Must Do: Vinegar Yard, London Bridge


Yet another open-air streetfood market with craft beer bars? But wait, come back….this atmospheric sun-trap is quite special



Although it’s not exactly reinventing the wheel, there’s something incredibly seductive about this astroturfed yard sandwiched between Borough Market and Bermondsey Street.

We stumbled across the brand-new all-day eating, drinking, shopping and art space on the way to dinner – and were waylaid for at least an hour, drinking pints in the evening sun. It’s west-facing, in fact, so it gets a lot of that. Yay.

The good news is that it’s big, and there are dozens of those bright orange bierkeller benches, so you might even nab a seat if you’re lucky. And for the perennially peckish, some of the capital’s best (and most recognisable) street food traders are in situ, like Baba G’s, Nanny Bill’s and Up in My Grill. Well, it is from the team behind Flat Iron Square.

A note of caution, however: with only two bars, the team could barely keep up with the stream of punters on the boiling hot Thursday we visited. So our tip is to get there before 6pm, and make for the second, smaller bar, less oversubscribed than the main one, from which queues snaked very rapidly.

In short? It’s fun, if rather self-consciously millennial – and worth a visit even if you intend to eat somewhere a little less hectic. And it’s not even a late-night party, either: the 9pm closing time is due to complaints from residents already. Bah humbug.

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Vinegar Yard, open daily, London Bridge SE1, more info here

Image: Vinegar Yard PR


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