Bankside is a district in the London Borough of Southwark. It's positioned on the southern bank of the River Thames, 1.5 miles east of Charing Cross. It is a part of the business improvement district referred to as Better Bankside.
Bankside is the riverside of the former liberties of the Clink and Paris Garden. Throughout the Elizabethan period, these regions were out of the City of London’s jurisdiction so they became the homes of bear baiting pits and playhouses, like the Rose, the Swan and the Globe Theatre. There has been a lot of regeneration in current years, becoming well known with tourists. The skyline of Bankside is accentuated by the former Bankside Power Station, that is now the Tate Modern.
The Bankside 1/2/3 complex on Southwark Street is the most significant new development in the district. The 3 buildings house about 5,000 employees. Bankside One is also referred to as the Blue Fin Building and it is partially occupied by IPC Media, while Bankside 2 and Three are occupied by the Omnicom Group Ltd.
From 2010, numerous improvement schemes have transformed Blackfriars Road from the bridge towards the south at St. George’s Circus and new buildings stand in place of post-World War II offices. These buildings are residential and hotel accommodation along its length, in particular at the junction with Stamford Street exactly where a lot of high rises have been constructed.