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50 Of The Best London Bridge Restaurants To Try

Whet your appetite with these top London Bridge restaurants and prepare to loosen that waistband.

Anywhere that’s home to Borough Market has earned its reputation as a culinary powerhouse, so it’s no surprise that these London Bridge restaurants are some of the best in town, whether they’re high up in the Shard or tucked away down the cobbles of Bermondsey Street. Read on to discover some of London’s best foodie spots, and get ready for your stomach to rumble…


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London Bridge restaurants

SE1’s strong foodie vibe is assured courtesy of these London Bridge restaurants:

1. Nat.ive

London Bridge restaurants

Championing sustainable cooking, this neat little spot is all about fresh, foraged food and classic British game. Trout, wood pigeon and Forge Farm squash are all on the menu. 70-72 Union St, London SE1 0NW.

The focus in this beloved spot is on small plates – from tasty salt cod hash to mouthwatering onglet steak with slow-cooked egg yolk. The wine list is also 100% Portuguese. 85B Southwark Bridge Rd, London SE1 0NQ.

This South African crowd pleaser is famous for its selection of cheese and wine, and their à la carte menu is chock-a-block full of rustic offerings. 4 Hay’s Ln, London SE1 2HB.

4. Azzuro

Part of a small chain spanning London and Woking, Azzurro serves Italian staples, including a good range of risottos, pastas and pizzas. 1 Sutton Walk, London SE1 7ND.

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Specialising in Algarvian-style piri piri chicken – affectionately known as ‘Frango‘ – this cool spot offers a millennial spin on the traditional Portuguese churrascaria grill houseNandos who? 32 Southwark St, London SE1 1TU.

6. Lupins

More seasonal cooking, this time with a strong British focus. Sea bass, spatchcock partridge, and roasted delica pumpkin all make an appearance on an accomplished menu, making it well worth a visit. 66 Union St, London SE1 1TD.

7. Champor-Champor

The name translates as “mix & match”, and that extends to the cuisine. Thai and Malay influences dominate a mouthwatering menu of curries, laksas, and rendangs. 62-64 Weston St, London SE1 3QJ.

8. Where The Pancakes Are

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The restaurant we’ve all been waiting for: dedicated solely to pancakes. Stacks of buttermilk pancakes come with sweet or savoury toppings here. You can get some cracking vegan pancakes here too and they make a batter that is wheat-free! Arch 35a, 85a Southwark Bridge Rd, London SE1 0NQ.

9. Restaurant Story

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A double Michelin-star restaurant with no menu – this is one for the memory books. Once you arrive, they construct a meal around your preferences, helping you to tell your story through food. You’ll have a choice of a seven-course or a ten-course meal, all consisting of seasonally-inspired ingredients. 199 Tooley St, London SE1 2JX.

10. Patty & Bun

Patty & Bun

This beloved restaurant chain offers mouthwatering burgers, rosemary salt fries and smoked confit wings as well as a whole host of delicious sauces and other sides. Vegan and gluten-free options are available. 19 Borough High St, London SE1 9SE.

11. Lobos

Tapas and a whole lot of meat are on the menu here – as is to be expected from a restaurant whose name translates as ‘wolves’. They also do amazing tapas such as grilled octopus, roasted aubergine and prawns in chilli and garlic oil. 14 Borough High St, London SE1 9QG.

12. Mango

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One of the few Indian spots among London bridge restaurants, Mango offers cuisines from all across the Indian subcontinent – from Goan fish curry to Rajasthani curries. The restaurant prides itself on using spices cleverly and to their full potential. Cromwell Building, 6 Redcross Way, London SE1 9HR.

13. Boro Bistro

Small plates are the order of the day at this casual French eatery, where you’re expected to share (if you can). They have a lovely little garden terrace where you can also tuck into your meal. 6-10 Borough High St, London SE1 9QQ.

14. Hawksmoor

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We love Hawksmoor, you love Hawksmoor, London bloody loves Hawksmoor. The steak is excellent, the burgers are too, and you’ll leave full and happy. On Sundays they make an excellent Sunday roast. 16 Winchester Walk, London SE1 9AQ.

15. The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

You’ll find them all over London, but you shouldn’t pass up a chance for a brinner. The place is decorated with official Pat Butcher memorabilia from Eastenders. Nor should you miss out on the tequila-soaked dive bar Call Me Mr Lucky, hiding beneath this branch. 11 Southwark St, London SE1 1RQ.

16. TAS

TAS specialises in Anatolian Turkish fare, which means that they do in fact serve baklava for dessert. Sounds good to us! Plus, there are tons of veggie options here as well as hot and cold meze, pide and even fish and chips. 72 Borough High St, London SE1 1XF.

17. Cuzco

Authentic Peruvian fare is the order of the day at Cuzco – fried pieces of cassava, seafood soup and Peruvian lamb stew with beans all are standouts on the menu. The dulce de leche custard and pisco meringue is an excellent treat to finish up on. 4-6 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG.

18. El Vino

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Admittedly better known as a wine bar than a restaurant, but the range of tapas and cheese boards should stave off any hunger pangs as you guzzle on your vino – we’ll cheers to that. 5a More London Riverside, London SE1 2BY.

19. Grind

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They make a really mean cup of coffee, but the food is plentiful and healthy here too. Meanwhile, the Espresso Old Fashioned sounds divinely tempting. 2 London Bridge, London SE1 9RA.

20. Texas Joe’s

Down and dirty Southern American cooking, where the meat comes with hypnotic sides along the lines of brisket nachos and bacon-wrapped jalapeños. 8-9 Snowsfields, London SE1 3SU.

21. Giuseppe’s

A traditional family-run Italian restaurant that gets all of its produce from Borough Market, Guiseppe’s boasts a big menu and a friendly vibe. Recognise it? It featured in Bridget Jones Baby! 47-49 Borough High St, London SE1 1NB.

22. Brigade bar + Kitchen

Housed inside a former fire station, Brigade Bar + Bistro supports homeless people trying to get a start in the food industry. Good food and good karma – we can get on board with that. 139 Tooley St, London SE1 2HZ.

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23. Hutong

Perched on level 33 of The Shard, the award-winning Hutong specialises in Northern Chinese cooking. It ain’t cheap, but then again you’re also paying for the cityscape views. 33 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY.

24. Oblix

Oblix

Actually two restaurants in one – East and West, depending on which part of London you’d like to see. West focuses on rotisserie and grilled options, East is a sophisticated seasonal affair. The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY.

25. Ting

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The highest of the restaurants in the Shard, Ting sits on Level 35. Aiming to evoke a Chinese living room, the a la carte menu heroes British produce with subtle Asian twists. 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9QU.

26. Aqua Shard

Shard restaurants

A menu divided between the land and the sea brings forth refined British classics. Dishes include Cornish sea bass, hand-dived scallops and Jerusalem artichoke soup, and there’s even a Peter Pan-themed afternoon tea with optional glasses of Verve Clicquot. Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY.

If all those market stalls laden with produce prove too hard to resist, these London Bridge restaurants are handily placed!

27. Black and Blue

Another mighty meaty offering, the Borough branch of this London chain specialises in succulent steaks and burgers. No complaints from us… 1-2 Rochester Walk, London SE1 9AF.

28. El Pastor

Why stop at Taco Tuesday? It’s tacos erryday at El Pastor, where everything is made from scratch and served on blue or white corn tortillas. Speaking of which, their tortilleria can be found next to nearby Maltby Street Market. 7A Stoney St, London SE1 9AA.

Padella

A legend amongst Borough Market restaurants. Some of London’s best pasta at some of London’s cheapest prices means you literally cannot go wrong. Expect to queue, however. 6 Southwark St, London SE1 1TQ.

30. Wright Brothers

These lads know a thing or two about seafood, and their Borough Market joint dishes out a proverbial parade of oysters, mussels, crabs, and fish, all dressed to perfection. Borough Market, 11 Stoney St, London SE1 9AD.

Roast

Home to the ‘best roast dinner in London’, and a load of other cracking options besides – including rib-eye steak, beer battered haddock and chips and Lake District lamb – this is the place for a hearty pit stop. The Floral Hall, Stoney St, London SE1 1TL.

32. Arthur Hooper’s

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Another purveyor of small plates, this time with Italian-inspired influences such as handmade pappardelle with duck ragù. Best served with a glass or bottle from their extensive wine list. 8 Stoney St, London SE1 9AA.

33. Fish!

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They serve fish! Since 1999! The catch of the day is delivered daily from a local Borough Market fishmonger called Jarvis and is cooked right in front of you! Apparently they’re quite excited by this! Think cod, salmon, mackerel and even swordfish. Borough Market, Cathedral St, London SE1 9AL.

34. Tapas Brindisa

Their Borough Market shop is lauded for their chorizo rolls, but a sit-down option lies just around the corner. Expect the holy trinity of tapas – breads, meats, and cheeses – served with panache. Galician octopus, squid ink black rice and heirloom Ganxet beans are also on the menu. 18-20 Borough Market, Southwark St, London SE1 1TJ.

35. Silka

Modern Indian restaurant renowned for being a dab hand with spices. Dishes include Hyderabi lamb shank and tandhoori roasted chicken, but there’s a lot of choice for curry aficionados here. 6 Southwark St, London SE1 1TQ. 

36. Applebee’s Fish

Another seafood favourite and a leader in London Bridge restaurants, Applebee’s have won plaudits and adoration for their range of fish, including a crowd-pleasing linguine allo scoglio with the day’s fresh catch. 5 Stoney St, London SE1 9AA.

Rabot 1745

Uniquely amongst Borough Market restaurants, Rabot 1745 puts chocolate (or cacao) in every dish. Sounds wrong, but it’s so so right, as the white chocolate mash proves. 2-4 Bedale St, London SE1 9AL.

38. Arabica Bar and Kitchen

Levantine cuisine dominates the menu at Arabica and Kitchen, meaning you can expect fab falafel bites and tasty tabbouleh should you pop in for a visit. They also have a pretty great wine list. Borough Market, 3 Rochester Walk, London SE1 9AF.

39. Gelataria 3BIS

This gelato spot arrived in London straight from Italy’s glistening Adriatic coast, so you can bet on it being as authentic as they come. Crepes, waffles and milkshakes are also on the menu. Borough Market, 4 Park St, London SE1 9AB.

40. Mr Bao

Recently opened and situated on the edge of Borough Market, this great little spot is inspired by Asia’s street food stalls, with classic bao buns, chilli chicken wings and glazed tofu with Taiwanese pickle all on the menu. 13 Stoney St, Borough Market, London SE1 9AD.

Bermondsey Street restaurants and nearby:

One of the foodiest streets in London and other streets nearby completes our roundup of London Bridge restaurants.

41. José Tapas Bar

Bermondsey restaurants

Tapas and sherry are a winning combination, particularly when they’re put together by famed Spanish chef Jose Pizarro. It’s not his only Bermondsey Street restaurant, however… 104 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UB.

42. Pizarro

Bermondsey Street restaurants

Just a short amble down the road sits José’s sister restaurant, and it’s a real Spanish superstar. The restaurant serves a menu of small tapas style and more substantial dishes that can be served as starters and mains or as tapas for sharing. They’ve also got a killer wine list. 194 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3TQ.

43. The Hide

Bermondsey Street restaurants

This Bermondsey favourite has a hyper-local focus, with as many ingredients as possible coming from within the London region. Well-known for their extensive drinks list, they nonetheless offer a neat food menu that relies on Bermondsey produce. 39-45 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3XF.

Perhaps the Frenchiest of London’s French restaurants, they don’t even translate the menus here. Quick tip: practice “formidable” before you head along, because you’ll need it. 109 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3XB.

45. Franco Manca

Franco Manca

We’ve steered clear of chains for the most part in this list of London Bridge restaurants, but you can’t go wrong with Franco Manca. A beloved London institution, you can’t go wrong with a bit of sourdough pizza, right?! They also do gluten-free versions. 124 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3TX.

46. B Street Deli

Though perhaps best used as a place to shop, this deli nonetheless offers light evening meals in the form of charcuterie, antipasti, and meze platters.Their wine ain’t bad either. 88 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UB.

Tanner & Co

Sharing platters and big burgers are all well and good, but the real gem here is a bottomless brunch which includes the option of unlimited ‘Mother’s Ruin’ cocktails for 90 minutes – best get that drinking hat on. 50 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UD.

48. The Garrison

This welcoming gastropub has a commitment to using British ingredients in inventive ways. Dishes like jasmine tea salmon and brill on the bone are welcome additions, and there are some lovely vegan and vegetarian options too. 99 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3XB. 

49. Pique Nique

Located close to the White Cube Gallery, this cool, French spot offers some gorgeous authentic fare which is great for sharing. The corn-fed chicken is arguably the best in London, and they also have a great kids’ menu if you’re bringing along the children. Tanner St, London SE1 3LD.

50. Bermondsey Larder

Last but by no means least, this chic and Scandi-style spot is all about the fresh ingredients – think Yorkshire mallard with purple sprouting broccoli and a tartlet of golden beetroot with Westcombe ricotta. Bermond Locke, 153-157 Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 3LW.



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