What to do and where to stay in London Bridge

Do you know what the craziest thing about living in London is? I never go into the city centre. When you have lived somewhere your whole life it is easy to think you’ve seen it all and you know it all.

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Photo by Sebastian Grochowicz

This weekend, however, I spent the day exploring London Bridge and it felt quite wonderful.

These are all my favourite things to do there and if you don’t live in London, or you’re feeling extravagant, then check out hotels near London Bridge.*

The Shard

This is a must-see if you’re in London Bridge – or anywhere else in the capital for that matter – because it is the tallest building to be found within the European Union.

Sadly, we won’t be in it for much longer so will lose this accolade, but it will still be the fifth tallest across the whole of Europe.

You can buy tickets and go up to floors 68, 69 and 72 for unparalleled views of London. They often do yoga classes up there as well so if you’re into it then definitely coordinate your timing so you can join in.

I love exercise, but I much prefer going straight to one of the bars, Aqua Shard is my personal fave, so I can enjoy a cocktail with the view.

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Borough Market

In London Bridge you will find London’s oldest food market, which has been in existence for more than 1,000 years.

There is an endless food offering, from world foods to English grub to vegan treats, and you can still go and buy produce for your home as well.

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After my tipple up The Shard, I tracked down the most incredible looking burger and much to my surprise it was vegan! I’m not but I have dabbled in vegan/vegetarianism, and it looked so succulently spectacular I just had to try it. Honestly it was incredible, whatever your culinary customs I would highly recommend it.

While munching away P and I saw people wondering around the plastic flutes of bubbly and so made it our mission to track down the booze.

It wasn’t easy in such a big, bustling market but eventually we found the place and bought a couple of Bellini’s that were thick in texture due to the real peach used inside. Delicious.

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London Grind

When these bars popped up around London, photos were littered across social media as influencers flocked to try out the trendy spots and photograph the hip décor.

That is not to say London Grind is style over substance – they do wonderful cocktails!

Their Pornstar Martini is outstanding and you can even trick yourself into feeling healthy with their Detox on the Rocks – basically a green smoothie with added tequila (my kinda breakfast!).

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Bermondsey Bar and Kitchen

After being fed at Borough Market and watered at London Grind, we set off in search of something sweet. I was half tempted to return to the market, having seen a wonderful amount of treats on offer, from giant donuts to decadent cheesecakes.

We ended up in a gorgeous pub garden, Bermondsey Bar and Kitchen, where we drank strawberry cider and shared a vegan and gluten free chocolate brownie. Honestly all the vegan food wasn’t on purpose, and the dessert was served with ice cream so it doesn’t count anyway.

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Attractions

Iconic British designer, Dame Zandra Rhodes, is the founder of the Fashion and Textiles Museum on Bermondsey Street. It is the only museum in the UK solely dedicated to showcasing developments in contemporary fashion, as well as providing inspiration, support and training for those working in the industry.

If you have children with you (it’s also fine if you don’t) then head to the London Dungeons. Here actors, special effects and rides help to recreate gory and macabre historical events in a gallows humour style.

*The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.

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