Bermondsey was recently crowned the best place to live in London, and we’re not actually surprised.
A haven for foodies and craft beer fans alike, this south London hotspot is full of places to add to your bucket list.
1. Maltby Street Market
Maltby Street Market opened back in 2010 and has since made a name for itself as one of London’s most popular weekend markets. It’s a haven for foodies; with everything from award-winning sandwiches from Sub Cult and cheese on cheese on cheese from The Cheese Truck, to gooey treats from Bad Brownie and tasty dumplings from the Gyoza Guys. You’ll even find a kooky little gin joint from the lovely people at Little Bird – pop in, say hello and sip on a G&T or two.
Maltby Street Market is open Saturdays (9am – 5pm) and Sundays (11am – 5pm).
Just reading Pizarro’s menu makes my mouth water, so I can’t even imagine the pure agony one must feel in the time between sitting down in the restaurant and taking the first bite. From citrus prawn fritters to whole roasted cauliflower with blue cheese, every dish sounds totally dreamy.
194 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TQ
Pizarro is just around the corner from its sister restaurant, José, which is primarily a sherry and tapas bar. Head there for Spanish wines, sherries, G&Ts and vermouth, as well as fantastic small plates from their daily menu.
104 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UB
4. Tanner & Co.
Tanner & Co is the restaurant that has it all. Visit for breakfast, brunch, bottomless brunch, lunch, dinner, Sunday dinner. Whatever time of day it is, you can always guarantee a good meal. With an epic list of brunch burgers – including a salmon & shrimp burger with wasabi and Sriracha mayo – and a selection of delectable sharing boards, you really have no reason to go anywhere else. Like, for a full day.
Find Tanner & Co at 50 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UD
5. The Bermondsey Yard Cafe
Nestled away in what used to be a disused car park, the Bermondsey Yard Cafe is a quirky little place filled with industrial features, reclaimed furniture and funky lighting. It’s a restaurant-cum-venue, so the options are pretty much endless: come along for a casual brunch, feast on burgers from their BBQ or, erm, get married?
40 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UD
6. Village East
Village East is part of the same chain as the Rail House and Riding House Cafés. Its egg menu alone is pretty hefty, so if you’re one of those indecisive types, we suggest you start scanning the menu now: find it here.
171-173 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UW
This little joint is about as French as they come. The menu-du-jour is brief, authentic and strictly untranslated, so best get practising your français.
109 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XB
Fuckoffee is a less-than-polite indie coffee shop with rude mugs and fantastic cups of joe. They also have the best loyalty cards I’ve ever seen.
163-167 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UW.
9. Hej Coffee
Bringing Scandi-vibes to south London, Hej Coffee is possibly the most beautiful coffee shop in the city. Even if Hej didn’t mean Hello, you’d still feel extremely welcomed as you walk through those teal walls and order yourself a flat white.
1 Bermondsey Square, SE1 3UN
10. The Watch House
This gorgeous coffee shop is the first of three in the city, serving up legendary espressos from an old shelter that was originally for the men guarding the graveyard at St Mary Magdalen Church at night – hence The Watch House. Wanting to preserve the legacy of the building, the Watch House team only used traditional materials in the refurb, and continues to act as a place of shelter and refuge, just with a little more coffee and a lot more sarnies.
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11. Bermondsey Beer Mile
Frankly, it’s all about craft beer at the moment. People are edging away from the Carlsbergs of the world and opting for edgier alternatives. And that’s exactly why the Bermondsey Beer Mile is so important. With several microbreweries within a mile and a half radius, there’s no better place for a craft beer crawl. All hidden in and around a long stretch of railway arches, you’ll find the likes of UBREW, Brew by Numbers, EeBria and Fourpure Brewing. (Make sure you check the opening times of each taproom before heading down – the only day all of them are open is Saturday.) Here’s a pretty comprehensive guide to The Mile, courtesy of A London Beer and Pub Guide.
12. Jensen’s Gin Distillery
You’ll also find Jensen’s Distillery within The Mile, one of many gin distilleries in London. Just make sure you have a clear morning the next day – if you do the crawl properly, you might not be feeling too good.
55 Stanworth Street, SE1 3NY
13. The Woolpack
A reliable ol’ Young’s Pub with a massive beer garden that’s open all-year round. Go and enjoy the sunshine and, if it gets a little chilly, grab yourself a blanket.
98 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UB.
14. St James of Bermondsey
A bar boasting an almost endless supply of craft beer and a kitchen cooking up Pieminister’s finest, St James of Bermondsey is a proper pub with plenty of character.
72 St. James’s Road, SE16 4QZ
15. Dean Swift
Another pub hoarding a hefty set of craft beers, including Five Points, Fourpure, Gipsy Hill and Signature Brew. The food menu is as typical as they come, featuring the likes of fish and chips, sausage and mash, and Sunday roasts.
10 Gainsford Street, Butler’s Wharf, SE1 2NE
16. Marquis of Wellington
The Marquis of Wellington is a bit of a crowd favourite with its lively vibes, sourdough pizzas and weekly throwback Thursdays. Check out their website for more info.
17. 214 Bermondsey
In a place with over 100 gins, you know you’re going to be happy. And, when double G&Ts are only £5 between 5–6pm on Tuesdays through till Saturdays, you know you’ve found the happiest of hours.
214 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TQ
18. Bermondsey Arts Cocktail Club
Bermondsey Arts Cocktail Club is a speakeasy serving up beautiful, quality cocktails. Come along on a Wednesday for some live jazz, but make sure you book or become a member (it’s free!). Head to their website to find out more.
19. White Cube
As one of the world’s leading contemporary art galleries, the White Cube is almost certainly worth a visit. Find out what’s happening now.
144-152 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TQ
20. Kino Cinema
Formally known as Shortwave Cinema, this 52-seat independent cinema plays nothing but classic, arthouse and indie films. Check out the full schedule on their website.
10 Bermondsey Square, SE1 3UN
21. Walk along Shad Thames
In the 19th century, the Shad Thames was home to the largest warehouse complex in London. Nowadays it’s an Instagram hotspot, and is filled with a ton of restaurants, offices, shops and bars.
22. Arch Climbing
Where there was once an old biscuit factory, you’ll now find a crazy room full of walls you can climb. And, right around the corner, you’ll find another, similar looking room that was once home to Damien Hirst and Charles Saatchi’s art studios. Find out about memberships and beginner/refresher lessons over on Arch’s website.
23. Leathermarket Gardens
Catch it in the spring, while you can still get this shot.