Formerly known as: Charlotte Street
Union Street is in the London Borough of Southwark.
The highlight is the Jerwood Space, a rehearsal centre located in the former Orange Street School housing the art gallery and Cafe One Seven One. The building - created by the Jerwood Foundation - opened in 1998.
Other art spaces in the area include RKB Gallery, a space provided by a local firm of paper merchants dedicated to showing works on paper. The Union Gallery is under the railway arches to the north of Union Street.
The Union Theatre is one of London's liveliest fringe theatres. Launched by Sasha Regan with the help of the Prince's Trust, this theatre under the railway arches offers a varied programme of productions, and its own cafe open during the day.
Specialist shops include the renowned Paxman horns.
At the west end of Union Street a new landmark building - Palestra - has been built on the site of Orbit House, the former home of the India Office Library.