Restaurants in South London
Looking for the best places to eat in south London? Stop right there and scan your eyes over our hand-picked guide, it’s an eclectic gathering of some of our favourites. Whether you’re in need of an authentic tapas experience, hoping to delve into some dim sum or just looking to wile away the hours at a charming gastropub, our collection of the best restaurants in south London comes out top trumps.
Last updated on 28th October 2016
Promising "industrial sophistication" just a stone’s throw from the Tate Modern, The Refinery is another of our favourite restaurants south of the river. Bright, airy and undeniably sophisticated, the food here is fantastic, but it’s the range of innovative cocktails and global wines that really stand out here. Ideal for business brunches, after-work lounging or dinner and drinks with friends.
Open as a bar and restaurant during the day, this south London restaurant doubles up as a late-night party den to cater for all of Clapham's needs. The Jam Tree is a versatile space offering "a unique collection of tastes and flavours", and keep an eye-out for the bookshelf which leads to a private bar, with its own ping pong table and access to the patio garden.
Nestled in a disused car park, The Bermondsey Yard Cafe is a dining experience unlike any other in South London. This new dining concept is stripped back creating an industrial vibe for diners enjoying the extensive menu of creative small and large plates. From the creators of The Rooftop Cafe, The Bermondsey Yard Cafe leaves guests with the same pop-up fun feel and give them more reason to come back to South London for a meal and cocktail.
Found within a stone’s throw of the Oval cricket ground, the Fentiman Arms is rightly considered one of the best gastropubs in south London. Homely and snug, the venue has made a name for itself with its glorious range of British cooking; take your pick between sausage & mash, chicken pie and beer-battered fish & chips, available to enjoy in the garden in the summer months.
While a gastropub by honest nature, The Lighthouse is also primed for those that want a top dose of British dining in South London. A humble restaurant made up of cosy interiors and classic charm, tuck into everything from gastro burgers to a rich pork belly main.
Inspired by the rustic, traditional bistros of Madrid, Camino is Southwark's newest Tapas and wine bar. From delectable exe cheeses, mouth-watering prawns in a garlic sauce and succulent steak served with a potent portobello mushroom, this South London hotspot will definitely leave you well-fed and wanting more. Bursting full of life and the vibrant flair that's come to define Spanish life, Camino is certainly well-worth a visit.
Regularly topping up Balham’s rumblin’ tums, The Exhibit serves carefully curated drinks and a hearty menu of fresh British produce. Bag yourself a table and get ready for a festival of eating; there’s everything from roasted pheasant to Grilled royal beam and Galloway beef burgers with all the trimmings. There’s an eclectic entertainment programme for dessert, too.
Look out for the meat sweats, they’ll get you when you’re dining at the Blues Kitchen. Rich and tender Texan BBQ goods come slow-smoked on site, with the biggest selection of bourbon and rye in London on cue to help wash it all down. Pig out at one of the best BBQ restaurants in South London but don’t go too crazy; there’s dancing to be done afterwards with live bands and DJs playing funk & soul until 2am at weekends.
Honky Tonk is your home for American flavour, British behaviour, which presumably means indulgent, bold flavours are served up while everyone says ‘sorry’ a lot and discusses the weather all night. Come for Rib Club on Mondays, where their trademark rack is just £10.95, or get stuck into some fried chicken, a Philly cheese steak or one of their towering burger delights; just be sure to wear loose fitting jeans.
If it's an extensive menu of tasty favourites with modern tweaks that you're looking for, then look no further than this Bermondsey haunt, just round the corner from London Bridge station. Tuck into a delicious dish as you nestle into cosy sofa seats and soak up the homely vibes.
The Lodge is reopening in Clapham for a third year as TV chef Jimmy Garcia brings his brand of Alpine deliciousness to South London. The wintery restaurant will serve fondue, sharing roasts and drinks will include hot cocktails and 2-4-1 Bloody Marys. The ski-themed lodge will also put on a weekly quiz which includes the chance to win a trip to Verbier as well as other great prizes.
Serving sticky chicken wings with blue slaw alongside fish pie plucked from the Billingsgate markets, you can delve into the various culinary delights of New York and London under one roof here. A joint venture from Virgin Atlantic and Delta, ease into the first-class lounge feel of NY-LON and share some plates around the table before catching a gig at the O2.
Named after open air Arabic markets, SOUK is a bar and restaurant in Clapham that offers a taster of Middle Eastern opulence; with the smell of incense thickening the air, dimmed lights and sensual dark tones. As one of the most popular restaurants south of the river, SOUK pairs its exotic menu with an extensive selection of wines and opens up the dancefloor to get the party going after dinner.
Expect to experience flavours from the far flung corners of the world at Mommi where the cultures of Japan and South America collide for cocktails and culinary specials. The bar is well versed in punchy piscos and the kitchen will exhilarate your palate with plates that have been crafted with Asian and Latin leanings.
Dose up on the best of the British when it comes to eating out in South London as The Castle provides the marker for some of the best gastro grub South of the river. Notable for their British bites, head on down for flavour and real ales combined.
Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s The Walrus And The Carpenter, this sophisticated Battersea number comes fitted with rich woods, glass-encassed taxidermy and plenty of textured furnishings. Start with a couple of hand-crafted cocktails to get settled, before sampling a menu of tapas-styled plates, oysters and lobster rolls at this impressive south London restaurant and bar.
With an interior reminiscent of an age old Chinese Opium den, The Courtesan is a charming South London restaurant at which to grab a plate of traditional Dim Sum, to enjoy a pot of tea or even to indulge in a few cocktails infused with the taste and spirit of Imperial China.
Fu Manchu offers a mouth-watering mix of Dim Sum treats to behold. There’s all kinds of steamed dumpling delicacies to try, perfectly matched with a cocktail list that blends Asian spices, Chinese teas and punchy liquors. Head over in good company and savour this oriental eating experience, and with DJs playing until late, there’s every reason to finish proceedings with a foray onto the dance floor.
There’s only a handful of places in London where you can dance all night then return for a hearty hangover cure the next morning. Gigalum is one of these glorious all-rounders, trading in its cocktail bar rep for a good quality restaurant come day-time. Feast on a high-quality range of treats whipped up by an award-winning chef - Gigalum serves restaurant standard food at pub grub prices.