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Ariel

We are an international couple (female journalist from Taiwan and male entrepreneur from Australia) with a dog who have lived in the UK for several years.


Things to do in London

#1

F*ckoffee

163 - 167 Bermondsey St·Map·Hours·Website·

37 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Somewhat strange name but great coffee. Good for chilling on comfy Chesterfield sofas and relaxing with a book, magazine or laptop.

111 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A little like a smaller Borough Markets. Pedestrian only street .was started by people who used to do Borough Markets and still not that well known. Can’t recommend highly enough - this place is re... read more

#3

Magdalen

RestaurantsRestaurants
$$$· 152 Tooley Street·Map·Hours·Website·

14 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Just over the railway track behind City Hall. This is a great little modern European restaurant from the creator of St. Johns.

#4

Le Pont de la Tour

BarsBars
$$$· 36D Shad Thames·Map·Hours·Website·

42 local Airbnb hosts recommend

As per the name, this is right at Tower Bridge on Southbank. Quite formal in feel but good food. This is where Tony Blair took George Bush when he was in town - this is either going to make you rus... read more

14 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Grab a half or dozen oysters with some white wine (or champagne!). We like oysters :-)

#6

Monmouth Coffee

$· 2 Park St·Map·Hours·Website·

31 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Our favourite cafe and coffee. Seems other people feel the same based on the length of the queue on the weekend. Worth waiting for and the queue moves quickly! We like the “white long black” - part... read more

#7

El Vergel

$· 132 Webber Street·Map·Hours·Website·

25 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Latin American food. Authentic, popular and good value. Personal favourites are the churrasco palta (rump steak, avocado and tomato in Chillean village bread) and the torta mexicana (refried beans,... read more

32 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A bit posh. Generally regarded as having the best restaurant views in London (though now with the opening of The Shard this may be moot). Modern British food.

#9

José

$$$· 104 Bermondsey Street·Map·Hours·Website·

100 local Airbnb hosts recommend

For tapas. We really like it here. It is quite small and doesn’t take reservations so not a place to go with more than a few people. But has nice tapas that changes regularly and a nice feel about ... read more

#10

The Gaucho Grill

RestaurantsRestaurants
$$$· 2 More London Riverside·Map·Hours·Website·

23 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Nice Argentinian restaurant. Over the other side of the train tracks on The Thames. Tends to be a bit on the posh side, but nice food and location.

#11

M Manzes

87 Tower Bridge Road·Map·Hours·Website·

18 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Go past end end of Bermondsey St., through Bermondsey Square to get to Tower Bridge Road. This is quite an unusual place. Described as “Original 1902 eel and pie house, for pie and mash lunches plu... read more

14 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Quite a lot of cheese.

#13

Tapas Brindisa

$· 18-20 Southwark St·Map·Hours·Website·

25 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great tapas. Also good place to try Spanish style breakfast.

67 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The bigger brother of Jose further down the street. (Creatively the head chef is Jose Pizzaro.) Has some really nice Spanish food. Has been rated the best Spanish in London. Also a good place for a... read more

#15

Village East

BarsBars
$$· 173 Bermondsey Street·Map·Hours·Website·

100 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Good contemporary British food, cocktails and service. Though a little dark and nightclub-ish - good or not good depending on your perspective.

#16

Champor-Champor

RestaurantsRestaurants
$$$$· 62-64 Weston Street·Map·Hours·Website·

22 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Just past The Rose on Weston Street. Unusual yet nice asian (mainly Malaysian) food in a kind of quirky/cool setting.

#17

The Hide

BarsBars
39-45 Bermondsey Street·Map·Hours·Website·

27 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great cocktails, opened until late (2pm) though lacking a little in ambiance. They're the only dog unfriendly place on Bermondsey St., which can be seen as a positive or a negative!

#18

The Royal Oak

BarsBars
44 Tabard Street·Map·Hours·Website·

28 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Very traditional pub with great cask ales. Claimed by some to be the best pub in the UK.

19 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Relaxed yet still quite cool. Great for an outside drink if the weather is nice. Also has great brunch until 3pm on the weekend.

45 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great small French restaurant.The Garrison (99-101 Bermondsey St.): Particularly for brunch, though also has good food and it is a bar. Probably worth booking if you want to have dinner as there ar... read more

#21

B Street Deli

Bermondsey St·Map·Hours·Website·

25 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Nice cafe with good coffee, food and also sells flowers. Has particularly good plates of deli meats.

#22

Eatalia

94 Bermondsey St·Map·Hours·Website·

3 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great toasted sandwiches. Grab one and go the park opposite.

#23

Elliot's

12 Stoney St·Map·Hours·Website·

10 local Airbnb hosts recommend

(Almost) beside Monmouth. Nice cafe with good food in a relaxed but nice setting. Highly recommend for Brunch.

5 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Hard to pronounce, literally “daily bread”, this is a small London chain that does bread and platters. More a place for brunch or afternoon snack than a serious meal. In a nice old building at Boro... read more

#25

The Watch House

193 Bermondsey Street·Map·Hours·Website·

30 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Right at the end of Bermondsey St. at the cemetery. Very nice and very small cafe.

#26

The Rose

BarsBars
123 Snowsfields·Map·Hours·Website·

4 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Literally next door to the flat. Great Sunday Roast and a nice local bar for a pint or two.

10 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Close to M. Manze this small cafe and bike repair shop is a relaxed place for a coffee. Not extensive food but really nice ham and cheese toasted croissants.

16 local Airbnb hosts recommend

“Multilevel fashion retail and concept store created by Rei Kawakubo of Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons”. Cool collection of clothes and stuff though somewhat on the pricey side.

1 local Airbnb host recommends

Cheap and cheerful Thai. We grab take away here a bit when we’re feeling lazy. Around the corner from Bermondsey St.

1 local Airbnb host recommends

Nice little green oasis that most people miss. Not the greatest farmers market but nice location and good option for a Tuesday if the weather in nice.