Aerial photo of London's Southbank

The story of London's South Bank

The South Bank regeneration stretches from Shad Thames in the east to Battersea Power Station in the west.

A Southbank cafe

As the South Bank of the River Thames continues to evolve with galleries, cafés, markets, restaurants and new landmarks, Embassy Gardens is set to become the development that welcomes London into its next great age.

Old photo of Londons Southbank Old photo of Londons Southbank

A brief history

The South Bank of the River Thames was once a marshland, accessible only by ferrymen and their boats.

As the Industrial Revolution took hold in the early 1800s, the area grew and developed with the construction of industrial wharves, tanneries, waterworks and leadworks.

Over the next 150 years, the South Bank’s appearance changed significantly. In 1951, six years after the end of the second world war, the Festival of Britain lifted the nation’s spirits with a celebration of science, technology and architecture in the area. This gave the South Bank of the river a new life, one far removed from its industrial past. The ‘South Bank’ was born.

The Shard & south bank

The Shard and City Hall on the south bank of the River Thames

In recent years, London’s South Bank has been brought to life by significant commercial and retail developments such as Sir Norman Foster’s More London, which looks across the river to the City of London. It is home to the Mayor of London’s City Hall.

The South Bank of the River Thames is alive with arts, culture, food markets, green spaces and views along the River Thames. Landmarks such as Tate Modern, the London Eye and Shakespeare’s Globe attract visitors from around the world.

Much of the area lies within Zone 1, making it ideal for people looking to live in Central London

The Jubilee Line extension in 1999 brought new connectivity to the area through a £3.5bn investment

Nine Elms is the last piece of the South Bank

Firms such as EY, PwC and Norton Rose have their London campuses at More London

12,500 people will occupy the Shard and its sister building, The News Building

Network Rail is investing more than £800m to improve Waterloo Station

A new age for Nine Elms, South London

A new age for Nine Elms

One of the biggest transformation stories London has ever seen. Nine Elms is coming to life with over 40 new developments.

The future is South

Since the Romans founded 'Londinium' over 2000 years ago, the North Bank has outshone the South. That is beginning to change.
Masterplanner Sir Terry Farrell

Meet Sir Terry Farrell

Nine Elms is creating a new urban quarter for London and unlocking the potential of ‘the complete South Bank’.