* This is a collaboration with Hotels.com who gifted the spending money for the London Bridge outing, but all views are my own.
I've spent a lot of time in London over the years, but one thing I love about London is that it never stops delivering. No matter how many times you've been there, or how long you may have lived there, you never stop discovering new parts of the city. Now that I spend so much time out of the country, I try to make sure I explore a new area each time I visit so I can fall in love with London all over again. Visiting my sister in her new home around London Bridge was a perfect opportunity to spend more time exploring while catching up on some long overdue sister-sister time. Now that my little sister spends all her free time running marathons, I thought it was her big sister's duty to make sure she was well fed, so we decided to go on our own foodie tour of the London Bridge area. I was staying with my sister for the weekend, but if you happen to visit the area, there are plenty of London Bridge hotels to choose from.
Brunchin' in Borough style
I was definitely feeling a little delicate after a few too many G&T's the night before, so a good breakfast was in order and where better to head than Where the Pancakes Are? Especially just a few days ahead of Pancake Day. My sister had picked out the perfect spot, from fresh juices and teas, to an amazing pancake menu with something to tempt all taste buds from sweet to savoury. Just make sure to get there early – we were there at opening time and there was already a queue! I went for the pancakes royal which came with poached eggs, hollandaise, tarragon, asparagus, and I added smashed avocado. My sister went for the 1000 baby greens, with baby leaves, cumin, spring onions, green chilli and lime-coriander butter. Both of us went for the vegan pancake mix and were glad we did because the food was so filling. Highly recommend, it was so good, the guy next to us ordered two dishes because he couldn't decide!
The finest Colombian coffee
After such a huge breakfast, we needed waking up a bit and luckily there was a cute little coffee shop, The Colombian Coffee Company, right next door, with ethically sourced and freshly brewed Colombian coffee. You could choose between several different types of coffee bean, each with a unique and different flavour. Then choose the type of coffee you fancied, and the type of milk for your brew. It was coffee like I've never tasted it before, with a much more floral taste to the beans. If you're a coffee lover, this one is worth checking out.
Foodie fun at Borough Market
If you're sightseeing around London Bridge, it would be rude not to pop into Borough Market, whether you want to pick up fresh veggies and ingredients for dinner that night. Or even if you fancy picking up a snack or lunch from one of the many delicious food stalls there. I love going there for a wander around to taste all the lovely bouji foods, from truffle oils and cheeses, to cakes and breads – it's a foodie's delight. Don't get me started on the amazing food stalls which have everything from vegan Indian cuisine, to freshly baked brownies, meat feasts, fresh juices and seafood – you'll be spoilt for choice! My sister couldn't resist trying the juicy banana bread from one of the cake stalls.
The unmissable Mercato Metropolitano
After a wander around to let ourselves recover from the food, it was time to head to the Mercato Metropolitano, an epic street food market filled with amazing food, bars and even a cinema! Tucked away on Borough High Street, it's the perfect place to go for an fantastic range of street food, from sushi and South American cuisine, to fresh pasta, burgers, gelato and much more. Plus, if you're a gin lover, coffee addict or like your craft ales – you'll be in your element. It's actually open seven days a week, so there's plenty of time to get down there, and with plenty of outside and inside areas, it's great no matter what the weather. There's a luxe cinema, yoga studio and even vintage markets, plus you can even catch bands playing there some evenings. If you haven't been here yet, I can't recommend it enough. We couldn't resist trying the amazing gelato – I went for the mango and pear sorbet – and later on picked up a fresh chestnut pasta with truffle mushrooms on top – heaven!
Have you been to the London Bridge area – can you recommend any foodie finds? What's your favourite part of London – do you like to explore new places?