Please note, Little Bar is now closed. Time Out Editors, 2018.
It’s everyone’s dream, isn’t it? Give up your desk job and open a bar. But when you’re Madeleine Lim, the food and drink editor of the Independent magazine, perhaps it’s not so naive. In 2013, recognising Tooting as ‘on the up’, Lim bought a rundown site with business partner Martin Pannett (who sadly passed away in April 2015) and proceeded to ‘do a Shoreditch’ to it: stripping back its walls to plaster and brick, installing a zinc bar and French warehouse lights, scuffing up those dark floors. It’s a great little – and it is little – spot, especially when you consider the surroundings: on a busy drag, across from the local Iceland. There are cold Spanish nibbles (cheese, olives), international (and a few local) bottled beers, and a compact but classy cocktail list (negronis, old-fashioneds). Ms Lim – you go, girl.