The London Borough of Southwark in south London, England forms a part of Inner London and is connected by bridges across the River Thames towards the City of London. It was formed in 1965 when three smaller sized council locations amalgamated under the London Government Act 1963. This incorporated the former area of the Metropolitan Borough of Southwark, the Metropolitan Borough of Camberwell, plus the Metropolitan Borough of Bermondsey. It is controlled by Southwark London Borough Council.
The borough covers an overall area of roughly 11.14 square miles. To the south are the London Boroughs of Bromley and Croydon. Southwark features a wide variety of housing, including council housing, such as the post-Blitz Aylesbury Estate as well as the Heygate Estate to provide homes to low-income residents. About 31 percent of householders are owner-occupiers.
The borough is home to numerous cultural, historical and notable attractions. The Shard, Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and Borough Market which are the largest of the venues in Southwark to draw domestic and international tourism. Dulwich is home to the Dulwich Picture Gallery along with the Imperial War Museum in Elephant and Castle.