Bermondsey is an area of London that is found in Southwark on the north bank of the River Thames. Like other areas in Southwark, Bermondsey has a history that dates back to the Anglo-Saxon and Norman period in British history.
Bermondsey is home to many sparkling gems just waiting to be discovered including St. Mary Magdalen Church, the Bermondsey Antiques Market, the Fashion and Textile Museum, the Bermondsey Spa Gardens and the Mandela Way T-34 Tank.
Bermondsey Antiques Market
The Bermondsey Antiques Market is known by many names including the New Caledonian Market and the Bermondsey Market and can be found in Bermondsey Square on Tower Bridge Road. Originally the site where the Bermondsey Abbey stood, the square underwent redevelopment in 2006 though the market remained open during that time.
The market hosts a wide range of different stalls that sell everything from china to furniture and cutlery to jewellery which makes it a popular destination for tourists, bargain hunters and even antiques dealers.
Fashion and Textile Museum
The Fashion and Textile museum was found in 2003 and is operated by Newham College that is dedicated to all aspects of the design of fashion and textiles. Unlike most museums, the Fashion and Textile Museum does not have any permanent exhibits but instead has constantly changing temporary displays making it somewhere in London that always has something fresh to offer.
For those who are interested in fashion and the design of textiles used to create what we wear this is somewhere that is a must see and with an escort for company, the Fashion and Textile Museum is an educational and fun day out.
Mandela Way T-34 Tank
The decommissioned Soviet tank once belonged to the army of the Czech Republic and was used during the filming of the 1995 movie, Richard III. It was bought by Russell Gray and placed on a small piece of scrubland on the corner of Mandela Way and Pages Walk in Bermondsey.
Since it was placed in its current location in 1995 it has been subject to graffiti and different paint jobs by Aleksandra Mir, Graffiti4hire and Cubitt Artists that transformed the tank from military green to pink, to a Yellow Cab, to the current poppy design.
This unique fixture of Bermondsey is one that should not be missed.