When it’s sunny on a Friday, I know exactly where I want to spend my lunch break. St Katherine docks, just next to Tower Bridge and a mere 5 minute walk from my office, is a millionaire’s playground full of yachts and riverside apartments which I can only dream of living in. But don’t be put off by this, St Kats is in no way exclusive if your ambitions are set a little lower than outright moving in, and if you want to go for a drink or a wander around on a sunny day then it’s a pretty perfect spot. It’s also home to a delicious Friday food market which I find myself repeatedly drawn to whenever the sun comes out.
The food market has all sorts from the more exotic such as Ethiopian curries, Argentine steak sandwiches, fresh Thai food and Spanish paella, to the more quintessentially British fish & chips and bubble & squeak. I’ve yet to try something there which wasn’t delicious. I’m also a particular fan of the row of dessert stalls featuring cookies, fudge, crepes and cakes. For the sake of my waistline, let’s just thank god that the market only sets up once a week!
Once you’ve finished your RTW face stuffing, you can top the calorie abuse off with a latte at the world’s cutest Starbucks. Or if coffee isn’t your thing, how about the ridiculously picturesque Dickens Inn for a pint/glass of wine (pint of wine?), or if you want to splash the cash and go for something really interesting, the cocktails at Ping Pong are delicious!
I’d recommend a quick stop off to have a nosey look at the yachts at this point, and allow yourself to daydream about being a multi-millionaire. Maybe stop short at actually trying to board your new daydream yacht, especially if you drank that pint of wine – I don’t want to be a bad influence after all!
Lastly, the best bit about St Katherine docks is it’s proximity to some stunning London landmarks, namely Tower Bridge and the Tower of London which are both not even a two minute walk away. Walk the bridge, pay for a full visit around the tower or both, or simply enjoy the amazing view of these awesome, historic sights. London at it’s best!
*Note – despite my repeatedly mentioning it, sunshine is in fact not required, and definitely not guaranteed whilst anywhere in the UK. But you can still have a lovely time on a grey drizzly day. And remember, there is no better way to immerse yourself in British culture than to eat an ice-cream in the rain.