In recent years, the Southeast London neighborhood of Bermondsey has emerged with one of the city’s buzziest food scenes. You can eat around the world on the weekend at Maltby Street Market—a vibrant offshoot of the tourist-ridden Borough—where Bar Tozino (London’s first jamón bodega, whose owners will carve you slices of Spanish ham and pour you a glass of sherry) and St. John Maltby (from father of nose-to-tail eating Fergus Henderson, who also makes delicious cream-filled doughnuts) have set up under the railway arches. Of course, you’ll have to find it first: Take the Tube to Tower Hill, cross the bridge and keep walking south before turning left at the overpass on Druid Street. Follow the tracks (and the hipsters) all the way down to Brew By Numbers and Anspach & Hobday, two favorites along the “Bermondsey Beer Mile.” Hungry again? Check out Bermondsey Street, with its tiny French bistro Casse-Croûte and perennially packed tapas bar José. And if you’re craving culture, too, there’s an outpost of the contemporary art gallery White Cube.
The Bermondsey beer and food mile starts just south of Abbey Street and continues south along Druid. The best thing to do is to start by the Bermondsey station. Then, you can eat and drink your way through different cuisines and brews.
MALTBY STREET MARKET: Ropewalk; maltby.st
BAR TOZINO: Lassco Ropewalk, Maltby St.; bartozino.com
ST. JOHN MALTBY: 41 Maltby Street; 44-(0)20-7553-9842; stjohngroup.uk.com
BREW BY NUMBERS: 79 Enid St.; 44-(0)20-7237-9794; brewbynumbers.com
ANSPACH & HOBDAY: 118 Druid St.; 44-(0)20-8617-9510; anspachandhobday.com
CASSE-CROÛTE: 109 Bermondsey St.; 44-(0)20-7407-2140; cassecroute.co.uk
JOSÉ: 104 Bermondsey St.; 44-(0)20-7378-9455; josepizarro.com
WHITE CUBE: 144-152 Bermondsey St.; 44-(0)20-7930-5373; whitecube.com