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Ideas for family days out in London Bridge

Published on 24th May 2022


We know London Bridge is an area packed full of London landmarks and culture. But more surprising is the wide choice of things for families with children to do in the area. Here we take a look at some well established family favourites as well as lesser known fun for younger visitors in London Bridge. The View from The Shard – Taking in the striking 360° panoramic views of London from 310 meters up in the sky is a modern ‘must do’. Make a game out of spotting famous London landmarks as the capital unfolds beneath you. Uber Boat by Thames Clippers – London’s river bus departs from London Bridge City Pier and gives a totally different perspective of the city. A new sightseeing experience in collaboration with The View from The Shard takes in some of the world’s most famous landmarks on a round-trip route. Tower Bridge – The most famous bridge in the world isn’t just for looking at, you need to get inside and explore it. Children love the glass floored walkways that suspend them high above the river and there’s usually a free Children’s activity or two included in the admission price. Under 5’s are free and 5-15 years are just £5.70 (May 2022), making it one of the most bargainous things to do in town! HMS Belfast – You don’t have to have a fascination in the military to have a great time on our most significant surviving Second World War Royal Navy warship. IWM design a fun packed programme of Family Activities at weekends and school holidays aimed mainly at 7+ years. Unicorn Theatre – The Unicorn offers innovative and thrilling theatre experiences for children aged up to 13. You’ll often find shows for little ones from 6 months old, so it’s never too early to give them their first trip to the theatre. See what’s on this week. Hop Kingdom – Open from 12pm, Fri-Sun, Hop Kingdom is the perfect environment to try skateboarding for the first time. Lessons are available, as is board, helmet and pad hire, so you needn’t pay out for expensive gear before you give it a go. Parks and Gardens – From the landscaped riverside lawns of Potters Fields Park, to intimate secret gardens like Gibbon’s Rent, London Bridge has plenty of green spaces for play and picnics. Younger ones will love the recently refurbished playground in St John’s Churchyard, just off Tooley Street. London Bridge Experience – If your kids like a fright then you’re in the right place! Take an interactive walk with live actors that play characters from the past 2000 years of London Bridge’s History. It is funny, historical and more than a little bit scary! Not one for the faint-hearted… The Old Operating Theatre – The oldest surviving surgical operating theatre in Europe is open to the public Thurs-Sun. Entry for children 6-16 years is only £4.50 and a family ticket just £18, so the visit won’t cost you an arm and a leg, unlike some of the Victorian patients who frequented this fascinating old church tower. Summer by the River – If you’re visiting June to September, you can’t miss London’s largest free festival. 2022 will recreate Miami’s infamous party energy across all locations across London Bridge City, with an eclectic programme of events that will put smiles on faces of all ages. Creams Cafe – A crowd pleaser for young and old alike. If you need a very unhealthy carrot to dangle and inspire some good behaviour, then this is it! Sundaes, doughnuts, shakes and more, celebrate the perfect day out with one of Creams’ big flamboyant desserts.

10 Family Places to Eat Out in London Bridge

Published on 23rd May 2022

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Finding somewhere to eat out that all the family will enjoy can be a lengthy and thankless task. To help you out, we’ve come up with our list of options in London Bridge. We’ve looked at menus, setting, and price to steer you in the right direction, however there are dozens more places to eat in the area in our full listings. The Real Greek Tower Bridge – The chain has a great setting beside Tower Bridge and offers a Kid’s Menu for £7. Some free advice, don’t offer the little ones a Souvlaki, say it’s a chicken wrap and they’ll be all over it! Vapiano – Not much beats freshly made pasta and pizza if you’re under 10 (or over 10 for that matter!). Overlooking Potters Fields Park, Vapiano has a Kid’s Menu for £7.95 and is set in a bright, fun space that children feel welcome in. Five Guy’s – Not one for the babies, but older children will be begging you to come back for the REESE’S Peanut Butter Cup milkshake and the enormous Bacon Cheese Dog. A winner dinner. Comptoir Libanais – The London Bridge branch of this Lebanese chain is beautifully decked out, close to the station. The Kid’s Menu offers delicious wraps, homemade lemonade, and something sweet and tasty. Pizza Pilgrims – On Tooley Street, close to London Bridge Station, Pizza Pilgrims has a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of pizza toppings to keep the whole family happy. If they can’t finish it, box it up and take it for later – that’s dinner solved too! Cafe Piazza – Under the striking vaulted roof of Hay’s Galleria, Cafe Piazza knows how to please a crowd, with sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, salads and lots of vegan options. With a totally covered terrace you’ll never feel fall victim to the British weather. Caffe Nomma Italian – Sitting on the edge of Potters Fields Park, Caffe Nomma Italian brings artisan ice cream from Calabria and Southern Italy’s number one coffee to this wonderful riverside setting. Not to mention the selection of homemade pasta and sauces. Absolutely Starving – A London Bridge stalwart, Absolutely Starving has been feeding London Bridge since long before The Shard rose above our heads. Sit in or take out to the riverside. Soups, salads, hot meals, sandwiches and more types of baked goods than Mr Kipling ever saw in his life! Gaucho Tower Bridge – You can sit down to a beautiful sirloin while the little darlings choose from a Children’s menu that includes mac ‘n cheese, fish and chips and burgers. All with views across the Thames! Creams – Have they been good today? If so, a treat at the Creams Cafe next to the London Bridge Experience is in order. The Café offers a wide range of delicious crepes, waffles, gelato, milkshakes and more, including a range of hot chocolates and coffees to take-away! Alternatively, head to one of the many lovely takeaways and cafes, or put together a picnic from the local supermarkets, and head to one of the many green spaces in London Bridge.

The Allotment and The Let’s Grow Nannies

Published on 04th May 2022

By Plunge Boom presented by Team London Bridge 13.00 – 18.00 Potters Fields Park 186 Tooley Street, SE1 FREE The Let’s Grow Nannies invite you to join them in their pop-up allotment for a bit of gardening and vegetable care. Come inside the picket fencing and get stuck into the daily duties of feeding, bathing and caring for all the adorable baby fruits and vegetables. @atlondonbridge @teamlondonbridge

A brand new sightseeing experience from the river

Published on 18th March 2022

A new Sightseeing Experience from the River from The View from The Shard and Uber Boat by Thames Clippers. The View from The Shard, the popular visitor attraction that sits at the top of The Shard, has partnered with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, London’s River Bus, to launch a brand-new sightseeing river experience. The View from The River will run from London Bridge City Pier which is visible from the top of The Shard and just a few minutes’ walk from London’s most iconic building. The View from The River is a 50-minute sightseeing experience that takes visitors on a circular route along the Thames to enjoy many of London’s riverside attractions like St Paul’s Cathedral, Houses of Parliament, The London Eye and under Tower Bridge. The tours depart twice a day from Wednesday to Sunday at 2pm and 3:15pm. Uber Boat by Thames Clippers vessels have comfortable seating inside and on the back-deck and an onboard café bar stocking a range of drinks from champagne to hot drinks. A London expert will provide quirky facts and entertaining live commentary to make sure passengers do not miss any of the many famous landmarks they are sailing past. The View from The River is available to book at www.theviewfromtheshard.com at just £12 per person.

Tower Bridge Cat Trail

Published on 03rd March 2022

From Saturday 2 April 2022, for a limited time, join Bella the Tower Bridge Cat and the characters from the award-winning books as you make your way through Tower Bridge. Meet The Bridge Master and Bella’s team – Hannah the Cook, Poppy the Painter and Stan the Stoker along with the identical twins, Eddie the Engineer and Olly the Oiler who will all help you answer key questions about how and when Tower Bridge lifts! Stamp the answers in your Training Record, pass your Apprenticeship and become part of Bella’s Tower Bridge Team. Good luck, Apprentices! Plan your visit here.

Half-Term in London Bridge

Published on 26th January 2022


Give Netflix a day off and rediscover this most local of neighbourhoods this February. With parents just recovering from the not small task of packing the Christmas holidays full of family activities, the February half term appears in the calendar to test the imagination of even the most creative Mums, Dads and carers. Fortunately for the residents of these parts, the London Bridge area is blessed with an abundance of things to do, all conveniently close and with plenty of nearby ice-cream opportunities. If there ever was such a thing, HMS Belfast is a family friendly warship! Dominating our stretch of the river for over 50 years, the ship has 9 decks to explore; they’ve even bothered to recreate the smells of the wartime galley. They are hosting the interactive Sea Legs all half term, were all those aged 7+ can solve nautical puzzles and discover for themselves what life was like for the ship’s company during the Second World War. There is also the Family Mission: D-Day Edition to complete. To the stern of HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge beckons. You might already know about the £1 entry tickets on offer for Southwark residents, but did you know about the free family trails app and booklets, and free creative activities including a scavenger hunt? Visit the Engine Rooms 15-19 Feb, 10am-4pm, to help make a flotilla of origami boats and celebrate the dozens of vessels that pass under the bridge every day. Even those who have been before can find a new way to appreciate this world-famous landmark. But there’s more to the area than old father Thames. The Fashion and Textile Museum on Bermondsey Street is running two Kids’ Collage sessions on 18 Feb, while the Old Operating Theatre will be open Thursday through Sunday, showing off the fascinating yet often gruesome things that Victorian surgeons used to get up to. If that gives them a taste for all things bloody and gory then they need to be taken swiftly over to the London Bridge Experience where the scares come thick and fast, as do the delicious milkshakes in Creams next-door. And no day in the area is complete without a visit to The View from The Shard to see if you can spot where you live as the city unfolds itself beneath you. It’s the ultimate London game for eagle-eyed little ones. And don’t worry, even those stuck at home can join the fun – Unicorn Theatre has 5 shows free to watch online from their website. If you’re travelling from Kent or Essex you can take a special day-trip service with Uber Boats by Thames Clippers. Sail into central London from Gravesend and Tilbury on 17 and 19 February. To find out more about more about the London Bridge area, including family friendly places to eat and drink, call into our Visitor Information Kiosk at London Bridge Station, lower concourse, Tues-Sun, 11.30-19.30.

The Bolds

Published on 10th November 2021

A CHRISTMAS CRACKER OF A FAMILY SHOW! Written and adapted for the stage by Julian Clary Songs by Julian Clary and Simon Wallace Arrangements and incidental music by Simon Wallace Directed by Lee Lyford The Bolds are just like you and me. They live in an ordinary house in an ordinary street, and they love to laugh. But there’s one slight difference… They’re hyenas! How long can they keep their beastly secret under their hats Join Mr and Mrs Bold, Betty and Bobby, as they navigate work, school and friends, all whilst trying to keep up their disguise. With live music, songs and adventures, this brand new Christmas show revels in the joy of being anything but ordinary. Book tickets and more info here.


Published on 22nd September 2021

This gorgeous, sensory show from the makers of our highly successful, long-running Baby Show returns to delight babies and parents alike this festive season. As you sit together in our cosy space, share in your baby’s excitement at the building anticipation of Christmas Day and all things present-related – including the very best bit: crumpling, rumpling and scrunching that wrapping paper! At the end of the show there is a chance to play and dance together in the space. TICKETS AND HOW TO BOOK Tickets for Scrunch can be purchased in groups of 2 or 3 (1 baby + 1 adult, or 1 baby + 2 adults). We’re using a socially-distanced reserved seating plan which means all groups are spaced apart from each other. We have two rows of floor seating and one row of bench seating for those who find it difficult to sit on the floor. When booking, you can select where you would like to sit on the seating map. Performance times: Tue – Sun 9.45am, 11.45am, 1.45pm Ticket prices: 1 adult + 1 baby: £12 / £14 for mid-morning and weekend performances (floor seating) 2 adults + 1 baby: £17 / £19 for mid-morning and weekend performances (bench seating and end of row floor seating) Book here.

Family Activities: Weekends and Half Term on HMS Belfast

At HMS Belfast there are family activities every Saturday and Sunday this September and daily throughout October Half Term. Get to grips with the science and skills needed to survive on HMS Belfast with Ship Shape and Family Mission: D-Day Edition, when you come on board. From 23 – 31 October 2021, join us again for more Ship Shape and take charge of the ship in our interactive family activity Sea Legs! All activities are drop in and are recommended for families with children aged 7+. Activities vary daily, we recommend checking details on arrival. 

Gulliver’s Travels

Published on 07th June 2021

Inspired by the book by Jonathan Swift By Lulu Raczka Directed by Jaz Woodcock-Stewart Devised with the company This perfect family Easter show is an adventure-filled modern adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s surreal masterpiece. Lemuel Gulliver sails away to a world of strange islands and even stranger creatures – from the tiny inhabitants of Lilliput, to the giants of Brobdingnag, and the mysterious Houyhnhnms – and embarks upon an epic adventure of survival, unexpected friendship and self-discovery. Gulliver’s fantastical imaginings are vividly brought to life using video camera, intricate table-top sets and projection alongside live performance in this playful, funny and highly inventive show that uses Swift’s biting satire to explore reality and escapism, home and family, and the power of stories to transform our view of the world. Please note this show contains flashing light throughout. Originally programmed for March 2020, we’re delighted to present this show in 2022 following its cancellation due to the pandemic. Ages 7+  Tickets: £8 – £16 under 18s / £12 – £22 adults (holiday weekends at top price. Holidays 2 – 17 Apr) Find out more