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bankside boom time

Published: 17/08/2020

Bankside is closing the gap between Tate Modern and Southbank Centre with new-homes and new locations.

Bankside is a fabulous area with some of the capital’s most celebrated arts establishments plus Bermondsey Street, Borough Market, and London Bridge are within a short walk. Bankside is undoubtedly well located and is a hotspot for Londoners.

With the arrival of luxury developments in what was formerly a no-man’s land between the Southbank and Tate Modern, came bars, restaurants, and numerous other attractions such as Flat Iron Square. It tends to be less packed with tourists than in other parts of central London.  It is also home to commercial art galleries, theatres, and the iconic London Eye.

Exciting contemporary architecture is transforming this patch, and you can now walk beside the Thames from the London Eye to Tate Modern and well beyond. The capital’s unique ability to steer a vision over the finishing line never ceases to impress.


Bankside’s new urban landscape is emerging with the birth of Bankside Yards; a £1 billion scheme which will bridge an important gap between South Bank and the Tate Modern.  Hundreds of new homes, shops, and restaurants will adorn the district that has always been the ugly sister to South Bank’s Cinderella - it is finally coming into its own.

At the moment, the South Bank buzz abruptly finishes at Blackfriars Bridge, where the Thames Path ends in a dreary underpass. But that will change when the developer of Bankside Yards, Native Land, builds a stairway to the riverfront, making it possible to walk along the Thames from the London Eye to the Tate Modern and beyond.

Western Yards, is the first phase, which includes a landmark 49-storey tower containing 240 homes and an office building. The row of fourteen existing railway arches will be renovated and filled with new shops and restaurants.

The second phase will add more homes, a smart hotel, and new open space.


This landmark project dramatically changed the Bankside skyline. One Blackfriars, a 50-storey tower on the south side of Blackfriars Bridge, contains 274 flats, a boutique hotel, and a viewing lounge that the public must pay to access. A three-bedroom apartments costs anywhere between £3 and £15 million!

Check out our apartments in One Blackfriars


Another big Bankside player is Southbank Tower, a 41-storey reboot of a 30-storey 70's office building that has been extended by eleven floors and repurposed as apartments.


Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, this award-winning scheme lies in the heart of Bankside adjacent to Tate Modern.  Sitting proudly amongst the wide range of cultural, business, and residential communities, these diverse and thriving environments co-exist in the intricate web of streets dating from medieval times.

The development provides 229 residential units in five separate buildings ranging from six to twenty-four storeys. The brief was to design a modern landmark scheme which provides a high-quality residential element within a vibrant mixed-use development. NEO Bankside is described as having quality façades with expression and depth.

Check out our apartments in NEO Bankside

If you would like to hear more about any of these new build developments, please call our team and they’ll be happy to discuss.
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