The Heart Of Bermondsey
The Blue Bermondsey is a unique place, because you will not find it on any map but it is generally defined as a space no more than a gentle ten minute stroll in any direction from the central shopping area in Southwark Park Road and Market Place. There are many theories as to how and why the area became know as ‘The Blue’, which will let you discover on your own or you can read more here
More Than One Street
The Blue Bermondsey Business Improvement District covers a wide area of South Bermondsey.
This popular square among locals and visitors is well-known by the iconic sculpture. The Bermondsey Lion was created by local blacksmith; Kevin Boys for Southwark Council to celebrate the area’s rich historical past and was unveiled on 16 July 2011. The Lion oversees the stalls in The Blue Anchor Market which are open Monday to Saturday from 9am – selling food, plants, clothes, pet food and greetings cards. We are working with Southwark Council on plans to improve the retail offer on the market in the near future.
The square is also home to Cafe Lucya, Bermondsey Community Kitchen, Cafe Star Express, The Blue Anchor Public Library, Sue Ryder charity shop, the Southwark Irish Pensioners Project and many other businesses. There is a public car park with limited but free parking space up to three hours and disabled parking.
Southwark Park Road and St James’s Road
The largest commercial area of the Blue is Southwark Park Road from the junction with Galleywall Road reaching Monnow Road. The street is dotted with a diverse range of shops and businesses offering a variety of different services including a post office.
There are four pubs serving their own range of beers and food, several 24 hour supermarkets to cover for those last minute purchases.
Rotherhithe Business Estate and Galleywall Road
A few minutes walk away from our famous Lion, walk down Galleywall Road to discover a Nature Reserve, a restaurant and many other service providers located in the trading estates.
The recently renovated Railway arches make up the full length of Raymouth Road with a wide range of companies and services, many are open to do business to the general public, with free onsite parking.
Blue Anchor Lane, Ambrose Street, Bombay Street and Anchor Street
The side streets of the Blue are home to two popular Fish and Chip shops and Vehicle repair workshops, so you won’t be short of choices to take your car for a service and M.O.T. in the Blue.
The Biscuit Factory
Finally, the Biscuit Factory is dedicated to office lettings, with many local companies based in this historical building. The area was once known as Biscuit Town and it is soon to be embarking on a development process carried out by Grosvenor that will transform the area with new homes, new culture spaces, new offices and new connections with The Blue.
Shopping and Services
The Blue has a wide range of choices for shopping:
- Menswear specialist in XXL sizes
- Children fashion with online and on site shop
- Independent Supermarkets and a Tesco Local
- Mobility Shop
- Homeware and Discount Shops
- African and Caribbean Tropical food
Galleywall Primary School, Cherry Garden School, Spa School, Harris Academy, City Of London Academy or Compass School offer a wide range of educational choices for parents.
A place is not the same without being able to find green spaces to retreat. There several small parks near the centre of the Blue to escape and relax, perhaps have a bite there from one of the many food outlets in Southwark Park Road.
Don’t let others tell you, discover it yourself
There is so much else we could say about The Blue but we prefer to let you discover it on your own way. The Blue is well connected to the underground network with Bermondsey station just 10 minutes walk via Drummond Road. You can also travel by bus with bus routes number 1, 381 and P12 all linking Southwark Park Road with Canada Water Station and the connections with underground and overground lines. South Bermondsey at the end of Galleywall Road is well served by trains coming from London Bridge.
On-street restricted parking is available.
We hope to see you soon