Our Studio: London South Bank
For over 15 years, Bodo Sperlein Studio has been based at the Oxo Tower in the cultural heart of London's South Bank. Stretching from Blackfriars Bridge in the east to Westminster Bridge with 14 million visitors each year. Among the museums, galleries, skate parks and multiple centres of entertainment, you'll find us at 51°30'29.7"N 0°06'29.5"W.
We love this bustling area being so close to the river, among other creatives and having visitors from all over the world who visit the London Bankside.
What is Bodo's favourite features of working on the London South Bank, you'd ask? We guessed the breeze of the river coming through the studio on warm summer days, the raw feeling of the Barge House next door or the way to work cycling through majestic parts of central London. See his answers and learn more about the area in an interview with the designer himself below.
As a designer, what is it about the London South Bank that inspires you the most?The fact is that it's such a big part of the historic centre of London. A cultural hub with so many places to go and be entertained, like the dance productions at the Southbank Centre, The Royal Festival Hall, The National Theatre and the short walk to the Tate Modern to source inspiration. I appreciate being so close to the river in such an iconic area of London.
On your ride to work, what do you see?
The ride gives me the chance to see a lot of London landmarks, which is quite amazing because it's something many of us take for granted. From Westminster Abbey to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben to the London Eye. All of the London milestones, a great pleasure to see.
How has the area changed since you first started working here 15 years ago?
The area's changed considerably. When the local Waitrose arrived last year, it was a significant sign. 15 years ago we didn't have anything like this.
Are there any secret hidden gems around the Studio?
Many. You can get one of London's most traditional Fish and Chips at Master's Superfish in Waterloo. Great drinks at The Cut Bar at the Young Vic Theatre and walk down Lower Marsh and get a coffee at the Scooter Cafe, which is also a great bar at night. And I love exploring the National Theatre, a brutalist concrete jungle.