History and Background

Thirty years ago the South Bank and Bankside areas of London were bleak, unattractive, had few shops and restaurants, had a dying residential community and a weak local economy. Local residents mounted an extraordinary campaign leading to the purchase of 13 acres of derelict land, since developed into a thriving neighbourhood. Millions of people enjoy the South Bank Riverside Walkway, the green spaces of Bernie Spain Gardens, and the design shops, galleries, restaurants, cafes and bars at Oxo Tower Wharf and Gabriel’s Wharf. An extensive community leisure programme is also run from Coin Street neighbourhood centre, Colombo CentreRambert and at other locations in the neighbourhood.