August 26, 2019

Memoirs: Evenings Exploring in London Bridge

Please note, the spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.

Is London Bridge Falling Down? 

After work I usually head to the gym or to an event but this one particular evening I took a visit to the London Bridge area in search of wander. There is travel at home. I always forget how diverse each area in London; they all have their own quirks, landmarks and history behind them. I’m even considering which London Bridge hotel to book for a staycation in the next few months. 

If you walk across London Bridge, not only will you get some steps in but you’ll have some of the greatest photo opps in London. I’d recommend visiting at dawn so it’s clear of people traffic or an sundown to get those pink and purple sky hues.

When you think London Bridge these days you probably think of the bridge right? And contrary to a Google image search that brings up Tower Bridge, London Bridge isn’t as “exciting” visually. However, there are great photo spots like this:

Borough Market

Once your cross London Bridge, you’ll come across the buzzy area that is Borough Market which is one of the oldest food markets in London, having been in operation since the 12th century. The cobblestones and narrow paths can easily transport you to old London if you just close your eyes. Best of all, if you just want to take a stroll through there will always be something to pique your interest like the smell of fresh bread wafting through the market. Yum.

I took a visit to the quintessential British restaurant, Hawksmoor, to sample some of the local produce and I was not disappointed. The creamy spinach and lobster were fantastic. However Hawksmoor is not cheap so perhaps consider this a celebratory treat!

Contrasts

One of the great things about the London Bridge area is the contrasts you will find in the skyline and everything around you. Take this for example, you have the 12th century Southwark cathedral juxtaposed to the 21st century Shard, yet both of them fit together so well. The beauty of London is everything slots in somehow – old and new. The same can be said for the diverse people, the sounds, the feelings you get from just being here.

‘London’s melting pot culture means there is a different history everywhere you look.’

Carly Chynoweth

If you’re after cheap eats however, be sure to plan your visit to Borough market by taking a look here. You’ll find opening days and times of all the restaurants and food stalls as some are dependent on when produce is available. I’d love to come back again when the market is in action and eat my way through everything in the name of blog content.

Take Me Up The Shard

Confession: I have never been.

I have been wanting to go forever yet the opportunity hasn’t come up. For now, I’ll just admire the views from below. 

Travelling in your own city is seriously underrated. If you’re short on time, try and fit a little in after work and you’ll have a new appreciation for it. Even your lunch break will do, so get out there and explore!

What areas of London or your hometown do you like exploring? 

Char xo

Please note, the spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

A Little Bit About Me

Welcome to my little space on the internet, known as Memoirs and Musings. I’m Char, short for Charlotte and my blog/website/diary is dedicated to documenting my Memoirs and Musings, hence the name. I wouldn’t say I was your ‘typical’ blogger either. I don’t care about getting the perfect flatlay or feeling bad for not posting, I just enjoy writing. If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading. Anyway, I love to travel, indulge in a glass of white wine, when plans are cancelled and purchase overpriced make up.  I guess that’s me in a nutshell, trying to figure out this thing called life, have fun and never lose sight.