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Hattie Lloyd 01/07/22


The Best Restaurants In London Bridge

As far as dining neighbourhoods go, London Bridge has all the ingredients for success.

A great location; an unparalleled number of abandoned railway arches ripe for conversion into edgy small plates restaurants; and literally a load of ingredients – courtesy of the world-famous Borough Market.

Orbiting this hub of fresh produce and artisanal goods you’ll find iconic hand-rolled pasta spots; high-end peri peri chicken restaurants with hidden bars; casual taco joints under railway tracks and romantic, effortlessly cool wine bars serving daily-changing seasonal fare.

So here they are: the best restaurants in London Bridge.

Trivet

Trivet, London Bridge

First on our list is the long-awaited debut from Ex-Fat Duck Head Chef Jonny Lake and Ex-Fat Duck Head Sommelier Isa Bal – a warmly-lit, retro-styled wine bar and restaurant serving up a menu of beautifully crafted, mostly European dishes, alongside a list over 350 wines, all hand-picked to pair perfectly with every new dish.

Details: 36 Snowsfields, Bermondsey, SE1 3SU Open Tuesday- Saturday, for lunch and dinner ££££ | Book here

Padella

Padella, London Bridge

Trullo took the success of their critically acclaimed, constantly packed Islington restaurant and distilled it into a buzzy, effortlessly cool eatery right opposite London Bridge station. The result is Padella: unequivocally home to some of the best fresh pasta in London. They don’t take reservations, and the queues are still insane years after opening – but if you’re within 2km of the restaurant, you can queue virtually using the WalkUp app (and go for a drink at Tap & Bottle in the meantime). Trust us, it’s worth the wait.

Details: 6 Southwark Street, SE1 1TQ Open daily for lunch and dinner £ | Book here


Berenjak Borough

Berenjak, Borough

For those who haven’t had the cliché-wrecking pleasure of a kebab at the original Soho outpost of Berenjak, it’s a JKS joint (they of BAOGymkhanaHoppers, and BiBi fame) serving up Tehrani-style food in a relatively small space. This London Bridge followup, however, is anything but, slotting into the lofty old Flor space right by the entrance to Borough Market…

Details: 1 Bedale St, SE1 9AL | Open Tuesday-Saturday | £££ | Book here

Bar Douro

Bar Douro, London Bridge

The Douro Valley makes some of the best wine in Portugal. And Bar Douro makes for one of the best spots to enjoy it. Housed in an old railway arch, this gorgeous, azulejo-tiled London Bridge restaurant is the ideal spot for a sophisticated bite and a slosh of good wine. Expect regional tapas-style classics like smoked Portuguese sausage croquettes, chargrilled sardines with padrón peppers and mouthwatering salt cod fritters.

Details: Arch 35b, 85B Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 0NQ | Open for dinner Weds-Sun and lunch Fri-Sun ££ | Book here

Tacos Padre

Tacos Padre, London Bridge

Our father, who art heaven, Tacos Padre be thy name. That’s how it goes right? And for good reason too, for not only does Tacos Padre serve up some of the softest, hand-made tortilla’s in the city – topped with all sorts of slow-cooked meat and housemate pickles and sauces – in the evenings their tiny kiosk in Borough Market transforms into a fully-fledged al fresco restaurant, fitted out with with colourful table and chairs, potted plants, festoon lighting, and an even bigger, better menu, including some seriously epic sharers. 300g of carne asada rib-eye, with burnt spring onion, beef adobo, and grilled bone marrow anyone? 

Details: Borough Market Kitchen, Winchester Walk, Jubilee Place, London Bridge, SE1 9AG | Tacos Padre is open throughout summer, Monday-Saturday lunch-times and Wednesday-Saturday dinner | ££ | Book here

 

Turnips

Turnips Borough

Right in the thick of it under the arches of Borough Market, Turnips isn’t your ordinary fruit-and-veg slinger. With a bit of British ingenuity, the grocer rejigged a shipping container out the back into a fully-fledged kitchen where Tomas Lidakevicious (former exec chef at Jason Atherton’s City Social) thinks up unique tasting menus and small plates that showcase the stall’s produce in all their green glory.

Details: 43 Borough Market, London SE1 9AH | Opening hours: 12-3pm for lunch and 6-11.30pm for dinner (Wednesday-Saturday) | Book here

 

Elliot’s, Borough Market

Elliots Borough Market

Elliot’s makes the most of its enviable location opposite Borough Market, utilising ingredients from the historical market’s traders and turning them into a continuously changing menu of wood fired grill dishes and seasonal small plates. You sit just as well as you eat here too; either inside under the cosy glow of a glass roof or when the weather purrs, out on the pavement where one can observe the street action with a glass of natural wine and preferably, their fabled Isle of Muff cheese puffs (always get the cheese puffs).

Details: 12 Stoney Street, SE1 9AD | Opening hours: 10am-7pm (Wednesday-Saturday) | Book here

 

Parrillan Borough Yards

Parrillan, Borough Yards

As with its North London sibling (called, unsurprisingly, Parrillan), Parillian Borough Yards is evenly split between al fresco & indoor areas. Wherever you end up, you’ll find a delectable selection of Spanish treats grilled over an open fire – but if you’re outside, you can get your own miniature grill to self- scorch cuts of pork, too…

Details: 4 Dirty Lane, SE1 9PA | Open Tuesday-Sunday | ££££ | Book here

Barrafina Borough Yards

barrafina borough yards

Right next door, you’ll find the fifth in the Hart Brothers’ growing empire of tapas restaurants, Barrafina. They say you can have too much of a good thing, but it’s simply not possible here: they’ve replicated their tried-and-tested formula of sleek interiors (lots of marble and steel); great Spanish wines; barrel-loads of sherry; and of course, fantastic tapas dishes from head chef and possible culinary deity, Angel Zapata Martin.

Details: 2 Dirty Lane, Borough, SE1 9PA Open Tues-Sun £££ Book here

El Pastor

El Pastor, London Bridge

El Pastor is Spanish for ‘the shepherd’… so it’s not surprising that people flock to this twinkling, packed-out taqueria. Another Harts Bros enterprise, El Pastor is the first of their three Mexican spots, serving excellent tacos (including their signature ‘al pastor’, with spicy marinated pork), lashings of mezcal-laced cocktails, and a dose of lively cheer exuding from your fellow diners.

Details: 7a Stoney Street, SE1 9AA | Open for lunch and dinner all week £££ | Book here

 

Aqua

aqua shard restaurants

By far the glitziest restaurant in London Bridge, Aqua Shard offers all-day Modern British dining, alongside floor-to-ceiling, 360° views of the city.

Details: 31st Floor, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, SE1 9RY | Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday-Sunday | ££££ | Book here

40 Maltby Street

40 Maltby Street

It’s another one of those effortlessly cool wine bars, tucked away in a railway arch on Maltby Street. In fact, it’s actually first and foremost the warehouse for independent wine Merchants Gergovie Wines, but then they brought in a handful of simple sharing tables (not to mention a kitchen) which means – as well as buying bottles to go – guests can also sit in and enjoy their hand-picked selection of low-intervention plonk, alongside a daily-changing menu of some pretty special, seasonal small plates.

Details: 40 Maltby Street, London, SE1 3PA | Open for lunch and dinner, Wednesday-Saturday | £££ | Walk-in only

Brother Marcus Borough

Brother Marcus brunch

A brand new addition to the family, Brother Marcus’s London Bridge restaurant sits in the rebooted Borough Yards development. It’s one of the capital’s stand-out brunch spots, with the Eastern Mediterranean influence from the rest of the menu seeping into dishes like the Marcus Breakfast (a Full English upgraded with Merguez sausage and fattoush salad) and smoky shakshuka with labneh and zhoug. The lunch and dinner menu is just as appealing, though, with plenty of ingredients slung onto the sizzling robata grill for a lick of smokiness…

Details: 1 Dirty Lane, London SE1 9PA Open daily for breakfast & lunch, plus dinner Tues-Sat ££ | Book here

Casse-Croûte

Casse Croute, London Bridge

Casse-Croûte is full to the brim with French charm… and not just because it’s one of London’s smallest restaurants. Sporting bentwood chairs, checked tablecloths, Art Nouveau signage, classic bistro dishes and diluvian levels of red wine; it’s a real gem in the treasure chest of London Bridge restaurants. Bring a date, bring your friends, bring your family – just not at the same time, because they won’t fit.

Details: 109 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3XB Open for lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat and just lunch Sunday ££££ | Book here


Gunpowder

Gunpowder, London Bridge

Gunpowder. It’s pretty hot right now. That’s because this London Bridge outpost is the sophomore to the celebrated Spitalfields restaurant, serving up more delicious Indian home cooking and cocktails, only in a much bigger space…

Details: 4 Duchess Walk, SE1 2SD Open for lunch and dinner on weekdays, plus Saturday brunch 11am-4pm ££ | Book here


Casa do Frango

Casa Do Frango, London Bridge

Casa do Frango do peri peri chicken. Properly. Pull up a pew at their gorgeously airy London Bridge restaurant, filled with greenery and little decorative winks (the bar is inspired by the famous trams in Lisbon), and tuck into lip-smacking hunks of perfectly seasoned chargrilled chicken, with sides like African rice (with crispy chicken skin), peri peri garlic prawns, and smokey cauliflower. And before you roll home, head for a nightcap in their hidden bar…

Details: 32 Southwark Street, SE1 1TU Open Mon-Fri 12-3pm and 5-11pm, Saturdays 12-11pm, Sundays 12-5pm ££ | Book here

Hawksmoor Borough Market

Hawksmoor Borough Market

Hawksmoor has taken an old fruit warehouse in Borough Market, and upgraded it with elegant parquet flooring; buttery soft leather seating; and meat. Specifically, their famed, dictionary-thick hunks of Ginger Pig-reared Yorkshire Longhorn cattle, which here comes with triple-cooked chips, bone marrow oysters, and ‘anti-fogmatic’ cocktails.

Details: 16 Winchester Walk, SE1 9AQ Open for dinner Mon-Tues and lunch ands dinner Wed-Sun ££££ | Book here

 

Main image: Casa do Frango


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