For those in the know, Bermondsey, a tiny pocket of cool which is just a stone’s throw from London Bridge, has become a foodie mecca seemingly overnight. It has a small neighborhood feel mixed with some of the city’s best eateries and well, let’s not kid ourselves – it was bound to happen. How could chefs not flock to the area when some of London’s best food markets (including the ones at Borough and Maltby Street) are just around the corner. Antico Restaurant & Bar, which serves rustic Italian cuisine, is the newest addition.
Head chef Nicholas Schizas, who has done stints at the Intercontinental’s Theo Randall and most recently at José Pizarro’s eponymous tapas bar (located a few doors down), is wooing diners with his signature 1-kilo Bolton Abbey rib steak Fiorentina, which has been dry aged for 35 days. And while we would never shake a stick at a respectable dish like that, we are most excited about the uber-cool basement bar.
Anyone who has been to London knows that the city practically turns into a ghost town after 11pm, when most bars turn up the lights. Not Antico. They are open until 12am on Thursdays and 1:30am on Fridays and Saturdays (when we heard the news we thought we had witnessed a Christmas miracle). Need a midweek escape? Check out Antico’s live acoustic music every Wednesday night. Come for the food, stay for the atmosphere.
214 Bermondsey Street
London SE1 3TQ