Now the dust has settled around the base of the Shard and London Bridge station, many of the reclaimed old railway arches have been converted for new businesses. Finally the number of hardhats and high vis vests is lessening, replaced by shoppers and revellers.
If you haven’t heard yet, near the top of Bermondsey Street, at the junction with St Thomas Street, a derelict wasteland has been converted into London’s largest outdoor eating and drinking venue by Benj Scrimgeour: the man behind Flat Iron Square, another nearby social destination set in seven railway arches.
Pop up shops in steel containers and food traders have moved in to Vinegar Yard. Vintage Versace, Fendi and Moschino clothes are on sale beside vinyl records. There is coffee fit for connoisseurs, Indian-inspired burgers, Argentinian flame-grilled steaks, wine bars and cold draught beers, making this a perfect addition to the Bermondsey Street vibe. It’s no wonder local residents love the place – almost as much as visitors from all over London coming to hang out there.
The Yard opens early for breakfast and the outdoor seating closes at 9pm every day, while indoor areas shut an hour later. The easy daytime buzz becomes quite a fizz after 5pm so this summer I’d recommend getting there early if you want a good table in the sunshine.