In case you missed the memo, Bermondsey’s pretty darn cool these days. Case in point, we doubt that any locals did a double take when they stepped into Bermondsey Yard Cafe, a slick British brasserie housed in a converted parking garage. The food will remind you of the kind of thing you’d order in an upmarket gastropub, and you can get a solid plate of eggs Benedict or a nice ribeye steak and chips in a snip. It’s particularly good in nice weather, where grabbing a seat with a few friends at their outdoor terrace is pure gold.
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Jose Pizarro is a tiny tapas bar in Bermondsey that's great for drinking sherry and eating excellent plates of tapas.
Village East is one of the best spots in Bermondsey for brunch, and it works for a group dinner or low-key date too.
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The Builder’s Arms
The Builder’s Arms is a great pub on a backstreet in Kensington, serving pretty good food and snacks.
You can have a very memorable meal at The Dairy, but even when things don’t quite gel, the British food at this Clapham spot is still solid.
Old, full of red velvet, and with a taste for custard, Rules is a high-priced, novelty-feeling British restaurant in Covent Garden.
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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.
The Breakfast Club London Bridge
The Breakfast Club, unsurprisingly, does excellent all-day breakfasts.
Pizarro is a Spanish restaurant in Bermondsey with excellent wine and tapas. Get the Iberico Presa and croquetas.
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