London Bridge’s Alfresco Street Food And Culture Hub: Vinegar Yard

London Bridge hotspot Vinegar Yard is packed with street food, art installations and pop-up shops.

The wonderful Vinegar Yard comes from the company behind the buzzing Flat Iron Square, and having come frustratingly tight to a full year of operation before the coronavirus pandemic hit, they’ll resume on July 4. Area, which is filled with art installations, street food traders, pop-ups shops and bars, and an enormous outdoor garden with unobstructed views of the Shard, was a favourite one last summer, so it’ll no doubt be a grand come back this year.

Open seven days a week, from early ’til late, we expect Vinegar Yard will be packed with foodies and after work drinkers all summer long. Winning street food comes in the form of Up in My Grill’s smashing steaks; Nanny Bill’s brilliant burgers; Baba G’s Indian nachos and signature ‘naanwhiches’; and so much more – although they won’t be reopening until July 8, and then only gradually. There’s also coffee from The Gentleman Baristas and booze from Vinegar Yard’s very own open-air bar. (Don’t worry, there’s a big indoor area for when the weather doesn’t behave.)

There’s a good mix of ethical and sustainable shops too, including Creative Resource Centre, Vintage Paradise and the gorgeous florist Chez Michele. On top of all that, Flea London takes over every weekend, offering magnificent vintage clothing, homeware, books, etc.

Vinegar Yard is full of repurposed art and design, including an incredible train carriage installation. British artist Joe Rush created many of the pieces. He has made various sculptures for Glastonbury Festival and has worked on collaborations with Vivienne Westwood and The Rolling Stones. To keep things fresh for their summer return, Vinegar Yard will be launching two new mezzanine cocktail bars this year, complete with grass-lined seating. Table bookings and drinks packages will also be available here, meaning you can focus on catching the rays instead of queuing for pints. You know, doing the essential things in life!

It’ll be open 5-10 pm on Weds and Thurs, five pm-midnight on Friday, 11 am-midnight on Saturday, and 11 am-8 pm on Sunday. You’ll find it on St Thomas Street, just two minutes away from London Bridge station.

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