Two new developments have opened on the Low Line, bringing the project a step closer to realisation in Bankside. Over the last two years, Better Bankside and its partners have been developing and advocating the Low Line, an ambitious long term project to open up a world-class walking route along the base of the rail viaduct in Bankside, linking together the neighbourhoods between London Bridge and Waterloo, Blackfriars and Elephant and Castle. The project, which will open in stages in the months and years to come, will help reinforce Bankside’s position as a key cultural destination in London.
For now, two must-visit food, drink and culture hubs have opened on the Low Line. On Union Street you'll find Union Yard Arches – a new stretch of the north/south Low Line. The site, consisting of ten double height railway arches, is home to two theatres, restaurants, The Africa Centre, and an aerial fitness school, as well as new office space. Artist Rachel Wilberforce will also deliver a landmark public artwork to feature in the yard.
Between Southwark Bridge Road and O’Meara Street, the east/west stretch of the Low Line, the new Flat Iron Square development covers 40,000sq ft. encompassing six railway arches and surrounding open spaces. It hosts a variety of carefully selected restaurants and bars as well as new live music venue OMEARA – owned by Ben Lovett, of Mumford & Sons and co-founder of independent label Communion.
Both the Union Yard Arches and Flat Iron Square projects continue the long tradition of Bankside as a cultural destination in the capital. It will open up pedestrian footfall along previously inaccessible stretches of the neighbourhood, it will give small, independent businesses the opportunity to thrive in a burgeoning neighbourhood, and cement Bankside as a cultural hub in south London.