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London's best fish and chip restaurants

Crisp, golden batter; moist, succulent fish; perfect mushy peas and fluffy chips

Crispy and comforting – when done well, a plate of traditional fish and chips is simply irresistable. Our critics have rounded up their favourite British restaurants serving fish and chips in London. Do you agree with our choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

The best fish and chips in London

Fish Club

Though your waistband might complain, your conscience need not as all the fish at this great little London chippy are sustainably sourced, with coley topping the bill. And that ethical alternative to haddock and cod is popular for good reason: it more than passed muster, with flaky and tender flesh beneath a perfect honey-coloured batter. The twice-fried chips were good too: chunky yet crisp. 

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Wandsworth

Golden Hind

In 2014, the Golden Hind celebrated 100 years of providing solid fish suppers to the residents of Marylebone – almost as long as the dish has been in existence. It’s therefore no surprise that the kitchen team have their craft well honed. Our haddock was exceptional, with a light, wonderfully grease-free batter. Chips were chunky and perfectly seasoned mushy peas were a treat, providing more than just a splash of colour on the plate.

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Marylebone

Golden Union Fish Bar

Cast an eye over the menu and it’s evident that Golden Union can talk the talk – fish delivered daily from sustainable waters, grade-A potatoes, a combo of two frying oils changed at least four times a week, and freshly made beer batter. The point is, it can walk the walk too. Fish is chunky, flaky and perfectly cooked in a light, crispy, complementary casing; chips are crisp, firm and fluffy; pies and fish cakes are own-made and look it – there seems to be no weak point.

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Soho

Hook Camden Town

Innovative cookery is the hallmark here, with dishes like sea bass in a lime, mint and wasabi batter, applied sparingly, and Cajun spiced hake. The menu changes daily. And note: Hook also has an outlet at Pop Brixton.

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Camden Town

Kerbisher & Malt

There are so many possible variations on the theme of deep-frying seafood and potatoes. Hence, the kitchen team at Kerbisher & Malt tweak every stage of the process to make the food as appealing as possible. This means high-quality fillets dunked in floaty-light batter, cooked freshly to order. Chips are double-fried, the tartare sauce is rich and made in-house, and the onion rings have been ‘pickled’, adding an appealing vinegar tang.

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Brook Green

Nautilus

Frills there aren’t, but this white- and blue-fronted spot often produces gasps of delight at the sheer freshness and just-so cooking of its fish. The second thing you need to know is that batter’s off the menu: it’s matzo, or matzo and egg, if you want the fish fried. Portions are generous and fillets of cod or haddock typically stretch off each side of the plate. Anything other than chips and simple salad on the side would have got in the way.

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West Hampstead

Poppies

Poppies’ pick and mix assortment of shiny British kitsch – including a jukebox, mini red telephone box and a monochrome photo of heart-throb Cliff Richard – makes it look like a simulation of a fish and chip shop. The food on the plate is also better than the real thing. The Billingsgate-sourced fish is so fresh that diners are offered the option of having it grilled as well as fried. Extending beyond the staples of cod and haddock, the menu encompasses mackerel, seafood platters and jellied eels.

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Spitalfields

Sutton & Sons

With monkfish, Maldon oysters and moules marinière on the menu, this is smarter than most chippies. But Sutton & Sons knows on which side its bread is buttered, catering as it does for Stoke Newington foodies. Natural and attentive staff, sustainable fish (from its fishmonger across the road) and locally brewed beer signify a top-notch chip shop.

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Stoke Newington

Toff's

The dark-wood panelled interior probably seemed retro when Toff’s was established back in 1968. This Muswell Hill stalwart is a true one-off; the corporate slickness comes from being a long-established family business that knows what it’s doing and knows that people like it. Little changes here, but we were pleased to note that, unlike many London chippies, the business has joined the Marine Stewardship Council and sources fish from sustainable stocks. Fish is cooked to order and batter is the norm; egg and matzo, or grilling, bring a surcharge.

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Muswell Hill

Fryer's Delight

Although this looks like a London cabby’s chip shop, its adherents are far more widespread. Every lunchtime, businessmen, hungry locals and passing trade wander into this blast from the city’s culinary past. Furnishings don’t seem to have changed much in the 50-plus years since fish were first fried here. It’s a cosy little spot, with Formica-topped tables, long benches and an old-school menu up on the wall. New restaurants may try to recreate this ‘retro’ look, but Fryer’s is effortlessly genuine.

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Holborn
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By: Time Out London Eating & Drinking

Comments

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Nick H
Nick H

You missed out Two Brothers Fish Restaurant in Finchley. They've been around for about 25 years

Lay L
Lay L

Serene Fish and Chips restaurant/takeaway in Gants Hill (near Gants Hill tube station) deserves a mention. 

My C
My C

MYCHIPPY.COM needs to be included.

Jonny G
Jonny G

Good list!! Needs to include The Sea Shell of Lisson grove and The Grapes in Westferry both top quality fish and chips.

Kostas M
Kostas M

Tof's .Muswell hill.Old time classic ! 

Adel F
Adel F

The Sun in Splendour. Notting Hill. Good beers and nice secret terrasse

Conor R
Conor R

HOOK Camden Town. No Contest.

Michelle N
Michelle N

George's on Shirland Road W9. I'm from the North Wast, so know great fish and chips, this is as close as it gets in London, (even if it has skin.)

Noëlle D
Noëlle D

I come from Paris, France to eat cod at Endell Street,49 

Cris M
Cris M

The Grapes in Westferry (by the river) - freshest tasting fish and chips I've ever had, absolutely delicious! And the portions are humongous!! 

Amira A
Amira A

Poppies: their scampi is also worth a try, as well as the classic fish and chips.

The White Swan (I went to the one just off New Street Square): light and crispy batter with chunky fish inside!

Juan L
Juan L

Sutton & Sons in Stoke Newington, not only do they have their own fishmongers just up the road but it is probably the Fish & Chips in London...

http://www.suttonandsons.co.uk/

Maximus R
Maximus R

Hook Camden beats any of these places if you want the best fish and chips in London.

Oksana
Oksana

What about Seashell of Lisson grove? It's bit pricey, but food is always great

Greg
Greg

Yesterday unfortunately I had the worst ever London Fish and Chips I have ever had from the Motor City Store in Dubai. Every Thursday for over two years, I have treated my family to London Fish and Chips and usually with the exception of a menu mix up it has always been of a high quality. However yesterday for the first time we decided to get home delivery, after receiving the food about an hour after placing the order the kids were dismayed in finding the entire meal was stone cold and limp. Now this is really the problem, as it was late I rustled up a meal to get the kids fed and off to bed. Customer service being what it is in the UAE I was inclined to forget the incident and just put it down to experience and not order home delivery again. However at my wife's prompting, who thought the store would appreciate the feedback, I attempted to ring the store. I tried that night but the phone rang out so decided to ring in the morning. I rang the store again the next day at 8am and I was informed that a supervisor would be in at 8:30am and they would ring back. No one did call me back so I decided to ring at 9:15, ish, and spoke to the supervisor who basically said that because I did not ring last night after receiving the meal they could not help me, this is what really annoyed me. So originally I was more inclined to not order home delivery again from London Fish and Chips, now we are more inclined not to go back to the store at all, there are plenty of other choices one can make without having to accept poor customer service.

Ben
Ben

You should put in Fish Bar, Teddington. It may be a takeaway but the fish & chips is so good.

Steph Bosset
Steph Bosset

Hmm...this is missing a few! One I can think of is the Lee Fish Bar in SE12...

Laura
Laura

I can't believe Poseidon in East Finchley has been missed off the list - it's fantastic!

AD
AD

canNOT believe Kennedy's goswell road is not on here! great selection of fish (fried/grilled/battered) good chips, tiled walls, really friendly staff and loads of cabbies with their families - plus really good proseco for 9 quid that comes in an ice bucket! we invariably pop by if heading to the barbican of an evening - you will not regret visiting http://www.kennedyslondon.co.uk/

lisa
lisa

Try Rock and Soul Plaice at 47 Endell Street, Covent Garden. The cod and the batter were great,as were the chips. The curry suace was so-so but this place provides tasty food - and allot of it, at a good price as well. beer selection is limited. If taste, food quality and service are more important than atmosphere, then I highly recommend this place.

Flora
Flora

Kennedy's Fish and Chips in Streatham is also high on the list!

Kate
Kate

Where is the Golden Hind??

Fernanda Bigotti
Fernanda Bigotti

Hi! We had our first and best fish and chips in London in a small restaurant just across from the British Museum. I can't remember the name but it was nice and cosy. Regards from Argentina!

Senor Baz
Senor Baz

Laughing Halibut in Westminster is the best and best for value in London in my opinion.The huge queues no matter what the weather sperak for themselves.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Surbiton Fish and Chips - I've eaten at Fish Club several times and their fish and chips aren't a patch on this restaurant. Very popular in Surbiton, the batter is key to its appeal and I've not been anywhere that does it as beautifully light and crispy. Food is also far cheaper than it has any right to be and the owners are really friendly and have a great rapport with the locals. Can't recommend it enough.

Samuel
Samuel

I never take the time to write on blogs but being from finchley....Give the two brothers a miss. Olympus down the road is so much better (near blockbusters). Olympus chips are not spectacular but the fish is and you get free salad. And they grill fish too which is pure white inside

Fab
Fab

I would ad FISH! in Borough Market and the Golden HInd, marylebone....

Paola
Paola

Poppies can't be on this list...it's awful and quite dirty...no authentic British vibes nor even food...terrible indeed!

natalie rose
natalie rose

The flying fish in camberwell. De-bloody-licious! :)

Simon Thompson
Simon Thompson

Masters on Waterloo Road. Very nice quality fish at incredibly reasonable prices, also friendly staff. The home-made tartar sauce is well worth a try.

Mike
Mike

Yes to Fish Club, Yes to Kerbisher, OK to Olleys but No Masters, No Golden Hind...Shame!

aiden mcmahon
aiden mcmahon

without a doubt best by a mile is mcdermotts in forestdale,croydon. followed by happy days near petticoat lane and then the big catch in beckenham, olllies is fine but vastly overpriced for what you get!

Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington

Sorry, but any list that includes Fish! in Sheen but omits Masters Super Fish in Waterloo lacks any kind of value. Seems to be more a list of favourite places, rather than favourite food, and the two different things are entirely different

Reem
Reem

London fish&Chips, 46 Bedford st. Covent Garden, is a delight! all of the above and more, grills, prawns, and fat sandwiches!! or the ultimate jacket potato experience!!Yumm

Milaad
Milaad

The Catch- 293 Chiswick High Road. Without doubt the Best Fish n' Chips in London

tom
tom

Fryers delight in holborn is NOT the best at all!! It is in fact terrible. The more expensive tourist joint on endell street knocks out much nicer fish and chips.

alilou
alilou

did u tray oliver's !!

Max
Max

Harrods food hall, fish and chip bar is expensive but fantastic.

lanki
lanki

Mcdermotts in croydon

Jo Morrison
Jo Morrison

The Fish House, Lauriston Road, E9 is YuuuuuuuuuuuMMM!

s.k.sinha
s.k.sinha

how is fish of fish n chips cooked and what is its recipe.

Padhu
Padhu

What about The Rock & Sole Plaice on Endel St in Cov Garden...best by a mile!

Ricky
Ricky

Where is The North Sea!?!?

David L
David L

@Ricky SouthEast of Norway...

Charlotte
Charlotte

Fryers delight. A cruel omission

henry
henry

Toffs in Muswell Hill. Very good indeed and always a high standard.

Eoin
Eoin

Fryers Delight in Holborn is the best 'chippy' in London

Fishnchipster
Fishnchipster

Kerbisher & Malt on Shepherd's Bush Rd has just opened and knocks the socks off most of the above - it's brilliant and all sustainably sourced. They do grilled fish as well as battered. Thoroughly recommend.