There is a theory that the famous London Bridge nursery rhyme, London Bridge is Falling Down, comes from the idea that the bridge may tumble unless human sacrifices were buried in the foundation, rather than reference to the damage it suffered during a fire in 1633. Either way, it's pretty grim stuff, actually.
Fortunately, today, the area of London Bridge has no worries about falling down and is a fine example of a prime hotspot in the capital. From The Shard to Borough Market, living in and around London Bridge means you have top-notch tourist attractions on your doorstep.
In our latest London guide, we're looking at what's it's like to live in London Bridge. From local transport to fun things to see and do, here's everything you need to know about renting in the SE1 postcode of London Bridge.
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Named after one of the capital's more subtle bridges, London Bridge is an area in southeast London. It covers neighbourhoods like Borough, parts of Bermondsey and Waterloo. The bridge itself connects between Southwark and The City.
History of London Bridge
There has been a bridge connecting between Southwark and The City since Roman times. The low tide meant that the Romans saw it as the perfect spot to begin construction of their new city, Londinium.
Once the Romans had left, a stone bridge was constructed in the 12th century and took 33 years to complete. Initially, it had a drawbridge to let ships through, and there were even shops on the bridge.
However, these were damaged in a fire in 1633. Years later, during the 1666 Great Fire of London, the damaged bridge acted as a barrier, preventing the fire from reaching south London.
Just before the 19th century, the King held a competition to replace the ancient bridge. The new version was designed by John Rennie and unveiled by King William IV in 1831. That was until an American brought it for £2.4m in 1968.
Said American moved each piece to Arizona in the United States. Then, in 1834, Queen Elizabeth II opened the latest incarnation, which consists of prestressed concrete girders.
Who lives there?
London Bridge and its surrounding areas are mostly made up of young professionals who desire the modern new apartment buildings. Its close proximity to The City is a huge appeal, as are the excellent transport options.
Renting in London Bridge
London Bridge has only recently become an area with a residential focus. The result is a plethora of new residential developments, many of which tower high into the sky. Areas like Borough also feature period houses and flats.
Expect to pay around £1,800 per month for a one-bedroom apartment in London Bridge and £2,500 per month for a two-bedroom property. Three-bedroom-and-up homes go on the market from £3,250 per month.
London Bridge transport
London Bridge is the primary transport hub in the area, and it's one of London's busiest stations. The tube station is on the Northern Line and the Jubilee Line, with direct services to Canary Wharf, Bond Street, Hampstead and many more areas in north, east, west and south London.
The train station has services to Charing Cross, Waterloo and Cannon Street. Other nearby stations include Borough (Northern Line) and Waterloo (Bakerloo, Jubilee, Waterloo & City, Northern lines). London Bridge is in Zone 1.
London Bridge eateries
Enjoy a tiny slice of France at Boro Bistro, an authentic French restaurant in London Bridge. Choose from an extensive wine list and tuck into a tasty menu that features some of the best French food around.
Lobos Meat & Tapas
Succulent meat cuts, good wine and welcoming hospitality are all on the agenda at Lobos Meat & Tapas. The restaurant opened in 2015 and has since gone on to become a favourite in the Borough neighbourhood.
Hawksmoor brings its delicious steaks to Borough and is just a short walk from London Bridge. Located in a former hops warehouse, Hawksmoor Borough has some of the best steaks in London. There's even a private dining room for groups of up to 18 people.
Things to do in London Bridge
One of London's top tourist attractions, Borough Market is a foodie's delight. Wander the market and enjoy culinary treats from all over the world at one of the oldest and largest London food markets.
Head to The Shard and soak in spectacular views of the London skyline. This 95-storey London skyscraper adds another dimension to the capital, whether you're going for the views, for drinks or for a five-star meal at one of the restaurants.
The London Bridge Experience
Discover London's dark history with a trip to The London Bridge Experience. Actors take you on a journey through the capital's bloody past with a tour that is known as one of the scariest UK attractions.
Moving to London Bridge
If you want to live right in the heart of the capital, then London Bridge should be high up on your list. With a prime location, stylish homes and tons of local attractions, it's easy to see why London Bridge has become such an in-demand neighbourhood in the Big Smoke.