As a celebration of the London Bridge community, The Ivy Tower Bridge have announced a collaboration with local beekeepers Bermondsey Street Bees, creating two delicious cocktail concoctions featuring the award-winning honey as a key ingredient. The Bermondsey Queen Bee cocktail features Warner Edwards Honeybee gin, Bermondsey Street Bees honey, apricot brandy, lemon juice & Fever-Tree lemonade on crushed ice, garnished with fresh mint & honey dipper. The brasserie’s bar team have also created a refreshing, non-alcoholic alternative, the Berry Cooler, which is priced at £4.95 and incorporates blackberries, mint, lemon juice, Bermondsey Street Bees honey, Fever-Tree soda, garnished with fresh blackberries & mint. The Bermondsey Queen Bee an Berry Cooler will be available until Monday, 17 September. www.theivytowerbridge.com www.bermondseystreetbees.co.uk
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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 >> Oneing October 26th – Handmade pasta, freshly made pizza dough and salads alongside the best buffalo mozzarella, meats & cheese antipasti plates.
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 Ivy Tower Bridge is an all-day British brasserie with an all-encompassing menu serving modern British and international Ivy-inspired classics from dawn until dusk, seven days a week. Making the most of its riverside location and views of the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London, the restaurant also features an outdoor terrace, a bar and a private dining room on the first floor, offering tranquil relaxed yet sophisticated dining with beautiful views across the river. With interiors designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, the two-floors restaurant will offer guests the choice of dining within the restaurant, enjoying the view from floor to ceiling glass windows, or outside on the Parisian-style al fresco terrace seating 50 and overlooking the River Thames.
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.
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.
With The Ivy Tower Bridge set to open at the new One Tower Bridge development on 26th July 2017, we speak to General Manager Thas Robinson about spreading The Ivy magic and the dishes you just can’t miss… How long have you been working for The Ivy and what attracted you to the position? I have been with The Ivy Collection for two years; I joined for the opening of the first Ivy Cafe in Marylebone in December 2015, and have been General Manager there since. I have always been a big fan of The Ivy, West Street and Caprice Holdings, and I have admired Mr. Caring throughout my career. Working on the opening for The Ivy Café, Marylebone was a challenge I was very willing to take on! What is the philosophy behind an Ivy brasserie? The aim behind the Ivy Collection is to bring a piece of The Ivy magic from the West End to other locations, and the area of Tower Bridge and London Bridge was a perfect spot for us. It’s important for us that each site reflects the neighbourhood and community in which it sits; each location has its own unique character which we bring to life through bespoke cocktail menus, artwork and interiors, with a recognisable Ivy feel present in each restaurant. At the Ivy Tower Bridge cocktails and artworks pay homage to the magnificent views of the river Thames, the Tower of London and Tower bridge, whilst, for example, at The Ivy City Garden it was important for us to incorporate a ‘garden oasis’ concept for City-workers and visitors to enjoy. What makes London Bridge such an ideal location for The Ivy Brasserie? It was a great opportunity for us to add such an iconic location on the riverside to our portfolio, The Ivy Tower Bridge has fantastic a fantastic view of the river and is located close to many key London landmarks. What can you tell us about the design of the restaurant? The Ivy Collection design takes inspiration from the original Ivy on West Street, with each site referencing its own location. Our interiors usually have a bar as a key focal point, and incorporate subtle art deco references, spotted in elements such as the pendant lights, bar lamps and antique brass mirrors. The artwork at each location will then relate to the neighbourhood of the project; for example, at the Ivy Tower Bridge the artworks will be inspired by the river, Tower of London and Tower Bridge. What preparations are being taken for the opening, have you faced any challenges? My team and I have been working hard this year on a number of new openings within the collection. As the Tower Bridge site will draw such a diverse clientele, our challenges will be to maintain our high standard of service and consistently good food. Catering for the combination of tourists and local businesses and residents in the area is an exciting challenge and one which we are well prepared for. If you had to recommend just one dish, what would it be? I love our Steak Tartare, and you should definitely try our Shepherd’s Pie, a classic inspired by the Ivy West Street’s famous original recipe, always on our menus! The Ivy Tower Bridge will open on 26th July 2017, featuring an all-encompassing menu, serving modern British classics from dawn until dusk, including breakfast, elevenses, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks, dinner and cocktails. The kitchen will be overseen by Executive Chef Sean Burbidge, whilst the restaurant’s affordable menus will incorporate a selection of Ivy classics, including shepherd’s pie, eggs Benedict, brioche crumbled chicken Milanese and the sumptuous strawberry ice cream sundae with vanilla ice cream, meringue and shortbread.