London Bridge area guide

Find all the best things to do in and around London Bridge, plus the best restaurants, pubs, bars and hotels in the area

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The London Bridge area is right on the southern bank of the Thames, between London Bridge and Tower Bridge. Despite its ever-busy train station, it’s more than just a commuter hub; it encompasses Borough MarketCity Hallthe HMS Belfast and Potter’s Field, and the many nearby theatres and museums ensure there are always plenty of things to do.

In the impressive shadow of the Shard, local bars and pubs offer watering holes for locals, tourists and thirsty workers who stream out of the area’s offices every evening. For foodies there are two exemplary food markets, while the best restaurants in London Bridge are often found tucked away from the busiest streets. 

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Things to do in London Bridge

The View from the Shard
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The View from the Shard

Stand with your head in the clouds and see London from the top of the tallest tower in Western Europe. 

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Old Operating Theatre Museum
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Old Operating Theatre Museum

Visit Britain's oldest surviving purpose-built operating theatre in the roof of St Thomas's Church. 

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Restaurants in London Bridge

Padella
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Padella

Pasta worth queuing for. 

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Arabica Bar & Kitchen
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Arabica Bar & Kitchen

A lively Levantine restaurant.

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Restaurant Story
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Restaurant Story

Book ahead for these brilliant dishes. 

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Tapas Brindisa
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Tapas Brindisa

Authentic Spanish tapas.

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Hotels in London Bridge

Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard

Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard

Expect killer views of the city from this lofty hotel that goes the extra mile. 

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Mondrian at Sea Containers

Mondrian at Sea Containers

An enviable riverside location complete with destination cocktail bar and cinema. 

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Bars and pubs in London Bridge

Boot & Flogger
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Boot & Flogger

An historic, creaking wine cave.

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214 Bermondsey
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214 Bermondsey

A bar dedicated to gin. 

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Doodle Bar
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Doodle Bar

An immersive, playful bar. 

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Hide Bar
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Hide Bar

Original cocktail creations. 

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The perfect weekend in London Bridge

Explore: Borough Market
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Explore: Borough Market

Fill your boots at one of London’s best markets. 

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Eat: Padella
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Eat: Padella

Small pasta dishes that are worth the queue. 

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Tour: Tower Bridge
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Tour: Tower Bridge

Walk across the top of London’s most famous bridge. 

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Sip: Gong
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Sip: Gong

Splash out and knock back cocktails with a stunning view. 

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More things to do near London Bridge

The Globe

The Globe

Shakespeare’s circular, open-air theatre. 

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Golden Hinde
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Golden Hinde

A reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake’s flagship.

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Tate Modern

Tate Modern

A powerhouse of modern art.

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Tower of London
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Tower of London

Discover London’s history. 

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Maltby Street Market
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Maltby Street Market

Explore this incredible food market. 

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Tower Bridge
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Tower Bridge

One of the most famous bridges in the world.

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Monument
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Monument

Climb the 311 steps for wonderful views.

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Clink Prison Museum
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Clink Prison Museum

Discover one of England’s oldest prisons.

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2 out of 5 stars