Nothing says ‘summer’ quite like a pink hue in an ice-cold glass on a sunny day. Amidst a very un-British stint of sunshine in the capital, Rosé is officially having a moment. We speak to our Bermondsey Street neighbours at WSET School London for expert advice on picking the perfect bottle for your palate… Pink wine with its flavours of summer berries has always been a seasonal favourite and there are a multitude of styles available. Most Rosé wine is designed to be drunk when young fresh and fruity. What is in the shops now is ready to drink and not to be kept. Rosé wine should be chilled to around 7-10?c the same as a light white wine, this makes it the perfect temperature in this summer heat, don’t forget to keep it cool with the use of an ice bucket or a sleeve that you can keep in the freezer. There are different styles of Rosé for all palates, however all show lovely red fruit flavours such as strawberry, raspberry and red cherries. There are the more medium sweet styles like White Zinfandel from California which are very easy to drink and very easily available commercially, these will also tend to taste a bit of melon and candyfloss too! For another slightly less sweet style there are Rosé wines from the Loire Valley in France such as Cabernet d’Anjou which has very expressive fruit character and extremely refreshing acidity, this wine would pair well with a summer spicy dish, such as some chili and garlic prawns. For dryer styles you can look to Southern France and Navarra and Rioja in Northern Spain. The pale pink wines from Provence in the South of France are delicate, floral and fruity and can easily be drunk as an aperitif or just to while away a summer afternoon. For a bigger food Rosé, Tavel wines in the Southern Rhone are deep pink ripe red berry delights that would pair perfectly with grilled vegetables or oily fish such as salmon or tuna. For a fun bit of Rosé fizz look no further than Cava in Spain where they produce very affordable fresh, lively red fruit sparkles from the local black grape varieties. For dry styles of Cava check for Brut on the label and Demi-Sec for sweeter styles. WSET Certified Educator, Lauren Denyer – #AtLondonBridge Recommends Whether you’re dreaming of alfresco or air conditioning, these London Bridge bars offer a great selection of wines: BOB’s Lobster Wine Bar & Kitchen Londrino Prosecco House The Rose Vivat Bacchus The Ivy Tower Bridge
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