London’s best restaurants for pizza

Discover where to find seriously good pizzas in London
This delicious staple has been elevated far beyond its humble roots in London’s Italian restaurants and beyond. So we’ve tried and tested the very best pizza to give you our top London pizzerias.
Restaurants, Italian
Apollo
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An authentically Neapolitan pizza place where the owners have done their homework. The oven, shipped from Naples, probably took the bulk of the refurbishment budget – but you probably won’t notice the bare plasterboard walls, because the pizzas are so good. The chefs use their Neapolitan hardware to turn out thin, flash-cooked pizzas with still-runny tomato sauce and minimalist toppings (quality sausages, pecorino, porcini and chestnut). 

Local delivery available.
icon-location-pin Stoke Newington

Come in and try our new special, the Apolletana! Capers, black olives and anchovies on a sourdough base!

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Restaurants, Pizza
Four Hundred Rabbits
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Brace yourself: Four Hundred Rabbits is a restaurant that serves pizza and beer. The former is sourdough, and thus chewy rather than brittle. Toppings are equal parts familiar and inventive, such as chorizo and pickled chillies, or courgette, feta and pine nuts. Look out for specials like a venison sausage and charred cavolo nero – it's the tits.

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london's best pizza, figli de vesuvio
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Restaurants, Pizza
Figli del Vesuvio
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At Figli del Vesuvio ('brothers of Vesuvius') in south London's Summesrtown, some enterprising Neapolitan lads are recreating a slice of their home city. Sit by the oven and you can admire the craft of the pizzaiolo as he spins the dough with his muscular and heavily tattooed arms. The traditional Italian toppings are assembled to order, and might include friarelli (‘turnip top’ winter greens), juicy sausage, or tender artichoke hearts.

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Pop in and ask Fabio to make you a traditional Neapolitan pizza!

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Restaurants, Italian
Franco Manca
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With its top-notch, UK-sourced (when possible) ingredients, speedy and friendly service, and rapid turnover, it's no wonder the Franco Manca formula spread across London like a dribble of chilli oil on your plate. The original Brixton branch isn't as pioneering as when it first opened but the bustling Market setting and the Neapolitan-style sourdough pizzas still do it for our money.

Takeaway available across all branches. Delivery available at selected branches.
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Restaurants, Italian
Homeslice
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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.

Delivery available in east and west London.
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Restaurants, Pizza
Joe Public
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Joe Public is an artisanal fast-food joint in a stools-only space that happens to be a former public loo. It serves its pizza US-style as a 20-inch pie – i.e. bigger than a grown-up’s arm – so order by the single slice. Two to three is plenty. Toppings have a Stateside vibe: chilli-flecked slivers of pepperoni or fennel-spiced sausage with mushroom and caramelised leeks. At £4 or £4.50 a slice, it makes a satisfying pit stop that’s an absolute steal.

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Restaurants, Italian
Mimmo La Bufala
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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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Restaurants, Italian
'O ver
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Seawater may not sound like the most appetising thing to add to a batch of pizza dough, but the folks at Neapolitan pizzeria ’O ver swear by it. It made the pizzas we sampled both fluffy and flavourful, one champion topped with splodges of 'nduja and a pool of molten mozzarella. Decor is pure Scandi, a narrow room kept minimal with smooth wooden chairs and plants lit by glowing orbs.

Takeaway available.
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Pizza East Shoreditch
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The popularity of Pizza East hasn’t waned, with this Soho House operation still packing out the landmark Tea Building and other industrial chic branches in Kentish Town and Portobello Road. Nearly every topping on Ciabatta-style dough has an alluring twist, as in the creamy burrata cheese paired with tomato, aubergine and chilli, and veal meatballs with lemon and cream.

Takeaways available. No delivery.
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Restaurants, Pizza
Pizza Pilgrims
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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. It produces chewy and soft offerings in the Neapolitan style, the appealing, thick bases layered with on-trend toppings – ’Nduja, salsiccia and the like. Calzones are also a hot ticket.

Local delivery available within 2km.
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london's best pizza, pizza street
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Pizza Street
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Start spreading the news: for a spot that’s at least a six-hour flight from Manhattan, this little joint in the middle of Chiswick has, surprisingly, nailed it. The wood-fired pizzas are epic – thin and crispy, with chewy crusts, and graced with layers of sharp tomato sauce, oozing mozzarella and a tasty mess of toppings. Opt for an X-large, and you can go half and half on toppings. The Beast is wonderfully spicy and meaty, heaped with pepperoni, smoked ham and sausage.

Local deliveries avaialable.
icon-location-pin Turnham Green

Come and try the best artisan, New York-style pizza in Chiswick! Offering super thick shakes with our new recipes and flavours.

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Restaurants, Italian
Princi
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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 and long black marble counters, 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.

Delivery available within central London.
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Pizza Union
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Billing itself as a ‘superveloce Italiana’, this industrial-looking canteen really does serve pizza pronto. A flashing buzzer summoned us to the counter to collect ours less than four minutes after ordering. The menu lists all the classics alongside a couple of more recent immigrants, such as the bianca, free of tomato and with great rosemary and garlic pungency. Baked in the large igloo-like oven, the pizza bases we tried were uniformly thin and light with a crisp crust.

Takeaway available. No delivery.
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Restaurants, Italian
Santa Maria
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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 a slice of Naples in W5. Everything from the wood-fired oven to the Caputo flour is imported; the lightly salted dough is given a 24-hour rise; the tomatoes crushed by hand. And lucky west London – Santa Maria has opened a second stonking branch in Walham Green.

Local delivery available.
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Sodo Pizza Cafe
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Sodo's look is a little rough around the edges. But it's the pizza, of course, that's the real draw. Margheritas never have a lot to hide behind and ours here was superb: the Neapolitan­-style sourdough (Sodo, geddit?) base was thin, crisp, delicious, and topped with good­ quality tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil. The ‘winter goat’ was even better, with goat’s cheese, walnuts, caramelised onions and olives scattered liberally.

Local delivery available at Hoxton and Walthamstow branches.
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london's best pizza, theo's pizzeria
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Theo's Pizzeria
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Theo’s is a similar set-up to the likes of Franco Manca, dishing up Neapolitan-style sourdough pizzas and very little else. But this joint has made itself the crown pie-prince of Camberwell, with crusts that are soft and chewy on top and crisp underneath. Toppings include aubergine, anchovies and various kinds of pork – and come piled high. Pies range in price from £6.50 for the margherita to £10 for meatier options.

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Voodoo Ray's
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Voodoo Ray’s first made a name for itself by serving seriously delicious pizza by-the-slice to drunk Dalston revellers. The hours are more early-morning than late-night, the slices are gigantic, and the menu reads like an arty acid trip. The King Tubby offers an inventive mix of fennel-infused sausage, crispy kale and caramelised onion. Or vegans can eat their hearts out with a Queen Vegan across Dalston, Camden and Shoreditch branches.

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icon-location-pin Chalk Farm

Introducing 2 Unlimited - 2hrs of unlimited pizza for £10 AND 25% off selected drinks. Every Thursday from 5pm!

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london's best pizza, yard sale
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Restaurants, Pizza
Yard Sale Pizza
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Yard Sale's pies are served fresh from the oven in either 12-inch or 18-inch stonebaked sourdough rounds. Toppings range from classic margherita to the meat-tastic ‘Full House’, with pepperoni, spicy ground beef and flavoursome slices of own-made fennel sausage. But forget the meat. You can give us the crowd-pleasing TSB any day (tender stem broccoli, duh!).

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Restaurants, Italian
Zia Lucia
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Opened by Highbury locals Gianluca and Claudio, Zia Lucia serves up an old-fashioned Italian family feast in a contemporary setting. Different doughs give the menu its USP: there’s a deliciously nutty wholemeal option, an impressive-looking vegetable charcoal one, and even a gluten-free crust. Toppings are mostly the more interesting classics – ’nduja, aubergines, broccoli and speck ham (not all at once) – plus a few haute Italian options too.

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