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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.

Angels & Gypsies

Critics' choice

Venue says: We are a humble retreat to in which to leisurely sip, taste, experience and absorb the Spanish culture of creative cooking and hospitality.

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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Critics' choice

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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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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Camino King's Cross

Critics' choice

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


Fino led a new wave of quality-focused modern Spanish restaurants in the capital and remains at the top of its game, even if London’s scenesters have moved on to trendier tapas-grazing grounds such as sister restaurant Barrafina. The basement room is...

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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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The downside of this diminutive tapas bar, little sister of Moro next door, is its unceasing popularity. You can’t book for dinner (though you can for lunch), which, unless you have the timing of Eric Morecambe, almost always means a wait – though staff are happy for you to decamp elsewhere and will phone as soon as space becomes free. The upside is that the food is fantastic, the staff delightful and the atmosphere properly buzzing, as everyone is so pleased to be there. Do sample as many dishes as you can from the 40-strong list...

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Opera Tavern

Venue says: We are currently showcasing the exquisite black summer truffle. Book your table now to to try some of our decadent, one-off specials!

Centre stage is an open grill producing smoky-tasting chorizo, burgers of ibérico pork and foie gras, and succulent little lamb cutlets. Upstairs is a cosy yet glamorous restaurant serving the mix of Spanish- and Italian-inspired tapas for which the group is rightly regarded...

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Covent Garden

Salt Yard

Critics' choice

Over the past couple of years, London has seen countless tapas joints open, but Salt Yard – one of the pioneers of the capital’s new Spanish scene, and forefather of Dehesa and Opera Tavern – remains among the best. Although there are always notable Italian touches on the regularly changing menu, among them minor variations on stuffed courgette flowers or a fine affogato...

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It’s easy to see why this little tapas bar has become a local cause célèbre. Located just off Newington Green, this one-time social club was given a makeover by four Stoke Newington residents, and has reopened as a hybrid venue: a tapas restaurant on the ground floor, and performance space and bar in the tiny basement...

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Stoke Newington
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