September 17, 2014

One-off boutiques. Artisanal restaurants. Buzzed-about galleries. Bermondsey Street is London’s of-the-moment destination. 

Tanner & Co.: In a dining room decorated with old-school radios, model ships, and antique boxing equipment, Tanner & Co. claims to serve the best burger in Bermondsey (fried bacon, Gruyère, chutney, and pickles on a brioche roll). There’s also an expansive cocktail list; we love the Bermondsey Street Bootleg, made with Tanqueray gin, apricot brandy, Sauvignon Blanc, and rose-and-hibiscus syrup.

London Glassblowing: Opened by British glass artist Peter Layton in 1976, this industrial-style workshop and gallery showcases sculptural vases, bowls, and objets décoratifs. Wander through the open studio to see artisans at work or sign up for a class.

B Street Deli: The display cases at the wood-beamed B Street Deli are stocked with artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, and a carefully edited selection of honey, olive oil, and tea. Get your food to go or order the Wells Farm pâté platter, served with pickles and hot toast, at the bar.

Cave: The sweet aromas of chocolate, wine, and flowers fill the air at this specialty shop. Among the highlights: a dark-cocoa-and-cardamom candy bar by Kent-based Artisan du Chocolat.

Bermondsey Fayre: A boutique, gallery, and yoga studio all in one, Bermondsey Fayre champions local artists and designers. Best bets: the animal-print wrap dresses and totes with whimsical patterns by Anami & Janine.

Pizarro: Down the street from sister restaurant José, chef José Pizarro has opened the warehouse-like Pizarro. Here, plank floors, vintage chandeliers, and brick walls set the scene for tapas-style dishes such as girolle mushrooms with Manchego drizzled in truffle oil and sweetbreads with mustard and mayonnaise. 

Sarah Miller is Travel + Leisure's European Editor.

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