Top choice italian in The South Bank

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A fantastic part of 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 portions are small, which means that, joy of joys, you can (and should!) have more than one dish. Outstanding, but be prepared to queue (no reservations taken).

In the evenings, once the restaurant is full, it uses a virtual queue system where they take your number and text you when your table is ready – not a bad option considering the many lovely pubs in the neighbourhood.