Tag: Food & Drink

World Cup at The Underdog

Published on 11th June 2018

It’s World Cup time! See the games from kick off to the final at the Underdog London with beers from BrewDog, great food, merchandise giveaways and a giant screen; all just a stones throw away from London Bridge station.  From 14th June until 15th July with a final party. Come and celebrate (or drown your sorrows!) Open to ALL with FREE entry. (Please note the Underdog won’t be showing Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia 4pm-6pm on 20th July or the Quarter Final from 7pm – 9pm on Sat 7th July due to private events).

Bar 31

Published on 07th June 2018

With a sense that life outside has been brought inside, Bar 31 is the perfect meeting place to unwind with a few drinks. Offering local craft beers on tap, such as Porter by local brewer Anspach & Hobday located a stone’s throw away, and a fantastic range of spirits and wines. Their tasty bites are sourced using fresh seasonal ingredients from lBorough Market. Sit back and relax with your favourite tipple and enjoy the local artwork and community vibe while listening to the street sounds from local musicians as they perform live in the new neighbourhood bar. https://bar31.com  

London Bridge Open Kitchen 2018 Returns

Published on 23rd May 2018

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.

A Royally Good Toast: The Royal Wedding Wine Guide

Published on 14th May 2018

As London prepares to celebrate the wedding of the year this weekend, we seek advice from our local London Bridge wine experts at WSET School London on how to give the happy couple a royally good toast…  THE ROYAL WEDDING WINE GUIDE by Lauren Denyer, WSET Certified Educator 1. An English Fizz What British royal wedding would it be if it didn’t feature English Fizz! Made in the same way and with the same grapes as Champagne this fizz is the ultimate wine to celebrate an English Wedding. And with a nod to the Father of the groom why not look at some that are coming from Cornwall. These wines are delicate and refreshing yet complex with lovely fresh citrus and orchard fruit character but with an underlying depth of flavours of sweet pastry, biscuits and toast. 2. A Greek White An influential figure in Harry’s life has been his Grandfather, Prince Philip. Philip has connections with two fabulous wine producing countries; Greece and Germany. If we follow his paternal lineage Philip’s own grandfather was George of Greece. A wonderful Greek white wine really making its mark in the world is Assyrtiko, a grape variety native to the island of Santorini. The dark volcanic soil there suits this grape extremely well and results in refreshing wines with a mineral and saline quality. This is a great spring wine and perfect accompaniment to zesty salads and white meat dishes. 3. A Tuscan Red Meghan Markle’s favourite wine is Tignanello, an Italian Tuscan wine. These wines have a lovely blend of red and black fruit characters with hints of spice, cedar, vanilla and a touch of leafiness. With high levels of acidity and a robust tannic structure these wines will compliment any red meat chucked on the BBQ, weather permitting! Look for wines with the Bolgheri DOC or Tuscany IGT labels which are full-bodied wines made with many grape varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and can also include the local grape variety Sangiovese. 4. A Californian Zinfandel California, where our future princess hails from is a huge producer of wine with styles ranging from cheap and cheerful to some of the most complex and expensive wines in the world. For those of us with a bit of a sweet tooth, you need look no further than Central Valley in California where much off-dry to medium sweet inexpensive wine is produced. Grab some medium white Zinfandel, a rose wine with bright pink colour and sweet flavours of strawberry, raspberry and red cherry. 5. A Spanish Sherry One could imagine that the guest of honour at this wedding (The Queen) would like to toast this wedding with a traditional glass of Sherry from Spain. The Brits have a strong history with Sherry including Sir Francis Drake stealing a lot of it in the 16th century ensuring its popularity in Britain. One of the very old Bodegas in Jerez, Lustau, produces an older Sherry named after the British Trading Company, The East India Company who transported silk, spices and tea in the 17th Century. With an average age of 15 years in American oak this or a sweet Oloroso or Premium Cream Sherry would be a fantastic something old to sip, with very complex notes of dried fruit, toffee, coffee, caramel, chocolate, walnuts and raisins. For something new use it as one of the ingredients in a cocktail or on ice with a slice of orange. Lauren Denyer is a Wine Educator certified by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the world’s largest provider of wines, spirits and sake education. If you’d like to learn more about wines and spirits, WSET School London on Bermondsey Street offers beginner to expert courses for enthusiasts and professionals. Visit wsetschool.com to learn more.   AtLondonBridge Local Stockist Recommendations… Bedales, Borough Market Borough Wines, Borough Market Giddy Grocer, Bermondsey St B Street Deli, Bermondsey St

London Pizza Festival returns to Borough Market

Published on 03rd May 2018

The London Pizza Festival returns to Borough Market’s Jubilee Place on Sunday 20th May, bringing with it several slices of cheesy goodness. Whether you prefer a traditional Italian style margherita or something altogether more experimental, London’s Pizza Festival is the place for you. With six pop up pizzerias to choose from you won’t be disappointed, plus it’s all washed down with a glass of pale ale, which is included in your ticket price. If spending the day sampling different pizzas is your idea of heaven, then get involved! This year’s pizza makers include The Perfectionists’ Café, Wandercrust, Santa Maria Pizzeria, Hai Cenato, Mother and ‘O ver. Tickets are available from the Young & Foodish website. 

An Interview with BOB’s Lobster

Published on 10th April 2018

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.   

Valentine’s in London Bridge

Published on 24th January 2018

While the classic combination of red roses and a champagne dinner is nothing to be sniffed at, some may say this tradition has had its day. For a little variety this Valentine’s, we’ve prepared our pick of counter conventional activities in London Bridge (partner optional!).   Freaks (1932) at The Old Operating Theatre “Anyone who considers this entertainment should be placed in the pathological ward in some hospital” said one contemporary review of this notorious film. Those searching for an alternative approach to romance this Valentine’s Day need look no further than this special screening of Freaks at The Old Operating Theatre. February 14th – 6.30PM | Book tickets   Underground Cocktails at Nine Lives  Hidden away in the Victorian basement of No.8 Holyrood St,  this covert cocktail bar’s menu spreads the love with its ethically sourced and selected ingredients, great vibes and a soundtrack as sacred as its drinks. You might also like: The Hide – Almost all of The Hide’s extensive drinks menu is made up of ingredients brewed, distilled, fermented or compounded in London.   Love Crochet with Katie Jones at the Fashion & Textile Museum Learning the basic crochet stitches, you will work on punched leather to create your very own heart-shaped patch which can be sewn on to any garment – perfect for covering a pesky hole or giving a brand new lease of life to your favourite piece! Led by luxury knitwear designer Katie Jones, this colourful 1.5-hour workshop will teach you the basics of crochet. February 16th | 11.30AM or 2PM   Dinner off the beaten track at Melior St. With its laid-back vibes, you’d never guess this cosy little restaurant is just a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of London Bridge Station. Head Chef Matt Reuther sources the very best suppliers to create a fusion of tastes and interesting dishes, demonstrated perfectly in this 8 course Valentine’s taster menu. £50pp. Book here. P.S- London Bridge DealCard holders are entitled to 20% discount  when you book a table for February 14th! You might also like: The Coal Shed – Tucked away in the new One Tower Bridge development, next to Potters Fields Park, this meat-fish & fire-centric haven is worth searching for! The specials board for the evening will feature sharing dishes to make your mouth-water. Book now.   Put your love to the test at Vivat Bacchus Your love of wine and cheese, that is. Test your palate and rack your brain at Vivat Bacchus Wine, Cheese & General Knowledge Quiz.  This South African restaurant boasts its very own cheese room and extensive wine cellar. These popular quiz nights are a Wine Club event favourite, so get a team together and book tickets (£10pp) to guarantee your spot.    

Melior St.

Published on 18th January 2018

Located a stone’s throw from her big sister the ‘bustling’ Bermondsey Yard Cafe’, Melior St. is a small cosy venue with just 45 covers enabling executive chef Matt Reuther to flex his culinary muscles. With a lunchtime take away/pre-order menu alongside daily changing specials. Melior St. use the best suppliers to create a fusion of tastes and interesting dishes. With just two draft beers provided by ‘Lost Rivers Brewery’ named after the historical rivers that run under lost London, a further selection of craft ales and a great selection of new world wines including bio-dynamic examples. Melior St. are offering London Bridge DealCard holders 10% discount on food and drink.  Valentine’s Special: Quote ‘DealCard’ when you book a table for Valentine’s Day and receive 20% off the final bill! 

10% discount with Bermondsey Bar & Kitchen

The Bermondsey Bar & Kitchen is an all day and evening destination set in a former underground car park in the heart of Bermondsey Street. Serving a superb breakfast, lunch and dinner menu and hosting DJ’s aswell as an array of events and pop-ups throughout the year this is the next great food, drink and music destination. Bermondsey Bar & Kitchen are offering DealCard holders an exclusive discount of 10% off all food and drink.  

Brighton Rocks with Michael Bremner at The Coal Shed

Published on 15th January 2018

The Coal Shed London presents a series of events inviting Chefs that inspire them to cook MEAT, FISH, FIRE in the open kitchen at One Tower Bridge. Collaborating with Executive Head Chef Dave Mothersill, the menus are going to be an exciting and creative combination of their talents.  ‘Brighton Rocks’ in London | Friday 26th January 7pm ‘Brighton Rocks’ Dinner with Michael Bremner at The Coal Shed One Tower Bridge’ In a nod to our Brighton roots, we’re kicking off our first London event in January with Great British Menu winner and fellow Brighton Restauranteur Michael Bremner. Michael, who owns 64 Degrees and Murmur, will join our team to cook an amazing five course menu celebrating ‘MEAT, FISH, FIRE’.   THE MENU Arrival Cocktail The Coal Shed snacks for the table Monkfish, kelp butter, Jerusalem artichoke, mussel sauce Jerk Roasted Butternut Squash, puffed wild rice, coriander, toasted coconut, yogurt 71 Day Dry Aged Rump of Longhorn Beef (to share) braised short rib, roasted hispi, bone marrow mash, hollandaise, truffle Rum and Vanilla Coal Roasted Pineapple, white chocolate and passion fruit parfait   Start with an arrival drink at 7pm for a 7.30pm sit down. The menu is priced at £55 per person including arrival drink. An optional wine pairing is available at £30 per person. Bookings online here 020 3384 7272 towerbridge@coalshed-restaurant.co.uk