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Northern line Bank branch reopens a day early

Northern line Bank branch reopens a day early

London Bridge, Borough and Elephant & Castle stations regained their Northern line service on Sunday afternoon, a day before the advertised end of the 17-week closure of the line's Bank branch.

Southwark Labour takes London Bridge & West Bermondsey

All three seats in London Bridge & West Bermondsey ward changing hands from Lib Dem to Labour was the main story of the 2022 local elections in Southwark.

Southwark Labour takes London Bridge & West Bermondsey
New Waterloo & South Bank ward elects two Labour councillors

New Waterloo & South Bank ward elects two Labour councillors

Labour candidates Sarina Da Silva and Ibrahim Dogus were elected to represent the new Waterloo & South Bank ward on Lambeth Council last week, but the Lib Dems achieved a close second place in the contest.

Elephant & Castle gains new direct rail link to Finsbury Park

A direct train service linking Elephant & Castle with Finsbury Park and stations to Welwyn Garden City begins on Monday 16 May.

Elephant & Castle gains new direct rail link to Finsbury Park
TfL says it can't afford anti-terror barriers on Thames bridges

TfL says it can't afford anti-terror barriers on Thames bridges

Five years after temporary barriers were installed to protect pedestrians on bridges in central London in the aftermath of the 2017 London Bridge terror attack, Transport for London has abandoned plans for permanent measures.

South Bank music 'so loud that neighbours could Shazam tracks'

A South Bank festival was so loud a local man could use a music identification app to look up tracks from his bedroom in a nearby 10th floor flat, Lambeth councillors were told on Tuesday night.

South Bank music 'so loud that neighbours could Shazam tracks'
Could your London Bridge business help a local charity?

Could your London Bridge business help a local charity?

London Bridge City - landlords of Hay's Galleria and More London - are on a mission to pair up charities and voluntary groups with businesses in the area offering pro-bono support.

Avonmouth Street: plans for 16-storey student accommodation block

Plans for a 16-storey block of student accommodation just off Newington Causeway near Elephant & Castle have been submitted to Southwark Council.

Avonmouth Street: plans for 16-storey student accommodation block
Project to bring goods by river to Butler's Wharf wins Govt backing

Project to bring goods by river to Butler's Wharf wins Govt backing

A project to move more freight from road to river - involving the landing of goods at Butler's Wharf Pier near Tower Bridge - has received £1 million in Government funding.

Clink Street souvenir shop sign can stay, says planning inspector

A souvenir shop in Clink Street can keep its projecting sign after a planning inspector overturned Southwark Council's decision to veto the application.

Clink Street souvenir shop sign can stay, says planning inspector
'Life after Covid': Blackfriars Settlement makes crowdfund appeal

'Life after Covid': Blackfriars Settlement makes crowdfund appeal

Blackfriars Settlement has launched a £10,000 crowdfund appeal to help it keep on supporting older people and those with mental health challenges after the charity's earned income was hit by the Covid pandemic.

Elephant & Castle rail bridge to be decorated with hand-painted ads

The abutment of the railway bridge above the New Kent Road at the Elephant & Castle is to be decorated with hand-painted advertiser-funded murals under plans approved by Southwark Council.

Elephant & Castle rail bridge to be decorated with hand-painted ads
Green light for office block at ITV's old South Bank site

Green light for office block at ITV's old South Bank site

Controversial plans to replace the former ITV studios on the South Bank with a new office block have been approved by Lambeth's planning applications committee.

Lambeth responds to Waterloo 'community tensions' with £4m fund

Lambeth Council is inviting groups and businesses in Waterloo to apply for a share of a £4 million 'Community Connections Fund' in recognition of the impact the pace of development has had on the area.

Lambeth responds to Waterloo 'community tensions' with £4m fund
St Thomas' Hospital puts up tent for patients to queue for A&E

St Thomas' Hospital puts up tent for patients to queue for A&E

A marquee has been installed outside St Thomas' Hospital so that patients queuing in the open air to get in to the emergency department can keep out of the rain.

Tate Modern chimney: 'remedial works' under way

Tate Modern's chimney is being covered in scaffolding and netting for 'remedial works' that are expected to take 'a number of years' to complete.

Tate Modern chimney: 'remedial works' under way
Last chance to comment on changes to constituency boundaries

Last chance to comment on changes to constituency boundaries

This week is the last chance to comment on plans to redraw the boundaries of parliamentary constituencies with SE1 split between new Bermondsey & Borough and Vauxhall & Camberwell seats.

Blackfriars and Elephant gain new rail link with Maidstone

A new off-peak weekday train service between Blackfriars and Maidstone began last month.

Blackfriars and Elephant gain new rail link with Maidstone
TfL to press ahead with shake-up of bus routes 1, 168 and 188

TfL to press ahead with shake-up of bus routes 1, 168 and 188

Transport for London has confirmed it intends to go ahead with plans to merge bus routes 1 and 168 to create a single service linking Hampstead Heath with Canada Water via Waterloo and Elephant & Castle.

Captain Bligh's tomb: Lambeth asks for views on slavery link

The tomb of Captain William Bligh of 'Mutiny on the Bounty' fame is one of the monuments featured in a Lambeth Council consultation on statues, memorials and street names with potential links to the transatlantic slave trade.

Captain Bligh's tomb: Lambeth asks for views on slavery link
Waterloo Victory Arch rededicated a century after Queen Mary visit

Waterloo Victory Arch rededicated a century after Queen Mary visit

A century ago, less than four years after the end of the First World War, Waterloo Station's Victory Arch was opened to pay tribute to the railway staff who fought and died for their country.

Waterloo & South Bank crime returns to pre-pandemic levels

Tourism and hospitality on the South Bank may not have recovered from the COVID crisis, but crime levels around Waterloo have returned to pre-pandemic levels according to new statistics published this month.

Waterloo & South Bank crime returns to pre-pandemic levels
Borough High Street's 'Nightingale Court' to stay open till 2023

Borough High Street's 'Nightingale Court' to stay open till 2023

A temporary crown court opened in a Borough High Street conference centre during the COVID-19 pandemic has been extended for a further year.

Wreath-laying at Soviet War Memorial cancelled over Ukraine war

The annual Victory Day commemoration held each May at the Soviet War Memorial in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park - and usually supported by the Russian Embassy - has been cancelled amid controversy over the invasion of Ukraine.

Wreath-laying at Soviet War Memorial cancelled over Ukraine war
Elephant & Castle murder: police appeal on BBC's Crimewatch Live

Elephant & Castle murder: police appeal on BBC's Crimewatch Live

Detectives investigating the murder of a 23-year-old man in an Elephant & Castle restaurant have used the BBC's Crimewatch Live programme to share CCTV images of two men they would like to trace.

Westminster Bridge: plaque installed to honour terror victims

Five years after the terrorist attack on Westminster Bridge, a plaque has been installed in the centre of the river crossing bearing the names of the five people who were fatally injured.

Westminster Bridge: plaque installed to honour terror victims
Old Kent Road: limited-stop buses could be tube consolation prize

Old Kent Road: limited-stop buses could be tube consolation prize

Transport for London is considering running limited-stop bus services along the Old Kent Road to improve travel links in the absence of funding for the Bakerloo line extension.

17th century Southwark panorama at centre of archive exhibition

A 1647 panorama showing the view of Bankside and the City of London from the tower of what is now Southwark Cathedral is one of the centrepieces of an exhibition exploring the changing formats used by artists to capture the city over the centuries.

17th century Southwark panorama at centre of archive exhibition
Sainsbury's Local now open at Elephant & Castle

Sainsbury's Local now open at Elephant & Castle

A new Sainsbury's Local convenience store opened last week at the Elephant & Castle, on the ground floor of the One The Elephant development.

Tower Bridge Care Home apologises to resident stuck in cupboard

A dementia patient was stuck in a locked cupboard and staff at her Southwark care home didn't report her missing for more than two hours after she was last seen.

Tower Bridge Care Home apologises to resident stuck in cupboard
Amazon Fresh just-walk-out food store opens in Southwark Street

Amazon Fresh just-walk-out food store opens in Southwark Street

Amazon this week opened a checkout-less convenience food store in Bankside's Blue Fin Building in Southwark Street.

Elephant & Castle developer asks to drop on-site affordable homes

16 newly built flats at the Elephant & Castle intended as affordable housing could be sold or rented on the open market after a developer told Southwark Council it couldn't find a housing association prepared to take them on.

Elephant & Castle developer asks to drop on-site affordable homes
Roman mosaic floor found at Southwark Street development site

Roman mosaic floor found at Southwark Street development site

Archaeologists working on a site in Southwark Street have uncovered the largest area of Roman mosaic to be discovered in London for half a century.

Man stabbed to death at Elephant & Castle

A 23-year-old man has died after being stabbed at the Elephant & Castle on Tuesday night.

Man stabbed to death at Elephant & Castle
City Hall confirms £10m for Elephant & Castle affordable housing

City Hall confirms £10m for Elephant & Castle affordable housing

The Mayor of London will provide nearly £10 million in public funding to the developers of the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre site to part-subsidise the building of new affordable housing.

Residents launch petition against 'dark kitchens' in rail arches

People living opposite so-called 'dark kitchens' supplying hot food for home delivery say their lives are being made hell by delivery drivers who defecate outside their flats and shout abuse at them.

Residents launch petition against 'dark kitchens' in rail arches
Peabody 'sorry' for series of ceiling collapses on local estate

Peabody 'sorry' for series of ceiling collapses on local estate

Residents of a Peabody estate in Southwark have spoken of their fear after at least seven ceilings collapsed in four homes.

Optical illusions at Elephant axed to protect neurodiverse people

The designs for hoardings around the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre site have been updated to remove optical illusions after concerns were raised about the impact on "people with neurodiverse conditions".

Optical illusions at Elephant axed to protect neurodiverse people
Government quizzed in Commons on future of COVID memorial wall

Government quizzed in Commons on future of COVID memorial wall

A minister has given a non-committal answer to a question tabled by a Labour front bencher asking what the Government has done to secure the future of the COVID memorial wall on the South Bank.

Florence Eshalomi backs calls for pedicab regulation

Vauxhall MP Florence Eshalomi has backed calls for pedicabs to be regulated, telling Parliament that patients leaving St Thomas' Hospital have been "harrassed" by unscrupulous rickshaw riders.

Florence Eshalomi backs calls for pedicab regulation
Bakerloo line extension 'completely out of reach' - Sadiq

Bakerloo line extension 'completely out of reach' - Sadiq

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has given his most pessimistic assessment yet of the prospects for a Bakerloo line extension beyond Elephant & Castle, declaring the scheme "completely out of reach".

New Year's Eve: terror threat prompts Thames pleasure boat alert

Pleasure boats navigating on the Thames in central London on New Year's Eve will have to undergo a special risk assessment due to a heightened threat of a terrorist attack.

New Year's Eve: terror threat prompts Thames pleasure boat alert
Westminster Bridge: work to start on barriers and cycle lanes

Westminster Bridge: work to start on barriers and cycle lanes

Work will start this month on the installation of permanent anti-terrorist bollards to protect pedestrians and cyclists on Westminster Bridge.

Old Kent Road cycle lanes: Mayor non-committal on timescale

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan says that better facilities for cyclists on the Old Kent Road "remains a key objective" but has not put a timescale on the introduction of segregated cycle lanes.

Old Kent Road cycle lanes: Mayor non-committal on timescale
Day of the Dead: image of La Catrina presented to Crossbones

Day of the Dead: image of La Catrina presented to Crossbones

A La Catrina figure has been presented to Crossbones Graveyard by the Mexican ambassador.

Council drops Blackfriars Road area Low Traffic Neighbourhood

Plans to create a low traffic neighbourhood in the streets west of Blackfriars Road have been pared back by Southwark Council citing 'safety concerns'.

Council drops Blackfriars Road area Low Traffic Neighbourhood
Old Lambeth rectory turned into £15 million mansion

Old Lambeth rectory turned into £15 million mansion

The former rectory of St Mary-at-Lambeth church next to Lambeth Palace is up for sale with an asking price of £15 million.

TfL cuts another 5 buses an hour from Waterloo Bridge

Transport for London has quietly announced a series of cuts to bus services between Elephant & Castle and Holborn via Waterloo Bridge, with a warning of further changes in store.

TfL cuts another 5 buses an hour from Waterloo Bridge
Marion's Way: Gambia Street Garden named after Marion Marples

Marion's Way: Gambia Street Garden named after Marion Marples

Gambia Street Garden has been given the name Marion's Way in memory of community activist Marion Marples.

Hospital plans to chop down tree to avoid 'unsightly' pruning

NHS bosses have applied to Lambeth Council for permission to chop down a tree outside the main entrance to St Thomas' Hospital, claiming that pruning 'would render the tree unsightly in such a prominent location'.

Hospital plans to chop down tree to avoid 'unsightly' pruning
Green light for expansion of Bankside's Hilton hotel

Green light for expansion of Bankside's Hilton hotel

Plans to add an extra 76 rooms to the Hilton London Bankside hotel have been approved by Southwark councillors.

St George's Cathedral dean Richard Hearn has died

The death was announced on Friday of Canon Richard Hearn, dean of Southwark's Roman Catholic cathedral.

St George's Cathedral dean Richard Hearn has died
Elephant & Castle: new tube station might be left unfinished

Elephant & Castle: new tube station might be left unfinished

A new entrance to Elephant & Castle tube station will be built by the developers of the shopping centre site - but it might be left empty if Transport for London can't afford to finish the work.

Dover Castle boosts security after reports of drinks being spiked

The Dover Castle bar in the Borough says it is stepping up security measures after reports of incidents where customers had their drinks spiked.

Dover Castle boosts security after reports of drinks being spiked
Gordon Ramsay burgers to replace One Tower Bridge vegan eatery

Gordon Ramsay burgers to replace One Tower Bridge vegan eatery

Gordon Ramsay is to open a branch of his Street Burger chain at One Tower Bridge, replacing the recently closed By Chloe vegan restaurant.

NatWest criticised for patching up Victorian bank with concrete blocks

Lambeth Council has slammed NatWest for 'unacceptable' works to the now-closed Lambeth North branch of the bank in Westminster Bridge Road.

NatWest criticised for patching up Victorian bank with concrete blocks
New GLA building won't be ready when Mayor and Assembly leave City Hall

New GLA building won't be ready when Mayor and Assembly leave City Hall

The Greater London Authority's move from City Hall to the Crystal in East London has been postponed due to delays with refurbishment and security, the Local Democracy Reporting Service understands.

Elephant & Castle: tube station damaged by shopping centre demolition

The Northern line ticket hall at Elephant & Castle tube station is closed until further notice after demolition workers on the adjacent shopping centre site accidentally knocked through into the station.

Elephant & Castle: tube station damaged by shopping centre demolition
Sainsbury's to open where locals petitioned for Waitrose or M&S

Sainsbury's to open where locals petitioned for Waitrose or M&S

A new Sainsbury's Local is to open at Elephant & Castle in an empty unit where more than 300 people had signed a petition asking for a Waitrose or M&S store.

Waterloo & South Bank: plan for two-councillor ward confirmed

From next year's local elections Waterloo & South Bank will be represented at Lambeth Town Hall by two councillors rather than three under final proposals published this week by the boundary commission.

Waterloo & South Bank: plan for two-councillor ward confirmed
SE1's newest school drops Aske from name over slavery link

SE1's newest school drops Aske from name over slavery link

SE1's newest school - the Haberdashers' Aske's Borough Academy in Southwark Bridge Road - has dropped Aske from its name after controversy over benefactor Robert Aske's links with the slave trade.

Post Office to open at St Thomas' Hospital

SE1 is to gain a new Post Office with the opening of a new counter at the St Thomas' Hospital branch of WHSmith.

Post Office to open at St Thomas' Hospital
St Saviour's Dock footbridge closure: Thames Path diversion

St Saviour's Dock footbridge closure: Thames Path diversion

The footbridge across the mouth of St Saviour's Dock is to be closed to pedestrians for a further two months this autumn, forcing Thames Path users on a lengthy inland diversion.

Man struck with pistol outside South Bank hotel

Detectives are appealing for information after two robbers on electric bikes threatened pedestrians with a firearm and stole their watches during a crime spree.

Man struck with pistol outside South Bank hotel
Waterloo Station: masterplan for development to be drawn up

Waterloo Station: masterplan for development to be drawn up

Network Rail and Lambeth Council are teaming up to create a masterplan for the redevelopment of Waterloo Station.

Major office block planned for BFI IMAX site at Waterloo

Two years after Lambeth Council and TfL spent £500,000 exploring proposals to redevelop the BFI IMAX cinema site at Waterloo, the council is set to allocate a further £150,000 for a feasibility study for an 'office-led' scheme.

Major office block planned for BFI IMAX site at Waterloo
TfL cuts service on Waterloo's electric commuter buses 507 & 521

TfL cuts service on Waterloo's electric commuter buses 507 & 521

In a sign of the changing patterns of commuting, the two electric bus routes that were once jammed with office workers travelling from Waterloo Station to their workplaces in Victoria, Holborn and the City have had their service slashed by TfL.

Charity seeks to move Thomas Guy statue to 'less prominent' site

The charity which owns the statue of Guy's Hospital founder Thomas Guy wants to move it to a 'less prominent' location as a result of controversy about slave trade links, but concedes that permission for the move is unlikely to be granted.

Charity seeks to move Thomas Guy statue to 'less prominent' site
Lambeth North: Point A hotel plans extension into Horse & Stables

Lambeth North: Point A hotel plans extension into Horse & Stables

Plans to expand the Point A budget hotel at the corner of Westminster Bridge Road and Baylis Road into the adjacent Horse & Stables pub have been submitted to Lambeth Council.

Mark Ball named as Southbank Centre artistic director

Mark Ball has been appointed as artistic director of the Southbank Centre with responsibility for the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery.

Mark Ball named as Southbank Centre artistic director
Founder's Arms: Bankside pub extension vetoed over noise fears

Founder's Arms: Bankside pub extension vetoed over noise fears

Plans to expand the riverside Founder's Arms pub near Tate Modern have been rejected by Southwark Council over concerns about noise nuisance to nearby residents.

Elephant & Castle bar's licence revoked after 'machete' incident

An Elephant & Castle bar and restaurant has had its licence to sell alcohol revoked after being linked to 'machete' brawl and bottle attack.

Elephant & Castle bar's licence revoked after 'machete' incident
Man jailed following violent robbery on the South Bank

Man jailed following violent robbery on the South Bank

A violent robber who stabbed a man before stealing his designer jacket on the South Bank has been jailed.

Is Amazon Fresh opening a till-free grocery store in Bankside?

Amazon is expanding its chain of convenience food stores across London, and there are hints that one of the checkout-less shops could be coming soon to Bankside's Blue Fin Building.

Is Amazon Fresh opening a till-free grocery store in Bankside?
Bakerloo line extension 'not in my lifetime' - TfL board member

Bakerloo line extension 'not in my lifetime' - TfL board member

A member of Transport for London's board has warned that she doesn't expect the Bakerloo line extension via the Old Kent Road to be built during her lifetime.

Marlborough Sports Garden: BOST reveals plans for new building

Local residents are being invited to comment on plans by Bankside Open Spaces Trust to further develop the Marlborough Sports Garden on Union Street.

Marlborough Sports Garden: BOST reveals plans for new building
COVID Memorial Wall:  councillors back calls to make it permanent

COVID Memorial Wall: councillors back calls to make it permanent

Lambeth councillors have unanimously endorsed a motion calling for the National Covid Memorial Wall on the Thames Path in front of St Thomas' Hospital to be made permanent.

Green light for 27-storey office block by London Bridge Station

Southwark councillors have approved plans by Dutch developer EDGE to build a 27-storey office block on the site of the immigration office in St Thomas Street, next to London Bridge Station.

Green light for 27-storey office block by London Bridge Station
Three men stabbed on South Bank: police appeal for witnesses

Three men stabbed on South Bank: police appeal for witnesses

Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses after three men were stabbed on the South Bank on Friday night.

Route 63 to be testbed for TfL's ideas about future of buses

A bus route that runs through SE1 is to be the testbed for Transport for London's ideas about the future of the bus network in London as part of a £5 million project.

Route 63 to be testbed for TfL's ideas about future of buses
Elephant & Castle alleyway shut after 'man struck with bottle'

Elephant & Castle alleyway shut after 'man struck with bottle'

An alleyway at the Elephant & Castle was cordoned off by police on Saturday whilst a forensic examination took place after a man was injured in the early hours of the morning.

Elephant & Castle: changes to shopping centre site scheme approved

Changes to the proposed redevelopment of the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre site - including a reduction in the space allocated for a potential cinema - have been approved by Southwark councillors.

Elephant & Castle: changes to shopping centre site scheme approved
St John's Waterloo: work starts on major restoration

St John's Waterloo: work starts on major restoration

The congregation of St John's Waterloo met this week for their last Sunday service in the building till spring 2022 as work on a £5 million restoration of the church begins.

Visitor information kiosk opened at London Bridge Station

For the first time in more than a decade visitors to SE1 can find out about local attractions and services at a fixed information point with the launch of a new kiosk at London Bridge Station.

Visitor information kiosk opened at London Bridge Station
Tate Modern to host pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic

Tate Modern to host pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic

Tate Modern is one of the venues in South East London due to host a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic in July as part of a drive by local health bosses to encourage takeup of the jabs.

Elephant & Castle: fire in arches shuts roads and railway

Around 100 firefighters were called to Elephant & Castle on Monday lunchtime when a fire broke out in a car repair workshop in arches below the railway station on Elephant Road.

Elephant & Castle: fire in arches shuts roads and railway
Sadiq Khan declares Borough to be 'the best market in the world'

Sadiq Khan declares Borough to be 'the best market in the world'

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan declared Borough Market to be "the best market in the world" as he rang the bell to inaugurate the market's first regular Sunday trading day.

COVID measures stepped up in Southwark and Lambeth as cases rise

Southwark and Lambeth councils have stepped up efforts to encourage COVID-19 testing and vaccinations as the number of coronavirus cases rises in both boroughs.

COVID measures stepped up in Southwark and Lambeth as cases rise
Much-loved elephant statue returns to Elephant & Castle

Much-loved elephant statue returns to Elephant & Castle

The elephant statue which used to stand outside the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre has returned to the area after a trip to Kent for restoration and a new coat of paint.

Have your say on the future of Waterloo's Emma Cons Gardens

People who live and work in Waterloo are being invited to share their ideas for improvements to Emma Cons Gardens, the open space at the corner of Waterloo Road and The Cut.

Have your say on the future of Waterloo's Emma Cons Gardens
Borough Market to open on Sundays for ingredients not street food

Borough Market to open on Sundays for ingredients not street food

Borough Market bosses say they hope to recapture some of the atmosphere of its late 1990s market trading days by opening on Sunday mornings with a focus on ingredients to cook at home rather than street food for immediate consumption.

Rust-stained Blackfriars Bridge to be repainted

Blackfriars Bridge is to be refurbished and repainted in a multi-million-pound project due to start this summer and be completed by 2024.

Rust-stained Blackfriars Bridge to be repainted
Bankside bollards given grade II listed status

Bankside bollards given grade II listed status

A pair of 200-year-old bollards just off Southwark Bridge Road have been designated as grade II listed buildings.

Albert Embankment: Government vetoes fire brigade HQ development

Plans to redevelop the former London Fire Brigade headquarters on Albert Embankment have been vetoed by the Government after a public inquiry.

Albert Embankment: Government vetoes fire brigade HQ development
Southwark Bridge gets special light show for 100th birthday

Southwark Bridge gets special light show for 100th birthday

Southwark Bridge displayed a special light show last weekend to mark the centenary of the river crossing's official opening by King George V and Queen Mary.

Old LWT building given Thames TV makeover for Danny Boyle series

For anyone of a certain age who remembers when London was served by different ITV companies depending on the day of the week, last week's appearance of Thames Television signage on the former HQ of London Weekend Television will have been deeply confusing

Old LWT building given Thames TV makeover for Danny Boyle series
First detox unit for homeless people opens at St Thomas' Hospital

First detox unit for homeless people opens at St Thomas' Hospital

London's first dedicated detox unit for homeless people opens this month at St Thomas' Hospital.

We'll extend the Bakerloo line 'when the time is right' - Sadiq

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan says he remains committed to extending the Bakerloo line beyond Elephant & Castle "when the time is right".

We'll extend the Bakerloo line 'when the time is right' - Sadiq
Face coverings could be reintroduced in Southwark schools

Face coverings could be reintroduced in Southwark schools

The requirement for secondary school pupils to wear face coverings could be reintroduced in Southwark if a request from the borough's director of public health is accepted by national officials.

New boundaries for parliamentary constituencies proposed

Proposals for a revised Bermondsey & Borough parliamentary constituency - with parts of Southwark joining a new Vauxhall & Camberwell seat - have been published by the Boundary Commission for England.

New boundaries for parliamentary constituencies proposed
Elephant & Castle housing: campaigners lose appeal court fight

Elephant & Castle housing: campaigners lose appeal court fight

The Court of Appeal has rejected a legal challenge to the decision by Southwark Council to approve the redevelopment of the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre and London College of Communication.

Stabbing at More London: police renew appeal for witnesses

Detectives have released images of two males that they wish to identify and speak to in connection with a stabbing at More London last month.

Stabbing at More London: police renew appeal for witnesses
Waterloo phone box sold at auction for £25,000

Waterloo phone box sold at auction for £25,000

A grade II listed phone box outside the Waterloo Action Centre in Baylis Road has sold at auction for £25,000.

Lambeth Labour picks Claire Holland as next council leader

Cllr Claire Holland is set to be the new leader of Lambeth Council.

Lambeth Labour picks Claire Holland as next council leader
Planet Organic supermarket to open in Tower Bridge Road

Planet Organic supermarket to open in Tower Bridge Road

Planet Organic is to open a supermarket in Tower Bridge Road as part of the Newham's Yard development.

Tower Bridge: man injured in 'vicious attack' - police appeal

Police investigating a serious assault at Tower Bridge last month have released images of two youths they wish to trace in connection with the incident.

Tower Bridge: man injured in 'vicious attack' - police appeal
TfL: Elephant & Castle tube station revamp at risk

TfL: Elephant & Castle tube station revamp at risk

Transport for London's finance boss has warned that plans to remodel Elephant & Castle Underground Station could be in jeopardy unless the Government agrees long-term funding for the capital's transport network.

Police turf 60 people out of rave in basement of former pub

The basement of a former pub in Lambeth Road was converted into an 'illegal nightclub' with a sound system, dancefloor, and fully stocked bar.

Police turf 60 people out of rave in basement of former pub
Temporary jobcentre to open in Blackfriars Road

Temporary jobcentre to open in Blackfriars Road

The Government has announced that it will open a temporary jobcentre in Blackfriars Road to help Southwark locals who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic find new employment.

Westminster Bridge: green light for segregated cycle lanes

Plans to replace the temporary security barriers on Westminster Bridge with metal bollards dividing the main carriageway from new cycle lanes have been approved by councils on both sides of the river.

Westminster Bridge: green light for segregated cycle lanes
Bakerloo line: off-peak tube frequency cut by 15 per cent

Bakerloo line: off-peak tube frequency cut by 15 per cent

As COVID-19 restrictions are eased this week, London Underground has announced it is cutting the weekday daytime and evening service on the Bakerloo line by 15 per cent.

Jack Hopkins steps down as Lambeth Council leader

The leader of Lambeth Council has stepped down after just over two years in the top job.

Jack Hopkins steps down as Lambeth Council leader
City Hall included on campaign group's 'buildings at risk' list

City Hall included on campaign group's 'buildings at risk' list

City Hall is one of ten notable buildings erected in the last century to be included in an architectural campaigning charity's list of 'at risk' buildings.

Vodafone's 'obtrusive' neon logo vetoed in Great Suffolk Street

Southwark planners have vetoed Vodafone's proposal to reinstate a neon 3D rendition of the company's logo outside its offices in Great Suffolk Street.

Vodafone's 'obtrusive' neon logo vetoed in Great Suffolk Street
Should Mermaid Court be closed to through motor traffic?

Should Mermaid Court be closed to through motor traffic?

Southwark Council has launched an online survey to gather views on a proposal to close Mermaid Court to through motor traffic.

Waterloo phone boxes up for auction

Two grade II listed red phone boxes in Waterloo are up for auction later this month, with guide prices ranging from £35,000 to £45,000.

Waterloo phone boxes up for auction
Four artists shortlisted for Waterloo Station's Windrush Monument

Four artists shortlisted for Waterloo Station's Windrush Monument

The four artists in the running to design a national Windrush Monument at Waterloo Station have been announced.

Florence Nightingale Museum will open its doors in 2021 after all

The Florence Nightingale Museum at St Thomas' Hospital - which earlier this year announced it would remain mothballed after lockdown - is to stage a series of monthly open weekends starting next month.

Florence Nightingale Museum will open its doors in 2021 after all
City Walk leaseholders in 'David and Goliath' fire safety dispute

City Walk leaseholders in 'David and Goliath' fire safety dispute

Residents of a Bermondsey development are paying thousands of pounds a week for fire safety patrols.

Month-long pop-up lawn bowls event planned for GMH Park

Part of Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park could host a month-long lawn bowls-themed event this summer.

Month-long pop-up lawn bowls event planned for GMH Park
Friars Bridge Court office block to be turned into pathology lab

Friars Bridge Court office block to be turned into pathology lab

A newly refurbished office building in Blackfriars Road is to be turned into a pathology laboratory for local healthcare providers including Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals.

Barkham Terrace lodge gets grade II listed status

A Victorian house built in connection with the Bethlem Hospital has been given grade II listed status by the Government.

Barkham Terrace lodge gets grade II listed status
Cllr Hamish McCallum takes over as Southwark Lib Dem leader

Cllr Hamish McCallum takes over as Southwark Lib Dem leader

Southwark's Lib Dem opposition group has a new leader - North Bermondsey's Cllr Hamish McCallum - who takes over from Nick Johnson after his short 10-month tenure.

Nearly one third of Southwark residents have had a COVID-19 jab

More than 100,000 Southwark residents - almost one in three of the population - have now received at least their first COVID-19 jab.

Nearly one third of Southwark residents have had a COVID-19 jab
Guy's & St Thomas' boss: NHS COVID-19 recovery will take 'years'

Guy's & St Thomas' boss: NHS COVID-19 recovery will take 'years'

The boss of Guy's and St Thomas' says that attending to patients whose treatment was delayed during the COVID-19 pandemic is the "biggest challenge" facing the hospitals - and warns that it will take "years" for the NHS to recover from the last year.

1970s former council house on the market for £1.25 million

A house on a 1970s-built council estate in Southwark has gone on the market for £1.25 million.

1970s former council house on the market for £1.25 million
Lambeth: final call for residents and workers to have COVID test

Lambeth: final call for residents and workers to have COVID test

Fewer than one in six Lambeth residents have heeded a call for everyone who lives and works in the borough to have a PCR test for COVID-19.

Wallball court opened at Marlborough Sports Garden

The Marlborough Sports Garden in Union Street has a new addition: a wallball court.

Wallball court opened at Marlborough Sports Garden
Waterloo Action Centre warns rent rise could threaten future

Waterloo Action Centre warns rent rise could threaten future

The charity which runs Waterloo's main community centre has urged local residents to respond to a Lambeth Council consultation which could see the venue face a sharp increase in the rent it pays to the town hall.

All Lambeth residents asked to take COVID-19 test

Everyone over the age of 11 who lives or works in Lambeth is being asked to take a PCR test for COVID-19 after new cases of the variant first identified in South Africa were found in the borough.

All Lambeth residents asked to take COVID-19 test
Teenager stabbed at More London: police appeal for witnesses

Teenager stabbed at More London: police appeal for witnesses

Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses after a 19-year-old was stabbed in the More London complex near Tower Bridge.

South African variant of COVID-19 found in South Bermondsey

2,000 households in South Bermondsey are receiving letters from Southwark Council alerting them to to the discovery of a case of the so-called South African variant of COVID-19.

South African variant of COVID-19 found in South Bermondsey
NatWest makes Lambeth North branch closure permanent

NatWest makes Lambeth North branch closure permanent

The Lambeth North branch of NatWest - closed for several months during the COVID-19 pandemic - is to shut permanently this summer after more than 150 years.

Recycling bins for electrical appliances now on Southwark streets

A new recycling bin where residents can deposit small electrical appliances such as kettles and hairdryers has been installed outside Guy Street Park in Weston Street.

Recycling bins for electrical appliances now on Southwark streets
TfL introduces eastbound bus lane in New Kent Road

TfL introduces eastbound bus lane in New Kent Road

Transport for London will this week create a new eastbound bus lane in New Kent Road.

Co-op plans new food store in Crimscott Street

The Co-op is planning to open a new food store in the London Square Bermondsey development at the former Crosse & Blackwell factory in Crimscott Street.

Co-op plans new food store in Crimscott Street
Asda sets up COVID-19 vaccination centre in Old Kent Road store

Asda sets up COVID-19 vaccination centre in Old Kent Road store

A COVID-19 vaccination centre is under construction inside Asda's Old Kent Road store.

Santander to shut London Bridge branch in Southwark Street

Santander has announced the closure of its London Bridge branch in Southwark Street, with customers redirected to banks across the river or in Walworth.

Santander to shut London Bridge branch in Southwark Street
Time Out drops plan for food market at Waterloo International

Time Out drops plan for food market at Waterloo International

Time Out has blamed the COVID-19 pandemic for its decision to abandon plans to open a food market as part of the new shopping centre being created below the former Eurostar platforms at Waterloo Station.

Bermondsey Street restaurants propose Soho-style al fresco dining

A group of restaurant businesses in Bermondsey Street have suggested lining the road with tables for open-air dining - similar to the setup seen in Soho last summer - as they prepare to reopen after months of lockdown.

Bermondsey Street restaurants propose Soho-style al fresco dining
Council leader 'deeply worried' about US takeover of Southwark GPs

Council leader 'deeply worried' about US takeover of Southwark GPs

The leader of Southwark Council says he is "deeply worried" about the takeover of several NHS GP practices in the borough - including Falmouth Road Surgery - by a US health insurance company.

Tabard Gardens teen jailed for attempted GBH

A teenager from the Tabard Gardens Estate has been sentenced to two years in prison for attempted grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place in relation to an incident in Oxford Street last summer.

Tabard Gardens teen jailed for attempted GBH
New orthopaedic building at Guy's Hospital gets planning approval

New orthopaedic building at Guy's Hospital gets planning approval

Plans for a new eight-storey building at Guy's Hospital - to accommodate an orthopaedics 'centre of excellence' - have been approved by Southwark councillors.

Green light for 17-storey office block above Southwark Tube

Plans by Transport for London to build a 17-storey office building above Southwark Underground Station have been approved by Southwark councillors.

Green light for 17-storey office block above Southwark Tube
Waterloo & City line back in 'May or June' after year's closure

Waterloo & City line back in 'May or June' after year's closure

The direct tube link between Waterloo and Bank could be reinstated in May or June, Transport for London has said.

Appeal court considers Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre case

As demolition of the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre begins in earnest, three Court of Appeal judges have spent two days considering Southwark Council's decision-making about the provision of social housing in the redevelopment.

Appeal court considers Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre case
Low Traffic Neighbourhood: no through motor traffic in Webber St

Low Traffic Neighbourhood: no through motor traffic in Webber St

Motor traffic will no longer be able to use Webber Street as a link between Blackfriars Road and The Cut under proposals for a Blackfriars Low Traffic Neighbourhood published this week.

Proposed ban on new hotels in Waterloo struck out by inspector

Lambeth Council's proposed moratorium on planning permission for further hotel development in the Waterloo area has been ruled out of order by a Government-appointed inspector.

Proposed ban on new hotels in Waterloo struck out by inspector
Crime in Waterloo drops 70% - but serious youth violence is up

Crime in Waterloo drops 70% - but serious youth violence is up

Recorded crime in Waterloo and the South Bank dropped by nearly 70 per cent in 2020 - but serious youth violence is continuing to climb, with the area identified as a 'hotspot' for crimes where 16 to 19-year-olds are the victims.

Plan to add extra floor to Founder's Arms Bankside pub

A popular riverside pub could gain an extra floor under plans submitted to Southwark Council by Young's & Co.

Plan to add extra floor to Founder's Arms Bankside pub
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