Looking for a guide covering the best places to eat in London Bridge? Look no further! The whole area of London Bridge has recently undergone some huge transformations. The train station has been entirely re-built, the new Vinegar Yard street food market opened in March 2019, and new restaurants are regularly opening.
It’s always a good to get out and about exploring my own hometown, London. I live fairly close to London Bridge but I never really take the time to explore the area.
So I recently spent the day exploring the area, with a goal to find the best places to eat in London Bridge. Please note, the spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own. You can find the some of the best hotels in London Bridge on their website. All of these are the perfect base to explore one of London’s most happening areas. So read on to find out how I spent a day exploring the London Bridge area!
Best Places to Eat in London Bridge
Breakfast at the Shard
No day of sightseeing is possible without fueling up on a great breakfast. I did a quick Google search before arriving in London Bridge. To my delight, I saw that the Shard offers breakfast in its Aqua restaurant. I had no idea about this, and thought that would be a great place to start the day.
My friend Katy joined me and we headed to entrance at about 9am. After a quick bag check, we were in the lift and on our way up to level 31. To our surprise, we were the only guests in the restaurant!We were directed to a delightful table by the window, overlooking the River Thames, St Paul’s and London Bridge.
The menu is similar to other breakfast spots around London, but the view is incredible, of course. I’ve never been up here in the daytime before, so it was great to see people scurrying across the bridges like ants. I was also incredible to get a bird’s eye view of the city for once.
We even thought the pricing was pretty reasonable and only fractionally higher to other breakfast places in London. We ordered cappuccinos, as well as salmon and eggs on avocado toast. It came out pretty swiftly and was presented beautifully. A perfect start to a day of exploring the London Bridge area!
After breakfast, I slowly wandered over to Borough Market. The market is definitely one of most iconic places in the whole of London. I certainly know the tourists descend here every lunch time to try out the tasty food offerings. I was a bit early for the food stalls to open, so I pursued some of the small boutique shops. Within an hour or so, all of the stalls had opened and Borough Market was packed!
I wandered around for a while, and felt the sheer number of foodie choices a little overwhelming! I started with a coffee from Gentleman Baristas, which is on a small side street to the back of Borough Market.
From here, I spotted some really cool street art. It was two hearts painted on the wall and lots of tourists were stopping to take photos!
Borough Market always amazes me with the number of foodie options available. I’m also always shocked at the sheer number of tourists and local city workers who visit here everyday for lunch.
I decided upon some freshly made pasta from the stall ‘La tua pasta’.
Not only can you buy lots of freshly cooked food at Borough Market, but you can also buy a lot of produce. I found Konditor and Cook, a famed bakery and cake makers on the edge of the market. I treated myself to a couple of brownies to take home. Then I also discovered a stand selling warm sausage rolls and savoury tarts, yum! Borough Market is undoubtedly one of the best places to eat in London Bridge.
I was surprised at the prices too on some of the fruit stands. They were far better than my local supermarket, with a punnet of raspberries going for £1. The traders at the fruit and veg stands were shouting their prices and tempting passersby. It really felt reminiscent of London markets in old movie scenes!
After lunch, I wandered just down the road opposite the new entrances to London Bridge station to see Vinegar Yard. It is part outdoor street food market and part vintage clothes market. The entrance is marked by a huge silver train carriage, elevated about 10m above the ground, with giant metal ants on it. A little odd, but at least it means you can’t miss it!
Vinegar Yard is free to enter and has around 10 food stalls dotted around the edge. In the centre there are rows upon rows of picnic benches filling up the main yard area. With a full tummy, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to eat anything but felt it would be a shame not to. I wandered towards the Italian stand, called Sugo, and ordered a bowl of fresh arancini balls. The perfect part two of my Italian lunch.
London Bridge Foodie Guide
So there’s my day exploring London Bridge. Unsurprisingly perhaps, it became a self-guided food tour because, after all, eating out is my favourite thing.
London Bridge is super easy to get to with its central location, and is definitely a great spot for foodies in London. Next time, I’ll have to walk just a little further to Bermondsey Street. I haven’t explored here too much before, but I’ve heard great things. There is also the renowned Maltby Street Market nearby, a must-visit for all foodies in London!
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Disclaimer: This eating guide was sponsored by hotels.com. The opinions are my own however.
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