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
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.