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Abta: Welcome to the neighbourhood

November 20, 2008
Brindisa, Borough Market

Brindisa, Borough Market

So a warm welcome to Abta – they’ve picked a great location.

I mentioned I’d try and write about ‘The Borough’ area in south-east London, where I live – but apart from the odd photo, or Delicious link, I haven’t really written much.

But now Abta have confirmed their new premises (with the FTO) – relocating from 68-71 Newman Street to 30 Park Street by London Bridge – so I’ll take this opportunity to write a bit about the area.

So, a bit of history (get the boring things out of the way first, then talk about pubs).

Borough was originally a Roman settlement. The word Borough comes from Old English, meaning ‘fortified area’, and was designed to defend London Bridge. It was therefore also the first ‘borough’ outside of the City of London, so that’s why it kept the name.

Southwark, as in the London borough it sits in, got its name in the 9th century, and again from Old English meaning ‘Defensive works of the men of Surrey.’

Abta is still dealing with consumer protection issues, following the collapse of the XL Leisure Group, and upcoming changes in regulation, so they are busy people.

To help alleviate any stress they may be feeling, here’s a pick of my top places, literally on Abta’s doorstep:

Southwark Tavern – all-round decent pub, with quieter alcoves in basements (best pub in my opinion);
Wine Wharf – quieter venue, good for meetings, brilliant selection of wines;
The George Inn – historic pub;
The Roxy – doubles up as a cinema, with good movies and football/rugby matches;
Hiba – Great Lebanese restaurant;
Royal Oak – a bit further away, on Tabard Street, but a nice pub with real ales…

(I’m sure I should be doing some kind of ‘mash-up’ map, a la BNP, with Google maps, but will try another time)

There’s also Borough Market too, so it’s definitely a lively place to work – but if there any other recommendations I can add to this list, please leave a comment. This is just a few of my haunts…

In terms of keeping up to date with local news, there’s the brilliant user-generated inspired SE1 website, and you can also follow SE1 at @SE1

Below are some other pics I’ve taken recently…

Tunnel near Borough Market

Tunnel near Borough Market

Abbleby fish restaurant/fishmonger

Abbleby fish restaurant/fishmonger

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