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The Best Things to Do in Borough for Culture Lovers

15 May 18
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The Best Things to Do in Borough for Culture Lovers

15 May 18

As locations go, the area around Borough is hard to beat when it comes to must-see cultural sites. From sprawling food markets and soaring skyscrapers to iconic theatres and avant-garde art museums, these are some of the best things to do in Borough.

 

A riverside neighbourhood in the heart of central London, Borough’s name is derived from the time when it was the only borough outside of the City, which is why you’ll find no shortage of medieval-era pubs and historic mementos hidden in plain sight amidst the more modern architecture that has sprung up since.

It’s hard to miss Borough’s newest and most imposing landmark, given its status as the tallest building in the United Kingdom to date. As well as admiring the aptly named Shard skyscraper from the streets, make sure you venture inside this glassy edifice and take one of the dizzyingly fast elevators to the viewing platform on the 69th floor, where a 360-degree panorama of the city stretching up to 60 kilometres awaits. And, if that’s not enough drama for you, ascend a few more floors and see the sights (including the pinnacle of the building itself) in the open air.

Amongst the most famous sights you’ll see from the Shard is the iconic Tower Bridge, which is—if possible—even more impressive to behold as you’re making your way across it on foot. Have your camera ready for the nerve-wracking glass floor experience located 42 metres up in the boughs of the bridge itself, from which you can see the red London buses and black taxis passing literally under your feet. If you’re lucky, you may even get to witness the bascules of the bridge open up to allow tall ships to pass through on their way up and down the Thames.

Once you’ve returned to earth, follow the river westwards and you’ll find another of the best things to do in Borough: Shakespeare’s Globe. In fact the fourth incantation of what was the original Globe Theatre, this open-air roundhouse—with standing room for the ‘peasants’—still drips with medieval charm, and since it is well-known amongst theatre aficionados that you really haven’t seen Shakespeare until you’ve seen it performed at the Globe, why not book a ticket or catch a matinee while you’re there?

As you continue down the Thames amidst imaginative street performers and sandcastle-making on the small riverside beaches, you’ll soon see what looks like a gargantuan power station. This, in fact, is London’s premier contemporary art gallery—the Tate Modern. Packed to the rafters with Britain’s artistic treasures, its permanent collection features such masterpieces as Picasso’sWeeping Woman, Paul Klee’s Ships in the Darkand Salvador Dalí’s Metamorphosis of Narcissus.

Having worked up an appetite after all that sightseeing, there’s no better place to refuel and sample London’s artisanal cuisine than Borough Market, arguable the best thing to do in the area and an undisputed local institution. From spit-roast hog to seafood paella, raclette to ramen, you’re sure to find a meal (or two) amongst the plethora of street food vendors and stalls selling all things edible and delicious.

Feature images © extravaganti; Borough Market; The View from The Shard; Frank Reporter; John Wildgoose; _ultraforma_

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