Best London Bridge restaurants
Le Pont de la Tour
Sample traditional French food at Le Pont de la Tour on Shad Thames’ riverside promenade. This nautical-themed eatery boasts refined French specialities such as smoked duck terrine and chateaubriand, with Sunday and pre-theatre menus also available.
The Ivy Tower Bridge
Enjoy modern British dishes with a spectacular view of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London at The Ivy Tower Bridge. Overlooking the beautiful Thames riverside next to City Hall, the restaurant offers an all-day menu ranging from breakfast classics to lunchtime and dinner specials.
Feel like a true Londrino (“Londoner” in Portuguese) by tucking into contemporary dishes from the Iberian peninsula that have been influenced by Portuguese chef Leandro Carreira’s time as a Londoner. This classy restaurant has a low-key vibe, making it a popular spot for a long lunch or relaxing dinner.
Cantina del Ponte
Head to Shad Thames for a taste of Italy with dazzling views of Tower Bridge. Get a table on Cantina del Ponte’s beautiful terrace, and enjoy homemade pasta, regional meat and seafood dishes, and luscious desserts.
A colourful and cosy restaurant filled with masks and tribal objects, Champor-Champor serves comforting Thai and Malay food in a candlelit setting. Choose between a vast vegetarian menu, featuring turmeric banana curries and squash laksa, or go for the traditional Malaysian beef rendang.
The Coal Shed
Steak fans should look no further than The Coal Shed when looking for a restaurant in London Bridge. Top-quality meat is cooked on fire and charcoal to retain a natural flavour and texture. Tuck into a succulent ribeye, or come on Sundays for the signature sharing roast.
Get a taste of Japan at this modern and bright restaurant next to Tower Bridge. From sushi to tempura, Wawa offers an array of classic Japanese dishes in a relaxed setting, as well as more unusual bites such as fried oysters, ramen katsu burger and wakame salad.
José Tapas Bar
Share some delicious Spanish small plates with friends at lively José Tapas Bar on Bermondsey Street. Top chef José Pizarro puts together a daily changing menu of regional tapas alongside a wide-ranging sherry and wine list. For a full-on Spanish dining experience, head to Pizarro, the chef’s second restaurant on the same street.
Discover the flavours of rustic Welsh cuisine as it is reinterpreted by former Masterchef: The Professionals star Tom Simmons. Local seasonal produce is at centre stage in simple yet refined dishes such as line-caught seabass with rainbow chard, and short rib with pomme puree and pancetta.
Lobos Meat & Tapas Bar
Sink your teeth into prime Spanish meats at Lobos Meat & Tapas Bar, specialising in Iberico pork cuts to be shared in a friendly setting. Try classic tapas such as patatas bravas and croquetas, alongside mouthwatering presa Iberica (pork shoulder) and Iberico fillet platters.
Embark on a culinary journey through chef Tom Sellers’ imagination at Michelin-starred Restaurant Story. The tasting menu unfolds like a story, with a foreword (starter), three chapters (mains) and “the end” as dessert, and features experimental dishes such as bread and dripping served as an edible candle.
Head to Texas Joe’s for an authentic Texas barbecue experience in London Bridge. Expect delicious slow-smoked meats, including USDA beef brisket, pork shoulder and beef ribs. Move to the Flying W Saloon after dinner, for top-notch cocktails and a selection of Texan whiskies.
Savour fresh pasta, made by hand each morning on site, at Padella, next to Borough Market. Try the silky pici cacio & pepe, a speciality from Rome, or go for the classic and indulgent fettuccine carbonara. The good-value wine on tap is perfect for sharing.
Tuck into a Mexican feast at El Pastor in Borough Market, a friendly eatery specialising in tacos and quesadillas. With tortillas made from scratch every day, El Pastor’s tacos are fresh and full of flavour. The drinks menu features mezcal, tequilas and Mexican-inspired cocktails.
Venture to Santo Remedio for a taste of sunny Mexico in London Bridge. A colourful and airy dining room sets the scene for a heartwarming food menu, boasting tacos, pork carnitas and seasonal specials such as octopus tostadas and ox tongue.
Step into this cosy bistro on Bermondsey Street to savour traditional French fare in a friendly setting. Casse-Croûte’s menu changes every day, but expect classics such as quiche Lorraine, champignon soup, beef bourguignon and crème brulèe, plus an all-French wine list.
Dine like a maharaja at elegant Baluchi, housed within The LaLiT London hotel. Sample modern Indian dishes as you soak up the atmosphere of the vast room, which is punctuated with chandeliers, wood-panelling and ornate screens.
Treat yourself to a seafood-fuelled street food feast at Bob's Lobster, which is tucked into one of the red-brick spaces beneath London Bridge's railway station. Take your pick from an inviting menu of flavoursome British takes on American seafood classics, from fries with mussel and bacon chowder to crab rolls and lobster mac 'n' cheese.
Restaurants at The Shard
Soak up breathtaking views of the London skyline from The Shard’s 32nd floor at Oblix, a sophisticated restaurant specialising in charcoal grill, or taste the flavours of northern China at the panoramic Hutong. Alternatively, treat yourself to refined British cuisine and cocktails at Aqua Shard’s spectacular three-storey atrium bar on the 31st floor.
Best London Bridge pubs and bars
Nine Lives Bar
Venture down into the basement of number 8 Holyrood Street and you’ll find one of the best London Bridge bars: a Victorian-styled hidden gem decked out with tropical plants and rattan lightshades. Come to Nine Lives Bar for pumping soundtracks and house cocktails that continue the tropical theme, from the Moby Dick featuring whisky, coconut and salted caramel, to the Nellcote mixing sherry with mandarin, lemon, sugar and mint.
The Horniman at Hays
Discover a traditional London pub on the Thames riverside, renowned for its fascinating history and eclectic offer of real ales. The Horniman at Hays is on the site of a former tea warehouse owned by famous tea dealer Frederick Horniman. Conveniently located between Hay’s Galleria and the HMS Belfast, this pub is the perfect spot to refuel on a busy day of sightseeing in London Bridge.
Tanner & Co
Indulge in carefully crafted cocktails, linger over a bottomless brunch or simply unwind on the al fresco terrace at this lively restaurant and bar off Bermondsey Street. Tanner & Co is the perfect place to relax after a day’s sightseeing, whether you’re here for a drink, a nibble on the likes of Scotch eggs and mac‘n’cheese balls or more substantial mains.
The Dean Swift
Sip on quality craft beer and excellent brews at The Dean Swift in Butler’s Wharf. This cosy pub near Tower Bridge is also renowned for its excellent Sunday roast, featuring rolled lamb shoulder with homemade mint sauce, and crusted roast chicken with stuffing.
The George Inn
Soak up the history of The George Inn, the last remaining galleried coaching inn in London. Hidden down a quiet alleyway off Borough High Street this characterful pub dates back to 1542, and is now run by the National Trust. It’s the perfect place to try cask ales, gins and whiskies, alongside pub classics such as fish and chips, pies and burgers.
Catch a comedy show upstairs at The Miller, a London Bridge pub which hosts acts six nights a week. Downstairs, mingle with the locals at this busy bar just off Borough High Street while selecting from its great range of local beers and ciders; while the peckish can delve into the selection of meat and vegan burgers on offer from expert flippers, Bunsmiths.
Tuck into dishes lovingly prepared from British produce at this stylish gastropub on Bermondsey Street. A locals’ favourite since 2003, The Garrison pairs mismatched chairs and shabby chic decor with beautifully presented all-day fare, from breakfast and brunch specials to Sunday lunch and dinner.
Enjoy a modern twist on comfort food such as the signature “Parmo” (chicken schnitzel with chorizo and gruyere béchamel), chicken and waffles, or truffle burgers at this food-focused London Bridge pub near The Shard. Craft and draft beers complete the offering at The Rose, which has a vintage feel with its numerous trinkets and traditional bar.
The Market Porter
Pay a visit to The Market Porter, a traditional London pub nestled in one of Borough Market’s prettiest corners. The historic pub serves traditional British food and a variety of real ales, and it featured as The Third Handbook Emporium in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.