We love Bermondsey, you know this, we know this, so I have no idea why I am telling you again, but I am. If you’ve never been to Bermondsey Street or the surrounding area, then you have been missing out on a lot! It is an awesome area, filled with stuff that makes London the great city that it is. Bermondsey is filled with quirky little shops (like coffee shops called Hej), it has a vibrant culture made up of beautiful people from all over the world (which results in some of the best restaurants in London) and so much more. It even has a bunch of other stuff to do that has nothing to do with eating or drinking! Like tourist stuff! That’s what this post is all about today. We are going to take you on a journey of our favourite stuff to do in Bermondsey. Yes, some of this stuff you’ll see in a typical tourist guide of the area, but some stuff is for us to know and for you to find out about, right now!
So, I guess we should get started on the list. Here is our pick of the top 7 things to do in Bermondsey during your visit to the area. Yeah, there’s 7 because I refuse to narrow it down to 5!
Bermondsey market has been around for years, hundreds of years! It hasn’t always been the antiques market that is today; it was once nicknamed the London Larder because of the sheer amount of food stuffs that was sold on the site. Now, it has changed a lot, but the atmosphere is the same and it is still a great place to grab a bargain. There are loads of interesting things for sale at the market from bowls and cutlery, to massive pieces of furniture. It’s definitely worth exploring while you are in Bermondsey. We have written a full article about the Bermondsey Antiques Market that is well worth a read before your visit, you can find it on here.
Maltby Street Market
If you’re a foodie, you have to go to this market; it’s really as simple as that! Even if you are in another part of London for the day, it’s worth travelling across the city to get to! There’s so many cultures with their food on show at this market that it would be hard to list them all. Not everything at the market will be for you, but you will find something you love, I promise! We have written a full post about Maltby Street Market before which is worth reading before you go, but do go, you won’t regret it!
Fashion & Textile Museum
This is the place to go in Bermondsey to get your creative juices flowing. Whether you are into fashion or not, go and see what I mean! There is so much cool stuff in this museum that you will leave with some sort of inspiration whether that’s for your next outfit or your next woodworking project! The best part of the museum for me is that the displays are ever-changing, there’s something new to draw inspiration from every time I go. I can say for certain, if you are creative, you will not waste your time by going to the fashion and textile museum in Bermondsey. Plus, it’s under a tenner to get in!
White Cube Gallery
Keeping on the fancy museum/art gallery theme, White Cube Gallery is a fancy art gallery. They have three exhibition spaces which means they usually have three artists work exhibited at the same time. It’s a great way to find out about three artists work at once; they always try to make them a little different in style as well so there is normally an artist for every taste. At the time of writing this, they have three amazing artists work in the gallery; Michael Armitage, Anselm Kiefer and Park Seo-Bo. It’s a real eclectic mix of artists that must be seen while you’re in Bermondsey.
The Tour for Muggles
Clues in the title of this one really, you can have a look at all the magical spots in London! On this tour for muggles, you can see some of the spots that Harry Potter was filmed in and also have a look at some places that inspired JK Rowling. It’s a great day out for a Lord of the Rings fan (that’s a joke, please do cast any spells on me). You’ll come away with some cool stories from behind-the-scenes and have a right laugh while uncovering hidden locations and inspirations. It’s a two and a half hour Harry Potter tour for only £14, can you do the bargain spell?
It’s the most famous bridge in London, possibly the world, do you need a better excuse to go and see it than that? Ok, a trip to Tower Bridge doesn’t have to be simply standing on the banks of the Thames staring at it. You can go inside the bridge! There are engineering tours which take you for a behind-the-scenes look at how the bridge was made and how it is maintained. You can learn how the bridge lifts work and see them in action if the Titanic happens to be going under it at the same time you’re there. You can party inside the bridge or have a wedding in there, yep, you can hire Tower Bridge out! Plus, there’s loads more to do, including looking down on the car passing over which is cool. Are all those reasons good enough to go and visit one of the most famous bridges in the world during your time here?
The View from the Shard
The view from the Shard is crazy! You are so high up that on a good day; you can see the entire city of London! The reason for this might be that you are standing in the tallest building in Western Europe! You can see hundreds, even thousands, of years of history from the view, or just take a selfie and leave!
Thank you for having a read of our top picks for things to do in Bermondsey. I hope they come in handy for your next visit to the area. While you’re here, pop into Hej for a coffee, we miss you when you aren’t here!