Take 5: Have the BEST Day in London’s Southbank
Oh, hey! We’ve scored ourselves a spring semester correspondent: Our girl Mattie Kahn landed in London for a study-abroad program (or, in British, programme), and she’s going to grace this site with her neighborhood adventures and her exceptional taste. In a word: YAY!
Somewhere, pigs are flying. Wanna know how I know? Because the weather in London has been pretty much PERFECT. In an attempt to soak up as much of this miracle as possible, I’ve been spending every spare second in Southbank. Here, a walking guide to the sunny strip.
Gordon’s Wine Bar
Chances are you’ll have to cross the Thames to get to the heart of Southbank. Before you make the trek, stop in for a sip at Gordon’s. As the oldest wine bar in London, it definitely counts as a historical landmark.
(47 Villiers St.)
Once you’ve sauntered over Hungerford Bridge, take a peek at the Southbank Centre. The city’s skateboarders revere it for its famed undercroft, but the culture hub is also home to food festivals, public concerts, and art exhibitions—all sorts of coolness. Basically, every inch of it is Instagram-worthy.
This very-big-deal contemporary art museum is probably on your list already, but two things you should do after you’ve taken in the Lichtenstein and Hockney awesomeness: Pop into to the ground-floor café for a scone or an asparagus and broad bean salad and snag a decidedly non-cheesy souvenir at the gift shop on your way out.
You’ll have to wade through Borough Market to find this teeny trader, but once you do, you’ll be rewarded with a) a toasted cheese sandwich b) a plate of ooey-gooey raclette with potatoes and baby gherkins or c) both.
(8 Southwark St.)
And now you’re ready for dessert: How’s about some Lumpy Bumpy Crumbly Fudge? (It comes in extra-cute packaging all set for gifting.)
(8 Southwark St.)