South East London is an area of the city bounded by the Thames, comprising the boroughs of Southwark, Greenwich and Lambeth. Landmarks include the National Theatre, the Festival Hall, the Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern gallery. The Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe when its 72 storeys opened in 2012, dominates the skyline.
Down river, South East London boasts the Royal Observatory at Greenwich from where meantime is measured, and the O2 arena which can hold up to 20,000 people.
There are many contrasts in South East London, from the leafy suburbs of Dulwich to large areas of inner-city social housing in Brixton and Peckham. Goldsmiths' College in New Cross, founded as a naval school in 1843, has in recent times been described as 'the coolest college in England'.
South East London is served by bus, tube and overground rail links, as well as the Emirates Air Line cable car on the Greenwich Peninsula.