And don’t even think about leaving without ordering one of their famous Pisco sours.
Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill
Oysters are a bit like marmite aren’t they? If you can’t get enough of the little suckers, a booking at stalwart of the London food scene, Bentley’s, should be top of your list.
Bentley’s has been providing the best oysters and Champagne to bougie Londoners since 1916 and it’s still one of the finest seafood restaurants in the city.
Tuck into everything from Dorset or Jersey oysters, Galway to Vietnamese, as well as decadent lobster Thermidor and Dover sole.
Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill, 11-15 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DG
This Michelin starred restaurant is the jewel of Moorgate’s South Place Hotel, thanks to the exquisite touch of Executive Chef, Gary Foulkes.
Foulkes’ way with fish and seafood is one of the best you’ll find in the capital, from Seabass tartare with oyster cream, green apple and shiso to the Roast Newlyn cod with Scottish Girolles, line caught squid and Alsace bacon.
The tasting menu is a must-try for any special occasions and did we mention the restaurant has a gorgeous sweeping terrace too? Hard to find when it comes to London Michelin dining.
Originally London’s first butcher’s shop, this place has been transformed over the years into a popular seafood eatery while keeping its original Victorian features.
With high marble tops and stools it has an informal and friendly feel – especially thanks to the giant glitter ball above.
Go classic with the the creamy moules marinieres, French fries and crusty baguette to mop it all up with. An oldie but a goodie.
Randall & Aubin, 4-16 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F 0SG
Prawn on the Lawn
Fishmongers by trade, the team at POTL mean business when it comes to seafood and have built up one of Islington’s best-loved restaurants. With no actual lawn in sight and a lot more to offer than just prawns, they specialise in small and sharing plates, from cod with feta, dill, mint, basil and pine nuts to lemon sole dripping in ‘nduja butter and tarragon. Then there are oysters from all over the British isles, whole grilled fish for the table and the signature POTL Fruits de Mer (served chilled on ice).
Really, anything on the menu will suffice – we’d happily eat here every night.
Heading to Cornwall next summer? Be sure to check out their restaurant down there too, in the heart of England’s seafood capital, Padstow.
Prawn on the Lawn, 292 – 294 St Paul’s Road, London N1 2LH
The River Restaurant by Gordon Ramsay
Hidden inside The Savoy Hotel sits The River Restaurant by Gordon Ramsay. The relaxed dining space prides itself on serving up the best shellfish and seafood from the UK. Start your evening with a round of fresh oysters and seabass ceviche and scallop tartare from the raw bar before ordering their popular whole lobster with a dreamy garlic, parsley and lemon butter, served with fries and bitter leaf salad.
Savoy Hotel, Strand, WC2R 0eU
Rub shoulders with the A-listers on Scott’s terrace – many a celeb has been papped dining al fresco at the Mayfair institution. The food lives up to the hype with a menu dedicated to the finest traditional fish and shellfish dishes alongside meat and seasonal game favourites, all paired with some seriously good cocktails.
Food-wise, the menu is decadent to say the least (come with deep pockets), from caviar to oysters, lobster to whole dover sole, but it’s without a doubt one of those places you have to tick off the list. A London fish restaurant you can’t beat.
Scott’s, 20 Mount Street, London W1K 2HE
Tucked behind the heart of Theatre Land on St Martin’s Court, the red facade of J Sheekey’s fish, shellfish and seasonal game restaurant is nothing short of iconic. Sheekey’s is as famous and as much a part of the West End as the actors and theatregoers who frequent it pre- or post-show and it’s been top of its game for over 100 years.
London’s school of seafood restaurants aren’t all in Mayfair. Head east to Hackney Wick where you’ll find the excellent Cornerstone, headed up by chef and owner Tom Brown.
Sharing plates are his thing, with a daily changing menu depending on the catch, which Brown morphs into some of the prettiest seafood dishes we’ve seen.
Think raw oyster with green tomato and seaweed hot sauce; whole monkfish, green curry, leeks and lime leaf; and crab bun with spring kohlrabi and rhubarb hoisin.
Cornerstone, 3 Prince Edward Road,
Hackney Wick, London E9 5LX
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For something a little different, check out Chelsea’s Chicama restaurant. Inspired by the coastal food of Peru, the menu will have you whisked away to a holiday in South America, with the team’s inventive Peruvian, bold-flavoured twist on fine British product.
Expect yellowtail crudo with lime dashi and jalapeno; grilled prawns with yuzu kosho and chipotle salt; and the half seafood platter.
Chicama, 383 King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0LP
London Shell Co.
With two floating boats in Paddington, London Shell Co. specialises in fresh fish. Their vessel, The Grand Duchess, is filled with airy, light interiors and has a menu that nods to British classics. They use the freshest fish available, with their catch-of-the-day ingredients coming from Kernow sashimi and Wild Harbour. Their menu is filled with the likes of seared cuttlefish with aioli; whole rainbow trout and salsa verde; and whole plaice with caper butter.
Or cruise along the canal at The Prince Regent. Regularly changing, their menu is filled with dishes such as baked cod with cavolo nero and Champagne caviar sauce; trout crudo with pickled mushrooms, celeriac and granny smith; and dark chocolate with English berries and hazelnuts.
The Prince Regent & The Grand Duchess: SHELDON SQUARE, PADDINGTON CENTRAL, W2 6PY
Brought to you by the Goodman Restaurant Group, the people behind the Burger & Lobster restaurants, this restaurant champions the beasts of land and sea – the finest beef and Norwegian Red King Crab.
The crab comes from the Norway King Crab company in Bugøynes, a small town on the Northern Norwegian/Russian border that benefits from the behemoths of crustacians.
While the meat is handpicked from around the globe – everything from USDA Nebraska’s bone in ribeye to Italian Frisona Chateaubriand.
The menu might sound unashamedly gluttonous but the interiors are actually really rather pretty. Sit on long, banqueting tables lit up by candlelight for a truly unique dining experience.
Beast, 3 Chapel Place, London, W1G 0BG
Not to be confused with the American aviation specialists, these guys are all about seafood, in fact they are the self-professed “seafood experts.”
We’re not disagreeing having popped into many of their London outposts (they boast three from Battersea to Borough) for a glass of bubbles and a plate of oysters on many occasions over the years.
Check out their daily changing specials showcasing the best of British seafood straight off the boats at Brixham Market or order the Full House seafood platter for the perfect long lazy lunch.
Borough is our favourite of the restaurants which sits amongst some of the capital’s most exciting independent foodie haunts on the bustling Stoney Street.
Battersea, Borough and South Kensington
Housed in the iconic Michelin House building, the restaurant holds a fascinating history through its iconic architecture. The Michelin Building was originally the British headquarters for Michelin, a French tyre company, which is now one of London’s finest places to tuck into oysters, seafood and Champagne, while sat within the art deco tiles and original mosaic flooring.
Michelin House, 81 Fulham Rd, London SW3 6RD
The Sea, The Sea
From fishmonger to restaurant, The Sea, The Sea is home to two stunning locations. Over in Chelsea, you’ll find their seafood bar and terrace serving up everything from mackerel and tomato miso to lobster terrine.
For a chef’s table experience, look to their Hackney site for an intimate celebration occasion. Home to twelve seats, you to get up close with fire in the kitchen.
Chelsea & Hackney
This might be an Instagram favourite, but we can confirm the hype is well worth it. Seabird, located at the top of The Hoxton Southwark, is home to London’s longest oyster list. Expect options from England, France and Ireland.
Pair that with a stunning outdoor space home to palm trees, retractable roof, rattan furniture and views overlooking the city, it’s a recipe for success.
Kerridge’s Fish & Chips, Harrods
Fish and chips done the right way. Tom Kerridge opened up London’s poshest fish and chippy, taking the nation’s favourite to new heights.
The Michelin-starred chef’s restaurant takes diners through the freshest seafood on offer in Britain, all ethically sourced and hand-selected by local fishmongers.
Book in and delight in the likes of deep-fried market day fish – from Cornish brill to whole lobster – all deep-fried made with Kerridge’s gluten-free batter and served with chips, Matson curry sauce, tartare sauce and pease pudding.
The Seafood Bar
From the De Visscher family comes The Seafood Bar, an award-winning seafood restaurant on Dean Street. The menu is fruitful, bursting with endless flavour combinations and fresh seafood options, from mussels to crustaceans.
Expect endless oyster options, topped with your choice of dressing, from curry to cucumber and dill; soy, spring onion and lime to mango, chilli and coriander.
77 Dean Street, W1D 3SH
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Flamboyant, luxe and a little extravagant but worth it all the same, Sexy Fish is a Berkeley Square favourite. Expect a really brilliant selection of Japanese-inspired sushi, sashimi, seafood, fish and meat cooked on a Robata grill.
Not only is the food noteworthy, the interiors are where the restaurant comes into its own. It’s been designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio and decorated with art by Damien Hirst, Frank Gehry and Michael Roberts, including a giant sexy fish above the dining booths.
Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6BR