Bermondsey Things to Do
Brunel Engine House Museum
April to October
Saturdays and Sundays 1pm to 5pm
November to March
Sundays 1pm to 5pm
Call about other times.
Group rates available
The Engine House was built by Sir Marc Isambard Brunel in 1842 to house the boilers for the famous Thames Tunnel - the world's first major underwater tunnel. See an exhibition which tells the story of this epic feat of Victorian engineering.
Great Antiques to See Here
This is the Caledonian Antiques Market. It is held every Friday morning from 5am-12noon. Everything imaginable is here and it is great fun wondering around. Look around the area too and you will see some very interesting things. This market has been here for many many years. As a child I passed it on my way to school.
See my travelogue on the market.
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Del Aziz: Eastern Mediterranean and North African...
So much to tell, we had a great night here. The food was great. the staff were excellent and very friendly and the choices bewildering. The cocktails list is superb, leaning towards the restaurants middle eastern influences whenever possilbe and prepared with great skill & care.
Everything you need to know about Del Aziz is on their website, including online booking.
The restaurant itslf is a revelation, during the day it has a cafe feel to it, meet here for coffee & pastries, there is a bakery and a deli too. You can buy eveything you need to recreate your meal including the ornate eastern teapots and copper pans.
Currently there are five branches in London, Westfield Shopping Centre, Fulham, Bermondsey, Swiss cottage & Bankside.
Favorite Dish: As soon as I was offered a huge basket of bread baked on the premises I knew it was going to be a great meal, there aren't many places in London that bake their own. There is a breakfast menu a brunch menu and a main menu for the evenings featuring set price options of 2 courses for £12.50 & 3 courses for £19.50 or you can raid the mezze list and go for small portions of whatever takes your fancy.
I started with fried chicken livers in a pomegranete sauce and they were the best I've ever had, main course was Keftas (meat balls) in tomato sauce with rice. I really fancied the chicken tagine with preserved lemons but it came with cous cous & I can't stand the stuff, no matter there was plenty of choice. I had a pot of mint tea (£4 - enough for 3/4 people) because it was my turn to drive but my companions had cocktails and mixers to accompany their kebabs, fish & lamb dishes.
A word of warning! watch out for the desserts, we all walked over to the deli and pointed out the cakes etc that we fancied, the portions were enormous, nobody finished their dessert.Related to:
- Wine Tasting
- Food and Dining
- Beer Tasting
The Angel: Pub with a view
The Angel is one of the oldest public houses in Southwark. There were many warehouses built behind the pub, which were used for tobacco. They have since been pulled down and the foundations of Edward III's palace have now been revealed. The Angel dates back to the 15th Century when the Bermondsey Monks built the first inn here as a resting point for travellers journeying to London from the south. The Monks used to bury their dead where they lived and although the original inn is long gone, the remains of several Monks still lay within the foundations of the present building as a reminder of its origin.
The current pub is fairly rundown but it is still worth a visit on a good day as there are tables outside and the views of the river and tower bridge are excellent.
The Angel Pub: Good Pub Food
After doing a lot of walking in the area my sister and I decided to stop here for something to eat. We sat upstairs and had a lovely view of the Thames and Tower Bridge. We each ordered a jacketed potatoe with corn, salad and lemonade (in England it always came fizzy).
Service was good and the helping very adequate. The bill came to 4.75 pounds each.
See my travelogue for the history of this pub. I understand that the pub will close at the end of the year for restoration.
The Prospect of Whitby: Oldest pub in London
The pub dates back to 1520 when it was built as a simple tavern. In the seventeenth century it had a reputation as a meeting place for smugglers and villains, and became known as 'Devil's Tavern'. A fire gutted the Devil's Tavern in the eighteenth century. It was rebuilt and renamed Prospect of Whitby, after a ship that was moored nearby.
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