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.
London is made up of many suburbs or boroughs, each with their own distinct atmosphere, vibe and sense of community. Most suburbs in London are like a city within a city, each with their own High Street (the main drag) full of cafes and restaurants and hidden side streets with quirky little stores and cheap take-aways.
Where to live depends on a few factors. Firstly, It’s important to base yourself close to your work if possible as this makes commuting easier, faster and cheaper. However, this is not always possible and often prohibited by the cost of living in certain areas. Where are the best places in London? North of the river or south? The monthly rent and kind of lifestyle you want in London is heavily influenced by your choice of where to live.
Check out the best neighborhoods in London to move into:
- South East: Greenwich, Docklands, Canary Wharf – The Docklands and Canary Wharf areas are booming at the moment, with new housing and business popping up all over the place. There are fairly good transport links thanks to the Docklands Light Rail (DLR) and accommodation is reasonably priced. There isn’t much of a vibe in these areas though, so head to Greenwich if historical buildings and antique markets are more your cup of tea.
- North West: Notting Hill, Willesden Green, Kilburn, Wembley, Camden – Camden and Notting Hill are the trendier suburbs in this area with bustling markets (Camden and Portobello Road), swanky restaurants and buzzing bars. You will of course pay more for living with the ‘in crowd’ in these elegant streets. For more affordable but still buzzing suburbs home to many working travellers, try Willesden Green, Kilburn and Wembley.
- South: Clapham, Brixton, Battersea and Wandsworth – Clapham and Battersea have become very popular over the past couple of years, with many of the industrial buildings being replaced by new flats. This is a lively area with plenty of bars, restaurants, shops and pubs. Here you’ll find lots Aussies, Kiwis and South Africans taking advantage of the reasonably priced accommodation and good transport links.
- West: Shepherd’s Bush, Acton, Hammersmith – Fast becoming the hot-spot for Aussies and Kiwis working in London. Shepherd’s Bush and Acton are filled with affordable accommodation and legendary pubs such as the Shepherd’s Bush Walkabout and Acton’s Redback Tavern. Head here for the pub culture and accessible transport links, or Hammersmith for a tamer (and slightly more expensive) experience.
- North: Highgate, Hampstead, Archway – These pretty Zone 2 suburbs have a village atmosphere, with leafy parks, pubs and fancy restaurants. They are quite pricey though, so you won’t find too many struggling antipodeans. These are real ‘English’ suburbs, where the likes of Jamie Oliver and Pierce Brosnan own houses, so make sure you have plenty of pounds saved before flat hunting here.
- South West: Earl’s Court, Fulham, Putney, Wimbledon and Southfields – Many antipodeans head to these areas full of working travellers, particularly Earl’s Court which is full of hostels and affordable accommodation, with excellent transport links to central London. For more of a ‘neighbourhood’ feel head to Putney or Fulham, where lively pubs and clubs meet parks and public libraries. Wimbledon (great spot for tennis fans!) and Southfields also have lots of flat-shares and good transport links.
London is one of the largest cities in the world with a population of 8 million people. It is a leading global city of culture, fashion, finance, politics and trade and remains one of the most visited city by international tourists in the world. The city contains many famous landmarks and getting around is easy. The famous London Underground, also known as the Tube, is one of the most extensive subway networks in the world.
What to see in London on your next visit? Here are our top recommendations:
- Tower of London. Now home to the British Crown Jewels, the Tower of London was built by William the Conqueror in 1078. It served as a prison from 1100 to the mid twentieth century. This has led to the phrase “sent to the Tower”, meaning imprisoned. Famous prisoners include Sir Thomas More, King Henry VI, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard (wives of King Henry VIII) and Rudolph Hess. Today the Tower of London is one of the most popular London tourist attractions.
- Big Ben Tower Clock. The 150-year-old Big Ben Clock Tower is one of the top tourist attractions in London. The name Big Ben actually refers not to the clock tower itself, but to the 13 ton bell housed within the tower and takes its name from the man who first ordered the bell, Sir Benjamin Hall. The present-day Big Ben bell was constructed in 1858 after a first bell of 16 tons cracked irreparably two years prior. The clock has become a popular attraction and has appeared in many films. In the movie Mars Attacks! for example the Big Ben is destroyed by a UFO attack.
- The London Eye. ituated on the banks of the River Thames, the London Eye is an enormous, 135-meter high observation wheel carrying 32 exterior glass-walled capsules. It offers fantastic views over central London. The wheel does not usually stop to take on passengers as the rotation rate is slow enough to allow passengers to walk on and off the moving capsules at ground level. It is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over 3.5 million people annually.
- British Museum. Established in 1753, the British Museum in London is a museum of human history and culture. Its collections, which number more than seven million objects, are amongst the largest and most comprehensive in the world and originate from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present. Objects include the Rosetta Stone, the key to the deciphering of hieroglyphs, and the largest collection of mummies outside of Egypt.
London, and in fact Britain in general, may not have a great reputation for being full of friendly, welcoming people, but actually, the city is the wonder that it is because of the great diversity of fascinating people that live there. Everywhere you look you’ll see people doing incredible things, whether it’s building businesses or performing circus acts in the street. Everyone has a story to tell, and on a visit to London it’s worth talking to as many people as possible to hear some of the amazing stories, as well as creating one of your very own.