One thing that has changed since I had my children is the amount of times that I can go out. I am of course not unique in this. It is not something I really miss that much. Staying out late definitely loses its appeal once there are little people hollering ‘Mummy Mummy’ at 6am, but if there is one person who can convince me it is my sister. As soon as I am out with my sister I go back in time and always have an extra drink or two. We don’t get to go out much these days just the two of us so when I was asked if I wanted to explore London Bridge I immediately thought I would invite her to join me. This post is a collaboration and the spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.
The other thing about having children, at least for me, is that it has made my world smaller. I used to go much further afield and so now have perhaps lost touch with the city I love. Another great reason to explore London Bridge. I have lived in London all my life and have lived only 30 minutes from London Bridge for over 10 years, but I don’t think I have ever been out there in the evening. It was like being in a completely new part of London. The first thing I noticed about the area is that it has really changed since I had been there perhaps 3 years before. Everywhere I looked the area seems to have been revamped a bit, but hasn’t lost any of its character or charm. Location wise it would make a great place to base yourself for a visit to London as it is so central and there are lots of Hotels in London Bridge from budget options to the very high end Shangri La at the Shard.
This iconic building dominates the skyline at London Bridge these days and has bars and restaurants within it. We did consider heading to one of the bars for a drink, but in the end we decided to see if we could some less well known places to enjoy when in London Bridge. Not least because I can actually see the Shard from my dressing room (in the distance) and so I look at it everyday.
We started off in the famous Borough Market which is reputed to the UKs oldest food market. The stalls themselves were already closed by early evening, but having spent many pre child Saturday wandering around and sampling all of the fab food on offer I can totally recommend spending a day there.
What was new to me was the amount of restaurants and bars that are now there. The whole area has a real buzz about it in the evening. There is a mix of city workers and the ‘cooler’ Bermondsey crowd sprinkled with tourists from all over the world. We were spoilt for choice with places to eat. After a wander around we decided to eat at Brindisa; a Tapas restaurant. The food was fab. We also tried a new drink (well new to us) a Cava Sangria and that was delicious!!
After dinner we decided that a walk was in order. So we wandered through the market just taking in the lovely atmosphere and taking notes of places we might like to try next time we came to the London Bridge area. This ultimately led us to be in front of Southwark Cathedral which looked stunning as the sun was going down.
I have walked past this a million times, but it is funny how you can ignore things when rushing to or from work. It was a real treat to be actively looking and really seeing the beauty in the city. Right in front of the church was the cutest little bar and restaurant Boro Bistro.
It would make the nicest place for a date night as it is really pretty with lots of flowers and planting. As it is nestled between the foot of London Bridge and the Cathedral it doesn’t feel like you are in this really busy part of London at all. This was also a great bar to have a chat as it wasn’t super noisy. It closes at 11pm though so not the place for a big night… This place has a really elecltic style and feesl really relaxed. Even the corridor to the toilets continues the slight quirkyness!
So there we were at 11pm with a decision to make… Should we call it a night or keep exploring London Bridge. We hadn’t even walked by the river at this point so we decided to carry on, but I must admit we didn’t get far… We headed up onto London Bridge and it was its usual hectic self. Full of people enjoying a Friday night in the city or heading home. Our walk took us onto the bridge to have a look at the view. We got distracted by the Shard and how it fab it looked when viewed back towards London Bridge.
Then we were distracted again by the possibility of an Espresso Martini at Grind. I did have a look online before we headed out to see what London Bridge had to offer and this bar caught my eye. During the day it is all smoothies and coffees and then at night it transforms into a cocktail bar. The cocktails still use the lovely coffee that they serve during the day and I loved that concept.
So that was it our final stop… After a really fun night out in London Bridge it was time to head home. Being with my sister always lets me just be me. Sometimes when you are a mummy it takes you over and you forget who you were before. When I am with my sister I always remember the girl I once was and I always have fun. My sister is the person in my life who doesn’t ever take my shit. She calls me out on stuff. I might not always love that even when she is right, but I wouldn’t change it. She also has a way of getting me to do things that I wouldn’t normally do. I am not blaming the staying out late or having that ‘one for the road’ on her as my arm did not need to be twisted! She did however, convince me to go on a night bus which is very much against my religion.
London Bridge the area
My impression of London Bridge is that it is great place to go out in London. There is a fab buzz around it and so many lovely restaurants that you will be spoilt for choice. It is also just a hop skip and a jump from some of the major London tourist sites such as the Tower of London. If you go no where else in London Bridge then Borough Market is a must.