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Best Restaurants Near Urbanest Tower Bridge

13th March 2015 Chris Clark Accommodation, London Life

This is a guest post by Caity O’Shaughnessy from Louisville, Kentucky, currently a resident at Urbanest Tower Bridge London. She is studying Management Masters course at University of Westminster who also is the writer of wheretheheartis

Interesting fact: I am a huge theatre junkie and Beatles obsessed.
“What I love most about London are the parks, the architecture, the people, the West End, the markets, the views – EVERYTHING!”

Tower Hill tube station

Living at Urbanest Tower Bridge puts you right in the central of everything.  You are neighbours to the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge, which you can also get a spectacular view of out your window. You can walk one way and stroll down to Southwark, or go the other way for a day of shopping at Brick Lane. There are so many things to do, and what’s even better about this area – there are so many places to eat!

The Minories

Address: 64-73 Minories, EC3N 1JL

This place is literally right across the street from Urbanest, so it is a perfect post-class happy hour spot. The inside has so many different areas to hang out in, and there’s also an outdoor dining with picnic tables and flat screens. They’ve got a great menu of food (of course I recommend their fish and chips) and plenty of beer to choose from – there are usually a lot of money-saving deals to choose from too.  And don’t get nervous when your drink starts to shake on the table – the pub is directly under the DLR!

Recommended Food & Drink:

  • Fish & Chips – traditional pub food in a traditional pub. Where can you go wrong?
  • Old Mout Cider – choose from passion & apple or kiwi & lime. So many flavors in one pint of cider – you should go into this knowing you’re going to be getting at least two.


Address: 42-47 Minories, EC3N 1DY

Another neighbouring restaurant to Urbanest Tower Bridge, they’ve got a wide selection of food here from breakfast and pastries, to potatoes and salads, to pasta and lasagna. The staff here are so friendly too. The last time I went to eat, I wasn’t aware it was cash-only – they let me eat my meal and then trusted me to leave to the ATM to get money to bring back. And with that; a side note – it’s cash only!

Recommended Food & Drink:

  • Pasta – they’ve got choices of spaghetti Bolognese, pasta arrabiatta, meat lasagne al forno, and more!
  • Anything – this is a ‘quick lunch’ spot, so they’ve got a fridge full of drink choices on the side.

Woman eating cheesecake

The Slug and Lettuce

St Katharine Docks, Unit 1

Address: Tower Bridge House E1W 1AA

The Slug and Lettuce is a very classy-looking spot, but it’s also affordable so you don’t have to break the bank! They’ve got just about everything – breakfast, brunch, sandwiches, and pasta.  They’ve also got a full section of sharing platters if you’re looking to split with your friends! Oh – and their desserts are 2 for 1 every day. Does it get any better than that?

Recommended Food & Drink:

  • Baked Macaroni and Cheese – I don’t know how much convincing I have to do because it’s mac & cheese and there isn’t anything better than that, but I will say this dish is SO good. There is an option to add lobster tail or pulled pork if you want to add a little more goodness. I always say yes to more goodness, and so should you.
  • Cosmopolitan – a very traditional drink that never gets old. Extra fruity and delicious!

Bodean’s BBQ

Address: 26 Byward Street, EC3R 5BA

This is good ol’ American BBQ brought over to London! Ribs, burgers, hot dogs – it’s a meat lover’s paradise. This is a great place to get a group together for a football game, or even some March Madness basketball coming up!

Recommended Food & Drink:

  • Hot Dog, Burger, Chicken Wings – how am I supposed to pick just one? It’s all good barbeque, and you won’t go wrong with any choice.
  • Beer – the only thing you can go wrong on your drink choice is if it’s not beer. Depends on your taste, but I like to go for a Coors Light.


Address: The Wharf, Tower of London, EC3N 4AB

Now you didn’t think I was going to give you all of these great places for dinner and not mention dessert? Apostrophe is located throughout the city, but there’s one right down the road from Urbanest here, and I cannot recommend it enough. They serve some of the best hot chocolate around – a very thick and super rich drink, that is more like a meal as it will require you to use a spoon to eat!

Recommended Food & Drink:

  • Ham & Cheese Salad – this is topped with a mustard seed dressing; very simple, and yet very, very good
  • Hot Chocolate – like I said above, so thick you will need a spoon. YUM.

Girl drinking hot chocolate

The Abbey

Address: 30-33 Minories, EC3N 1DD

This is an ‘everything’ place – good food, good drinks, and even a downstairs club with a full bar, music, and a dance floor. The place is very classy equipped with bar seats, booths, and tables all around.  Their menu has everything from nibbles, to sharing plates, to full on entres; you’ll have a hard time choosing just one thing! And that goes for the food and the drinks – there are just too many delicious things to choose from!

Recommended Food & Drink:

  • The Classic Board – this is a sharing plate filled with mini cheeseburgers, fish and chips, honey mustard cocktail sausages & giant potato wedegs with tartar sauce, sweet chili dip and sour cream. It goes great with my motto: ‘Why have one when you can have it all?’
  • Peach Mimosa – a champagne cocktail is just too good to pass up!

Doubletree Skylounge

Address: 7 Pepys Street, EC3N 4AF

If you’re looking for a post-dinner, post-dessert treat, The Doubletree is located just on the other side of the Tower Hill Tube.  There is a rooftop bar that not only has a range of delicious food and drink, but gives a panoramic view of the entire city. They offer dinner as well, which makes this a great place to spend a few hours in the evening and continue into the night!

Recommended Food & Drink:

  • Heriloom Tomatoes, Mozzarella, & Pistachio Pesto Flatbread – an incredible combination of food that will have you asking for more.
  • How Do You Like Them Apples – apple juice, lemon juice, and vanilla syrup together – sounds strange but just trust me on this. It works.

Remember, when looking for new places to eat, have fun and try new things!

Chris Clark

Chris Clark

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