Hi there I have just bought a flat on Southwark Street pretty much opposite the new Bankside 123 development - I am completely new to the area - I know this is a very broad question but is there anything I should be careful of/avoid/do etc as a female living on her own around here?
If you use the search function, there are lots of previous threads where people have put down their experiences of living in and around SE1 - not necessarily specific to Southwark Street, but there's a good collection here, which may help:
Personally, I think SE1 is better than many places in London, providing you take a few sensible precautions you are unlikely to have serious trouble. I certainly find it a safer place to live than Chelsea (where I often felt you could be lying bleeding in a gutter and people would just step over you!).
Pay no attention to these inebriates..they are all being facetious, we are lovely, friendly, pursuers of literary excellence and high art, and you will find a no more congenial bunch. SE1 is actually rather safe and far less crime ridden than where we lived before (Camberwell), it's well lit and rather busy at all times of day and night. However, do not parade in the altogether down Southwark St. at night or you may find yourself getting funny looks. Go through all the threads on this site and you will be so old by that time you'll have stopped worrying.