• An ancient settlement on the south bank of the Thames that was annexedto the City of London in 1556. It has a wealth of literary and historicalassociations including the site of the Tabard Inn of Chaucer's TheCanterbury Tales. In Elizabethan times the Bankside areahad numerous theaters, including the Globe, the Rose,the Hope, and the Swan, as well as some of London'sbest known bull- and bear-baiting venues and a large selectionof brothels. The rebuilt Globe Theatre provides modern Southwark withits leading visitor attraction; the South Bank arts centre, whichincludes the National Theatre building, lies just outside the modernborough boundary, in Lambeth.