London SE1 community website

Bankside busking: borough adopts Boris’s code of conduct

London SE1 website team

Southwark Council has introduced a voluntary code of conduct for buskers and street entertainers on Bankside.

Bankside busking: borough adopts Boris’s code of conduct
Pitches for buskers and entertainers have been marked out on Bankside

Last year the council consulted local people on the idea of a formal licensing scheme including auditions for prospective performers.

Instead, the council has adopted the 'Busk in London' code of conduct launched in March by Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Details of the scheme are on the Southwark page of the Busk in London website.

Buskers and entertainers are asked to limit themselves to peforming between 9.30am and 7.30pm and only use the marked pitches on Bankside between Blackfriars Bridge and Southwark Bridge.

"Bankside is not suitable for loud performances like drumming, large musical groups, bagpipes and acts with high levels of amplification," says the guidance.

"This is because the sound at Bankside carries a long way further than you might think!"

When he launched Busk in London in March this year, Mr Johnson said: "Busking adds to the capital's joie de vivre, but in spite of its popularity, buskers have sometimes encountered problems when plying their trade. Some have even been put off.

"Working with our partners, we are putting a scythe through the acres of unnecessary bureaucracy to make it easier to entertain on our city's streets. We want to make London the busking capital of the world!"

Comments

Does the voluntary code strike the right balance?

Join the discussion right now
Share
The SE1 website is supported by people like you
This article on a map
Map
Keep up with SE1 news

We have three email newsletters for you to choose from:

We are part of
Independent Community News Network
Email newsletter

For the latest local news and events direct to your inbox every Monday, you need our weekly email newsletter SE1 Direct.

7,000+ locals read it every week. Can you afford to miss out?

Read the latest issue before signing up

Archive
News archive from February 1999 to January 2001
Got a story for us?
Contact us with your tip-offs and story ideas.