Bankside’s history is a long and fascinating one. In medieval times it was one of London’s main centres of dissipation, with its bear baiting and numerous brothels! Henry VIII closed the brothels in 1546, but by the 17th century they had re-opened and been joined by various theatres, including Shakespeare’s Globe, the faithful reconstruction of which is just a short walk from our café. You will find us in the thoroughly contemporary Blue Fin Building between Southwark Street and the Tate Modern, between Blackfriars Bridge and Southwark Bridge. Closest stations on the south side of the river are Southwark (Jubilee Line) and London Bridge (Jubilee Line, Northern Line). Or you can arrive north of the river at Blackfriars (Circle and District Lines), Mansion House (Circle and District Lines) or St. Paul’s (Central Line) and walk across one of the bridges, including the famous Millennium Footbridge. You can also arrive in style by boat at Bankside Pier. This is a great area to visit, with much to see and stunning views of the river from both banks, so pop in for breakfast or lunch, or for coffee, tea, sandwiches, éclairs and cakes. This is also one of the venues where we hold our enormously popular Bread Making Courses on Tuesday evenings. 21 seats available inside. Terrace with 18 seats. Disabled access available. Free wi-fi.