Southwark has long been a prime London cultural destination, historically known for its theatres, inns, and spas, and now becoming a bustling modern-day hub for leisure and gastronomy. For businesses based in London, this culturally-rich borough is at the cutting edge of client entertainment, boasting an unparalleled central location with numerous acclaimed Southwark restaurants.
With over 100 combined years of experience in the London office industry, the Halkin team have established a portfolio of Southwark-based offices and meeting rooms which place businesses in the beating heart of one of London’s most popular business districts. Using our extensive knowledge of London’s professional scene, we’ve collated our favourite restaurants in Southwark, covering several popular cuisines, all of which can be enjoyed by tenants of our premium Southwark offices.
Best for: Multiple cuisines to suit all tastes
Flat Iron Square on Union Street is a casual dining destination which unites several cuisines under one roof, making it the ultimate choice for larger groups with varying tastes and diets. The collection of food outlets has become a popular lunchtime option, with colleagues and clients able to take control over which cuisine they’d like to sample.
With a wide range of gastronomies available at any given time, from Lebanese to Latin American and ‘Best of British’ wild game to tempting vegetarian and vegan options, Flat Iron Square is an essential Southwark restaurant setting for a workday lunch, or an option for later in the day with dinner starting at 6 pm.
Best for: Italian-style steaks
With its tagline ‘The Butcher’s Theatre’, Macellaio RC Union Street is an Italian restaurant in Southwark which incorporates an indulgent menu with a theatrical flair. Suitable for client lunches or dinners with an added layer of luxury, this Southwark restaurant is a favourite amongst meat lovers.
The highlight of its menu is the Italian-style steaks, which are cooked simply with rock salt and olive oil. Beyond this, classic Italian dishes are available including burrata Genovese starters and tempting pasta mains.
Best for: Low-fat Indian dishes
Located in London’s popular Borough Market, Silka serves up flavoursome Indian dishes, blending traditional Indian cuisine with a healthy, urban twist. With a la carte, lunch and takeaway options available, this is an ideal destination for classic dishes and inventive creations alike, in a bustling central location that’s sure to leave a lasting impression on visiting clients.
Best for: Thai dishes paired with authentic cocktails
Kin et Deum is an elegant Thai restaurant in Southwark; a minimalistic family-run setting ideal for clients or colleagues who favour the bold, fresh flavours of Southern Asian cuisines. Be inspired by the authentic dishes and share a delicious meal in each other’s company.
Best for: Korean-inspired fine dining
Sollip is a sublime location, where a husband and wife team combine cooking skills learnt in Europe with inspiration from their Korean heritage. Despite being a relatively secluded and unassuming Korean restaurant in Southwark, Sollip has been awarded a Michelin Star and is celebrated for its inspired tasting menu. This is a fantastic spot to impress clients with a seasonal and local menu, crafted in true style.
Best for: Authentic Turkish cuisine
This informal Turkish restaurant in Southwark provides excellent value on a wide range of popular and recognisable Turkish dishes. From appetising meze classics such as dolma to wholesome musakka and fish dishes such as karides guvec (prawn casserole), Tas offers the variety needed to please a crowd of hungry employees or visiting clients, including dishes for more specific diets such as halal or vegetarian.
Best for: Seafood with rooftop vistas
This stunning terrace is a truly peerless option if you’re looking for a seafood and fish restaurant in Southwark to impress clients or celebrate success. Boasting London’s longest oyster list, Seabird is an impressive, Mediterranean-inspired dining spot which promises stunning views over London’s iconic skyline. Indulge in oysters hailing from the Channel Islands to Scotland, and enjoy high-quality cocktails to really make dining here an occasion.
Best for: Traditional Japanese ramen bowls
Tonkotsu is an excellent option for a casual workday lunch with coworkers. This Japanese restaurant in Southwark has made its name by serving authentic Japanese ramen cooked to perfection, with their traditional ramen broths cooking for up to 18 hours to ensure the fullest flavour and a silky texture. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available, making this restaurant a real crowd-pleaser.
Best for: Portuguese-style chicken
Located a 2-minute walk from Borough Market, Casa do Frango is a Portuguese restaurant based in Southwark, inspired by Algarvian grills. With arched windows and ample greenery hanging from vaulted ceilings, this restaurant is full of personality and provides an oasis for client meetings in the bustling centre of Southwark, particularly in its private dining area.
Enjoy the best that Portuguese cuisine has to offer, with a clear highlight being Frango Piri-Piri chicken. The menu also features dishes designed to be shared, making it an ideal location to encourage networking and collaboration between teams.
Best for: Spanish tapas and sherry
This small but mighty tapas bar is one of José Pizarro’s three restaurants in London, and is a fantastic option when searching for a Spanish restaurant in Southwark. With a relaxed atmosphere that immediately transports you directly to the streets of Barcelona, José Tapas Bar offers a welcoming location for informal lunch or dinner time dining with clients or colleagues.
Serving a tempting tapas menu which is updated daily, alongside 50 Spanish wines and sherries, José Tapas Bar has garnered itself a winning reputation in the local area. As you cannot make a reservation here, it’s more suitable for an impromptu post-meeting lunch or dinner. For a more formal and bookable option, you’ll find Pizarro one block away.
Outside of the office, restaurants in Southwark, London, encourage work-life balance and the sheer variety of cuisines on offer is astounding, with further options including Vietnamese, Chinese, Greek, Polish and Russian, supplementing our extensive list above.
No matter the reason behind your work outing, Halkin provides stunning meeting rooms and private offices in Southwark to ensure that your business is situated in the heart of this fascinating London borough. Our art deco buildings in Paris Gardens, Southwark, have excellent transport links, meaning that the best restaurants near Southwark station are also within walking distance and travel does not have to be an obstacle.
With over 17,000 square feet across five floors, and options ranging from coworking spaces to fully managed offices, our luxury workspaces in Southwark offer a fantastic workplace solution for businesses of all sizes and industries. To find out more about our flexible leases and prime London locations, contact our expert team today.