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The Best Restaurants in London Bridge

Picture of Christina Dean
Updated: 28 August 2017
With Borough Market, home to some of the best suppliers and produce in the city, in the neighbourhood, it’s inevitable that some great restaurants have sprung up in the London Bridge area. Here are our favourites.

Padella

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Beef Shin Ragu | Courtesy of Padella
Beef Shin Ragu | Courtesy of Padella

Padella is the pasta-focused restaurant from the team behind Trullo – you can see the pasta being rolled in the window so you know just how fresh it is. It’s incredibly simple but incredibly tasty; whether you go for the pici cacio e pepe, the pappardelle with beef shin ragu or gnocchi with sage and nutmeg butter, it’s some of the most authentic pasta you’ll find in London. This, plus the exceptionally good value prices, does result in queues out the door but in this case it’s certainly worth the wait.
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Mon - Sat:
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sun:
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Relaxed

El Pastor

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
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El Pastor is the Hart brothers’ (of Barrafina and Quo Vadis) take on a proper taqueria. Inspired by Sam Hart and business partner Crispin Somerville’s time running a nightclub in Mexico City and named after the popular al pastor taco found on the city’s streets, El Pastor definitely is the real deal. The tortillas are from scratch in-house and used in a range of tacos, from carnitas to choripapa to the namesake al pastor, and quesadillas too. And if you’re a mezcal fan you’re in luck as El Pastor stocks a great selection.

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Mon - Fri:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Fri:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sat:
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Relaxed

Bar Douro

Restaurant, Portuguese, $$$
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Run by Max Graham of Churchill’s Port, a family business that has strong links to the Douro Valley, Bar Douro brings a slice of Porto and Lisbon to London. From the blue and white tiles that adorn the interior to dishes like pork with clams, salt cod hash and octopus with sweet potato, Bar Douro is rustic but full of style. The regional wine list celebrates the best of Portugal too.

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Mon - Sat:
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Sun:
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed

Lupins

Restaurant, British, Contemporary, $$$
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There’s nothing revolutionary about small plates anymore but when they’re done as well as they are at Lupins you start to feel excited about the idea again. The menu is seasonal and British, with dishes like Cornish crab thermidor, chicken agnolotti with lemon and watercress, and chipotle roast pigeon with charred baby gem, showing just how good simple cooking can really be.

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Mon:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tue - Thu:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tue - Thu:
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sat:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sat:
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sun:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Relaxed

Hutong

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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Hutong cocktail | © Matt Brown/Flickr
Hutong cocktail | © Matt Brown/Flickr

The Shard is home to a handful of quality restaurants, Hutong being one of them. Offering a fine dining take on northern Chinese food, Hutong’s signature dishes include XO sauce crystal prawn dumplings, soft-shell crab with Sichuan chilli, and crispy beef with peanuts and Lao Gan Ma sauce. Spices feature on the cocktail list too, which put an eastern twist on classic drinks. It’s undeniably flashy, with its opulent red lanterns, dark wood and spectacular views over the city. You certainly pay for the privilege of eating here, so save this one for a special occasion.
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Mon - Thu:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri:
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat:
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Sun:
11:00 am - 12:00 am

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Stylish, Fine Dining

Wright Brothers

Restaurant, Seafood, British, $$$
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Wright Brothers | © Garry Knight/Flickr
Wright Brothers | © Garry Knight/Flickr

Opened in 2005, after founders Ben and Robin had achieved success by supplying their oysters to other restaurants, the Borough branch of Wright Brothers is right on the edge of the market and has an open kitchen so it always feels lively inside. Naturally oysters feature heavily but the menu is packed full of some of the best and freshest seafood this country has to offer, such as Rye Bay plaice, Devonshire crab, St Austell mussels and Severn & Wye smoked salmon. If you’re a fish lover, this place is a must.
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Sun - Fri:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Gourmet, Relaxed

Lobos Meat and Tapas

Restaurant, Spanish, Tapas, $$$
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Tucked away on a Borough Market side street under the train tracks (you can feel them rattling away overhead which only adds to the atmosphere), Lobos Meat and Tapas offers a rock & roll approach to Spanish food. The tapas standards are there but it’s with the meat where Lobos really comes into its own. Ribeye, foie gras, Iberico pork and Castilian lamb are on offer, plus lots of Spanish sherry and wine to wash it down with.

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Mon - Fri:
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mon - Fri:
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
12:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Sat:
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun:
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sun:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Relaxed