A Guide to South London’s Foodie Scene
Those in the know are all about what’s happening south of the river. London’s culinary prowess is spreading like wildfire throughout the south side, despite having an antiquated reputation of being subpar. If you’ve ventured to places like Clapham, Fulham, Greenwich and even Richmond, you’ll know there’s some incredible places for noshing on global culinary delights.
There’s no way to cover it all, but it’d be a shame to skip the south all together when it comes to awesome eats.
The Best of the Best
The high-end neighbourhood of Marylebone and Soho don’t have a monopoly on incredible London cuisine. Top chefs are cropping up all over South London. Adam Byatt has two restaurants to entice – Bistro Union for late-night tasty snacks and Trinity for higher-end Modern European dishes. Spouse chefs who run The Dairy in Clapham have French culinary roots and love presenting some freshly sourced light lunches. Down in Fulham, have a Michelin-star dinner at Harwood Arms with traditional British dishes (featuring wild game) served with local ales.
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Hidden Gems South of the River
Not only are the restaurants offered wonderful in South London, many of them can be less expensive and less crowded than their northern counterparts. For instance, the Banana Tree in Soho is trend, but they serve just as fresh Cambodian dishes at the one in Clapham Junction. Wahaca is an innovative Mexican street food place that always packed in the Covent Garden and Soho locations, but head to Southbank for pretty views and just as tasty tequila drinks.
While there, don’t forget to check out Southbank’s eclectic and extensive food market featuring street eats and fresh produce to boot. Stopping at the Arabica Bar too for some fresh baked breads and vegetarian dishes should not be missed either.
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More Foods to Look Out For
• The small plates trend is going strong and is apparent in many areas. Try Spanish affaire at Boqueria in Clapham and Brixton, or a few nibbles at one of the pop up restaurants on the South Bank.
• Brixton’s Caribbean food is amazing, especially in the covered market for Jamaican jerk chicken.
• Open markets for food is always a safe bet on weekends. Brave Borough Market, or try a small one on Leeds St or down to Balham.
• BBQ can’t be beat in Brixton at The Joint, or standard American-style ribs at Bodeans.
• Thai food is best served at the Pepper Tree in Clapham Common.