Welcome to Brigade Bar & Bistro, an informal British restaurant that’s dedicated to serving great food that makes a real difference. It’s a great place to spend an evening with friends and family, to entertain favourite clients or enjoy a well-deserved cocktail after work.


So how do we make a difference? Put simply, by using hospitality as a catalyst to change lives. We help Southwark residents at risk of homelessness develop the skills and motivation to find employment. All of our profits are reinvested to create social impact and we work hard to ensure our supply chain delivers environmental impact by buying ethically and sustainably wherever possible.


Come and visit us for a drink, a snack in the bar or a delicious meal prepared by our chefs and apprentices in our open kitchen and help make a difference. THE FIRE STATION HISTORY...

Welcome to Brigade Bar & Bistro, an informal British restaurant that’s dedicated to serving great food that makes a real difference. It’s a great place to spend an evening with friends and family, to entertain favourite clients or enjoy a well-deserved cocktail after work.


So how do we make a difference? Put simply, by using hospitality as a catalyst to change lives. We help Southwark residents at risk of homelessness develop the skills and motivation to find employment. All of our profits are reinvested to create social impact and we work hard to ensure our supply chain delivers environmental impact by buying ethically and sustainably wherever possible.


Come and visit us for a drink, a snack in the bar or a delicious meal prepared by our chefs and apprentices in our open kitchen and help make a difference. THE FIRE STATION HISTORY...

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On June 22 1861 a fire started at Cottons Wharf on Tooley Street, seen as the worst in history since The Great Fire of London. Within 30 minutes of smoke being discovered in one of the warehouses, the fire was burning out of control, soon stretching from London Bridge to Customs House. Despite engines arriving from all over the country to help the London Fire Engine Establishment, it still took two weeks to put the fire out.


This tragic event led to a big social change; its huge cost forced insurance companies to tell the Home Secretary that they could no longer be responsible for the fire safety of London. In response the Metropolitan Fire Brigade was created in 1866 and subsequently renamed the London Fire Service in 1904.


The Fire Station in Tooley Street was built as part of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade in 1879 to save lives and protect property. Today, we’re using the same values of business sense and social responsibility to make it a vibrant and authentic venue. It has meant a fresh start for this historic building and a new future for all the vulnerable people who train with us and go on to long-term employment.