More than 255 million portions of chips are sold in fish and chip shops each year in the UK so it’s little wonder that this traditional English dish is one of the nation’s favorite meals. We’ve searched high and low to track down London’s finest fish and chip shops and restaurants so you can tuck straight in. If you’re looking for other affordable dining options in London, check out the following spots where you can get the best fish and chips in London:
- Sea Shell of Lisson Grove. This has been around for 40+ years as a restaurant and a takeaway joint. It has a good reputation and is popular with locals and visitors so be prepared to wait in line. It’s attracted a A-list fish and chip fans over the years including Denzel Washngton, Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson. Your best bet? Grab a takeaway and feast in Regent’s Park, which is just a 5-minute walk away.
- The Rock & Sole Plaice. London’s oldest fish and chip shop was established in 1871 and maintains a charming spot in Covent Garden. Sit outside beneath light-strung trees on a nice summer’s night, while chowing down on freshly fried fish, plaice, sole, and rockfish.
- North Sea Fish Restaurant, Bloomsbury. The chips are chunky and cheap at this long established chip shop in Bloomsbury. In fact, the restaurant is such a landmark that London cabbies are required to know where it is when learning “The Knowledge.” Choose from standard fish options (haddock, cod, sole, plaice) all battered and fried in vegetable oil.
- The Laughing Halibut, Westminster. The Laughing Halibut is a friendly, old-fashioned fish and chip restaurant. It’s busy throughout the day, but note that it closes at 8 p.m.— its main trade is from nearby office workers.
- Seafresh, Victoria. Established in 1965, Seafresh sources its fish on a daily basis from Billingsgate Fish Market, and direct from Aberdeen and Peterhead in Scotland. Seafresh is located near Victoria Station on Wilton Street and offers eat-in and takeaway options.
- Fish House, Hackney. This independent family-run chippie in Hackney focuses on sustainable dining. Its daily fish menu adheres to the Marine Conservation Society’s good fish guide. The chefs choose eco-friendly seasonal catches, and the chips are made from potatoes from farms approved by the British Potato Council. The community-oriented approach works: The owners opened their second shop in March 2016, just 5 miles away in London’s East Village near the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
- Fish Bone, Fitzrovia. Fresh, cooked to order fish fried in groundnut oil is accompanied by hand-cut, fat and crispy chips at this shop near Regent’s Park. There are two tables outside, but you’re better off ordering takeaway and having a picnic in the park.
It may be a dish that brings to mind the British seaside, but London can stake a claim to being home to one of the first dining establishments to serve fish with chips – as a fish n’ chip shop opened within the sound of Bow Bells in East London around 1860. Done right – crisp golden batter, fluffy chunky chips, the option of mushy peas plus a sprinkling of vinegar – fish n’ chips is comfort food at its best.