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The UK's capital is a global tourist magnet, offering world-class shopping, sporting spectacles, royal palaces, endless museums and art galleries, as well as great food, nightlife, and excellent transport infrastructure. London Bridge station is one of the capital's busiest metro and overground facilities. Recently subject to an award-winning redevelopment, the station tends to serve rail connections to south-east England, including trains to Brighton, Dover, and Gatwick Airport. Coupled with its accessible location just south of the River Thames, this makes the train station London Bridge somewhere that many visitors use. And it's not hard to reach from the center of town.
London has a few "centers", including the West End, Trafalgar Square, King's Cross, and the City of London, and the right route to the train station London Bridge will depend on where travelers are coming from. Most of the time, the fastest method will be to catch the London Underground. The Northern and Jubilee Lines both stop at London Bridge, providing direct connections to Bank, King's Cross, Green Park, and Canary Wharf. Buses also run to the station entrance (the station doubles as a major local bus hub), and routes like the 149, 344, or 35, are all useful in some instances. If travelers are in Waterloo, or near Cannon Street in the City, they can catch rapid overground rail links to London Bridge, and Thameslink rail services also run from Blackfriars and St Pancras. So there are plenty of public transport connections.
London Bridge is only around two miles (three kilometers) from the center of London, although if passengers choose the wrong transfer method, journeys can be time-consuming. When visitors need to reach the train station from London city centre quickly, metro services are always the best bet. Subway services from Bank reach London Bridge in 4-5 minutes, King's Cross-St Pancras is 10 minutes away, while Green Park (and Buckingham Palace) are 10-15 minutes from the station by metro. Trains from Charing Cross, Cannon Street, or Waterloo will take a maximum of 10 minutes, although they are less frequent. Buses can be a cheaper, convenient alternative, with journey times of as little as 15 minutes from Trafalgar Square. However, traffic can extend these journey durations significantly, making metro journeys preferable when catching a train from London Bridge. Finally, taxis are always an option. They can be the best route to London Bridge from locations south of the River Thames, and when large amounts of luggage are involved.
Since its redesign in 2018, London Bridge has become much more accessible for wheelchair users and other visitors with mobility issues. All entrances are step-free, wheelchair-accessible toilets are provided, and numerous accessibility assistance points allow visitors to request assistance when needed. However, getting to the train station London Bridge can be problematic for wheelchair users. All London buses are fitted with retractable ramps and spaces for wheelchairs, but when services are full, it may be hard to board. Additionally, not all London Underground stations are step-free. The ones that are, are clearly marked with a wheelchair symbol on the network map, so check this information before choosing a route. Overground rail services should be well-adapted for disabled travelers, so may be preferable. And taxis can easily be arranged with space and facilities to carry wheelchairs with ease. So although access to London Bridge isn't perfect for those with limited mobility, there should always be a comfortable route to use.
The only problem with taking the metro to reach the train station London Bridge is that travelers won't see any of the city as they make their transfer. If time isn't an issue, and travelers want to enjoy the scenery, double-decker buses are a good alternative. Routes wind through central London, along famous streets like the Strand, Charing Cross Road, and Oxford Street, passing plenty of sights along the way. If visitors are at London Bridge and are wondering what to do near the train station, there are a few options to think about. Borough Market is nearby, and sells a range of delicious produce from Monday to Saturday. The Tate Modern Gallery is also close by, offering a world-class range of artworks, and Tower Bridge is also within walking distance. The glass floor walkway offers superb views of the Thames, if visitors have a head for heights.