Meeting up with friends for drinks, brunch, dinner or after-work drinks in Flat Iron Square is easy thanks to the area’s thriving and diverse food scene. There are plenty of food and drink options, so you can stay for a while.
Located in Southwark, just around the corner from Borough Market, Flat Iron Square is centrally located in one of the liveliest and most ethnically and culturally varied areas of London.
Numerous restaurants, bars, cafes, boutiques, and arts organizations are all within arm’s length.
The diverse offerings of Flat Iron Square make it a popular place for both Londoners and tourists. A lot of work has been done to revitalize the plaza recently, and it is now a busy cultural center.
I have been a few times but when I took the pictures below, we went in the morning because I was in no mood for cooking breakfast and had been craving pancakes for far too long.
It was only ever going to be one place! Where The Pancakes Are of course. Well, it was either this place or The Breakfast Club but I had already been there the week before.
A Little About Flat Iron Square
When the new St Felix Place opened in January 2022, Flat Iron Square moved around 200 feet away. The revamped marketplace now serves authentic Lebanese fare, New Orleans-style sandwiches, and wild animal burgers sourced ethically.
There are a few different places to eat and drink in Flat Iron Square in addition to the market. Several vendors in the area are recognized for their tasty street cuisine from all over the world.
After perusing the stalls at the market, stop by one of the many nearby cafés and pubs for a refreshing beverage.
In addition to the food court, there are a few stand-alone cafes and restaurants at Flat Iron Square like Where The Pancakes Are, Lupins, Audrey’s
Flat Iron Square is not only a great place to find food and drinks but they occasionally have live performances as well as have a small market in the beer garden. There are plenty of food options to choose from, whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a sit-down meal.
Flat Iron Square is known for its vibrant atmosphere. There’s always something going on, whether it’s live music or a market. It’s a great place to come to relax with friends and colleagues with conversation over drinks.
Food Vendors At Flat Iron Square
Flat Iron Square is home to a variety of food vendors, offering everything from traditional British fare to international cuisine. Notable vendors include:
Gamekeeper – Bringing forest to fork with classic BBQ dishes made from sustainably sourced ingredients and ‘Best of British’ wild game.
Good Slice – Pizzas combining crisp focaccia bases, inventive flavours and only the freshest ingredients.
Lil’Watan – offers authentic Lebanese while also championing local Lebanese suppliers, everything on their menu is authentic to the region, from their fresh pita bread to halal chicken.
Streat Arepas – Latin-inspired cuisine, Streat Arepas serve everything from tequeños and empanadas to tacos, arepas and chocolate churros. Vegan and gluten-free options are available.
Where The Pancakes Are – an all-day breakfast restaurant.
Bar Douro – Traditional Portuguese sharing plates served with matching native wines served in a bright bar space.
Audrey’s Cafe and Bar – all-day dining destination that mixes retro charm with a modern bistro sensibility. It’s a friendly, local-feeling cafe-bar with an amazing £5 cocktail offer, to boot!
Others include: Mother Clucker, Po’Bros, Sahten Habibi, Ekachai and Taproom
Our Visit To Where The Pancakes Are
We visited on a Friday morning with serious cravings for pancakes. We didn’t book a reservation so I was a little worried they might be too busy to let us dine but to my surprise, there were some free tables when we arrived both inside and out.
I guess it helped that we went in for breakfast on a Friday when a lot of people were going in for work. The tables inside did fill up soon after we arrived.
Once you sit door, you are given complimentary water and menus. They offer savory and sweet pancakes. I ordered and English Breakfast which is pancakes served with bacon and Yorkshire sausage, roasted cherry tomatoes, beans and fried egg.
All paired with a matcha latte. My husband went for the Royal which is pancakes served with poached eggs, smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce. The pancakes were simply delicious.
This was my first time trying the matcha coffee and it’s not for me. It takes like spirulina and too fishy for my tastes, otherwise ok. Next time I will stick to a normal latte or go for the turmeric latte as I loved it after trying it at Savoy Kitchen and Cafe. Another brunch place in London you need to add to your list.
The food was delicious and I would definitely recommend it.
Where The Pancakes Are Menu
What To Expect When Visiting Flat Iron Square
If you’re looking for a lively spot to eat and drink in Southwark, then look no further than Flat Iron Square or Vinegar Yard which I have covered on the blog.
I love the new food courts that have been popping up all over London in recent years. I have covered some of these on the blog, including Kingly Court and Mayfair Mercato.
This vibrant square is home to a number of bars, restaurants and cafes, as well as a weekly street food market.
There’s something for everyone at Flat Iron Square, whether you’re after a casual bite to eat or a sit-down meal. The square is also a great place to enjoy a drink or two, with plenty of bars to choose from.
The street food market is a highlight of Flat Iron Square, with stalls serving up everything from Thai cuisine to wood-fired pizzas.
Flat Iron Opening Times
Flat Iron Square is open six days a week. Monday: Closed, Tuesday to Saturday: Midday – 11pm, and Sunday: Midday – 8pm.
It’s easy to spend an entire day at Flat Iron Square. In the morning, you can grab a coffee and breakfast from one of the many cafes and restaurants. Then, explore the shops and stalls selling everything from vintage clothes to locally made crafts.
In the afternoon, stop for lunch or a spot of people-watching in the square itself. As the evening draws in, there are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from for dinner and drinks.
Things To Do Near Flat Iron Square
Flat Iron Square is centrally located with plenty of interesting places to visit nearby:
- Tate Modern
- Borough Market
- The Shard
- Shakespeares Globe
- Winchester Palace
- Clink Prison Museum
- St Pauls Cathedral
- Millennium Bridge
- Golden Hinde
- Southwark Cathedral
- Borough Yards
How To Get To Flat Iron Square
Getting to Flat Iron Square is fairly easy with access to two nearby underground stations. London Bridge and Borough High Street stations.
You also have access to plenty of bus routes passing through Borough High Street providing easy access to Flat Iron Square.