Padella | London, United Kingdom

Whenever I plan a trip to London, my list of restaurants to try is longer than my packing list. That is because London has a thriving and terrific restaurant scene. It’s just fantastic and having seen most of the sights there, I can now focus on getting to know certain areas, wandering around aimlessly to discover new spots and eating myself through this cosmopolitan city. This time the BF and I stumbled upon Padella, a little restaurant serving home-made pasta.


Padella Borough Market


We dropped by at around 2.30 pm and were astonished that people were still queuing to get a table for lunch. But knowing that pasta lovers are raving about Padella, we happily joined the queue, which, to our surprise, moved quite fast.


Padella Borough Market


Deciding on the drinks was quite easy. Once I saw the “Pear Spritz” on the menu, the choice was made. The name says it all, it’s the perfect aperitif containing Aperol, rose syrup, pear vodka, Fever Tree soda water, orange bitters and a slice of grapefruit.

However, choosing one of the Pasta dishes that Padella offers was far more difficult. So we did what we do best: ordering several dishes from the menu. And I recommend doing the same to you. Come hungry and work your way through the menu.

Just look at these plates full of fresh, hand-rolled pasta. So worth the wait.


Padella Borough Market


First up was a plate of “Tagliarini with slow-cooked tomato sauce & 2017 Confini olive oil”: simple, yet full of flavour.

Padella Borough Market


We then ordered “Ravioli of Neal’s Yard Westcombe ricotta & sage butter”, which were, in other words, little pockets of creamy deliciousness.

Padella Borough Market


Next up was one of Padella’s most popular dishes: “Pappardelle with 8 hours Dexter beef shin ragu”. I’m still dreaming of it, it was that good. I would compare this sauce to Massimo Bottura’s ragu, although they are quite different in flavour. However, even mentioning Massimo Bottura and Padella in the same sentence says a lot as he is a world-renowned chef.

Padella Borough Market


We rounded off our lunch experience at Padella with ordering their “Pici with marjoram, golden garlic & lemon”: another favourite of mine as I loved the cheesy and gooey flavour of these thick, hand-rolled pasta strings.

Padella Borough Market


Have you had lunch at Padella before? I, however, can’t wait to be back soon. And you should visit asap as well!

Until then: pasta la vista, Padella!


Padella, Borough Market
6 Southwark St, London SE1 1TQ


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This looks so good! I NEED to go there the next time i go to london <3



    Thank you for leaving a comment, Nikoline. Yes, you definitely have to go there. It’s a fantastic little restaurant.

Girl & Closet

The pear spritz sounds so delightful + look at all those pasta dishes?!! They look amazing and I’m very curious about that first one. Love a simple / plain pasta dish!! xo



    That pear spritz is going to be my summer drink. Have to recreate it asap. It was delicious.


Love everything in london! the food looks so delicious!
Neeed to visit this plance when i go to london.

xo, joling


    Absolutely, Joling!
    Hope you like the food as much as I do!

Heather Rowland

WOah this pasta looks absolutely incredible – I’m so jealous of you getting to try all of that food!

Heather xoxo


    You should join the next time!


Padella looks like a really cute place to eat! YUM! The Pear Spritz looks delicious – my kind of drink. Oooh, the pasta looks super authentic. Glad you ate well and enjoyed the experience. Thanks for sharing!

Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me


    Thank YOU for taking the time to read and comment!


OMG, that pasta looks incredibly delicious!! I also love to discover new little spots when travelling to a place I have already visited :)

Have a great weekend!


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Carissa Nelson | Spoonful of Easy

The only problem with delicious homemade pasta is once you’ve had it, it’s hard to go back to the box! This was such a great write-up and if I’m ever in London, this is so on my list.


    Thank you, Carissa! That’s so nice of you to say!

Yiota www.instagram.com/yiotou_la

Everything looks sooooo good, I am so hungry right now!!! x



The pastas look great! I love Italian food, even today I’m going to make spaghetti for lunch. It’s just always so different, even various shapes taste differently, even if made of the same exact ingredients. I would love to try the beef one, I try to eat less meat, but I’d make an excuse for that one!
Loved the pictures. I’m getting hungry…


    Thank you, Dorota, for taking the time to leave a comment. Which sauce did you make for lunch? I’m curious now!


I just love food posts.
Thanks for sharing.


    You’re welcome, Zorica!


I agree! London has a great selection of restaurants. I haven’t tried padella but I have to say the food looks amazing! I’m a pasta lover too so this is right up my alley!

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    Khadija, if you love pasta you have to try Padella! It’s really worth it!
    Thank you for stopping by!


Everything you ordered sounds absolutely heavenly. Whenever my husband and I go London we plan our entire trip around food, so i’ll definitely be adding padella to the must visit list for our next trip!


    Oh, fantastic! Same here! The restaurant scene there is just so, so good!
    What’s your favourite London restaurant? Have you got any tips for me?
    And let me know what you think of Padella, once you visited!


I can totally understand you. Now my restaurant list is always shorter or sometimes it’s more like “where i can find food to survive” list since I’m allergic and in some places there are not many places for people on special diets but I can totally understand because every time I’m in a new place i want to try something new and usually restaurants are full of nice interiors or architecture styles which i personally like to check :)


    Oh no! But a place like London caters to a lot of special dietary requirements.
    At least in comparison to Vienna. Here it is much more difficult to stick to a certain diet.
    Thank you for stopping by!


Yessss girl! I love making a list of restaurants when I’m going somewhere — it guarantees a cute place with great food to eat at when you’re away!!





    Yes, so true! I see, we would be great travel buddies <3