Southwark sweeps awards

By Natalie Vincent - Thu 3 May 2018, 3:07 pm

Four cultural landmarks in and around Southwark have scooped top prizes at the 2018 Time Out Love London Awards.

Printworks, image courtesy of Jake Davis, 2018

The winners of the online competition, in which more than 60,000 votes were cast by Londoners for their favourite places across a dozen categories, were announced online by Time Out on 1 May.

Tower Bridge was recognised as the 'Most Loved Local Landmark', known for its bridge lifts and exhibition. Built over 120 years ago, it is considered an engineering marvel and one of the most instantly recognisable structures in the world.

The Cinema Museum on the Southwark borough boundary in neighbouring Lambeth, and part of the Elephant and Castle regeneration zone, was named the 'Most Loved Local Culture Spot' with the Tate Modern art gallery coming in second. The museum showcases a collection of artefacts, memorabilia and equipment documenting the history of cinema from the 1890s to the present day.

A previous winner of the 'Most Loved Local Cinema' category in 2015 and 2016, Peckhamplex reclaimed the accolade this year, following a high-profile campaign to save it from closure; it remains popular for its discounted cinema tickets and free screenings for young people, including one for Marvel's Black Panther earlier this spring.

Peckhamplex director John Reiss expressed his delight at the award: "We are thrilled to have won London's Most Loved Cinema award, especially as it is the people's choice. The Peckhamplex team intends to continue to deliver a wide range of films in a fun environment, at affordable prices to our ever-expanding numbers of loyal customers."

Rotherhithe’s Printworks won the award for 'Most Loved Local Club or Party'. The venue has functioned as a 3,000-capacity music venue since January 2017 on the site where the London Evening Standard and Daily Mail newspapers were once printed.

Simon Tracey, CEO of Vibration Group, the event programmer of Printworks, said: "We're enormously proud of being voted the best loved club in London by Time Out readers.

"We see this space as a home for culture generally; we've recently opened a 3,000 capacity live music venue which will match the high standards of our electronic events, and you'll see some really exciting stuff happening this year across the arts spectrum, as well as a lot of community work happening locally."