Hidden Secrets Of London Bridge

So whenever anyone mentions London Bridge, The Shard or borough market spring to mind. London land marks that can been seen from the skyline and below. But my favourite part of London Bridge is in the opposite direction. Hayes galleria and nearer tower bridge (the bridge tourists often mistake for London) the views, atmosphere are incredible. A city vibe near the mayors office . There's plenty of hotels in London Bridge , restaurants, views and cool historic things to see. 

Gifted with a budget to spend, I took my friend Abi to explore the area. Spending just under £80 for a night at Gaucho and then drinks along the Thames with HMS Belfast in sight.

Now Gaucho, I know what you're thinking, expensive, but currently they have a spring time menu that blew us away. £23.00 for two courses, including a yummy steak for main. I went for a sweet potato salad, whilst my friend went for the empanda (of course we had to split the dishes to try.) The steak was cooked to perfection, and the sides were the perfect addition. The bill with service came to £68. I couldn't recommend the place enough. Views of tower bridge, the perfect setting and the most Delicious food.

The area is modern, chic and perfect for snaps. And a short walk away past the HMS Belfast is the Hayes galleria. We stopped off for drinks at the Horniman pub and sat next to thames basking in the sunshine. What a way to finish off a meal and a hard-working day.

You can also crab a bite at one of the many cafes and eateries under the huge vaulted roof at Hay’s Galleria. If you get there during the day you can browse market stalls and the shops too.

Not forgetting David Kemp's magnificent kinetic sculpture, providing a hypnotic combination of moving parts, water jets and fountains (currently under maintenance though ☹.)

The history of the place is incredible though. It was built in the 1850s, and Hay's Wharf took deliveries from ships from all over the world. The area became known as the “Larder of London”. You can now stand on the same spot where the tea clippers from India and China edged their way into the dock 150 years ago.

The place really is breath taking, especially at sunset in to night. When the lights and the glass ceiling changes. And also walking through towards the Thames and being met with the London skyline.

I’d seriously suggest next time you head to the area talking in the opposite direction and discovering a new part of the amazing place that is London Bridge.


The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.” 

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