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152 Tooley Street, London SE1 2TU, England
+44 20 7403 1342
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:00
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

A marvellous wonderful restaurant ceases this Saturday - such a shame, one of my favourite places to eat - varied and excellent menus. Will miss the Polenta Ragu ....

Thank markyrichards
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76 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

The food's ok - overpriced but ok. The biggest disappointment is the ambience: there is none. We were plonked upstairs which is like being seated in your Auntie Margaret's back bedroom and being thrown some food every now and again. Not great for £60 a head. V disappointing. I've heard it's closing down and I'm not surprised. You have to... More 

Thank Florence C
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Well managed great restaurant. They know wine, food and service. They recommended decent priced wine and good amount of the food. They planned release noise design so we could relax in the restaurant.

Thank foodwriter2017
London, United Kingdom
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251 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

From the initial greeting, through the excellent table to the wonderful food and service, we could not rate Magdalen more highly. The staff are bright but not pushy, the menu fresh and seasonal. The wine not cheap but well priced for the quality. Will definitely return.

Thank Herbie_and_Elaine
London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Superb food and service. How rare in London to get a reasonably priced restaurant serving modern British food of such a high standard. Lovely atmosphere and decor. My mussels cooked saffron and leeks were the best ever and the chicken superb. Desserts very slightly disappointing but overall excellent.

Thank Anth0ny999
London, United Kingdom
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170 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

This part of the south bank if the Thames use to be dead as a dodo. But the pace of rejuvenation sees the area become very gentrified. Magdalen has been here for a number of years in a rather elegant old building as these changes have gone on around it. Contrary to some other reviews the service was very good... More 

London, United Kingdom
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216 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

Came for a business lunch and found a good environment for that. Tables reasonably well spaced and lots of fabric to reduce background noise for us deaf old guys. The service was friendly and efficient. The food was interesting, tasty and very decent value for money with a 2 course set meal for just £16.50. My host liked his crab... More 

1 Thank Nicholas H
Dublin, Ireland
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

I have been to this restaurant many times but the standard has dropped. While the food was average with high prices, the service was appalling. My coat was stolen and the staff were extremely unhelpful and showed no understanding or offered any resolution. Will never go back and feel very let down.

6 Thank Marion B
Beckenham, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

I visited with my Husband for an early Christmas Lunch and was unsure, after reading some of the reviews. On arrival at the restaurant, before we had even taken our coats off and sat down, we were asked whether we wanted water. We didn't know we had to hang our own coats up and felt that this should have been... More 

Thank Joanne E
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70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

We've been before and had a knockout meal, about 18 months ago. Went again recently and it wasn't anywhere near as good. Nice menu, nice wine list, nice people looking after you and a nice dining room but the meal was just not up to the standard expected. I had venison which was leathery and took some chewing. Everything else... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
French, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 152 Tooley Street, London SE1 2TU, England
  • Public Transportation: London Bridge
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Southwark
  • Neighbourhood: Southwark
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7403 1342
This is open to the general public and is a real find and needs to be reviewed so people are aware of it

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Southwark

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Even before the arrival of the instantly iconic Shard, the riverside scene in Southwark had moved well beyond any up-and-coming phase of development. For quite some time, locals and out-of-towners alike have loved browsing the boutiques of Bermondsey High Street, foraging through the bounteous stalls at centuries old foodie haven Borough Market, and flocking to the banks of the Thames to enjoy some of Britain's biggest attractions such as Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe. Despite Southwark's many popular draws, instant calm can be achieved easily by turning down almost any side street. For more urban buzz, a quick stroll across famed bridges like the pedestrianized Millennium Bridge or the ever photogenic Tower Bridge yields access to the very core of Central London. And with London Bridge Station as this neighbourhood's main transportation hub, getting across town (or to anywhere in England for that matter) is a relative breeze.
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