Summer plans of far flung adventures might be on hold for the time being, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a holiday to remember closer to home. With its rich heritage, iconic cultural attractions and dining-options from all corners of the globe, London Bridge might just be the staycation destination you’ve been dreaming of…
1. Iconic views
Whether you’re looking down on the city from the highest viewing deck in London at The View from The Shard, or taking in the sights of the world-famous Tower Bridge from Potters Fields Park, London Bridge undoubtably has the capital’s most iconic views.
2 . World-class dining
With over 80 incredible restaurants and bars nestled within a 1 mile stretch of foodie mecca Borough Market, you really can’t beat the food and drink options in London Bridge. From authentic modern Mexican flavours at Santo Remedio and all-out American grub at Texas Joe’s, to the taste of Thailand at Kin + Deum, you can hop continents from meal to meal without the air miles. The area is also home to street-food hot spot, the Vinegar Yard; an excellent stop-off for a cold drink in the sunshine.
3. Fascinating heritage
This iconic area is one of London’s oldest neighbourhoods, boasting historical, maritime and culinary connections to events that have shaped the city’s history. A stroll towards the river from the station will take you through the stunning architecture of Hay’s Galleria (formerly Hay’s Wharf; one of the UK’s busiest shipping docks) to the Second World War Royal Navy warship HMS Belfast*. In the opposite direction, follow in a the footsteps of Keats with a walk through the picturesque grounds of King’s College. Take a look at our Self-Guided Historical Walking tour and Musicity X Low Line Musical Walking Tour for more exploration inspiration.
4. Culture around every corner
With an impressive selection of museums, galleries and theatres, there’s culture to soak up at every turn. Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, The Fashion and Textile Museum, Old Operating Theatre, White Cube gallery, Bridge Theatre*, Unicorn Theatre* and Southwark Cathedral are all within a 5 minute walking distance of London Bridge station.
5. Shop ’til you drop
For those who enjoy a bit of retail therapy on their travels, London Bridge won’t disappoint. The area has long been home to artisans and producers, dating right back to the 17th century and continues to be a hotspot for creative makers and crafts. Head to Bermondsey Street to discover fashionable boutiques, artisan grocers and gift shops, or choose from over 40 high-street favourites in London Bridge Station and The Shard Arcade.
Where to stay?
From the luxurious heights of the Shangri-La at The Shard to the sleek surroundings of The Dixon, London Bridge has accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets.
*The HMS Belfast, Bridge Theatre and Unicorn Theatre remain closed to the public at time of publishing. Please check before visiting.