London Bridge area guide

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The area of London Bridge is a stretch of the Thames's southern bank between London Bridge and Tower Bridge. More than just a commuter hub, it encompasses City Hall, the HMS Belfast and Potter's Field, and the many nearby theatres and museums ensure there are always plenty of things to do. The best restaurants are often tucked away from the busiest streets, but it's worth having a look for them. And as is expected of any London business district worth its salt, there are plenty of bars and pubs for thirsty workers and tourists.

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Bars and pubs in London Bridge

Woolpack

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. 98 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UB
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Hide Bar

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  1. 39-45 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XF
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Royal Oak

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice
  1. 44 Tabard Street, SE1 4JU
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Boot & Flogger

  • Rated as: 5/5
  1. 10-20 Redcross Way, SE1 1TA
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Things to do near London Bridge

The View from the Shard

  • Rated as: 4/5

The View from the Shard offers panoramic, 360-degree views across the capital and beyond (up to 64km or 40 miles on a clear day) from 244 metres (800 feet) up – almost twice the height of any other viewing point in London. The attraction is a two-level deck (the first enclosed, the second open to the elements above head-height) on floors 68 to 72 of the skyscraper, to which visitors are

  1. Joiner St, SE1 9QU
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Borough Market

The food hound’s favourite market is also London’s oldest, dating back to the 13th century. It’s the busiest too, occupying a sprawling site near London Bridge. Gourmet goodies run the gamut, from fresh loaves and rare-breed meats, via fish, game, fruit and veg, to cakes and all manner of preserves, oils and teas; head out hungry to take advantage of the numerous free samples. A rail

  1. Southwark Street, SE1 1TL
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The Shard

The very public progress of this mammoth building (just how do you keep a skyscraper under wraps?) ensured that, by the time of its completion in 2012, the Shard was a familiar part of London's skyline, visible from all over the city – contentiously so in the case of London's many protected views. Visitors are now flocking to Renzo Piano's tripod-shaped, glass-clad building at London Bridge. At

  1. London Bridge Street, SE1 9SG
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City Hall

  • Free

City Hall is Foster and Partners' offices for the Mayor and the London Assembly. Meetings of the Mayor's Advisory Cabinet and the London Assembly and its Committees, including the monthly Mayor's Question Time, are open to the public. They are normally held either in the Assembly Chamber on the second floor (which has seating for 250 visitors) or in one of the meeting rooms on the lower ground

  1. The Queen's Walk, SE1 2AA
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Restaurants in London Bridge

Restaurant Story

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  1. 201 Tooley St, SE1 2UE
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Tapas Brindisa

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 18-20 Southwark Street, SE1 1TJ
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Rooftop Café

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  1. The Exchange, 28 London Bridge Street, SE1 9SG
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Arabica Bar & Kitchen

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 3 Rochester Walk, SE1 9AF
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