London Bridge is one of the busiest areas in the City; any day of the week, thousands of commuters pass through the area, which means that the options for a lunch break well-spent are endless. If you’re up for a walk, or a quick bus ride, you can head out to nearby foodie haven Bermondsey, or treat yourself to a sitdown feast in Southwark.
Tapas Brindisa, SE1 1TJ, Southwark Street
0207 357 8880
Some days we long for comfort food, and at Tapas Brindisa’s Borough Market site, the menu definitely fits the bill. Feast on delicate slices of the finest selection of Spanish meats and cheeses, or keep things a little more low-calorie by opting for a filling bean stew. Pretty much any palate will enjoy the food here, and it’s well priced too.
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Bill’s, SE1 9DW, Clink Street
0207 234 0000
Not all chain restaurants reach the scale of Bill’s; seasonal menus, perfect portioning and great quality ingredients make it easy to choose a healthy lunch option. The Clink St site offers a colourful array of mezze platters, superfood salads and low carb items, as well as the more traditional steak and eggs type fare.
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Feng Sushi, SE1 9AD, Stoney Street
0207 407 8744
Not only does this Japanese foodie haven serve up healthy, filling traditional fare at its Borough Market location, it also delivers large group orders, so why not get a bunch of colleagues together, order a load of sushi and head outside for a breath of fresh air?
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Village East, SE1 3UW, Bermondsey Street
0207 357 6082
When it comes to eating well, the more colourful your plate, the more healthy – generally – the food is. Village East is one of those places where you just feel healthy, simply by looking at the food on offer. Our menu fave? The Village Veggie Breakfast; packed with maple roasted carrots, quinoa and grilled halloumi, you need to catch this one before 1pm.
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Arch Climbing Wall, SE16 4DG, Clements Road
0207 237 4418
The Arch Climbing Wall offers over 30,000 sq ft of bouldering across its membership that takes in three sites. A group session could be great alternative to an afternoon of meetings too! New climbers need to do an introductory session on a weeknight or weekend first, in order to climb during a weekday.
Tokei Fitness Centre, SE1 2EN, Magdalen Street
0207 403 5979
This fitness centre is somewhat of an industry insider secret. As well as a gym space, it offers top quality tutoring in martial arts such as Thai boxing, karate, Judo and much more. What it lacks in style it more than makes up for with experienced professionals, who are there to help you learn and better yourself, depending on your personal fitness goals.
Stress Exchange, SE1 2TU, Tooley Street
0207 357 7006
Sometimes, the best way to make the most of your lunch break is to book in for a revitalising treatment. Stress Exchange is a hidden gem that offers traditional massage therapies as well as something all office workers could benefit from: osteopathy. There are also alternative treatments such as Hopi Ear Candling and hypnotherapy.
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