Under $100: Southwark, London

by Holly Riddle

Dec 30, 2018

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Under $100 / Europe

Start your day in the Southwark neighborhood of London with breakfast at The Pommelers Rest, where the menu is both expansive and affordable. Breakfast is served until noon and you can enjoy a traditional English breakfast, eggs Benedict, breakfast sandwiches, pancakes and more. Vegetarian options are available as well, alongside bottomless coffee. The only aspect that might make you think twice about coming here? Orders are taken via a downloadable app, so you’ll want to steer clear if you have spotty cell service while abroad.


Head to the most famous site in this borough for a morning tour; Shakespeare’s Globe offers tours that are a bit shorter, around an hour, but are chock-full of interesting information even those with limited Shakespeare knowledge will enjoy. Tickets are only £15.


Then, mark off the next most iconic sight, London’s Shard. The highest viewing platform in the city, it offers 360-degree views up to 40 miles. An adult ticket is £32 and you can stay as long as you like.


For lunch, try the Bridge Lounge and Dining Room. The pub has a cozy, locals-only feel with a laid-back atmosphere. The small menu includes options like a pie of the day, steak roll, fish finger roll and burgers. Everything is less than £10.


Spend the afternoon exploring the area’s best museums. The Imperial War Museum is fun for both history buffs and military enthusiasts. The best part? Admission is totally free.


After, make a trip to the Fashion and Textile Museum. It features exhibits on clothing, jewelry and fabrics, with current exhibits focusing on fashion from the 1930s. Tickets are £9.90.


Grab dinner at The Draft House, where you’ll enjoy new twists on pub food, with several vegetarian and vegan options available as well. The later you go, the livelier it gets. There’s a whole range of fun burgers to choose from (like The Poke, with super-spicy hot sauce, smoked cheddar, onion rings and a beef or veggie burger; and the Korean Seitan and Slaw Burger, with sriracha, red pepper, slaw and pickled onions), as well as wings and entrees like butternut squash and spinach pie and fish and chips. You can easily get dinner for less than £15.


End the evening with a stroll through Potters Field Park. Small, it offers beautiful views of Tower Bridge and a promenade along the Thames.


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