Trevor Gulliver is a restaurateur and one of the founding fathers of St. John’s Restaurant and Bakery. Together with Fergus Henderson he opened St. John Bar & Restaurant in October 1994 near London’s Smithfield Market. In November 2010 St. John opened their stand alone bakery located along Bermondsey’s DruidStreet. The bakery provides bread to St. John’s locations in both Spitalfields and Smithfield. On Saturday mornings the bakery opens doors for the Maltby Street market, where they sell their famous sourdoughs and doughnuts.
“This used to be a terrible area of London, but we didn't care. We wanted to do what we wanted to do.”
Bermondsey is situated in south London, and is part of the London Borough of Southwark. From the mid-19th century large parts of Bermondsey, especially along the riverside had become a notorious slum due to the arrival of industrial plants, docks and immigrant housing. It wasn’t until the 1980s that Bermondsey’s wharves were redeveloped significantly, sparking a renewed flow of creatives and craftsmen to settle in the developing neighbourhood. While the neighbourhood’s riverside houses some of London’s better known attractions (Tower of London, The Shard, Butler’s Wharf), the area surrounding Bermondsey Street and the arches running underneath the railway now contain some of the neighbourhood’s most interesting and influential new spaces. With a rich community of young creative people dedicating exceptional attention to true craftsmanship, artisanship, and the neighbourhood’s heritage, Bermondsey has become a place that continues to inspire the contemporary London lifestyle.