Flat Iron Square and Old Union Yard Arches are the latest stops on Bankside's Low Line
The Low Line is an ambitious long term project to open up the pedestrian walk way that runs along the base of the rail viaduct in Bankside, between Borough Market and Southwark tube station. Over the last 150 years this has been eroded, as development has come with the creation walls, fences, buildings and other structures blocking access at different points along its length. The Low Line is of course a nod to Manhattan’s High Line.
The Low Line will, over time, stitch these disconnected spaces back into the urban fabric through a range of large and small projects which will transform the public realm along the viaduct.
Last autumn, two new developments formed key sections of the Low Line in Bankside. These included Flat Iron Square (London's new music and food hub) and Network Rail's Old Union Yard Arches.
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Old Union Yard Arches is a culturally diverse offer founded on arts and performance, exploiting the uniqueness of the arch space. The space is the new home to the legendary Union Theatre which was founded by artistic director Sasha Regan in 1997. The Cervantes Theatre has also joined the development and is the first Spanish and Latin American theatre in London brought to life by Jorge de Juan. Offering more diversity is Flying Fantastic, a dedicated aerial fitness centre which makes use of the arch structure and The Africa Centre who have recently moved into Bankside. The scheme also includes two quality restaurants Bala Baya and Macellaio.
Flat Iron Square is a new hub for music and food in London. Covering 40,000sq ft, it incorporates seven railway arches and surrounding open spaces, sited between Flat Iron Square, Union Street, O’Meara St and Southwark Street, London, SE1. Partners include:
Ben Lovett, member of Mumford & Sons and co-founder of live promotions and independent label Communion, brings a new live music venue, OMEARA which promises a wide array of programming, from indie club nights, to talks, comedy, burlesque, magic and much more.
Patricia Trijbits, and her first permanent home for Where The Pancakes Are following a series of festivals and pop-ups.
Bar Douro’s Portuguese tapas and wine bar put together by the dynamic team of Max Graham with top chef, Tiago Santos of Porto fame.
The Bar at Flat Iron Square, a relaxed under-the-open-arches bar serving great drinks in a busy European market place environment.
Trapeze from the team behind the Cooking Collective will be serving all day Californian brunch from the front of Devonshire House facing onto Flat Iron Square.
Run by independent traders, seven fully equipped permanent kitchens serve a full variety of delicious food. There are also an additional three independent food vehicles.
Flat Iron Square is open all day, for early breakfast to late drinks.