Welcome to one of the best hangout spots in all of London - Maltby Street Market is so good that we even come in the middle of winter. In summer though, it’s unbeatable - it’s a narrow street packed wall-to-wall with excellent food vendors and the odd antique store, and if you don’t leave a couple of kilos heavier, there could be something wrong with you. Besides excellent food options and plenty of space in the area to perch with a drink, it’s bookended by some excellent restaurants, including St John’s Maltby outpost and small plates specialist 40 Maltby Street. Plan to get here at the weekend and spend at least a couple of hours eating your weight in doughnuts.
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Pizarro is a Spanish restaurant in Bermondsey with excellent wine and tapas. Get the Iberico Presa and croquetas.
Jose Pizarro is a tiny tapas bar in Bermondsey that's great for drinking sherry and eating excellent plates of tapas.
Londrino is a somewhat serious Portuguese restaurant in Bermondsey that doubles as a nice neighbourhood spot.
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Barrafina Covent Garden
Barrafina Adelaide Street is just as good as the Soho location, and just a little bit less crowded. Get your tapas fix.
Boqueria is a neighbourhood tapas restaurant that you could confidently take a Spaniard to. The suckling pig and daily seafood specials are great.
Plenty of restaurants in Shoreditch have a gimmick, but Popolo doesn’t need one. This place serves up pastas and incredible small plates.
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Flour & Grape
Flour & Grape is another member of the we-just-invented-fresh-pasta club, and it’s worth the trek over to Bermondsey when Padella is rammed.
The Metro Mercato Metropolitano food market is worth a visit when you want something a bit more chilled out than the usual street food scene.
Frank’s Café & Campari Bar
Frank’s in Peckham is a rooftop bar with the most impressive view of the London skyline, and has the added bonus of serving reasonably priced drinks.
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