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The Best Restaurants In London Bridge

Whether you work or live in London Bridge, it can be hard to find good places to eat. Here’s our pick of the best.
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Maybe you spend a lot of time in London Bridge because HMS Belfast is your happy place and 20th-century maritime battleship facts are your thing. Or, maybe you’re simply visiting in search of some rare organic dragon fruits from Borough Market. Among all the offices, Southwark Cathedral, and The Shard, there are some great places to eat. You just need to dodge the tourist traps and know where to find them. 

If you’re specifically looking for Borough Market recommendations or restaurants in Bermondsey, we’ve got those guides too. 


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London Bridge

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Do not go to Agora if you have a sore throat. The dark, cave-like Borough Market souvla bar is walk-in only and upon entering you’re met with a wall of sound: roars of laughter from groups who’ve nabbed a counter seat and are now watching pork slowly spin on a rotisserie, and couples leaning in, shouting in each others’ ears to be heard. The Greek food is delicious. A humble-sounding tahini spread is silkier than the anti-ageing pillowcases we overpaid for, and a slow-cooked chickpea braise is the edible equivalent of a comforter. 

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Eating at Oma will make you feel cool. You arrive at the Greek spot through Agora—its wilder and louder downstairs sibling—and are whisked up stone steps, like a VIP, past people who are desperately waiting for a seat. The moody, dark dining room is filled with people who look like they own art galleries and wardrobes full of Loewe. Some of the best things here—the excellent açma, a pillowy bagel-like bread ring, the silky spreads, and charred skewers—require getting stuck in and eating with your hands. Because even though Oma is sleek, it's not standing on ceremony.

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If linen curtains on gold rails, blackboard menus, and flickering candles get you going, you’ll love Camille. If not, the shatteringly crispy confit potatoes will make you fall for this Borough Market spot. The French bistro has hideaway nooks that are perfect for a tête-à-tête and servers who will charm you with a wink as they top up your wine glass. But it’s the food—generously salted, creamy butter with fresh baguette, tender, rich ox tongue draped with chanterelles, crisp pastry base on the sweet shallot tatin—that really seals the deal. 

Kolae is a southern Thai restaurant in Borough Market that's best enjoyed at the counter. Every so often, a whoosh of jagged flames shoots up from the wok in the open kitchen, diners squeal, the chef expertly manoeuvres his wrist, and the £5 martini should be mandated by law. The Soho House-lite space feels like somewhere that’s trying to appeal to everyone, but Kolae’s menu—lively curries, herbaceous kale fritters, sticky pandan rice—is where it shows real personality.

Bancone in Borough Yards is quite simply a beautiful place to eat beautiful pasta. Lean back into caramel-coloured leather seats and peer into the kitchen as pasta gets tossed in sauce, and confit yolks are slid onto plates. Order the signature silk handkerchiefs glistening with walnut butter, every bite smooth and rich, then move onto the duck ragu. For somewhere that feels special, it’s all very reasonably priced. Which is to say, you should absolutely get another praline cannolo with crystalised hazelnuts. 

Plants Of Roselyn is an ideal after-work spot for days when you need charming service and a chilli-heavy aubergine gra pow before your commute home. Most days then. The calming oaty tones and dried flowers provide a pretty backdrop for fiery flavours and excellent plant-based Thai dishes. Come for the fragrant green curry and stay for a mango and chilli margarita. This is the kind of place where servers go the extra mile, making it a great little spot for low-key dates and catch-ups. 

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Sometimes all you need is a warming open-fire kitchen, clay-coloured walls, and course after course of well-balanced, deeply satisfying small plates to remind you why London is so great. Rambutan—one of the best Sri Lankan restaurants in the city—has all that, and so much more. Prawns cooked in a silky curry sauce over the fiery aduppu are a must, as are flaky rotis for mopping up every last drop of said sauce. The counter is the sought-after spot for a front-row seat to the kitchen action.

If you need somewhere that treads the line between fancy and friendly (read: theatrical sauce pours minus starched white tablecloths), we have a feeling you’re going to like Trivet. This sophisticated, sleek restaurant ticks the boxes for an upmarket long lunch or special occasion, with attentive service and creative dishes like red gurnard with toasted barley and cornsilk. The modern European mains will set you back upwards of £40, but the cheese selection and a crisp glass of Turkish white wine on the terrace make it worth it. 

This small restaurant on Borough High Street, that’s so undetectable you’ll probably struggle to spot it even if you’re following Google Maps—look for the brown building and neon ‘open’ sign— serves some delicious Korean food. We’d recommend coming to Seoul Tokyo with three people tops, ordering the cheese-covered ddeokbokki, crispy seafood pancake, and the chicken and spring onion skewers. You can give the KFC a miss, but the BBQ is a fun and tasty dinner option. And FYI, the chicken is halal.

Borough Market is one of the places that makes us eternally grateful that we live in London. It’s also one of the places that makes us question whether it’s normal to get so excited about kitsch French cheese packaging. As well as artisan cheesemongers and fresh vegetable stalls, you’ve got freshly shucked oysters at the Richard Haward stall, crispy kubba haleb from Juma Kitchen, and so many more great places. Almost everything is designed to grab and go, so browse, buy, and find a nice little spot to stand and eat. 

We like seafood, we like garlic, and we like eating both while pretending we’re in a climate that demands wearing an entirely ostentatious straw hat. You’ll find all of the above at Bar Douro, a charming little Portuguese bar housed in one of the old railway arches. The classics should definitely be on your table—ibérico, garlic prawns, the sausage croquettes, more ibérico—but they’ve also got dishes like octopus rice and onglet to get involved in. 

Berenjak is a loud, busy Persian restaurant by Borough Market where walk-ins are turned away with a polite, “Tonight? It’ll be a couple of hours.” People jostle over lamb rump kebabs and squeeze into seats next to open cabinets stuffed with glassware. But the best seats are at the counter where you can watch bread get tossed on the grill in front of you. Although the bill can quickly stack up, the best dishes aren’t the pricier, showy platters of meat. They’re baked flatbreads, which should be dipped  in tangy mast o musir and smoky mirza ghasemi.

Just like at Bao’s other Taiwanese restaurants in London, there are plenty of fluffy buns filled with soft pork, beef short rib, and more at its Borough Market location. Don’t stop at the must-try curry cheese bao though. Things like a bowl of pink, aged beef in buttery rice with a perfect orange yolk in the middle, or a plate of crunchy fried chicken covered in hot sauce deserve your attention too. And if those aren’t reason enough to visit, there’s a downstairs karaoke room as well.

Casa Do Frango is a Portuguese restaurant in Southwark that’s tired of being compared to Nando’s. But yes, you do choose between a piri-piri, oregano, or lemon and garlic glaze to coat your juicy chicken. Batatas fritas, chorizo rice, and fresh salads all make this way better than a trip to Nando’s. It’s very satisfying and solid stuff, plus they’ve also got a selection of cocktails if you’re looking to transform your casual school night chicken-fest into something a bit more boozy.

There are plenty of flashy new options for dinner around The Shard and Borough Market, but Turkish restaurant Tas has been cooking some of the most reliably good food in this neighbourhood for ages. It’s a casual, homely spot that serves light mezzes and satisfying mains like moussaka and slow-cooked lamb shank. Tas is also very good for vegetarians and anyone with dietary restrictions—and it’s also great for big group bookings and your sister’s screaming kids.

Elliot’s has been one of the best restaurants in the area for ages, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s a class act, from the drinks and food, to the service and cosiness of the room. The modern European food is sharing-style—charcuterie, saffron artichokes, mussels, wood-fired sourdough pizza—with a nice choice of steaks to round it off. Wines are biodynamic and very good, and the staff will guide you through their selection to find you something you like. 

You could mistake Wright Brothers for a seaside pub, with its barrels for tables and pints of prawns all over the shop. Except without the traumatic memories of being shoved in a caravan with five of your relatives in Morecambe Bay. It’s all very relaxed and unpretentious, with food cooked simply to let the natural flavours do their thing. Grab a seat and a pint of porter, and feel relieved you’re not one of the suckers inching their way through the crowds in the market.

If you’re in the mood to go and eat a slab of meat, medium rare, with a stiff drink on the side, then go to Hawksmoor. This outpost has Borough’s traders on its literal doorstep and some great daily specials, so you can argue you’re technically doing the market thing. If you work in the area, even better. Their lunch specials are the perfect excuse for a splurge you’re not going to regret. Until you fall asleep at your desk, that is.

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