Most tapas bars in London are actually just Spanish-themed restaurants serving small plates, but Jose is the closest you’ll get to an actual tapas bar. Like in Spain, everything arrives on little plates, it’s always packed, and you’ll either eat standing or sat on a bar stool. The atmosphere is one reason that it’s been one of the best and most consistent Spanish restaurants in town since opening back in 2011, the other being that the food is fantastic. The menu’s simple but everything you eat - from croquetas to a plate of jamon or anchovies - will always be of the highest quality. While it’s still not as insanely rammed as it used to be, it still gets busy, so try to get there early.
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Village East is one of the best spots in Bermondsey for brunch, and it works for a group dinner or low-key date too.
Pizarro is a Spanish restaurant in Bermondsey with excellent wine and tapas. Get the Iberico Presa and croquetas.
Bar Tozino is a tiny Spanish tapas bar at the end of Maltby Street, serving excellent jamon and lovely wine.
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Morito is an energetic but corridor-like spot on Exmouth Market specialising in north African and Spanish inspired small plates.
Plenty of restaurants in Shoreditch have a gimmick, but Popolo doesn’t need one. This place serves up pastas and incredible small plates.
Donostia Social Club @ Pop Brixton
Donostia Social Club is a cool, low-key spot in Pop Brixton for drinks and small plates of tasty Spanish tapas.
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Barrafina is a legendary Soho tapas restaurant that’s always crowded but always worth the wait.
Maltby Street Market
Welcome to one of the best food markets in all of London - Maltby Street Market is so good that we even come in the middle of winter.
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