A bit of City and the Borough market

Despite the fact that London is a huge city we were able to visit almost all interesting parts of it without hurry. If the weather was better I would stay on a street all day long. However, May is not the right month for promenades. Therefore it is good to have dozen addresses of nice cafés or pubs where you may unfroze yourself with the help of a cup of tea or a pinta of ale. To be honest, I did not have all these addresses so we improvised!

We took bicycles at the station next to our hotel and headed the west, to the City, London bridge and Tower.

London is eclectic in its heart: it is mix of people, mix of styles, mix of epoch

Does New York have the same sky?


The Shard

One of London’s skyscrapers. The Shard, also called the Shard of Glass, Shard London Bridge and formerly London Bridge Tower. It is an 87-storey skyscraper that forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development. The Shard’s construction began in March 2009 and it was inaugurated on 5 July 2012. It is also possible to go to its view panoramic point which is open to public. The Shard is currently the tallest building in the EU with its 309 meters high. The tower has 72 habitable floors, with a viewing gallery which was open to public on 1 February 2013.  The open-air observation deck is on the 72nd floor, at a height of 244.3 metres. It replaced an old building named Southwark Towers, a 24-storey office block built on the site in 1975.

Tower of London

Tower and the Gherkin

The Gherkin, which official name is 30 St Mary Axe, is another skyscraper of the city. The building has its own web page – The Gherkin. It is a commercial skyscraper in the City of London. It was opened in April 2004. 30 St Mary Axe was designed by famous architect Norman Foster.  The building has become an iconic symbol of London and is one of the city’s most widely recognised examples of contemporary architecture.

Tower Bridge

There is an exhibition center in the towers which explains the history of the bridge, shows the engine room and gives a stunning view on the city. Tickets are available online at Tower Bridge web page. Try to go as early as possible. Otherwise you will stuck between school groups and other tourists.

This is what I call Eclectic

Totally frozen

After cycling in the business quarter and walking around Tower and the Tower Bridge we took a pause in a lovely cafe just after the bridge. After a big cup of tea and a ginger biscuite we headed to a Borouth market. Absolutely the must visit place! I am not surprised that the market has its own webpage. There are 19 bars and restaurants of different cuisines from slow cuisine to take away snacks. After walking along the rows with cheese, ham, fruits and greens we found a lovely pub with an open air terrace right under a bridge and took a glass of wine. Well deserved, I would  say!

You may discover the market online at Borough Market web page. I strongly recommend to make a stop in Wheatsheaf for a pinta or two.