Borough Road

Borough Road

Borough Road is in Southwark, London SE1. It runs east-west between St George's Circus and Borough High Street. Southwark Bridge Road crosses Borough Road north-south about halfway along. The railway to Blackfriars station also passes overhead at the junction.

The campus of London South Bank University lies to the south between St George's Circus and the junction with Southwark Bridge Road. The main entrance lies on Borough Road and it is also the principle address of the university. The building where this entrance is located is known as the Borough Road Building. To the east of this, also on Borough Road is the Tower Block where the Tower Restaurant and the National Bakery School are located. To the west is the Learning Resources Centre and a derelict Presbyterian chapel dating from 1846, now grade II listed by English Heritage. The chapel is due to be renovated be the architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, who were also responsible for the Oxo Tower redevelopment, as part of an improvement scheme by London South Bank University.

The London School of Musical Theatre is based at 87 Borough Road.

Other adjoining roads include Blackfriars Road, London Road and Newington Causeway.


History of education on Borough Road

Borough Road has been a site of educational activity for over two centuries. Joseph Lancaster's School was established by the Quaker, Joseph Lancaster, on this road in 1798. It was an early and innovative example of a universal free school, based on the monitorial system, that became known as a British School.

An associated teacher training institute, Borough Road College, was established soon afterwards in 1804, also in Borough Road. In 1889, the College moved to Isleworth, west London. Much later, in 1975, Borough Road College merged with Maria Grey College to form the West London Institute of Higher Education. This then became the Osterley Campus of Brunel University from 1995 to 2006.

London South Bank University was established on Borough Road as the Borough Polytechnic Institute in 1892, soon after Borough Road College had moved. The associated National School of Bakery was founded two years later in 1894 and is now the oldest bakery school in the world. The Institute expanded and became the Polytechnic of the South Bank (1970), South Bank Polytechnic (1987), attaining university status as South Bank University in 1992, before adopting its current name in 2003.

More recently, the London School of Musical Theatre was founded by Glenn Lee.


The following were listed as being on Borough Road in the Dickens's Dictionary of London (1888 edition):

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