Village East — London, UK
One of the earliest pioneers on London’s restaurant-driven Bermondsey street, Village East has had a revamp. The space is now divided into two new cocktail bars, a casual ground floor canteen and a private dining area. Housed in a former textile factory, the raw, lively and wood-heavy interiors are a collaboration between co-founder Adam White and local studio Box 9. Now overseen by chef Tony Stuart, the menu serves up informal and inventive fare with lots of shared dishes, such as Moorish lamb with smoked aubergine puree or milk-braised pork shoulder with kale and parsley. The Longhorn beef and bone marrow burger is a must try, and from the extensive cocktail list, a ’Gin-Gin Situation’ or two isn’t bad either.