Southwark is a vibrant inner-London borough sandwiched between Lambeth (to the West) and Lewisham (to the East). It begins just across the River Thames from the City, yet stretches down to the green expanses of Dulwich and Nunhead in the South. The area is both historic and modern, with the 12th century Southwark Cathedral now neighboured by the tallest skyscraper in Europe, the Shard. We have some of the best museums and hidden attractions in the country, from the Tate Modern to the Dulwich Picture Gallery, from HMS Belfast to the Imperial War Museum. Southwark is well known for its cultural and educational riches, such as Shakespeare's Globe and the nearby dedicated children's theatre (The Unicorn). There is a burgeoning foodie empire, which has spread from Borough Market to Maltby Street and beyond. And our children enjoy parks and open spaces such as Dulwich Park and Burgess Park, as well as one of the most interesting stretches of the River Thames.

The population of Southwark is projected to grow by up to 20% between 2011 and 2026. It is becoming one of London's most popular boroughs, given its proximity to major employment centres in The City, the West End and Canary Wharf. In the last twenty years, the average house price in Southwark has grown almost twice as fast as the national average (from around £85k in 1995 to around £490k in 2014)."

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