Think of Tower Bridge and you may think of the famous skyline pictures, the stunning neo-gothic architecture, and the abundance of history associated with it. What might slip your mind is what it was originally built for – to connect the East and South of London, making it the perfect spot to situate yourself if you’re hoping to spend a day exploring the cultural melting pots of either area!
Whether you’re looking for shopping near tower bridge or restaurants for a one-of-a-kind brunch, base yourself in Clayton Hotel City of London for the ideal day out near Tower Bridge.
Start the day at the Tower of London
15-minute walk from the hotel
Begin your day by deep-diving into the history of the city with a visit to the Tower of London – just a short walk from Clayton Hotel City of London and a landmark that makes nearly everyone’s ‘must-see’ list! The tower was originally built by William the Conqueror as a symbol of his royal power and to this day it has the ability to captivate its millions of yearly visitors (around three million to be exact).
Once a fortress, a palace and a prison, a visit to the Tower of London will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the incredible stories that occurred within its walls. Expect to see the chapel where Anne Boleyn was laid to rest, the remarkable collection of crown jewels once worn by kings and queens and, if you opt to visit in the evening instead, the ceremony of the keys with the famed Yeomen Warders.
Grab brunch at The Breakfast Club, London Bridge
15-minute walk from the Tower of London, 25-minute walk from the hotel
Take a relaxing stroll along the River Thames, across London Bridge towards one of the most popular brunch spots in the city: The Breakfast Club. If you haven’t guessed already, this one-of-a-kind café specialises in good, comforting breakfast foods and is named after the famous 80s cult movie. Expect stacks of pancakes, piles of french toast and the dish that they’re renowned for; the classic all American, all under a bright, shining pink ceiling.
After enjoying some of the best brunch near Borough Market, it only makes sense to take a quick walk around the corner to check out what’s often known to be one of the best food markets in the city. And while you might still be full from your Breakfast Club brunch, we recommend grabbing some sweet treats from one of the many bakery stalls to enjoy later!
Take a stroll towards The Shard
25-minute walk from the hotel
Once you have explored the Borough Market, it’s time to make your way towards The Shard – a truly unique skyscraper that boasts unparalleled views of London city. Given the nickname ‘the shard of glass’, the 72 storey building isn’t just the perfect place to capture some breathtaking pictures, you can also opt to relax and enjoy the view with a glass of champagne in hand – which you might just need after the high-speed lift you take to get to the top.
If panoramic views of the city aren’t top of your list, the Clink Prison Museum is just a short walk away from both the Shard and the hotel, where you can learn about the stories of the inmates who once inhabited this infamous prison.
Browse the shops at Hay’s Galleria
4-minute walk from The Shard, 25-minute walk from the hotel
Whether you chose to immerse yourself in the panoramic views from the Shard or learn all there is to know about one of England’s oldest and most notorious prisons, it’s likely just about the right time of the day for a little bit of retail therapy!
Just a short walk from both attractions and just along the River Thames is Hay’s Galleria; a popular shopping centre near Tower Bridge and London Bridge. This warehouse-style building was once an associated wharf for the Port of London, today, it is home to unique market stalls and charming cafés and is a great spot to browse and pick up any souvenirs to remember your trip by.
End the day with dinner at a top restaurant near Tower Bridge
5-minute walk from Hay’s Galleria, 20-minute walk from the hotel
To finish up your day of exploring, why not treat yourself to a delicious meal in one of the top restaurants near Tower Bridge? Just a short walk from Hay’s Galleria you will find a wide range of restaurants to tickle just about anyone’s fancy. If you’re in the mood for modern British classics and a river view, try out The Ivy Tower Bridge, if seafood and steak sound like they would hit the spot, visit The Coal Shed, or if you would like to end your day trying out delicious fresh dishes using seasonal ingredients, Grill Bar and Restaurant in the Clayton Hotel City of London is a must!
Do you want to experience all that the city of London has to offer? Clayton Hotel City of London sits in the heart of the city and is just a stone’s throw away from some of the capitals most iconic sights and attractions; making it the perfect place to lay your head after a long day of exploring!