Borealis

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£25 and under
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Nordic
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Børealis London is a Nordic inspired retreat serving delicious food and drinks within a stone’s throw of the trendy Borough Market.

The venue was designed to create an atmosphere that combines Nordic Chic with a London members club ambiance.

The restaurant is open from lunch through to dinner with space for up to 100 diners – including counter dining where the Smørrebrød is prepared in front of you.

The café offers take away and delivery Monday – Friday where you can pick up a coffee and pastry (and other treats) for breakfast and come back in for your favourite salads and sandwiches for lunch.

Special Offers

2/3/ courses: £16/£20

From the set or a la carte menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 11 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 11 people

Starts: 4 June 2019

Ends: 4 December 2019

Availability: Tue-Sat 17:00-22:30

What 94 People Are Saying
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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely atmosphere and plenty of seating areas to suit all types of diners (business, friends etc).
We had the lunchtime menu which was quite varied but not abundant in choices - not a problem as we had no problems choosing dishes.
Food was well presented and service quite swift and courteous.
I would certainly recommend

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CS
London
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were extremely friendly and really made my boyfriends birthday very special!

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PD
Cheshire
6 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.

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EG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Saturday afternoon lunch for a family get together. Small menu but delicious food - ambeince is like a hotel come We Work space and would say it's worth the trip for a good lunch in London Bridge.

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EC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Restaurant served OK/Good food, but ambiance and service would both quite poor. Odd place.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very beautiful interior and nice selection of food and drinks. A good option in Borough for dinner

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L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Scandi fare and great service. The cinnamon bun ice cream was magical.

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SS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Really good food, really nice staff, but very quiet. There were only three other tables busy in the entire time we were.

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OT
London
30 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Yummy negroni

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AT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely and intimate, without being twee or cramped. Stylish selection of Scandi flavours, modern-classic rather than simply traditional. Excellent wines and whiskey. Personal, attentive service. Keep it a secret. PS Excellent selection for gluten-free diners.

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MM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I was a little worried when I arrived and the restaurant was completely empty, normally a bad sign. The menu looked great but nobody else was eating dinner. Despite this we persevered and ordered the meatballs, salmon open sandwich and deep-fried plaice. The food was elegant and tasted fantastic - a hidden gem that's so hidden no-one apparently knows about it! Literally just outside Borough station - highly recommended.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food here was truly delicious and different than most other restaurants in the UK (or US). Make sure to try the Smorredod (curried Harring was delicious and a traditional dish), squid was exceptional, but do yourself a favor and order a Danish Martini. My. God. The bartender made the night. One of the best drinks I’ve had EVER

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E
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place, liked that it was quiet. The service was fab. Only downside was my mums eggs were cold! But they brought out new ones pretty quick.

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MT
London
36 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were well-looked-after and the food was lovely at Borealis. An interesting fusion of tasty scandi cuisine, with drinks to complement. Portions were sufficient but not overfacing. We went on a quiet night, so there wasn't a huge amount of atmosphere, but I suspect that would have been true in most restaurants (weather was so nice, everyone was still outside!).
Would recommend a visit!

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SO
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and choice remains a firm favourite. The attention to detail coupled with value for money has made this the go to restaurant when meeting friends around London Bridge. It’s also a great place to go if your on your own -

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OT
London
28 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb. The food, decor, service, ambience, pace of the meal, quality of ingredients.... I just wish it was busier! They deserve more guests in there.

We were well looked after... such a good restaurant.

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MB
London
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Would prefer and/or pay more to have the Banana bread toasted and with some espresso butter or jam, etc.

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z
London
16 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Having loved Ekte, I was looking forward to this dinner. It didn’t disappoint. Best seafood cooking in a while. Wine menu is expensive as expected from a nordic attitude but loved the Sicilian white wine. We loved the food , service and ambiance and would certainly go back for more.

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F
London
14 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Large Scandinavian size portions, well cooked and well served

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointed the dish of the day was not available by 1.0pm
Tables for two are too small for eating a meal.
Pleasant staff, but I doubt this restaurant will survive long!

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i
London
18 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a treat, the food was well prepared and a good range of choices of starters, mains and smorgasbord. We were made to feel welcome and looked after throughout the meal. I particularly enjoyed the way all the vegetables were cooked and presentation was as good as the taste and texture of the food. My companion had a perfect whole lemon sole and my grilled chicken was cooked just right. Beetroot gravalax, rye crisp bread and Swedish cheese board - wonderful from start to finish.

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JK
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I have now dined or lunched at Borealis on 4 occasions. The food is excellent but perhaps the dessert menu could do with livening up. The service is very good indeed. The restaurant part of the premises has never been really busy. Maybe this is due to it needing more obvious signage to attract walk in business. Lovely place deserving popularity.

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h
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great,unusual food, both for meat/fish eaters & veggies.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Really nice space with a great atmosphere. Food was nothing special, nicely presented but hasn't blown me away. Staff was disorganised and our waitress was hovering and frankly made us feel we should be ordering more. She came over every 3 minutes and didn't really take note of the fact that we were in the middle of a business meeting. Staff needs to be more organised as well - when we suggested we can take a smaller table they seemed baffled and said they can't move us as the seating plan is made. The restaurant was 2/3 empty while we were there so... Anyways. Probably a nice place for a day time client lunch or meeting.

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J
London
55 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous selection of starters which were v filling!

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D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

This was our first visit to Borealis, and sadly possibly our last.
The restaurant was nearly empty, the Bloody Mary served in a very small glass and filled with ice, so tasted of watered down tomato juice, and when I asked for some more tabasco/worcester sauce, it came back nearly undrinkable.
The food was OK, but a little overpriced (£27 for a piece of cubed beef), and all side dishes were extra.
The still water was tepid , and when asked for ice, we got 6 ice cubes.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really nice food. A bit hotel lobby in terms of setting but really enjoyed it.

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P
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Interesting, healthy food at a good price. Restaurant rather empty on a Thursday lunchtime - probably due to slightly out of the way location. If you are looking for something different and healthy that is top business lunch quality and dont mind walking down to by Borough Tube and dont mind having the restaurant almost to yourself (I think 4 tables were full) this is highly recommended.

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q
London
25 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent scandi restaurant. Food very nicely cooked!

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was fabulous. Our waiter was great. It was really good to eat a different type of food. A refreshing change from pasta!
The restaurant was quiet. This worked for our group but I can’t understand why it was not packed. Beautiful Scandinavia design and detail.
I would definitely go back

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AJ
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very creative menu delivered with some style. The pork chop is the best I’ve had in London. I spoke to the Chef and he says it is because they brine it in a special seasoning for a day before cooking. It was a great cut of meat. This is a place you can go for an elegant meal in a relaxed environment without spending a fortune. A real gem for anyone in the area.

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S
Hertfordshire
14 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice menu nicely presented imaginative cocktails little bit out of the way and perhaps a little pricey which may have explained why it was fairly empty. Possibly more a day time venue?

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Staff were great. Overall good value.

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I
London
38 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had never heard of the restaurant and took a chance. I was pleasantly surprised about the food, service and overall appeal.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unexpected treasure in South London. Quiet (you can actually hear what other people are saying!), delicious food and reasonably priced. Very Scandinavian in the style so maybe not your thing if you're looking for something very trendy. Apart from that, go for it !!

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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

It lacked the so well known “hygge”
Candles not lit , service not attentative!
Food so so!
The rye bread was good though !

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LH
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious seasonal Scandi food in a lovely airy restaurant space. The restaurant was happy to accommodate our young daughter with a special small meal.

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JW
London
16 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service very good. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and very helpful. Service was efficient. Great place if you want to try something a bit different. Overall good value for money.

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S
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Would have stayed there forever if it wasn’t disproportionately expensive. Food was amazing, drinks were lovely and atmosphere was so calming and peaceful, but for the portion sizes I’d have liked to pay less. That said, it was delicious!

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H
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A LITTLE gem, don't tell everybody. Great service spotless and food amazing. New to herrings but loved them all. Good luck with your venture.

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