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Flat Iron Square

Things to do Southwark
4 out of 5 stars
(13user reviews)
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Time Out says

Development for food and drink venues near Borough Market and London Bridge.

Flat Iron Square is a hub for drinking, dining and dancing in the shadow of The Shard. The outdoor space is host to a flea market at weekends and various events throughout the year, as well as home to a winter ski chalet, Apres, designed for hot cocktails and cosy times. Under the arches you’ll find street food stalls spanning world cuisines, while next door is live music venue Omeara, its sister tequila bar Cantina and slightly-hidden-away wine bar Tap & Bottle.

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Address: 68 Union Street
London
SE1 1TD
Transport: Tube: London Bridge
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4 / 5

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  • 5 star:4
  • 4 star:7
  • 3 star:1
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tastemaker

Lovely space with a lot of events happening. Attended the Lagunitas beer circus there and the set up was absolutely fantastic! Food trucks, stages, bar, nothing missing! The Flat Iron square definitely has this old underground look but every time you look up there is this beautiful contrast of old and new buildings. I loved it and I'm definitely going to keep an eye on this place!!


Went to watch Uruguay vs. Portugal game on 30/06/2018.

Rudest security staff I've ever dealt with! First of all the security guy literally dipped his hands in my friend's hand-bag without any previous notice. She's visiting from abroad and appears she just bought a small bag of nut kernels from Borough Market to take back home. We told him we're not eating it and his answer was "how would I know?!". 

His lady colleague then took over and she opened my bag pack which had a small sealed bottle of mustard paste (also from Borough Market) and said she has to take this stuff away.We were appalled by the attitude and to try make things easier we suggested they keep the stuff aside so we could get them back later after the game but they refused. We then decided to leave in despair and disappointment after queuing for more than 30 minutes.. 

I've been living in London for 7 years and haven't been fetched that way ever before. It's totally unacceptable and I will never visit this place again. Respect comes above anything else even if you're one of the so called best outdoor screen venues in the city!

tastemaker

Flat iron square is a good alternative to eating and drinking around Borough market. If you don’t really know the London Bridge area like me, it can be a bit daunting to pick somewhere in Borough for a casual drink or brunch. However at flat iron sq it’s like a mini area that has lots of pop up food and drinks areas all condensed in one place. When we were there on a Saturday they had outdoor seating to watch the World Cup, lots of eateries like mother clucker and an indoor shed type area with free live music serving frosé. Very impressed with the vibe and somewhere a bit different to try!

Tastemaker

Flat Iron Square is a great collection of restaurants and bars spread over a lot of outdoor and indoor space. The key here is the indoor space. As much as I love a number of other eating spaces, they are just not suitable for the winter, but this is!

Love the selection of restaurants and bars and can't wait to go back to try something new. Great location.

tastemaker

Love this place, similar concept to street feast and few mins away from London Bridge. This is a great place to hang out with friends while enjoying some street food. Drinks are reasonably priced and the atmosphere was relaxed. Highly recommended to give this a try!

Tastemaker

If Street Feast is the cool big brother then Flat Iron Square is the more relaxed uncle. It’s a great place to hang out on the weekend, there’s a few food stalls and a bar. Couple of useful nuggets of info, it closes up around 11pm and it’s largely undercover so you can go come rain or shine.

tastemaker

A little gem near Borough Market and London Bridge. If you want to avoid the busy and touristy Borough Market you can live like a local and walk by the Flat Iron. There is a bit of everything in this market, offering street food and refreshing drinks. I would often go after work to grab a rosé wine and enjoy the last bits of sun. 

Tastemaker

A lovely mini street market tucked behind London Bridge Station, it has a little bit of everything. Refreshing drinks, colourful sandwiches, stacks of pancakes, and even a little clothing and homeware selection to browse through. They have a little stage tucked in a corner, so watch out for live free gigs while you enjoy the day!

tastemaker

This is a great little spot in the middle of Southwark, ideal for hanging out on a lazy, sunny day. With a wide variety of food on offer in the 'Food Arch', take your pick from Turkish dumplings, pizza, Pad Thai and bao buns. Sitting under the impressive archway is a decent bar, serving more than just your typical range of lagers in 2/3 pints and jugs. Whilst not cheap, it doesn't feel too extortionate. 


With lots of outdoor seating going spare as it spreads out into the square, this feels like a breath of fresh air on the busy south side of the river and definitely worth a visit. 

tastemaker

This hip little hideout in the railway arches comprises of seven food vendors, three restaurants, four street food trucks, five bars and a live music and entertainment venue.


Check it out.

tastemaker

A hidden gem off the beaten track, offering a variety of different foods and dishes from around the world, ranging from Chinese, burgers to homemade pizzas and fresh coffee stalls, all packed under Southwark railway arches. It offers an oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of South Bank.

There is a great bar offiring a variety of craft beers and non alcoholic drinks alike. It can equipt you either during the day or moving into the evening. It is definately worth taking a look if you are hungry and you and a friend want to try something a bit different.

tastemaker

A new local favourite for me! I have been working in SE1 for 6 years now and have always been a bit underwhelmed by the local choices for lunch. Yes, we have Borough Market but I could think of better ways to relax during my lunch break then trying to wade through the tourist masses for an overpriced sandwich. Flat Iron Square was, for me, an unexpected and sudden opening; I have been loving the growing trend to re-purpose the industrial railway arches around London and this is yet another beautifully practical example of that. The location allows for both an outside and inside seating area, with the former complete with outdoor bar and friendly staff, perfect for a summer or winter dipple. And then there is the food; with a mixture of food vendors set up inside and around the back, you have an incredible choice of culinary delights from around the world. Whilst admittedly I am yet to try ALL of the options, there are three that I think deserve a shout out and that are all around the £5 mark per main: the first is Ekachai, a South East Asian vendor that serves, amongst other things, delicious Siu Mai dumplings, potsticker dumplings and Nasi Goreng noodles. Then there is Bitten Club serving up a more contemporary take (it has pesto in it!) on duck, chicken, fish or veggie Vietnamese Banh Mi from a bright blue truck in the back. Finally, and I must say my favourite yet, Manti, a Turkish dumpling outlet that served up one of the tastiest and most beautifully presented meals I think I have ever had in spiced lamb, tomato and cinnamon dumplings with a giant herby wrap on the side for good measure. 


In short, I think this somewhat of a hidden treasure is a charming, friendly and flavoursome find and I can't wait to go back for more!


*Please note this is food consumed over 3 trips and yes, on different days! I'm not that bad...yet! :)


I had no idea Flat Iron Square was already up and running as I was here just a few weeks ago and although there was signage with Bar Douro opening soon, and a map of potential plans, it didn't give that much away.  I would say that about 70% of it is open and everything we tried was pretty much topnotch.  I can't remember the names of all the traders we visited, but some are in airstreams/external stalls while others are in the arches.  The ones we decided to purchase from was in the arches: Ekachai has dim sum, dumplings, Thai & Indonesian food.  We ordered the Siu Mai (Scallop, Prawn and Roe) and the Tofu Pad Thai.  Both were delish!  We also ordered two salads from Savage Salads - the healthy option but tasty!  Then mushroom croquettes with truffle and coffee sauce from the Spanish stall - a clear favourite! And for something more substantial, we also ordered two pizzas from the pizza stall - crispy / flat bread base!  All the food was made to order (apart from the salads) so everything was piping hot and really very good.  There are tables inside and out and although there is no table service as such, the table was cleared from time to time (staff don't actually look like staff).  We also had A LOT of beers (a Brazilian brand) and prosecco from one of the bars.  We then had more beers and cocktails in the Omeara Bar which has table service and was hosting a paid for live music event in the adjacent arch.  All in all - this place is cool and has so much potential as a local (i.e. non-touristy) food, beverage and entertainment hub.  Can't wait to go back, my new local local!


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