Covid-19 policies and procedures are in place to maintain the safety of both our guests and staff alike.

We have reduced the amount of tables in our restaurant to give plenty of space to abide the 1 metre distancing rule. Please be aware we are only taking bookings for parties of 6 guests or less. These groups must be limited to 1 household or of the same support bubble.

Please remember to bring a face mask as you will be required to wear one when you are not seated at a table.

Please also note the new curfew I requires all guests to leave the building by 10pm. This means booking slots after 8.15pm will have a shortened turnover time.

If you develop covid-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has, please stay at home and follow government advise. We will happily re-arrange your booking.

And finally a note on these difficult times. Every booking that is a no-show risks the future of small independent restaurants, we urge you to phone, go on-line if you can no longer make your booking or need to makes changes to your party size. Please ensure you are on time for your booking as we cannot extend turnover times under any circumstance.

Lots of Love Jane and the Bbowl Team

Original Thai concept restaurant set in the heart of Peckham

On any foggy morning in Chiang Mai, the creeping scent of spices and sugar from street vendor stalls mingles with the approach of orange clad monks, chanting while they carry their alms pots.

The vessel – called a ‘begging bowl’ – is an important part of Thai culture hailing back to Buddhist traditions of making merit and the community spirit it inspires is fascinating to witness.

It is this ethos that we hope to embody in our own corner of South London.

To us, The Begging Bowl enshrines a sense of community, and of sharing, both with Peckham and the Thai friends and family which inspired our foundations.

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The Begging Bowl is a vessel used by buddhist monks in Thailand in a daily morning ritual where people come out to the streets and give them food and make merit.

Time Out

"Chic Thai with an exciting menu: worth queuing for."

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Evening Standard

4 STARS "Bringing a bowl of Bangkok to the streets of Peckham"

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8/10 "Thai street-food heaven in south-east London"

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The Telegraph

4 STARS "Let’s order everything!"

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Square Meal

4.5 STARS "this cheerful Thai canteen is a cracker... top marks"

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The Begging Bowl
168 Bellenden Road
London  SE15 4BW
020 7635 2627

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Opening times

Mon & Tue: Closed 
Wed & Thu: 6pm–10pm
Fri & Sat: 12noon–2.30pm & 5pm–10pm
Sun: 12noon–4pm

Opportunities for people with passion and a smile

Firstly we are looking for those special people who smile and are passionate….the rest we can teach you with the enthusiasm and drive you possess. In return you will join the Bowl family and a friendly local restaurant with its heart in Peckham. We run a professional and creative team and will pass on our love for Thai food. The Begging Bowl environment is a tight-knit group of fun and knowledgeable personalities and endless opportunities.

Apply to or call 020 7635 2627