On a Saturday afternoon I found the area around Southwark Cathedral and Borough Market just too crowded (I have visited before on Friday and Saturday mornings and just loved the place). I love the history and the sight of the old warehouses at Butler’s Wharf that most people will recognize from the Bridget Jones films – Bridget Jone’s front door is located in Borough Market. Since my last visit new shops and a theatre have opened between Tower Bridge and City Hall – the new shops also include a lovely water feature. As the weather was hot a lot of people were enjoying the water fountains near City Hall (i.e. that ones that are built into the pavement and you can play in).
Southwark starts from the Oxo Tower and follows the Thames well past Tower Bridge (although not much of interest past Tower Bridge). Southwark includes the London District of Bankside that has such attractions as Tate Modern, Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Clink Prison Museum, the partial remains of Winchester Palace and also the Golden Hinde. In addition to the attractions of Bankside this area of London also includes Hay’s Galleria, Southwark Cathedral, Borough Market, City Hall, Tower Bridge and Butler’s Wharf.
Whilst the area was busy, only around Borough Market was too busy, and if you have never visited before Borough Market (crowds or no crowds) is well worth a visit – plenty of stall here to grab food on the goes and a couple of good restaurants. Lots to do and see in this area (could easily spend several hours here).
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