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The best restaurants in Borough Market, London Bridge and Bermondsey

Head south of the river to London Bridge and you'll find a host of pubs, bars and restaurants - not to mention Borough Market itself at the weekends. There's a lot to choose from but the area is blessed with some of the very best restaurants in London.

 

arabicabar
Address: 3 Rochester Walk, Borough Market, London SE1 9AF
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Arabica started out at Borough Market, armed with little more than a cool box and began selling a small range of mezze from an 8ft trestle table. The vibe they're going for at their Borough restaurant is 1960s Beirut meets 21st century London.

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douro
Address: Arch 35b, Flat Iron Square, Union Street, London SE1 1TD
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The people behind Bar Douro have used their Portuguese ancestry to bring the authentic tasted of Portugal to London. But it's not just about the food, there's an extensive selection of Portuguese wine too, all in a counter dining setting.

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berlarder
Address: 153-157 Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 3LW
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Coming from Robin Gill, this is The Dairy Mk II in everything but name. The same team, the same seasonal menus, great wine and cocktail list - just in a different location.

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bobs
Address: Unit Su 59, London Bridge Station, St Thomas Street, London SE1 3QX
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Bob's Lobster have graduated from street food markets to a place they can call their own. They've set up shop in the arches of the revamped London Bridge station. And yes, there IS plenty of lobster on the menu.

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boroughmarketkitchen
Address: Winchester Walk, London SE1
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Borough Market Kitchen is a collection of stalls, mini restaurant spaces and more at the back of Borough Market. With top places like Mei Mei, Tacos Padre, Juma and Shuk - you're spoiled for choice here with excellent food on offer.

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casadofrango
Address: 32 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TU
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Successfully luring Londoners away from Nando's, this Algarvian restaurant is cooking its chicken on a wood fired grill. Oh, and there's also a secret bar worth checking out.

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cassecroute
Address: 109 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XB
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Casse-Croûte is a 20 seater French bistro and is the brainchild of Herve Durochat and Alexandre Bonnefoy. Expect tete de veau, rillettes, boudin noir, macarons, tarte aux fraises and clafoutis on the menu here.

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El Pastor
Address: 6-7A Stoney St, London SE1 9AA
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El Pastor is from the people behind Barrafina, on a mission to do the same for Mexican food as they did for Spanish. There's a big focus around tacos, particularly on the signature Al Pastor and they have a super selection of Mezcal too.

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Elliot's
Address: 12 Stoney St, Borough Market, London SE1 9AD
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Elliot's has become a staple of Borough Market, sourcing its produce from the market for an ever-changing menu. There's a strong focus on its wood-fired grill and an all-natural wine list.

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upstairsflor
Address: 1 Bedale St, London SE1 9AL
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Flor is from the people behind Lyle's, but there's more of a casual vibe to their Borough Market restaurant. Part wine bar and part bakery, there's a mix of influence from France and the pintxos bars of San Sebastian.

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Flour and Grape
Address: 214 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3TQ
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There are just eight pastas on the menu at Flour & Grape, who aim to create a beautifully pared back selection of Italian antipasti, pasta and gelato. They promise very reasonable prices, pasta to go and a very healthy (and affordable) wine list.

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Hawksmoor Borough
Address: 16 Winchester Walk, London SE1 9AQ
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London's steak and cocktail masters chose this as their first restaurant south of the river and - like all the others - it's rather beautiful, taking over an old warehouse. As ever be quick if you want a certain cut of steak - when they're gone, they're gone.

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hutong2
Address: Level 33 The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY
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The Aqua group picked The Shard for their first European branch of Hutong - known for serving up fiery Northern Chinese food. The duck is always wonderful and the red lantern crispy soft shell crab with chilli is always on the menu and worth ordering. Oh the views aren't bad either.

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José
Address: 104 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, London SE1 3UB
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José Pizarro has a small but select group of restaurants in London - this is his diminutive sherry and tapas joint. The menu changes daily and consists of simple sharing plates such as Razor Clams 'a la plancha' and the best Jamon Iberico. The decor mirrors the style and feel of Barcelona's Boqueria market.

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kindeum
Address: 2 Crucifix Lane, London SE1 3JW
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A trio of siblings took over their dad's restaurant by London Bridge station and gave the space and menu a more modern makeover. The Thai restaurant is now one of the most celebrated in the area with a regularly changing menu which Is paired with Thai cocktails and tonics.

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Lobos Bar and Tapas
Address: 14 Borough High Street, London SE1 9QG
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This Spanish restaurant has a big focus on meat - specifically Iberico pork - as well as tapas, Spanish wines, sherry and cavas as well as a short cocktail list.

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Lupins
Address: 66-68 Union Street, London SE1 1TD
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Keen to break the traditional British restaurant mould, Lupins aims to serve up all the usual hearty British ingredients but with a global twist - think sumac on your lamb, roast pigeon with chipotle or spiced beef short rib.

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over
Address: 44-46 Southwark St, London SE1 1UN
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This Italian restaurant just off Borough Market has a very specific speciality - they use purified seawater in their pizza dough. And they're rated as serving up some of the best pizzas in London as a result.

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Padella
Address: 6 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TQ
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Probably the London restaurant that's done more for this city's passion for pasta than any other opening, Padella comes from the Trullo stable and serves up freshly-made-each-day pasta. The only downside is the queue or waiting time for a table. Prepare to be patient.

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pique
Address: Tanner Street Park, London SE1 3LD
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This Bermondsey restaurant comes from Hervé Durochat, the man behind another restaurant in Bermondsey, the ever popular Casse Croute. Here alongside a small selection of French dishes, the star attraction is the chicken - or the Poulet de Bresse to be precise.

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josepiz
Address: 194 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ
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Further along the same street as his popular tapas bar José, this is the Spanish chef's more formal offering. Expect bigger dishes with an emphasis on sharing.

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roast2
Address: The Floral Hall, Stoney Street, London SE1 1TL
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A classic London Bridge restaurant, Roast has a very British feel to the menu and - as you may guess from the name - does a mean roast dinner. It's one of the longest-serving restaurants in Borough Market with a super view over the market.

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santo
Address: 152 Tooley St, London SE1 2TU
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This is a small two storey restaurant with a modern take on traditional Mexican from food husband and wife team Edson and Natalie Diaz-Fuentes. Here you'll find a menu which mixes what you know about Mexican cooking with more unfamiliar dishes.

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sollip
Address: 8 Melior St, Bermondsey, London SE1 3QP
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Sollip is from husband and wife team Woongchul Park (formerly at The Ledbury and Koffman's) and Bomee Ki (former pastry chef at The Arts Club). They're marrying the team's European cooking style with Korean influences in a fine-dining, paired back approach.

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trivet
Address: 36 Snowsfields, Bermondsey, London SE1 3SU
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Trivet is a joint collaboration between chef Jonny Lake and master sommelier Isa Bal, both alumni of Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck. Here you can expect an informal take on fine dining with a truly epic wine list that covers the globe. The attached wine bar has a pared down menu that's also worth trying out.

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wrightborough
Address: Borough Market, 11 Stoney St, London SE1 9AD
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The Borough Market Wright Brothers is where the seafood restaurant company first started and it's still a big draw in the area. They serve up some of the best seafood in town all around an open kitchen. If you love oysters, a visit here is a must.

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