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Elephant & Castle statue leaves its perch outside shopping centre

Elephant & Castle statue leaves its perch outside shopping centre

The Elephant & Castle statue that has stood for decades on a plinth outside the shopping centre was taken down earlier this month for restoration - but it will soon be back in the area.

TfL: Vauxhall Bridge 'could face restrictions' without repairs

Transport for London has warned that the volume and type of traffic able to cross Vauxhall Bridge could be restricted within five years if money for repairs is not found.

TfL: Vauxhall Bridge 'could face restrictions' without repairs
Borough Market uses bylaws to enforce wearing of face coverings

Borough Market uses bylaws to enforce wearing of face coverings

The trustees of Borough Market have used powers derived from legislation passed when George IV was on the throne to require traders and shoppers to wear face coverings and prevent takeaway food from being consumed on market premises.

City to keep 'no dogs' rule in SE1 social housing

More than 1,000 SE1 households whose landlord is the City of London Corporation will continue to be barred from keeping dogs in their homes after a Guildhall committee decided to maintain the current cats-only policy.

City to keep 'no dogs' rule in SE1 social housing
18-storey tower proposed on St James's Road

18-storey tower proposed on St James's Road

An 18-storey block of flats has been proposed for the site of a disused meat warehouse at the southern end of St James's Road, just off the Old Kent Road.

Waterloo's wooden WHSmith kiosk to be restored by railway museum

A wooden WHSmith kiosk which once stood on the concourse of Waterloo Station is being restored as part of a 500,000 revamp of the National Railway Museum's Station Hall in York.

Waterloo's wooden WHSmith kiosk to be restored by railway museum
Increase in rough sleeping at Waterloo raised in House of Lords

Increase in rough sleeping at Waterloo raised in House of Lords

The rising number of rough sleepers living in tents near Waterloo Station has been raised in the House of Lords by Labour housing spokesman Lord Kennedy of Southwark.

Apple TV+ sci-fi series 'Ray James' filming in Borough Road

London South Bank University's student centre on Borough Road was transformed into St Beornwald's Hospital on Sunday whilst scenes were filmed for a new sci-fi series inspired by HG Wells' The War of the Worlds.

Apple TV+ sci-fi series 'Ray James' filming in Borough Road
Florence Nightingale Museum to be mothballed

Florence Nightingale Museum to be mothballed

The Florence Nightingale Museum at St Thomas' Hospital is to close to visitors for the foreseeable future and expects to make staff redundant.

Bakerloo line facing service cuts as TfL tackles financial crisis

The Bakerloo line is likely to see its off-peak and weekend service reduced as part of Transport for London's efforts to tackle the financial black hole caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

Bakerloo line facing service cuts as TfL tackles financial crisis
Chicken Cottage cashpoint cancelled over conservation area clash

Chicken Cottage cashpoint cancelled over conservation area clash

Southwark Council's decision to veto the installation of a cash machine at a branch of Chicken Cottage just yards from the authority's own Tooley Street offices has been upheld by a Government-appointed planning inspector.

Government pledges 10m funding for Old Kent Road

The Government has announced that the Old Kent Road will receive nearly 10 million in funding from the Future High Streets Fund.

Government pledges 10m funding for Old Kent Road
Webber Street fire on Christmas morning: four taken to hospital

Webber Street fire on Christmas morning: four taken to hospital

Four people were taken to hospital after a fire broke out in a prefabricated block of flats for NHS key workers in Webber Street in the early hours of Christmas Day.

Obituary: Graham Gibberd, Waterloo & South Bank historian

Graham Gibberd, long-standing Waterloo resident and author of 'On Lambeth Marsh', has died aged 87.

Obituary: Graham Gibberd, Waterloo & South Bank historian
Empty rooms at Bankside student halls to be filled with tourists

Empty rooms at Bankside student halls to be filled with tourists

The owners of a half-empty university hall of residence in Bankside want to be allowed to take in tourists to stay in the building during term time in a move they claim will help lonely students boost their mental wellbeing.

Police impose dispersal zone on South Bank & Waterloo

Police officers will have extra powers to compel people to leave Waterloo and the South Bank this weekend in response to an increase in large gatherings and a spate of robberies.

Police impose dispersal zone on South Bank & Waterloo
'Long COVID' centre opened at St Thomas' Hospital

'Long COVID' centre opened at St Thomas' Hospital

St Thomas' Hospital is hosting one of 60 centres set up by the NHS across England to treat and support patients suffering with long-term symptoms of coronavirus.

Man jailed for South Bank handbag snatches

A prolific thief who was responsible for multiple handbag thefts on the South Bank and elsewhere in central London has been jailed for 12 months.

Man jailed for South Bank handbag snatches
Government loans 36 million to SE1 arts venues

Government loans 36 million to SE1 arts venues

The Government is to loan almost 36 million to three of SE1's biggest performing arts and music venues to help them through the COVID-19 crisis.

Bankside firms and workers crowdfund for Christmas gifts for elderly and vulnerable

Businesses and workers in the Bankside area have so far raised more than 12,000 to provide homeless, vulnerable and elderly people with Christmas gift boxes from Borough Market.

Bankside firms and workers crowdfund for Christmas gifts for elderly and vulnerable
Guy's Hospital gearing up to give 1,800 COVID-19 jabs each day

Guy's Hospital gearing up to give 1,800 COVID-19 jabs each day

Up to 1,800 people a day could soon receive the COVID-19 vaccine in a new hub created at Guy's Hospital in London Bridge.

Justin Welby's Southwark visit 850 years after Thomas Becket

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby came to Southwark Cathedral on Friday to mark the 850th anniversary of the final London sermon of his predecessor St Thomas Becket who preached in the building before returning to Canterbury where he was killed.

Justin Welby's Southwark visit 850 years after Thomas Becket
Borough Market traders stockpiling amid fears of no-deal Brexit

Borough Market traders stockpiling amid fears of no-deal Brexit

Traders at Borough Market are stockpiling products imported from Europe in anticipation of port delays and higher costs if the UK fails to strike a trade deal with the European Union by the 31 December deadline.

Waterloo & City line closure likely to last more than a year

The tube line that shuttles commuters between Waterloo and the heart of the Square Mile - which hasn't carried passengers since March this year - is unlikely to reopen till next April, according to transport bosses.

Waterloo & City line closure likely to last more than a year
The Tide Line: Butler's Wharf design competition winner named

The Tide Line: Butler's Wharf design competition winner named

The winning design in a competition for ideas to improve the riverside walk at Butler's Wharf has been revealed.

Guy's and St Thomas' among first hospitals to offer COVID-19 jab

Guy's and St Thomas' has been named among the first 50 NHS trusts in England to offer COVID-19 vaccines.

Guy's and St Thomas' among first hospitals to offer COVID-19 jab
Southwark Cathedral introduces Hodge the cat

Southwark Cathedral introduces Hodge the cat

Southwark Cathedral's new resident cat was introduced to the congregation at the end of the Sunday morning Choral Eucharist.

Bankside buskers asked to turn 180 degrees to curb noise nuisance

Southwark Council has revealed its cunning plan to cut complaints from Bankside residents about buskers causing a noise nuisance: ask the musicians to face the other way.

Bankside buskers asked to turn 180 degrees to curb noise nuisance
Peabody sells Mercato Metropolitano site to Berkeley Group

Peabody sells Mercato Metropolitano site to Berkeley Group

Housing association Peabody has sold the 'Borough Triangle' site - where Mercato Metropolitano currently operates - to developers Berkeley Group.

Anti-terrorism barriers on Thames bridges will cost 35 million

Transport for London says it will spend 35 million installing permanent barriers on bridges across the River Thames as recommended by the coroner who presided over the inquest into the 2017 terror attack at London Bridge.

Anti-terrorism barriers on Thames bridges will cost 35 million
Rockingham Estate murder victim named as Richard Obi

Rockingham Estate murder victim named as Richard Obi

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of a 25-year-old man on the Rockingham Estate earlier this week have arrested three women on suspicion of murder.

Murder probe launched after man stabbed on Rockingham Estate

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was stabbed at Bramwell House on the Rockingham Estate.

Murder probe launched after man stabbed on Rockingham Estate
Bermondsey Street now closed to through motor traffic

Bermondsey Street now closed to through motor traffic

A short section of Bermondsey Street has been made into a pedestrian and cyclist-only route, with motor traffic no longer able to use the full length of the street.

Mayor plans City Hall job losses as GLA prepares to head east

Sadiq Khan will cut jobs and slash his flagship climate policy in half to balance City Hall budgets hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

Mayor plans City Hall job losses as GLA prepares to head east
Sol Campbell inaugurates sports pitch at SE1 boarding school

Sol Campbell inaugurates sports pitch at SE1 boarding school

Football legend Sol Campbell recently visited a boarding school near Westminster Bridge to officially open its new sports pitch.

'Sombre and shameful' - Southwark Archbishop responds to IICSA

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Southwark has used his Sunday homily to respond to this week's report on child sexual abuse, apologising on behalf of the church.

'Sombre and shameful' - Southwark Archbishop responds to IICSA
City to continue clampdown on illegal traders on Thames bridges

City to continue clampdown on illegal traders on Thames bridges

A clampdown on illegal street traders selling peanuts to tourists on five London bridges is likely to continue, after a pilot was hailed a success.

Dozens sign petition for Waitrose or M&S at Elephant & Castle

Nearly 150 people have signed a petition calling for Waitrose or M&S to open a food store next to Pret a Manger at the Elephant & Castle.

Dozens sign petition for Waitrose or M&S at Elephant & Castle
Tesco Express store planned for Albert Embankment luxury block

Tesco Express store planned for Albert Embankment luxury block

A Tesco Express convenience store - the eleventh in SE1 - could soon open on the ground floor of a luxury riverside apartment block on Albert Embankment.

Lambeth and Southwark to receive 20,000 rapid COVID-19 test kits

Southwark and Lambeth are among the first 50 council areas in England to receive new rapid COVID-19 test kits.

Lambeth and Southwark to receive 20,000 rapid COVID-19 test kits
Discovery of old tram track holds up Vauxhall Bridge reopening

Discovery of old tram track holds up Vauxhall Bridge reopening

The reopening of Vauxhall Bridge to general traffic - schedule for late November - has been delayed till 10 December after workers came across old tram tracks buried below the road surface for nearly 70 years.

City Hall will relocate to Royal Docks, confirms Mayor

City Hall will move east from London Bridge to Newham at the end of next year, Sadiq Khan has confirmed.

City Hall will relocate to Royal Docks, confirms Mayor
More than 100 firefighters called to Southwark Bridge Road blaze

More than 100 firefighters called to Southwark Bridge Road blaze

Fifteen fire engines and around 100 firefighters were called to a fire in an underground car park on Southwark Bridge Road early on Saturday morning.

No end in sight to Waterloo & City line closure

The Waterloo & City line - which has not carried passengers since March - remains closed whilst its drivers are redeployed to the Central line, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said this week.

No end in sight to Waterloo & City line closure
New bar in old bank seeks 'well-to-do' customers

New bar in old bank seeks 'well-to-do' customers

A new bar / restaurant due to open in the former NatWest bank at the corner of Tooley Street and Tower Bridge Road says it hopes to attract "well-to-do" customers wearing "trendy and nicer clothing".

Elephant shopping centre legal challenge heads for Appeal Court

A legal challenge to Southwark Council's decision to approve the redevelopment of the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre is heading to the Court of Appeal.

Elephant shopping centre legal challenge heads for Appeal Court
COVID-19 patients: 'small but steady' rise at Guy's & St Thomas'

COVID-19 patients: 'small but steady' rise at Guy's & St Thomas'

The boss of Guy's and St Thomas' says that the trust has seen a "small but steady increase" in the number of COVID-19 patients during October.

Bankside footfall 'about half' of normal level says BID boss

Footfall in the Bankside area between Blackfriars Bridge and London Bridge has returned to about half of its normal level for this time of year, a Southwark Council scrutiny commission heard this week.

Bankside footfall 'about half' of normal level says BID boss
Thanksgiving service for Southwark Cathedral's much-loved cat

Thanksgiving service for Southwark Cathedral's much-loved cat

A thanksgiving service was held at Southwark Cathedral on Wednesday for Doorkins Magnificat, the much-loved cat which lived at the cathedral for a decade until her retirement last year.

Tower Bridge: 6m electrical works so bascules don't get stuck

Tower Bridge will be given an "urgent" upgrade to its power infrastructure to avoid repeat incidents of it failing to open and close.

Tower Bridge: 6m electrical works so bascules don't get stuck
London Bridge: Man punched in face 'for not wearing face mask'

London Bridge: Man punched in face 'for not wearing face mask'

Police officers investigating an assault on board a train as it arrived at London Bridge Station have released two CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to.

New images of Elephant & Castle's upgraded tube station

Transport for London has published three images of the new entrance and ticket hall for Elephant & Castle Underground Station, scheduled for completion in eight or nine years' time.

New images of Elephant & Castle's upgraded tube station
Bakerloo line extension: work goes on, says TfL

Bakerloo line extension: work goes on, says TfL

Transport for London says it will still publish a report on plans for the Bakerloo line extension later this year, despite recently admitting the scheme is unlikely to be affordable in the next decade.

Eshalomi speaks up for South Bank culture venues and workers

Vauxhall MP Florence Eshalomi has used a Commons debate on theatres, live music venues and cultural attractions to highlight the impact of COVID-19 on the South Bank's arts organisations and the people who work for them.

Eshalomi speaks up for South Bank culture venues and workers
Police appeal to trace man who exposed himself on 133 bus

Police appeal to trace man who exposed himself on 133 bus

Police are appealing for help to identify a man who exposed himself on a Route 133 bus near Elephant & Castle.

Bogus minicab driver jailed for Waterloo sexual assault

A sexual predator who posed as a minicab driver and sexually assaulted a woman in Waterloo has been jailed.

Bogus minicab driver jailed for Waterloo sexual assault
Great Suffolk Street Low Traffic Neighbourhood plan revealed

Great Suffolk Street Low Traffic Neighbourhood plan revealed

Southwark Council has published its proposals for a new Low Traffic Neighbourhood centred on Great Suffolk Street.

Bakerloo line extension dropped from TfL's Government wish list

Plans to extend the Bakerloo line from Elephant & Castle to Lewisham and beyond - via the Old Kent Road - have been put on the back-burner by Transport for London.

Bakerloo line extension dropped from TfL's Government wish list
DHL launches daily parcel delivery service by boat to Bankside

DHL launches daily parcel delivery service by boat to Bankside

Parcels for delivery in central London are arriving by boat at Bankside Pier as part of a new initiative by DHL Express.

Thameslink could soon be back on the tube map, says Mayor

The Thameslink rail route through central London could soon be restored to the tube map, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said.

Thameslink could soon be back on the tube map, says Mayor
Mark Titchner artworks in Newcomen Street and Bermondsey Street

Mark Titchner artworks in Newcomen Street and Bermondsey Street

Artworks by Mark Titchner have been installed in two locations near London Bridge as part of a project to boost morale and brighten up the streets.

Work under way on 10 new council homes in South Bermondsey

Construction is under way on 10 new family-sized council homes in Welsford Street, just south of Thorburn Square in South Bermondsey.

Work under way on 10 new council homes in South Bermondsey
Cycleway 4 to be extended along rest of Tooley Street

Cycleway 4 to be extended along rest of Tooley Street

Cycleway 4 is now open at the eastern end of Tooley Street - and temporary cycle lanes will be installed along the rest of the street this autumn

Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre closes after 55 years

It's a building that some love to hate, but many locals have learned to love. The Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre closed its doors on Thursday, after 55 years at the heart of the community.

Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre closes after 55 years
Great Suffolk Street flats: polystyrene insulation to be removed

Great Suffolk Street flats: polystyrene insulation to be removed

A block of flats in Great Suffolk Street is to have its expanded polystyrene insulation replaced as it does not meet current fire safety standards.

Ian Allan transport bookshop in Lower Marsh to close

The Ian Allan transport bookshop in Waterloo's Lower Marsh is to close at the end of October.

Ian Allan transport bookshop in Lower Marsh to close
Bermondsey Street Festival reinvented as market due to pandemic

Bermondsey Street Festival reinvented as market due to pandemic

The Bermondsey Street Festival hosted a street market on Saturday in a scaled-down version of the annual local celebration.

London Bridge: cycle lanes introduced

Semi-segregated cycle lanes have been installed on London Bridge as part of a new road layout after the completion of 5 million maintenance works.

London Bridge: cycle lanes introduced
Sadiq to decide on alternative to New Year fireworks

Sadiq to decide on alternative to New Year fireworks

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan says he's not yet decided on what to do in lieu of the regular New Year fireworks display at the London Eye which is likely to be cancelled due to COVID-19.

Man with life-threatening injuries after fight in The Cut

The Cut in Waterloo was taped off by police on Thursday morning while officers investigated a fight on Wednesday evening.

Man with life-threatening injuries after fight in The Cut
COVID-19: Southwark and Lambeth leaders warn locals as cases rise

COVID-19: Southwark and Lambeth leaders warn locals as cases rise

The leaders of Southwark and Lambeth councils have written to residents of their boroughs expressing concern over the recent rise in COVID-19 cases.

16 new council homes on St Saviour's Estate approved

Plans to build 16 new council homes on the St Saviour's Estate in Bermondsey have been approved.

16 new council homes on St Saviour's Estate approved
Tanner Street Travelodge gets green light from councillors

Tanner Street Travelodge gets green light from councillors

Plans to build a Travelodge hotel in Tanner Street have been approved by Southwark councillors.

Rockingham Estate stabbing: Rashai Annang found guilty of murder

18-year-old Rashai Annang was this week found guilty of the murder of McCaulay Junior Urugbezi-Edwards on the edge of the Rockingham Estate in May last year.

Rockingham Estate stabbing: Rashai Annang found guilty of murder
Sir Terence Conran: tributes to man who transformed Shad Thames

Sir Terence Conran: tributes to man who transformed Shad Thames

Tributes have been paid to designer and restaurateur Sir Terence Conran who has died aged 88.

Southwark pilots 'COVID compliant' business accreditation scheme

A pilot scheme will assess COVID-19 safety measures in Southwark businesses to encourage public confidence in the capital's pubs, restaurants, cafes and shops.

Southwark pilots 'COVID compliant' business accreditation scheme
Elephant & Castle: bus passengers threatened with meat cleaver

Elephant & Castle: bus passengers threatened with meat cleaver

Police are appealing for help to identify a man they wish to speak to after several people were threatened with a meat cleaver.

London Bridge: cars and vans to be banned weekdays 7am-7pm

The current maintenance work on London Bridge is to be completed ahead of schedule, but from Wednesday 16 September general traffic will be banned between 7am and 7pm on weekdays.

London Bridge: cars and vans to be banned weekdays 7am-7pm
Mayor set to overrule Southwark on St Thomas Street office scheme

Mayor set to overrule Southwark on St Thomas Street office scheme

A final decision on plans for a 20-storey office block opposite London Bridge Station - vetoed by Southwark councillors in June - will be taken by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

Waterloo rape investigation featured on Crimewatch Roadshow

Detectives investigating the rape of a woman near St Thomas' Hospital have reiterated their appeal for information after the case was featured on the BBC's Crimewatch Roadshow.

Waterloo rape investigation featured on Crimewatch Roadshow
89-year-old left unable to walk after attack in Waterloo

89-year-old left unable to walk after attack in Waterloo

Police investigating an assault which has left an 89-year-old man unable to walk have released an image of a man they want to speak to.

Elephant rail station: Thameslink urges passengers to prepare for shopping centre closure

Rail company bosses have warned passengers that they could face a longer walk to catch their train at Elephant & Castle when the shopping centre closes later this month.

Elephant rail station: Thameslink urges passengers to prepare for shopping centre closure
Kieron Williams to be next Southwark Council leader

Kieron Williams to be next Southwark Council leader

Cllr Kieron Williams is to be the next leader of Southwark Council after defeating four of his Labour colleagues in a leadership ballot.

Southwark public health chief's 5-point plan to tackle COVID-19

Southwark Council officers are being trained as contact tracers as part of a package of measures to tackle a recent rise in the number of COVID-19 cases detected in the borough.

Southwark public health chief's 5-point plan to tackle COVID-19
It's safe to come to hospital, say Guy's and St Thomas' bosses

It's safe to come to hospital, say Guy's and St Thomas' bosses

NHS bosses at Guy's and St Thomas' have moved to reassure locals that it's safe to visit SE1's hospitals for outpatient appointments and that measures are in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.

TfL staff to return to Palestra HQ 'from late September'

Staff normally based at Transport for London's Palestra headquarters building in Blackfriars Road will begin a phased return to the office from late September.

TfL staff to return to Palestra HQ 'from late September'
Waterloo & City line: 'no timeline' for reopening of the Drain

Waterloo & City line: 'no timeline' for reopening of the Drain

Transport for London says that it will continue to monitor demand before deciding when to reinstate the Waterloo & City line which has been suspended since March.

Tanner Street Post Office to reopen after 10-month closure

Post Office services are to be reinstated at Ronnie's Supermarket in Tanner Street after a 10-month hiatus.

Tanner Street Post Office to reopen after 10-month closure
Firefighters tackle blaze in kitchen above Albert Arms pub

Firefighters tackle blaze in kitchen above Albert Arms pub

Firefighters tackled a fire in a first floor kitchen above the Albert Arms pub in Gladstone Street on Bank Holiday Monday night.

Festival of Britain sculpture finds new home at Waterloo Station

A sculpture created for the Festival of Britain in 1951 has been installed at Waterloo Station.

Festival of Britain sculpture finds new home at Waterloo Station
Green light for redevelopment of Great Dover Street's Black Horse

Green light for redevelopment of Great Dover Street's Black Horse

Plans to redevelop the site of the disused Black Horse pub on Great Dover Street with a replacement pub as part of a block of nine flats have been approved by Southwark Council.

Thomas a Becket pub: council vetoes Vietnamese restaurant

A Vietnamese restaurant which opened in one of the Old Kent Road's best-known and most historic pubs has had its retrospective change-of-use application turned down by Southwark Council planning officers.

Thomas a Becket pub: council vetoes Vietnamese restaurant
COVID-19 impact on passenger numbers at SE1 tube stations revealed

COVID-19 impact on passenger numbers at SE1 tube stations revealed

The impact of COVID-19 on the number of people travelling to and from SE1 for work and pleasure each day has been laid bare by new graphs published by Transport for London showing passenger numbers at tube stations across the network.

Southwark and Lambeth councils urge caution after rise in COVID-19 cases

Southwark and Lambeth councils have urged residents to continue to take precautions against COVID-19 as the number of new cases recorded locally has increased in recent weeks.

Southwark and Lambeth councils urge caution after rise in COVID-19 cases
COVID-19 death toll at Tower Bridge Care Home revealed

COVID-19 death toll at Tower Bridge Care Home revealed

By mid-July 34 residents of Tower Bridge Care Home at Bricklayers Arms had died with COVID-19, it has been revealed.

Borough tube station reopens (& Southwark is back to full hours)

Borough tube station - which has been closed for five months - reopens on Sunday, and Southwark station has been restored to full opening hours.

Borough tube station reopens (& Southwark is back to full hours)
The Cut to be closed to through motor traffic

The Cut to be closed to through motor traffic

Plans to close the central section of The Cut to through motor traffic are being drawn up by Lambeth and Southwark councils in conjunction with Transport for London.

Historic charity plans rebuild of Southwark almshouses

A charity with a 300-year history has unveiled plans to rebuild and expand its almshouses just off Blackfriars Road.

Historic charity plans rebuild of Southwark almshouses
Waterloo's Lower Marsh pedestrianised during market hours

Waterloo's Lower Marsh pedestrianised during market hours

Traffic has been banned from Lower Marsh at lunchtimes and during the evening to create more space for market stalls and open-air dining during the COVID-19 crisis.

Cathedral invites visitors to pose for selfies with Shakespeare

Southwark Cathedral has reopened to tourists - and this summer there's a chance to view a life-size bronze statue of William Shakespeare.

Cathedral invites visitors to pose for selfies with Shakespeare
Lambeth locals (+ under-30s) can visit Hayward Gallery for a fiver

Lambeth locals (+ under-30s) can visit Hayward Gallery for a fiver

The Hayward Gallery at Southbank Centre has reopened - and residents of Lambeth can buy tickets for just 5, compared to the standard 12 entry fee.

Tooley Street Triangle unveiled opposite London Bridge Station

The Tooley Street Triangle a new 'wayfinding beacon' - has been unveiled outside London Bridge Station.

Tooley Street Triangle unveiled opposite London Bridge Station
Decision on Long Lane office block in hands of planning inspector

Decision on Long Lane office block in hands of planning inspector

A planning inspector will have the final say on plans for an 11-storey office block in Long Lane after the developer exercised their right to lodge an appeal when Southwark Council failed to make a decision within 13 weeks.

Rising Sun pub: council rejects redevelopment plan

Plans to replace the Rising Sun pub in Harper Road with a block of flats have been rejected by Southwark Council planning officers.

Rising Sun pub: council rejects redevelopment plan
Rail bosses seek new use for redundant London Bridge signal box

Rail bosses seek new use for redundant London Bridge signal box

The 1970s signal box that sits above the arches where Bermondsey Street passes below London Bridge Station has closed, and Network Rail is seeking new uses for the redundant structure.

Woman assaulted at London Bridge Station - police appeal

Officers investigating an assault at London Bridge Station - where a woman was knocked to the ground - have released a CCTV image of someone they would like to speak to.

Woman assaulted at London Bridge Station - police appeal
Cars and vans to be banned from Vauxhall Bridge for four months

Cars and vans to be banned from Vauxhall Bridge for four months

Cars, vans and trucks will be banned from Vauxhall Bridge for four months whilst "safety critical repair works" are carried out.

Stamford Street's Thirsty Bear pub damaged by fire

Seven fire engines and at least 40 firefighters were called to a fire at the Thirsty Bear pub in Stamford Street on Wednesday.

Stamford Street's Thirsty Bear pub damaged by fire
Druid Street: teenager stabbed after fight

Druid Street: teenager stabbed after fight

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was stabbed in the Druid Street area on Sunday night.

Southwark council could bring leisure centres in-house

Southwark Council is examining the option of bringing the management of its leisure facilities - including the Castle Centre at at the Elephant & Castle - in-house as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

Southwark council could bring leisure centres in-house
Elephant statue moving to Castle Square

Elephant statue moving to Castle Square

The famous elephant statue that stands outside the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre will be temporarily relocated to Castle Square on Elephant Road when the centre shuts this autumn.

Thames Water thanks locals after six-month road closure

The Cut and Union Street reopened to through traffic last week as Thames Water completed a complicated six-month repair project at the Blackfriars Road junction.

Thames Water thanks locals after six-month road closure
Church holds service at Crossbones to acknowledge treatment of outcasts

Church holds service at Crossbones to acknowledge treatment of outcasts

The Dean of Southwark led an act of 'regret, remembrance and restoration' at Crossbones Graveyard on Sunday to remember the outcasts whose remains lie in the burial ground.

Southwark Bridge Road segregated bike lanes installed

10 years to the week after Boris Johnson opened Cycle Superhighway 7, the first segregation measures to divide cyclists from motor traffic have been installed to supplement the blue paint.

Southwark Bridge Road segregated bike lanes installed
'Nightingale court' to open in Borough High Street

'Nightingale court' to open in Borough High Street

Criminal trials are to be held in a conference centre in Borough High Street to help clear the backlog of court cases that has built up during the COVID-19 crisis.

Norman Foster objects to changes to Millennium Bridge 'ensemble'

The architect of the Millennium Bridge has objected to plans to relocate four steel sculptures at the northern end of the footbridge, arguing that "to change any part ... is to impact the whole ensemble".

Norman Foster objects to changes to Millennium Bridge 'ensemble'
Will London see in 2021 with the usual fireworks display?

Will London see in 2021 with the usual fireworks display?

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan says that his officials are "working through the available options" before making a final decision on whether to hold the usual New Year fireworks display centred on the London Eye to see in 2021.

Man stabbed in Trinity Street altercation

A pavement at Elephant & Castle was cordoned off by police for a forensic examination on Saturday morning, apparently linked to the investigation into a stabbing half a mile away in Trinity Street.

Man stabbed in Trinity Street altercation
Halloween and Christmas at Elephant as Poundland prepares to shut

Halloween and Christmas at Elephant as Poundland prepares to shut

Halloween and Christmas have come early to the Elephant & Castle as Poundland holds a closing down sale offering many products for just 75p.

Mint Street Music Festival takes to the road

What do you do if you're the organiser of a music festival and people can't gather for the event? You take the music to the people.

Mint Street Music Festival takes to the road
Bulk of GLA staff to remain in SE1 even if City Hall heads east

Bulk of GLA staff to remain in SE1 even if City Hall heads east

Despite the high-profile proposal for London's city government to leave its current riverside HQ in favour of a new City Hall in the Royal Docks, the Greater London Authority will still have more staff based in SE1 than E16 if the move goes ahead.

Rising Sun: petition launched calling on council to save pub

Plans to demolish the last pub on the Rockingham Estate and replace it with a block of flats have sparked a petition calling on Southwark Council to veto the proposals.

Rising Sun: petition launched calling on council to save pub
Tanner Street Park tennis courts: online booking introduced

Tanner Street Park tennis courts: online booking introduced

Tennis players wanting to use the courts at Tanner Street Park in Bermondsey will need to make an online reservation when a new system is introduced from Thursday 9 July.

Portable toilets installed on South Bank

Portable toilets have been installed along the South Bank to meet demand from visitors whilst the doors of many of the riverside attractions remain closed.

Portable toilets installed on South Bank
Bermondsey Street to be closed to through motor traffic

Bermondsey Street to be closed to through motor traffic

An experimental closure of part of Bermondsey Street is to be introduced this summer as part of Southwark Council's package of measures to improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists during the COVID-19 crisis.

Catch the Bankside Bike Train to gain cycle commuting confidence

As more businesses reopen their premises, commuters heading to the Bankside area who would like to cycle to work but lack confidence and aren't sure of the best routes can join a 'bike train' led by qualified instructors.

Catch the Bankside Bike Train to gain cycle commuting confidence
SE1 arts bosses welcome Government's bail-out for culture sector

SE1 arts bosses welcome Government's bail-out for culture sector

Bosses of some of SE1's biggest cultural institutions have welcomed the Government's announcement of a 1.57 billion package of grants and loans to bail out museums, galleries, theatres, cinemas, heritage sites and music venues during the COVID-19 crisis.

London Bridge: dramatic improvement in air quality during lockdown

New analysis of air quality measurements during lockdown shows that pollution dropped by a third at the top end of Borough High Street.

London Bridge: dramatic improvement in air quality during lockdown
Jeremy Corbyn on South Bank for Spanish Civil War commemoration

Jeremy Corbyn on South Bank for Spanish Civil War commemoration

Former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn visited Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank on Saturday to lay a wreath at the memorial to the Brits who fought against fascism during the Spanish Civil War.

National Theatre covered in tape to highlight plight of sector

The National Theatre on the South Bank was festooned with white and pink tape on Friday afternoon as part of an initiative across the UK and Ireland to highlight the plight of the performing arts sector during the COVID-19 crisis.

National Theatre covered in tape to highlight plight of sector
Tower Bridge reopens - and it's still just a quid for locals

Tower Bridge reopens - and it's still just a quid for locals

Tower Bridge is reopening its exhibition and high-level walkway to visitors from Saturday 4 July - and Southwark residents can still take advantage of the special 1 ticket for locals.

Police appeal after 'robbery and kidnapping' at Waterloo Station

British Transport Police are appealing for information after a woman was forced to top up a stranger's Oyster card and board a tube train at Waterloo Station on Wednesday afternoon.

Police appeal after 'robbery and kidnapping' at Waterloo Station
Southwark Cathedral prepares to reopen its doors

Southwark Cathedral prepares to reopen its doors

Southwark's Anglican cathedral reopens for private prayer on Saturday 4 July, with the Sunday morning Eucharist to be held in the presence of a congregation from 19 July onwards.

Pre-booking essential when Tate Modern reopens at end of July

Tate Modern will reopen on Monday 27 July after more than four months of closure during the COVID-19 pandemic ... but you won't be able to pop in to the gallery whenever the mood takes you.

Pre-booking essential when Tate Modern reopens at end of July
St Thomas Street: 20-storey scheme at Vinegar Yard turned down

St Thomas Street: 20-storey scheme at Vinegar Yard turned down

Proposals for a 20-storey building on St Thomas Street - opposite London Bridge Station - have been rejected by Southwark councillors due to their "excessive height, scale and massing".

Avey Bhatia appointed as chief nurse at Guy's and St Thomas'

Avey Bhatia has been named as the next chief nurse at Guy's and St Thomas' in succession to Dame Eileen Sills who has held the post for the past 15 years.

Avey Bhatia appointed as chief nurse at Guy's and St Thomas'
Bankside's Great Get Together reinvented as marathon radio show

Bankside's Great Get Together reinvented as marathon radio show

Each year since 2017 Bankside has hosted one of the flagship Great Get Together street parties established to honour the legacy of the late Jo Cox MP. This year the event was reinvented as a radio show featuring dozens of local voices.

Charity seeks consent to take down Guy and Clayton statues

Guy's and St Thomas' Charity has applied to Southwark and Lambeth councils for permission to take down the statues at SE1's two hospitals which were boarded up in response to recent controversy.

Charity seeks consent to take down Guy and Clayton statues
The changing face of St Thomas Street - interactive map

The changing face of St Thomas Street - interactive map

With councillors due to decide on two major planning applications for developments on St Thomas Street on Monday evening, we look at the five big schemes currently in the works.

Man in critical condition after Old Kent Road assault

Detectives investigating an assault which left a man in a critical condition have released images of two men they wish to speak to in connection with the attack.

Man in critical condition after Old Kent Road assault
Tabard Gardens: police impose dispersal zone to curb gatherings

Tabard Gardens: police impose dispersal zone to curb gatherings

Southwark Police have imposed a 48-hour dispersal zone on the Tabard Gardens area from 5pm on Friday in an effort to prevent a repeat of the large-scale gathering that took place last weekend.

Life sentence for teenager who threw child from top of Tate Modern

A teenager who threw a child from the viewing gallery at the top of Tate Modern last summer will be imprisoned for at least 15 years.

Life sentence for teenager who threw child from top of Tate Modern
Butler's Wharf: competition launched for ideas to improve riverside

Butler's Wharf: competition launched for ideas to improve riverside

A new design competition inviting architects, landscape architects, designers and artists to enhance the riverside walk at Butler's Wharf has been launched.

10-year-old's BLM artwork shown on South Bank billboard

A Black Lives Matter poster designed by a local 10-year-old girl has been displayed on the giant digital billboard at the South Bank end of Waterloo Bridge.

10-year-old's BLM artwork shown on South Bank billboard
New Marlborough Yard: first image of new pedestrian link

New Marlborough Yard: first image of new pedestrian link

Construction work on the new Premier Inn hotel off The Cut in Waterloo has been completed, with the first guests due to arrive in the autumn

Greater London Authority could move City Hall to Royal Docks

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced a consultation on plans for the Greater London Authority to leave City Hall at More London next year and move to The Crystal building in the Royal Docks.

Greater London Authority could move City Hall to Royal Docks
Baylis Road segregated cycle lanes completed

Baylis Road segregated cycle lanes completed

600 metres of segregated cycle lane on Baylis Road in Waterloo have been completed.

South Bank's IBM building gets grade II listed status

Plans to alter the IBM building on the South Bank have been thrown into doubt after the Government listed the building at grade II.

South Bank's IBM building gets grade II listed status
How your Zoom scream could light up a Southwark Street office block

How your Zoom scream could light up a Southwark Street office block

More than 2,000 people have already taken part in an interactive artwork by screaming into a Zoom video call and seeing their frustrations light up an empty office building on Southwark Street.

Borough Market launches project to help children learn about food

Primary school children and their families can learn more about the food they eat thanks to a new series of videos and downloadable resources launched this week by Borough Market.

Borough Market launches project to help children learn about food
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