London Bridge area is one of the most iconic structures of the world, seeing references in poetry, literature and even modern pop-culture, a monumentally significant symbol that crosses over the River Thames. And while Tower Bridge is a must-visit spot, it is its surroundings and activities that make it come to life. So, let’s cross over, shall we?
Accommodation & Commute
Although the 269 metres stretch of London Bridge is impressive, the district in itself has much to explore, and you may even want to make this your base during your visit to London. But if overnight in the area is not on your agenda, you can very easily access it through the London Bridge tube station that is well connected to other neighbourhoods and is situated a few minutes on foot away from the bridge and the Shard. As for accommodation in the area, if the Shard by Shangri-la seems a little steep, here are a few recommendations of hotels near the Shard.
Sightseeing & Activities
I must stress that one of the most luxurious ways to celebrate an occasion is to enjoy the views of London Bridge and its surroundings from ‘The View from The Shard’, sharing a glass of champagne with your loved ones. The tallest building in the UK, offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire city and its proximity to the London Bridge area offers a closer look at the buzzing London Bridge area.
For something a little more romantic, why not hop aboard the Thames Clipper, and explore the banks of the river through a cruise; or just on foot. Either way, you are bound to be met with sites such as the famous Tower Bridge. For a little more about the history and stories that London Bridge has borne witness to – right from fables of the infamous Jack the Ripper to moments of the Revolution, stop by the London Bridge Experience.
Other sights around London Bridge include ‘The Golden Hinde’ – a life-size reconstruction of the ship on which Sir Frances Drake set sail to explore the world, HMS Belfast – a warship from the Second World War, and the oldest cathedral of London – Southwark Cathedral.
Restaurants & Nightlife
The culinary scene in this area also has a reputation of its own. The famous and historical ‘Borough Market’ in present-day is not only a paradise for those looking for fresh produce but also a haven of speciality foods, with aisles of varieties of cheese, baked breads, cured meats, exotic fruits and vegetables and more.
For your morning fuel, I suggest visiting ‘The Breakfast Club’ – a homely and welcoming space for you to take the most important meal of the day – preferably generous servings of eggs and pancakes.
Some other famous eateries include ‘Casa do Frango’ – a Portuguese speciality restaurant famous for its fiery piri-piri chicken, Michelin restaurant ‘Native’ which uses fresh and local British ingredients, and ‘Padella’ – arguably the best pasta place in the city.
You can also stop by at ‘Belushi’ – a sports bar for some baps and beer, ‘Mug House’ a traditional pub for some great English Ale or just wind down at the famous ‘GONG’ bar at the Shard.
London Bridge and its many nooks and crannies are only some of the gems in the city. And if after reading this, you feel like you may have underestimated its significance, well, now you have an entire itinerary laid out for you. And I assure you, it will not disappoint.
Note: The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.