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Your London Bridge visit
The area on the south bank of the River Thames around London Bridge is one of London’s fastest-growing and most exciting cultural and business districts.
You’ll find the London Bridge Quarter just across the bridge from the City of London, and a short walk along the river to the South Bank, the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The Shard has added a striking 300 meter-high architectural masterpiece to London’s skyline, it's well worth taking a trip to the top one of the best views of London skyline, certainly a must-do if you're only in London for a short-stay.
This may be an up-and-coming business district, but London Bridge Quarter still has a real sense of community, from the stallholders of Borough Market to the historic riverside pubs.
London Bridge restaurants
London Bridge Quarter is full of hidden dining gems, from the trendy eateries in Bermondsey Street to the luxury dining at Butler’s Wharf.
Borough Market is the best place to head for coffee or lunch in historic surroundings, and you can also pick up some fresh ingredients for cooking at home from the comfort of your serviced apartment. The streets around The Shard and Maltby Street Market seem to be sprouting new restaurants every week, so it’s well worth a wander to find the latest place for great food and a chilled-out atmosphere.
Bermondsey Street restaurants are second to none in terms of variety or if you fancy heading skyward, you can enjoy dinner and drinks with a spectacular view in one of the stylish restaurants or cocktail bars in The Shard itself.
Shopping in London Bridge
Shopping in London Bridge Quarter is as up-and-coming as the rest of the area, with new shops and boutiques appearing all the time. Locals will tell you to head towards the Bermondsey Street shops for gorgeous boutiques, jewellers and independent stores, and Hay’s Galleria for high street brands and everyday essentials.
For a unique and distinctly London experience, Borough Market is the largest and oldest food market in London; the hundreds of stallholders sell wholesale to the London restaurant trade, and retail to thousands of locals and visitors hunting for fresh foods and international ingredients. It’s open 6 days a week, and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can relax and refuel before hitting the stalls again.
London Bridge station sits at the heart of the London Bridge Quarter, connecting you to underground and bus services across London and national rail services across the south east. It’s an easy area to cover on foot too – just a short walk across London Bridge to the Square Mile and the Tower of London, and a lovely wander along the Thames to the museums, galleries and attractions of the South Bank.
London Bridge buses are frequent and a very cost effective way to get around whilst still enjoying the sights. Meanwhile, London Bridge City Pier also offers the option to travel by Thames Clipper or water taxi – a great way to see the sights or head to your next meeting!
Things to watch out for
If you’re a dedicated follower of fashion, you’ll love the Fashion and Textile Museum at 83 Bermondsey Street. It’s owned and run by renowned fashion designer and local resident Zandra Rhodes, and celebrates the history of fashion, textiles and jewellery.
The London Bridge Quarter is London’s fastest-growing business district, with striking new developments like The Shard and The News Building making a clear statement that this is the place in London for companies to be.
The area is home to media organisations like News UK, The Times, The Sun and Al Jazeera, as well as publisher HarperCollins and businesses like Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the world’s largest hospital group, HCA.