So my last page ended at Borough Market – What you could do – Waterloo to London Bridge recommendation.
This page will outline some of the interesting things to do in and around London Bridge.
So for my next few suggestions which start at a short walk away from London Bridge and a bit off the typical tourist route which typically follow the waterfront.
Bermondsey market is a great place to go for those of you who loves antiques, please bear in mind that this market opens at 4.30am so its not for the faint hearted especially those of us who enjoy some ceiling inspection! Going to Bermondsey market takes you a little off course but it is worth the visit.
If you are looking for a nice gastro pub I will suggest you visit The Garrison on Tooley street, this is a great place for dinner or lunch.
My suggestion though is to go and have some traditional pie and liquor at M Manze. This little haunt is a east end favourite and a real experience (liquor is not my favourite, I ask for gravy usually).
Now back to the tourist route along the river front there are quite a large number of nice restaurants and places to eat and drink and tourist sposts. I am going to make one suggestion that I hope you will enjoy and a few suggestions what you could do…. so my suggestion for a truly stunning view, find your way to Ddim T which is a Asian restaurant, when you make a reservation, ask to sit in the upstairs area with a window. The view is over Tower Bridge and outstanding, this will set you up for a truly magical night in London.
If you plan your dinner well, you might be able to see an event at the Scoop. Many of the shows are free and range from music, theatre shows, fringe and films.
If you continue east underneath Tower Bridge, and all along the waterfront, once you passed all the restaurants you will reach the Design Museum, this is a great little museum to visit.
Head back and make your way across London Bridge from the south side to the north – London has a kind of rivalry between the south and the north! 🙂 Now as you reach the opposite side of London Bridge, walk down the stairs and make your way eastwards away from the Tower of London. Follow the foot path to St. Katherine Dock. Its a really special haven from the busy London and a small marina! with stunning boats parked in the docks to look at. If you feel a bit thirsty now, The DickensInn is a beautiful pub, be sure to stop in and have a little drink.
Make your way back to the Tower of London. This is my favourite museum in London! The queens jewels are hosted here and you can see the Culinan Diamond. My suggestion is to do the tour with a Beafeater (Queens Guard), it is well worth the short wait time. The Beefeater tours are very regular.
Continue to walk west, you will past monument where you can see a needle erected in memory of the fire of London, further west you will find The Savoy hotel and The Big Ben if you wish to continue walking west.
So for my Pièce de résistance – and if you want to venture a little further afield than Central London, if you find yourself doing this route during the week, something really special to do is to take a river boat. My suggestion is to take the riverboat westwards which as you will notice is not the typical tourist route. Catch the boat at Bankside Pier toward Putney Pier (I love taking the afternoon trip as you are able to relax on the boat with a bottle of wine). Get off at Wandsworth Pier where you can find a lovely restaurant – Marco Polo but my suggestion is finding your way to the Cats Back on Point Pleasant road which is a great pub with live music later the evening and a nice way to end the day. You are a short stroll away from Wandsworth overland station that go to London Bridge to find your way back to Central London.