How to spend a thrifty weekend exploring London Bridge

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The London Bridge is pretty famous in itself- but there are also so many things to do near London Bridge. Things to see, do, eat and drink. Whether you’re a Londoner, or just visiting, it’s a fab place to go exploring and while away an afternoon.

If you’re a visitor to London, choosing a London Bridge hotel is a safe bet when it comes to accommodation in London- you are in a super central location with cafés and bars on every corner.


Markets near London Bridge

One of the biggest things I love about London is the markets- and in London Bridge you are spoiled for choice. As soon as you step out of the London Bridge station, you are greeted with Borough Market, a food market with endless cuisines from street food stalls, to vegan cupcakes, to fresh fruit and vegetables. If you head there on a Saturday you are sure to hear the market workers shouting “get your apples, 5 for a pound!” Just like you imagined in the movies.


Mooch around a little further down towards Bermondsey and you will find Maltby Street Market– my all time favourite. Here the market is bustling every single Saturday, and thankfully, they’ve recently extended their hours. You can pick up lunch here for as little as £6 from one of the street food vendors- it’s delicious!

London Bridge Event Spaces

We stumbled upon the Vinegar Yard whilst walking around London Bridge- you can’t miss the vibrant yellow walls! Here there are tons of food and drink options including a dedicated Tanqueray gin bar. My favourite thing about this space was the affordable vintage stalls- heaven.

Flat Iron Square is another fabulous event space in London Bridge- we were able to get free entrance to see the Mystery Jets and Temples here for a Radio X event, so keep your eyes peeled for similar promotions in the future. This space is filled with stages, bars and street food stands so it’s the perfect place to spend a summer afternoon.

Bars and Restaurants near London Bridge

If you come straight out of the London Bridge station, you will be able to spot the iconic Hay’s Galleria which is a stunning shopping centre that leads you out onto the riverside promenade where you can clearly see HMS Belfast and a brilliant view of Tower Bridge.

This area has tons of restaurants and bars- all with an excellent view over the River Thames. We stopped in at Dim T for dinner which was again, very reasonably priced for a central London location with such excellent views! I would fully recommend this restaurant if you are looking for vegetarian or vegan food near London Bridge.

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London Bridge Sightseeing

London Bridge is one of the best places to go and see the sights of London- not only can you see the famous Tower Bridge and Walkie Talkie building but it’s also the home of The Shard.

Another favourite haunt of mine is the Fashion and Textile museum, just look for a bright pink and orange building- you can’t miss it! The exhibitions that take place here are often very reasonably priced- there’s an upcoming Zandra Rhodes exhibition which looks like a definite must-see.

The fashion and textile museum also happens to be only a few blocks away from my all-time favourite bar near London Bridge- The Woolpack. Maybe it’s the cute name, maybe it’s the cool tiles inside, but it’s a fab place to go and have a drink in the beer garden or have Sunday lunch in winter- and best of all, it’s only a few minutes’ walk away from London Bridge station!

So there you have it, my best tips for a thrifty weekend in London Bridge, for more photos of my thrifty adventures around London, check out my Instagram page @thriftylondoner.

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