Despite being fairly cosy (see: small) Hej in Bermondsey makes for a good stop-off spot to get a couple of hours work done. There’s a large shared table which is laptop free: which is excellent encouragement if you have work that doesn’t necessarily involve you knowing what Love Island contestant you’d hypothetically be. Otherwise there’s plenty of counter seating and some comfier sofa options, plus the coffee and cakes are good too.
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Flour & Grape
Flour & Grape is another member of the we-just-invented-fresh-pasta club, and it’s worth the trek over to Bermondsey when Padella is rammed.
Village East is one of the best spots in Bermondsey for brunch, and it works for a group dinner or low-key date too.
Jose Pizarro is a tiny tapas bar in Bermondsey that's great for drinking sherry and eating excellent plates of tapas.
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Jolene is a bakery, café, and restaurant on Newington Green serving very nice, very grainy, very wholesome breakfast, lunch and (on some days) dinner.
E. Pellicci is an old-school classic in Bethnal Green. It’s warm and welcoming, and if you don’t get a Full English breakfast, you did it wrong.
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