Sarah's Guidebook

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”, so said the 18th century Londoner, Samuel Johnson. I love London and its history and traditions, but it is also constantly changing which is wh... read more

Things to do in London

735 local Airbnb hosts recommend

London's modern and contemporary art museum, housed in an impressive 1930's former power station on the banks of the Thames. The permanent collection is free to visit. Amazing views from the top!

203 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Reconstruction of Elizabethan theatre sited here in Shakespeare's time. Acclaimed productions of Shakespeare's plays shown here in the summer months.

486 local Airbnb hosts recommend

No commentary necessary! The no. 78 bus goes from outside the house to the Tower of London in 15 minutes.



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

71 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Tiny tapas bar run by well-known Spanish chef Jose Pizarro. Always crowded but great tapas and atmosphere. Be prepared to stand!

723 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The most famous food market in London. Nicknamed "London's larder", the market comes to life from Wed. to Saturday. Find the best quality meat, game, fish & seafood, fruit & veg, cheese, bread etc

57 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Spanish restaurant serving unusual tapas and delicious meals and wine. Run by acclaimed chef, Jose Pizarro, who also has the tiny tapas bar Jose further up Bermondsey St.


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Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 31 Saint Thomas Street·Map·Hours·Website·

48 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Sip a cocktail while looking at the view from the 31st floor of The Shard (the tallest building in Europe). No reservation necessary for the bar.

51 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Independent 50 seater local cinema showing a variety of films from block busters to art house. Friendly bar/cafe attached.



Food SceneRestaurants
214 Bermondsey Street·Map·Hours·Website·

43 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Consistently good Italian food. Open every day including Sunday and Monday evening. Gin cocktail bar in the basement for those who indulge!

28 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Part of a small chain of pizza restaurants (takeaway too) serving cheaply priced wooden-oven baked, sourdough pizza with carefully sourced fresh ingredients.

20 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Relaxed coffee shop with friendly staff and great coffee. Good for breakfast and light lunch. Also has a florist attached (Dante)!

20 local Airbnb hosts recommend

40 Maltby St - natural wines to drink in or take away and outstanding seasonal cooking. Understated, friendly place to hang out. Open Weds - Fri. eves & Fri & Sat Lunch (no reservations)

20 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Award-winning tiny cafe serving great coffee and snacks to eat in or take away. Friendly atmosphere and staff.

39 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Founded by British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes. Fashion-related exhibitions.

65 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great Saturday morning market selling a variety of food and drink to eat on the spot or takeaway. Open Sat & Sunday.

40 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Remnants of the old Bermondsey Antiques Market (infamous for the market ouvert law) which takes place from early morning on Fridays. Used to cover the whole area, now down to about 50 stalls.

12 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Recently refurbished pub with friendly Aussie landlord and resident Irish terrier. Pizza oven. Food served Weds - Sun eves & Sat and Sunday lunchtimes. Closest pub to the house.

12 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Site of the World's first railway station! Exceptional, hidden Saturday morning food market under the railway arches: meat, cheese, ham, fruit & veg, coffee, honey, eggs, micro-brewery etc.

14 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Nice independent local pub with young, friendly staff serving some interesting beers and good, reasonably priced traditional pub food (ploughman's, great fish & chips, Sunday roast etc)

8 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Urgent care centre. For urgent treatment of minor injuries or illness. Open daily 8am - 8pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

6 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great little Japanese place for eating in or takeaway. Interesting and reasonably priced food.

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Take a boat trip or a river bus from Tower Pier upstream to Westminster and The London Eye or downstream to Greenwich and the Thames Barrier.

38 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Open 7am - 11pm daily (including Sundays) Small supermakey with good quality basic provisions.

26 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Jubilee line Underground station. 10 minutes walk from house.

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Hidden gem! This little coffee shop is the perfect antidote to shopping in Tesco's just down the road. Sweet and friendly staff, great coffee and cakes and simple food.

26 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Mainline train station. Direct trains to Gatwick and Brighton and other destinations in South and South East England.

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Good place for a reasonably-priced, slap up full English breakfast. Also open lunchtimes serving good, simple Turkish food.



EssentialsGrocery Stores
$· 107 Dunton Road·Map·Hours·Website·

12 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you need to do a big supermarket shop!

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Thousand year old cathedral on the banks of the Thames. A quiet haven to escape to from the tourists and shoppers in Borough Market. Sunny terrace behind where you can relax with a coffee and cake.

8 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A pleasant patch of green in the middle of Bermondsey. Good for dog-walking, a quiet stroll or a jog round the circular 333 metre running track.