The major win when it comes to Hyde Park accommodation, apart from the restaurants in Hyde Park of course, is how easy it is to access different parts of London. With various transport links in place in the area, you find that booking hotels in Hyde Park means you are in a hotel near Covent Garden, a hotel near Oxford Street London, a hotel near London Heathrow… Basically, a hotel near anywhere with a tube station. From Green Park, for instance, you can visit Highbury & Islington as well as London Bridge in less than half an hour. If the latter piques your interest, here are the best things to do at night in the London Bridge area.
Did you know that The Shard used to be known as London Bridge Tower? Even if the name has changed, the 72-storey skyscraper remains a pride of the London Bridge area and it is best visited at night on account of the glittering views it offers. From the top of what looks like a shard of glass on London’s skyline, you can enjoy panoramic views of the city lit up, from the Gherkin to Tower Bridge. This is, of course, best enjoyed with a cocktail in hand, so head to SkyLounge on Level 34 and make it a night to remember.
The London Bridge Experience & London Tombs
Fond of a fright? That’s definitely best done in the evening, and the actors at the London Bridge Experience are just the people to give it to you. Until 6pm from Friday to Sunday, join the creepy cast on a chill-inducing tour of London’s dark history, from Boudicca’s battles with the Romans to the destruction that was caused by The Great Fire of London. You’ll be relieved to head back to your hotels in Hyde Park once you’re exhausted from all that exhilarating screaming…
What better way to wash down those London Bridge Experience Jack the Ripper stories from your head than with a German bierkeller and a game of cards? This relaxed but upbeat venue serves wings, burgers, pizza, hot dogs and schnitzel – the classics – to eat. They also, of course, have plenty of authentic German draught beer on tap. A night spent at the Bermondsey Bierkeller is a night spent right in London.
Don’t get too excited – Borough Market closes at 5pm, which isn’t exactly considered “nightlife”, is it? Then again, excitement is definitely the most appropriate emotion to be feeling: just because the fresh produce and street food isn’t open in the evening, doesn’t mean the restaurants in and around the market aren’t beckoning you! Head to Porteña for Argentinian street food, El Pastor for South American dining, Wright Brothers Borough Market for oysters and seafood, or just arrive and walk the bustling streets until you find somewhere that catches your attention. You can rest assured you won’t go hungry!
In the Summer months, the Vinegar Yard near London Bridge is pumping. This outdoor market-style area is perfect for those disappointed to learn Borough Market closes as the evening arrives. Expect food vendors, bars, art installations, boutiques, music and a jolly good time with friends.