Bermondsey is booming with amazing food, great coffee and cute independent stores, making this one of the most fun and trendy places to visit in London. Here’s our guide to the best spots around the area!
A lovely boutique store full of beautifully hand-crafted pieces. This charming shop predominantly sells locally made products created by independent designers. So if you’re on the hunt for a truly unique gift, this is the place to go!
At the end of buzzing Bermondsey Street, you can discover rare and beautiful treasures at the Historic Bermondsey Antique market. Traders set up shop every Friday from 6AM – 2PM, selling everything from cutlery to furniture and china to fine jewellery. The early start makes it perfect for those looking to unearth a gem before the typical working day begins.
If you’ve got a special occasion coming up, one where you really need to impress, Susie Stone is the shopping destination for you. Selling bespoke garments and hand-made ready-to-wear pieces, Susie’s clothes are of the highest quality, as well as sustainable and ethical. The store sells beautiful bridal wear to!
Fuel up on caffeine
A quirky, fun coffee shop with a free spirit as strong as its name, Fuckoffee has eccentric and artsy interiors that look like the inside of a creatives brain. They serve fantastic coffee, and the staff are lovely too. Fuckoffee is definitely one of the finest spots to catch up with your mates or emails.
This cute little coffee shop is set in a beautiful Victorian guardhouse. The cosy, rustic interiors make this the best spot to warm-up in on a cold winters day, especially when they’ve got their iron fire roaring. The Watch House focuses on sourcing organic products with their coffee coming from some of the best roasters in London.
This open plan shop and cafe is always bustling with coffee enthusiasts and lovers. Their sourcing is extensive, and they travel throughout the year to discover the best coffee around. Monmouth coffee has a fab reputation, and because of this it can be hard to find a seat, so if you’re unable to grab one, a walk around the local galleries and markets with a take-away-coffee in hand is a great alternative.
Soak up some culture
Set in a bright, modern building in the heart of Bermondsey, the Fashion and Textiles Museum is the cutting-edge centre for contemporary fashion. The museum hosts a range of funky exhibitions and educational talks, as well as a variety of creative workshops and courses for children, students and businesses. If you’re looking for some creative inspiration, this is the place to be!
A hot glass blowing studio with a reputation as one of Europe’s leading glassmaking workshops – visit this space to experience the magic of the ancient craft of glassmaking. Their Christmas Open House runs until the 24 December and the team are on hand to help you select the perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones!
The largest of the two White Cube London galleries, the building dates back to the 1970s where it was predominantly used as a warehouse before the redevelopment. The spaces inside are clean and edgy and host the latest works from top contemporary artists such as Anthony Gromley and Harland Miller.
Grab a Bite
Ideal for evening catch-ups and after work nibbles, Tanner & Co serves hearty British comfort food with a contemporary twist. The quirky space has a nostalgic school gym theme, with a pommel horse made into a bar stall and climbing ropes used as curtains, making it the perfect place for a school reunion!
This beautiful tapas restaurant boasts lush interiors and serves the most exquisite traditional Spanish dishes. The small menu changes seasonally – so expect fresh ingredients that are sustainably sourced!
Despite being set in a disused indoor car park, the Bermondsey Yard Cafe still feels like a fine dining experience. With pleasant and attentive staff, exposed brick walls, an open kitchen, pendant light bulbs and warehouse doors – this place ticks all the boxes for a trendy and quirky London restaurant.
Another of London’s former public lavatory turn funky underground bar. This place has got the atmosphere just right with art deco interiors and live jazz throughout the week. Just a stones throw a way from the White Cube, a swanky cocktail at this bar is the perfect way to end an artsy day.
For the gin lovers out there, a visit to this distillery is a must! With heritage dating back to the 1930s, be rest assured Jensen’s know how to make a good gin and tonic. Located between the Maltby Street and the Spa Terminus food markets, this spot opens it’s doors on Saturdays for tastings and long drinks.
This is a popular space, and we can see why; the atmosphere feels cosy and down-to-earth, the food is hearty and the booze list is curated and reasonably priced for the area. The pub feels traditionally British and quirky, making it the perfect place for a casual pint and a bite to eat!
Intern, Boutique London