Date Night in London Bridge
So this week me and my friend, Rob, went on a ‘date’ to London Bridge. Friends/family, please hold your comments.
To start off we went with the classic.
Now, if you’re going to the viewing gallery of the Shard you have to pay. It’s £29 per person – or, if you’re buying train tickets, it’s currently 3FOR2. Luckily for Rob – who it turns out is not good with heights – we only went to the 32nd-floor drinks.
The bar is fancy. With classy Chinese decor, lovely (expensive) cocktails, and beers on offer plus a gorgeous view of London, it is rather spectacular.
Rob had a beer and I had a Pimms because it was Pimms O’Clock and why not! Hottest day of the year so far – now surpassed by yesterday’s heatwave *collapses in a heap*.
We set the world to rights over drinks, and then round two, and left after about two hours in order to get some food. Obviously, we did things the wrong round – future note: food first then drinks!
Flat Iron Square
I offered Rob the choice of two pop-up food squares I knew of in the area: Vinegar Yard and Flat Iron Square. We were in the mood for hot and spicy and I knew that Flat Iron Square did awesome Mexican, Vietnamese and Japanese food so we headed that way.
Sadly, at 7:30 pm, Flat Iron Square is drinks central with only a few of the pop-up food stalls still open. We ended up getting massive Americana burgers from EDU which were great but left us with cheese, mustard, lettuce, and pickle juice all over our faces. Note to self: always bring your own napkins!
For drinks – because why not carry on drinking on Tuesday afternoon in Summer – we had ciders out of a can that smelt deliciously like childhood sweets.
We finished the night around 9 pm, heading back to the Thamelinks to get back into central and go our separate ways after a surprisingly alcoholic Tuesday evening.
Thoughts on London Bridge
I like London Bridge during work hours. It is bustling, full of stores and great places to eat but it seems that as soon as the working day finishes at 5 pm everything shuts down. Borough Market closes, everyone heads home and only the bars and mainstream restaurants are accepting customers.
It’s a shame because at the weekend I imagine it is a great place to hang out. There is so much to do, including the London Tombs, the markets, the various food markets, and all of the great nooks and crannies around the Shard but after 6 pm on a weekday, it’s a Ghost Town.
Just because it’s quieter though that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great time!
There are plenty of places you can walk around and take yourself off too. There are also a lot of views and attractions that you can reach nearby. But if you’re after a simple date idea maybe stick with dinner and a drink at a fancy restaurant in London Bridge.
Notes to remember if you do go out in London Bridge on a weekday:
- Have tissues on your person!
- Don’t buy a ticket up the Shard when you can get to the bar and restaurant for free!
- Just because a food market is ‘open’ does not mean the pop-ups still will be
- Bring suncream!!
Disclaimer: The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com but all views are my own.