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Places to go in London’s Bermondsey

Creativity is thriving Bermondsey. Situated in the southeast of London, it offers a myriad of food spots, cafés, bars and galleries to visit. Even for Londoners, the beauty of London lies in its' vibrant and unique neighborhoods, which invite you to keep exploring the city and remind you that there is always something and somewhere new to explore. Bermondsey is home to some of the best kept gems the town has to offer and, especially for The Chosen Club, fashion publicist Maria Hellberg guides us through a selection of her favorite places. Be warned, they are highly food-driven. Photo by Alexandru Zdrobău.

1 Nine Lives Bar- Bermondsey- London

Nine Lives Bar

This newcomer to the bar scene will win you over not only with its mouth-watering cocktails but its sustainable approach. The name Nine Lives refers to their approach to using recycled materials and vintage furnishings throughout the location, and home-grown herbs for the cocktails. Order the Camber for a twist on a classic martini. This green space is an instant hit.

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2 Maltby Street Market- london

Maltby Street Market

A 15-minute walk from the more famous Borough Market, by the railway arches lies Maltby street market, offering everything from Instagram-worthy waffles to fresh mouthwatering oysters and anything in between. Stop by 40 Maltby Street for great wines (you can buy bottles home too) or Little Bird Gin if you fancy a stronger tipple, and eat your way down the Ropewalk exploring the different vendors’ offerings.

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3 Locanda del Melo Fine Foods-bermondsey-london

Locanda del Melo Fine Foods

Hidden away on the corner of Wild’s Rents and Long Lane is this gem of an Italian deli-cum-restaurant. Buy delicious cheeses – I’m a big fan of the Taleggio - and meats or homemade pasta to take home with you or make a booking at the cozy and always busy restaurant in the back. Also open for breakfast and lunch.

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Hej Coffee

A cozy, Swedish-inspired coffee shop on the corner of Bermondsey square. Painted in a gorgeous green, the outside is as delightful as the café offerings on the inside. Indulge in fresh from the oven cinnamon buns and their own ethically sourced, locally roasted coffee and sit by the window watching the world go by.

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5 GONG-cocktail-bar-Shangri-La-Hotel-At-The-Shard-London

Gong at The Shard

For a more luxurious night out, make your way to the Gong at the Shangri-La hotel on the 52nd floor of the Shard - the highest hotel bar in Western Europe - for some serious views and cocktails. Get a bottle of champagne and let the bubbles lift your spirits as high as you are sitting.

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6 White Cube Bermondsey

White Cube Bermondsey

A leading contemporary art gallery nestled in the middle of Bermondsey street, this gallery lives up to its name with its 1970’s sharp-edged, white design. Home to a host of contemporary and alternative artists, the exhibitions change often so there is always something new to see. Grab a flat white in the café and explore the shop – because who doesn’t love a good museum shop?

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7 167 Bermondsey

167 Bermondsey

An eclectic lifestyle shop selling unique furniture, lighting, fashion pieces, accessories and other decorations. Always worth stopping by and perusing this gem, as there is always something new in the collection. 

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8 Giddy Grocer-london

Giddy Grocer

This local grocery store is a treasure trove for good foods, wines and cheeses. Traditionally decorated and selling mainly British produce it demands a weekly visit to top up on Rollright cheese from Neal’s Yard Dairy and delicious wines – try the Iuli Umberta. Stop by on Saturday’s for a free wine tasting and discover a new favorite. 

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9 BERMONDSEY ARTS COCKTAIL CLUB

Bermondsey Arts Cocktail Club

Follow the steps downstairs to this hidden cocktail club, established in an old public bathroom space. Its name hints at its founders’ creative background, and the club offers a membership to individuals who work in the creative industries. The decoration nods to the 1930’s and the cocktails are expertly mixed using ingredients from nearby Borough Market and homemade mixers and syrups. It’s a great escape to another world, right on my doorstep. 

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Village East

You can find me here most Saturday mornings devouring avocado and feta muffins with poached eggs and a side of smoked salmon. The easy-going vibe makes for the perfect lazy neighborhood brunch spot and you’ll easily spend a few hours just enjoying the atmosphere.

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