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London’s best fish and chip restaurants

Golden batter, succulent fish, perfect mushy peas and fluffy chips – it's our round-up of London's best chippies

Rare is a dish as comforting as a plate of fish and chips. When done right, that irresistible mixture of steamy, crispy fried fish and chunky potatoes, humming with salt and vinegar, is up there with London’s best dishes. There’s a chippie on every other street in London, so we’ve rounded up our favourite spots – from anachronistic British fish bars to hip Japanese-influenced joints. Hell, there’s good reason some even appear on our rundown of London’s best cheap eats. Some things just never go out of fashion.

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Recommended: Fancy yourself a dab hand at frying? Then stock up with our list of London’s best fishmongers.

The best fish and chips in London

The Chipping Forecast

3 out of 5 stars

Having moved from its Berwick Street pop-up pitch, this punningly named chippy is now riding high in Notting Hill. Nautical shabby-chic is the style here, and fish from Cornwall gets the full treatment – check out the batter laced with BrewDog beer. Elsewhere, pickled eggs, curry sauce and free ‘scraps’ will please the purists.

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Notting Hill

Fish Lounge

4 out of 5 stars

‘Gluten-free fish and chips on Mondays’ is a sure sign that this breathtakingly spotless Brixton chippy is in tune with the times. Inside, it positively gleams, and the food is top drawer: fish is delicately battered, chips are pleasingly thick and fluffy, tartare sauce is extra zingy. Delightful staff treat everyone like lifelong friends. 

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Gilly's Fry Bar

4 out of 5 stars

A London chippy serving raw salmon and sweetcorn ‘scraps’ with pickle shots on the side? Surely not! Yet this slightly bonkers mash-up of old-school fish-and-chip shop and Japanese tempura bar works a treat with its pared-back line-up of battered fish, ceviche-style small plates, wacky snacks (prawn heads, anyone?) and mini doughnuts. 

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Finsbury Park

Golden Hind

4 out of 5 stars

In 2014, the Golden Hind celebrated 100 years of service as a trusty purveyor of fish and chips to the residents of Marylebone. Every detail is spot on here, from the grease-free batter and chunky chips to the well-seasoned mushy peas. There’s beers and fizz too, if you want a long lunch. 

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Golden Union Fish Bar

5 out of 5 stars

With daily supplies of fish from sustainable sources, potatoes from the Fens and frying oil changed up to eight times a week, Soho’s Golden Union can certainly talk the talk. But it can also walk the walk, with spot-on renditions of trad fish and chips. They even make their own pies and fishcakes. 

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Hook Camden Town

5 out of 5 stars

Venue says: “We roast and grind all our own spices from scratch so you get an extra depth of flavour in all our homemade sauces!”

Panko-crusted cod, seaweed-salted chips, wasabi tempura, pickled ginger miso… welcome to Hook’s sustainable ‘new school’ fish and chips. The menu changes daily, depending on the catch from the Cornish day boats, but innovation rules – their homemade chipotle ketchup knocks spots off the usual curry sauce. Yep, you'll be hooked in no time.

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Camden Town

Kerbisher & Malt

4 out of 5 stars

Perched at the zenith of London-based fish and chippery, scrubbed-up Kerbisher & Malt goes that extra mile for its loyal customers. High-quality fillets are freshly dunked in floaty-light batter, chips are double-fried, the rich tartare sauce is made in-house, and the onion rings are ‘pickled’, adding an appealing vinegar tang.

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Kerbisher & Malt

4 out of 5 stars

A cute fit for newly gentrified Abbeville Road, this branch of upmarket Kerbisher & Malt may look knowingly retro but its food is bang on-trend. Sustainable coley is fried in matzo meal, chips are double-cooked, fennel and dill salad features among the sides, and there’s a decent drinks selection including Meantime beers. 

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Clapham Park


5 out of 5 stars

Basic chip-shop batter is off the menu at Nautilus – everything is coated in matzo meal, fried in matzo meal and egg, or grilled. No worries, because this no-frills outfit is renowned for the sheer quality and freshness of its output. Portions are generous, with fish overlapping the plate and just enough room for the chips.

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West Hampstead


5 out of 5 stars

Poppies’s pick ’n’ mix assortment of British kitsch (a jukebox, newspaper cuttings, model aeroplanes, wartime memorabilia) make it look like some nostalgic fantasy trip, but there’s nothing airy-fairy about the food. Fish comes from Billingsgate (have it fried or grilled), and the menu encompasses everything from jellied eels to hot seafood platters.

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Nick H

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

Lay L

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

My C

MYCHIPPY.COM needs to be included.

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

Tof's .Muswell hill.Old time classic ! 

Adel F

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

Conor R

HOOK Camden Town. No Contest.

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

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

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

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

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...


Maximus R

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


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

frances a

@Oksana I agree. Possibly the best Fish and Chips in London. Worth a detour and outside the congestion charge zone.


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.


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

Steph Bosset

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


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


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/


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.


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


Where is the Golden Hind??

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

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.


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.


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


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


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

natalie rose

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

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.


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

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

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


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


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


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.


did u tray oliver's !!


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


Mcdermotts in croydon

Jo Morrison

The Fish House, Lauriston Road, E9 is YuuuuuuuuuuuMMM!


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


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


Where is The North Sea!?!?

David L

@Ricky SouthEast of Norway...


Fryers delight. A cruel omission


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


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