Jamies London Bridge is one of the latest additions to the London citywide Jamies bars. Redeveloped in 2013, the bar is known for its variety of wines and unique menu of classic and original cuisine - I just had to take a look.
As you may have guessed from the name, Jamies sits pretty next to London Bridge. Perched quietly in between the Old Operating Theatre and Borough Market. the bar is in a prime spot and conveniently snuggled alongside the railway in the shadow of The Shard. The space is sleek and understated - an attractive quality for a bar of such reputation.
Ambience & Clientele:
I came in on a Thursday night at seven, when most pubs are stocked to the brim with the afterwork crowd and early weekenders. Nonetheless, despite the buzzing atmosphere, Jamie’s staff were everywhere at once—at the bar, watching the tables, even chatting with customers near the door. Within seconds we had already been greeted with smiles, seated at a table, and plied with menus.
Although Jamie’s fills up pretty quickly on busy nights, the bar retains a homely, local feel that’s typical of smaller pubs outside of the city. Bar staff were speaking with patrons like old friends, and it’s one of the few places in central London where I’ve seen strangers coming together and talking without the aid of a DJ or dance floor
Food & Drinks:
For an appetizer, I stuck with the chorizo and sweet potato croquettes with garlic mayo: whoever came up with that delicious dish is a genius. Even after the main plate of garlic and herb roasted chicken, I was still considering ordering more chorizo—not because I was still hungry but simply because I was in love.
There are plenty other fine things to choose from on the menu, such as the Angus beef burgers and feta and grapefruit salad. Groups will also enjoy the Mediterranean and Brooks Farm platters. For wine, I definitely have to recommend the Bordeaux Claret Chateau Bonnet Reserve 2009. Not overly sweet yet extremely robust, the wine was the perfect complement to my meal.
Jamies London Bridge was an all round impressive dining experience, and one that I would thoroughly recommend - high quality service, a well considered menu and an impressive wine selection. Another cool thing about Jamies, aside from the 2-4-1 weekly cocktails offering, is that you and your friends or colleagues can schedule in your own wine-sampling event. Be sure to remember this London Bridge gem for your next birthday - and be sure to try the chorizo croquettes!