Bermondsey Street @ Southwark

ロンドンブリッジ駅程近くのBermondsey street(バーモンジー・ストリート)は、最近人気のエリアの一つ。昔の倉庫や工場など産業地帯の面影を残すこの通りには、Pizarroとその姉妹店のJoseZuccaなど、近年トレンディなレストランがオープンしている。

テムズ川に近いこのエリアは元々湿地帯で、Bermondsey Streetはその中を通る土手道として作られた。中世には、ロンドンの市場に近く交通の便も良いこの地域は、真水の潮流が皮をなめすのに適しているということで、皮革とその関連産業が盛んになった。しかし19世紀頭にはその繁栄にも陰りが。1836年にLondon & Greenwich railwayがBermondsey Streetの北側を貫き、Bermondseyに産業が興ると共に、貧困と人口過密をももたらした。下水の悪臭や劣悪な住環境、騒音公害はひどく、産業が地域から去った後1900年以降は地域人口が低下。その後行政による住環境の改善が始まった。

多くの産業施設は取り壊されたが、近年残った建物は改装され、ロフト風「live/work(職住兼用)」住宅に生まれ変わり、ロンドンの再開発エリアとして人気上昇(Guardian紙)。1950年代にCaledonian RoadからBermondsey Squareに移転して来たBermondsey Antiques market(毎金曜日開催)に通じる道でもあるBermondsey Streetは、アンティーク業者が通り沿いの元倉庫を使用している。

↓ 下の写真はBermondsey Streetの北から南の順番に並べています

Bermondsey street in Southwark is one of the emerging trendy zone in London  with old industrial feel. Hip restaurants and shops such as ZuccaPizarro and sister venue of Jose have opened in recent years on this street.

Situated close to the river Thames, the Bermondsey Street area was originally marshland, and Bermondsey Street was built up as a causeway crossing the marshy land. The leather industry and allied activities began to flourish in medieval times, as the area’s freshwater tidal streams was ideal for the tanners. It was also close to the London markets and had good transport links. But the decline began in the 19th century. In 1836, the London & Greenwich railway was built across the northern end of Bermondsey Street. The railway opened up Bermondsey to industry but also brought poverty and overcrowding to the area. Open sewers and poor quality housing were common, and the noise and smells were awful. Later Industries moved out, and by 1900 the population was declining. The local council began to act on improving the area’s living conditions.

Nowadays Survived industrial buildings have been converted to ‘live/work’ lofts, and is becoming one of the most chic areas to live for Londoners (the Guardian). Also many of the former warehouses are used by antique dealers, as the street leads to Bermondsey Antiques market which was moved to Bermondsey Square from Caledonian Road in the 1950s and is held every Friday.

↓ Below photos are in order from the North to the South.

以前なめし革業者が使っていたビル / Industrial buildings of ex-tanner

1950年から現在まで、イギリス国内外のファッションに焦点を当てたFashion and Textile Museum

Fashion and Textile Museum, focusing on British and international fashion, and textile design from 1950 to the present day

Holly and Lil pet shop

人気のスペイン人シェフ・Jose Pizarro経営のシェリー酒&タパスバー・Jose

Popular Sherry & Tapas bar Jose, owned by Jose Pizarro

2011年10月にオープンしたWhite Cubeギャラリー

White Cube gallery moved in on October 2011

2010年オープンの有名イタリアン・Zucca

Popular Italian restaurant Zucca from 2010

前出のJoseの姉妹店のスパニッシュレストラン・Pizarro

Spanish restaurant Pizarro, owned by Jose Pizarro and is a sister venue of Jose

1690年建立のSt Mary Magdalen教会。13世紀よりこの地にある。

The church of St Mary Magdalen completed in 1690 (although a church has been recorded on this site from the 13th Century)

ワイン、お花、チョコレートのお店・Cave

Cave, a specialist wine, flower and chocolate shop

Bermondsey Square HotelShortwave Cinema、アパートメント・コンプレックスに囲まれたBermondsey Square

Bermondsey Square, surrounded by Bermondsey Square HotelShortwave Cinema and apartments complex

5 responses to “Bermondsey Street @ Southwark

  1. everydaylifestyle

    I went Pizarro and Jose a while ago. Both have a great food, and I love them! Unfortunately I couldn’t take a photo for both occasions…
    Personally I like Tapas so I prefer Jose, but the space is small and chair is hard. Yes, Pizarro is more relaxed and comfortable. Definitely will go back again!

  2. Also try Pizarro, more relaxed, great food!

  3. everydaylifestyle

    Hi, Martin. Thank you for checking my blog + reblog it! Bermondsey Street is hip. I will go back there again with my friends next week to try Jose ;-)

  4. Reblogged this on Upload Your Soul and commented:
    One of our favourite places

  5. Pingback: The Garrison Pub @ Bermondsey Street | everydaylife.style

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