This elegant, independently owned hotel enjoys a prime location adjacent to London Bridge…
“Friendly neighbourhood dining-pub”
LONDON SE1, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
No doubt this green-tiled, street-corner pub was once a popular local for generations of workers at the Surrey Docks. The docks are no more, Bermondsey has gone up-market, and The Garrison, too, has moved with the times and has new owners. The pub’s 21st-century restyling comprises an idiosyncratic mix of decorative themes and antique knick-knacks. The place pulsates from breakfast through to the evening. Start the day with avocado on sourdough toast, porridge, or pancakes. At lunch there are ‘small plates’ – pumpkin, goats’ curd and radicchio salad, say, or larger dishes like lentil, apple and walnut Wellington. Desserts may include baked ricotta cheesecake or Bramley apple and blackberry crumble. In the evening check out the smoked haddock and leek brandade with croûton soldiers; followed by seared hake with curried celeriac, Swiss chard, crab bisque and lemon pickle. Menus change every couple of months; ales rotate more frequently.
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The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.
London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.
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