The Low Line

Low Line Launches in London’s Bankside

Low Line launches in London’s Bankside

A world-class pedestrianised route evoking New York’s High Line, the Low Line in Bankside hopes to be seen as a world-class walking route linking London Bridge, Waterloo, Blackfriars and Elephant and Castle.

The Low Line Map

The project, which will continue to open in stages over the coming months and years is intended to help reinforce Bankside’s position as a key cultural destination in London.

Some Low Line highlights for Autumn 2016 include:

  • Union Yard Arches – ten double height railway arches home to two theatres (the Union Theatre and the Spanish and Latin American Cervantes Theatre) , restaurants (Italian steakhouse Macellaio and Middle-Eastern inspired Bala Baya), The Africa Centre, an aerial fitness school Flying Fantastic, as well as a landmark public artwork from Rachel Wilberforce.
  • Flat Iron Square – a new food and music hub between Southwark Bridge Road and O’Meara Street, hosting a variety of restaurants and bars (including Tatami Ramen, Laffa, Ekachai and Cantina Carnitas), a weekly Sunday market called Flea selling vintage, vinyl, books, craft, cameras, bikes, art, food and more, as well as new live music venue OMEARA – owned by Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett.
  • Low Line Waymarking – a creative waymarking strategy from graphic design firm Polimekanos, which should help raise the visibility of the Low Line.

the-shard-in-view-from-w-t-p-a-interior-w-t-p-a-photography-credit-daPeter Williams, CEO of Better Bankside:

The project is not just about shaping a path, it is about creating places of interest along the way too, providing residents, local workers and visitors to Bankside with a different way to experience the neighbourhood and the surrounding area.

This is just the start of delivering a range of inspiring, well-designed new public spaces where people choose to spend time and money, delivering a new focus for the neighbourhood. These standalone projects will support the wider aims of the Low Line – to create a continuous, linear route along the extent of the railway viaduct.


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