The Best Restaurants In South London
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The Dairy | Clapham
Simple, small plate modern European dining in an enigmatic farmhouse bar and bistro. They even make their own butter. Spread the word.
Details: 15 The Pavement, Clapham Old Town, SW4 0HY | £££
El Pastor | Borough
A mezcaleria, a tortilla-making machine and a chocolate dessert taco. Everyone else can queue for Barrafina, we’ll save you a seat at the real best restaurant from the Hart brothers.
Details: 7a Stoney Street, SE1 9AA | ££
Sorella | Clapham
Sorella used to be The Manor, an incredible follow-up restaurant from the team behind The Dairy. Now it’s Sorella, an incredible follow-up restaurant from the team behind The Dairy.
Details: 148 Clapham Manor Street, SW4 6BX | £££
Kudu | Peckham
Taking someone to this stylish South African eatery could earn you some serious kudu-s. Expect artfully distressed surroundings, classic cocktails, and foraged ingredients cooked up by a former Paradise Garage chef.
Details: 119 Queens Road, SE15 2EZ | £££
The Garden Café | Lambeth
Not just your common or garden café. Tacked onto the recently opened Garden Museum, it’s a sleek Modern European spot housed in a stunning glass extension to the church, complete with gravestone flooring.
Details: The Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, SE1 7LB | £££
Salon | Brixton
Salon’s ingredients are mostly plucked from local parks, allotments, and neighbours’ gardens. With their consent, naturally. And it all tastes super-fresh as a result.
Details: 18 Market Row, SW9 8LD | ££
Santo Remedio Cantina & Comedor | London Bridge
Shoreditch’s excellent and tragically short-lived restaurant is back – only now they can add a southern postcode to their long list of pros (which also includes a tequila bar, octopus tostadas, and guacamole topped with crispy grasshopper).
Details: 152 Tooley Street, SE1 2TU | ££
Bar Douro | London Bridge
Next time you’re craving pastei de nata, delicate small plates and an excellent bottle of wine… you need to head to London Bridge’s preeminent Portuguese spot, overlooking the buzzing Flat Iron Square.
Details: Arch 35b Flat Iron Square, Union Street, SE1 1TD | ££
Sparrow | Lewisham
This little bird is telling you that Sparrow is the epitome of the neighbourhood restaurant, serving seasonal dishes inspired by countries around the world. It’s run by a husband-and-wife team with an eye-watering combined CV, and the proof most certainly is in the pudding.
Details: 2 Rennell Street, Lewisham, SE13 7HD | £££
Casse-Croûte | Bermondsey
Casse-Croûte – despite being around for only a matter of years – has the feel of an old French bouchon that’s been serving its traditional fare for a century. Candlelit tables, black and white photos and an ornately carved bar all add to its charms… and it takes reservations.
Details: 109 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XB
Padella | Borough
Home-made pasta never tasted so good… Though to be fair, a home could never compete with a critically lauded, award-winning restaurant.
Details: 6 Southwark St, London SE1 1TQ | ££
Boqueria | Brixton
Boqueria is a multi-award winning tapas restaurant, conversation inducer, nourishment provider and laughter supplier.
Details: 192 Acre Lane, Brixton, SW2 5UL | £££
Artusi | Peckham
South London’s answer to their lack of simple and considered Mediterranean cuisine, Artusi serves simple and considered Mediterranean cuisine.
Details: 161 Bellenden Rd, Peckham, SE15 4DH | ££££
Baltic Restaurant | Southwark
A coalescence of Baltic, Polish, Russian and Hungarian cuisine coupled with live jazz and punchy vodka.
Details: 74 Blackfriars Rd, Southwark, SE1 8HA | ££££
40 Maltby Street | Bermondsey
“We sell wines produced by a handful of wine-makers who eschew the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in favour of letting the land and the grape speak.” – 40 Maltby St. The grape spoke; it wanted to let you know that it tastes good. And that they also serve seasonal modern-European food, of course.
Details: 40 Maltby St, London SE1 3PA | ££
Main image: Kudu
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