Bites by the bridge: What are the best restaurants in London Bridge?

London Bridge isn’t falling down – the food scene is rising up! From hidden gems to bustling bistros, we’re here to embark on a tastebud-tingling journey across this historic bridge. 

After all, who needs to learn nursery rhymes when you can savour the tastes of the world right here in London? So, let’s ditch the predictable tourist traps and discover the restaurants making London Bridge a foodie paradise.

Gaucho Tower Bridge

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Location: 2 More London Pl, London SE1 2AP, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 7407 5222

Pricing: £££

Opening hours:

  • Sunday to Friday – 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Saturday – 11:00 AM to 11:30 PM

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Gaucho Tower Bridge gives the classic steakhouse experience a touch of Argentinian soul and breathtaking views. 

Think of grass-fed beef, raised on the vast pampas. Their Tira de Ancho, a spiral-cut ribeye, is particularly renowned for its smoky depth and melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. 

However, the premium quality and stunning location come at a cost, with Gaucho Tower Bridge leaning towards the pricier side of dining experiences. 

Vivat Bacchus London Bridge

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Location: 4 Hay’s Lane, London SE1 2HB, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 7234 0891

Pricing: £££

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Saturday – 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM

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Vivat Bacchus are masters of meat – think rare-breed cuts, grilled to perfection and infused with a hint of the South African braai (barbeque). Their biltong and droëwors, house-cured and wickedly addictive, aren’t your usual pre-dinner nibbles. 

And that’s just the beginning! Their full menu is a testament to the seasonal ingredients and bold flavours of South African heritage.

But Vivat Bacchus isn’t all smoke and spice. They’ve got a serious cheese game too. Ever been on a guided tour of their walk-in cheese rooms? It’s a fromage fanatic’s dream. 

Pique-Nique

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Location: Tanner St, London SE1 3LD, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 7403 9549

Pricing: £££

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Wednesday – 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Thursday to Saturday – 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Sunday – 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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Pique-Nique is that little slice of Parisian charm tucked away in the heart of bustling London Bridge. It’s got those bistro vibes on lock – think tiled floors, closely packed tables, and a delightful hum of conversation.  

The star of the show here is the spit-roast poulet de Bresse. That crisp golden skin, the juicy, flavourful meat… It’s the sort of dish that haunts your dreams in the best possible way, like a stylish femme or homme cooing at you with a French accent. 

And if the weather’s on your side, their outdoor seating is practically an invitation to linger over an afternoon rosé, soaking in the relaxed Bermondsey scene.

Tapas Brindisa London Bridge

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Location: 18-20 Southwark St, London SE1 1TJ, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 7357 8880

Pricing: ££

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Saturday – 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM
  • Sunday – 12:00 PM to 11:30 PM

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Forget hushed dining rooms and hushed voices! This place buzzes with the convivial spirit of a Barcelona tapas bar.

It’s a feast for both the eyes and the palate. The deli counter groans with the bounty of the Iberian Peninsula: garlands of ruby-red chorizo, glistening olives, and plump wheels of Manchego cheese. Order a platter – it’s the perfect, chaotic start to the experience.

Must-tries? The croquetas, impossibly crisp on the outside and oozing creamy béchamel within. The gambas al ajillo (prawns sizzling in garlic and chilli oil) begging to be mopped up with crusty bread.  

Arthur Hooper’s

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Location: 8 Stoney St, London Bridge, London SE1 9AA, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 7940 0169

Pricing: ££

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Thursday – 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Friday – 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Saturday – 12:00 PM 11:30 PM

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Arthur Hooper’s is the kind of place that makes you rethink the phrase “neighbourhood restaurant”. It’s got that cosy, unpretentious charm, but the food punches well above its weight. 

They’re masters of the seasonal and the simple. Like the silky burrata with charred peppers and the pillowy gnocchi that’s tossed with whatever the season dictates.

But what truly elevates Arthur Hooper’s is its ability to cater to any occasion. Their stunning first-floor restaurant is the perfect place to linger over lunch or dinner, but take those stairs a little higher and you’ll discover their hidden gem – the Fruit and Veg private room. 

Lantana London Bridge

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Location: 44-46 Southwark St, London SE1 1UN, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 7403 2633

Pricing: ££

Opening hours:

  • Monday – 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday to Friday – 7:30 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Saturday – 9:00 AM 10:00 PM
  • Sunday – 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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Lantana’s menu is all about celebrating the best of Australian cuisine, so expect flavours that never met the word “shy” and that laid-back Aussie attitude. 

Their corn fritters, with a choice of salty-sweet halloumi or crispy bacon, are the stuff brunch dreams are made of. You’ll find plenty to tempt your tastebuds, from seasonal bowls brimming with goodness to playful twists on global favourites.

Their coffee is top-notch too (as you’d expect from Aussies!) and their wine list invites you to try something new. It’s the perfect spot to fuel up before a Borough Market adventure, or just to settle in with good company and even better food.

Flat Iron London Bridge

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Location: 112-116 Tooley St, London SE1 2TH, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 7403 2633

Pricing: ££

Opening hours:

  • Sunday to Tuesday – 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday to Thursday – 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Friday to Saturday – 12:00 PM 11:30 PM

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Flat Iron keeps things simple: one cut of steak, expertly butchered, cooked to your liking, and served with a side salad. Boom. Deliciousness delivered with no-nonsense flair.  

But the surprises keep coming: think dripping beef fat fries, impossibly creamy creamed spinach, and the unexpected pleasure of their house-made ice cream for dessert.

The atmosphere? No hushed, formal dining rooms. Flat Iron has an easy-going energy, with exposed brickwork and a touch of industrial chic.

BaoziInn – London Bridge

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Location: 34-36 Southwark St, London SE1 1TU, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8037 5875

Pricing: ££

Opening hours:

  • Sunday to Thursday – 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Friday to Saturday – 12:00 PM 10:30 PM

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Forget the tired stereotypes of Chinese takeout – BaoziInn London Bridge is an explosion of flavour that sends you straight to the heart of China. Tucked away just opposite the iconic Borough Market, this restaurant isn’t shy about its culinary heritage.

Their menu is a delicious journey that crisscrosses China. The bold flavours of Sichuan and Hunan provinces tango with the elegance of Cantonese classics, making it a true standout on the London Bridge dining scene.  

Try their signature “big soup dumplings” – delicate parcels bursting with savoury broth and tender fillings. They’re flavour bombs.

Tower Bridge Kitchen

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Location: 224A Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 3117 0099

Pricing: ££

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM

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Tower Bridge Kitchen proves that a stunning view doesn’t have to overshadow great food. This spot is a contemporary haven for fresh and delicious Mediterranean cuisine that’s nestled right in the heart of London.

Whether you crave the smoky char of perfectly grilled octopus or a vibrant plant-based feast, this place delivers a culinary experience that nourishes both body and soul. 

But don’t let the central location fool you – Tower Bridge Kitchen extends its warmth far beyond its doors. Takeout and delivery options through Deliveroo and UberEats ensure that irresistible Mediterranean tang can find you wherever you are.

Pizza Pilgrims London Bridge

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Location: SU48, London Bridge Station, 2 Bermondsey St, London SE1 2TF, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 3974 9825

Pricing: ££

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Saturday – 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM
  • Sunday – 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM

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Born from two brothers’ passionate quest for the perfect pizza, this haven serves an authentic Neapolitan experience with a playful London twist.

The magic lies in the dough – double-fermented and baked at a scorching 500°C for that irresistibly light, chewy, and slightly charred crust.  Toppings range from the iconic Margherita, a masterpiece of simplicity, to adventurous creations like the smoky “Smokey Aubergine Parm”.

But don’t miss their cult favourite, the “Double Pepperoni & Hot Honey” – a sweet and spicy flavour bomb that’ll leave you hooked.

Smashing Plates London Bridge

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Location: Unit 55, London Bridge Station, 59 St Thomas St, London SE1 3QX, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 3643 7262

Pricing: ££

Opening hours:

  • Sunday to Thursday – 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Friday to Saturday – 11:00 AM to 10:30 PM

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Smashing Plates London Bridge is a fast-casual revolution wrapped in a gyro. Founded by Greek restaurateur Neofytos Christodoulou, this place brings the spirit of the Mediterranean right to the heart of the capital.

Here, tradition gets a playful London twist, with a menu that celebrates classic tastes and throws in a dash of innovation for good measure. The star of the show? Gyros, of course! 

But it’s not your average street food fare. Smashing Plates uses responsibly sourced meats, butchered in-house and marinated for 24 hours in Greek oregano. 

Casa do Frango London Bridge

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Location: 32 Southwark St, London SE1 1TU, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 3972 2323

Pricing: ££

Opening hours:

  • Sunday to Wednesday – 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Thursday to Saturday – 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM

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Set foot inside this converted 19th-century warehouse, and you’ll find a space that’s both rustic and effortlessly chic. Exposed brickwork, soaring ceilings draped in greenery, and skylights casting a warm glow – it’s the perfect setting to indulge in some serious feasting.  

And what a feast it is! The Piri Piri chicken, marinated in a secret spice blend and kissed by the flames, is the star of the show. Smokey, succulent, and utterly addictive, it’s the kind of dish that’ll have you licking your fingers clean.

But the deliciousness doesn’t end there. The menu takes you on a culinary adventure through Portugal, with plump garlic prawns, fiery chorizo flambé, and a tempting array of petiscos (Portuguese tapas) to share. 

Caravan London Bridge Restaurant

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Location: 30 Great Guildford St, London SE1 0HS, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 7101 1190

Pricing: ££

Opening hours:

  • Monday – 8:00 AM to 9:30 PM
  • Tuesday to Thursday – 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Friday to Saturday – 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Sunday – 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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Housed in a beautifully restored metal box factory, Caravan is a feast for the eyes as much as the palate. 

Their breakfasts are a culinary adventure in themselves too. Think smashed avocado elevated with Aleppo chilli and tangy lemon, or the hearty chorizo and smoked Simon cheese croquettes.

Of course, no trip to Caravan would be complete without indulging in their coffee program.  These folks roast their beans in-house, ensuring maximum freshness in every cup. 

The Breakfast Club London Bridge

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Location: 11 Southwark St, London SE1 1RQ, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 7078 9634

Pricing: ££

Opening hours:

  • Sunday to Monday – 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday to Saturday – 7:30 AM to 9:30 PM

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The Breakfast Club London Bridge brings a healthy dose of nostalgia and unabashed fun to the London dining scene. With its retro diner vibes, stacks of fluffy pancakes, and a soundtrack of 80s bangers, this place isn’t for the faint of heart (or stomach).

Their menu is a love letter to classic American comfort food. Towering stacks of pancakes dripping with syrup, piled-high breakfast burritos, and a whole section dedicated to eggs done every which way. 

And true to their name, they take their bacon seriously – crispy, chewy, salty perfection!

Kolae

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Location: 6 Park St, London SE1 9AB, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 7078 9634

Pricing: ££

Opening hours:

  • Monday – 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday to Saturday – 12:30 PM to 10:30 PM
  • Sunday – 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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Kolae, the fiery younger sibling of the acclaimed Som Saa, is a culinary beacon within the bustle of Borough Market. It’s not just another Thai spot. Kolae blazes its own trail with the namesake ‘kolae’ grilling technique.  

Ingredients dance on skewers, bathed in a coconut-rich curry marinade before meeting the charring kiss of open flames.  The result? Dishes that tantalise familiar Thai flavours yet possess a smoky, thrilling depth that sets Kolae apart.

The signature chicken bamboo skewer is an initiation into this delicious art –  juicy, and infused with the warm glow of turmeric. Grilled mussel skewers offer a counterpoint of oceanic freshness swathed in creamy coconut. 

Rambutan

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Location: 10 Stoney St, London SE1 9AD, United Kingdom

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Pricing: ££

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Saturday – 12:00 PM to 10:15 PM
  • Sunday – 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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Tucked away beneath London Bridge’s arches, Rambutan crackles with the energy of its founder, Cynthia Shanmugalingam. She’s got this way of making you feel like you’ve stumbled into a family feast, with all the bold flavours and cheerful chatter of her Sri Lankan heritage.

Don’t expect a predictable curry here – think of the menu like tapas but with an explosion of spices. Crisp hoppers filled with curries that make you go “ooh”, fluffy rotis that work overtime as edible scoops, and fiery sambols that make your nose twitch in the best possible way.  

Those devilled prawns? Sweet, tangy, and the kind of addictive that makes you order another plate just because. The mutton rolls are what you dream street food could be – savoury and a little messy.

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