Borough Market is famous for its food stalls but can be very crowded at lunchtime. Many tourists mistakenly ask for 'London Bridge' when it is really the distinctive Tower Bridge they wish to see. The present London Bridge looks unremarkable but it is a good viewpoint for Tower Bridge. You can check the times when Tower Bridge is scheduled to lift: www.towerbridge.org.uk/lift-times
Note that there is an Underground exit in Borough High Street which is more convenient for some of the attractions than the National Rail station exit. Please see the map below.
London's oldest gothic building and a place of worship for over 1000 years. Connections with Chaucer,
Shakespeare, Dickens and John Harvard. Interactive exhibition. Refectory. Tel. 020 7367 6700.
Open Daily 0830-1800.
The Golden Hinde is an accurate reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake's Tudor galleon with five levels of deck
including the gun deck and 22 cannons. It is a real sailing galleon which has made a circumnavigation of the world.
Open Daily 1000-1730 but subject to alteration.
This prison museum is on the site of the Tudor Clink Prison. You can see the cells where prisoners
would be held, tortured and executed. Tel. 020 7403 6515.
Open Daily 1000-1800.
Moored on the Thames, HMS Belfast is Europe's only surviving big gun armoured warship surviving from
the Second World War. There are nine decks to explore, from the Captain's Bridge down to the boiler and
engine rooms below the waterline. Tel. 020 7940 6300.
Open Daily 1000-1800.
Interactive displays explain the history of the Tower Bridge. Victorian engine room.
Impressive views from the walkways. Tel. 020 7403 3761.
Open Daily 1000-1730.
An extensive castle beside the River Thames, known as the 'Tower' after the massive White Tower
which was built in 1078. It has played a prominent part in English history, initially as a royal palace
and later as a prison. Once the home of the Royal Mint, today it houses the Crown Jewels.
Refreshment kiosks, cafés and restaurants. Tel. 0844 482 7777.
Open Daily 1000-1630 (1730 Mar-Oct).
The Monument was built to commemorate the Great Fire of London in 1666 and it stands near
Pudding Lane where the fire started. There are 311 steps to the viewing cage at the top.
Tel. 020 7626 2717.
Open Daily 0930-1730.
Britain's oldest Operating Theatre restored with much original furniture. The Museum in St Thomas's Church
displays the history of herbal medicine, surgery and nursing.
Open Daily 1030-1700.
The last remaining galleried inn in London, the George Inn is still in use as a public house.
It was famous as a coaching inn during the 17th century and mentioned by Dickens in Little Dorrit.
Tel. 020 7407 2056.
Open Daily, licensing hours.
A reconstruction of the Elizabethan Theatre which burnt down in 1613. Exhibition of Elizabethan
theatrical costumes and musical instruments. Guided tours. Tel. 020 7902 1400.
Open please see the website for details of tours.
A gallery of modern art in the former Bankside power station. Collection displays and temporary
exhibitions programme. Café, Restaurant, Bar and refreshment kiosks.
Tel. 020 7887 8888.
Open Daily 1000-1800 (2200 Fri & Sat).
For Tate Britain please see Pimlico or Vauxhall.
The home of the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers.
Regular exhibtions of contemporary watercolours and original prints.
Tel. 020 7928 7521.
Open Daily 1100-1800 during exhibitions (please check website).