|Playhouse Court, Southwark Bridge Rd, Southwark. 1BR/2BA UK second/ American third floor walk up apartment, no elevator/lift. Sleeps 2/3. Non smoking apartment. Depending on the season and number of guests, from £735 per week, minimum stay one week, any day arrival. Weekly rate prorated for stays longer than 1 week. Price includes linen, towels, utilities, taxes and weekly cleaning. The local line telephone is metered at London residentail rates. WIFI.
Large 1100 sq foot modern conversion of former warehouse space retaining many of the original features such as beamed ceilings. The sitting/living room is huge with a dining table, sleep sofa, 2 desks and a good working/office space. 1 double bedroom, 2 bathrooms, kitchen with all major appliances such as washer/dryer and dishwasher. Designer furniture. Amenities include radios, TV, video/VCR, telephone, and computer: There is a mini-sound system with remote control in the main room and a radio-alarm in the bedroom.
Located next door to the Playhouse Theatre on Southwark Bridge Road, just south of Union Street, there are many visitor sites within walking distance:
* Tate Modern Art Gallery: A triumph (the building is a conversion from and old power station) don't miss the art!
* Shakespeare's Globe: Open in the summer months for performances - the best, most lucid Shakespeare you are likely to hear. Go in restricted view or as a 'groundling' rather than miss as unique theatrical experience. If the theatre is not open visit the exhibition.
* The Tower of London: Walk down Tooley Street and across Tower Bridge then back up the other side and across London Bridge.
* The Design Museum: A good walk along the river to the East to Britain's only museum of modern design.
* HMS Belfast: A branch of the Imperial War Museum - you can walk through a World War 2 battleship.
* The Golden Hinde: Drake's pirate galleon - great for kids.
* Southwark Cathedral: Beautiful cathedral. 19th century reproduction of the medieval perpendicular style.
* Jerwood Space: Art gallery and caf? just down Union Street. Actually the area is peppered with galleries.
* The Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret: Just at the beginning of St. Thomas Street. A very small museum fascinating - don't miss it.
* St. Paul's Cathedral: Go for one of the Sunday Evening organ concerts and miss the other tourists. Note: many of the city churches have lunchtime concerts.
* The South Bank Centre. Walk up the river side past the Tate Modern to visit: The Royal National Theatre (3 theatres), The National Film Theatre, The Imax Cinema, The Hayward Gallery, The Purcell Room, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Royal Festival Hall.
* The London Eye (the big wheel). Just past the South Bank Centre - get there early - it opens at 9 am - to avoid the queues/lines.
* The London Aquarium - just past the London Eye
Local theatres: Southwark Playhouse - next door, Union Street Theatre, Young Vic, Old Vic
Shopping: The Shell petrol station opposite has a little shop for milk, snacks, and newspapers and is open 24 hours a day. Two 'corner' stores just around the corner in Union Street. But for 'fresh' croissants go to Borough Station and there is a 'Delice de France' just a few shops further on the right. A small supermarket 'Costcutters' is located on the corner of Union Street across from Southwark Tube station. The nearest large supermarket, Tesco, is over the bridge on Queen Victoria Street. Borough Market open on Friday from 11.am and on Saturday from 9.am is well worth a visit. It is a 'farmers' market with organic foods from all over Europe, excellent cheese, bread, deli, wonderful fruit with an opera-singing vendor. En route to Borough market is one of the best cheese shops in London and an excellent caf? for breakfast - their 'bubble and squeak' is beyond compare.
Restaurants: Bankside Restaurant (just left down Sumner Street) modern food reasonable prices.
TAS (Borough High Street or The Cut) modern Turkish, delicious food, very reasonable prices and friendly staff.
The Greek Deli near the Young Vic, good, cheap, bring your own wine.
The Tate Modern Museum has two restaurants, but it is difficult to get in - very crowded - superb views.
Oxo Tower - expensive ?50 a head with wine but very good and worth it for the wonderful views.
Fish near Southwark Cathedral - excellent but pricey
Vinopolis - in the caverns below the railway - very trendy and pricey
The Angel Pub - an experience with great views across the river.
The National Portrait Gallery - overlooking Trafalgar Square - expensive but fantastic site -as yet a real secret!
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