Scooter Café - Lower Marsh Coffee shop by day, cool bar/café even comedy venue by night. This place has a uniqueness about it as it turns from one to another. Good for coffee but we usually go there for a beer or wine. Very quirky chairs and a great spot to pop in if you pass through. The speciality beers/wines/ spirits are Mexican Beers - Pacifico and Polish Spirits - Cherry and Honey. The food rating got a 7 out of 10 - Cakes were delicious and café is open to BYO food. The café even has board games and the atmosphere is very chilled and adaptable. Bar staff were VERY friendly, happy and helpful. The café used to be a scooter repair shop and the owner still repairs scooters in Bermondsey.
Topolski Café - Hungerford Arches Topolski's former studio, which has been converted into a restaurant 'humming with life. Under the railway arches at the south side of Hungerford Bridge, the studio is a buzzing artistic hub - crammed with artwork, alive with music and chatter, and now rolling out an extensive Polish menu as a nod to the wartime artist's heritage. The speciality drink at this bar was Voda, Unfortuanetly when we were on our pub crawl there was a private function which gave us limited access. There was no food available as well as no pub games the team gave very limited rating on staff toilet and the atmosphere. Although, the artist had his own beautiful painting on the wall and the café on its own is quite funky,
Dr Ink - Southwark Dr Inks offers good quality food and drink at a very reasonable price. We enjoyed the lively atmosphere with treats from their comprehensive selection of classic British pub food offerings, and washed it down with whatever beverage we fancied from a menu consisting of a large range of whisky, rum, vodka, gin and bourbon.
Group 1 Reviews Special meals developed in the basement - very cool. The speciality for drinks is EVERYTHING. The food got a rating of 2/10. There were pub games such as TV Sports. The atmosphere Bar staff had a rating of 5 giving staff sexiness a rating of 1.5. The music was very loud. £27 a round with fantastic beers.
Mondrian Bar - The Rumpus Room Rumpus Room is the rooftop bar and lounge at Mondrian London inspired by a moment in time, the Bright Young Things. With dramatic views of London, Rumpus Room comes alive as the sun goes down; a magical glittering glass box perched atop Mondrian. As expected, we specialise in bubbly, serving an extensive list of the world’s best champagne offerings, by the glass, bottle, or in specialty cocktails. Group 1 Reviews. The specialities with drinks were wine, beer and most spirits except drinks made with milk was not an option. There was no food, no pub games but the atmosphere got a positive rating of 7.5, bar staff 9 and toilets 9 which is fantastic. The views from The Rumpus Room were amazing and a round of drinks for 4-6 people was roughly £90.
Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden - Southbank A green oasis amongst the concrete brutalist architecture of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, is open to the public daily in the spring and summer months.
Group 1 Reviews The speciality drinks here are the pitchers of cocktails. They provide amazing, fresh salads, sandwiches and food boxes which include meats, vegetables and delicious hummus. The atmosphere was very chilled, children and family are welcome here. No music which was a little bit of a disappointment but still had a meadow vibe. The staff got a rating of 4 and the garden 10/10. The garden is amazing with beautiful river views.
Carriage Bar - Lower Marsh Unusual cocktail bar with vintage railway theme, train-style seating, moving screens and cool music.
Group 1 Review Number in street 'Lounge 84'. The Moet got a rating of 10/10, beer 5/10 - £5 3 Pints for £10. There is only food available in the afternoon from 5pm - 8pm. There are no pub games provided. Atmosphere got a rating of Nil as it only felt welcoming @ 5:30 pm when we arrived there at 3. The staff were friendly - English where they were rated at 7/10 . The Bar had booths, aircon, projectors, CCTV and a train theme which was quite cool. The bar was closed down in Jan 14 until only very recently due to recent murder in the area. The group said this bar is not one they would recommend. They also did not have any internet connection.
Cubana - Lower Marsh As the name suggests, Cubana emanates a buzzy, Cuban holiday-like vibe. The bar offers a great outdoor, heated seating area, together with a fantastic happy hour, helping to give a strong kick start to your evening.
Group 2 Review We enjoyed Cubana’s wide selection of drinks on the menu that consisted of well-made cocktails (strong presentation) and a strong choice of beers on tap. We were told that the bar was originally owned by Pablo Escobar! Don’t let that put you off though; he hasn’t attended a knees-up in South Bank for quite some time.
Fire Station - Waterloo This recently renovated Fire Station in Waterloo offers a strong choice of beverages and a truly pleasant, optimistic atmosphere. The food tastes as good as it looks (which is fantastic, by the way), the bar staff are friendly and attentive; it has a small roof terrace, and an interesting history as the busiest fire station in South London.
Group 2 Review A fire station is a good choice. Yes, there was food available. 0 pub games but a very positive atmosphere - recently renovated. Staff got a rating of 7/10 and the bathroom rating 10/10. The garden was beautiful - small terrace area 7/10. Some interesting facts were 'it is an old fire station' and it is 'brand new'.
The Windmill - Lambeth An authentic, traditional little pub offering a warm, (sometimes) lively atmosphere - and some deliciously, flavoursome pub grub! The Windmill’s bar presented us with a selection of reasonably priced drinks and ales, and we found that the staff were more than happy to help. We found The Windmill to be a traditional British pub that is located off the beaten track - with games, a pool table and sports on the TV. Group 2 Review The signature drink at The Windmill was their JAEGER BOMBS and signature dish was The Pork Scatterings. We enjoyed playing a game of pool. The atmosphere was 6/10 - it was okay but not excellent. Very old school English pub.
Kings Arms - Waterloo Georgian pub serving Thai food in farmhouse-style dining area with hanging plates and pans.
Group 2 Reviews Board games, real ale, thai food and a great location on a beautiful terraced street, make this feel like a real find.It looks like an old mans pub and there's certainly some characters around, but its a revelation inside and one that you will want to keep on coming back to. Pure quality, without losing too much of the history.
Café del Marsh – Lower Marsh Modern cafe with a small courtyard serving coffee and baked goods, plus cocktails and craft beer.
Group 3 Reviews A quirky bar on a quirky street, former pet shop, Café del Marsh is a friendly, personable bar with some good-fun regulars. The owner used to work in Café del Mar and likened the Lower Marsh area to the main strip of San Antonia in Ibiza! It is essentially a modern cafe with a small courtyard serving coffee and tasty baked goods, plus cocktails and craft beer whilst introducing you to an eclectic play list of music.
Young Vic, The Cut - Lambeth The Young Vic is a theatre on the Cut, located near the South Bank, in the London Borough of Lambeth. David Lan has been the theatre's artistic director since 2000
Group 3 Review The Young Vic is a theatre bar, café and restaurant. It offers an inspired mix of classic and original dishes from fresh, free-range and organic ingredients as well as a strong range of beverages that will appeal to all tastes. The bar felt popular and upmarket which stands strong as a great, relaxed meeting space to start your evening. We thoroughly recommend their burgers if you are feeling peckish, particularly the Sunshine Daydream!
Call Me Mr Lucky – Southwark Shh… Call Me Mr Lucky has a secret bar on the lower ground that you’re only able to access if you know the password... “I’m here to get lucky”. We’d class Call Me Mr Lucky as a Tequila ‘party’ bar where you most definitely go just to have some serious fun. Group 3 Review They have a particularly special – and hilarious – wheel of fortune that can go from free shots for everyone in the bar to having to sing ‘Toxic’, by Britney Spears to that very audience (luckily we never got to experience the latter). Whilst there we had to try one of their ‘Lucky dog’ hotdogs, but if it’s a balanced diet you’re after, there isn’t much else on offer. If you’re looking for a really great time then go to Call Me Mr Lucky - but don’t forget the password.
Jack’s Bar – Waterloo Design bar with low lighting, walnut floors and antique furniture, plus shady outdoor terrace.
Group 3 Review Jack’s Bar is a hidden gem for beer lovers, offering a wide selection of Craft beers that are continually changing to keep their menu fresh. The venue, which used to be a garage, has a nicely positioned garden and a spacious interior, allowing it to be a great go-to place whether it’s rain or shine. Jack’s bar was definitely one of our team favourites due to its great atmosphere, garden and wide variety of distinctive and dynamic menu of beverages.
Baltic – Blackfriars Road Culinary tour of the Baltics, Poland, Russia and Hungary in minimalist converted coach builder’s.
Group 3 Reviews Baltic is housed in an eighteenth century former coach builder’s workshop and although redesigned, the original character is beautifully retained. It is a bar and restaurant that specialises in Polish and Eastern European cuisines. Baltic offers a substantial array of alcoholic beverages and spirits - namely Vodka (60+ variations) that includes a selection of exclusive, produced in-house flavours for you to try. Surprisingly (perhaps), the Horseradish Vodka, came out as the majority team favourite - don’t doubt it until you’ve tried it! Great place to start off your evening, whatever the occasion.
House of Vans, The Wall – Waterloo Built in to the tunnels under Waterloo Station, The House of Vans is London's only permanent indoor skate park, and it's free to use! . The House of Vans is also home to an art gallery, live music venue and a cinema, with exciting events and exhibitions that change regularly. With a cafe on site, you can eat, drink, skate, ride, watch a gig, discover art, and see a film all in one interesting creative venue.
Group 4 Review Whether you’re into skateboarding or not, the House of Vans bar, The Wall is situated in an incredibly cool venue in London Victoria’s old train tunnels, will make sure that you are entertained throughout your occasion. The venue hosts major live events at weekends – from music to sporting – whilst offering a solid platform that embraces and supports local and world-wide creative expression in whatever form.The food at the venue is delicious and they offer a range of beverages, with Piston Heads being our favourite lager!Whatever your interest, House of Vans is most definitely a must-visit place in South Bank.
Waterloo Sky Bar, H10 Hotel – Waterloo Bright, stylish rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and city views come with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, iPod docks and desks, as well as minibars, and tea and coffee making equipment. Upgraded rooms offer Nespresso machines, and a suite adds a living area.
Group 4 Review With its stunning views the Waterloo Sky Bar is a venue that is absolutely perfect for a sunny, Summer Evening – although there is a limit of 10 people on the roof top at once. The bar initially came across as a little bit hostile, but this could have easily been due to the quiet atmosphere. After a little time, we found the staff to be accommodating and courteous, offering a lovely menu of Tapas foods and apt beverages.
Tanner & Co. – London Bridge Backstreet barroom feel for restaurant's old English food with a modern edge in converted warehouse.
Group 5 Reviews Open from Breakfast to Evening, Tanner & Co. benefits from a mix of indoor and outdoor space and would cater for both large and small parties. They offer a strong variety of food on their menu and the nibbles are truly delicious – plus, they go down perfectly with their own home-brewed beers! We found Tanner & Co. to feel particularly welcoming and a cool looking place that would be ideal for a wide range of party sizes and events.
Woolpack – London Bridge Quirky bar with ornate tiling and ceiling, offering a classic pub menu, cocktails and a beer garden.
Group 5 Reviews Woolpack is a real stand-out bar on Bermondsey Street. Quirky, ornate tiled walls; a great beer garden; a fantastic place for after work drinks or even a cosy Sunday afternoon. It’s more than 150 years old and is still a great, busy local pub.The buzz revolves mainly around the garden. It’s perfect. The food is just what you need too – burgers and delicious sandwiches on offer, and there are plenty of lagers to choose from.
Bermondsey 214 – London Bridge Tucked away at the end of Bermondsey Street underneath Antico Restaurant. Intimate & friendly, serving over 80 gins, a delicious array of carefully created cocktails & is the home of hand-crafted BTW Tonic Water.
Group 5 Reviews The smartly appointed Bermondsey 214 primarily serves as a speciality Sloe Gin bar. To stand out from the crowd even more, they also produce their own Tonic water for a unique taste and a high-quality product. As this is a Gin bar, 90% of the drinks available do contain gin; however, we found that they do offer a few beverages that also go particularly well with their tonic water - perhaps try the Belsazar Dry, Strawberries & cream, which was one of our favourite alternatives! Plus, if you are hungry there are sharing platters and an Italian themed menu from the restaurant upstairs – you are allowed to bring food down into the gin bar.
The Vault – London Bridge Sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning view of the Thames from our floor-ceiling windows or check out our fantastic outside terrace. Located just to the side of the main premises, the terrace boasts top quality views of Tower Bridge and the Thames.
Group 5 Review The Vault benefits from an exciting and unique location - positioned within Tower Bridge. This makes the bar particularly easy to find and gives it a great view over a truly beautiful London landmark. Whilst there - you may not realise - out the back of the bar, there is a small terrace that sits just above the river Thames too! We found the service to be prompt and the food to be of good standard; they have a good varied offering of beverages which will meet all different tastes. For a great view of the Thames and Tower Bridge, we’d thoroughly recommend stopping by for a drink or two!
Rabot 1745 – London Bridge Unusual contemporary dishes with a cocoa theme in a stylish colonial plantation-inspired space.
Group 5 Review Fantastic staff, great garden space and a wide variety of beverages on offer – including a substantial array of rums! Rabot 1745 is however, more of a restaurant than a bar and is part of the Hotel Chocolat. It is in an ideal location sitting amongst the bustling Borough Market that fits well with its Saint Lucian plantation house charm.The food is particularly special though and to a very high standard – this is a venue with class and the stylish-quirks of Borough Market combined.
Anchor Tap - Horselydown The pub was originally owned by one of the legends of British brewing, John Courage. This was his first pub, bought at the end of the 18th century. It was the local outlet of the Anchor Brewhouse next to Tower Bridge.
Group 6 Review The Anchor Tap is an old English pub with a lot to offer: outdoor space, pub games, pool table and a lot of space. Not only does it play home to Samuel Smith Brewery beers (nephew of John Smith (brewery)), they offer a full range of classic spirits and beverages that will suit all tastes. The Anchor Tap is the place to come to if you’re looking for a more-peaceful chat with friends or, perhaps, a tame pre-drink before a night out. We see it as being a snug, winter venue as the multiple rooms and low ceiling height will encourage a warm atmosphere. Also another pub that offers great pies!
The Draft House – London Bridge The Draft House is a small group of Public Houses which aims to do for beer what our culture has done for food and wine over the past twenty years. Namely, we take its provenance, cellaring and serving seriously. We celebrate choice and quality with an extraordinary range of strange and wonderful brews.
Group 6 Review Another of the team’s favourites, The Draft House seemed to have it all! With a smoked burger that is to die for, in-house distilled Gin, an endless array of draft (and craft) beers, modern interior and an exciting, buzzy vibe! On top of all that, on sunny, Summery days they have the surrounding doors and windows open, allowing the sun to stream in
The Dean Swift - Butlers Wharf Pub with large (and changing) selection of craft ales, lots of bottled beers and a British menu.
Group 6 Review The Dean Swift offers an excellent selection of free house beers, wines and spirits - they keep this menu fresh by including a brewery of the month special too. Standing inside the building, it feels light and airy, with enough space and seating to count for the majority. If you’d prefer to be outside on the street, the doors open up onto is an ideal sun trap and is positioned perfectly. This is a trendy, jeans and beers pub/bar with a contemporary interior and friendly staff. Enjoy the space with a group of friends or colleagues and you’d have a great time
The Garrison - London Bridge Green-tiled gastro pub with exposed brick walls, vintage chic fittings and Sunday night film club.
Group 6 Review The Garrison was the first pub to open on Bermondsey Street and we can see why it has maintained its position there. The food is delicious and the ambience is calm and relaxed – plus – they support all things local and, apparently, a large portion of the beers on the menu are made within roughly 100 yards. Highly recommend for date night, close friends and/or small parties. Also, make sure you check out the Cinema room for private screenings and dining (mostly need to book in advance, other than on Sunday at 7.30pm for the public film club).