Whether you live in London or are just a frequent visitor, chances are, you’ve already found yourself exploring the nooks and crannies of London’s Borough Market on a regular basis. It is, after all, an integral part of London life. Here’s our guide of the best restaurants Borough Market has to offer.
The Market is a maze of artisan food stalls and fantastically weird and wonderful arts and crafts.
But it’s the food that’s the biggest draw, and while we do love the plethora of food stalls (Porteñas empanadas, I’m looking at you), sometimes a meal that doesn’t involve standing up is on the cards. Tucked away from the crowds, the area has some fantastic sit-down restaurants too. We’ve put together a list of the 5 best restaurants near Borough Market in London.
Opening in 2015, Padella has fast become a firm favourite Borough Market restaurant among the foodie crowd. A small and intimate space, offering freshly made authentic Italian pasta that you can watch being rolled out from the store-front windows.
Padella offers just eight seasonal dishes at any one time, with a small yet perfectly formed menu.
The Beef Shin pappardelle in a rich tomato and garlic sauce and melt-in-your-mouth beef (cooked for 8 hours!) is a big favourite and is featured year long.
We also love the Tagliarini with Dorset Crab, a great addition for the summer months. The zesty and zingy chilli and lemon sauce complimenting the fresh crabmeat beautifully.
Padella can be found at 6 Southwark St, SE1 1TQ
Elliot’s is a wonderful showcase of the very best restaurants Borough Market has to offer. Using the produce available right on their doorstep, the menu is simple and delicious.
Elliot’s simple cooking methods, usually over a wood fired grill, let the natural ingredients and flavours sing.
Teamed with all-natural wines in a rustic, cosy setting, its easy to see why many love this little gem.
The menu changes almost daily, depending on what’s available at the market, so be sure to ask for the staffs’ recommendations, they’ll be more than happy to assist.
However, should you come across the Cheeseburger made with aged beef, jump on the chance. Quite simply the best burger in Borough Market!
Find them at 12 Stoney Street, Borough Market, London, SE1 9AD
Unassuming and so tucked away you might just miss it, is the best tapas in Borough Market, located directly under the railway arch of London Bridge Station.
Upon entering, it’s surprising just how much they’ve managed to squeeze into such a space. Bars and stools for drinks and tapas, line the cellar-like ground floor while upstairs, there’s an open kitchen and tables and chairs for diners. A great choice of where to eat at Borough Market London.
The Arroz con Costra (Saffron rice, with chicken, chorizo, spices and morcilla – Spanish black pudding) is rich, flavoursome and excellent value for money.
You can find Lobos at 14 Borough High Street, London, SE1 9QG
The best pizza in Borough Market can be found at O ver. The light and airy, contemporary eatery puts a twist on the traditional pizza by making their dough with seawater. The result is a lighter pizza and slight saltiness.
There are a number of different varieties of pizza on offer, with classic Neapolitan Pizzas, Gourmet Pizzas and ‘O ver Classics’ all featured on the menu. The Rosa (with artisan pressed pork belly) and the Tartufata (with white truffle burrata, Tuscan pork sausage) are highly recommended, as are the Sicilian appetizers. Most definitely the best Italian food in the Borough Market area.
Location: 44-46 Southwark St, London SE1 1UN, United Kingdom
Richard Hawards Oysters
While not technically a ‘restaurant’, special mention goes to Richard Hawards Oysters, as there’s nothing like freshly shucked oysters, tasting like they’ve jumped directly onto your plate in an unfussy and casual environment.
Cultivating oysters since 1732, and nestled away on Stoney Street, the eatery offers just a few tables for dining. So get there early if this is your choice of where to eat at Borough Market.
Try the award winning Mersea oysters with a variety of toppings, and a glass of chilled fine wine.
Find them at 35 Stoney Street, SE1 9AA