The London Bridge area might be home to one of the busiest stations in the city, but it’s way more than just a port of call or a place to change trains. There’s a wealth of cool stuff to do, see and of course, eat; so whether you’re staying at a London Bridge hotel, or just looking to see this area in a day, I have you covered with a bunch of fun stuff to do!
Explore Borough Market
Dating back to the 12th century, Borough Market is one of the oldest food markets in the city. Situated about a three to five minute walk from London Bridge station, it’s a great place to nab a tasty bite, with so much on offer. Even if you aren’t feeling peckish, it’s definitely worth a wander to take in the sights and sounds.
Grab a Coffee at The Gentlemen Baristas
After you’ve discovered the market, there’s a wealth of places to get your caffeine fix but I really like The Gentlemen Baristas, and there’s two of them in this area. I definitely rate the matcha lattes, but they have a range of yummy drinks on offer from fancy pour overs to red velvet hot chocolate, *drool*.
Walk the Thames Path
The Thames Path is a national trail that stretches about 200 miles, so more specifically, the Thames Path just beneath London Bridge is the best place to start! Spend an hour or two wandering the riverside and see ships, take some pictures in front of the skyscrapers, catch a boat from city pier and …
Spot Tower Bridge
Often mistakenly called London Bridge, Tower Bridge is definitely the prettier bridge of the two! Snap some pics of it looking majestic in the background, then walk across the bridge itself and if you’re daring, buy tickets to experience the glass walkway above.
Visit the Tower of London or Climb The Monument
There’s a hell of a lot of historic things to do in this area, so if you only have a day, I would pick and choose which sites you’re most interested in. For a small fee you can climb The Monument (to the Great Fire of London), a tall, thin column which also provides views of the city, or you could head to the infamous Tower of London, just downriver.
Soak Up Sunset Views of St Paul’s
After all that walking, you deserve to kick back with a cocktail, or sit down and watch the sunset, right? One New Change is one of my new fave spots to get views over St Paul’s Cathedral and the rest of London, especially when the sun is setting. The best part? it’s free! Just enter the shopping centre, grab the lift to the rooftop and admire what’s in front of you when you get there!
Enjoy Dinner at Casa do Frango
There’s endless options when it comes to eating and drinking in the area, but I really loved Casa do Frango. It’s Portuguese sharing plates are mouthwateringly tasty when accompanied with the chicken!
I also recommend the Portuguese coffee (and the fab wine) if you’re looking for something to drink.
Grab a Doughnut and Take to London Bridge
Any bridge during the evening is appealing to most people, and even though London Bridge’s aesthetic might be a bit bare and not quite there, the views are worth it. Pop to Doughnut Time if you’re peckish, and soak in those city views: Tower Bridge, the Shard on one side, the financial district on the other.
Treat Yourself to Cocktails at London Grind
I’ve had many a cocktail in London (you can read about my top Instagrammable ones here ) but I have to say, I have a soft spot for Grind’s lychee martini (insert drool emoji here).
I’m holding the ‘naked and famous’ cocktail here which has a tequila kick but the sour cherry whisky smash is also verrrry tasty too! Check out their menu here.