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The Best Guide to Vapiano Tower Bridge Restaurant

Vapiano Tower Bridge Restaurant

Looking for an Italian restaurant in London? Look no further, because Vapiano Tower Bridge is one of the many Italian restaurants to try in the heart of London. There are three Vapiano restaurants in London, and one each in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Manchester.

Imagine going to a country not knowing where to go, not knowing where to eat, and getting lost. Finding out about people’s interests, what they like to do when they get to a destination and how to get there, are all important factors when organising a holiday (or vacation, the Americans call it). A lot of people ask other travellers about their travels to a particular country, and recommendations on places to go, see and eat, especially first timers to a country. Well, this post covers my recommendations on where to eat.

This post doesn’t just cover what you’ll read on their website; it focuses on my review on Vapiano Tower Bridge, and the experiences I felt. From the services, to how we pay, and to the food and price offered. This is my experience dining in one of the most successful Italian restaurants in London.

Insider’s Tips on eating in restaurants in London: We are trying to go cashless. Most restaurants prefer you to pay by card or by phone. You can scan a QR code to see the menu, and you order from your phone, if your phone is able to do that. However, they will accept cash and cards. Don’t worry if you wonder whether to bring cash with you. If you want to bring cash, depending how many people are going with you, bring around £30 for a single person. They’ll usually tell you they’d prefer cards than cash, but will accept it if you prefer. We are quite advanced in technology compared to other European countries and we’re the 4th technologically advanced country in the world. 

Directions to Vapiano Tower Bridge

It’s better to get off at London Bridge Rail or Tube Station and walk towards the restaurant. It takes only 10 minutes to get there. If you take the bus from the station, there’s usually traffic although it takes 8 minutes by bus, which will delay your trip to the restaurant. If you must take the bus from London Bridge Station, take the 47, 343, or 381.

London Bridge Station to Vapiano Tower Bridge Restaurant google map

Vapiano Tower Bridge atmosphere

Vapiano Tower Bridge RestaurantI loved the atmosphere at Vapiano Tower Bridge. Unlike Coppa Club Tower Bridge, not far from Vapiano’s, the restaurant is bright, and looked like it was open for business. The entrance to Coppa Club Tower Bridge looked like it was hidden from view by dark thick flower arches leading to the igloos.

 

The wide-open space gave it that welcoming factor. On your right, you can see around six chefs with their white uniforms working with their sizzling pans making everyone’s dishes, most of them Italian.  On your left, there were several high, long wooden pine tables for people to sit on which covers about six people. Your feet won’t hit the ground, but it feels comfortable. If there were 2 people sitting there, then the waiters would sit another couple next to you, but you’d still have your own space. You’d be lucky if there weren’t anyone sitting there, unless it was busy.

There were more seatings at the end of the restaurant, but we were given a good area. There were also giant paintings of different parts of Italy on the wall and descriptions of salads, vegetables, vegetarian and vegan choices.

The service at Vapiano Tower Bridge

Bacio dessert

Do you have to book Vapianos? You don’t have to book a table when visiting Vapiano. You can just walk in, but times do get busy, especially the weekends. So, it’s better to reserve in advance.

We arrived at 7:30 pm and were greeted at the door. It wasn’t that busy when we arrived at 7 pm on a Tuesday evening. So, if you can, the best time to visit is either Monday or Tuesday lunchtime and dinner. Friday and Saturday nights are always packed and loud.

A few simple white plastic chairs and tables can be found outside. People usually have quiet drinks in the evening or when it’s cold. The restaurant looked brighter. A few members of staff smiled at us, and escorted us to our seats. This shows the restaurant feels welcoming. The best thing about this restaurant was that the waiter recommended us the tiramisu for our desserts. Not a lot of restaurants recommend dishes for us.

Scan the QR code on the table and it will send through straight to the menu. If you haven’t done so already, you need to register. It will ask you for your contact details, including your name and phone number. A lot of people hate this, but once you’ve done that, you can order straight away. The order will be sent to the kitchen, and you’ll get your food within 20 to 30 minutes. Overall, it could be nerve-racking if you’re not tech-savvy with your phone, but the waiters will be happy to help.

Italian pasta in Vapiano Tower BridgeThe food at Vapiano

A lot of people ask whether Vapiano make their own pasta. The answer is they’re made in their own Manifattura, and will give you a selection of pasta to choose from. You can have a selection of fusilli, spaghetti, penne, campanelle, linguini, tagliatelle, spelt linguini, or spelt fusilli. You could also see several bags of uncooked pasta at the back where the chefs cooked. Are all the pasta vegan? Yes, they are egg-free, so all you vegans out there, Vapiano does vegan options on the menu. 

I opted for the fusilli salmon carbonara. It’s filled with salmon fillet, onions, cream, Italian hard cheese, egg yolk, and parsley. The food arrived within 20 minutes, and what stood out to me the most was the strong smell of onions and hard cheese as I put the pasta into my mouth.

For dessert, I opted for the Bacio consisting of chocolate and hazelnut blended on top of a biscuit base with sprinkles of hazelnut on top. The Bacio was made in a small glass cup, the size of a latte cup. It’s suitable for people who need sweetness after a strong meal. 

 

Vapiano Tower Bridge prices

The price for the salmon carbonara and diet coke costed me £15 for one person, a standard price in London. Post-COVID, there has been a rise in tax and many restaurants may raise their prices up because of this. It was worth the money for the service and the atmosphere. It was also piping hot, and I could smell the strong aroma of the onions when the waiter put my plate down.10 out of 10 for atmosphere and service for me.

Conclusion

Tower BridgeThe night was clear, dark, and breezy when I stepped out of the busy and bustling London Bridge train station. Going through the clean, tall, grey, modern 21st Century buildings with shiny glass windows, I could see several upmarket restaurants, dark, intimate, and romantic. You can see spots of golden and white restaurant lights shining like stars inside the open spaced glass windows. Waiters with their black waistcoats and bow tie looking pristine. Businessmen and women in their office shirts, their hair all sleeked back drinking champagne and eating high quality steak can be seen. There are also local supermarkets and boutique coffee shops among them. Above them, you will see tall 21st Century office buildings made of glass. Some lights are on, some are off. Although you can’t see Tower Bridge and Tower of London when you’re eating, it’s jsut round the corner situated in Potter’s Field, right next to Tower Bridge, Tower of London, and the River Thames. It’s a great location and it’s also and a few minutes away from Coppa Club Tower Bridge restaurant.

I’m a regular customer of Vapiano and visit every year because of its service and atmosphere. Vapiano Tower Bridge is brighter than the one in Covent Garden, and less busy on a Tuesday evening. I wouldn’t say Vapiano Tower Bridge is authentic, as an authentic Italian dish wouldn’t normally let you choose what pasta to have on your dish, it would automatically be given to you on the menu. If you want a quick fix or just to relax with your family and loved ones near Tower Bridge, then Vapiano is one restaurant you could try.

 

Things to do around Vapiano Tower Bridge

 

 

There are so many great things to do and many accommodations around Vapiano Tower Bridge Restaurant, the South Bank and London Bridge station. If you can find somewhere to stay here, you’ve got restaurants, cafes, attractions, and nightlife all rolled into one. If you want something peaceful, a great view of London, especially when it illuminates at night, and something different from the West End, stay around London Bridge and the South Bank area. If you want crowds, check out my West End Walk. Lights from office buildings twinkle, and it’s reflected on the water from the River Thames. You can hear the distance hooting of vehicles, and sometimes, you can hear the whooshing winds and rustling of trees when it’s really quiet. Don’t forget to check out Hays Galleria, a nice contemporary retail, office, leisure outlet where business and leisure meet. It’s got great history. Find out more about Hays Galleria and its history on their website.

All in all, London Bridge is really peaceful at night. If you have 1 day in London or 2 days in London, you can find 31 things to do in the South Bank before or after your meal at Vapiano. It’s recommended that you spend 4 days in London. You have ample time to visit the most of London’s famous landmarks and neighbourhoods. The South Bank and Borough Market is just around 14 minutes to walk, and don’t forget to check out the markets near London Bridge Station. Check out their website for more information about Vapiano Restaurant around London.

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Beer garden next to the River Thames

Beer garden by River Thames

Hays Galleria, London Bridge

Hays Galleria, London Bridge
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