As the London Bridge business community springs back to life, we check in with some of our favourite neighbourhood gems to see what’s in store for visitors looking forward to rediscovering the area post-lockdown. This week we speak to Rob Dann, owner of BOB’s Lobster Wine Bar and Kitchen restaurant. BOB’s Lobster’s Lockdown Experience The past few months have been a real rollercoaster – we’re extremely grateful for the outpour of support and we’re delighted to be welcoming our customers back. We’ve taken this time to pause and reflect on our business model and industry as a whole, which has led to some exciting new developments. Wine is an integral part of BOB’s roots and our selection is something we’ve always taken great care in curating, so during lockdown we took the chance to make our entire wine cellar available online for guests to order at home. We also launched a series of virtual wine tastings over Zoom, which has set cogs in motion for our upcoming online cooking tutorials and some other experimentations… watch this space! Lots of things have and will have to change in the restaurant industry, but now is not the time to bury your head in the sand. We feel strongly that people’s appetite for a restaurant experience: quality service, food and wine wrapped in passion and love, isn’t going anywhere. What can visitors look forward to? Customers can look forward to all of the favourites, including our signature Lobster Roll, Lobster Mac’n’Cheese and Ahi Tuna Tacos, There’s also some new summer specials on the menu, such as Crayfish Croquettes; 1/2 Grilled Lobster with smoked seaweed butter; Scallops with roast cauliflower and fregola… and not to forget our glorious and glutenous Ice-Cream Sundae to finish on. Which place in London Bridge are you looking forward to visiting again the most? Santo Remedio – one of our favourite restaurants in London Bridge. Tables are available to book now Check out BOB’s Lobster’s new online- wine shop and tasting series here: https://wineshop.bedaleswines.com Opening Hours: Thursday & Friday 4pm -10:30pm Saturday 12pm to 10:30pm with oyster happy hour (£1 oysters with any glass of wine or cocktail) running 4pm- 5pm. Hopefully we will be able to expand our hours soon. BOB’s Lobster is encouraging booking and are checking all guests in at the door for tracing. Government guidance and best practices for social distancing have been adopted. The number of inside covers has been cut by 50% for social distancing, however outside terrace capacity has been increased. The weekly changing menu is available to view online https://www.bobslobster.com/all-day and via the QR code on the table.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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. With exciting cultural development catalysed by the rejuvenation of one of the busiest stations in the country, an influx of new talent is being drawn to the area, cementing London Bridge’s status as one of London’s ultimate culinary destinations. Here’s the low down on the latest newcomers… Duddell’s London Opening Autumn 2017 In a nutshell: Michelin star Cantonese restaurant meets contemporary gallery Where: 6 St Thomas Street, Southwark, London SE1 9RY This self proclaimed ‘cultural destination’ is set to bring its unique brand of authentic Cantonese cuisine and creative cocktails to London Bridge; inhabiting the site of the historic St. Thomas’ Church. Like its Hong Kong counter-part, Duddell’s will also host rotating art programmes, reflecting the brand’s commitment to global initiatives. Santo Remedio Opening September 2017 In a nutshell: A contemporary take on authentic Mexican dining Where: 152 Tooley St, London SE1 2TU A relocation from Shoreditch brings Mexico City inspired Santo Remedio to the former site of Magdalen restaurant on Tooley Street. Edson and Natalie Diaz-Fuentes have created a ‘cantina’ /‘comedor’ set up across two floors, serving regional specialities like their signature guacamole with grasshoppers, paired with artisanal tequila and mezcal cocktails. Bob’s Lobster Opening Autumn 2017 In a nutshell: Exquisite seafood with a no-nonsense attitude Where? St Thomas Street, London, SE1 3QU Serving on paper plates from their trusty ’57 VW camper since 2013, Bob’s Lobster’s philosophy is all about simple yet indulgent pleasures. This autumn they’ll be parking up the van to open their first permanent restaurant on St Thomas Street. Expect indulgent delights such as Lobster Bisque Poutine Fries, Spicy Ahi Tuna Tacos and Blood Orange Seabass Ceviche… Londrino Opening November 2017 In a nutshell: World class creative cuisine with Portuguese flair Where: 36 Snowsfields Yard, London, SE1 3SZ With a 3 year stint at one of the world’s 50 Best Restaurants under his belt (Mugaritz is currently rated number 9) Chef Leandro Carreira’s debut solo venture is an exciting prospect. Originally from Lisbon, Carreira will observe Portuguese flavours, traditions and ingredients; however, the weekly menu will explore influences and techniques from Carreira’s “experience as a chef who now calls London his home”. The Coal Shed Opening October 2017 In a nutshell: A celebration of meat, fish and fire. Where: One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, London, SE1 2SE Named as one of the best places to eat in the UK by the Observer Food Monthly Awards, The Coal Shed have built an impressive reputation at their first Brighton based restaurant. The London branch will combine the successes of The Coal Shed and sister restaurant The Salt Room to comprise a menu of speciality meat and fish dishes, cooked expertly over fire. The Ivy Tower Bridge Opened July 2017 In a nutshell: Classic British-brasserie sophistication Where: One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, London, SE1 2SE The Ivy Collection endeavours to bring a piece of ‘The Ivy magic’ from the West End to other parts of London, and the latest Tower Bridge addition doesn’t disappoint. Serving modern British classics from dawn until dusk, diners can enjoy breakfast, elevenses, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks, dinner and cocktails – all with a spectacular view of one of London’s most famous landmarks. Baluchi-London Opened March 2017 In a nutshell: Impeccably executed Indian flavours with a modern twist Where? 181 Tooley St, London SE1 2JR Set in the spectacular Great Hall of the boutique LaLit London Hotel, Baluchi is the first branch of its kind in the UK. Chef Arup Dasupta has travelled far and wide to find his inspiration for this vibrant and innovative menu: a fusion of the finest organic ingredients and incredible Indian flavours. The Rose Relaunched June 2017 In a nutshell: Neighbourhood pub classics with personality Where: 123 Snowsfields, London SE1 3ST The focus of The Rose has recently shifted from considered French fare to hearty home-comforts, responding to local demand for a quality, independent neighbourhood pub. However, with Manual Honey Butter Ribs and Pale Ale Battered Halloumi on the menu; this is not your average pub-grub.* Tom Simmons Opened July 2017 In a nutshell: Rustic British, French and Welsh fusion Where: 2 Still Walk, London SE1 2RA Acclaimed chef Tom Simmons and partner Lois Thomas opened their first restaurant in London at the end of July 2017. Tom was reached the quarter-finals in MasterChef – The Professionals in 2011 and most recently headed up the kitchen at Wolfscastle Country Hotel where he was awarded 2 AA Rosettes within the year. Tom’s relaxed and elegant cooking style takes influence from British and French cuisine with a nod to his Welsh heritage and a focus on thoughtfully sourced ingredients. Feeling inspired? You can download The London Bridge Summer Cookbook here. Check out our restaurant map – click the name for info. * Get 25% of lunch at The Rose until 14th September with London Bridge DealCard. Valid Mon-Thurs from 12-5PM.