Best food and fine-dining experiences in London Bridge
London Bridge is one of London’s more storied landmarks, subject of many a story and song. It attracts visitors in their droves who come to see its great views of the River Thames and to check out the bars, hotels and landmarks along its banks. Tourists to the bridge also flock to eat at its restaurants, among which are some of the city’s best locations.
To whet your appetite, here are TheFork’s top 10 list of the best restaurants in the London Bridge area, featuring hidden gems and neighbourhood favorites.
If a sightseeing trip up the famous London Shard is your idea of a great experience, then a reservation at Aqua Shard could be for you. Situated high up the landmark skyscraper, this high-end restaurant is among the best in the London Bridge area.
On the expertly curated menu here is fancy fine-dining and familiar favourites alike. Fresh flavours and high-end ingredients can be found in every dish, from the Red Prawns Carpaccio with Lemon oil, chilli and celery cress. Their refined approach to food can be experienced in the Beef Tartare, with blue radish and egg emulsion on toasted sourdough bread.
You can experience the finest in exquisite Chinese food at Hutong at the Shard, one of the premiere restaurants in the famous London landmark. Take a seat at sky-high level and dine in style on Dim Sum and other signature dishes of the cuisine.
Start with dishes like the Calamari Flowers of Tender squid in Sichuan peppercorn and chilli oil, or tender poached Kou Shui chicken breast in a chilli broth. Sample tasty Dim Sum of Bao like Iberico Pork Xiao Long and Pan-Seared Ginger Lobster and explore tasty dishes like Tempura Eel Dumpling with shrimp and eel sauce.
This superb Central London spot is one of the London Bridge neighbourhood’s most popular spots. The cuisine at The Alexander Hay is posh pub nosh, elevated to truly delicious status and well worth visiting on your day out in the capital.
Experience high-end takes on classic dishes, like the Hog roast sausage roll with caramelised onion, or the crispy coated Prawn & calamari. The Connemara mussels are a seasonal special served in a white wine, onion & cream sauce with bloomer bread and butter.
Argentinian fine-dining and succulent steak is the theme of the menu at Gaucho, near neighbouring Tower Bridge, a popular high-end steakhouse that’s perfect for date night and business lunch alike.
From fresh flavours to start like the Sea Bass, Trout and smoked corn ceviche, to seared Diver scallops with ‘Nduja butter. There is plenty of diversity on the menu to complement the excellent selection of steaks and specialty cuts - from Churrasco de chorizo to Churrasco de lomo.
Situated near the famous hotspot of Borough Market is Giuseppe’s, a family-run restaurant full of fine character and equally fine food. Their authentic approach to Italian cuisine makes it something of a neighbourhood favourite among London Bridge’s foodies.
Fresh ingredients run through the core of their expertly curated menu, and are tasted in everything from the Prosciutto e Melone to the Insalata Tricolore, of Mozzarella, avocado and tomato. Their speciality is fine pasta dishes - the Fusilli Primavera and Ravioli Lobster are especially good.
This charming local pub has become something of a neighbourhood institution for foodies in the London Bridge area. The Garrison is host to enough dishes to feed an army, from high-end foodie fare to familiar favorites.
The highly curated approach to flavour is top-tier, and you can taste fresh ingredients in inventive delicacies like the Bitter leaves with walnuts, pink lady apple and beenleigh blue, or taste the ocean in the Confit chalk stream trout with Carosello cucumber and crème fraiche.
Some of the greatest British cuisine is to be had at Roast, a fine-dining location in the London Bridge neighbourhood for lovers of great food. Expect British bangers that take traditional snacks and elevate them to posh nosh perfection.
Classic dishes from Chef Iliya Nikolov include the Signature scotch egg, served with piccalilli foam and wild mushrooms, and the Braised beef croquettes with horseradish emulsion and micro cress. For an unforgettable main dish, experience their signature saddleback pork belly with creamed potatoes, Bramley apple sauce and gravy.
Lovers of fine South East Asian cuisine must try the menu at Rosa’s Thai Cafe in Tower Bridge, just over from London Bridge. This popular restaurant has made a name for itself in London’s culinary scene and for good reason, and is available to book now on TheFork.
Experience high-end sharing dishes like the Honey-Marinated char-grilled Pork Skewers Moo Ping, tenderised with honey, soy sauce & roasted coriander seeds and served with Rosa’s homemade tamarind dipping sauce. For more sharing plates, try the classic platter, with chicken satay, Larb patties, Thai calamari, Prawn crackers and Rosa’s homemade spring rolls.
An elegant and authentic location for Italian fine-dining in the popular London Bridge neighbourhood is Pulia, a hidden-gem and one of the worst-kept secrets among the area’s trendy types and foodies.
The highly curated menu from this innovative eatery will please lovers of traditional Italian cuisine and modern dining out alike. Enjoy with friends sharing dishes like the Tris di Friselle, a combination of traditional, lonza, and capocollo frisella bruschetta. Or soak in the tradition in dishes like the Melanzane alla Parmigiana, baked layers of fried aubergine, mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce.
Get the authentic taste of Greece and enjoy all of its traditional cuisine in the welcoming dining destination of The Real Greek, just a short walk through the London Bridge neighbourhood by Tower Bridge. With a family-run ethos and an expert approach to cooking, you’ll find their passion in every delightful dish.
With their mixture of magical meze, from Tzatziki and Hummus to flatbreads and yellow Fava beans, you will begin a tasting odyssey worthy of Greek literature. Casual dishes like the Souvlaki wraps with pork, chicken, Lamb meatballs and falafel. Melt into signature hot meze dishes, exemplified by Tonia’s recipe of tiger prawns in a rich tomato sauce, with pourgouri, spinach, pickled peppers and feta.
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