Having reached its 125th year of operation under a variety of names, London South Bank University (LSBU) is located in the town of Newington and in the borough of Southwark. The growth of this institution since first opening its doors in 1892 has led to the current student population of an estimated 17,600 people.
For the first 78 years, the school was known as the Borough Polytechnic Institute and originally focused on teaching trades to the local population. More artistic programs were soon developed, though the onset of World War I turned the school into a production center for things like gas masks and munitions.
World War II was far worse for the school, with more than 30 percent of the campus wiped out by German bombing during its infamous Blitz. The destroyed structures would be rebuilt after the way and additional expansion helped the school continue to grow.
Subsequent name changes were made in 1970 to Polytechnic of the South Bank and South Bank Polytechnic in 1987, the precursor to 1992’s full university status and its more contemporary name.