The Best Restaurants Near Tower Bridge, London

Head to Cantina Del Ponte for some delicious Italian cuisine
Head to Cantina Del Ponte for some delicious Italian cuisine | © Steve Vidler / Alamy Stock Photo
Nicholas Grantham

Along the Thames, not far from London Bridge and Borough Market, is Tower Bridge – a London landmark with great dining options. It has restaurants that will personalise your meals, those that serve traditional British food as well as some spots with more experimental cuisine. With the help of our local guides, here’s Culture Trip’s pick of the best restaurants to visit in the area.

1. Cantina Del Ponte

Restaurant, Italian

Channelling inspiration from an authentic Italian trattoria, Cantina Del Ponte offers a slice of continental cuisine overlooking the River Thames. With a chic interior, featuring a charming mural dedicated to Italian markets, the restaurant is a great place for a quick lunch or an evening with friends. With several menus, including à la carte and set options, it’s the perfect spot to start a night out in the city.

2. The Coal Shed London

Restaurant, Seafood

Found in the impressive One Tower Bridge, the Coal Shed London makes some of the best coal-roasted dishes around. With a mix of seafood and steaks, the menu celebrates its South Coast roots, along with a Persian persuasion from the restaurant’s founder, Raz Helalat. If you happen to be around at the weekend, be sure to try one of its famed sharing roasts, perfect for a Sunday afternoon with friends.

3. by CHLOE

Restaurant, Eco-friendly

by CHLOE. in Covent Garden, London is a plant-based vegan restaurant. There are also branches in New York, Boston and LA
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This eco-friendly, all-vegan restaurant – one of a handful based in the UK – offers a new take on what it means to “eat well” in today’s culinary landscape. At by CHLOE, you’ll find a menu with 100 percent plant-based comfort-food dishes, including the Hot Chiky sandwich, pesto meatball and the club; with so many options, it’s a place suited for return visits. With reasonable prices and combo deals available, it’s perfect for a quick, sustainable snack while exploring the city.

4. Champor-Champor

Restaurant, Thai

Roughly translating as “mix and match”, Champor-Champor has some of the best traditional Thai-Malay dishes in the city. With a mix of traditional and contemporary artwork, artefacts and music from all over the world, its beautifully decorated dining hall is the perfect setting for a romantic evening or a get-together with friends. If you’re looking for an extra-memorable experience on a very special night, be sure to book the mezzanine, a private table for two overlooking the restaurant.

5. Provisioners

Diner, British

Just a short walk from Tower Bridge on Queen Elizabeth Street, Provisioners offers a fantastic selection of menus throughout the day in its design-studio-inspired space. This stylish yet reserved restaurant-coffee bar serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. However, it often has specials, whether it’s a pop-up or holiday menu.

6. Restaurant Story

Restaurant, British

Tom Sellers restaurant Story near Tower Bridge, London. Image shot 2013. Exact date unknown.
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Opened by the famed Michelin-star chef Tom Sellers at the age of 26, Restaurant Story has grown into one of the most exciting restaurants in London. Offering largely traditional and seasonal British dishes, it’s unique in that it will create the menu based on your tastes. As one of the more extravagant options on this list, the restaurant offers five- and seven-course tasting menus for lunch and a nine-course option at dinner.

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