No 838. Go to Borough Market, No 740. Skateboard, No 592. Join in with the Family Fun at London’s Galleries and No 950. Cross Waterloo Bridge at night

31 Dec

I’ve recently written about (my idea of) a perfect Sunday in East London.

Here’s a great way to spend a lazy Saturday in the Big Smoke.

Head to London Bridge and follow the smell of food to Borough Market.  You can buy everything here. Chocolate, freshly baked bread, jam, cheese, fresh fruit, veg or even pick a lobster from a fish tank to cook at home.

The best bit is getting to try before you buy.  Most stallholders have samples out on display to save you the embarrassment of looking like you just want to scoff anything and everything.

Food and markets - two of my favourite things...

Food and markets – two of my favourite things…

A word of warning to those with babies – try to get their early or be prepared to deal with a few evils from people who question how you dare to come to place full of people with a buggy.

After that, take a stroll down Southbank.  Stop to watch the skateboarders under the Southbank Centre’s famous graffiti strewn ramps.  The centre has (again) applied for permission to close the skate park and open up retail units instead.  There is a passionate and on-going campaign to save the skate park but go and see it while you can.

Skateboarding under Southbank

Southbank Skateboarders

The Southbank Centre has plenty to offer both adults and kids.  At just under 5 months old, our girl is too young to enjoy the shows on offer so we settled for sitting in the Riverside Café and she loved looking at the lights twinkling on London’s skyline.  The roof terrace is also a lovely place for drinks both in summer (outdoors and buzzing with people) and winter (indoors and at night).

Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre

We ended our day out by walking across Waterloo Bridge.  I’d asked my husband what was so special about this Time Out suggestion. This is not a particularly attractive bridge and nowhere near as lovely as Tower Bridge which is my favourite.  Here’s why it’s so special.

View to the left

View to the left

Somerset House by night

Somerset House by night

Crossing from Southbank, on the left you see the London Eye, the Millennium Bridge, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.  Next to the bridge is the back of the beautifully lit and glamorous Savoy hotel.  On the right, you see the back of the grand Somerset House, St Paul’s illuminated dome, the Gherkin and Canary Wharf in the distance.

Standing on this bridge on a cold winter’s night, I realised just how lucky I am to call this city my home.

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