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London's best Spanish restaurants

Explore these stylish Spanish tapas bars in London that capture the flavours of the sun

Searching for some enticing Spanish restaurants in London? From tapas to more traditional Spanish food, here are the best restaurants in London offering authentic Spanish cuisine. Do you agree with our choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

The best Spanish restaurants in London

Angels & Gypsies

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South London hipsters continue to pack out this buzzing, bijou restaurant, making booking essential. The menu combines Spanish classics with more imaginative creations, so dishes such as scallops, ginger oloroso and ibérico ham share space with gambas al ajillo and traditional tortilla....

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Camberwell

Barrafina

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Any preconceptions about tapas bars being pleasant but unmemorable places with routine menus are dispelled by this slick offshoot of Fitzrovia’s Fino. The tapas, supplemented by larger specials, are truly exceptional. Careful sourcing of impeccable ingredients, especially seafood and Spanish cold meats, is the key to quality here...

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Soho

Barrica

Barrica brings Fitzrovia's media crowd a taste of laidback Spain, and despite the playful decor, the drinks menu is serious: 16 sherries, all served by the glass, ranging from the intensely sweet to the bone-dry and salty. There's a wine list too: around 30 Spanish vinos picked by the bar's oenophile owner. You don’t go to Barrica to get legless – it's a smart bar on Goodge Street - so order a few of the brilliant tapas dishes to keep things civilised. 

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Fitzrovia

Boqueria Tapas

The traditional and the contemporary combine to fine effect at this newbie Brixton tapas joint. The menu offers modern twists on tapas such as enjoyably slimy aubergine cannelloni, and a parsnip crisp-topped roast pork dish rendered stunningly refreshing by a little ball of lemon sorbet melting into a pool of apple sauce....

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Brixton

Camino King's Cross

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Tucked away in Regent Quarter, you’ll encounter the sprawling Spanish hotspot that is Camino. The menu provides various options – tapas, platters, a tasting menu and at weekends, tempting brunches with a Spanish twist. The informal, fun atmosphere makes Camino a great place to come with a group for a lively night out...

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King's Cross

Copita

Like sister restaurant Barrica, the tapa-sized dishes venture admirably off the well-trodden tapas path. Dishes like empanadillas de carne and aubergine stew with tahini and mint show how well the tapas concept translates across cuisines. Puddings are diminutive, so you don’t feel like you need to be winched out post-meal. You’re encouraged to have several little glasses (copitas) from a well-informed list of Spanish wines and sherries. Service is fast and friendly, making this a valuable find in the heart of Soho.

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Soho

Donostia Social Club

Don’t be fooled by this Basque-style tapas bar’s rough-and-ready look: Donostia’s street food background makes it a slick outfit. Food – the type that makes you gesture to your companion with your mouth full – arrives without fanfare. There’s always somebody to refresh your drink, but you’re never made to feel like you’ve outstayed your welcome. Expect Ibérico pork cheeks, glorious Patatas bravas and for dessert, honey-drizzled leche frita, a traditional milk-based dessert. 

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Brixton

Duende

A looks-like-a-cocktail-bar-acts-like-a-tapas-bar kind of a place, with 22 seats, Duende is small but perfectly formed. Shiny copper counters offset dark floors and dark ceilings and there’s premium spirits plus independent gins behind the bar. It’s a slinky, intimate setting for some modish tapas; think trio of fried oysters and daringly pink lamb chops, seasoned with a blob of heady aioli. Staff are enormously charming and the music is moody and sophisticated. Simply put, Duende is the good kind of hybrid. 

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Covent Garden

El Ganso

El Ganso attracts a healthy amount of Spanish-speaking customers and the rustic restaurant aesthetic - exposed bricks and Moorish tiling – suggest equally classic tapas. Dishes are served beautifully in a way that defies expectation, even the patatas bravas at our neighbouring table came pimped up in a mini frying basket. Seafood is excellent across the board and we left this neighbourhood tapas joint as if we were basking in the heat of the Med.

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South Hackney

El Pirata

El Pirata is a neat little tapas bar off the leafy streets of Green Park. Classics including croquetas, calamares and jamón sit alongside less expected offerings of bean stew from northern Spain, grilled lamb cutlets, or kidneys in sherry wine...

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Mayfair
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Michael T T

Tinto in Angel should be in this list. A fascinating blend of east and west. You'll find Gyozas as well as  charcuterie and naughty little dishes such as mini lobster & tarragon burgers with coleslaw followed by scallops sautéed with wild mushrooms pepped up with with parsley & garlic on cauliflower puree, or the outstanding beef tataki - seared beef loin with green apple & ponzu sauce – all at restrained prices.

Best Tapas in London in my opinion.