Sandwiched between two of the best food markets in the country, London Bridge’s restaurant and bar offering is second to none. London Bridge Open Kitchen celebrates this dynamic dining scene, tempting the area’s chefs out of the kitchen to serve up their signature dishes street-food-style for a whole new audience to enjoy. The festival pops-up in a different location each year, showcasing the ever-evolving landscape of London Bridge. This year we gather in Guy’s Courtyard at the foot of The Shard, next to one of the area’s most exciting new cultural landmarks, Science Gallery London. Download this year’s London Bridge Open Kitchen Cookbook for a sneak preview of the delicious cuisines on offer at this year’s London Bridge Open Kitchen event, including recipes from BOB’s Lobster, Santo Remedio, Rosa’s Thai Cafe and more. London Bridge Open Kitchen 2019 takes place Friday 20th September from 12-9PM at Guy’s Courtyard, Next to Science Gallery Cafe, SE1 9GU. Register for your free ticket here. The event is organised and hosted by Team London Bridge, the local Business Improvement District.
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London Bridge Open Kitchen is back for 2019! The annual food festival returns Friday 20th September to celebrate the dynamic dining scene of London Bridge. This year located in Guy’s Courtyard beside Science Gallery London; London Bridge Open Kitchen will see the space transform into an all-day pop-up food market, complete with bars and live music, from 12 noon until late. Local London Bridge restaurants and bars BOB’s Lobster, Kin + Deum, El Vino, Brigade Bar & Kitchen, Rosa’s Thai, Temakinho, The Coal Shed, The Savanna, Cut + Grind, Baluchi, Two Ruba, Science Gallery Cafe and Hop King – will be showcasing their signature recipes, with dishes such as the signature Ahi Tuna Tacos from BOB’s Lobster, Pork Belly Tacos with chicharron and salsa verde from Santo Remedio and freshly prepared sushi from Temakinho. For the first time, LBOK will team up with local craft beer and skate brand, Hop King, who will bring their outstanding Pale Ale from Druid Street archway. For those looking for a non-alcoholic option, Everleaf, (created by Paul Mathew owner of The Hide on neighbouringBermondsey Street) will be on hand with botanical aperitifs, perfect for a complex spritz made with the finest natural ingredients. Entry to London Bridge Open Kitchen is completely free with dishes from just £5. Free ticket registration is also available online prior to the event at the link provided below. This will automatically enter guests into a prize draw where they could be in with a chance of winning a complimentary meal for up to four people at a participating restaurant. Science Gallery London will be staying open late for guests at London Bridge Open Kitchen, showcasing their new exhibition and events season, ON EDGE: Living in an Age of Anxiety, which explores creative and positive responses to our anxious times. As always, admission is free. Book your free place Guy’s Courtyard, Next to Science Gallery London Cafe, SE1 9GU
London Bridge has long been an understated diner’s haven; sandwiched between two of the best artisan markets in the country (Borough Market and Maltby Street), the area is teeming with talented independent restauranteurs and sensational occasion destinations alike. In 2017 At London Bridge published our original ‘Guide to New Restaurants’, featuring the likes of The Ivy Tower Bridge, Duddell’s and Londrino. One year on, the list of foodie hotspots continues to grow, cementing London Bridge’s status as one of London’s ultimate culinary destinations. Here’s your updated A-Z of the latest restaurants to pop-up in London Bridge! 1. BOB’s Lobster Wine Bar & Kitchen >> What? Small plates kitchen and bar, serving seafood extravagance with a playful street-food twist & celebrating all things wine! Where? Unit 71 St. Thomas Street, London, SE1 3QX 2. by Chloe >> What? Plant-based British comfort food classics head up the Vegan menu at this edgy, fast-casual venue. Where? One Tower Bridge, 6 Duchess Walk, London SE1 2SD 3. Comptoir Libanais >> Coming Soon to Tooley Street 4. Duddell’s London >> What? Authentic Cantonese cuisine, hand-crafted dim sum and Asian-inspired cocktails. Where? 9a St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY 5. Gunpowder, Custard >> What? Intimate Indian restaurant with bare brick walls, offering home cooking-inspired menus. Where? One Tower Bridge, 4 Duchess Walk, London SE1 2SD 6. Honest Burgers >> Coming Soon to Bermondsey Street 7. Kin + Deum >> What? A curation of fresh, wholesome Thai dishes, combining local ingredients with authentic traditions, continuously inspired by the local appetite of Bangkok Where? 2 Crucifix Ln, London SE1 3JW 8. Londrino >> What? Headed up by world-renowned chef Leandro Carreira, Londrino’s a la carte menu gives a nod to the flavours of Portugal with an emphasis on the sea. Where? 36 Snowsfields, London SE1 3SU 9. Pizza Pilgrims >> What? Slow proved Neapolitan pizza, made fresh daily with the best ingredients Italy has to offer. Where? Unit SU48, Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 9SP 10. Rosa’s Thai Cafe >> What? The home of modern Thai food in the heart of London. Offering authentic cuisine, with ingredients sourced from the UK and around the world. Where? One Tower Bridge, 1 Duchess Walk, London SE1 2SD 11. Santo Remedio >> What? Inspired by the taquerias, markets, homes and celebrations of Mexico, Santo Remedio specialises in authentic regional cuisine and cocktails. Where? 152 Tooley St, London SE1 2TU 12. The Coal Shed >> What? Born from the love of cooking the finest meat and seafood over fire, The Coal Shed guarantees a dining experience to remember. Where? One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, London SE1 2SD 9. 13. The Ivy Tower Bridge >> What? A touch of Ivy magic on the banks of the Thames. All-day dining brasserie with classic British dishes. Where? One Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2AA 14. Temakinho >> Coming Soon to One Tower Bridge 15. Tom Simmons >> What? Top Welsh chef plays up his heritage on a classy British-French menu at this relaxed, all-day spot. Where? One Tower Bridge, 6 Duchess Walk, London SE1 2SD 16. Vapiano >> What? Handmade pasta, freshly made pizza dough and salads alongside the best buffalo mozzarella, meats & cheese antipasti plates. Where? One Tower Bridge, 6 Duchess Walk, London SE1 2SD Search more restaurants and bars of London Bridge >>
There’s nothing quite like an evening out in London Bridge. Where else can you bar hop from a sky-high cocktail lounge to a hidden basement bar – all in a matter of minutes? ‘Cocktails in London Bridge‘ celebrates the area’s unique nightlife; taking you on a tour of the neighbourhood in 18 cocktail recipes from an array of fantastic local bars and restaurants. Download Cocktails in London Bridge In support of London Cocktail Week 01-07 October 2018 London Cocktail Week is the biggest, most vibrant celebration of our capital’s fantastic cocktail scene and the biggest event of it’s kind – in the world! With 300 bars signed up to the Cocktail Tours and a week-long cocktail village at its heart, this is the ultimate week off work for those that love a mixed drink… Festival passes are just £10 and available to buy from DrinkUp.London A map of Cocktails in London Bridge A – Z 1. AQUA SHARD 2.BOB’S LOBSTER WINE BAR & KITCHEN 3.CHAPTER 72 4.GUNPOWDER 5.HIVER BEERS ARCH 6.HUTONG AT THE SHARD 7.KIN + DEUM 8.LITTLE BIRD GIN 9.LONDON GRIND 10.LONDRINO 11.NINE LIVES 12.QUARTER BAR & LOUNGE 13.SANTO REMEDIO 14.THE COAL SHED 15.THE FLYING W SALOON 16.THE HIDE BAR 17.THE IVY TOWER BRIDGE 18.VILLAGE EAST Search more bars in London Bridge Article photo credit: The Gaztronome
Nothing says ‘summer’ quite like a pink hue in an ice-cold glass on a sunny day. Amidst a very un-British stint of sunshine in the capital, Rosé is officially having a moment. We speak to our Bermondsey Street neighbours at WSET School London for expert advice on picking the perfect bottle for your palate… Pink wine with its flavours of summer berries has always been a seasonal favourite and there are a multitude of styles available. Most Rosé wine is designed to be drunk when young fresh and fruity. What is in the shops now is ready to drink and not to be kept. Rosé wine should be chilled to around 7-10?c the same as a light white wine, this makes it the perfect temperature in this summer heat, don’t forget to keep it cool with the use of an ice bucket or a sleeve that you can keep in the freezer. There are different styles of Rosé for all palates, however all show lovely red fruit flavours such as strawberry, raspberry and red cherries. There are the more medium sweet styles like White Zinfandel from California which are very easy to drink and very easily available commercially, these will also tend to taste a bit of melon and candyfloss too! For another slightly less sweet style there are Rosé wines from the Loire Valley in France such as Cabernet d’Anjou which has very expressive fruit character and extremely refreshing acidity, this wine would pair well with a summer spicy dish, such as some chili and garlic prawns. For dryer styles you can look to Southern France and Navarra and Rioja in Northern Spain. The pale pink wines from Provence in the South of France are delicate, floral and fruity and can easily be drunk as an aperitif or just to while away a summer afternoon. For a bigger food Rosé, Tavel wines in the Southern Rhone are deep pink ripe red berry delights that would pair perfectly with grilled vegetables or oily fish such as salmon or tuna. For a fun bit of Rosé fizz look no further than Cava in Spain where they produce very affordable fresh, lively red fruit sparkles from the local black grape varieties. For dry styles of Cava check for Brut on the label and Demi-Sec for sweeter styles. WSET Certified Educator, Lauren Denyer – #AtLondonBridge Recommends Whether you’re dreaming of alfresco or air conditioning, these London Bridge bars offer a great selection of wines: BOB’s Lobster Wine Bar & Kitchen Londrino Prosecco House The Rose Vivat Bacchus The Ivy Tower Bridge
The annual London Bridge Open Kitchen festival returned this June, celebrating the area’s flourishing food and drink scene. Our favourite local chefs and mixologists were out in force to serve up their creations street-food style in front of the new London Bridge Station. Here’s what we got up to… Thousands of foodies were treated to dishes from the likes of Tom Simmons, Londrino, Aqua Shard and Santo Remedio, with Prosecco House keeping crowds hydrated alongside local brewers Hiver, Small Beer Brew Co. and Fourpure. Crispy Beef Short Rib from Tom Simmons Tower Bridge World renowned chef Leandro Carreira (pictured right) opened his first solo venture Londrino in London Bridge in November 2017. Aqua Shard descended 31 floors to serve their Braised Hereford beef cheek and Bubble & Squeak with slow cooked duck egg and back summer truffle. Mexican inspired Santo Remedio served up a selection of their trademark tacos and launched their new 1800 Tequila Coconut Margarita cocktail – available at their dedicated Tequila & Mezcal bar. If you missed out on this year’s festival, then you can download The London Bridge Open Kitchen Cookbook for recipes from #LBOK18 traders and more. See you next year! LBOK gallery Watch the film Download the cookbook Thanks to: Aqua Shard, Londrino, Tom Simmons, The Hide Bar, Flour & Grape, The Coal Shed, Honest Burgers, Hawksmoor Borough, Hutong, The Rose, Santo Remedio, The Savanna, Anspach & Hobday, Small Beer Crew Co, Hiver Beers, Prosecco House, Constancia, YO!, BOB’s Lobster, Nine Lives, Bermondsey Tonic Water, Two Ruba at The Hilton Tower Bridge, Texas Joe’s, Four Pure, Alex Monroe Jewellery, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Ted Baker, St Mungos, Southwark Giving and Change Please. Photography by The Gaztronome. London Bridge Open Kitchen was part of London Festival of Architecture 2018
BOB’s Lobster began as a street food and wine truck in 2013, trading in the evenings at Borough Market. Their mission was to challenge convention; stripping away the white linen tablecloths to serve up seafood extravagance curb-side on paper plates. Now BOB’s has parked up permanently for the first time in London Bridge as BOB’s Lobster Wine Bar & Kitchen on St Thomas St. This fast-fine eatery and wine bar, serves exquisite seafood with a playful street-food twist. Exclusive to London Bridge DealCard holders, BOB’s Lobster are offering: 1 – 10% off food and drink. Eat in. 2 – All takeaway coffees for £1.50. PLUS, don’t miss Buck-A-Shuck Happy Hour – all oysters are £1 from 5-6PM, Monday – Friday BYOB Mondays with no corkage fee
Whether you’re weaving through Borough Market’s labyrinth of stalls or ascending The Shard to discover fine-dining at high-altitude, it’s clear that food culture is at the heart of London Bridge. The area is teeming with dynamic independent start-ups, Michelin-starred restaurants and national favourites… With exciting cultural development catalysed by the revamp of the station, the culinary scene continues to grow, cementing the area’s status as one of the capitals top dining destinations. With this in mind, it is only fitting that the fifth London Bridge Open Kitchen food festival was our biggest to date. The annual summer feast brings an array of incredible local restaurants and bars out onto the street, giving you a peek into the kitchens and cabinets of world-class chefs (including Leandro Carreira, our foreword author) and mixologists. To celebrate London Bridge Open Kitchen and the area’s dynamic dining scene, we’ve created the London Bridge Open Kitchen Cookbook. Within its pages you’ll find delicious concoctions from festival traders and local eateries, including the likes of Hutong, BOB’s Lobster, The Ivy, Pizza Pilgrims (coming soon to London Bridge Station) and more. You can download the cookbook, or view online. The London Bridge Open Kitchen Cookbook was created in support of local charity Southwark Giving. Printed copies of tThe London Bridge Open Kitchen Cookbook can be sent in exchange for a £5 donation. Contact us to request your copy. Click here to make a donation.
The biggest London Bridge Open Kitchen yet returns this June, celebrating the area’s thriving food and drink scene and bringing a packed programme of entertainment over two days. This year’s annual feast will take place over Friday 29th and Saturday 30th June in front of the brand new London Bridge station on Tooley Street. Free to enter, the festival brings an array of incredible restaurants and bars out onto the street, including Tom Simmons, Londrino, The Coal Shed, Flour & Grape, Santo Remedio and Hawksmoor. LBOK will also welcome new additions to the area; including street-food virtuosos BOB’s Lobster and Honest Burger. For the first time, Open Kitchen visitors will have the opportunity to fit in a spot of shopping in between bites; there’ll be a selection of exciting local retail to peruse, including Alex Monroe Jewellery, Neal’s Yard Remedies and Ted Baker. Pluge Boom Allotment will be on hand to keep the little ones entertained on the Saturday. The full line up is an impressive selection of some of the finest eateries and bars that London has Bridge to offer: Flour and Grape | Bermondsey Tonic Water | The Coal Shed | Hiver Beers | Texas Joe’s | Aqua | Hutong | Hawksmoor | Ice Cream Union | Santo Remedio | Londrino | Tom Simmons | Honest Burgers | Change Please | Constancia | The Rose | The Savanna | Yo! | Anspach & Hobday | Prosecco House | The LaLit | Four Pure | Two Ruba at Hilton Tower Bridge | Hide Bar When you’ve filled your bellies, music, acrobatics and children’s theatre form the backbone of a packed entertainment programme: Live Music Fri 29th 12:00-14:00 The Luck Fri 29th 16:00-18:00 Los Soneros Fri 29th 18:00-20:00 London Saxophone Choir Fri 29th 18:00-20:00 Pandemonium Drummers Sat 30th 12:00-13:30 Sound Choir Sat 30th 14:00-16:00 Los Soneros Sat 30th 16:00-18:00 Angie Anuforo ‘The Floras’ Stilt walkers Fri 29th 12:00-13:30; 16:30-17:30; 18:30-19:30 Sat 30th 12:00-13:00; 14:00-15:00; 16:30-17:30 Aerial performers Fri 29th 13:30-14:00; 17:30-18:00; 19:30-20:00 Sat 30th 13:00-13:30; 15:00-15:30; 17:30-18:00 Plunge Boom Allotment Sat 30th 12:15-13:00; 14:00-14:45; 15:45-16:30 Plunge Boom Vegetable Nannies Sat 30th 13:00-13:45; 14:45-15:30; 16:30-17:15 London Festival of Architecture Fri 29th 15:30-17:00 Money Box Bench: Meet the Designers (on Tooley Street, close to Shipwright Arms Pub) Fri 29th 10:00-19:00 Harmsen Tilney Shane – Open day and Interactive Installation (9 Holyrood Street, SE1 2EL) LBOK are proud to support local charity Putting Down Roots (St Mungos), who will be showcasing their work in training people who are or have experienced homelessness, to maintain local SE1 green spaces to gain experience, confidence and qualifications. Entry is free but registration is heartily encouraged for getting priority access. The event kicks off outside London Bridge Station on Tooley Street, Friday 29th June at midday and runs till around 8 pm. On Saturday 30th June, the event runs from midday until 6 pm. Entry is free and dishes and drinks will start at £5. London Bridge Open Kitchen is also part of the London Festival of Architecture as we celebrate the opening of the brand new London Bridge station – an architectural feast in its own right. Brought to you by Team London Bridge, with support from Thameslink Programme and Network Rail.
In 2013 Owner and Founder of BOB’s Lobster, Rob Dann (pictured centre) set out on a mission to blur the boundaries of fine dining and street food; serving exquisite seafood and wines curb-side from a VW Campervan. Five years on, the business has gone from strength to strength and now BOB’s are preparing to park up permanently for the first time in the arches of London Bridge. Here’s the low down on what’s to come. Tell us about the journey of BOB’s Lobster so far… Wow, what a journey its been. I guess it started in 2012 in Indiana, USA, which is where our 1957 VW camper came from. We figured since Indiana was in-land that rust would be minimal (we were wrong). We imported her to the UK and over 9 months transformed her into a the most unique food and wine outlet London has seen and we haven’t stopped since. After almost 5 years of touring, pop-ups and collaborations, our little food truck has given us so much more than we ever envisaged or bargained for. Countless meals in countless neighbourhoods, running late in to the night, a hangout for culinary tourists from all over the world, a front row seat at fashion shows and concerts and more lobster than you can imagine… all from possibly the smallest kitchen in the world! Of course there were also countless van breakdowns, many midnight trips to market, a distinct lack of sleep and the odd downpour, but we wouldn’t change a thing! We are excited to announce that it is time to hang up the keys and park ourselves in our first permanent site this year, right where it all began at London Bridge, delivering our signature seafood extravagance and stellar wines in a casual setting. What are you looking forward to about opening a restaurant in London Bridge/ why did you choose London Bridge as a location? It’s so exciting to open our first BOB’s Lobster down the road from our sister wine bar Bedales of Borough, not to mention where it all started and we hosted our first ever pop up, right at the intersection of London’s iconic Borough Market and the buzz of Bermondsey Street. How would you describe BOB’s philosophy? We have a philosophy of good food, good wine and great hospitality. We wanted to challenge convention and formal dining rooms, stripping away white linen table cloths and serving up seafood extravagance curb-side with a street food twist. We’re excited to hear that the new restaurant will also be home to a wine bar – can you tell us your ideal dish and wine pairing? Our Dorset crab tortellini, with shaved bottarga in smoked tomato broth works so well with a glass of Viognier, Roussanne Granit Blanc 2017, Vin de Pays de L’Ardeche, Vincent Paris, Rhone, France. The Viognier, which is aromatic, rich and creamy is a perfect match with the sweet meat of the crab and the weight of the wine ideal for the silky texture of the pasta. Can you summarise the BOB’s Lobster experience in 3 words? Extravagant. London. Fun If we have to try one thing on the menu what would it be? The smoked river Exe mussels & braised ox cheek toast is amazing, it will change your life. BOB’s Lobster Wine Bar & Kitchen is set to open at Unit 59, St Thomas Street on May 18th 2018.