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London's best tapas

From the most traditional of tortillas to exciting nueva cocina takes on the classics, these bars and restaurants are serving up some of the best tapas in London

Tapas: small in size, but – when done well – enormous on flavour. And London's hooked on the stuff – Spanish-style eating has never been more popular in the capital, with sharing plates of meat, seafood and veg fast becoming the new three-course meal. For the absolute tastiest tapas in town, make tracks for one of the venues below.

London's best restaurants for tapas


Flawless cooking keeps the patient punters happy at this Soho joint. Expect queues for seats and to pay money that could go a lot further in Barcelona.

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Still-cool Exmouth Market stalwart strong on Med and North African flavours. Baba ganoush and Syrian lentils are served at the bar.

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Salt Yard

Spanish and Italian influences are seamlessly combined in this smartly informal favourite.

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Salt Yard's sibling joint is a bijou place serving top-rank Spanish-Italian tapas.

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Tapas Brindisa Soho

This new Soho offshoot of Borough Market’s excellent Tapas Brindisa is not quite the same slice of Madrid, but the advantage is it takes bookings.

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Tendido Cero

A buzzy setting for traditional tapas. We also like its Parsons Green sibling, Tendido Cuatro.

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South Kensington

El Parador

More than 40 imaginative tapas (many vegetarian) plus an extensive choice of Spanish wines by the glass or bottle.

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Camden Town

Orford Saloon

A traditional tapas menu featuring such rarely seen treats as salpicón de marisco. Prices are keener than most.

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