London is a truly fascinating city with so much history, culture, entertainment and not forgetting great food. I sometimes forget that there are so many great things to do in London that don’t cost extortionate amounts either. London Bridge in particular has so much going on that it can be difficult to choose what to do and when, if you are not a local like me then here are convenient and easy to access Hotels near the shard for you to stay in.
Here is a rough itinerary for spending the day in London Bridge.
Start your day looking at the breathtaking views from The Shard – £25
Open at 10 am-10 pm
With the U.K’s tallest building and the iconic shape comes from it’s namesake, you can catch a glimpse of it from almost anywhere in London but for the 360 panoramic views you can head up to the very top and take in the entire city which you can see stretches for miles. Tip: grab yourself breakfast at the Aqua shard for around £10 and still gain entry to the unique skyline views.
Borough market – Free
Visit London’s oldest outdoor market allowing your senses to guide the way. From souvenirs to spices and savoury to sweet you’ll find just about every thing you could want at reasonable prices and hefty portions.
TIP: you can sample most things before you consider buying them. Furness Fish Markets does a great seafood paella and The Flowers Station do super yummy brownies!
Tate Modern – Free
Open: 10 am-6 pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 10 am-10pm
If you’re a fan of International modern and contemporary art you can while away a few hours checking out the exhibitions (or in our case trying to figure out what. on earth is going on).
TIP: The Tate modern is extremely accessible and has a devoted accessibility page on their website to address what support or needs you may have during your visit. Audio description highlights of particular exhibitions can be found on their website also.
HMS Belfast £- 16.50
10am to 5pm every day, last admission is at 4pm
If you are interested in maritime exhibitions, HMS Belfast is a true icon of British history. Learn about the role HMS Belfast played in one of the defining battles of the Second World War. Unfortunately the ship is not fully wheelchair accessible or assistance dog friendly, but there is still lots you can see on The main deck and Quarterdeck.
TIP: the excursion usually lasts around 90 minutes but hearing peoples stories and exploring the ship can easily take a couple of hours.
London Bridge experience £- 19
Weekdays 10 am-6 pm
Weekends: 09:30 am-6 pm
Another one for the history lovers, with a scary and multi sensory experience: you’ll learn about London’s birth, destruction and famous characters as you try to keep your wits about you.
The Anchor – Free
11 am-11:30 p.m.
Sunday is: 12 pm-10:30 pm
After a long day exploring some of London bridges hidden gems and highlights, you’re definitely need to refuel and rest those weary legs. The Anchor is a charming British pub, and a great spot for a drink on the river with views of St Paul’s and London Bridge.
TIP: the pub is wheelchair accessible and if you’re not sure what to order I highly suggest the big fish and chips! A true British classic. Oh and the blood orange gin spritz went down very well too!
Have you visited any of these places in London Bridge? Would you consider after my itinerary?