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Explore the obvious and less obvious around the Tower Bridge & London Bridge areas.

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8 Places

Wiltons Music Hall

Theatres

Maltby Street Market

Flea/ Street Markets

The Woolpack

Restaurants (British)

White Cube Gallery

Art Galleries

The Rake

Roxy Bar & Screen

Restaurants

Menier Chocolate Factory

Restaurants (European, British)

The Mayflower Pub

Restaurants (British)

Brice L's City Tips

  • If the weather is nice, don't hesitate to hire a bike from one of the many Barclays bike stands. Just remember to cycle on the left and avoid rush hour (8-10am and 5-7pm).
  • Tipping around 10% is customary if you've received good service, but Londoners don't feel obliged to tip if they haven't, so you shouldn't either!
  • London is generally safe but follow the normal precautions of keeping a close eye on your belongings and not wandering around unknown areas after dark if they feel unsafe.
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    Wiltons Music Hall
    Theatres
    Brice L Says:

    In the old days it was claimed this place was more famous than St Paul's Cathedral - among visiting sailors anyway! So maybe visit the Cathedral first then head over to this gem of a bar for a visit. Built in 1723, Wilton's is based in East London, just five minutes walk from Tower Hill Station. Every time I go and see a show at the music hall I have a great time, and they have so much cool stuff on. Check out what's happening while you're in town. The outside building also has real character - it is a grade II* listed building and for any film buffs you might recognise it from the movie Sherlock Holmes 2. Inside, there is a real feeling that you are going back in time. The atmosphere is relaxed and arty, the staff is always busy but friendly and the crowd is never the same, depending on what is showing at the theatre.

    Good for
    • Local culture explorer
    • History enthusiast
    Tips
    • They have a cocktail bar upstairs and also serve lunch (until 2.30pm weekdays only). The salad is good here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 1,130 attractions in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great atmosphere, quirky and beautiful 19/10/2014
    • Beautiful Victorian music hall, a total gem 22/09/2014
    • Wiltons Music Hall
    Address:
    1 Graces Alley
    Off Ensign Street
    London E1 8JB
    United Kingdom
    Phone:
    +44 20 7702 2789
    Other:
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    Maltby Street Market
    Flea/ Street Markets
    Brice L Says:

    Maltby Street Market is definitely a place I'd recommend for a Saturday morning and especially if the weather is nice. It is THE food market to visit at the moment and if you are done with Borough Market, Maltby is for you: it's as bustling but far from being invaded by tourists. On top of that, if you want to combine a delicious brunch and antiques (why not, right?) I recommend you visit the fabulous Lassco. The doors of Lassco are not very easy to spot, but when you find them it looks like you could be going into another world when you push them - so go ahead! Once inside it's an avalanche of weird objects, flooring, rugs, lampshades, clothes, furnitures and more. The place is actually quite big and I like to wander around until I get hungry. At that point I tuck into Lassco's delicious menu. We often have a full English Breakfast including farmers' produce from the market. The antique prices here may be for collectors and connoisseurs only, but it's worth having a look because you never know what you might stumble across.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Local culture explorer
    • Shopping enthusiast
    Tips
    • Check out their website before you visit for opening hours and and if you're planning on going Saturday lunchtime, they often have a great vintage dance session with live musicians.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 455 shopping in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great weekend brunch 11/10/2014
    • Great market!! 05/10/2014
    • Maltby Street Market
    Address:
    41 Maltby Street
    London SE1 3PA
    United Kingdom
    Other:
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    The Woolpack
    Restaurants (British)
    Brice L Says:

    Bermondsey Street becomes trendier every year. There are enough bars, pubs and restaurants to spend a few great nights around here. One place I'd recommend is the pub The Woolpack. They have a lovely back yard for drinks in the sunshine, making it popular with the locals. They also serve good food and I like the breakfasts here. Another thing to discover at the Woolpack is the first floor: the ceiling of the room is quite incredible, as are the paintings on the wall, all a reproduction of the Sistine Chapel!

    Good for
    • Local culture explorer
    • Nightlife lover
    Tips
    • Keep an eye open, famous people live around the area, especially musicians and DJs, plus some TV actors.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7,071 of 13,477 restaurants in London
    • Wish it stayed open later 05/10/2014
    • Great pub with a nice crowd 09/09/2014
    • The Woolpack
    Address:
    Bermondsey St
    London SE1 3UB
    United Kingdom
    Other:
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    White Cube Gallery
    Art Galleries
    Brice L Says:

    Bermondsey street is often known as the area for party-goers. You'll also find here the White Cube, a well-respected art gallery with three other/previous venues in London (the one in Hoxton closed at the end of 2012). The one in Bermondsey Street is the most recent and the most impressive because of its wide open space. Entry is free and it has a book shop where you can spend some time browsing catalogues of previous exhibition. The gallery is famous for being owned by Jay Joplin, a famous art collector who showed interest in Dinos Chapman, Tracey Emin or Damien Hirst at the early stages of their career. The gallery often hosts Gilbert and George's artwork - in fact I bumped into them one day when I was visiting their exhibition!

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Local culture explorer
    • Shopping enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • While you're in the area, explore Bermondsey street which is full of great shops, restaurants and bars.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 455 shopping in London
    • Great Gallery 19/10/2014
    • Vewry Unusual Place!!! 10/10/2014
    • White Cube Gallery
    Address:
    144 _ 152 Bermondsey Street
    London SE1 3TQ
    United Kingdom
    Phone:
    44 (0) 207 930 5373
    Other:
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    The Rake
    Brice L Says:

    Borough Market is definitely a spot not to miss in London. One of the oldest markets in London (its first mention was in 1014!), it has recently been through a lot of refurbishment. (Local insight: the refurbishment has divided locals - some love it, others hate it!) Most of the stalls and shops remain and actually new ones have since appeared. You need time and patience to experience the Market on its busiest days - normally Saturday. Friday is definitely better, and when it does all get too much I'd recommend stopping for a beer at the Rake. Specialising in beers, The Rake opened in 2006 and is now a very busy little bar, just behind the market. I always ask the staff what they recommend as they have more than 130 beers in the fridges and the draught range is always changing.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Local culture explorer
    Tips
    • This is another place to spot celebrities, who seem to flock to this pub. Not A-listers, but some fairly well-known TV stars.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #70 of 1,188 nightlife in London
    • Excellent little pub 14/09/2014
    • A beer lovers paradise 07/09/2014
    • The Rake
    Address:
    14 Winchester Walk
    London SE1 9AG
    United Kingdom
    Phone:
    020 7407 0557
    Other:
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    Roxy Bar & Screen
    Restaurants
    Brice L Says:

    The Roxy is a bar based on Borough High street, two minutes away from Borough station. My friends and I love their little cinema and events programme, with a wide range of quirky events from live music gigs to DJ nights and most often screenings of films, documentary or TV. Eurovision night is always a good one! They do basic local food and the place is quite pretty, with red velvet curtains. You can order drinks and food to be brought to you during a screening, which often feels like quite a treat.

    Good for
    • Local culture explorer
    • Nightlife lover
    Tips
    • Avoid Friday evening unless you are keen on being squeezed in a small and noisy place!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12,765 of 13,477 restaurants in London
    • A most enjoyable night, with only a couple of niggles 11/10/2014
    • Rather disappointed 02/10/2014
    • Roxy Bar & Screen
    Address:
    128 Borough High Street
    London SE1 1LB
    United Kingdom
    Phone:
    00 44 20 7407 4057
    Other:
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    Menier Chocolate Factory
    Restaurants (European, British)
    Brice L Says:

    This gallery, situated within the old Menier Chocolate Factory, is a simple little gallery that I like to drop into on my way to the Tate Modern or South Bank. It's free and the space always amazes me. The gallery is managed by Paintings in Hospitals (PiH), a registered charity that lends contemporary works of art to hospitals. I'm often surprised when I stumble on excellent, tiny exhibitions: I saw some very nice illustrations by Quentin Blake recently, for example.

    Good for
    • Local culture explorer
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • Have a look in at the Hop Exchange on your way (http://www.hopexchange.co.uk/) for its impressive architecture.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5,138 of 13,477 restaurants in London
    • chocolate teapot! 08/10/2014
    • Surprisingly good 06/10/2014
    • Menier Chocolate Factory
    Address:
    53 Southwark Street
    London SE1 1RU
    United Kingdom
    Phone:
    +44 (0)20 7378 1712
    Price range:
    $24 - $40
    Hours:
    Mon - Tue
    12:00 - 20:30
    Thu - Sun
    12:00 - 20:00
    Thu - Mon
    18:00 - 4:00
    Other:
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    The Mayflower Pub
    Restaurants (British)
    Brice L Says:

    I've visited the Mayflower a few times and they say it's one of the oldest pub by the Thames. Either way it's very pretty from the outside and not disappointing once inside, with an intimate and cozy atmosphere. It's rare to find a place that is pleasant whatever the weather is like, but this is one of them. On a sunny day I order their great Fish and Chips to enjoy on the deck looking over the Thames, with the sound of the Thames lapping underneath. Then on a rainy day I bundle up indoors and enjoy a nice pint in the cozy old world atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Local culture explorer
    Tips
    • If the weather is nice, consider walking from London Bridge area to the Mayflower as you get a fantastic experience of old-world London and the docks along the way.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,425 of 13,477 restaurants in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just like an oid pub should be 30/09/2014
    • Nice location and view, plus great food 25/09/2014
    • The Mayflower Pub
    Address:
    117 Rotherhithe Street
    Rotherhithe, Bermondsey
    London
    United Kingdom
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