Southwark is fast becoming one of London’s most desirable places to live. Not only does the prestigious SE1 postcode boast some amazing accommodation in the Long Lane area, it also offers a wealth of history and culture on the doorstep, including HMS Belfast, Shakespeare’s Globe theatre and the Tate Modern. SE1 also has one of the most famous food markets in the world: Borough Market. The market ensures your kitchen will always be well stocked, but what about those days when you don’t really feel like cooking?
Fresh From the Sea
Located just south of the Thames, which the River Thames Alliance states is an ‘angling heaven’, it comes as no surprise that residents of SE1 have their choice of fish restaurants. The Wright Brothers restaurant, located in Borough Market itself, is perhaps one of the most popular places to sample the ‘catch of the day’. Cornish Bay oysters are the speciality here, but sardines, crab, brill, and bream are also on the menu. With an open kitchen, this is definitely one of the most busy, bustling, and even chaotic fish restaurants in SE1, making it a great choice for an informal lunch with family or friends. If you’re looking for something a little fancier for a special occasion, Aqua Shard, on the 31st floor of The Shard, has breathtaking views across the city, and offers a wide range of seafood, with roasted monkfish, seabass, and John Dory regular fixtures on the menu. Make a reservation – this place fills up fast!
The London Tabernae
London is claimed to have been instrumental in transforming the Mediterranean-style ‘tabernae’, brought over by the Romans, into the traditional pub for which the UK is now famous. A number of local historic pubs have been transformed even further, and offer an unusual and intriguing combination of classic public house and fine dining establishment. The Globe Tavern, for example, situated just across the road from Bedales wine shop, maintains many traditional pub aspects, like the low lighting and dark wood panelling, and yet offers a menu far more fancy than the local Wetherspoons. Lyonnaise onions, lemon courgette aioli, confit tomato, and goat’s curd are just a few of the menu items.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth and love to indulge in rich, chocolatey treats, then there’s really nowhere better than Rabot 1745, which is one of just two Hotel Chocolat restaurants in the whole country (the other is situated in Leeds). And this isn’t just a dessert restaurant, either. The breadboard appetiser features a chocolate balsamic dip, cacao pesto, and cocoa nib butter, and for main course there’s everything from chocolate-crusted salmon to cacao ale-brined pork. Wash it all down with a cocoa gin.
The New Food Capital of London?
Dating back to the 9th century, Southwark has typically been known for its history, its associations with famous historical figures, and its arts culture. However, the explosion of new culinary experiences in the area in recent years has shifted the focus, with eateries fast becoming one of the main draws. With so many choices right on the doorstep, it’s no wonder Southwark is becoming one of the most sought after places to live.