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London's best restaurants for pizza

Discover where to find seriously good pizzas in London

Jonathan Perugia / Time Out

This Italian staple has been elevated far beyond its humble roots. We’ve tried and tested the very best pizza and give you our top London pizzerias. Do you agree with our choices? Use the comments box below, or tweet your suggestions.

Franco Manca

Critics' choice

With its top-notch, UK-sourced (when possible) ingredients, speedy and friendly service, and rapid turnover, the original Brixton branch of Franco Manca remains, for our money, the best pizza joint in London. Both indoor and outdoor seating overlooks the bustling market arcade. Here you can sate a craving for genuine, Neapolitan-style pizza, with a flavourful slow-rise sourdough crust and a variety of traditional and innovative toppings.

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Brixton

Homeslice

It’s not how big it is: it’s what you do with it. Take this joint in Neal’s Yard’s, which is serving pizzas that wouldn’t be out of place on ‘Man v. Food’. Served fresh from the wood-fired oven, most of these thin crusts are available by the slice (£4). Or, you can order a whole 20-incher (£20), which is enough to feed you and two of your pals. They’ll even let you have more than one choice of the topping selections if you ask nicely.

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Covent Garden

Pizza East Shoreditch

Critics' choice

The popularity of Pizza East, one of the first bastions of Shoreditch gentrification, hasn’t waned. This Soho House operation still packs out the landmark Tea Building, with hipsters and City boys arriving to eat well past 9pm during the week. The huge warehouse space features sharing benches, industrial decor and more bare brick and concrete than your average multistorey car park.

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Brick Lane

Santoré

Santoré seems to divide opinion: some diners can’t get enough of its authentic Neapolitan food; others can’t forgive the occasionally tetchy service. On our most recent midweek visit, however, we were greeted warmly by the staff who happily recommended their favourite dishes on the menu. The place was packed with diners.

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Clerkenwell

Pizza Pilgrims

Having built a loyal following for its three-wheeler food van (usually found in Berwick Street Market), PP opened on this busy corner in summer 2013. You can see the kitchen and pizza oven (also servicing the takeaway trade) through the ground-floor windows. The main basement dining area feels intimate, the seating and tables compact.

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Soho

Pizza East Portobello

The former Fat Badger pub has transformed into a swan under the wing of the achingly fashionable Soho House Group, a company that seems to specialise in charging more than its cooking is worth, but compensates diners with fabulous interiors and a feeling of being in with the in-crowd. Refreshingly, this branch of the Pizza East concept doesn’t imitate the hit Shoreditch original.

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Westbourne Park

Mimmo La Bufala

Critics' choice

Venue says: Monday-Sunday, 11.30am to 5.15pm, pizza metro slice from £2.50 to £5.

Mimmo La Bufala specialises in southern Italian food, with a bias towards mozzarella (of course) and fish. The long pizza list includes all the classics as well as seasonal variations such as tomato-free ‘biancis’. ‘Mimmo’s pizza’, named after the ebullient proprietor, is made in true southern Italian style, its thin base topped with juicy tomatoes, smoky provolone and melt-in-your-mouth buffalo mozzarella before being baked in a wood-fired oven.

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Hampstead

Princi

Critics' choice

Introduced to London by Alan Yau in 2008, this smart outpost of a Milanese bakery chain remains a popular all-day option. It’s an airy, good-looking room, with a sandstone interior, long black marble counters and a (slightly odd) water feature that runs the length of one wall. The food is varied enough to keep diners coming back for more. But try dining in the pizzeria (to the left as you enter), which offers table service and a marginally calmer atmosphere in which to enjoy a short but classy range of pizzas.

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Soho

Santa Maria

Critics' choice

Next door to Ealing Studios’ watering hole, the Red Lion, this pocket-sized pizzeria puts real heart into its offerings. Owners Angelo and Pasquale, finding nowhere in London to match the pizza of their upbringing, set about recreating an authentic slice of Naples in W5. Authentic, it doubtless is. Everything from the wood-fired oven to the Caputo flour and parmigiano reggiano is imported; the lightly salted dough is given a 24-hour rise; the tomatoes crushed by hand; the mozzarella cut in precise pieces that melt just-so.

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Ealing

Il Bordello

Attracting Wapping residents as well as tourists over the years, Il Bordello often sees queues out of the door during the week. Despite its position at the bottom of one of Wapping’s modernised brick wharfs, you could be taking a step back into the 1990s here – complete with tables covered in plastic cloths, and napkins carefully curled into wine glasses. Gigantic pizzas topped with time-tested combinations are a strength; we enjoyed a mix of bresaola, rocket and parmigiana.

Attracting Wapping residents as well as tourists over the years, Il Bordello often sees queues out of the door during the week. Despite its position at the bottom of one of Wapping’s modernised brick wharfs, you could be taking a step back into the 1990s here – complete with tables covered in plastic cloths, and napkins carefully curled into wine glasses. Gigantic pizzas topped with time-tested combinations are a strength; we enjoyed a mix of bresaola, rocket and parmigiana.

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Wapping

Gowlett

The Gowlett still looks like a proper boozer, albeit an antique wood-panelled, minimalist boozer – which is something of an achievement round here. The clue to its popularity is in the dough-scented air as you approach. This place sells the best pizza for miles around. The floury bases, pleasingly thin, taste sensational, and a special mention must go to the nutty organic spelt version – try it for £1.50 more and a five-minute extra wait. Look out for their pizza bus too, The Crust Conductor, currently parked up at Peckham's Brick Brewery.

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Comments

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Daniele T
Daniele T

Pizza Metro near Clapham Junction is really good too in terms of authentic pizza.

Alessandro M
Alessandro M

Go to one of the big brand from Naples, like ROSSOPOMODORO or Fratelli La Bufala and you'll never come back.

Another planet.

Franco Manca is like them, just less quality.

mick B
mick B

“Best Pizza in London” ITALIAN PIZZA CONNECTION (BAYSWATER)


We went to italian pizza connection in bayswater  after being recommended by a friend and I have to say it was even better then they described,we enjoyed it so much we've been back twice since .The pizza was FANTASTIC, and the seafood pasta was to die for .
If your after great food and a friendly service then this is a must.highly recommend it to anyone that wants real Italian food.


http://www.italianpizzaconnection.com


http://www.italianpizzaconnection.com/reviews.php

raffaelle s
raffaelle s

I am from Naples and have been fortunate enough to be brought up on the best pizzas. The best way to judge a good pizza is not when you are hungry but when you want a snack...this is originally what pizza is for. My favourite are a mobile unit called Made of Dough who are based in Broadway Market on Saturdays. Not only do they cook out of a converted Land Rover, they use amazing dough, high quality ingredients - producing an incredibly light and tasty pizza. This is now my local pizza, go and try for yourselves. 


www.madeofdough.co.uk

Lucian B
Lucian B

I'd go to Tonda, a new Italian pizza place serving delicious creative mini pizzas on Portobello Road.

Tina C
Tina C

Brilliant pizza, and I am not a pizza fan

finn c
finn c

A wee Sardinian place in Clapton, Il Guscio. I had been to Sardinia so was happy to discover it! Amazing massive fresh pizzas, lots of fresh sea food and handmade pasta! All very affordable prices and great service. Oh and there's a creaky boozer next door with a parrot called Biddle Bros. where they'll drop u in a pizza if you don't wanna leave the pub! it's pretty gentrified there now but they have hung on in there

Carys H
Carys H

Yard Sale in Clapton :o

blythe.aislinn
blythe.aislinn

Maverick in Victoria - traditional pizza, untraditional cocktails and nice decor. Plus great midweek deals

Katarina O
Katarina O

The Oak - Hands down the best italian pizza outside Italy. 

laura h
laura h

ny-style slice place @voodoo_rays is by far the best! tasty slices made from quality ingredients. plus those amazing home-made dips (try the garlic mayo).. no other place in london do what they do.

Alex B
Alex B

It has to be the Lord Morpeth in Bow... Sour dough heaven 😍

Beth W
Beth W

No. 1 Pizza Place in London has to be Stingrays Cafe in Highbury, offering the best pizza I have had outside of Rome. Super thin, super delicious and with a gluten free base on offer- what more d'ya bloody want! 

camilla A
camilla A

The best place to get pizza by the slice is on the Southbank in the Underbelly pasture. Homemade pizza by The Laughing Stock - they have the yummiest burgers too!!

sarah R
sarah R

@camilla a Great choice, i was there the other day and had a brilliant evening, fine weather, great show and delicious food!!! 

Sigita V
Sigita V

"Homeslice" and "Franco Manca"

Sophie T
Sophie T

Sweet Thursday in De Beauvoir should be on here. Best by far. You haven't had a good pizza till you've eaten the SALSICCIA; Fennel sausage, broccoli, chilies, cream, mozzarella and caramelized onion. Wow.


Sarah H
Sarah H

It HAS to be Crate brewery in Hackney Wick. Best and most original pizza in town!

sarah R
sarah R

I LOVE @Laughing_Stock_ "Pizza Al Taglio" at the Udderbelly Festival, Southbank - it's a pop up and will be there till end of September 

Ruby S
Ruby S

Homeslice or pizza pilgrim's all the way

Leonie G
Leonie G

I went to Santa Maria in Ealing based on a Time Out review years ago and it's been a firm favourite ever since. Always introduce friends to it, never disappoints.

Colin G
Colin G

The Lord Morpeth, Hackney. Totally authentic Italian Pizza made with Italian ingredients by real life Italians!

Lizzie F
Lizzie F

I totally agree with Franco Manca. As soon as I read the headline of the article it came to mind. I've only ever had it at Westfield Stratford but it's good to know you can get a great pizza even if you don't have time for a proper restaurant experience.

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Durazzo (4 Queens Parade, Green Lanes, Harringay Ladder, London N8 0RD) and Icco (46 Goodge Street

London W1T 4LU)

Greer N
Greer N

The pizza at my pub is absolutely the best in London. It's at the Birkbeck Tavern, 45 Langthorne Road, E11, right near Leyton station on the Central Line. Go on. I dare you to try any flavour.

Lucy D
Lucy D

PIZZA UNION ALL DAY ERRRYDAY

Jason R
Jason R

Lord Morpeth Old Ford Road E3

Salvo D
Salvo D

Vigata Pizza 

200 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP

One of the best Neapolitan Pizza in London.

Flour 00 (caputo), Fior di Latte, and best of plums tomatoes... Everything comes from Naples areas and made by all Italians


Carolyn S
Carolyn S

I don't get the hype about Franco Manca, eaten there twice now, Brixton and Stratford, and it was just fine, but not outstanding. You won't catch me queueing for one anyway! Sodo in Clapton however, should be on this list, I think their pizzas are perfect! The base is beautiful, and every topping seems to be chosen with great care.

Sergio V
Sergio V

Santa Maria in Ealing . No doubt . Franco manca is a joke, pizzametropizza and pizza pilgrims, together with Donna margherita do serve a very decent pizza , but there is absolutely no comparison with Santa Maria . I come from Naples and I took my friends from Naples there and they were elbowing each other in disbelief when they realised how good it was . Even better than some overrated pizza places in Campania . Highly recommended

Emilie L
Emilie L

HOMESLICE PIZZA. By far the best pizza I've had in my life. Also the best 20 pounds I've spent for food, not to mention the two litter bottles of wine. The wonderful food is accompanied with flawless service and a cozy atmosphere.  Would do anything to be able to go back to London and get some Homeslice pizza. Currently accepting donations to my cause.

Priscilla R
Priscilla R

The Pizza Surgery at Eastway, Hackney Wick. It is just the best pizza around, approved by a quite hard to please Italian!  

Marta W
Marta W

Well Kneaded!  Pizza truck based in Battersea.  They've got a pop up at The Doodle Bar in Battersea.  Fab, British, seasonal and delish!

Peter D
Peter D

I've eaten pizza all round the world and nothing beats Pappagone of stroud Green Road. Also never mind Time Out thinking east London only consists of Shoreditch I'm beginning to think that they think Shoreditch and brick lane is all of London.

Matt T
Matt T

Voodoo Ray's does amazing 22inch slices ...they are massive! It's not Italian but if you want a genuine NYC style slice it's the best in London hands down. For straight up Neopolitan style then Franco Manca in Brixton get my vote. 

Alberto A
Alberto A

Try Homeslice in Neal's Yard (Covent Garden) Their 20" pizzas are both huge and freakin' tasty! 

OrnaithK
OrnaithK

Spelt is a different type of wheat flour, so saying this is suitable for gluten free is incorrect. Please edit as you're coming up in search results. 

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Eugenio
Eugenio

Born and bred in Naples, I can only think that the 5 stars given to Franco Manca are the result of a Time Out critic who has never actually tasted a real Neapolitan pizza (and I'm talking Sorbillo - http://www.sorbillo.it; Starita a Materdei - http://www.pizzeriastarita.it and Cafasso, to give a few illustrious examples). There is no doubt that Franco Manca's pizze are aesthetically very pleasing. And I can almost forgive the clammy Somerset mozzarella (but not the freezer-cold mozzarella and burrata starters), but the soul of any pizza is in the dough - and Franco Manca's dough is chewy and gummy. Each to his own, of course, but any self-respecting Neapolitan would steer clear. Surprisingly, the best pizza I've had in London is at Rosso Pomodoro in Camden. No contest.

Rick
Rick

This is a good list, you didn't miss Franco Manca and Santa Maria, well done :) Check out this top 5 list written by us, a group of italian friends who's trying to test all the pizzerias in London!

Joe
Joe

Visiting Notting Hill from New Haven, CT (look up our pizza credentials) in the US. Been to Italy 9 times and studied there for a year. Also, tried great pizza in NYC, SF bay area, and Minneapolis (yes, there's excellent Neopolitan & New Haven style pizza there). Read about the London pizza trend so tried East which is interesting but over priced and mediocre. Saporitalia is worlds better, and love that they serve traditional breaded anchovies, which I only ever found at my girlfriend's mom's kitchen! BTW, Otto & Homeslice deserve a visit bc they're so unique.

Anna Ifanti
Anna Ifanti

The not-so-off-the-beaten-track-anymore Hackney Wick based Crate Brewery is our new favourite bar-pizza restaurant that does it all: proper thin crust pizza and a fantastic selection of locally brewed beers, alongside with prosecco on tap a vast selection of imported bottled beers from Belgium, the US and beyond. The pizzas come sizzling hot from a wood fired over (you can even see them being prepared through a semi open plan kitchenette) which are topped with some of the most original and moreish combinations: sweetpotato and gorgonzola with walnuts, laksa chicken, potato sage and truffle oil and the most kick ass pizza margherita, this side of Napoli, amongst others. The hipsterish staff is a laid back group, eager to help out in making beer suggestions at the bar. The surroundings are clearly DIY, boho chick and arty project (re-used mattress springs doubling up as pendants, anyone?) and there are long communal pic nic style tables overlooking Heredford Union canal. Oh and they are open from 9am with breakfast and brunch options too (I'd still get a pizza for breakfast!) The whole experience is very easy going, good beer, good tunes and some of the best pizzas this city has to offer. It's a good thing they're located in Hackney Wick and not in Shoreditch, otherwise it would be near impossible to find a spot. Def worth making the trek on the Orange line. It can get incredibly busy on Friday and Saturday evenings so best to arrive there a bit earlier.