Just a stone’s throw away from the iconic Tower Bridge and London’s leading contemporary theatre The Bridge, this riverside hotspot is fast becoming the go-to destination to discover exciting new dining options in London Bridge. Its pedestrianised streets and modern piazzas are home to a unique array of restaurants, including the first London venture for award-winning Welsh Chef Tom Simmons, vegan favourite By Chloe and acclaimed Brighton export The Coal Shed. Recent additions to the One Tower Bridge family include Gunpowder, Rosa’s Thai Cafe and Vapiano; with more highly anticipated openings for 2018/19. Restaurant A-Z by Chloe >> Plant-based British comfort food classics head up the Vegan menu at this edgy, fast-casual venue. Gunpowder, Custard >> Intimate Indian restaurant with bare brick walls, offering home cooking-inspired menus. Prosecco House >> London’s first and only bar dedicated to Prosecco. Rosa’s Thai Cafe >> The home of modern Thai food in the heart of London. Offering authentic cuisine, with ingredients sourced from the UK and around the world. The Coal Shed >> Born from the love of cooking the finest meat and seafood over fire, The Coal Shed guarantees a dining experience to remember. The Ivy Tower Bridge >> A touch of Ivy magic on the banks of the Thames. All-day dining brasserie with classic British dishes. Temakinho >> Opening 2019 – Japanese/ Brazilian fusion Tom Simmons >> Top Welsh chef plays up his heritage on a classy British-French menu at this relaxed, all-day spot. Vapiano >> Handmade pasta, freshly made pizza dough and salads alongside the best buffalo mozzarella, meats & cheese antipasti plates.
New to Crucifix Lane, Kin + Deum brings a curation of fresh, wholesome Thai dishes in a stylish, modern setting to London Bridge. The family run restaurant was opened by siblings Bank, Roselyn, and Shakris Inngern in July 2018, who have created a menu packed with local ingredients with traditional cooking techniques applied. Dishes like Bangkok’s Gra Pow (Stir-fried minced pork with bird’s eye chillies, garlic, peppers, red onions and basil leaves) and Honey Duck Coriander (Roasted duck slices in a marinade of honey and garlic) take inspiration from the local appetite of Bangkok. https://www.kindeum.com
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 tablecloths 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 – 10% off food and drink. Eat in. 2 – All takeaway coffees for £1.50. PLUS, don’t miss Buck-A-Shuck Happy Hour – all oysters are £1 from 5-6PM, Monday – Friday BYOB Mondays with no corkage fee
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling on 0203 957 9932.