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Exploring the area around London Bridge and Tower Bridge
Today, London Bridge train station is one of the most well-connected in the capital. It's no surprise that the surrounding area is a vibrant hub of offices and shops, restaurants, bars, and venues. Although the London Bridge has transformed into a modern construction of stone arches and concrete beams, stories from the past are as captivating as ever. Tower Bridge is an elegant 19th-century construction just 600 metres from London Bridge and an essential part of the city's skyline. Stroll along for free or pay to head inside and visit the engine room. Are you feeling brave? If you dare, take a trip to the upper walkway and edge across the glass floor.
Where is London Bridge?
London Bridge connects the City of London, on the north side, with Southwark on the south. Get to London Bridge train station on Southern, Thameslink or Southeastern trains. Or ride to the tube station on the Northern or Jubilee lines. The second-closest tube station to London Bridge is Monument, which is on the District and Circle lines.
Where is Tower Bridge?
Tower Bridge connects the Borough of Tower Hamlets on the north with Southwark on the south. The nearest train stations are London Bridge on the Northern and Jubilee lines and Tower Hill on the Circle and District lines.
What to do near London Bridge and Tower Bridge
Found your perfect hotel in the London Bridge area? You'll be happy to discover plenty of things to see and do in this part of the city. From the bridge's glistening neighbour, The Shard, to its various food markets, shops, attractions and venues, there's no need to be bored in London Bridge.
1. Tour the Tower of London
The infamous Tower of London sits next to Tower Bridge on the north bank of the River Thames. This guarded World Heritage Site is home to the Crown Jewels and many other treasures. It's served as a royal palace, political prison, execution site and arsenal over its centuries of life. Visit the Tower of London and tour the landmark's unique and bloody history. It's a perfect day out for families, with tours suitable for all ages and many exciting stories to discover.
2. Visit The Shard
London's newest landmark, The Shard, is a dramatic 95-storey building that was finished and opened in 2009. It soars at almost 300 metres tall and is home to various restaurants, bars, offices and a hotel. Visitors can ascend to The View From The Shard on the building's 72nd floor and enjoy panoramic views of London below. Tickets to The View From The Shard cost £32 (£42 with fast-track entry and a guidebook). Or why not book a table at one of the landmark's six excellent restaurants to enjoy an even more memorable experience?
3. Grab lunch or shop at Borough Market
London is home to lots of great food markets. Borough is one of the best. This historic covered market is tucked in the London Bridge area, packed with stalls selling fresh produce, award-winning street food and artisan products. Borough Market has existed since the 12th century (at least!), which means history buffs and foodies will be equally happy to pay a visit. As well as stalls and street food, some of London's best restaurants surround Borough Market. It's a perfect culinary destination in Southwark.
4. Find historic pubs
No trip to London is complete without popping into some historic pubs. The London Bridge area is home to plenty, thanks to being one of the most-visited parts of London for centuries. The best pubs in the London Bridge area include The Old King's Head, George and Mug House. A little further away, Hoop & Grapes is one of the oldest pubs in London, surviving the famous Great Fire of London in 1666.
5. See Southwark Cathedral
There are many beautiful old churches in London; it's almost impossible to see them all. If you're staying in the London Bridge area, swing by Southwark Cathedral to tick one off your list. This stunning Anglican cathedral sits on the banks of the River Thames, a stone's throw from the south end of London Bridge. It's London's oldest Gothic cathedral and a thriving modern church today. Look out for the Shakespeare Window and monument and the Harvard Chapel, celebrating the founder of Harvard University, who was baptised at Southwark.