at the Wellcome Collection in Euston Road.

Bermondsey's health propaganda heritage on show at Wellcome Collection
The Table celebrates 6 months of hyper-local hyper-fresh produce

The Table celebrates 6 months of hyper-local hyper-fresh produce

A Southwark Street restaurant has served up 100 kilograms of locally grown salad and vegetables in the past six months thanks to a partnership with St Mungo's community gardening programme Putting Down Roots.

Recycling bin for electrical appliances in Southwark Bridge Road

A new recycling bin for small electrical appliances such as hairdryers and irons has been installed outside Mint Street Park by Southwark Council and Veolia Environmental Services.

Recycling bin for electrical appliances in Southwark Bridge Road
Southwark celebrates 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth

Southwark celebrates 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth

Southwark Cathedral and Charles Dickens Primary School led the local celebrations of the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens with a range of events.

Southbank Centre launches Valentine's gifts incorporating honey from RFH hives

The 'Bee my honey' range has been created by designers Tina Tsang and Charlotte Sale and incorporates honey from the Royal Festival Hives at Southbank Centre.

Southbank Centre launches Valentine's gifts incorporating honey from RFH hives
Borough Market blue plaque unveiled by Mayor of Southwark

Borough Market blue plaque unveiled by Mayor of Southwark

A blue plaque recognising Borough Market's status as "London's oldest fruit and veg market" has been unveiled by the Mayor of Southwark.

'Book bin' installed at Waterloo recycling point

A charity 'book bin' has been added to the recycling point outside Waterloo Millennium Green in Baylis Road.

'Book bin' installed at Waterloo recycling point
Peckham photographic portraits exhibited in Bermondsey Square

Peckham photographic portraits exhibited in Bermondsey Square

Photographic portraits of Peckham residents taken in the aftermath of last summer's riots have gone on display in Bermondsey Square.

Peta Bridle's Borough in Pictures exhibition

Drawings and paintings of Borough Market and nearby streets feature in Peta Bridle's exhibition at Southwark Cathedral.

Peta Bridle's Borough in Pictures exhibition
Triple honours for Royal Oak

Triple honours for Royal Oak

The Royal Oak in Tabard Street has been honoured with two awards and inclusion in a new book on important pubs.

Snowsfields pupil designs winning Borough Market Christmas card

Bisola, whose drawing won a Christmas card competition, has visited Borough market with her class.

Snowsfields pupil designs winning Borough Market Christmas card
Southbank Centre's winter garden grotto on Queen Elizabeth Hall roof

Southbank Centre's winter garden grotto on Queen Elizabeth Hall roof

The rooftop garden at the Queen Elizabeth Hall - one of the success stories of this summer's Festival of Britain 60th anniversary celebrations - has reopened with a winter twist.

Borough Market hosts community Christmas lunch for older locals

More than 100 older Southwark residents sat down to lunch in the Jubilee Market at Borough Market on Sunday at the market's annual Christmas event for the local community.

Borough Market hosts community Christmas lunch for older locals
Jim Carter presents landscape photography prize at National Theatre

Jim Carter presents landscape photography prize at National Theatre

Downton Abbey star Jim Carter visited the National Theatre last week for the opening of the 'Take a View: Landscape Photographer of the Year 2011' exhibition.

Shakespeare's Globe launches exclusive range of beer

The Swan at Shakespeare's Globe has introduced its own label stout, ale and lager in time for Christmas.

Shakespeare's Globe launches exclusive range of beer
Southwark Cathedral and Borough Market Christmas trees lit up

Southwark Cathedral and Borough Market Christmas trees lit up

The Christmas tree lights in Southwark Cathedral and Borough Market were switched on simultaneously on Wednesday evening during Better Bankside's annual service for local businesses and their employees.

Eileen Gamblin retires after four decades of service

There was a champagne toast to Eileen Gamblin as she stepped down from her catering role at Christ Church in Blackfriars Road after 44 years.

Eileen Gamblin retires after four decades of service
Donate a Christmas gift for homeless people in Southwark

Donate a Christmas gift for homeless people in Southwark

Better Bankside is inviting local residents and workers to donate a Christmas present for homeless and vulnerably-housed people in Southwark.

Local photographer Steve Hollingshead launches 2012 London calendar

For the ninth year running local photographer Steve Hollingshead has created a limited edition calendar featuring unusual events from across London.

Local photographer Steve Hollingshead launches 2012 London calendar
Insect hotel inspired by Heygate Estate goes on show at Garden Museum

Insect hotel inspired by Heygate Estate goes on show at Garden Museum

A small 'insect hotel' built from old exhibition materials and inspired by the design of Elephant & Castle's Heygate Estate has gone on display at the Garden Museum in Lambeth.

Christmas market now open on the South Bank

For the fourth year a Christmas market is being held on the Thames Path along the South Bank between Jubilee Gardens and Waterloo Bridge.

Christmas market now open on the South Bank
Fenix 2 capsule used to rescue Chilean miners now on display in SE1

Fenix 2 capsule used to rescue Chilean miners now on display in SE1

The Fénix 2 capsule created in a naval shipyard for the rescue of 33 miners trapped 700 metres underground in a Chilean mine last year has been put on display in Albert Embankment.

Sophie Dickens' Four Evangelists sculptures at Southwark Cathedral

Sophie Dickens, sculptor of the 'Four Evangelists' on temporary show at Southwark Cathedral, has been talking about the work.

Sophie Dickens' Four Evangelists sculptures at Southwark Cathedral
Terence Conran - The Way We Live Now at Design Museum

Terence Conran - The Way We Live Now at Design Museum

Chairs, crockery and cutlery from two of SE1's best-known restaurants are among the exhibits at the Design Museum's fascinating celebration of the 80th birthday of Sir Terence Conran.

In pictures: Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday ceremonies

Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday have been observed at war memorials around SE1.

In pictures: Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday ceremonies
Jon Snow at Woolfson & Tay for launch of 'For the Messengers' exhibition

Jon Snow at Woolfson & Tay for launch of 'For the Messengers' exhibition

Jon Snow joined his ITN colleague Jude Cowan at Woolfson & Tay on Monday evening to talk about her exhibition and poetry book inspired by her work as a television archivist.

Bermondsey Street Honey wins two awards

Just three years after setting up hives on the roof of his Bermondsey Street home, SE1 beekeeper Dale Gibson has won two prestigious awards.

Bermondsey Street Honey wins two awards
Kate Chisholm's Bankside inspiration for Samuel Johnson book

Kate Chisholm's Bankside inspiration for Samuel Johnson book

Kate Chisholm visited Bankside on Thursday to celebrate the publication of her book on Samuel Johnson and women.

Bankside Boom! fireworks at Mint Street Park

To mark the end of the three-year Lottery-funded 'Play in your Manor' scheme, Bankside Open Spaces Trust held a fireworks display at Mint Street Park on Friday evening.

Bankside Boom! fireworks at Mint Street Park
Hemp cheese on sale at Borough Market

Hemp cheese on sale at Borough Market

Hanfmutschli (which translates as "The Joint") is a cheese produced in the Emmental region of Central Switzerland and now on sale at Borough Market.

London Bridge TV soap released on DVD

A 1990s regional ITV soap set at a fictional SE1 restaurant has been released on DVD.

London Bridge TV soap released on DVD
20 local adults and children create dance performance for The Scoop

20 local adults and children create dance performance for The Scoop

An audience of more than 200 people gathered in The Scoop at More London on Wednesday to watch a performance by 10 adults with learning disabilities who attend Bede House and 10 schoolchildren from nearby Grange Primary School.

Rare chance to see images of Bloomsbury Group murals at LSBU

An exhibition of "lost gems of local art history" by renowned artists including the Bloomsbury Group's Roger Fry and Duncan Grant has opened at London South Bank University.

Rare chance to see images of Bloomsbury Group murals at LSBU
Royal Navy frigate HMS Sutherland to sail under Tower Bridge

Royal Navy frigate HMS Sutherland to sail under Tower Bridge

Royal Navy frigate HMS Sutherland, which recently saw action in the Libya conflict, will sail up the Thames to London on Tuesday 18 October for a five-day visit to the capital.

Tacita Dean's homage to analogue film in Tate Modern turbine hall

Tacita Dean's 11-minute silent film is the latest artwork to fill the turbine hall at Tate Modern as part of the Unilever Series of commissions for the vast space at the heart of the former Bankside Power Station.

Tacita Dean's homage to analogue film in Tate Modern turbine hall
Spurgeon Street locals pimp their pavements

Spurgeon Street locals pimp their pavements

Trees for Cities chief executive Sharon Johnson has visited Spurgeon Street to acknowledge the commitment of residents to continued tree care.

Bermondsey Street Festival attracts thousands

Good weather brought thousands to the Bermondsey Street Festival on Saturday.

Bermondsey Street Festival attracts thousands
Edible Bankside Walk gathers crops for locally grown lunch

Edible Bankside Walk gathers crops for locally grown lunch

A lunch made from produce gathered on Bankside has been staged in Red Cross Garden.

Japan Matsuri raises funds for earthquake and tsunami victims

Japanese ambassador Keiichi Hayashi and culture secretary Jeremy Hunt opened the third annual Japan Matsuri event, held this year for the first time in and around County Hall on the South Bank.

Japan Matsuri raises funds for earthquake and tsunami victims
20 life-size gorilla statues appear at More London Riverside

20 life-size gorilla statues appear at More London Riverside

A multi-coloured army of 20 gorillas has appeared on the riverside next to City Hall as part of a charity fundraising drive organised by Bristol Zoo Gardens.

Temporary gardens created in South Bank street

A series of small gardens appeared in Concert Hall Approach on the South Bank on Friday as part of International Park(ing) Day when car parking spaces across the world are turned into green spaces for the day.

Temporary gardens created in South Bank street
The Mayor's Thames Festival 2011

The Mayor's Thames Festival 2011

The 15th annual Thames Festival brought thousands of visitors to the South Bank and Bankside this weekend.

Artwork chosen for new Bankside entrance to Blackfriars Station

A picture that will in time become familiar to thousands of commuters when reproduced in the new southern entrance of Blackfriars Station has gone on show at the nearby Bankside Gallery.

Artwork chosen for new Bankside entrance to Blackfriars Station
SE1 resident treks to Everest Base Camp in aid of Women for Women

SE1 resident treks to Everest Base Camp in aid of Women for Women

Bermondsey resident Jessie Allen will next month join Susan Harper Todd in a trek to Everest Base Camp with the aim of raising £100,000 for Women for Women to support women rights in war-torn countries and help women victims of war rebuild their lives.

Waterloo Bridge artefact on display at John Rennie exhibition

A stone believed to be from the original Waterloo Bridge is on display as part of an exhibition to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of engineer John Rennie.

Waterloo Bridge artefact on display at John Rennie exhibition
Honorary doctorate for Globe Education's Patrick Spottiswoode

Honorary doctorate for Globe Education's Patrick Spottiswoode

Patrick Spottiswoode - one of the first people hired by Sam Wanamaker when he started his campaign to reconstruct Shakespeare's Globe - has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Warwick University.

SE1 shops feature in 'Shit London' book

The owner of an Elephant & Castle kebab shop had reacted with disappointment to the inclusion of his takeaway in a new book of pictures of urban grime and decay.

SE1 shops feature in 'Shit London' book
Living Memory exhibition at Bargehouse

Living Memory exhibition at Bargehouse

The SE1 Living Heritage exhibition, the culmination of a two year project, has opened on three floors at the Bargehouse on Oxo Tower Wharf.

Archbishop's Park Summerfest 'saved' by Marine Society

Summerfest 2011 took place in Archbishop's Park on one of the hottest days of the year.

Archbishop's Park Summerfest 'saved' by Marine Society
Russell Scott-Skinner backs Beatbullying charity

Russell Scott-Skinner backs Beatbullying charity

Russell Scott-Skinner, described as the new surrealist painter, is having his first solo London show at gallery@oxo.

Alan Kitching's Borough High Street print launched at Royal Oak

A print called 'The Borough' by leading typographer Alan Kitching has been hung in the Royal Oak in Tabard Street.

Alan Kitching's Borough High Street print launched at Royal Oak
Waterloo planning watchdog's new dynamic duo

Waterloo planning watchdog's new dynamic duo

Abigail Tripp and Melanie Tighe are the new job share assistant directors of Waterloo Community Development Group.

Southwark Circle launches discount dining club for over-50s

Southwark Circle, the local membership organisation for the over-50s, is launching its discount dining club with 'The Big Dine Out' event on Wednesday 20 July.

Southwark Circle launches discount dining club for over-50s
Doggett's Coat and Badge Race

Doggett's Coat and Badge Race

The historic Doggett's Coat and Badge Race on the River Thames from London Bridge to Chelsea was held on Friday.

Car-shaped bike rack migrates from Lower Marsh to The Cut

A temporary cycle rack which fits 10 bicycles in the space that one car would normally occupy has moved to The Cut after a month in nearby Lower Marsh.

Car-shaped bike rack migrates from Lower Marsh to The Cut
Bermondsey Street fashion experts judge Cathedral School 'eco warriors'

Bermondsey Street fashion experts judge Cathedral School 'eco warriors'

Fashion experts from Bermondsey Street's Cockfighter and Pussy Willow judged the 'eco-warrior' themed fashion show at Cathedral School in Redcross Way on Thursday.

Didges on the Bridges

Didjeridu players serenaded commuters on the five road and pedestrian bridges that link Southwark to the City on Tuesday morning.

Didges on the Bridges
Swap your unwanted books in Union Street

Swap your unwanted books in Union Street

A book exchange is now operating five days a week under the railway arch in Union Street.

Shard on show in Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition

Views of SE1 and as well as work by Southwark artists feature in this year's Royal Academy of Arts Summer Show.

Shard on show in Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition
Kipling Estate garage rooftop hosts student art exhibition

Kipling Estate garage rooftop hosts student art exhibition

A forgotten space on the Kipling Estate was opened for just one night for an art event.

King James Bible anniversary celebrated at Lambeth Palace exhibition

The 400th anniversary of the King James Bible is being marked at Lambeth Palace with an exhibition called 'Out of the Original Sacred Tongues'.

King James Bible anniversary celebrated at Lambeth Palace exhibition
Southwark's Disney Street included in Mickey Mouse map of London

Southwark's Disney Street included in Mickey Mouse map of London

A quiet alleyway off Redcross Way in Borough has been included in Disney London, a map of locations associated with the company's films.

Webber Street's new Goodlife Centre provides practical and creative classes

Tools for the terrified is just one of the courses on offer at the Goodlife Centre, a new training centre run by Jo Behari and Alison Winfield-Chislett whose aim is to present trades and the way people learn them in a different light.

Webber Street's new Goodlife Centre provides practical and creative classes
Bells herald rehearsal for Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant

Bells herald rehearsal for Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant

If you were confused by an unexpected peal of church bells coming from the river on Sunday afternoon, we can help to explain.

Paul Ashton at Nolia's Gallery

Paul Ashton is staging his first one man show at Nolia's Gallery in Great Suffolk Street.

Paul Ashton at Nolia's Gallery
Royal Box up for auction

Royal Box up for auction

The Rocket Van Box Shop in Union Street is marking the Royal Wedding with an unusual charity auction.

Death of stained glass artist Lawrence Lee

Stained glass artist Lawrence Lee whose work is found in Southwark has died at the age of 101.

Death of stained glass artist Lawrence Lee
Studio at the Elephant brings art to the shopping centre

Studio at the Elephant brings art to the shopping centre

Two local artists have set up a temporary studio at the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre.

Party celebrates four years of Brookwood Triangle community garden

Local residents of all ages joined a May Day party on Sunday to celebrate four years of the Brookwood Triangle Community Garden at the corner of Webber Street and Lancaster Street.

Party celebrates four years of Brookwood Triangle community garden
Bamber Gascoigne opens Bankside Gallery show

Bamber Gascoigne opens Bankside Gallery show

Bamber Gascoigne has opened the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers annual exhibition at the Bankside Gallery.

Pierre Garroudi stages fashion show in the streets of London Bridge

Commuters at London Bridge Station during Maundy Thursday's pre-holiday rush hour were greeted by the unexpected sight of models and dancers taking part in a 'guerrilla' fashion show.

Pierre Garroudi stages fashion show in the streets of London Bridge
Marathon reading of King James Bible at Shakespeare's Globe

Marathon reading of King James Bible at Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare's Globe's marathon Holy Week recital of the King James Bible began on Palm Sunday with 20 actors working in rotation to present a 69-hour reaing of this historic book.

Choose the theme for Waterloo Carnival and win a private capsule on the London Eye

The organisers of the Waterloo Carnival have set the date for this year's event - Friday 15 July - and want your help to choose a theme.

Choose the theme for Waterloo Carnival and win a private capsule on the London Eye
1920s Bankside images on show at Southwark women's art exhibition

1920s Bankside images on show at Southwark women's art exhibition

Six rarely seen pen and wash pictures in a new art exhibition show Bankside during the 1920s.

Virgin London Marathon - meet some of the SE1 people taking part

On Sunday 17 April thousands of people will take part in the Virgin London Marathon. Here's a brief guide to some of the SE1 people who are taking part, and how you can help them raise cash for good causes.

Virgin London Marathon - meet some of the SE1 people taking part
Elephant & Castle opera designs showcased at Cardiff exhibition

Elephant & Castle opera designs showcased at Cardiff exhibition

Designs for an opera set in the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre have been put on display at a major national theatre exhibition in Cardiff.

Oxfam papier-mache giant arrives at Millennium Bridge

A group of Oxfam volunteers have walked with a giant scupture from Manchester to Bankside to highlight the need to provide healthcare for mothers around the world.

Oxfam papier-mache giant arrives at Millennium Bridge
Historic Blackfriars Railway Bridge shields dismantled for Thameslink works

Historic Blackfriars Railway Bridge shields dismantled for Thameslink works

If you've crossed Blackfriars Bridge in the last couple of weeks you might have noticed that something is missing.

Street artist Nathan Bowen creates recycling mural in Borough Market

Shoppers in Borough Market on Thursday and Friday were able to watch renowned graffiti artist Nathan Bowen create a new work to decorate the gates of the market's recycling compound.

Street artist Nathan Bowen creates recycling mural in Borough Market
BBC's Huw Edwards visits Walworth Academy

BBC's Huw Edwards visits Walworth Academy

Pupils and teachers at Walworth Academy welcomed BBC News presenter Huw Edwards to the school on Monday for a talk on current affairs and what life is like working in the media.

Win the chance to take the controls of Tower Bridge

The City of London Corporation has launched an annual competition for a member of the public to win the opportunity to take the controls of Tower Bridge, stop the traffic and raise the bascules for a boat to pass through.

Win the chance to take the controls of Tower Bridge
Southwark over-50s paint the town red for Comic Relief

Southwark over-50s paint the town red for Comic Relief

Members of Southwark Circle, a membership organisation for the over 50s, were in Borough Market on Red Nose Day painting shoppers' nails red in return for a £3 donation to Comic Relief.

Businesses urged to support tourism training for Southwark youths

The Southwark Young Pilgrims Project has held its 2011 showcase evening high above the Thames at Tower Bridge.

Businesses urged to support tourism training for Southwark youths
Bankside BikeShed competition shortlist revealed

Bankside BikeShed competition shortlist revealed

Better Bankside and the Architecture Foundation have named the five shortlisted entries in their competition to create new portable, secure bicycle parking in the Bankside area.

Tabard Gardens kids perform in front of thousands at Millwall QPR match

15 young street dancers from the Tabard Gardens Estate gave a preview performance at Hankey Hall on Monday night as they prepared to entertain a much larger crowd at the Den.

Tabard Gardens kids perform in front of thousands at Millwall QPR match
Bermondsey swimming pool and gym offers free trial session

Bermondsey swimming pool and gym offers free trial session

The newly relaunched Downside Centre is inviting local residents to have a free trial of its 'Downside Fit' membership package for its gym and swimming pool.

Lambeth Palace Library launches iPhone app

The highlights of Lambeth Palace Library's 400th anniversary exhibition are now available in an iPhone app.

Lambeth Palace Library launches iPhone app
Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth recreated in dead-end SE1 street

Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth recreated in dead-end SE1 street

A full-scale replica of Trafalagar Square's empty fourth plinth has been installed at the end of County Street in SE1.

Bankside's urban birds enjoy new Nestworks

Around Valentine's Day courting birds across the UK will begin inspecting potential nesting sites - and thanks to the Nestworks project there are more possibilities than ever around the streets of Bankside.

Bankside's urban birds enjoy new Nestworks
Rolls-Royce celebrates 'Flying Lady' centenary with London cavalcade

Rolls-Royce celebrates 'Flying Lady' centenary with London cavalcade

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrated the centenary of the 'Spirit of Ecstasy' or 'Flying Lady' – which adorns the front of each and every Rolls-Royce vehicle - with a procession of cars through London on Sunday morning.

Costcutter teams up with Charles Dickens Primary School for healthy eating initiative

Members of the enterprise club at Charles Dickens Primary School helped to organise an event to promote healthy eating at the Costcutter store in Southwark Bridge Road on Friday.

Costcutter teams up with Charles Dickens Primary School for healthy eating initiative
Shakespeare's London iPhone app

Shakespeare's London iPhone app

Former Guardian journalist Victor Keegan has published a new iPhone app which uses geolocation to highlight the locations around London which have associations with the Bard.

Bedlam's Backyard explored by Morley College tutors

Mud has been flying in Morley College’s secret garden as two of its tutors embark on a new outdoor installation piece and uncover some local history along the way.

Bedlam's Backyard explored by Morley College tutors
Young carol singers raise money for local winter night shelter

Young carol singers raise money for local winter night shelter

Children from a Southwark primary school sang carols on the concourse of London Bridge Station on Wednesday morning to raise money for a winter night shelter project run by local churches.

Skybar: pop-up rooftop bar opens in Tooley Street

A pop-up bar on the roof of a Tooley Street office building is open to the public for eight nights only.

Skybar: pop-up rooftop bar opens in Tooley Street
Steve Hollingshead's 2011 London calendar now on sale

Steve Hollingshead's 2011 London calendar now on sale

For the eighth year Southwark-based photographer Steve Hollingshead has created a limited edition calendar celebrating the spirit of London.

Charity Christmas card stall on the South Bank

For the first time BFI Southbank is hosting a Card Aid charity Christmas card shop.

Charity Christmas card stall on the South Bank
Local filmmaker tells story of Bermondsey Antiques Market

Local filmmaker tells story of Bermondsey Antiques Market

Every Friday morning for the past 62 years antiques have been bought and sold in Bermondsey Square. A new film by Kevin Dolan explore the past and present of the New Caledonian Market.

Obituary: The Very Revd Colin Slee, Dean of Southwark

Colin Slee, Dean of Southwark, has died after a short illness and just a fortnight after his 65th birthday.

Obituary: The Very Revd Colin Slee, Dean of Southwark
Cologne Christmas Market returns for third South Bank season

Cologne Christmas Market returns for third South Bank season

The third annual Cologne Christmas Market has opened on the South Bank between the Jubilee Gardens flagpole and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Woman who collapsed in Borough Market cafe meets paramedics who saved her life

A woman whose heart stopped beating during a Good Friday visit to a Borough Market cafe has been reunited with the paramedics who saved her life.

Woman who collapsed in Borough Market cafe meets paramedics who saved her life
Quentin Blake mural unveiled at Tooley Street's Unicorn Theatre

Quentin Blake mural unveiled at Tooley Street's Unicorn Theatre

Quentin Blake will this week unveil a new large-scale work created as a gift to the Unicorn Theatre for children to celebrate the 5th anniversary of its Tooley Street home and support its work with underprivileged children.

Arts project aims to capture essence of Elephant & Castle

Local artist Rebecca Davies has taken over a shop unit at the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre for the past two weeks for a project to celebrate the area's sense of community.

Arts project aims to capture essence of Elephant & Castle
Vanishing Point: kinetic art and construction drawings at Elephant & Castle

Vanishing Point: kinetic art and construction drawings at Elephant & Castle

The Vanishing Point exhibition at Hotel Elephant in Newington Causeway is now in its final week.

Hundreds of historic cars cross Westminster Bridge

More than 500 vehicles - all at least 106 years old - took part in the 77th London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on Sunday morning.

Hundreds of historic cars cross Westminster Bridge
Shadows of the Wanderer sculpture arrives at St John's Waterloo

Shadows of the Wanderer sculpture arrives at St John's Waterloo

Shadows of the Wanderer, a large installation by the Brazilian sculptor Ana Maria Pacheco, has gone on display in St John's Church in Waterloo.

Daily 'fireworks display' in Clink Street tunnel

'Fireworks-style' lighting has been installed in the Clink Street tunnel which forms part of the Thames Path.

Daily 'fireworks display' in Clink Street tunnel
Mary MacKillop - Australia's first saint: the Southwark connection

Mary MacKillop - Australia's first saint: the Southwark connection

Australia's first saint, who is to be canonised on Sunday in Rome, has strong links with Southwark.

Hollar's 1647 'Long View of London' panorama released as iPhone app

Wenceslaus Hollar's 1647 panorama of the City of London seen from the tower of what is now Southwark Cathedral has been released as an iPhone and iPad app.

Hollar's 1647 'Long View of London' panorama released as iPhone app
Ai Weiwei fills Tate Modern turbine hall with 100 million ceramic seed husks

Ai Weiwei fills Tate Modern turbine hall with 100 million ceramic seed husks

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has unveiled his latest creation in Tate Modern's turbine hall - a carpet of more than 100 million ceramic replicas of sunflower seed husks.

Young creative directors wanted for The Old Vic Tunnels

The Old Vic Tunnels, a labyrinthine space underneath Waterloo Station, are looking for seven young artists to produce a programme of new music, dance, fashion, theatre, film, photography and comedy next February.

Young creative directors wanted for The Old Vic Tunnels
Forgotten Southwark artist Austin Osman Spare honoured

Forgotten Southwark artist Austin Osman Spare honoured

An exhibition devoted to the artist Austin Osman Spare, who lived and worked in Southwark and Waterloo, has opened at the Cuming Museum.

LSBU online archive lifts the lid on life as a Southwark student in decades past

London South Bank University has launched an online catalogue of its archive, offering public access to dozens of images dating back to the foundation of the Borough Polytechnic Institute in 1892.

LSBU online archive lifts the lid on life as a Southwark student in decades past
Mosaic sign unveiled at Waterloo Action Centre

Mosaic sign unveiled at Waterloo Action Centre

Visitors to Waterloo Action Centre can now identify the building more easily thanks to a new mosaic sign created by members of a local older people's group.

Peter Randall-Page: Southwark's September of Sculpture

Purdy Hicks Gallery, Hopton's Almshouses, Jerwood Space and Dulwich Picture Gallery are all displaying the work of sculpture by Peter Randall-Page during September.

Peter Randall-Page: Southwark's September of Sculpture
Fourth Bermondsey Street Festival draws a crowd

Fourth Bermondsey Street Festival draws a crowd

The sun shone for the Bermondsey Street Festival on Saturday. What started as a small event in Tanner Street Park in 2006 now fills the street from Crucifix Lane to Bermondsey Square.

Thomas Heatherwick's Spun Seats installed on the South Bank

Visitors to the South Bank will be able to try out Thomas Heathwick's playful Spun Seats this weekend as part of the London Design Festival.

Thomas Heatherwick's Spun Seats installed on the South Bank
The Mayor's Thames Festival 2010

The Mayor's Thames Festival 2010

Despite an unpromising forecast the weather was sunny for the fourteenth Thames Festival, a weekend of activities on and around the river culminating in a fireworks display on Sunday night.

Polish art festival returns to the Borough

A sculpture by Danuta Solowiej has been placed in the east garden of St George the Martyr Church as part of the Polish Art Festival ARTeria.

Polish art festival returns to the Borough
Accomplice: New York interactive theatre comes to SE1 streets

Accomplice: New York interactive theatre comes to SE1 streets

Accomplice - a combination of theatre, game and walking tour which has been a hit on the streets of New York and Los Angeles - is coming to Southwark in September.

Magic treatment for children with motor disorders at Guy's Hospital

Three ten-day 'magic camps' have been held at Guy's Hospital this summer to help improve children's motor skills and confidence by encouraging them to practice therapeutic hand and arm movements in a fun and challenging way.

Magic treatment for children with motor disorders at Guy's Hospital
Build your own Tower Bridge with Lego's 4,287-piece kit

Build your own Tower Bridge with Lego's 4,287-piece kit

Danish construction toy company Lego has announced the launch of a new model kit of London's Tower Bridge made up of 4,287 pieces.

Southside FM is back on the airwaves this August

The youth-led media project and radio station has been going for six years and aims to present young people in a positive light.

Southside FM is back on the airwaves this August
Helicopter filming for Bollywood movie RA. One at Lambeth Bridge

Helicopter filming for Bollywood movie RA. One at Lambeth Bridge

A helicopter flew low over Lambeth Bridge on Saturday morning during filming for Anubhav Sinha's Bollywood science-fiction superhero film RA. One.

Engineer's great great grandson visits Waterloo to see Railway Children locomotive

The great great grandson of Patrick Stirling, the engineer who designed the Stirling Single locomotive featured in the current production of the Railway Children at Waterloo Station, came to see the show this week.

Engineer's great great grandson visits Waterloo to see Railway Children locomotive
Camel racing in Potters Fields Park

Camel racing in Potters Fields Park

Free camel rides were on offer in Potters Fields Park on Wednesday as part of a promotional stunt for easyJet's new route from Gatwick to Luxor.

William Blake mosaics destined for SE1 tunnel on show at Lincoln's Inn Fields

An exhibition of works created by Waterloo social enterprise Southbank Mosaics can be seen in a pop-up garden outside barristers' chambers in Lincoln's Inn Fields.

William Blake mosaics destined for SE1 tunnel on show at Lincoln's Inn Fields
Guerrilla geographers launch Mission:Explore iPhone app at Golden Hinde

Guerrilla geographers launch Mission:Explore iPhone app at Golden Hinde

Last month a group of guerrilla geographers took over the Golden Hinde for the launch of a new iPhone app called Mission:Explore which encourages young people to engage in "playful research" to get to know their surroundings.

Waterloo East Theatre prepares to open its doors

Waterloo's newest theatre opens its doors in four weeks' time. We talk to Gerald Armin, the man behind this ambitious new not-for-profit venture.

Waterloo East Theatre prepares to open its doors
New art gallery opens in Blackfriars Road

New art gallery opens in Blackfriars Road

Blackfriars Road, described as 'an innovative art gallery', has opened in Blackfriars Road near the Ufford Street junction.

Summer fun in Melior Street Gardens

A fete inspired by those of yesteryear was up by Team London Bridge in Melior Street Gardens on Wednesday.

Summer fun in Melior Street Gardens
The Measurement Shop opens at Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre

The Measurement Shop opens at Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre

Theatre company Tangled Feet has taken over an empty shop at the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre to develop a project all about measuring the immeasurable.

More than 20 SE1 gardens win Southwark in Bloom awards

More than 20 SE1 people and organisations have received Southwark in Bloom awards for their efforts to make the borough greener and more beautiful.

More than 20 SE1 gardens win Southwark in Bloom awards
Akai joins cast of Into the Hoods at Royal Festival Hall

Akai joins cast of Into the Hoods at Royal Festival Hall

Akai, winner of Sky 1's Got to Dance, joined the cast of the hip-hop show Into the Hoods in the South Bank's Queen Elizabeth Hall undercroft on Wednesday afternoon.

Cafe Nova Interchange boss Amelia Suarez retires to Spain

Amelia Suarez, who founded and ran the Cafe Nova Interchange social enterprise at Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, is retiring to Spain.

Cafe Nova Interchange boss Amelia Suarez retires to Spain
NCVO learns from SE1 United Youth Forum

NCVO learns from SE1 United Youth Forum

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations visited Waterloo-based youth forum SE1 United for advice earlier this month.

Southwark Cathedral girls' choir celebrates 10th anniversary

Southwark Cathedral's girls' choir has marked its tenth anniversary by singing a choral evensong attended by past choristers and their parents.

Southwark Cathedral girls' choir celebrates 10th anniversary
Waterloo Carnival brings urban jungle to Lower Marsh

Waterloo Carnival brings urban jungle to Lower Marsh

The seventh Waterloo Carnival - held in and around Lower Marsh on Friday - had a jungle theme.

Tall ship Stavros S Niarchos arrives in Pool of London

Pupils from the London Nautical School were among 48 teenagers on board the Tall Ships Youth Trust's 60-metre brig Stavros S Niarchos as it passed through Tower Bridge on Wednesday evening.

Tall ship Stavros S Niarchos arrives in Pool of London
Buddhist text displayed on Redcross Way banner

Buddhist text displayed on Redcross Way banner

Turner Prize-nominated artist Mark Titchner has created a giant banner bearing the text "nothing for myself that is not also for others" that will be displayed on the wall of the Art House at Cathedral School in Redcross Way.

Elephant & Castle love story opens at shopping centre theatre

A new play set in the Elephant & Castle area opens this week at the temporary theatre in the shopping centre.

Elephant & Castle love story opens at shopping centre theatre
Southwark-based aid agency celebrates 25 years with Bankside open-air exhibition

Southwark-based aid agency celebrates 25 years with Bankside open-air exhibition

CARE International UK is celebrating 25 years of defending dignity and fighting poverty with a striking open-air photography exhibition on the Bankside riverside walkway near Tate Modern.

Another victory for MPs as Commons crew wins parliamentary boat race

The House of Commons rowing crew was victorious in the annual parliamentary boat race on the River Thames on Thursday afternoon.

Another victory for MPs as Commons crew wins parliamentary boat race
Kerala Carnival comes to the South Bank

Kerala Carnival comes to the South Bank

The South Bank is playing host to the Kerala Carnival this week.

Bankside Urban Forest celebrated at London Festival of Architecture finale

The streets of Bankside were filled with unexpected sights last weekend as the focus of the London Festival of Architecture moved south of the river for its final weekend.

Bankside Urban Forest celebrated at London Festival of Architecture finale
Alexei Sayle referees writers v scientists football match in Jubilee Gardens

Alexei Sayle referees writers v scientists football match in Jubilee Gardens

Alexei Sayle refereed a writers versus scientists football match in Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank on Wednesday night to mark the launch of the London Literature Festival.

Remembering Fromelles: uncovering the soldiers' stories

A small new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum tells the story of 250 First World War soldiers who were recovered from a mass grave in Fromelles, northern France.

Remembering Fromelles: uncovering the soldiers' stories
What's your favourite building in Bankside?

What's your favourite building in Bankside?

Local residents and workers are being asked to take a snap of their favourite building in the Bankside area for a photo exhibition to be held this weekend as part of the London Festival of Architecture.

Winners of 'courage' art competition showcased at Elephant

The winning entries from the St George in Southwark Festival competition are on show at the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre during the World Cup season.

Winners of 'courage' art competition showcased at Elephant
England cricketer Matt Prior celebrates National Cricket Day in Waterloo

England cricketer Matt Prior celebrates National Cricket Day in Waterloo

England and Sussex cricketer Matt Prior visited Waterloo's Johanna Primary school on Wednesday for Brit Insurance National Cricket Day.

Competition launched to find new artwork for Blackfriars Bridge

The winner of a new art competition will have their work displayed on the hoardings on the eastern side of Blackfriars Bridge for a year.

Competition launched to find new artwork for Blackfriars Bridge
Tower Bridge pupils' designs for Potters Fields Park on show at RIBA

Tower Bridge pupils' designs for Potters Fields Park on show at RIBA

An 'igloo' and a chair made from a structure of rolled-up newspapers designed by pupils at Tower Bridge Primary School are part of a new exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects in Portland Place.

Ms Dynamite performs at The Scoop for young Waterway Champions

Ms Dynamite was the star of a celebratory gig at The Scoop amphitheatre on Saturday attended by 800 people.

Ms Dynamite performs at The Scoop for young Waterway Champions
Strata SE1 wind turbines shown at Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Strata SE1 wind turbines shown at Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

A model of the integrated wind turbines at the top of the Strata SE1 tower has gone on display in the Summer Exhibition ot the Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly.

Meet Old Kent Road firefighter Ritchie Brockies

Firefighter Ritchie Brockies has been presented with a long service medal by the London Fire Brigade commissioner Ron Dobson.

Meet Old Kent Road firefighter Ritchie Brockies
Spiderman and Superman abseil into the Evelina Hospital

Spiderman and Superman abseil into the Evelina Hospital

The children at the Evelina Children's Hospital had a surprise this week when Spiderman and Superman dropped in to help clean the windows.

Southwark Stars: celebrating 26,000 hours of volunteering

110 people from 41 voluntary groups were last week given a Southwark Stars award by Volunteer Centre Southwark at a ceremony held in the Shunt Lounge at London Bridge.

Southwark Stars: celebrating 26,000 hours of volunteering
Historic Boar's Head pub sign goes on display at Shakepeare's Globe

Historic Boar's Head pub sign goes on display at Shakepeare's Globe

A pub sign from the Boar's Head Tavern on Eastcheap - the setting for Shakespeare's Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 - is now on display in the foyer of Shakespeare's Globe on Bankside.

Doritos installs giant sofa in Potters Fields Park

A giant sofa, table and lamp appeared in Potters Fields Park on Thursday as part of an attempt by Doritos to beat the Guinness World Record for largest living room.

Doritos installs giant sofa in Potters Fields Park
Trinity Street BT cabinet transformed into work of art

Trinity Street BT cabinet transformed into work of art

A BT cabinet in Trinity Street has been turned into a work of art as part of a council-run scheme to spruce up local street furniture.

Historic maps and SE1 panorama at Museum of London

An interactive 1891 map has been installed at the Museum of London enabling visitors to locate their Waterloo or Southwark address and its Victorian social status.

Historic maps and SE1 panorama at Museum of London
Archive photograph: Southwark cardboard box factory in 1908

Archive photograph: Southwark cardboard box factory in 1908

A 1908 photograph of women working in a cardboard box factory in Southwark Bridge Road is one of the images released by English Heritage to promote its new online catalogue.

100+ Lambeth and Southwark children audition for The Railway Children at Waterloo

More than 100 children from Lambeth and Southwark aged between 9 and 16 auditioned to perform in the support cast for the production of The Railway Children at the old Waterloo Eurostar station on Saturday.

100+ Lambeth and Southwark children audition for The Railway Children at Waterloo
Big Dance Bubble in Potters Fields Park

Big Dance Bubble in Potters Fields Park

A mobile bubble-shaped performance pavilion was launched in Potters Fields Park on Thursday as part of the countdown to Big Dance week.

See Lambeth Palace Library treasures at 400th anniversary show

The 400th anniversary of the Lambeth Palace Library is being marked by an exhibition of its little-known national treasures.

See Lambeth Palace Library treasures at 400th anniversary show
Bicycle art on the wall as SoBo launches evening wine bar menu

Bicycle art on the wall as SoBo launches evening wine bar menu

A new range of single-speed bikes is being exhibited at SoBo in Tower Bridge Road as the coffee shop and gallery launches its new evening menu.

Druid Cycles: a bike shop with a difference

A social enterprise bike repair shop is hoping to raise £3,000 to help an Indian mountain bike champion achieve his dream of competing internationally.

Druid Cycles: a bike shop with a difference
Interview: Peter John, Southwark Labour leader

Interview: Peter John, Southwark Labour leader

In 2006 the Southwark local elections produced a hung council with 28 Labour councillors and 28 Lib Dem members. Since then a Lib Dem/Tory administration has run the borough. Labour leader Peter John delivers his verdict and talks about his party's plans.

Interview: Simon Hughes, Lib Dem candidate in Bermondsey & Old Southwark

Simon Hughes has been Bermondsey's MP for 27 years. He tells us why voters should back him again, and why he's excited about the prospect of the Lib Dems holding the balance of power at Westminster.

Interview: Simon Hughes, Lib Dem candidate in Bermondsey & Old Southwark
Interview: Loanna Morrison, Conservative candidate in Bermondsey & Old Southwark

Interview: Loanna Morrison, Conservative candidate in Bermondsey & Old Southwark

Loanna Morrison tells us she's doubtful about climate change, thinks the public sector is too big and admits that the Lib Dems "have done quite a good job".

Interview: Val Shawcross, Labour candidate in Bermondsey & Old Southwark

Val Shawcross is no stranger to readers of the London SE1 website - she's represented Lambeth & Southwark on the London Assembly for the past decade and has even posted on the SE1 forum from time to time.

Interview: Val Shawcross, Labour candidate in Bermondsey & Old Southwark
Interview: Nick Stanton, Southwark Liberal Democrat leader

Interview: Nick Stanton, Southwark Liberal Democrat leader

Nick Stanton tells us about Southwark Lib Dems' plans for a greener borough and greater devolution of power to community councils if they win outright control of the council on Thursday.

Winning art work and writing on 'courage' in St George Festival competition

Prizewinners in the annual St George in Southwark art and writing competition include pupils at Friars Primary School and London Nautical School as well as adults.

Winning art work and writing on 'courage' in St George Festival competition
St George in Southwark Festival 2010: pictures

St George in Southwark Festival 2010: pictures

"In recent years I have been delighted to see this appetite for celebrating St George growing," declared Fr Ray Andrews preaching at St George the Martyr Church on Sunday.

Artists' tribute to Polish air crash victims outside Borough church

Jo Brand has viewed the giant 'memorial Easter egg' at St George the Martyr church in Borough High Street.

Artists' tribute to Polish air crash victims outside Borough church
Walking London's Monuments and Statues

Walking London's Monuments and Statues

Rupert Hill has written Walking London's Monuments and Statues which is described as "an illustrated tour of London's public art in 13 fact-filled walks".

Bar in Tooley Street lap dance row becomes organic restaurant

"Platform is a platform for the quality of produce that Barnaby is producing," said Tony McKinlay at the opening of his Tooley Street restaurant a few doors from the London Dungeon.

Bar in Tooley Street lap dance row becomes organic restaurant
Old Kent Road firefighter to run London Marathon

Old Kent Road firefighter to run London Marathon

Old Kent Road firefighter Ryland Culling is gearing up for the London Marathon 2010.

Real Election Poll at Waterloo

The Real Crisp Company brought its Real Election Poll to Waterloo to get people to demonstrate their voting intentions.

Real Election Poll at Waterloo
Penny Rudge launches London Bridge novel at Riverside Bookshop

Penny Rudge launches London Bridge novel at Riverside Bookshop

The Riverside Bookshop in Hay's Galleria was packed for the launch of Penny Rudge's book Foolish Lessons in Life and Love.

Giant Easter egg appears in Borough churchyard

A giant Easter egg brought a little bit of Poland to the streets of Borough on Holy Saturday last weekend.

Giant Easter egg appears in Borough churchyard
Five-day Indian and South Asian festival on the South Bank

Five-day Indian and South Asian festival on the South Bank

A colourful bus from Pakistan has arrived outside the Royal Festival Hall to mark the start of the five-day Alchemy festival at Southbank Centre.

Painting of Bankside's Anchor Brewery acquired by Guildhall Art Gallery

A painting of a disastrous fire in 1832 at the Anchor Brewery on Bankside has been purchased by the Guildhall Art Gallery and is on show till Sunday 11 April.

Painting of Bankside's Anchor Brewery acquired by Guildhall Art Gallery
Neon art installation in St George's Road

Neon art installation in St George's Road

A specially commissioned light installation by multimedia artist Carsten Nicolai can be seen on the facade of the Siobhan Davies Studios in St George's Road.

Funeral directors deliver Easter eggs to children's hospital

Most kids like eating chocolate at Easter time and the children at the Evelina Children's Hospital are no different.

Funeral directors deliver Easter eggs to children's hospital
3-week-old lambs at Borough Market to promote Real Food Festival

3-week-old lambs at Borough Market to promote Real Food Festival

A ewe and two lambs were the stars of the show at Borough Market on Thursday as part of the Real Food Festival's weekly event in the Jubilee Market.

Cafe Amisha adds homemade pasta to popular pizzeria

Italian restaurant Cafe Amisha in Bermondsey has launched a new menu featuring homemade pasta.

Cafe Amisha adds homemade pasta to popular pizzeria
Community orchard planted in Archbishop's Park

Community orchard planted in Archbishop's Park

A new community orchard at Archbishop's Park is to be used to help local school children learn about food growing and healthy eating.

The Great Suffolk Street Shopping Experience

Free food and entertainment were available as part of the Great Suffolk Street Shopping Experience, a two-day event to promote the parade of independent shops near the Southwark Bridge Road junction.

The Great Suffolk Street Shopping Experience
Behind the scenes at the new Blackfriars Thameslink station

Behind the scenes at the new Blackfriars Thameslink station

The London SE1 website joined Simon Hughes MP and Cllr Adele Morris for a tour of the Blackfriars Station building site at Bankside.

Band performs 'guerrilla gig' on back of lorry outside NME offices

Passers-by in Southwark Street on Wednesday lunchtime got a surprise when they found a band performing on the back of a lorry outside NME magazine's offices at the Blue Fin Building.

Band performs 'guerrilla gig' on back of lorry outside NME offices
Elephant Parade turns London into an urban jungle

Elephant Parade turns London into an urban jungle

250 hand-painted life-size fibreglass baby elephants will appear on the streets of London this summer - including many locations around SE1.

Easter chicks for Trinity Hospice on sale at The Britannia

Regulars at The Britannia pub in Kipling Street are getting into the Easter spirit and selling chocolate-filled knitted Easter chicks to raise funds for Trinity Hospice.

Easter chicks for Trinity Hospice on sale at The Britannia
New mosaic in honour of Garden Museum founder Rosemary Nicholson

New mosaic in honour of Garden Museum founder Rosemary Nicholson

A mosaic has been unveiled at the Garden Museum celebrating the life of the campaigner who fought to save the historic building from demolition over 30 years ago.

HMS Belfast celebrates £250,000 restoration

HMS Belfast held a St Patrick's Day party in the ship's company dining hall to launch its new facilities as an event venue.

HMS Belfast celebrates £250,000 restoration
T47 indoor sports venue opens at London Bridge Station

T47 indoor sports venue opens at London Bridge Station

T47, the new indoor sports centre underneath London Bridge Station, raised £1,400 for the Kids Company charity at its launch event on Monday night.

'Health & Safety Violation' at St Saviour's & St Olave's School

A deliberately 'dangerous' art installation has opened at St Saviour's & St Olave's School near Bricklayers Arms.

'Health & Safety Violation' at St Saviour's & St Olave's School
Red Bull Music Academy comes to Tooley Street

Red Bull Music Academy comes to Tooley Street

Global beats have come to Bermondsey as it plays host to an annual international music event that aims to nurture young talent.

Waterloo roadsweeper Dave Squires immortalised in mosaic

A new memorial to much-loved Lower Marsh roadsweeper Dave Squires has been installed at Waterloo Action Centre.

Waterloo roadsweeper Dave Squires immortalised in mosaic
Dryden Goodwin's Jubilee line staff portraits at Southwark Station

Dryden Goodwin's Jubilee line staff portraits at Southwark Station

Southwark Station has a new look this month with a billboard featuring a series of portraits of Jubilee line staff.

Bermondsey Street designer shows fashion can flourish in tough times

When the recession forced fashion designer Amanda Thompson to close her wholesale fashion business, she looked like yet another casualty of the credit crunch. Instead she has made the move from wholesaler to retailer and has seen her business prosper.

Bermondsey Street designer shows fashion can flourish in tough times
Watch Tate Modern's extension take shape on new Bankside webcam

Watch Tate Modern's extension take shape on new Bankside webcam

A new webcam mounted on the Blue Fin Building at Bankside allows local residents to get a glimpse behind the hoardings as preparatory works for Tate Modern's extension get under way.

Tea ladies march on London Bridge for Fairtrade Fortnight

Dozens of people dressed as tea ladies danced their way across London Bridge on Thursday morning to mark this year's Fairtrade Fortnight.

Tea ladies march on London Bridge for Fairtrade Fortnight
London drawings liven up hoardings at Tate Modern building site

London drawings liven up hoardings at Tate Modern building site

Drawings of locations representing London's essential character have gone on display in Bankside's Holland and Sumner Streets.

Blackfriars Railway Bridge highlighted in Henley exhibition

23 large oil paintings of the remains of the old Blackfriars Railway Bridge are currently on show at the River & Rowing Museum in Henley.

Blackfriars Railway Bridge highlighted in Henley exhibition
The team from The Team wins Better Bankside pancake race

The team from The Team wins Better Bankside pancake race

Despite the rain seven teams from local businesses competed in the annual Better Bankside pancake race in Montague Close on Shrove Tuesday lunchtime.

World record for Star Trek costumed characters set at Millennium Bridge

99 people set a new Guinness world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Star Trek characters at the Millennium Bridge on Sunday lunchtime.

World record for Star Trek costumed characters set at Millennium Bridge
Cyclists to benefit from new pick-up bike repair service

Cyclists to benefit from new pick-up bike repair service

A bike repair shop in Hatfields has launched a new pick-up service aimed at busy commuters and residents.

Azam's 'The Dance' sculpture lifted into position outside Park Plaza hotel

A sculpture called 'The Dance' by Nasser Azam has been relocated from the South Bank in front of County Hall to the new square outside the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel.

Azam's 'The Dance' sculpture lifted into position outside Park Plaza hotel

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