Explore London BridgeFriday 20 June 2014 by Tim Ripman One of the latest up-and-coming areas of the capital, London Bridge is home to a wealth of sights, attractions and gastronomy. However you stumble upon this city central location – why not spend a little more time there and experience what it has to offer. Here are just a few of the things you can see and do...
Offering 360 degree views at 800 feet up, The View from the Shard is the highest vantage point to take in the incredible London landscape. Situated between floors 68 and 72 of the iconic Shard skyscraper, part of the thrill is the lift ride that takes visitors to the heady heights – it’s super smooth, takes 30 seconds and is accompanied by some fantastic music to engage and inspire the passengers as they soar to the top. Make sure to book tickets in advance.
For the foodies amongst you, London Borough Market is an absolute must. The oldest market in London, it is filled to the brim with stalls offering fine cuisine from all over the world. Even if you’re not passionate about food, it’s still worth a visit to take in the amazing sights and smells. It’s popular, so expect to be in a crowd! Stalls are beautifully laid out and there are free samples galore to tempt your taste buds. If you only visit one stall, make it Brindisa – which is home to the famous barbequed-meat rolls, the perfect lunch on the go for a day out in London!
Keep wandering and it won’t be long before you stumble upon some more famous London sights. Make sure you take in City Hall with its impressive architecture, HMS Belfast which is permanently moored along the Thames and Potters Field, home to a beautiful London park area which often hosts events and markets. If you’re looking for somewhere to have a bite to eat or a cheeky glass of wine of an evening then there are plenty of options.
If you’re still around the Borough Market area then you have to head to The Wheatsheaf. Slightly hidden amongst the small side streets, this gastro pub is worth tracking down for its fab food (a lot of fresh produce straight from the market) and its quirky outdoor area that boasts a VW campervan converted into an outdoor grill.
If you're after a restaurant, head to Champor-Champor a Thai restaurant with beautiful décor and relaxed dining atmosphere. Or, for food with a view, head to The Rooftop Café in The Exchange – which boasts spectacular vistas and an impressive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Book ahead to secure a table with a great vista.
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