Southwark is an inner London borough that fronts the river Thames and is home to extensive commerce, business and entertainment. The north of the borough has been transformed in the past ten years. The centre has some of the most deprived communities in the country whereas the south, by contrast, is more residential with less diversity and most people on above average earnings. The population of Southwark is growing and getting younger and more diverse with people from a wide range of different backgrounds. Three-quarters of pupils in Southwark schools are from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds. A very high proportion of people live in social rented housing.
Southwark enjoys many attractions in its boundaries and as such benefits from significant volumes of tourists and the associated income and jobs.