Whet your appetite with these top London Bridge restaurants.
Anywhere that’s home to Borough Market has earned its reputation as a culinary wonderland. 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 Bermondsey Street. Read on, and prepare for your stomach to rumble…
London Bridge restaurants
SE1’s strong foodie vibe is assured courtesy of these London Bridge restaurants.
Recently relocated from Covent Garden, this accomplished restaurant dishes up inventive cooking with highly seasonal British ingredients.
2. Bar Douro
An authentic Portuguese restaurant hiding in a railway arch in Flat Iron Square. Bar Douro focuses on shareable small plates, and also boasts a strong tile game, which is important in a world obsessed with aesthetics.
Well regarded for their wine and cheese, this place is a known crowd-pleaser, with an a la carte menu chock full of rustic offerings.
Part of a small chain spanning London, Portsmouth, and (somewhat improbably) Woking, Azzurro serves Italian staples, including a good range of risottos.
The best piri-piri chicken in the city – yeah, I said it Nandos, so what? Also featuring pasteis de nata and a hidden bar, this place is ace. Find out more here.
More seasonal cooking, this time with a strong British focus. Cornish crab, oysters, and wood pigeon all make an appearance on an accomplished menu, making it well worth a visit.
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.
The restaurant we’ve all been waiting for: dedicated solely to pancakes. Stacks of buttermilk pancakes come with sweet or savoury toppings here.
The London branch of the Hong Kong stalwart brings Cantonese cooking to London Bridge, with a reputation for excellent dim sum and a very pretty Instagram feed.
10. Restaurant Story
A Michelin-star restaurant with no menu. Once you arrive, they construct a meal around your preferences, helping you to tell your story through food.
11. Patty & Bun
The most recent opening of the burger-lovin’ London chain can be found on Borough High Street, with the usual favourites on the menu.
Tapas and a whole lot of meat are on the menu here – as is to be expected from a restaurant whose names translates as “wolves”.
One of the few Indian spots amongst London bridge restaurants, Mango offer cuisines from across India – from Goan fish curry to Rajasthani curries.
14. Boro Bistro
Small plates are the order of the day at this casual French eatery, where you’re expected to share (if you can).
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.
Italian cuisine straight from the heel of Italy, including an intriguing octopus ragu pasta dish.
You’ll find them all over London, but you shouldn’t pass up a chance for brinner. Nor should you miss out on tequila-soaked dive bar Call Me Mr Lucky, hiding beneath this branch.
There’s something about London Bridge and Portuguese restaurants, because here’s another. Londrino has a strong focus on seafood, with a grilled octopus dish popular on Instagram (see above).
19. Tito’s Peruvian
Authentic Peruvian fare is the order of the day at Tito’s, with a signature dish of spicy duck leg catching the eye.
20. El Vino
Admittedly better known as a wine bar than a restaurant, but the range of tapas and cheese boards should stave off any hunger pangs.
21. London Grind
They make a mean cup of coffee, but the food is plentiful and healthy too. Meanwhile, the Espresso Old Fashioned sounds divinely tempting…
22. 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.
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.
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.
For some of the best London Bridge restaurants, you’ll need to look up…
Perched on level 33 of The Shard, Hutong specialises in Northern Chinese cooking. It ain’t cheap, but then again you’re also paying for the views.
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 highest of the Shard restaurants, Ting sits on Level 35. Aiming to evoke a Chinese living room, the a la carte menu heroes British produce with subtle Asian twists.
28. Aqua Shard
A menu divided between the land and the sea brings forth refined British classics. They’ve also got a Mary Poppins-themed afternoon tea which sounds simply supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
Borough Market restaurants
If all those market stalls laden with produce prove too hard to resist, these London Bridge restaurants are handily placed!
29. Black and Blue
Another mighty meaty offering, the Borough branch of this London chain specialises in steaks and burgers. No complaints here…
30. 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.
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.
32. Wright Brothers
These boys know a thing or two about seafood, and their Borough Market joint dishes out a proverbial parade of oysters, crabs, and fish, all dressed to perfection.
Home to the roast dinner burger(!), and a load of cracking Sunday options beside, this is the place for a hearty pit stop. Read all about it here.
34. Arthur Hooper’s
Another purveyor of small plates, this time with European influences. Best served with a glass from their extensive wine list.
They serve fish! Since 1999! The catch of the day is delivered daily and cooked in front of you! Apparently they’re quite excited by this!
36. 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.
Modern Indian restaurant renowned for being a dab hand with spice. I’ve got my eye on the duck masala, but there’s a lot of choice for curry aficionados here.
38. Applebee’s Fish
Another seafood favourite, Applebee’s have won plaudits and adoration for their range of fish, including a crowd-pleasing seafood wrap.
39. Rabot 1745
Uniquely amongst Borough Market restaurants, Rabot 1745 puts chocolate in every dish. Sounds wrong, but it’s so so right, as the white chocolate mash proves – get the details here.
Levantine cuisine dominates the menu at Arabica, meaning you can expect fab fattoush and tasty tabbouleh should you pop in for a visit.
41. Gelateria 3Bis
This gelato spot arrived in London straight from Italy’s Adriatic coast, so you can bet on it being as authentic as they come.
They pride themselves on being local, sustainable, and fun. Ingredients come from Borough Market, and the packaging is fully compostable. Only you can decide if it’s fun though!
Bermondsey Street restaurants
One of the foodiest streets in London completes our roundup of London Bridge 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…
Down the street sits Jose’s sister restaurant, and it’s a real Spanish superstar. The Presa Ibérica and leche frita are both simply unforgettable: read our review here.
45. The Hide Bar
Hide Bar has a hyper-local focus, with as many ingredients as possible coming from within London. Well-known for their drinks list, they nonetheless offer a neat food menu that relies on Bermondsey produce.
Perhaps the Frenchiest of the city’s French restaurants, they don’t even translate the menus here. Quick tip: practice “formidable” before you head along, because you’ll need it.
47. Franco Manca
I steered clear of chains for the most part, but Franco Manca retains a special affection amongst Londoners, so here it is. Can’t go wrong with a sourdough pizza.
48. 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.
49. 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 espresso martinis. Yassss!
50. The Garrison
Last, but by no means least, is a welcoming gastropub with a commitment to using British ingredients in inventive ways. Dishes like tandoori spatchcock and Jerusalem artichoke risotto indicate they do that pretty well.
It’s not just London Bridge restaurants we’re drooling over – check out our guides to Covent Garden, Shoreditch, and Soho!
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