Bermondsey area guide

Walk along the Thames or hit Bermondsey Street, and find the best restaurants, bars, pubs and things to do

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Once an important part of London's river trade, Bermondsey sat derelict for several decades, until the area's wharves were renovated in the 1980s. Now it is a lively part of town. It has some exceptionally good restaurants and coffee houses, although they can sometimes be a bit tricky to find. Bermondsey also has plenty of excellent bars and pubs, usually packed to the brim with visitors and regulars. The things to do in Bermondsey can turn Londoners into tourists: The Scoop in particular attracts both out-of-towners and locals to its free quality events.

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Bars and pubs in Bermondsey

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  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  1. 39-45 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XF
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Woolpack

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. 98 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UB
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Mayflower

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. 117 Rotherhithe Street, SE16 4NF
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Boot & Flogger

  • Rated as: 5/5
  1. 10-20 Redcross Way, SE1 1TA
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Things to do in Bermondsey

Design Museum

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Critics choice

Opened in 1989 (following its original incarnation as the Boilerhouse established in the V&A by Terence Conran), the Design Museum by Tower Bridge encompasses modern and contemporary industrial and fashion design, graphics, architecture and multimedia. The smart Blueprint Café has a balcony overlooking the Thames. You can buy design books in the museum shop, as well as products related to the exhibitions. Exhibitions are usually accompanied by a programme of workshops for children.

  1. 28 Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames, SE1 2YD
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The Scoop

  • Free

An outdoor ampitheatre poistioned in between London and Tower Bridge, The Scoop plays host to all manner of activities and entertainment - from daily get fit classes to dance and theatre.

  1. More London Riverside, between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, SE1 2DB
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HMS Belfast

  • Rated as: 4/5

Europe's largest cruiser from WWII, HMS Belfast is now a floating naval museum, a landmark on the Thames near Tower Bridge, with its nine huge decks, including gun turrets, punishment rooms and an operating theatre. 'HMS Belfast in War and Peace' tells the story of the HMS Belfast from her inception in the mid-1930s to the decision to save her for the nation in 1971. Original artefacts, documents, plans and drawings (as well as contemporary paintings, photographs, models and audio-visual displays) give a detailed account of the life and times of the warship and the men who served in her.

  1. The Queen's Walk, SE1 2JH
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Restaurants in Bermondsey

Zucca

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 184 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TQ
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José

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 104 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UB
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The Maltings Café

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. 169 Tower Bridge Road, SE1 3NA
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La Grotta Ices

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  1. Maltby Street, SE1 3NY
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