There’s plenty to see in London Bridge with a host of historic and modern attractions, food markets and cultural venues to explore – find our top tips below.
Iconic sights at London Bridge
3. Take to the water from London Bridge City Pier with MBNA Thames Clippers, which allows you to hop on and off its boats with a daily pass. You can see many of London’s icons from the river, including the Coca-Cola London Eye and the Houses of Parliament.
4. Snap reflections at More London, by City Hall, which has great views of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
5. Spot famous sights from London’s tallest building at The View from The Shard, where you can see up to 40 miles (64 km) from its 72nd floor viewpoint.
6. Attend a daily service at Southwark Cathedral or just marvel at the wondrous architecture of London’s oldest gothic church, dating back to 1220.
London Bridge family ideas
7. Become a sailor for the day with a visit to HMS Belfast, a Second World War ship now moored along the Thames.
8. Join in the free fun at outdoor amphitheatre The Scoop, which hosts special events and screenings at selected times of the year; including Summer by the River and Christmas by the River.
9. Take the kids to a show at Unicorn Theatre, a theatre dedicated to children and young people, which puts on performances aimed at audiences up to 21 years old.
10. Try out your favourite pirate pose on The Golden Hinde, the full-scale replica of privateer Sir Francis Drake’s famous ship. Ahoy there me hearties!
11. Escape the hustle and bustle of city life in tranquil Potters Fields Park, the perfect spot for a family picnic.
Where to eat in London Bridge
12. Hunt down treats at famous London Bridge food market, Borough Market (open Monday to Saturday). Peruse the food stalls selling everything from cheeses and brownies to street food, or sit down to classic British dishes at Roast.
13. Savour flavours spanning the globe at London Bridge restaurants, cafes and food shops; from Portuguese fare at Londrino and Mexican dining at Santo Remedio, to mouthwatering smoked meats at Texas Joe’s, and South African biltong (beef jerky) at The Savanna delicatessen.
14. Sample the atmosphere of a proper London pub at The Horniman at Hays, within Hay’s Galleria, a former wharf that now houses shops and restaurants. Alternatively, The Bridge Lounge on nearby Tooley Street boasts real ales and a traditional horseshoe bar.
15. Enjoy riverside dining at former warehouses Shad Thames and Butler’s Wharf, which once stored tea, coffee and spices. Feast on French fare at Le Pont de la Tour or British classics at Butler’s Wharf Chop House.
16. Meander along Bermondsey Street, home to trendy coffee shops, restaurants and gastro pubs. Jose serves up Spanish dishes, while intimate French restaurant Casse-Croute is perfect for a romantic meal.
17. Enjoy stunning views of the London skyline from The Shard’s 32nd floor at Chinese restaurant Hutong, treat yourself to a sophisticated dinner at Oblix, or sip mindblowing cocktails at panoramic Aqua Shard. For beautiful views of Tower Bridge and the Thames, head to Gaucho or Dim T, on More London Riverside.
Quirky London Bridge attractions
18. Get ahead of the trend as you glimpse cutting-edge designs at the Fashion and Textile Museum. Learn more about fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar in a special exhibition marking the publication’s 150th anniversary, until 20 January,
19. Gain an insight into gruesome 19th-century surgery and herbal medicines at the Old Operating Theatre, Museum and Herb Garret.
20. Feel, hear and even smell London Bridge’s history with a visit to the immersive London Bridge Experience and Tombs – prepare to be scared!
London Bridge arts and culture
21. Book a seat for a show at sparkling new The Bridge Theatre, which opened in autumn 2017.
22. See the latest exhibition at contemporary art gallery White Cube Bermondsey.
23. Browse the modern artworks or turn up for one of the many events at the Underdog Art Gallery.
24. Search for hidden treasures, from art to antiques, among the 500-plus stalls at Bermondsey Square Antiques Market every Friday.
25. See master glassmakers at work at the London Glassblowing centre, and marvel at glistening displays in its gallery