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’s a lively part of town, with 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. 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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The best bits of Bermondsey
Negronis, indoor climbing and doughnuts: it's the best bits of Bermondsey
Beer, markets and foodie delights: Bermondsey is buzzing. What’s the vibe? Once a slum area and the backdrop for Dickens’s 'Oliver Twist', today Bermondsey has been transformed into a post-industrial dream, boasting more galleries, restaurants and pubs than you could ever need. Sounds delicious, where do I start? Bermondsey Street is the main artery and you’re spoilt for choice. For sandwiches and sweet things pop into B Street Deli and ogle at the rows of salami and heaps of pongy cheeses. Further along you’ll find tiny French eatery Casse-Croûte with its menu of Gallic classics. Other hits include Zucca for elegant Italian fare, and rustic Spanish bar-eaterie José (set up by José Pizarro). How about a drink? The area has become synonymous with craft beer. Connoisseurs of all things hoppy have been flocking to London’s new brewing heartland around Druid Street, where six microbreweries have made the railway arches their home. If you’re so inclined you can visit each - Kernel, Fourpure, Brew by Numbers, Partizan, Anspach & Hobday and Southwark - on a Saturday. Want a more traditional drinking spot? The Angel (Bermondsey Wall) offers beer with a view, where you can enjoy a bevvy with the Thames flowing beneath your feet. Alternatively there’s The Royal Oak (Tabard Street), a quiet Victorian watering hole that’s just the right mix of scruffy and charming. Enough of drinking. Where can I go for some culture? White Cube opened its expansive exhibitio
What to eat at Druid Street Market
There’s a new market in town and it’s making us drool. Druid Street Market launched in July, and is strolling distance from nearby Maltby Street and Bermondsey markets. Taking place every Saturday from 9-4pm, this new fella offers up a mix of regular traders as well as guest spots and the odd cookbook signing. The market rather whimsically takes place beneath the Bermondsey railway arches and is the brainchild of Toast Magazine's Miranda York. We think this latest addition makes it official; Southwark is London’s prime borough for weekend guzzling. Here are the Druid Street stalls you’re most likely to find us at this Saturday - and probably every Saturday for the foreseeable future. &lt;img id="92e5c69e-b44d-bdba-9386-3bc6fbaaaf7d" data-caption="Weligama" data-credit="" data-width-class="" type="image/jpeg" total="2216037" loaded="2216037" image_id="102853061" src="http://media.timeout.com/images/102853061/image.jpg" class="photo lazy inline"&gt; Weligama Weligama Never heard of a hopper? Now’s your chance to dive headfirst into one of these vibrant Sri Lankan pancakes heaped with eggs, coconut and spices and topped with chilli salt. These babies are cooked up by Ducksoup veteran Emily Dobbs, who describes the snack as a ‘a flavour bomb’. This is the only hopper pop-up in London right now, but we smell a new craze in the works… &lt;img id="daf27043-cb06-ff76-408e-d74c5c6aecc7" data-caption="Butter Culture" data-credit="" data-width-class=
Five great Bermondsey breweries to check out
Railway arch microbreweries with a BYO food policy are the name of the game on the Bermondsey Beer Mile. If you're a fan of top-notch craft beer, here are five you should check out. Photograph by Michael Kelly | Courtesy of The Kernel The Kernel If you've never tried anything from the original Bermondsey brewery, add its Citra IPA or Chinook Pale Ale to your spring beer list. Unlike its brewing brothers, The Kernel opens its doors solely as a bottle shop on Saturdays from 9am to 2pm, allowing the brewery to focus on what it does best. Courtesy of Brew By Numbers Brew By Numbers Brew By Numbers founders Dave Seymour and Tom Hutchings met in Asia. On their return to the UK, Dave started homebrewing, while Tom – an old friend of Toby from The Kernel – was drinking their craft beer, wondering how he could do something even better. Along came Brew By Numbers in 2011. Their numbering system is distinctive – the first two numbers refer to the style of beer (saison, porter, IPA, etc.), while the second two denote the specific recipe and hop variations. If that sounds confusing, don't worry – everything they brew is utterly delicious. Courtesy of Fourpure Brewing Co Fourpure Brewing Co Fourpure was founded in 2013 by brothers Daniel and Thomas Lowe. In 2014, it became the first British brewery to can its beers – a move that's slowly becoming the industry standard. They've just launched their new brew, Flatiron, a moreishly malty red ale. Courtesy of Partizan
Why a foodie must walk down: Bermondsey Street and Square
Bloggers What Dad Cooked share the best bits of their favourite foodie streets in the capital. In the shadow of the Shard lies Bermondsey Street and Square – two strips full of restaurants, bars and cafés. We like it for its contradictions: it’s hyper-trendy, but still rough round the edges; über-cool and modern, yet oozing history. Gentrification is running amok but the independents are still hanging on. Here's why you should explore it this weekend. Erik the moose at Hej Coffee There's excellent coffee Hej Coffee is a welcome bolt-hole from the over-concreted Bermondsey Square. The coffee and the food are excellent at Hej (order the 'viking balls', a WDC favourite), which brilliantly crams its space with scandi decor. This includes the very Swedish sculpture-in-residence Eric the Moose. Cocking a snook can be good for business. Elsewhere, the nearby Watch House is a favourite and sells luxury artisan coffee and food in its converted guardhouse. Further down the road you can order a cup of ‘shit storm’ (that’s coffee by the way) in the controversially named F*ckoffee. Scarlet Rosita’s stall sells food that is gluten & wheat free, dairy & egg free with no added sugar or fat. Bermondsey Square’s markets are brilliant Bermondsey’s Friday market has always been a magnet for antique traders. They famously set-up at 4am – a tradition harking back to a time when they could legally sell ‘dodgy’ goods before sunrise. On Saturdays the Square hosts a farmer
Restaurants in Bermondsey
The Maltings Café
The Maltings Café is a delightful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Located on the south side of the Tower Bridge in London, this chic, chilled venue serves up simple and delicious Mediterranean dishes alongside an extensive old world wine list. The sunny, friendly dining room – with blond wood floors, vanilla-hued lamps and exposed brick walls – is popular with both locals and city types for business lunches and intimate evening meals, and the daily menu is prepared with the finest ingredients using authentic regional recipes. We love the Napoli sausages served with canellini beans and sage; the linguine with meatballs, tomatoes and parmesan cheese; and the grilled squid served with lemon.
Maltby Street Market
During the summer of 2010, a quiet bubble of gastronomic intent was swelling under the railway arches in Bermondsey. This unlikely south-east London backwater quickly became a popular destination for a Saturday morning wander with a bit of grocery shopping along the way. A few years on, many new traders have got involved, the recently Ropewalk has become a full-on street market, and some of the original bunch have moved down the road to Spa Terminus. Find out about the gastronomic delights that await beneath the arches. Ropewalk is now open 9am-4pm Sat and 11am-4pm Sun but Spa Terminus is still strictly Saturdays only (around 9am-2pm for most producers), so that’s the day to take it all in. Statisfy your appetite at more of London's food markets
Bars and pubs in Bermondsey
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