Restaurants

Top Choice Italian in The South Bank

Padella

Yet another fantastic addition to the foodie enclave of Borough Market, Padella is a small, energetic bistro specialising in handmade pasta dishes, inspired by the owners’ extensive culinary adventures in Italy. The…
Top Choice Modern European in The South Bank

Skylon

This excellent restaurant inside the Royal Festival Hall is divided into grill and fine-dining sections by a large bar. The decor is cutting-edge 1950s: muted colours and period chairs (trendy then, trendier now), w…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in The South Bank

Arabica Bar & Kitchen

Pan–Middle Eastern cuisine is a well-rehearsed classic these days, but Arabica Bar & Kitchen has managed to bring something fresh to its table: the decor is contemporary and bright, the food delicate and light, …
Top Choice Gastropub in The South Bank

Anchor & Hope

A stalwart of the South Bank food scene, the Anchor & Hope is a quintessential gastropub: elegant but not formal, and utterly delicious (European fare with a British twist). The menu changes daily but think salt…
Top Choice Eastern European in The South Bank

Baltic

In a bright and airy, high-ceilinged dining room with glass roof and wooden beams, Baltic is travel on a plate: dill and beetroot, dumplings and blini, pickle and smoke, rich stews and braised meat. From Polish to G…
Top Choice Cafe in The South Bank

Watch House

Saying that the Watch House nails the sandwich wouldn't really do justice to this tip-top cafe: the sandwiches really are delicious, and use artisan breads from a local baker. But there is also great coffee, and tre…
Market in The South Bank

Maltby Street Market

Started as an alternative to the juggernaut that is Borough Market, Maltby Street Market is becoming a victim of its own success, with brick-and-mortar shops and restaurants replacing the old workshops, and throngs …
Mexican in The South Bank

El Pastór

The cavernous entrance on Stoney St reveals a Mexican eatery rocking the industrial-chic look. El Pastór specialises in tacos and quesadillas, which are made fresh daily. Fillings are delicious but the portions are …
Spanish in The South Bank

Josẽ

From the tiled bar to the barrel table, the leg of ham on its stand and the espresso machine behind the bar, Josẽ looks like it's straight out of Madrid or Valencia. The food, too, is authentic: exquisitely tender p…
Cafe in The South Bank

The Table Café

This smart, independent café/restaurant/bar (depending what time you visit) has become something of an institution on the Southwark dining scene. The breakfasts, brunches and lunches are creative (the Breakfast Brus…