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
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.
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
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
The Bermondsey Yard Cafe is a fabulous dining concept situated at the heart of energetic and vibrant Bermondsey Street, SE1. This exciting and totally unique bar/restaurant is set in a disused car park which has been stripped back to its original industrial design features, exposing all its raw materials, contrasted against reclaimed furniture and cool lighting, creating a flexible space for work and play. Bermondsey Yard Cafe are offering DealCard holders an exclusive discount of 10% off all food and drink.
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.
Hong Kong based restaurant Duddell’s is set to open its doors in London Bridge on November 28th. In keeping with the traditions of its Michelin-starred Hong Kong counterpart, Duddell’s in London Bridge will showcase authentic Cantonese dishes and hand-crafted dim sum, using only the freshest, premium ingredients sourced in the UK and further afield. Housed in the historic St Thomas’ Church, Michaelis Boyd (Soho Farmhouse, Soho House Berlin) has designed the interior with the aim to maximise the daylight and heritage elements of the Grade II-listed building – honouring original features such as the ground floor alter, whilst exploring contemporary twists. Duddell’s will also features an impressive standalone bar with a dynamic wine list of old and new world wines as well as classic and innovative Asian-inspired cocktails. Duddell’s Hong Kong was conceived to create a cultural and social destination for people with an appreciation for the arts, providing an inspiring backdrop where people could meet, eat, drink and socialize. The London restaurant hopes to follows suit, reflecting its creative roots in a menu packed with ingredient-led dishes that highlight texture and technique. Duddell’s will open on 28th November for lunch and dinner. Reservations can be made online at www.duddells.co or by emailing email@example.com or calling on 0203 957 9932.
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
In the days leading up to the launch of London Bridge’s latest culinary addition, The Coal Shed, we speak to Head Pastry Chef, Laura Petersen. Laura discovered her talent as a pastry commis at The Ginger Pig in Hove, where she moved up the ranks before eventually becoming part of the opening team for The Coal Shed’s sister restaurant, The Salt Room in Brighton in 2015. It was there she was promoted to Head Pastry Chef. The biggest move in her career is yet to come – as she moves to London to head up a team of five, creating and making all the home made bread and desserts for the new restaurant. If you could sum up The Coal Shed experience in three words, what would they be? Meat, Fish, Fire. What preparations are you taking for the move to One Tower Bridge? Personally, moving to London from Brighton for the first time means flat hunting and exploring the area. Developing the menu and coming up with new desserts is great fun. We are also recruiting for a new team so lots of interviews! Describe your typical day at the restaurant… Busy! I’m the first in in the morning to bake the bread and this is when I have my first coffee of the morning before everyone else comes in. Then we get all the big jobs for the day done such as making our famous pebbles, which are chocolate truffles shaped like pebbles. In London this will become chocolate coal covered in charcoal. Then briefing the team for service. I am always working on menu development and creating during the day and testing my ideas. If you had to recommend just one dish from the menu, what would it be? I love the selection of sweet which is our take on petit fours, we are showcasing some of the favourite from our Brighton menus to London. Perfect little bites to enjoy with your after dinner cocktail or coffee. Finally, what treats can we expect from the dessert section? We have our take on classic desserts and my playful take on childhood favourites such as the ‘chocolate bar’ which chocolate lovers will adore! I like taking classics and giving my own twist to them- look out for the new custard tart, with pumpkin and nutmeg. Named as one of the best places to eat in the UK by the Observer Food Monthly Awards, The Coal Shed’s philosophy is a celebration of meat, fish and fire. The menu will focus around the finest, locally sourced ingredients, including a range of 35-day, dry-aged Scottish steaks from the North Highlands cooked on hot coals, plus fish fresh from the South coast. One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, London, SE1 2SE Open daily 12-10pm. Bookings taken from 16th October 2017 www.coalshed-restaurantlondon.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org