Bankside is a district in the London Borough of Southwark. It is positioned on the southern bank of the River Thames, 1.5 miles east of Charing Cross. It's 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. During the Elizabethan period, these locations were outside the City of London’s jurisdiction so they became the homes of bear baiting pits and playhouses, including the Rose, the Swan and the Globe Theatre. There has been a good deal of regeneration in recent years, becoming well known with vacationers. The skyline of Bankside is accentuated by the former Bankside Power Station, which is now the Tate Modern.
The Bankside 1/2/3 complex on Southwark Street is the most important new development in the district. The 3 buildings house about 5,000 personnel. Bankside One is also known as the Blue Fin Building and is partially occupied by IPC Media, whilst Bankside Two and Three are occupied by the Omnicom Group Ltd.
From 2010, numerous development 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, especially at the junction with Stamford Street where a great deal of high rises happen to be constructed.