Autumn is synonymous with cosy nights in with friends and family but the months stretch on and staying in does get boring. Which makes it essential to have someplace to escape to that is as homey and cosy as staying in.
I recently went on a little excursion to my local buzzing hub – London bridge to scout out the best cosy pubs and bars I’d like to spend some time in, in the coming autumn and winter months.
With London Bridge being what it is, it’s filled with tons and tons of bars, pubs, eateries and event spaces but I found a few that are close to the station – always important so I don’t miss the last train home and here are my favourites which strike the right balance of cosy, amazing drinks and experience.
Tanner & Co.
First up is all-round chill spot, Tanner & Co. which is literally a few yards from the station on Bermondsey Street. It’s a casual and friendly bar and restaurant that does it all. From bottomless brunches and yummy cocktails to surprising wines. I say surprising because I found a bottle of red wine from a region I haven’t tried before.
I also find the layout to be perfect for groups. Their regular tables are great for groups of 4 and the booths take larger groups making it very cosy. It’s also warmly lit and aside from their artisanal wine list, I’d recommend their delicious avocado toast.
The Garrison Pub
Another Bermondsey Street favourite is the Garrison Pub which is also a few yards from the London Bridge Station. The Garrison is a green-tiled gastropub with exposed brick walls, vintage chic fittings and Sunday night film club; what’s not to love – am I right?
The Garrison has been around since 2003 so if you frequent the London Bridge area, you’d be aware of it. It has the ‘cheers’ feel – where everyone knows your name and even if they don’t, I love the community feel – it’s always buzzing no matter the day or time. Despite the location, you can walk in and find a table for some of their delicious dried cod croquettes or full English breakfast. It’s warm and quirky but in a cosy way and perfect in my opinion if you’re looking for a place to relax with friends for a chat.
Maltby Street Market, Rope Walk
Although it’s not a regular pub or bar, I have to mention another gem – the Maltby Street Market, Rope Walk because it is a foodie’s paradise. I’m always happy to get out of the house for ‘London’s best brownies’ and Maltby Street doesn’t disappoint. It’s one of London’s most iconic markets, it’s small but there’s a lot of high quality packed in and it’s a few minutes from the Station.
Finally there’s the Vinegar Yard, a new pop up on St. Thomas Street. It’s outdoors with an open-air bar, long benches, food, and art installations – so all the essentials.
It’s also just two minutes’ walk from London Bridge station. I find the Vinegar Yard to be very atmospheric and it beats staying indoors any day; even though I’d have to keep my coat on.
So the excursion is complete and my hangout spots for autumn and winter have been picked. Where will you be hanging out this autumn and winter?
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