I've just moved to the area (just off bermondsey street), and am trying to figure out some feasible running routes... preferably riverside... but am afraid I will be help up by dense population of people that always seem to be present in our postcode!
Any suggestions of fairly hassle-free routes to have a quick half-hour / hour long daily jog?
If you head eastwards along the river past Shad Thames it is a lot quieter though there are a lot of different streets to figure out to stay close to the river. North side of the river is quiet and very easy to follow from St Katherines Dock all the way west to ... Chelsea! Southwark bridge is never busy. I sometimes do a circuit through back streets on the South Bank - Southwark bridge - North bank riverside - Tower Bridge.
Grange Park and Southwark Park are also not that far away.
Agree with Zac that running east from Tower Bridge avoids crowds and is very atmospheric.
For the distance you're looking at, also consider running east on south side of Tower Bridge along river to St Mary's Rotherhithe (hello SE16!), loop back into King's Stairs Gardens, cross Jamaica Road to run around Southwark Park - then retrace steps to the river again.
Pretty much all river or green run with plenty of space!
Don't forget in SE1 we're not far from the parks - a short run can take you round or through St James', a medium run takes in Green Park, and a long run (10m round trip for me) takes in Hyde Park. The river's nice to run along, but the park are more runner friendly.
Hi, as a keen runner and hater of crowded running routes I'd recommend the following route, from Bermondsey St onto Bermondsey Wall, Rotherhithe St, Redriff Rd, Lower St, Jamaica Rd , Abbey St back to Bermondsey St. 9.5 km and a very pleasant route although the lack of gradients makes it deceptively straightforward.
Not a jogging route as such, but I really enjoy doing circuits of the running track in the Spa Gardens. By setting myself X number of laps and altering my speed for each lap, I get a really good workout. It also seems to be slightly easier on the knees than tarmac.
My housemate really rates Southwark Park though which is says is really underused and beautiful...