Go South – London Bridge and Beyond

This summer, I spent a photography rich week in London. You probably noticed it either in Instagram or based on some of my previous posts this fall (Streets of London and Hackney on my Mind). As I have masses of great pictures from the trip which will hopefully be featured in the up and coming Tripsteri London travel guide, I thought I would write a little bit about my old hoods. It has been five years since I moved to Sweden, but London Bridge and Bermondsey are still dear to me. Every time we are in London, we are pulled back to the south for some great food, wine and just relaxed atmosphere.

Borough Market

Probably the best-known food market in London. It’s an old school market hall under the railway arches, a great place to come and snack after a day in the City or on Southbank. We used to come here for some grocery shopping or a peek at the cute wine shop. There are some great restaurants and cafes here too. The best coffees are served at Monmouth, most innovative cocktails at Whiskey Ginger and desserts at Rabot 1745. Rabot is owned by local chocolatier Hotel Chocolat, and they have a wonderful chocolate shop as well as a restaurant with chocolate afternoon tea. There is also a new restaurant at the market, Padella, which is an out of this world pasta place. They make all the pasta by hand. The only downside is that they take no reservations, so if you don’t come early, you will have to queue. But its kind of worth it.

Rope Walk

If Borough Market gets too touristy, follow the railway to Ropewalk market about 500 meters away. It’s said that all the local vendors moved there when rents at Borough market got too high. We used to take a Saturday or Sunday walk here, for second breakfast or some comfort food. You can find some traditional British delicacies, such as Scotch eggs and filled pancakes, locally brewed beer and even gin that is distilled right there under the arches. Little Bird serves great cocktails and 40 Maltby street is the best place to come for wine in these hoods. Ropewalk offers a bit more local charm compared to Borough Market, but it can also be quite crowded, especially around weekend lunch time.

Bermondsey Street

My old home street – I loved living here. There are quite many new restaurants and cafes these days, but five years ago, we picked up our coffees from a hole in the wall (an actual hole, not a figure of speech). The old favorites are still there: Jose, Pizarro and The Garrison. I still think they are the best what the street has to offer. We went on one of our first dates with M at Jose. sitting at the crowded bar with great cava in our glasses we envisioned a great future together. After a while living on the street the staff started knowing us by name. One other point of interest on the street is White Cube museum, it offers such a funny contrast to the otherwise British architecture on the street.

All the above mentioned places can be reached with the London Tube, by hopping off at London Bridge station.

Welcome to Borough Market. Photo: Soile Vauhkonen
The market is located under the railway arches. Photo: Soile Vauhkonen
Borough Market has both street food and traditional restaurants. Photo: Soile Vauhkonen
Beef with chimichurri and potatoes. at Rope Walk Photo: Soile Vauhkonen
Bermondsey welcomes you with a smile. Photo: Soile Vauhkonen
Jensens gin distillery is under the railway arches. Photo: Soile Vauhkonen
Ropewalk. Photo: Soile Vauhkonen
Scothch egss at Rope walk market. Photo: Soile Vauhkonen
Bermondsey street. Photo: Soile Vauhkonen
Snack attack at Joses. Photo: Soile Vauhkonen
The pluma Iberico is a long time favorite at Joses. Photo: Soile Vauhkonen
Padella terrace seating. Photo: Soile Vauhkonen
The handmade pasta at Padella are delicious. Photo: Soile Vauhkonen

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