Uk Purpose x London

Uk Purpose x London is a celebration of the capital. A tourist's guide if you will. In these pages you will find a little history, some interesting places to visit and of course great photography with a sprinkle of "accidentally" placed beard products. Our first location is Tower Bridge.

Located 5 minute walk from London Bridge station. You will find loads of cool places to along the way, from restaurants to bar and even some hidden gems if you go on the right day! (more of that later)

Hays Galleria

On the walk down to Tower Bridge, why not stop at Hays Galleria. Home to some lovely cafes and eateries which also doubles as a shopping centre all under a picturesque vaulted roof. With markets stalls full of arts and crafts, and souvenirs you won't be disappointed! If it's food your after, look no further than Balls Brothers. Beautiful food matched by their lovely vibe and lay out. Theres even an old fashioned pub that serves some of the best ale in London. one shandy or five never hurt anyone :)

While walking down you won't fail to miss The HMS Belfast. A huge ship filled with history now permanently moored as a museum ship on the River Thames. HMS Belfast is a Town-class light cruiser that was built for the Royal Navy in 1936. A must see for any ship or war enthusiast.

Now for that hidden gem! The Scoop is the name and entertainment is the game. On most saturdays you will find some sort of attraction with a huge crowd watching. During the summer, from June to August, enjoy a variety of free events, as part of the London Bridge City Summer Festival, including sports screenings, films, music and theatre, you'll find plenty food and drink but arrive early to secure your spot. You haven't enjoyed tower bridge until you've seen it on a warm summer night after one too many. The Scoop is open to everyone and most activities are free of charge.

Quick History Lesson

Built between 1886 and 1894. The bridge crosses the River Thames and has become an iconic symbol of London, a popular attraction for tourists from all over the world.The bridge was officially opened on 30 June 1894 by the then Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VII), and his wife, The Princess of Wales. Not to be confused with Tower Bridge which is 80km upstream, both bridges are beautiful symbols of London. In 1982, the Tower Bridge Exhibition opened, housed in the bridge's twin towers, the long-closed high-level walkways and the Victorian engine rooms. The latter still house the original steam engines and some of the original hydraulic machinery.

Directions

The nearest London Underground tube stations are Tower Hill on the Circle and District lines, London Bridge on the Jubilee and Northern lines and Bermondsey on the Jubilee line, and the nearest Docklands Light Railway station is Tower Gateway. The nearest National Rail stations are at Fenchurch Street and London Bridge.

Hopefully this mini guide will help you on your travels. Enjoy and don't forget your camera and your Purpose Beard Oil!

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