Things to do near Blackfriars
Visit a gin distillery
It’s called the City of London Distillery and it’s both a functioning distillery and a bar. The bar can be a bit lacking in atmosphere, depending on the time of your visit, but the distillery tour makes for an enjoyable time out. Book a gin tour or a masterclass (you will make your own custom-flavoured gin if you choose the latter) and see professional distillers at work. Also, don’t make any complicated plans for after your visit, the gin tasting is substantial enough to leave you feeling a bit woozy. The masterclass is pricier at £125 but you will have a full-sized bottle of your handmade gin to take home. It will be decorated with your own label and a red wax seal. The tour and tasting offer is inexpensive at just £25.
Explore the majestic St Paul’s cathedral
St Paul’s is only a ten minute walk from the Blackfriars station. Furthermore, it’s one of those landmarks that even jaded Londoners like to visit every so often. Like all of London’s most handsome buildings, it was designed by Christopher Wren. Visitors from the U.S. will appreciate the American Chapel, which commemorates American soldiers who died in the World War II. I would also encourage you to climb to the top. Not only will you enjoy a breathtaking view, but you will see the most interesting of the galleries – The Whispering Gallery (closed until Easter 2020). It’s essentially a walkway that goes in a circle around the empty space. A whisper at one end of the circle can be heard at another, as long as there isn’t too much background noise.
Cross the Millenium Bridge
The Millenium Bridge is very close to the Blackfriars bridge, but unlike the Blackfriars bridge, it is fully pedestrian. It’s worth visiting for a few reasons. One, it’s a good way to get to the South Bank with its bars, restaurants and art galleries. Two, the views are fantastic. Three, it’s got an interesting history.
When it was built, it got nicknamed the Wobbly Bridge because it rocked sideways so much. This was remedied, although on a windy day you can still feel the bridge swaying lightly left-and-right. This is nothing to be worried about, a bridge cannot be built completely solid, it has to have a bit of give. It’s just more noticeable on a narrow footbridge. Reason four is that we don’t have many narrow footbridges in central London, and the Millenium bridge has a nice vibe, with street musicians playing guitars and hot nut vendors selling their treats.