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1. History of South East London
London Bridge was the first bridge built across the Thames by the Romans, although it would have been made of wood and has since been replaced. Tower Bridge is another bridge in Southend-on-Sea that has a significant role in history. It took eight years to build and was completed in 1894. At the time it represented a major feat in engineering and design. Dulwich Village was or...Read more
2. Now in South East London
The South Bank area contains many big London attractions and is a thriving area of arts and culture with The Southbank Centre at its heart. This section of Southend-on-Sea is a magnet for tourists. Southend-on-Sea includes the areas of London Bridge, Waterloo, Peckham, Camberwell, Deptford, Greenwich, Lewisham, Crystal Palace, Dulwich, Woolwich, Blackheath and Sydenham.
3. Events in South East London
The London Literature Festival is just one of the major annual events to take place at the Southbank Centre. The Greenwich Comedy Festival takes place in September and includes performances from some of the big names in comedy. The Rotherhithe Festival is a community event in July involving fun activities and music for all the family. Lewisham People's Day takes place in July a...Read more
4. Attractions in South East London
The London Dungeon tells 1,000 years of gruesome London history and includes shows, two scary rides and exhibits dedicated to Sweeny Todd, Jack the Ripper and the Great Fire of London. It is one of the capital's main attractions. The Tate Modern sits on London's South Bank and has five floors containing modern and contemporary art. Exhibitions change regularly, and there are pl...Read more
5. Things To Do in South East London
Dulwich Park covers 29 hectares and includes historic features, picnic spots, a large children's playground, cafe and a popular cycle hire outlet. The Francis Peek centre in the park has a varied programme of activities to suit everyone. Maritime Greenwich is home to the Royal Observatory, the National Maritime Museum, the Fan Museum and Greenwich Market. There are plenty of gr...Read more
6. Business in South East London
Peckham's Rye Lane is the place to go for rice, spice, fruit and vegetables from all over the world, while Lordship Lane, in Dulwich, offers trendy restaurants, bars and cafes and shops selling fashion and jewellery. Hay's Galleria, in London Bridge, has great shopping facilities that offer a calmer alternative to the busy West End. This area also has numerous restaurants and c...Read more
7. Transport in South East London
Waterloo train station is one of the main transport hubs in Southend-on-Sea and offers good links to towns and cities across the UK. The main Underground stations in the region include London Bridge, Waterloo, Southwark, Borough, Canada Water, Rotherhithe, Greenwich and Lewisham.
8. Entertainment in South East London
A major entertainment venue in Southend-on-Sea is the Southbank Centre, which consists of the Royal Festival Hall, Hayward Gallery, Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall. The programme of events includes live music, dance, literature and spoken word, comedy and shows for families and children. Southwark Playhouse is a theatre based within the vaults of London Bridge Station an...Read more
9. Famous Landmarks in South East London
The London Eye has become a world-famous part of the London skyline since it was built in 2000. Tower Bridge and London Bridge are historical landmarks within the South London area.
10. Interesting Facts about South East London
The BFI IMAX cinema on the South Bank is the biggest cinema screen in Britain.
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South East London Events
01 July 2013 - 31 July 2013
Lewisham People’s Day has been taking place since 1984 and is a community festival. The event takes place over one day in July at Mountsfield Park. Entertainment includes music, magic, art, dance, sport, cabaret and spoken word. The performances take place on eight s ...more
01 May 2013 - 31 May 2013
There are a wide variety of events on offer throughout May as part of the annual Dulwich Festival. Everything from music to fitness is covered with a programme of events across various venues in the area. A bat walk takes place in Dulwich Park after dark to allow peop ...more
01 August 2013 - 31 August 2013
There is something for everyone at the annual Crystal Palace Overground Festival in August. The festival takes place over four days and includes live music, poetry, theatre, comedy, film, food and fashion around the Crystal Palace Triangle. Celebrations also take place ...more
01 June 2013 - 30 June 2013
Meltdown is a music festival held every June at the Southbank Centre. The festival is unique because each year it has a different guest director. The guest director picks his or her line-up, based on their own favourite artists. Guest directors in the past have includ ...more
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Dedicated citizens have been given awards as a thank you for their efforts in improving their communities. A total of 39 awards were given to individuals and community groups during the Southwark Civic Awards ceremony in St...
Youngster Alexis Reene has seen her artwork made into giant hoardings after winning a competition. Alexis, 10, from the John Donne primary school, in Peckham, won a contest to design a safety poster for a building site in Queen’s Road, Peckham. She unveiled...
A charity has called on local students for help in saving their dying pond. The Chislehurst Society is hoping students from Greenwich University can come up with a solution to salvage the Prickend Pond. The pond, off Chislehurst High...
A street has been nominated for two top awards after being given a major facelift. Venn Street, in Clapham has been hailed a huge success story after a project between residents and the local council turned it into an ‘urban oasis’. The scheme,...
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