Exploring London’s Bankside – Flat Iron Square & the Low Line

Exploring London's Bankside - Flat Iron Square & the Low Line

When I’m asked for recommendations for things to do in London, my first answer is always the same. Bankside.

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Located on the southern bank of the River Thames & running from Blackfriars Bridge all the way up to London Bridge and down to Southwark Street, Bankside has it all.

Some of the most stunning views of the city, legendary theatres and museums, and that unique mix of old and new architecture, there’s nowhere else quite like it.

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Lunch at the Borough Market followed by a leisurely walk alongside the River or a spot of culture at the Globe or the Tate Modern, is my favourite to spend a sunny weekend afternoon.

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But limiting yourself to the most walked upon places would be a mistake.

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Bankside’s inner area, built around the rail arches that have been part it for over 150 years, is full of hidden gems and well worth exploring too.

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History, mysterious pathways, architectural gems…

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Urban art, golden folliage and yet more architectural gems…

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Hidden theatres, some subtle / refreshingly direct signs, London’s ‘Wonky Wonderland‘ and, yes, you guessed it, even more architectural gems…

Everywhere you look, there’s something to be discovered.

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With the old brick buildings taking on soft bronze shades, golden hour is a magical time to visit.

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… But then again, since the opening of Flat Iron Square, lunch time might be an even better one!

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Located in the heart of London’s Bankside, Flat Iron Square is Bankside’s one-stop destination for all things food, music, entertainment, retail and culture.

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Opened just a few months back under those same arches that are the backbone of the area, Flat Iron Square is a labyrinthe-like complex, comprising of several theatres, just as many bars, some pop up exhibition and retail spaces (currently featuring TINCT’s gorgeous luxury leather goods), a vintage and makers market on Sundays…

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And then there’s the food.

Oh the food!

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There’s a whole court full of it: a good dozen of vendors, plus a handful of restaurants and food trucks onsite.

It comes from every corner of the world. Pizza, ramen, Pad Thai, burgers… you call it, Flat Iron Square has it.

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It’s all cooked up and served by passionate, talented people. And it truly shows as it’s some of the best in town both in terms of quality and value for money.

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From Burnt Lemon Bakery‘s delightful sourdough & pastries (made even better by a chat with the man himself!)…

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To Baz & Fred‘s revolutionary Chadwick Oven-baked pizza, drizzled with pesto & served alongside some fantastic garlic aioli for crust-dipping purposes…

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Ekachai‘s authentic, vibrant South Asian plates…

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Tatami‘s incredibly rich, warming ramen…

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Edu‘s creative Spanish small plates (promise me you’ll try the pig head’s nuggets? It’s a life changing experience!)…

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… and many, many, many more delightful options,  you’ll want to have it all.

Choosing simply isn’t an option, so you better bring a group and come hungry!

Flat Iron Square, 68 Union St, London SE1 1TD (open 7 days a week, 12 til late)