Since the 1930s when there were over 35,000 fish and chip shops in the UK, trends in takeaway food have definitely changed. Now, with about 10,500 chippies in the UK there are more opportunities to try other types of takeaway food. But, let’s be honest, nothing beats fish and chips. Even just reading about them makes you want to go out and get some for your dinner, doesn’t it?
Although the UK would like to claim fish and chips as its own, it’s thought that the French were the first nation to fry cut-up potatoes in oil to make chips. And back in the 1800s, Jewish immigrants from Portugal and Spain coated fish in flour then fried it.
Fish and chips are a billion dollar industry in the UK, and to keep up with the competition they’re moving with the times. Chippies are all grown up now, and nowhere more so than in innovative London.
Little beats fresh fish in perfect light batter complemented by crispy, fluffy chips. If you’re heading to the capital, we’ve put together the definite guide to the best fish and chip shops in London. Just make sure you’ve got some stretchy trousers with you!
- 1 Olley’s Fish Experience, Herne Hill
- 2 Poppie’s, Camden, Spitalfields and Soho
- 3 Kerbisher & Malt, Brook Green and Market Hall Victoria
- 4 Golden Union Fish Bar, Soho
- 5 Toff’s, Muswell Hill
- 6 Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack, Soho and Fitzrovia
- 7 Sutton and Sons, Stoke Newington, Hackney and Islington
- 8 Fish House, Victoria Park Village
- 9 Fish Lounge, Brixton
- 10 Hook, Camden
- 11 fish! Borough Market
- 12 The Fish House of Notting Hill
- 13 Fish Central, Clerkenwell
- 14 Masters Superfish, Waterloo
- 15 North Sea Fish Restaurant, Bloomsbury
- 16 Oliver’s, Belsize Park and Whetstone
- 17 Seafresh, Pimlico
- 18 The Sea Shell of Lisson Grove, Marylebone
- 19 The Chipping Forecast, Notting Hill and Soho
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Olley’s Fish Experience, Herne Hill
Olley’s Fish Experience is the only chip shop in London to make the top ten in the 2019 National Fish and Chip Awards. Located opposite Brockwell Park, they’re in the perfect spot to people-watch while munching your fish and chips.
Olley’s are committed to ethically sourcing the best fish around. Not only do they sell classic fish and chips, they also have a range of other seafood including scampi and mussels, all served with the obligatory mushy peas!
Olley’s is named after the Charles Dickens book Oliver Twist, which contains the first known mention of a fish shop in 1839, calling it a ‘fried fish warehouse’.
Poppie’s, Camden, Spitalfields and Soho
With three locations in London, Poppie’s is named after its owner, Pat ‘Pop’ Newland, who has been in the fish and chip trade since 1952. The shops use fish caught on day boats by third generation Billingsgate fishmonger and friend Joe Bush, while their chips are peeled and sliced on site. No frozen chips here! Serving all the classics including fish suppers, jellied eels and sticky toffee pudding at their retro-style restaurants, this a standout choice when you’re seeking fish and chips in London.
‘Poppie’s is to fish and chips what Muhammad Ali is to boxing – the greatest!’ Pat Newland.
Kerbisher & Malt, Brook Green and Market Hall Victoria
With two outlets and a food truck, there’s no excuse not to try Kerbisher & Malt’s contemporary fish and chips.
They peel and cut their own potatoes then double fry them, giving their chips the perfect crunchy outside and fluffy inside.
If you’re in the mood for something different, try their sustainable mussels in a cream, white wine, leek, onion and garlic sauce, which are, naturally, served like the French with a pile of chips!
You can wash it all down their very own Kerbisher Pale Ale.
Golden Union Fish Bar, Soho
Open since 2008, Golden Union is a no-frills chippie dedicated to providing the best quality fish and chips in London. They claim that cleaning their oil up to eight times a week gives them the edge over their competitors.
Their fish is delivered fresh daily from sustainable British waters, with their cod and haddock hailing from Peterhead in Scotland. Their potatoes come from the Fenlands of East Anglia.
Homemade pie and chips is also one of their specialties.
Toff’s, Muswell Hill
Toff’s in Muswell Hill is always busy, but it’s definitely worth the wait at this award-winning chip shop.
It’s old school fish and chips at its best, with all the usual suspects like cod, haddock, plaice and skate on the menu. They’ve been open since 1968, so they’ve had plenty of time to perfect their craft. They also do a cracking fish soup!
Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack, Soho and Fitzrovia
Don’t be fooled by the laid-back seaside vibes at this fish and chip shop; the food at Bonnie Gull’s is top class. Try their beer battered North Sea haddock cooked in Japanese tempura batter, accompanied by crispy, beef-dripping chips and homemade ketchup – you won’t be disappointed. Open every day between 4pm and 6pm, come for ‘Bonnie Hour’ where you can slurp £1 oysters, £5 Prosecco and £6 cocktails. What’s not to love?
Sutton and Sons, Stoke Newington, Hackney and Islington
Serving traditional food with a modern twist in their three locations, Sutton and Sons have specialties like Cromer crab and Maldon oysters alongside the usual classics. Don’t forget to add a serving of Mrs Sutton’s famous homemade pickled quail eggs, picked red onions or balsamic baby shallots.
These guys also have a vegan chip shop with a full vegan menu, including their innovative take on fish and chips using banana blossom as one of the ingredients to make their ‘fish’.
If you’ve got room after your meal, why not try their classic Scottish speciality: deep-fried Mars Bar or Snickers Bar!
Fish House, Victoria Park Village
Perfectly located across the road from Victoria Park, Fish House is certainly not your average fish and chip shop.
Some of their offerings include fish finger sandwiches, fish tacos and loaded fries. But don’t worry, they still have good old-fashioned fish and chips served with homemade coleslaw, if that’s what you’re looking for.
Fish Lounge, Brixton
Fish Lounge in Brixton isn’t a big place, but it is perfectly formed! The shop is spotless and welcoming, the staff are friendly, and the fish and chips are perfection. With a delicate crispy batter and big fat fluffy chips, you can takeaway or dine in at the few tables they have out the back. They don’t have a license, but you can bring your own wine (with no corkage charge) or enjoy your dinner with a big mug of tea!
Join them every Monday for gluten-free fish and chips.
Originating from a market stall in Dublin in 2011, Hook brings a fresh look to fish and chips.
Using only sustainable small fisheries and day boats to supply them with all their fish, you’ll love their creative take on fish and chips, with fish cooked in panko breadcrumbs and served with seaweed salted chips with homemade tartar sauce. For something a little different, you can order a mix of their three small plates including fish tacos, sea bass pancakes and calamari hot rings.
You won’t find any plastic around here either. Even the takeaway cutlery is made from biodegradable cornstarch.
fish! Borough Market
Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, their motto is still the same as when they opened their doors: ‘best quality fish, cooked in front of you, in simple and classic ways’
Their amazing restaurant started life as a Victorian pea-shelling warehouse. Take your pick to sit out on the heated terrace or at the counter watching the chefs at work, and sample some of the freshest fish and chips in London.
The Fish House of Notting Hill
The Fish House at Notting Hill offers old school fish and chips close to Hyde Park and Kensington Palace. Open all day for takeaway or sitting in, they have plenty of different fresh fish to choose from and excellent portion sizes. Make sure you add a serving of their famous mushy peas and pickled onions.
Fish Central, Clerkenwell
Still the same as when they opened in 1968, Fish Central is a homely fish and chip restaurant that’s always busy, and for good reason. Serving traditional fish and chips for those in the mood, they also have a more unusual range of fish dishes, including sardines and chargrilled squid. They serve a classic fish supper and a three-course dinner, which is prawn cocktail, cod or haddock with chips, and a choice of dessert. If you’re looking for a genuine, unpretentious restaurant, don’t go past Fish Central.
Masters Superfish, Waterloo
Masters Superfish is your typical no frills chippie in the heart of London. It’s welcoming, clean, well priced and the service is great. Oh and it goes without saying, the fish and chips are excellent! They offer takeaway and dine it; if you choose the latter, your meal will come with a serving of bread and butter. This is a true London gem.
North Sea Fish Restaurant, Bloomsbury
Not only is North Sea Fish Restaurant famous for its fish and chips, it’s also one of the landmarks cabbies in London need to know in order to pass their Knowledge test. Taxi drivers get discounts here, so you’ll always see a line of black cabs out the front!
Established in 1977 by Ian Beauchamp, the restaurant is now run by one of his sons, and it continues to serve great fish and chips.
All the classics are here and your meal comes with limitless chips! Try the onion rings they are a standout. Make sure you book a table though, as it’s always busy.
Oliver’s, Belsize Park and Whetstone
The owner of Oliver’s, a Mediterranean-influenced fish and chip shop, wanted to combine fresh, fun Mediterranean food with traditional fish and chips. Here you can choose from original fish and chips or try one of their specialities, like the open ciabatta grills, which is tuna, sea bass or salmon served on a warm ciabatta roll with a house salad, dressing and a handful of chips.
A good selection of wines makes this an excellent spot for lunch or dinner.
If you can’t be bothered going out, you can order online and have your meal delivered.
Seafresh opened in 1965, so they’ve had plenty of practice making great fish and chips. Their fish and shellfish is hand picked daily from the famous Billingsgate Market, and their potatoes come from the same source they first used when they opened over 50 years ago. Depending on the weather, they either use Maris Piper or Spanish Agria, which are both considered to be the best potatoes for making the perfect chips.
Their menu isn’t fussy, but I guarantee you’ll have trouble choosing because everything sounds fantastic!
The Sea Shell of Lisson Grove, Marylebone
Close to some of London’s most famous landmarks like Lords Cricket Ground, Madam Tussauds and The London Zoo, The Sea Shell has been serving fish and chips for over sixty years.
Freshly made, generous portions and good service are what they’ve built their reputation on. You won’t be disappointed if you head there for lunch or dinner.
They also offer something different if you are looking for a healthy option. You can have your fish grilled and served with new potatoes or with a side salad. But, just so you know, chips are bottomless when ordered with a main course!
The Chipping Forecast, Notting Hill and Soho
You have to visit The Chipping Forecast just because of its great name!
Their main focus is on sustainable fishing, and they guarantee from hook to plate in 48 hours, with each fish able to be traced back to the ship and fisherman that caught it.
The restaurants are all about a relaxed, casual dining experience. As well as the usual suspects, they have a few different dishes like Lobster and Crab Mac and Cheese, Fish Finger Sandwiches, and Fish Pie.
Obviously, everything comes with a serving of hand-cut, triple-cooked chips, deep fried in beef dripping for the ultimate chip experience!
As you can see, London has a superb range of fish and chips, whether you’re hankering after a traditional chippie or something a little creative and contemporary. With this many restaurants to choose between, you’ll be making several trips to the capital!
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