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
For the July edition of Londrino’s Taste Tuesdays you will be transported to the sun-drenched shores of Iberia at a decadent Portuguese feast… For one night only, Head Chef Leandro Carreira will be serving up a 4-course feasting menu dedicated to his 2 favourite things: shellfish and crispy pig, complete with cocktails, whole brown crab and a roast suckling pig – and lashings of local wine and traditional Portuguese conviviality, of course! MENU Aperitif cocktails Bolo de caco anchovies and red peppers Sardines with homemade cornbread Crispy pig’s ears, apples and fennel sauce * Whole brown crab with crab foie, brioche Portuguese roast suckling pig with chips, salad and offal rice *Prego on brioche bun with homemade cultured butter and Portuguese mustard *Londrino Ló – Chinese long pepper ice cream Digestif cocktails 4 courses including aperitif and digestif cocktails: £49.00 per person 6 pm onwards, Londrino, 36 Snowsfield, Southwark, London, SE1 3SU??? BOOK HERE
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 table cloths 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 – A free doughnut with every coffee (drink in only) 2 – All take-away coffees for £1.50. PLUS, don’t miss their Buck-A-Shuck Happy Hour – all oysters are £1 from 5-6PM, Monday – Friday.
The biggest Latin American street food festival in London returns to Potters Fields Park for 2018, bringing the most authentic street food, drinks and culture to the iconic riverside location. Sample traditional and new flavours from across the continent with delicacies from Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela, Peru and more! Regulars like Café Pacifico, Guasacaca, Porteña, Smokoloko and Brazilian Churros will be back along with some exciting new faces: Cuban Box, Old El Paso, Salshipapa and Manioca… and you can wash it all down with the best Margarita in London. Comida Fest also promises a sizzling cultural line up of Latin American music and dancers. You’ll also get the chance to shake the calories off with some free dance classes, including salsa and Zumba There’ll also be plenty of family friendly activities, including face painting, storytelling and more. Find out more
Gaucho believes that every guest should experience a little bit of Argentine life. Its food, its wine, its culture and, most importantly, the passion of the people. Spectacular views are the order of the day at Gaucho Tower Bridge, where old meets new on the South Bank skyline. Enviably situated on edge of the Thames, this restaurant is dominated by head-turning vistas of the iconic Tower Bridge and contemporary City Hall. By day, you can enjoy an understated business lunch at a booth bathed in natural light. And once the sun goes down, More London’s glowing fountains – and the city horizon – provide a sparkling backdrop to your evening dining experience. Alongside two floors of restaurant space, Gaucho Tower Bridge features an intimate lounge bar for pre- or post-dinner cocktails, and a private dining room for meetings and exclusive celebrations. Gaucho Tower Bridge are offering London Bridge DealCard holders a complimentary glass of Argentine Sparkling with any booking, quote “London Bridge Offer” Maximum party size of 8
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.
Italian gem Padella is the culmination of owner’s Tim and Jordan’s long held dream to open a pasta bar serving fresh, hand rolled pasta. The menu is packed full of simple yet delicious sauces and fillings inspired by the duo’s trips to Italy, at unbeatable prices. Don’t be put off by the queue – it moves quickly and you can leave your name while you grab a drink next door at one of the famous Borough Market’s watering holes. https://www.padella.co
Pizza-lovers favourite Franco Manca has come a long way since its doors opened in Brixton Market in 2008; they now have over 40 branches across the UK. The local London Bridge branch is based on Bermondsey Steet, serving delicious sourdough pizza with high-quality toppings at unbeatable prices. Franco Manca are now taking bookings ONLY between 3 – 6pm from Monday to Thursday, subject to availability.
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. Inspired by the taquerias, markets, homes and celebrations of Mexico, they import speciality ingredients like Pasilla and Serranos to give their dishes an authentic flavour. They also work with local producers like Gringa Dairy in Peckham who produce their artisanal Mexican cheeses. Book your table.
The Elmore Jam is showcasing Zac’s HARLOT supper club at Spianata Bakery, London Bridge Join The Elmore Jam for Zac Whittle’s seasonal five course menu accompanied by a lively jazz trio and a welcome drink on the 13th and 14th of April. Event title: SPANISH MOON ABOUT Zac’s Harlot – After 15 years working as a chef in Michelin starred kitchens, such as Galvin La Chapelle and Orrery, and most recently Sky Garden, Zac decided to take the knowledge & passion he’s gained and take it to a smaller more intimate environment. In the supper club environment he can serve, meet & interact with the guests; breaking the barrier set by conventional restaurants. The Elmore Jam – Started nearly three years ago as a live music supper club by food entrepreneur Nick Atkins which was originally run from his own home. The Venue – Spianata Bakery in More London. Spianata is on of London’s newest streets, sandwiched between Tower Bridge and The Shard. The Elmore Jam event strive to make their events very lively and sociable for all; expect a Negroni on arrival with jazz trio playing the night away. Snacks and nibbles will be provided before you sit down for your 5 course meal. Tickets >> £49.50 £39 for your dining and welcome drink plus £10 for your jazz trio! House Rules – NOT BYOB – There will be a selection of wine, Prosecco, beer and the odd cocktail available on the night. This supper club dining experience is being hosted by The Elmore Jam at Spianata Bakery, More London Place, off Tooley Street, London SE1 2RT