Last Updated on 20/07/2021 by secretmoona
Disclaimer: This post is written in collaboration with Hotels.com and the spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.
London Bridge is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in London. It’s a joy to explore the area because it offers a mix of different things to do. From enjoying the city’s most spectacular views, courtesy to The Shard, to sampling some local and international food at Borough Market, London Bridge offers something for everyone. If you’re looking to see historical sites while you try tasty food? We’ve got you covered. Let’s explore the best things to do in London Bridge.
This article will guide you to some of our favourite attractions, activities, and sights around London Bridge. This guide to the top things to do in London Bridge makes for the South Bank’s perfect exploration, from taking a stroll along the Thames to sampling some of the best street foods.
Before you ask yourself what the things to do in London Bridge are, you may be looking for the best accommodation options in the neighbourhood. I would highly recommend you check out some hotels in London Bridge, ranging from budget to luxury accommodations. My top recommendations are:
- CitizenM Bankside – Instagram worthy hotel
- Hilton London Tower Bridge – offers a great view from the rooftop bar
- St Christopher’s Inn at the Village – first UK hostel to offer capsule beds like in Asia
- Novotel London City South – Good hotel in a great location
What to Eat in London Bridge
Get snacking at Borough Market
Borough Market is one of London’s best food markets and a haven for foodies as one of the oldest food markets is thought to be dating back to at least the 12th century. I love the eclectic architecture of the present buildings, built-in 1851. Today, Borough Market is packed with street food from all around the world, cheese, fresh fruit and veg, meat and fish, artisan bread and some of the yummiest patisseries. I love going there for lunch with colleagues and sampling something different each time. I would recommend going there during the week as it gets too busy at the weekend. My favourite places have to be Kohanon Krok for delicious pad Thai and Borough Cheese Company.
Address: 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL
Get a taste a Lebanese food
Le Comptoir Libanais is a restaurant I wanted to visit but never did, so when a friend suggested it, I thought I had to try. When my sister and I entered the restaurant, we instantly fell in love for several reasons: the food is tasty and copious. You are immersed in the Lebanese atmosphere with the music, colourful decor and the fact that you can buy pretty much anything on display (bags, teapots, cookbooks etc…). This authentic and friendly restaurant is the perfect place for a meal or a fresh mint tea. I highly recommend this restaurant, especially if you like North African and Middle Eastern food.
Address: 82 Tooley St, London SE1 2TF
Get your coffee fix
If you ask anyone for their favourite coffee independent shop in London Bridge, chances are that Grind will be mentioned. Not only they serve good food and great coffee, but what I enjoy is the service. The staff are really attentive and engaging.
Address: 2 London Bridge London, SE1 9RA
Things to do in London Bridge
Discover a bit of history
Situated behind Borough Market and Southwark Cathedral is the remains of the Winchester Palace. Built in the 12th century, it was the served as the London residence of the Bishops of Winchester during the Medieval times. It was ravaged by a fire and forgotten. What used to be a magnificent building is now only a wall with an intricate rose window.
Boat tour from London Bridge Pier
When I first moved to London, I was keen to take a boat tour along the River Thames. I have taken the “bateau mouche” in Paris several times and was wanted to see how beautiful London was from the water. There are several services of offer depending on whether you are heading East (North Greenwich) or West (Putney). You can take the boat from London City Pier to North Greenwich for the Emirates Air Line for example. This experience is definitely one of the top things to do near London Bridge!
It will be difficult to explore London without passing by one of its most recognisable landmarks: Tower Bridge. Built in the 19th century, this impressive bridge is one of the top things to do in London Bridge. Head to the top and take in the views from the glass floor. One of the most magical moment is when the bridge lifts to make way for boats to pass. Be sure to check out the lift times here.
Address: Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP – Fee: £8.80
Explore HMS Belfast
HMS Belfast is a floating museum (part of the Imperial War Museum) which allows any boat buff to discover what it was like to be on board for the crew during the war.
Address: The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2JH – Fee: £12.50 for adult, children go free but book online to get a 10% discount.
Views of the Shard
If you are visiting London Bridge, chances are that you will be seeing the Shard from different angles. Whether it’s from up level 72 of Europe’s tallest building or from the ground, there is no denying that the building is spectacular. You can get a panoramic view of London with the View from The Shard. Tickets are pre-booked and cost £32 for an adult (with £42 you get fast-track entry, a booklet and weather guarantee). Since the weather is unpredictable in London, you can revisit the Shard free of charge if you couldn’t see at least 3 landmarks on your first visit. You can also enjoy a panoramic view by dining at one of the Shangri-la restaurants or bars.
Address: 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG – Fee: from £24
Quirky things to do in London Bridge
St Dunstan in East Church Garden
The beauty of London is that the city is full of little gems. Tucked between busy streets and tall buildings is this small peaceful garden. The garden sits where the Church of Saint Dunstan was once located. The Grade I listed church was built in 1100 but damaged during the Great Fire of London. After being “patched up”, the church was destroyed once again during WWII. Following several misfortunes, the owners decided not to rebuild the church but turn it into a public garden. What makes Saint Dustan a great spot is the park’s tranquil atmosphere with stunning ruins in the centre. Pretty flowers, ivy growing through walls and windows, tall trees and Gothic architecture (from what’s left) have made this garden an idyllic spot not to be missed.
Address: St Dunstan’s Hill, London EC3R 5DD – Free entry
Visit The Fashion & Textile Museum
If you are into fashion or a fashion student, you might want to visit the Fashion & Textile Museum showcasing the history of fashion as well as exhibiting the latest jewellery and textile trends.
Address: 83 Bermondsey St, Bermondsey, London SE1 3XF – Fee: £9.90 for adult / £7 for students
Getting to London Bridge & practical tips
London Bridge is served by underground (Northern and Jubilee lines) as well as the mainline rail. Several buses also serve the area (17, 43, 141, 149 etc…)
If you are planning to visit Borough Market, please note that it’s closed on Sunday and have limited vendors on Mondays and Tuesdays.
41 thoughts on “Insider Guide: Things to Do in London Bridge”
This is a great guide. I would include all those things too, especially as they aren’t places that are hard to find; even for travellers or those who aren’t from that part of the city.
Thank you! Very true, London Bridge is very easy to get too.
Wow, such a great list! Had no clue how much there is to do in this area. And that Lebanese food looks delicious!
I never hear much about the food in London, but these places look delicious!
Thanks for sharing.sounds interesting
I’ve never made it down to this area in London, but my interest is so piqued by Borough Market! Checking out the local markets is one of my favorite things about traveling!
You should definitely try Borough Market if you love food! I love going to markets too.
This is one of my favorite areas of London, especially for Borough Market. I would definitely try and stay nearby on my next visit, thanks for some great suggestions!
Thanks. London Bridge is a very handy location to stay in.
What a beautiful & comprehensive post! Bookmarking this for the next visit and sharing it with friends in London.
Thank you very much 😉
Such a helpful post. London is one of my favorite cities and I always discover something new each time I go back. I will be visiting some of or your suggestions next trip! The Lebanese restaurant sounds and looks amazing!
Thanks a lot! London is for sure full of surprises. I live here but always stumble upon something new!
I’ll be in London next month! Thank you for the advise!
Thank you. I’m glad you found this useful. Enjoy your trip to London!
As super foodies, Borough Market is where my husband and I go on Saturdays when we’re not sure what to do in London. Althoug I have used it as a location for YouTube videos, I’ve actually never written about it directly on my blog. I can’t help hitting Gastronomica every time we go. Their sandwiches are AMAZING! I agree with you that Comptoir Libanais is definitely one of the best in London. Thanks for the great ideas for our next visit to the London Bridge area!
Thanks so much for your comment. I have never been to Gastronomica so have to check it out! Thanks for your tips.
So much to do, inviting activities. Dream to visit here.
I went to London this past summer and loved the area near London Bridge! Such a helpful post!
Thanks amerrir. I’m glad you found it helpful. Borough is my favourite place in the area!
I used to live in London and I miss it so much!! Borough market was always one of my favorite places to bring people when they would visit me! Great recommendations!
Thanks, Borough is one of the best markets. If only there was more of it!
Yay! Thanks for putting this together! I last went to London about 4 years ago but it’d be awesome to get to go back!!
This looks like a fantastic area of London to explore. The Borough market looks like a lot of fun, that Lebanese food looks delicious! The HMS Belfast museum sounds interesting too, it would be neat to be able to actually walk through the boat and see how it was used during the war.
HMS Belfast was an experience! We had a company summer party there and were were able to tour the boat as part of the booking. It was a fun experience!
Okay! The food photos caught my eye instantly! I am a huge foodie so could see myself spending hours at Borough Market. I live in Toronto and we have one very similar, St Lawrence Market that my partner and I visit most weekends to get fresh produce!
I love that you have listed quirky things to do outside of the main tourist attractions. I always find these sorts of the things the most fun!
Thanks Chelsea! I love going to markets. I grew up in France so used to go to the market weekly to buy fresh produce and cheese!
We have not been to London yet but if we did, the Borough Market is where we’d be! Great guide!
Thank you lovely!
Great list! Those were all things I did when I was in London last year. It made me want to go back to explore more ASAP 🙂
Thanks! London is such a city you can visit countless times and still manage to do new activities. Hope you can soon.
Ahh I’ll be so happy to see London Bridge in person! I once saw a documentary about it, and if I remember it right, the person who lifts the bridge is the same person for so many years already! Haha! Anyway, thanks for sharing this wonderful guide, Mayi! 🙂
Thanks Hazel. You must referring to Tower Bridge. I agree it’s quite nice to see the bridge lifting up. Hope you get to see the bridge!
I’ve only visited a few spots in this part of London, but it looks like I need to spend more time there!
London Bridge is a very cool area – I usually stay in Shoreditch and take the tube down here and you’ve highlighted some great things to do. I’m hoping to make it back, post pandemic.
Hopefully, everyone can travel back freely soon! I love Shoreditch!
This post is bringing back such great memories from when we were there a few years ago! I loved seeing the city from the river.