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What to do around London Bridge

6th February 2014

As well as being one of the capital's most famous monuments, London Bridge is also a major transport hub, so if you're travelling to the city by train there's a chance you'll be disembarking here.

Fortunately, there's no truth in the old children's song London Bridge is Burning Down, and the area around the bridge itself is in fact very much on the up.

So, it's definitely worth exploring a little of what there is to see and do in the surrounding streets when you step off the train, which is great news for those who want to start enjoying the sites of London from the very moment they arrive.

London Bridge runs from the north side of the river Thames at Monument to the South Bank, and is surrounded by a host of great attractions.

At the southern end of the bridge, for example, is the Shard, which is the tallest building in the western hemisphere and one of the most iconic feature on the London skyline. Taking a trip up to the observation deck to get a view across the city is a fantastic way to begin your visit.

Nearby, you'll find the famous Borough Market, London's number one street food market, where visitors can try everything from ostrich burgers to artisan cheeses and chocolates.

You may also want to take a walk along the South Bank itself, with loads of great things to see and do in both directions. Heading east, for example, you'll soon pass the HMS Belfast, which is moored up against the banks of the Thames, before reaching the Scoop - where free outdoor movie screenings are held in the summer - and eventually Tower Bridge.

The best spot in London from which to view Tower Bridge is on London Bridge itself, so make sure you cross it at least once.

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