It's not a terribly long street, but it is one of London's yummiest and these days is ranked among this city's most celebrated thoroughfares. Now set within the long shadow cast by the Shard (London's newest skyscraper and the tallest structure in Western Europe) the seemingly perpetual up-and-coming ribbon of boutique shops and destination restaurants is holding steady with the hip factor and shouldn't see the onset of a came-and-went period for some while (if ever).
The street is but a short walk away from London Bridge Station and the River Thames. With a new White Cube Gallery (hosting a Damien Hirst exhibition at the moment) and a range of other attractions, Bermondsey Street is a great road to amble down. Just make sure that, when you do, you take a break to enjoy a meal at one of this village-y lane's generous handful of eateries. Here are a few top and tasty tips for merely some of the street's best eats:
Antico, 214 Bermondsey Street
A relative newcomer offering classic Italiana in a contemporary setting. If the linguine e vongole's on the blackboard, go for it. Otherwise, there's bound to be something fresh and delicious. The all Italian wine list offers a bit of delicious intrigue too.
Caphe House, 114 Bermondsey Street
A humble yet ever buzzing little cafe (and gallery) serving up authentic Vietnamese dishes and excellent coffee. A fantastic place to hang…as long as you can grab a seat!
Delfina, 50 Bermondsey Street
Often overlooked due to the hype around some of the street's newer restaurants. Delfina was one of the first to take a chance at having a go in the area, and a fine dining experience can still be had here. If there's something with honey on the menu, try it. The honey comes from Bermondsey Street's very own apiary.
The Garrison, 99-101 Bermondsey Street
Pub grub done up fine in an elegant setting (but not so elegant you'll forget you're in a pub). The Garrison has a rural retreat feel about it.
Jose, 104 Bermondsey Street
Probably London's best tapas – definitely the most talked about. Chef Jose Pizzaro (keep reading for mention of his other Bermondsey Street establishment) opened his tapas and sherry bar to much acclaim. About a year later, the only real complaint seems to be the tug between its phenomenal popularity and no bookings policy. It's bustling, delicious and fun.
Pizzaro, 194 Bermondsey Street
Chef Jose Pizzaro's sit down restaurant. This low key venue is fast becoming foodie retreat and an ideal setting for quality conversation over exemplary Spanish cuisine and an anything but fussy wine list.
Zucca, 184 Bermondsey Street
If this place sounds like your kind of restaurant, book immediately. Zucca is molto popular. There's good reason too. Fresh, seasonal and modern cuisine with an Italian feel and a slow food attitude served at a reasonable price. Buon appetito!
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