Got a few hours spare in the London Bridge area? Here’s what you should do…
I seem to go to London for work semi-regularly. However, as it’s usually for work it means that I never really get a long run at being there – it’s always a couple of hours here and there. I’ve had so many cool experiences crammed in after meetings, or before, from going running at 6am with a colleague (I was doing Red January) to having afternoon tea at Sketch and losing my sh*t over their pink marshmallow decor.
Anyway, like my recent Wimbledon trip which spanned two whole days, this time was a bit more leisurely. My colleagues and I were at an event which finished at 3pm, and we didn’t have to be back until 10am the next day. That meant we had a glorious five or so hours stretching out in front of us and the town was our oyster, or at least the London Bridge area of it was. So without further ado, this is what we got up to…
First of all we headed along to Borough Market, which is London’s oldest food and drink market – otherwise known as a foodie’s paradise. I’d never been before but whatever you wanted to buy there was a place that sold it: herbs and spices, chutney, olive oil, delicious breads… even a loose leaf tea stand that Prince Harry had visited a few years ago. Definitely don’t go when you’re starving or you’ll legit spend a fortune.
Some of the stands were super popular. There were lots of tourist huddled around the oyster stand, which felt incredibly decedent for a rainy Monday afternoon. The staff at the market are happy for you to try a bit of everything and there were sticks to dip in alongside most of the produce. We ended up trying some of the mushroom risotto from in the biggest frying pan ever, and was really quite delicious.
We headed along to Tower Bridge until the tipping rain made us decide against it. Instead we changed route to the Tate Modern which was only a few minutes walk away. The building itself is worth seeing – as an old power station it has this huge amount of presence and as we walked up on this dull, wet day it seemed to loom on the horizon. With only 45 minutes or so to get around before it closed at 6pm we opted for the free exhibitions, which was just as well as it takes a while to get your bearings.
I was super excited to see that there was a Nan Goldin exhibition on – a photographer who is known for her documentation of 1960s subcultures in New York. Along with the Roy Lichtenstein work and the breath-taking Tower of Babel sculpture, made up of lots of radios playing indiscernible noise, all at the same time, it was all very enjoyable.
Finally, we headed into a museum and former prison The Clink. It’s maybe not what I would usually do but it the rain was showing no sign of stopping and it charmed us with its intriguing entrance. The place has a lengthy and notorious history dating back to 1144 and with plenty of torture devices on display it’s definitely not dull. It was probably worth it for the funny photograph alone.
So that was my trip to London. Like this post? Why not read my other post about travelling to Mull, Scotland?