‘The World is your Oyster and it’s up to you to find the pearls.’ We couldn’t agree more, especially when it comes to discovering all the amazing seafood restaurants that London has to offer. The health benefits of fish can’t be ignored – just what we need as we prepare for those long, dark winter days ahead. We’ve narrowed down our eight top places to get your fish fix.
London Liverpool Street (0.1 miles)
What: Crab heaven
Why: If the lobster and crab had a fight, the crab would win here, claws down. However you like your crab, this New-York style restaurant will be sure to satisfy those crab cravings as it serves it pretty much anyway you can think of. From the Singapore soft-shell crab burger to the Goan Crab and Cod Curry, the choice here is vast. With bright and vibrant crab graffiti on the walls and loads of other fishy alternatives this place is well worth a visit.
Where: Unit 7, Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS
Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill
Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)
What: Oysters and Champagne
Why: Oysters are a bit like marmite aren’t they? Love them or hate them we are at least in the right season for them. Oysters apparently taste better in the winter when the water is colder, so if you didn’t like them in the summer try them again. Bentley’s has worked hard since 1916 to provide the best oysters and Champagne for the masses. Situated on the edge of Theatre Town you can pop in pre-show for a glass of Champagne and some tasty Dorset or Jersey Oysters, which in our opinion are the best on the menu.
Where: 11-15 Swallow Street, London, W1B 4DG
Goodge Street (0.4 miles)
What: A seaside restaurant in the City
Why: Imagine yourself in a quaint seafood restaurant overlooking the harbour in a beautiful fishing village somewhere off the coast of Devon or Cornwall. In terms of fresh fish and atmosphere, you’re pretty much there, just missing the sea air and views. This nautical themed seafood shack has cleverly bought the seaside to the busy streets of London. They source all their fish directly from day-boats around the coast, meaning everything is 100% fresh and British. The must to try here is the Wild Line-Caught Cornish Seabass or the Dorset Crab Tortellini teamed with a Bonnie Mary (Bloody Mary topped with an Oyster). We promise it’s delicious.
Where: Bonnie Gull, 21A Foley Street, London, W1W 6DS
Kerbisher & Malt
What: Proper fish and chips
Why: Did you know you can get a third of your daily vitamin C from a portion of fish and chips? Yesss. Another reason to get down the chippy rather than eat a satsuma. The chips here are fluffier and crunchier than any of its competitors, and the fish is cooked fresh to order. It’s also good to see they follow in tradition and serve our good old mushy peas or also known as ‘Yorkshire Caviar.’ They need to be in white polystyrene cup though don’t they?
Where: 164 Shepherds Bush Road, London W6 7PB and various other places dotted over London.
The Lobster Pot
What: Authentic and French, with seagull sound effects
Why: Ahoy there me hearties, ooh arrrrrrr. This place is just unashamedly cute. It is lovely to see that the French owners take great pride in making this dining experience special. The restaurant has two floors, decked out like a ship with porthole windows and fish swimming around and fishnets and shells cover the walls. The food is just as good as the fancy interior, all handpicked from the popular Billingsgate Market. As this place is small it gets very busy so make sure you book ahead. Our favourite dishes here are the traditional bouillabaisse and the grilled tiger prawns with garlic butter.
Where: 3 Kennington Ln, London SE11 4RG
What: Michelin star restaurant at the top of South Place Hotel
Why: Being up on the seventh floor showing off the amazing views of the city is just one of the many reasons to visit Angler. With its elegant and crisp (yet still managing to be unpretentious) white tablecloths and mirrored ceilings you might want to save this one for a special occasion. Creativity seems to be that all-important ingredient here when it comes to their menu. The Exec chef explains, “Every plate starts with a stunning piece of fish and then layer by layer, flavours and textures are built around that fish. Chefs, like writers and artists, have creative blocks.’ Adventurous and delicious the best dish has to be the Turbot, roasted on the bone and served with Béarnaise sauce.
Where: South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, London EC2M 2AF
Randall and Aubin
What: Buzzy Soho seafood restaurant
Why: Originally London’s first Butchers shop, this place has been transformed over the years in to a popular seafood eatery yet still keeping its original and beautiful Victorian features. With high marble tops and stools it has an informal and friendly feel especially with the background music and gigantic glitter ball above. Anywhere with an open kitchen in our opinion has got to be good. Try the Moules Marinieres with French fries, warm baguette and a bottle of Sauvignon. Need we say more…
Where: 14-16 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F 0SG
Prawn on the Lawn
What: Fishmonger by day, restaurant by night
Why: They don’t shrimp and save on the quality of food here at this small and intimate place (sorry, couldn’t resist). Firstly being your everyday fishmongers but now teamed with a basement restaurant because it’s proved to be so popular. Off the hustle and bustle of Upper Street this place has a great atmosphere, especially when you see lots of tables sharing the generous seafood platter. It includes whelks, clams, mussels, razor clams, prawns, oysters, a jumbo prawn and half or so of a crab. Have it with the home-made soda bread, so good.
Where: 220 St Pauls Road, London N1 2LL