How to spend one afternoon in South London

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One afternoon in London

While on our hectic week of two weddings and a week in Cornwall, which you can read about here and here, it also happened to be Dom’s birthday. When I asked what he might like for a his birthday he replied ‘something tech-y and cool’. I’m afraid my friends, I am neither tech-y nor cool and was a little stumped at what to go for.

I went for an expeirence instead. We had both been meaning to visit The Shard since it had opended so it seemed like the perfect opportunity. The weather was perfect and it sparked this little idea: an afternoon in South London.

Being a south London girl myself, and with the tube not yet reaching us out in the sticks (this is a joke, we’re not out in the sticks, but for some reason we’ve not yet been privaliged with the tube) the South Bank of the Thames is so much more accessible than the North/West/Centre of the city.

Within 15 minutes on the train you are at London Bridge station, the perfect destination for a short and sweet afternoon in London. The Shard is immediatly outside the station and a really great expeirence. So long as you’re not scared of heights! With views accross the whole of London it would also be a great experience at night time.

Find out more and get your tickets here.

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From The Shard we made our way across the street to Borough Market just in time for lunch. Having attempted to visit the market once before, only to find to completely closed, it was lovely to see it in full swing. Visited by local office workers and tourists alike, you can get every kind of cusine, all cooked fresh and for very reasonable prices. Grab whatever takes your fancy and take a seat in the gardens of Southwark Cathedral next door.

Sadly this is where our day had to end due to prior engagments, BUT it doesn’t have to be the end of your day. Follow the South Bank further along until you come to the Tate Modern. It’s free to enter, although some exhibitions are ticketed. They’ve just completed an extension, so there’s so much more to see now.

If you still have time and want a few extra things to do, you can keep walking until you get to the London Eye (just in case you didin’t get a good enough view of the skyline earlier!) and slightly further on from there is the Aquarium. I haven’t been to the Aquarium for years but Bristol’s version is a bit of a let down, where as London’s is pretty snazzy.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed your guided afternoon along the South Bank. Feel free to leave your tour guide a tip (JOKE). I love visiting London whenever I can, espeically for special occasions and on sunny days. There’s no city quite like it.

You can follow me on Instagram for more snaps of my day in the big city and on Bloglovin for all the new content coming up soon!

xx

  • i’ll be flying out to london in a few weeks and i can’t wait. its just my favourite city and whenever i go, i never want to return.

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    • Becca

      It’s just the most amazing city to visit! So much to fill your time with and so many different areas to explore 🙂 I hope you have a good trip! xx

  • MissLilly

    I haven’t done the Shard yet! Which is quite a shame. At least have done the Sky Garden 🙂 I love exploring South Bank. As you’ve said it’s really easy to reach both from London Bridge or Waterloo, so it’s a walk I do really often. To top it up there’s the Borough Market which I really love

    • Becca

      Oh it’s so great, you should visit some time! And I’m definitely heading back to Borough Market sometime soon 🙂 xx

  • Great tips 😀
    I just love Borough Market 😀

    Best

    Michaela

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    • Becca

      Thanks! It’s such a great market, I’m definitely heading back sometime soon 🙂 xx

  • Zuza

    This all sounds like so much fun 🙂 I also love the photographs, they are amazing!

    Have a lovely day,
    http://love-life-every-day.blogspot.com

    • Becca

      Thanks so much! 🙂 xx

  • I love Borough Market! I’ve only ever been once but it was lovely!

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    • Becca

      It was my first trip there and I will definitely be going back haha! xx

  • Fab guide to london! I move back to Uni there on Sunday so excited!

    Abigail Alice x

    • Becca

      Thanks so much! I always love visiting London so much 🙂 xx