Best restaurants near Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, from Le Pont de la Tour to Bravas Tapas

Best restaurants near Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, from Le Pont de la Tour to Bravas Tapas

Line up: queues at Tower Bridge (PA Wire)

Line up: queues at Tower Bridge (PA Wire)

The first London Bridge may have been built by the Romans – the current structure dates back to 1973 – but it is the Gothic grandeur of the Victorian Tower Bridge downstream that is London’s most recognizable icon. The bridge also offers great views of the Tower of London, founded in 1066 by William the Conqueror.

Tower Hill on the north bank of the Thames is the closest tube to the attractions, but it’s best to arrive via London Bridge station on the south bank. Not only does the riverside walk offer better views of both the Tower and the bridge, but Borough Market is right outside the station. The food mecca is open seven days a week and there is hot takeaway from butchers and fishmongers, greengrocers and cheesemakers. A cheese toast from Kappacasein Dairy, empanadas from Porteña, and a marmalade donut from Bread Ahead would make a great portable lunch.

Currently, the area is filled with crowds lining up to pay their respects to Her Majesty the Queen, who lies in the state in the Palace of Westminster. Queues are reportedly between eight and 14 hours; if you are going to join them, a big meal first would be wise.

Therefore, here is our selection of the best restaurants around Tower Bridge and the Tower of London (we measured the distances from the Tower).

Good Tapas

This Spanish restaurant in St Katharine Docks might look rustic – wooden tables, exposed brick, and some seafront seating – but the creative cuisine goes way beyond standard chorizo ​​and squid. There are black pudding flans made with morcilla de Burgos and a creme brulee of foie gras and cherry, while even the familiar dishes on the menu have a creative twist like roasted garlic with grilled octopus or Pedro Ximénez salted caramel with shrimp crunchy. To drink, the Spanish wine list has 20 by the glass and a few good-value bottles.

How far away? An 11 minute walk

How many? Tapas dishes around £ 9

St Katharine Docks, East Smithfield, E1W 1AT, bravasrestaurant.com

Le Pont de la Tour

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London’s best view of Tower Bridge is from the riverside terrace of the French-accented Pont de la Tour. The right moment and a dozen oysters and a glass of Champagne as the bridge’s weighing frames are raised in the background is the last moment of London Insta. (Bridge ascent times are advertised online and, providentially, often coincide with dinner.) However, even if the bridge is not playing, there is a lot to distract attention here, whether it’s something fancy in the proper restaurant (Dover sole meunière, lemon and thyme roast chicken) or more casual meals in the informal Bistrot (morel omelette, fried steak), although the views are not so good here. Kids, meanwhile, get two / three courses for £ 16 / £ 20: poached shrimp, vegetable rigatoni, brownie ice cream.

How far away? An 11 minute walk

How many? Three courses around £ 70 at the restaurant, £ 40 at the Bistrot

36d Shad Thames, SE1 2YE, lepontdelatour.co.uk

Emilian Artisan Pasta

Part of a mini-chain of London pasta specialists, Emilia’s makes up for in a maritime scene of yachts swaying in the millionaires’ playground of St Katharine Docks what it lacks in immediate views of Tower Bridge (there are sea views from the terrace or lounge). dining room with window). The pasta of the same name is prepared fresh every morning with each shape deliberately combined with the correct seasoning: squat casarecce with truffled cheese and pepper, or bucatini like spaghetti with bacon or smoked salmon carbonara. There are a couple of salads for carb dodgers, side dishes of tomato bruschetta or burrata, while the reasonable prices extend to the short Italian drink list of wine, beer, and organic soft drinks.

How far away? An 11 minute walk

How many? Pasta dishes around £ 13

C3 Ivory House, St Katharine Docks, E1W 1AT, emiliaspasta.com

Mei Ume

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The Four Seasons hotel, housed in one of the grandest buildings in the City of London, is home to a two-Michelin-starred outpost from French chef Anne-Sophie Pic, but this elegant Chinese and Japanese restaurant is a more flexible alternative even if you’re not one of the suitable business travelers who are the target market. The sushi bar’s raw seafood includes sea bass sashimi, mackerel nigiri, soft-shell crab futomaki, and salmon hosomaki. Daytime dim sum, meanwhile, covers all the classic har gau, siu mai and xiao long bao, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are plentiful, while a three-course lunch for £ 38 is a cheaper option than the whole Peking duck for £ 105. A bar serving Japanese shochu, sake and whiskey is well worth a stop.

How far away? A six minute walk

How many? Three pieces of dim sum £ 12, one piece of sushi around £ 7, mains around £ 30

Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, 10 Trinity Square, EC3N 4AJ, meiume.com

Iron

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The USP of this steak chain offered a flat iron steak and fries (aka featherblade) for £ 10 when it launched in 2012; costs £ 12 now, which is still great value, although sides of dripping beef chips, creamed spinach and roasted cauliflower cost another £ 4 or so, while sauces (béarnaise, peppercorns, wild mushrooms) they cost another £ 1. Soft ice cream, at least, is free which means you can get out of here with the change from a £ 20 note if you drink tap water, although it would be a shame not to drink. a glass of new world wine, a bottle of London beer or a touch of a classic cocktail. Good to know opening hours all day from noon to 11pm.

How far away? 16 minutes on foot

How many? Steak and chips, £ 16

112-116 Tooley Street, SE1 2TH, flatironsteak.co.uk

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