The best restaurants in London

Head south of the river to London Bridge and you'll find a host of pubs, bars and restaurants - not to mention Borough Market itself at the weekends. There's a lot to choose from but the area is blessed with some of the very best restaurants in London.


Arabica Bar and Kitchen
Address: 3 Rochester Walk, Borough Market, London SE1 9AF
What We Know:

Arabica started out at Borough Market, armed with little more than a cool box over 14 years ago and began selling a small range of mezze from an 8ft trestle table. The vibe they're going for at their Borough restaurant will be 1960’s Beirut meets 21st century London.


Address: 32 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TU
What We Know:

Hoping to lure Londoners away from Nando's, this Algarvian restaurant is cooking its chicken on a wood fired grill. Oh and there's also a secret bar worth checking out.


Address: 9a St Thomas Street, Southwark, London SE1 9RY
What We Know:

Duddell's has been a popular Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong and this sees them open next to London Bridge station. Expect high-end Chinese food as well as a weekend dim sum lunch menu.


El Pastor
Address: 6-7A Stoney St, London SE1 9AA
What We Know:

This is from the same people behind Barrafina and they are on a mission to do the same for Mexican food as they did for Spanish. Expect a big focus around tacos, particularly on the signature Al Pastor.


Address: 12 Stoney St, Borough Market, London SE1 9AD
What We Know:

This restaurant is by Rob Green and Brett Redman, the blokes behind the super-popular Pavilion Cafe at Victoria Park. Its aim is to be 'showcasing the best of Borough Market and supporting craft and artisanal producers'.


Hawksmoor Borough
Address: 16 Winchester Walk, London SE1 9AQ
What We Know:

This sees the steak and cocktails masters at Hawksmoor head south of the river for their latest. Expect a huge big-windowed building filled with all your favourites.


Hutong at the Shard
Address: Level 33 The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY
What We Know:

Aqua's first venture at the Shard definitely is the first European branch of Hutong - Yeo's Hong-Kong based restaurant which is known for serving up fiery Northern Chinese food.


Lobos Bar and Tapas
Address: 14 Borough High Street, London SE1 9QG
What We Know:

This Spanish restaurant has a big focus on meat - specifically Iberico pork - as well as tapas, Spanish wines, sherry and cavas as well as a short cocktail list.


Address: 36 Snowsfields Yard, London SE1 3QQ
What We Know:

Leandro Carreira has been gradually making it big at supperclubs and a hugely popular stint at Climpsons Arch. This sees him opening in London Bridge with a menu that calls back to his Portuguese roots.


Address: 32 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TU
What We Know:

They had issues with planning in Covent Garden, but there's still life in Native as they're moving south of the river to Flat Iron Square, into a bigger space too. Expect an ever changing menu produced only with food available in the UK.


Address: 6 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TQ
What We Know:

Trullo is an enormously successful Islington Italian restaurant - and now they've headed south of the river for their next, the pasta bar Padella. Expect a range of Trullo classics, cocktails, Prosecco and more. All at very good value and a perfect place to pop into if you need a respite from the Market.


Address: 194 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ
What We Know:

José Pizarro's tapas bar José has received glowing reviews and now he turns his hand to a more traditional dining affair. He's taken over the Bermondsey Kitchen site and as well as offering seasonal Spanish food he's opened London's first Cava bar. Pizarro seats 40 people, with a private dining option and a communal table in front of the bar both available. Expect bigger dishes with an emphasis on sharing.


Address: The Floral Hall, Stoney Street, London SE1 1TL


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