Flat Iron Square and Old Union Yard Arches will be the new 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.
This autumn, two new developments will form key sections of the Low Line in Bankside. These include Flat Iron Square (London's new music and food hub) and Network Rail's Old Union Yard Arches.
The Old Union Yard Arches will deliver 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. Joining them will be Cervantes Theatre, the first Spanish and Latin American theatre in London brought to life by Jorge de Juan. Offering more diversity will be Flying Fantastic, who will be making use of the arch structure and becoming London's first dedicated aerial fitness centre, and The Africa Centre who have recently moved into Bankside. The scheme will also include two quality restaurants.
Flat Iron Square will become 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. Due to open in October 2016. 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 besides
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.
A further seven fully equipped permanent kitchens will serve a full variety of delicious food – run by independent traders. Outside will be an additional three independent food vehicles.
Flat Iron Square will be open all day, for early breakfast to late drinks.