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Broad beans and toast, little gem lettuce and asparagus at 40 Maltby Street in Bermondsey, the modern British restaurant that forms part of the best 24 hour restaurant travel itinerary for London — where to eat with one day in the city Ola Smit/Eater London

11 Superb Places to Eat in Bermondsey

Restaurants, yes — but this is a place where London’s best traders and producers sell their weekend wares

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Bermondsey is strung out over several distinct neighbourhoods that stretch from London Bridge. There’s the ‘street of dreams,’ as locals term Bermondsey Street, all post-punk, PJ Harvey, and cobbled Victoriana. There’s the ‘street of nightmares,’ or Tower Bridge Road. And then there’s the railroad, where some of the food industry’s most venerable producers and importers work the long line of brick arches reaching to the old industrial district around the Biscuit Factory. Here, braziers get lit against the cold in winter, and the smell of gin and hops stains the brickwork. This is the backbone of the area, a rich vein of historical production that bleeds into the local restaurants, coffee shops, pubs, and bars — and, come a Saturday or Sunday morning, is tapped by Londoners in search of deliciousness, when traders open to the public for a few small hours.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 40 Maltby St

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40 Maltby St
London SE1 3PA, UK

40 Maltby Street, home of importer Gergovie Wines, is a dream local. That said, chefs and restaurant people from all over town head here when off shift, looking for a slice of solace that probably comes with cream. It’s possible to lose whole afternoons perched around pallet tables of fritters, crumbed brawn and jellied eggs, oatmeal tarts and gelatinous cuttlefish; sponges, jellies and set creams. There’s often a little biscuit: shortbread perhaps, or ginger nut. And there’s never any hurry; the plates can loll at leisure without being rushed off, half eaten; the bar staff know the wine list like an old friend.

Broad beans and toast, little gem lettuce and asparagus at 40 Maltby Street in Bermondsey, the modern British restaurant that forms part of the best 24 hour restaurant travel itinerary for London — where to eat with one day in the city Ola Smit/Eater London

2. Black Swan Yard Coffee LTD

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37 Bermondsey St
London SE1 3XF, UK

Bermondsey’s best coffee is as much a dark horse as a black swan. One could spend years walking Bermondsey Street and miss it — a counter in the inauspicious corner of a bike shop, behind a street hatch. The coffee, from Margate’s Curve, is so good in fact it almost feels irreverent to add a snack. But the pneumatic Snapery buns — cardamom, chocolate brioche — are very inviting, as are the açai bowls. There’s a long table, lush acoustics on the speakers, WiFi, and warmth. A freelancer’s dream.

Black Swan Yard in Bermondsey, one of London’s best coffee shops Black Swan Yard Coffee Official

3. Omoide

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126 Bermondsey St
London SE1 3HS, UK

Omoide is where Angelo Sato — formerly head chef of Story Restaurant — went next, via a pop-up in Old Street station. The chirashi served is a return to his Japanese roots, but there’s much continuity here with the Michelin-starred Story. Super slick, Michelin micro-detail and an enviable prep counter — all working for customisable shokuji rice bowls and dashi. The important things here are the bright, unmuddied flavours that speak of quality raw materials. Lunch only.

4. Kin and Deum

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2 Crucifix Ln
London SE1 3JW, UK

Milder and less Instagram-frenetic than London’s spate of nu-Thai north of the river, Kin and Deum is more in the traditional vein — from three Thai siblings Shakris, Roselyn, and Bank Inngern. The site’s the inheritor to their father Suchard’s restaurant on Tooley Street — still there — and it nods back to a past both classic Thai, and classic British. Thai green curries are rarely seen on new menus today and most new operators would baulk at dishes which have all but lapsed into cliche. But the perennial truth of why cliches become such to begin with — because they are loved and delicious — seems to be behind the menu choices here. Signs of a kitchen finding its own footing, between past and future.

5. Crystal China

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78-80 Tower Bridge Rd
London SE1 4TP, UK

Where Dongbei meets Sichuan, around one of London’s best dry hotpots. Pick a mix for the pot, steering wide of the higher heat levels — they run from one to four — which are palate-razingly hot. Outside the pot, Dongbei dishes are particularly strong: braised aubergine in yellow bean sauce; a dry-fried, waxed Chinese sausage with a curiously, then compulsively chewy texture; tea tree mushrooms with the delicious texture of slightly decomposing meat. On the Sichuan side, get the fried green beans with minced pork. This is a place to embrace intestines, pigs trotters, secret sauce. Bear in mind that it’s also a homing device for London’s Chinese student population, so get there early or book.

6. Pique-Nique

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Tanner St
London SE1 3LD, UK

The second outpost from the folks at Casse-Croute is a rather gauche looking pavilion in the corner of Bermondsey Gardens. More 1980s retro than classic bistro, but the same head chef scurrying between the two. Expect swooping marble countertops, rotisserie chicken strung up in haute-looking bondage gear, piped butter rosettes and frozen pineapple desserts. Breakfast is the standout, perhaps, its omelettes composées, milk-fed brioche, croque monsieurs and chansons aux pommes (apple tarts) the sole French breakfast in the capital to hit both classicism and excellence. That chicken can be ordered in advance, to go — give or take an hour if it is a busy evening.

Bermondsey’s best restaurants: Mussels at French restaurant Pique-Nique in Tanner Street Park, Bermondsey Pique-Nique [Official Photo]

7. Casse-Croûte

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109 Bermondsey St
London SE1 3XB, UK

One of London’s best daily-changing blackboards, written entirely in French — yes, but the staff’s translation skills are excellent, and there’s an undeniable frisson to those Gallic words. Aim for a seat at a bar stuffed with trinkets, littered with old “favours” — cards imprinted with past patrons’ lipstick — and manned with the best kind of theatre. Menu standouts include rabbit or hare, pissaladière and eggs en cocotte.

8. Hedone Bakery

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Unit 5 Discovery Business Park, Priter Road, off, St James's Rd
London SE16 4RA, UK

Hedone hides out in wine importer Dynamic Vines’ arch at Spa Terminus — perhaps this is why its existence is still wondrously under-discovered. Just a single table of viennoisierie and patisserie, plus a shelf of bread. The sourdough-method viennoiseries and the breads are the strongest showings, particularly sweet, pearled sugar brioches and custard-webbed canelés, pains aux raisin soaked in banyuls vinegar, gummy crumbed sourdough and weathered rye. Saturday mornings only.

Bermondsey’s best restaurants: Fig tart at Hedone Bakery, one of the best places to eat pastry in London Hedone Bakery [Official Photo]

9. Little Bread Pedlar

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Arch Spa Business Park 4, 6 Dockley Rd
London SE16 3FJ, UK

Little Bread Pedlar is one of the Spa Terminus elders, dating back to when this stretch really was an industrial wasteland. The bakers no longer pedal their own pastries across London at 5am, and some of the originals have moved on, but its maverick, pioneering spirit remains. Expect a queue of around 30 people minimum here for their baguettes — also found at 40 Maltby Street — ficelles, rye made with beer from neighbours Kernel Brewery, focaccia, and a host of perfectly laminated pastries. Saturday mornings only.

10. Lechevalier Wine Bar & Shop

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85 Tower Bridge Rd
London SE1 4TW, UK

Halfway down an anonymous stretch of the Tower Bridge Road, sometimes things get thirsty. That’s when Le Chevalier appears as a knight in shining armour with a life-saving raft of well-sourced, democratic, and globally representative bottles. Take away, or drink in at the bar, where there’s a changing wines by the glass list that can reveal some one-off gems. Wednesday is free corkage night.

11. Bar Tozino

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Lassco Ropewalk, Maltby St
London SE1 3PA, UK

There are two famous hams on this stretch: one is glazed, pink and served with mustard at 40 Maltby Street — the other is Bar Tozino’s jamón. Tozino is an unassuming little space, but inside this wooden den, often awash with Maltby Street revellers, the staff are fiercely proud of their hams. Tapas is fine, but diners are really here for a plate of the Jamón Bellota — acorn-fed, black-footed Iberian pig, cured and carved to order, served with Snapery baguette and had with a fino sherry. Perfect interim eating.

1. 40 Maltby St

40 Maltby St, London SE1 3PA, UK
Broad beans and toast, little gem lettuce and asparagus at 40 Maltby Street in Bermondsey, the modern British restaurant that forms part of the best 24 hour restaurant travel itinerary for London — where to eat with one day in the city Ola Smit/Eater London

40 Maltby Street, home of importer Gergovie Wines, is a dream local. That said, chefs and restaurant people from all over town head here when off shift, looking for a slice of solace that probably comes with cream. It’s possible to lose whole afternoons perched around pallet tables of fritters, crumbed brawn and jellied eggs, oatmeal tarts and gelatinous cuttlefish; sponges, jellies and set creams. There’s often a little biscuit: shortbread perhaps, or ginger nut. And there’s never any hurry; the plates can loll at leisure without being rushed off, half eaten; the bar staff know the wine list like an old friend.

40 Maltby St
London SE1 3PA, UK

2. Black Swan Yard Coffee LTD

37 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3XF, UK
Black Swan Yard in Bermondsey, one of London’s best coffee shops Black Swan Yard Coffee Official

Bermondsey’s best coffee is as much a dark horse as a black swan. One could spend years walking Bermondsey Street and miss it — a counter in the inauspicious corner of a bike shop, behind a street hatch. The coffee, from Margate’s Curve, is so good in fact it almost feels irreverent to add a snack. But the pneumatic Snapery buns — cardamom, chocolate brioche — are very inviting, as are the açai bowls. There’s a long table, lush acoustics on the speakers, WiFi, and warmth. A freelancer’s dream.

37 Bermondsey St
London SE1 3XF, UK

3. Omoide

126 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3HS, UK

Omoide is where Angelo Sato — formerly head chef of Story Restaurant — went next, via a pop-up in Old Street station. The chirashi served is a return to his Japanese roots, but there’s much continuity here with the Michelin-starred Story. Super slick, Michelin micro-detail and an enviable prep counter — all working for customisable shokuji rice bowls and dashi. The important things here are the bright, unmuddied flavours that speak of quality raw materials. Lunch only.

126 Bermondsey St
London SE1 3HS, UK

4. Kin and Deum

2 Crucifix Ln, London SE1 3JW, UK

Milder and less Instagram-frenetic than London’s spate of nu-Thai north of the river, Kin and Deum is more in the traditional vein — from three Thai siblings Shakris, Roselyn, and Bank Inngern. The site’s the inheritor to their father Suchard’s restaurant on Tooley Street — still there — and it nods back to a past both classic Thai, and classic British. Thai green curries are rarely seen on new menus today and most new operators would baulk at dishes which have all but lapsed into cliche. But the perennial truth of why cliches become such to begin with — because they are loved and delicious — seems to be behind the menu choices here. Signs of a kitchen finding its own footing, between past and future.

2 Crucifix Ln
London SE1 3JW, UK

5. Crystal China

78-80 Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 4TP, UK

Where Dongbei meets Sichuan, around one of London’s best dry hotpots. Pick a mix for the pot, steering wide of the higher heat levels — they run from one to four — which are palate-razingly hot. Outside the pot, Dongbei dishes are particularly strong: braised aubergine in yellow bean sauce; a dry-fried, waxed Chinese sausage with a curiously, then compulsively chewy texture; tea tree mushrooms with the delicious texture of slightly decomposing meat. On the Sichuan side, get the fried green beans with minced pork. This is a place to embrace intestines, pigs trotters, secret sauce. Bear in mind that it’s also a homing device for London’s Chinese student population, so get there early or book.

78-80 Tower Bridge Rd
London SE1 4TP, UK

6. Pique-Nique

Tanner St, London SE1 3LD, UK
Bermondsey’s best restaurants: Mussels at French restaurant Pique-Nique in Tanner Street Park, Bermondsey Pique-Nique [Official Photo]

The second outpost from the folks at Casse-Croute is a rather gauche looking pavilion in the corner of Bermondsey Gardens. More 1980s retro than classic bistro, but the same head chef scurrying between the two. Expect swooping marble countertops, rotisserie chicken strung up in haute-looking bondage gear, piped butter rosettes and frozen pineapple desserts. Breakfast is the standout, perhaps, its omelettes composées, milk-fed brioche, croque monsieurs and chansons aux pommes (apple tarts) the sole French breakfast in the capital to hit both classicism and excellence. That chicken can be ordered in advance, to go — give or take an hour if it is a busy evening.

Tanner St
London SE1 3LD, UK

7. Casse-Croûte

109 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3XB, UK

One of London’s best daily-changing blackboards, written entirely in French — yes, but the staff’s translation skills are excellent, and there’s an undeniable frisson to those Gallic words. Aim for a seat at a bar stuffed with trinkets, littered with old “favours” — cards imprinted with past patrons’ lipstick — and manned with the best kind of theatre. Menu standouts include rabbit or hare, pissaladière and eggs en cocotte.

109 Bermondsey St
London SE1 3XB, UK

8. Hedone Bakery

Unit 5 Discovery Business Park, Priter Road, off, St James's Rd, London SE16 4RA, UK
Bermondsey’s best restaurants: Fig tart at Hedone Bakery, one of the best places to eat pastry in London Hedone Bakery [Official Photo]

Hedone hides out in wine importer Dynamic Vines’ arch at Spa Terminus — perhaps this is why its existence is still wondrously under-discovered. Just a single table of viennoisierie and patisserie, plus a shelf of bread. The sourdough-method viennoiseries and the breads are the strongest showings, particularly sweet, pearled sugar brioches and custard-webbed canelés, pains aux raisin soaked in banyuls vinegar, gummy crumbed sourdough and weathered rye. Saturday mornings only.

Unit 5 Discovery Business Park, Priter Road, off, St James's Rd
London SE16 4RA, UK

9. Little Bread Pedlar

Arch Spa Business Park 4, 6 Dockley Rd, London SE16 3FJ, UK

Little Bread Pedlar is one of the Spa Terminus elders, dating back to when this stretch really was an industrial wasteland. The bakers no longer pedal their own pastries across London at 5am, and some of the originals have moved on, but its maverick, pioneering spirit remains. Expect a queue of around 30 people minimum here for their baguettes — also found at 40 Maltby Street — ficelles, rye made with beer from neighbours Kernel Brewery, focaccia, and a host of perfectly laminated pastries. Saturday mornings only.

Arch Spa Business Park 4, 6 Dockley Rd
London SE16 3FJ, UK

10. Lechevalier Wine Bar & Shop

85 Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 4TW, UK

Halfway down an anonymous stretch of the Tower Bridge Road, sometimes things get thirsty. That’s when Le Chevalier appears as a knight in shining armour with a life-saving raft of well-sourced, democratic, and globally representative bottles. Take away, or drink in at the bar, where there’s a changing wines by the glass list that can reveal some one-off gems. Wednesday is free corkage night.

85 Tower Bridge Rd
London SE1 4TW, UK

11. Bar Tozino

Lassco Ropewalk, Maltby St, London SE1 3PA, UK

There are two famous hams on this stretch: one is glazed, pink and served with mustard at 40 Maltby Street — the other is Bar Tozino’s jamón. Tozino is an unassuming little space, but inside this wooden den, often awash with Maltby Street revellers, the staff are fiercely proud of their hams. Tapas is fine, but diners are really here for a plate of the Jamón Bellota — acorn-fed, black-footed Iberian pig, cured and carved to order, served with Snapery baguette and had with a fino sherry. Perfect interim eating.

Lassco Ropewalk, Maltby St
London SE1 3PA, UK

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