One of my favorite neighborhoods in London is Bermondsey. Just behind London Bridge, it’s a quiet escape from the hustle & bustle of The City. It’s within walking distance to South Bank, St Paul’s Cathedral, and even Shoreditch, if you’re wearing comfy shoes.
There are several great restaurants and pubs on Bermondsey Street and a few others just around the corner. My favorite spots for food on Bermondsey Street are:
Try the mac and cheese at The Garrison, the burger and chips at the Woolpack, the mashed potatoes at Village East, the burrata appetizer at Franco Manca, and the patatas bravas at Jose’s.
In the summer, you can buy a pizza at Franco Manca and eat in the neighboring Tanner Street Park, or hang out back in the beer garden at The Woolpack. The Sunday Roasts at The Garrison and Village East are both fantastic! Make sure to book ahead at both restaurants and leave a little room for dessert if you’re heading to the Maltby Street Market afterwards. My favorite is the salted caramel brownie from Bad Brownie.
If you’re looking for a fun spot for a girls lunch or dinner, try Jose’s! If your better half has a big stomach, save this one for a day when he’s already had a snack and take him to Woolpack or Franco Manca instead.
Pro Tip: If you’re heading to the Garrison or Village East during prime dinner time, you’ll want to make reservations. Joses’s doesn’t take reservations so come early and have a glass of wine while you wait.
My favorite places for a drink are:
- The Hyde
- Bermondsey Arts Club
If you’re in the mood for a good coffee, walk to the end of Bermondsey Street to enjoy a cup at either Fuckoffee or The Watch House. You’ll want to grab a seat along the street if the weather is nice to people watch.
Pro Tip: If you happen to be in the area on a Sunday, be sure to check out Maltby Street Market for delicious street food from around the world. Here you can find anything from chicken and waffles to burgers and currywursts.