South London is brimful with high end fine dining experiences, trendy bistro bars and friendly vegetarian restaurants, and here are 13 of the best of them.
The Putney branch of Valentina is spread over two floors and combines a contemporary Italian restaurant, bar and one of south London’s best loved delicatessens. This makes Valentina in Putney a fantastic place to shop as well as enjoy a lunch, coffee or dinner south of the Thames.
St David’s Coffee House is the go to place for a great choice of craft beers, Square Mile Espresso and healthy bistro style brunch or to share a decent bottle of wine at a great price whilst in Forest Hill in South East London.
South London’s super trendy Wimbledon village is home to one of the best and most exclusive shopping districts in the south London. Slap bang in the heart of Wimbledon Village you will also find The White Onion.
Serving modern and fine yet unpretentious French cuisine, The White Onion is the perfect place to take a break from all that shopping or grab dinner after a day spent in the stores.
Another great south London borough in which to do some serious retail therapy is of course Kingston upon Thames, which is home to the much loved Bentell Shopping Centre.
A stone’s throw from The Bentall Centre is Bill’s. Located on Kingston’s scenic Riverside Walk close by the Thames, Bill’s is a casual yet classy European themed restaurant that has a quirky interior and great energy.
A truly unique café restaurant and oasis from the hustle and bustle of being in London, Petersham Garden Nurseries celebrated their 10th anniversary by enlisting the talents of Damien Clisby an ingredient led chef who had previously headed teams at HIX Soho and Cotswold House and was inspired by Petersham Nurseries’ conscientious approach to slow growing fresh produce and sourcing ingredients locally.
Today the café is also proud to have its own culinary director, Lucy Boyd and rustic, romantic Teahouse where visitors can grab a slice of homemade cake and locally sourced loose leaf tea.
A pop up café and bar operating from the roof of Peckham Multi Storey Car Park during the summer months, Frank’s Café is a really refreshing and large open air space that provides unrivalled views of South London and serves a simple yet original menu of light bites and casual café fare.
Soif is a trendy bistro and wine bar in Battersea which has a great atmosphere and wine menu to match.
Soif is not the thriftiest of places to catch a light bite to eat, but for those looking for somewhere to book a dinner that will not disappoint there are few better places in the borough.
Albeit, the Tate Modern is not exactly located in London’s deep south. None the less this award winning and world famous gallery space is south of the river and as such considered part of south London by all those living north of the Thames.
The Tate Modern is of course one of London’s top attractions and runs an array of exhibitions year round. It also runs its own Kitchen and bar where visitors can grab some perhaps surprisingly traditional and hearty British grub whilst enjoying stunning views over The Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Another great place to eat in Kingston upon Thames and favourite restaurant and antipasti bar amongst Kingston’s locales is of course Jamie’s Italian.
Opened by TV chef, Jamie Oliver, if it is honest homemade pasta, contorni or stone baked pizza and a decent glass of wine or beer you are after without compromising on quality or breaking the bank, Jamie’s Italian in Kingston makes a great place to head to.
Scooter Caffé is brilliantly situated just two minutes’ walk from Waterloo Station.
The characterful scooter themed café created by its owner, Craig O’Dwyer is one of the coolest café bars south of The Thames and serves up a delicious lunch and dinner menu guests can enjoy in the café’s candle lit basement whilst those looking for a tasty slice of cake or handmade cocktail can do so at the café’s bar.
Bonnington Square Garden is home to the popular Pleasure Garden and Paradise Project where visitors come to marvel at the stunning botanical triumphs created by the Bonnington Community.
Visitors are warmly welcomed into this rather special little village-like community in Vauxhall and encouraged to stop by its café for a brew and some good, earnest grub at great prices.
In stark contrast to some of the more casual offerings to make this south London restaurant and café lo-down is the awe inspiring Brunswick House Café.
Operating from the architecturally imposing Brunswick House, which was built for the Duke of Brunswick in 1758, its café offers an equally impressive choice of wines and a sumptuous fine dining lunch and dinner menu.
Blue Brick Café was once a greasy spoon style stop by in that is now home to one of South London’s tastiest vegetarian and vegan cafés.
Located in East Dulwich, the Blue Brick is much loved and frequented by Dulwich’s veggie population on account of its fresh, delicious and locally sourced vegetarian menu and fantastic atmosphere.