There’s plenty to see and do in and around London Bridge, even if it’s just walking along the River Thames, which really can be such a rewarding experience, either towards the South Bank or east towards Bermondsey.
The river walk along the South Bank towards Waterloo is always full of life, but heading east always feels more adventurous and stretching your legs will pay off. Head east along the Thames Path to Rotherhithe, taking in the great river views, until you get to St Mary Magdalen Church in Rotherhithe Village.
That walk will only take you around 30 minutes into a really interesting part of London, rich in history, and you can then pop into the Mayflower Pub opposite St Mary’s Church for a drink or a bite to eat looking out over the river at the original 1620 mooring point of the Pilgrim Father’s Mayflower ship!
Staying in that area, a great alternative to the Mayflower Pub, just minutes away, is the Angel Pub, opposite the remains of Edward III’s Palace. It’s less of a foodie pub than the Mayflower, but the views from the outside decking are amazing and the perfect spot for watching the boats pass by. As the tide comes in, the river comes right up under the outside decking, providing a great, sloshing soundtrack!
The Kino Cinema and Cafe-Bar in Bermondsey Square, is a great little 52-seat independent cinema with a cafe-bar. It shows arthouse, classic and indie films, and is a pretty cute set-up.
White Cube in Bermondsey, is one of the world’s leading contemporary art galleries. It’s a great, creative space that is free and always thought-provoking and eye-opening.
The Old Operating Theatre Museum is certainly one of London’s more unusual and macabre museums, situated in the attic of an English Baroque church. It was a genuine working operating theatre in the 19th century. As you could imagine, there are some pretty horrific tools on display and some stomach-turning descriptions.