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London’s best pizza


pizza east 1 - Pizza_East_Portobello_2011_-_PEP_Pizza3.jpgGive yourself a dose of la dolce vita this lunchtime with our list of the best pizzas in London. Whether you’re hankering after the flavours of a recent holiday, or yearning for the sunshine and sass of this Mediterranean food mecca, there’s nothing better than a pizza done properly. Here are the pizzerias that most deserve a slice of your lunchbreak.


Craving a slice of something nice? B-Soho is an all-round winner that offers cocktails, pizzas made in an authentic Italian brick oven, and live music. Enjoy a classic margherita with mozzarella and tomato or the vegetariana, with artichokes, peppers, aubergines, and courgettes. Pair your pizza with one of the restaurant's 30 signature cocktails – try Prescott’s punch (tequila infused with Lady Grey tea, apricot conserve, white wine, pressed apple, lemon and absinthe).

Bounce, Holborn

Fancy a game of ping pong with your pizza? Then it’s game on at Bounce, which serves up 10 smoking hot offerings with superior Italian toppings, including pork and fennel with plum tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella, or smoked mozzarella with roasted garlic and rocket. Beware: cocktails such as ‘wiff waff’ (a mixture of gin, Earl Grey tea, lemon, cucumber and tonic) could see your form slide…

Franco Manca, Brixton

The first restaurant to recognise the potential for Brixton Market’s gentrification, Franco Manca serves a short-but-sweet menu of organic toppings on sourdough bases. Don’t expect a genteel dining experience, and be prepared to queue for the privilege of this pizza.

Mulberry Street 05 - Mulberry_Street_05.jpgMulberry Street, Notting Hill (pictured, left)

Still looking as box-fresh as the day it opened, Mulberry Street is a high-end Manhattan-esque pizzeria named after the main drag in NYC’s Little Italy. Expect giant pizza pies with classy toppings from taleggio to truffles, perhaps washed down with one of the Champagnes on the wine list. Unbelievably, delivery by chauffeur is also available.

The Oak, Westbourne Grove

A charming, unpretentious Italian (and former pub), The Oak was one of the first restaurants in London to install a traditional wood-fired oven, which turns out ‘always great’ pizzas, according to our readers, at keen prices.

Pizza East, various locations (pictured, right)pizza east 3 - Pizza_East_Portobello_2011_-_Pizza_East_Portobello3.jpg

Slick service, inventive toppings and a casual vibe explain the popularity of Pizza East, especially with hipsters approaching middle age. The mini-chain currently numbers three branches – in smart W10, on-trend E1 and, more recently, charmingly scruffy Kentish Town (NW5).

Princi, Soho

Alan Yau's chic, light-filled, central-London venue serves pizzas fresh from its wood-fired ovens all day long, as well as sandwiches, patisserie, hot meals, freshly squeezed juices and wine and cocktails. Top Italian chef Francesco Mazzei developed the menu with Yau before Princi's launch, so pop in for a post-pub slice of the good life – toppings include bresaola with rocket, tuna with black olives, and coppa with cherry tomatoes.

Rossopomodoro, West Brompton

This casual, buzzy venue, with its colourful abstract paintings, tiled pizza oven and fresh herbs on display, makes a mean pizza. All the ingredients are imported from Campania, whose capital Naples is the home of pizza.

Santa Maria, South Ealing

The residents of this unassuming suburb must have been beside themselves with excitement when such a gem of a pizzeria opened in their neck of the woods in 2010. Deliciously chewy pizzas topped with fior di latte cheese are fired in the traditional oven at 400 degrees for 90 seconds – the true Neopolitan way. Note that the tiny dining room fills up quickly with connoisseurs – many of them Italian – so turning up on spec might involve a long wait with a few bottles of cold Italian beer. Trust us: it’s worth it. If Ealing is too much of a stretch, try the owners’ second venture, Sacro Cuore, In Kensal Green.

Super Pizza, East London

Setting out its stall with its name, Super Pizza is a mecca for hungry hipsters on Brick Lane. The restaurant makes a small batch of each variety, from prosciutto with honeyed figs, ricotta and rosemary to slow-roast porchetta with caramelised red onion and sage, which it sells by the slice.

This feature was updated in January 2013.

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