Leaving the long touristic queues behind to get their birdeye view from the sharp Shard, we are heading down along St Thomas Street. South London with its street markets has traditionally been a foodie’s destination for a Saturday, but Bermondsey has now way more to offer. High end culinary establishments have given the green light and the cultural institutions, great architectural features on this forgotten side of London satisfy the most demanding eyes and tongues.
The White Cube gallery and the London Fashion and Textile museum stand great and small coffee shops and cute restos offering nibbles, pastries and winter warmers sit in a row increasing even more the options someone has in a very short strip of road.
- Tanner & Co – an old-fashioned gymnasium turned into a fancy cocktail bar and restaurant. Their bottomless brunch is one of a kind, don’t step away from your table without having the mini Sundae J
- Chapter 72 – how are you having yours? ,Ground, stirred, shaken, or with a naughty pinch of martini?
- Comptoir Gourmand Bermondsey – selection of light lunch choices on the go and gourmandant pastries in a very earthy coloured environment.
- Giddy Grocer – the definition of the old-fashioned british grocer shop. Duck egg blue shelves host elegant products from around the world
- The Garrison – one of the first establishments of the area, and of its kind, introducing the gastropub term into the dining scene of London.
- Jose – Jose’s Pizzaro tapas bar is the perfect spot for a short break from your walk in south London. Strong Spanish tastes in the very small corner tapas bar will take you away as if in Talavan.
- Village East – Its presence on Bermondsey Street all these years reassure its offer to the locals and the visitors. Mid-week dinners sharing a chateaubriand or Sunday brunches sharing your news, you will find your thing in any case.
- Flour & Grape – one of the latest additions to the dining offer in the area, this pasta and wine bar can be one of your favourites in just a minute. Warm and to the point, the perfect pasta dishes paired with the best sangiovese varieties.
- The Watch House – as an introductory stop at the south end of Bermondsey Street, this small corner coffee shop, tucked away from the vibrant Tower Bridge Road and the walkers of Bermondsey offers really good coffee. Relax and watch the people passing by…
- Hej Coffee – super cute and cosy scandi coffee shop with the greatest of cinnamon buns in SE1
Still not convinced? If you want to go out of the beaten path, Maltby Street market (http://www.maltby.st/) along the Ropewalk is your to-go path for the day. Stalls with Michelin starred compositions and cosy wineries under the rail arches is the hidden hangout spot of the area. Don’t miss out the Lassco shop (https://www.lassco.co.uk/locations/ropewalk/). Vintage ceramics, mixed with enamel mugs and expensive mirrors and trays lead to a communal table for your getogethers offering great dining options for you and your guests.