We take a summer stroll down one of London’s quaintest high streets.
From Marylebone to Mayfair, the English capital is rife with bustling pockets of fun. Yet there’s one particular street that always leaves us feeling a little more wholesome than the rest.
Tucked away in the shadows of the Shard, Bermondsey Street offers a rare combination of great coffee, boutique shops, and, if you’re in the mood, excellent art.
To save you the hassle of researching yourself, we’ve put together a list of must-see places when you’re stomping the streets of Southwark.
Whether you’re an avid art fan or not, we promise you’ll be surprised at how the White Cube Gallery makes a compelling case for itself when you visit. Particularly as it’s 100% free to visit, so your wallets can rest easy.
The space is impressive, with small areas filled with artwork that sprout off a main corridor, including some larger, echoey halls to lose yourself in.
Architecture aside, the gallery also attracts world-famous artists to showcase their work; most recently we saw Tracey Emin’s ‘A Fortnight of Tears’ exhibition, a profoundly moving retrospective of some of Emin’s most hard-hitting art.
Once you’ve had your art fix you’re going to need perking up — fortunately for you, Fuckoffee is just opposite. You’ll be transported to a bohemian coffee shop in South America, with a great soundtrack to boot.
It’s well equipped for caffeine and smoothie lovers alike, and, if you’re a workaholic, has a killer atmosphere for productivity. Rather than the usual upright wooden chairs and stools you usually find in coffee shops, Fuckoffee is packed full of comfy couches and cosy nooks.
For a pre-dinner aperitif, pop down the road to Chapter 72, an unfussy café-cum-bar, selling a range of coffees, cocktails, baked goods and wines, all set to a relaxed, jazzy soundtrack. It’s also a great spot for work meetings, if you find yourself on Bermondsey Street for less fun reasons.
They also do espresso martini masterclasses, if that appeals to any basic bitches out there.
We’ve done some pretty extensive market research on this topic, and it seems to be the general consensus that there’s only one place to eat on Bermondsey Street: Flour and Grape.
Pasta. Wine. Honestly, need we say more? The pasta is all homemade, the place is always packed out and the prices are really reasonable (small plates for £6, mains for around £9, glasses of wine from a fiver and, most importantly, Aperol Spritzes and negronis for £7.50 — cheaper than almost anywhere else in London).
There’s really no better way to end your day on Bermondsey Street.