Tuesday 18 February 2020

5 Things to do with Kids in London Bridge

The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.
I love exploring London with my children and we are always looking for an excuse to visit the big city and discover something new.  We got the train up last weekend for a visit to the Tower of London and decided to spend the afternoon around London Bridge seeing what there was to do.  It was a lovely area and we have a list of things we want to go back and try (time to look up hotels near the shard) but here are five things we enjoyed doing. 

1) Walk down to Tower Bridge 

We crossed over at London Bridge but the children were keen to see Tower Bridge so we walked along one side of the river Thames and then crossed back over on Tower Bridge.  The Tower of London is right here and definitely worth a visit! You can go up inside Tower Bridge and look over on to London Bridge and we found crossing both bridges was an easy walk for the boys (aged 6 and 8).  The eldest has been learning about the River Thames at school and we loved watching the boats underneath us, spotting the static restaurant boats, the little ferries and the cruises.

2) Get Lunch at By Chloe

By this point we were hungry so we found a lovely vegan restaraunt to try out.  By Chloe was bright and inviting and had a delicious menu as well as quite a cake selection.  We really enjoyed eating somewhere new and whilst none of us are vegan, we loved trying the vegan versions of mac and cheese, fish and chips and a tasty guac burger!

3) Admire the Skyline

My six year old has been learning about architecture and interesting buildings and London Bridge is the best place for discovering these. We spent ages discussing the skyline, the curious shapes and building designs and how we would design our own building.  If I had thought in advance, I would have brought paper and pencils with me as the benches were in the perfect spot for getting the kids to stop and sketch it.  The London skyline is always impressive and we all decided we needed to come back and go up inside the Shard!

4) Choose a Pudding at Borough Market

Whilst we were walking around the area, we found Borough Market and were immediately drawn in by the smell of cakes.  We had managed to resist a pudding with lunch but we spent lots of time wandering around the stalls looking at the freshly baked goods, the delicious looking fudge and hand crafted chocolates and finally settling on goat's milk ice cream.  It was bustling and cosy with the lights and right on the water's edge so we could escape with our chosen treats and continue exploring the area.

5) Learn about the History

There is so much to discover around London Bridge that we didn't have time to fit it all in but we would love to go back to find out more about the history of the area.  We found a monument to the Great Fire of London which was next to the old Roman Baths (8 year old is currently learning about the Romans at school so it tied in well!) and the Golden Hinde was right by the Bridge and you could pay to walk on and explore (£15 for a family of four).  We found Clink Prison Museum which I have promised we will go back to visit and the HMS Belfast is currently docked in London Bridge if you want to visit that.  London has such a fascinating history and the children were learning so much as we walked around and talked about what we saw.  

There is so much to do for families in the area and it is definitely somewhere we plan to come back to and explore further! Do you have any suggestions of places to visit in the London Bridge area?

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