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
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.
Sardines, sardines and more sardines will be served up by Chef Leandro Carreira at Londrino restaurant and bar as a nod to one of his favourite Portuguese festivals – the annual Lisbon Sardine Festival – the Feast of St. Anthony. Grilled, pickled and tinned versions of the versatile sardine will be served up all day and night in both the restaurant and bar, with Sangria and Superbock beer both joining the menu for the first time. Hackney’s acclaimed Portuguese Love Affair will also be popping up at the festival, with an installation of their iconic tinned sardines available to buy and eat at the bar. Buy £5 Tickets here Individual sardine, bread and a glass of Sangria or Superbock beer – £5Platter of 6 sardines and bread and a carafe of sangria or 4 Superbock beers – £25Individual sardines with bread – £2 Portuguese Love Affair Sardines – from £4 There’ll be a party to close the festival on the 23rd June with local friends José Pizarro (Pizarro Restaurant and José Tapas Bar) and Brett Redman (Elliott’s, Neptune, Jidori).
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.
Londrino opened its doors in London Bridge in November 2017; observing Portuguese flavours, traditions and ingredients through the eyes of a chef who now calls London his home. Located on Snowsfields on the south side of London Bridge station, Chef Leandro Carreira’s highly anticipated solo venture offers an elegant restaurant experience with neighbourhood vibes. Diners can go all out a la carte or pop in for a glass of wine at the relaxed all-day bar for light meals and grazing. Exclusive to DealCard, Londrino are offering London Bridge locals a free glass of wine with lunch. Simply present your DealCard on arrival, or quote ‘DealCard’ when booking. Offer valid Tuesday-Sunday. Lunch sitting from 12pm – 2.30pm. Londrino has a continually changing selection of wines by the glass. Book now
Leandro Carreira’s highly anticipated restaurant and wine bar opened its doors in London Bridge in November 2017. Observing Portuguese flavours, traditions and ingredients through the eyes of a chef who now calls London his home. Located on Snowsfields on the south side of London Bridge station, Londrino offers an elegant restaurant experience with neighbourhood vibes. Diners can go all out a la carte or pop in for a glass of wine at the relaxed all-day bar for light meals and grazing. Patrons can expect dishes such as Clams Bulhão Pato with coriander, Octopus with red pepper miso, Fermented potato with egg yolk & mustard, Beef Maronesa and Mackerel with Savoy cabbage & smoked seaweed butter. Book your table here. Head Chef Bio Born and raised in Portugal, Chef Leandro Carreira began his culinary journey working in restaurants in his home town of Lisbon before setting out to hone his skills across Europe and the Middle East. With a three year stint at one of the world’s 50 Best Restaurants under his belt, his debut solo venture is an exciting prospect.
Sandwiched between two of the best artisan markets in the country and home to an array of talented independent restauranteurs and sensational occasion destinations alike; London Bridge has long been an established haven for food-lovers. 2017 has been an especially exciting year for the area’s culinary scene: seeing the opening of Chef Leandro Carreira’s debut solo venture Londrino, Brighton export The Coal Shed and a Tower Bridge branch of London’s beloved brasserie, The Ivy. In celebration of the area’s ever growing network of fantastic restaurants and bars, we’re excited to share the London Bridge Winter Cookbook. Whether you find inspiration for your own festive feast, or pay the area a visit to sample one of these delicious concoctions first hand; we hope you’ll be inspired by the talent and creativity of London Bridge’s chefs and mixologists. Click to view online or download The London Bridge Winter Cookbook was created by Team London Bridge and illustrated by Livi Gosling. Visit Livi’s Etsy shop to purchase the ‘Christmas Dinner’ artwork Christmas cards. With thanks to Borough Market, The Coal Shed, Oblix, Nine Lives, The Ivy Tower Bridge, The Hide, TwoRuba, Jose Pizarro, Baluchi at The LaLit London, WSET, Hawksmoor Borough, Little Bird Gin, London Bridge City, Vivat Bacchus and More Bar.
Born and raised in Portugal, Chef Leandro Carreira began his culinary journey working in restaurants in his home town of Lisbon before setting out to hone his skills across Europe and the Middle East. With a three year stint at one of the world’s 50 Best Restaurants under his belt, his debut solo venture is an exciting prospect. Just 2 weeks ahead of Londrino’s launch in London Bridge, we speak to Leandro about his journey so far and what to expect when traditional Portuguese flavours are executed with a London twist… Tell us about your journey as a Chef so far 23 years ago, I started working in a restaurant. During that same week, I started culinary school and haven’t stopped since. Through the years I have worked in small kitchens, high-end hotels and some of the best restaurants in the world. Cooking has allowed me to travel the world, explore different cultures and make great friends along the way. I feel very privileged that my job has opened up so many opportunities. I love it. What are you looking forward to about opening a restaurant in London? Having the opportunity to do the cooking which I identify with the most, a style that reflects all the years of travelling and working in different places and London, of course, which I now call home. How would you describe Londrino’s philosophy? Londrino is a restaurant for everyone. You can pop in for a glass of wine or coffee or come for the full sit-down restaurant experience. I wanted to create a versatile place that you could visit for all sorts of different occasions. What makes the London Bridge area an ideal fit for the restaurant? London Bridge has a great balance of tourists, workers, and locals which I really love. It is always exciting and never one dimensional. Have you faced any challenges so far? Opening a restaurant is challenging full stop. Finding the location for Londrino was a real challenge, it took a long time, but when we found the site on Snowsfields, we knew it had been worth it. Take us through your ideal 3 course meal… A great plate of shellfish, with some crabs, clams and shrimp cooked very simply. This would be followed by a cod recipe that my mother cooks, where the cod is salted then charcoal-grilled, and served with peppers, potatoes, onions, leeks and loads of garlic. It’s just the most comforting and delicious plate of food that I have ever encountered. To finish, a great plate of cheese with some red wine. If we have to try one thing on the menu what would it be? Either the Mackerel with smoked seaweed butter and cabbage or the Brioche with sour caramel for dessert Can you summarise Londrino in 3 words? Bright, welcoming, fun. Londrino is now taking bookings for December 1st onwards. londrino.co.uk 36 Snowsfields, SE1 3SU Opening Times Restaurant Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 3pm / 6pm – 11pm (last orders 10pm) Sunday 12pm – 4pm Reservations recommended Wine Bar Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 11pm Sunday 12pm – 5pm No reservations
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.