Thu 31 May 2018
Lee Whitelock, Director MNAEA
Bermondsey certainly punches above its weight when it comes to culture, with multiple art galleries, museums, theatres and events on the doorstep.
Galleries and Museums
The brainchild of Jay Jopling, White Cube Bermondsey on Bermondsey Street is one of the area's most prominent and renowned cultural landmarks. An art gallery specialising in contemporary art, there are two White Cube galleries: one in Bermondsey and one in St. James's. Characterised by a stark interior, white walls, sparse decoration and polished concrete floors, White Cube Bermondsey runs a busy programme of events and exhibitions, showcasing the work of numerous contemporary artists.
Bermondsey Street also plays host to the physically unmissable Fashion and Textile Museum. Founded by fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, the museum is dedicated to exploring contemporary fashion, fashion design and textiles, while offering support and training for those in the industry.
Only a short walk from the heart of Bermondsey is The Drawing Room, a gallery dedicated to the practice and promotion of drawing. A temple to contemporary drawing, the venue also hosts a variety of events and exhibitions and boasts a drawing library and study room.
Eames Fine Art Gallery is also a welcome addition to Bermondsey's art scene, and showcases everything from lithographs and etchings to old Masters paintings.
Theatre and Live Arts
If it's a film screening you're after, Kino Bermondsey is a gem of an independent cinema showing a wide range of predominantly arthouse and indie films. If it's live performance you're looking for, Bermondsey is spoiled for choice. The Unicorn Theatre on Tooley Street stages an eclectic mix of shows and performances mainly aimed at children, while the Southwark Playhouse, which largely champions new writing, is also in the area.
Bermondsey Square Antiques Market
From chinaware to furniture to jewellery and tableware, the Bermondsey Square Antiques Market is a rather well-kept secret. But if you like antiques, this is a great place to visit. Many of the collectors have been setting up their stalls and selling their wares for years, and there's a friendly atmosphere and real sense of occasion. The market is open every Friday.
And if you feel 'gallery fatigue' or antiques market-weary at any time, we recommend paying a visit to Maltby Street Market or Druid Street Market - both in the vicinity - for sustenance and a much-needed sit down.
For more information about the Bermondsey area, check out our Bermondsey Area Guide.