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Absolutely Starving

Restaurants, Cafés Borough and London Bridge
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)

Time Out says

This Tooley Street spot has been going for more than 30 years. Much of its longevity stems from take aways served to local workers - you can get anything from breakfast sandwiches and full English breakfast boxes to wraps, soups, salads and deli counter dishes. The roast sandwiches prove a real draw - think chorizo and pequillo in a ciabatta, featuring produce from Brindisa. 



Address: 51 Tooley St
Transport: Tube: London Bridge
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-8pm, Sat & Sun 9am-8pm
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

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A pleasant place to pick up a few specialty food items, linger over the selection of books, and grab some quick but well-made food. 


I've been here several times and each time has been a success! It's conveniently located near one of my university's campuses so I come to this neighbourhood around once a week. The first time was for lunch with my mum just before the fall semester began. We both went for a small salad, which we filled up with various options that change daily. Along with my small salad, I had a quarter of a baguette while my mum went with a slice of baked salmon. 

I found the size of the baguette convenient because it was just enough to go along with my salad without filling me up too much. However, it didn't taste very fresh - the exterior was soft instead of crispy, as it should be. The dough on the interior was much nicer, as it was soft and fluffy! In my small salad bowl, I had a combination of pretty much everything on display that day! This included: pesto pasta, quinoa salad, broccoli salad, roasted vegetables and mixed salad leaves. I liked that it was possible to have this much choice stuffed into a small box! I quite enjoy having different components in a single meal, so this was a great option for me. 

On my second visit, I came in the evening when they do a discount on all their food. Once again, I went for a salad box but the larger size this time because I didn't have any bread to go along with it. Some of the dishes were the same as the last time but there were a few more grain options such as two different types of couscous salad, which I really liked! One was mixed with raisins and dried fruit, which gave it a sweetness that balanced well against the savoury flavours from the other salad options I had. It was almost like a mini dessert within my meal! 

The café itself is quite cute to sit in and enjoy your meal while you people watch against the seats by the windows but it's equally lovely to get a takeaway order and to sit by the London Riviera. With the weather getting better and the sun coming out of hiding, this is a great option if you're in the area!


This place is hard to describe but if I had to pick one word only I’ll say ‘food’. Because you can find nibbles, meals, snacks, drinks from several different countries. Whether you fancy something hot or just a sandwich, a coffee or a slice of cake, you’re bound to find something that suits your palate. I particularly like the pastries – the pains au raisin are moist and not dry like the ones you find anywhere else.

The place itself is nice with lots of tables hidden in every corner.

There’s also a bookshelf at the back where you can borrow any book for free (as long as you return them when you’ve finished). Nice idea.


If you happen to be in London bridge area on the lookout for somewhere to grab a drink or quick bite to eat aside from the obvious Borough food market nearby check out absolutely starving.

Tucked away opposite the London Bridge experience arches near the Hays galleria you could easily miss this gem of a place. There are plenty of fresh salads, drinks and hot food, wraps and sweet treats on offer. There is even a shop where you can buy an assortment of teas and tasty gifts and plenty of seating with a small book library available if you are after something to read aside from your daily newspaper. Wi fi and powerpoints are also available although there are certain restrictions on its use throughout the day.  I have visited this place a few times and failed to be disappointed. One things for sure this place will not leave you absolutely starving afterwards. You will be absolutely sure to give this place another visit.

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