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Flat Iron Square: London’s New Pleasure Garden

When Benjamin Disraeli said, ‘London is a roost for every bird’, he could have been talking about busy Bankside. Borough Market, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Menier Chocolate Factory are just some of the new, or newly-regenerated, landmarks that attract some fifty million visitors a year to the area. Now Flat Iron Square opens this weekend, with a wide array of restaurants, bars and music venues that will give the square a real buzz.

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When Benjamin Disraeli said, ‘London is a roost for every bird’, he could have been talking about busy Bankside. Borough Market, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Menier Chocolate Factory are just some of the new, or newly-regenerated, landmarks that attract some fifty million visitors a year to the area. Now Flat Iron Square opens this weekend, with a wide array of restaurants, bars and music venues that will give the square a real buzz.

Flat Iron Square is located in the London borough of Southwark in central/south-east London. Occupying the southern half of a block that contains a mix of building types and uses, and also of architectural periods and styles, it consists of a number of railway arches and some Victorian terraced houses to the south looking onto the square. The area ranges from being quite industrial in character where the railway arches and associated buildings are located, to being quite commercial where regeneration has occurred.

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The concept is taken from the lively market atmospheres seen in cities all over Europe, where you can come for an early evening drink but find yourself and friends still there hours later, listening to a brilliant new live music act next door, having eaten some new delicious dish freshly cooked at one of the many food outlets.

Joining Where the pancakes are, is an exciting list of other food and music venues: Omeara, a live music venue; Bar Douro, the Portuguese tapas and wine bar; South West Social Club from Gill Meller, Sam Ursual and Marcus Mumford; The Bar from Flat Iron Square with wine and cocktails on tap; Burnt Lemon Bakery from Matt Dryden; pizza from Baz & Fred; contemporary Spanish tapas EDū; Mexican Cantina Carnitas; Southeast Asian Ekachai; Levant and eastern Mediterranean Laffa; ramen from Tatami; Savage Salads and handmade Turkish dumplings from Manti;  Lupins sunshine food; and last but by no means least, Flea at Flat Iron Square.

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South West Social Club and their beloved Airstream land yacht Sylvia have come to Flat Iron Square. This small syndicate of cooks and farmers was brought together because they share a handful of ideals and ideas in life, and eating delicious food is one of them. SWSC is made up of Marcus Mumford, Gill Meller, who headed up the River Cottage kitchen for over 10 years, and Sam Ursual, an experienced farmer, a passionate conservationist and SWSC’s very own food hero. In 2016 SWSC fell in love with a 1975 Airstream land yacht that they found in an old barn in Dorset. They eventually got to take her home and named her Sylvia. Sylvia is SWSC’s first street food outlet.

Burnt Lemon Bakery was founded by Chef and Baker Matthew Dryden in early 2016, focusing on sourdough breads made exclusively with organic flours milled in the UK. All breads are leavened and fermented with wild yeasts for a minimum of 16 hours, providing a depth of rounded and complex flavours. They will be serving an ever-changing menu of pressed sandwiches, cakes, tarts and pies, that will be freshly made each morning and baked throughout the day at Flat Iron Square.

EDū brings a fresh approach to Spanish cooking and dining in the UK. Whilst taking their inspiration from classic Spanish recipes and sourcing traditional seasonal Spanish ingredients, EDū’s ‘mixto’ concept is also influenced by international cuisines. Eduardo and Head Chef, Dani (who has worked at Bao London, Chiltern Firehouse and Galvin) plan to launch their signature dishes, which will include, the ‘cheeky dog’, Spanish pork belly baos and the EDū burger.

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Manti by Mike + Ollie, will serve their ever-popular handmade Turkish dumplings, filled with seasonal British ingredients and served with tangy seasoned yoghurt, smoky black chilli butter, deep fried breadcrumbs and handfuls of beautiful fresh herbs.

Cantina Carnitas will be offering their award winning Mexican street food from a newly converted giant American food truck: fresh burritos, tacos, nachos, quesadillas and tortas with their home-made sauces that will leave you questioning your past burrito experiences.

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Savage Salads is the brainchild of Italian chef Davide Del Gatto and former restaurant manager Kristina Gustafsson, from Sweden. The idea behind Savage Salads took form after browsing around the many markets of London and finding that healthy food options and tasty salads were scarce. Savage Salads’ aim is to bring wholesome, fresh and innovative salads that taste delicious and keep you fuller longer.

Ekachai will be bringing the flavours of South East Asia to Flat Iron Square with classic Thai, Malay & Cantonese street food dishes straight from the wok (Pad Thai, Nasi Goreng and Char Kway Teow). They will also offer a range of handmade dim sum and little plates, including fried pot-sticker dumplings and steamed prawn and scallop Siu Ma.

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Laffa was created by Ben MacAndrews and Gabriel Langford, and serve a modern take on street food from the Eastern Mediterranean, inspired by the food stalls and cuisine of the region. Vegetables and marinated meats are grilled, then piled up into a warm fluffy pita or ‘laffa’ together with vibrant seasonal salads, fragrant herbs and their homemade sauces. Their changing menu will include Lamb Kofta, Sabich, Harissa & Mint Steak Bavette, Lemon & Za’atar Chicken, Grilled Aubergine & Halloumi.

Baz & Fred, Baz Henriques & Fred Hicks, spin the best pizzas in town. Championing the revolutionary Chadwick Oven and sourcing the finest ingredients, their stone baked pizzas are a taste sensation. Freshly kneaded dough ensures a flawless, thin crispy base, topped with the richest San Marzano tomatoes and embellished with a multitude of mouth-watering toppings. Drizzle with Fred’s feisty chilli oil and dip the crusts into a cheeky B&F garlic mayo. Look no further if you are searching for the perfect pizza.

Tatami Ramen will be serving up their award winning sushi and ramen. Providing a menu of Tonkotsu Fukuoka style ramen, Miso Tonkotsu ramen, Spicy Kimchi Tonkotsu ramen, Cockle ramen, White Sesame Vegan ramen and Spicy Black Sesame Vegan ramen – it’s going to be a ramen force to be reckoned with.

 The Bar at Flat Iron Square aims for a relaxed atmosphere under a large open-arch spilling out on pleasant days on to the Low Line and beyond. There you can have great drinks in a busy European market place environment, including fresh sodas, a host of British craft and European beers, 6 wines on tap for great sharing carafes and cocktails on pump including manhattans, negronis and vieux carre.

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Bar Douro is a Portuguese tapas and wine bar from the dynamic team of Max Graham with top chef, Tiago Santos of Porto fame.

Lupins will be serving all day Californian brunch from the front of Devonshire House facing onto Flat Iron Square.

Flea at Flat Iron Square is a weekly Sunday market from 10am – 5pm. Inspired by European markets, its stalls will sell vintage, vinyl, books, craft, cameras, bikes, art, food and much more. Flea will be the perfect way to spend your Sunday; wandering around the stalls and enjoying the food and music on offer at Flat Iron Square.

Within the site is Devonshire House, a restored Georgian townhouse which will have a cocktail bar, an exhibition space and private dining rooms.

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Curator of the space and developer, Benj Scrimgeour comments: “I wanted Londoners to be able to come to a place with a mix of great music, artisan food and bars, with the vibe of European urban outdoor markets and squares. A space that will keep evolving and visitors keep discovering. It is a large site so we are able to explore many things. We are looking at arts ideas and bringing in a flea market with vintage clothing and other interesting stalls. I started my first business, a mushroom farm, in these arches, so it is a fortunate and happy coincidence I am able to open them up again for a new venture following a great refurbishment by the Landlord, Network Rail.”

Flat Iron Square opens daily: early until late for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, music, markets and much more besides… It sounds like a terrific new place to hang out, but don’t take SEEN’s word for it, go and try it out yourself.

www.flatironsquare.co.uk

Open daily 10am until late

Flat Iron Square
London SE1 1TD

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