The best chicken wings in London: 7 finger-lickingly good restaurants

From sticky to deep-fried, here are the chicken wings to tick off your bucket list

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The best chicken wings in London: 7 finger-lickingly good restaurants

Chicken wings, buffalo wings, deep-fried wings, barbecue chicken wings, Asian sticky wings. Whatever you choose to call them, we can all agree on one thing: chicken wings are amazing. Crunchy, spicy, covered in sauce, the moist meat is as indulgent as just about anything we can think of, and delicious to boot.

These morsels are also amazing to eat – done in a truly primal, back-to-basics, dare we even say ‘caveman’ way: with your hands. Sauce, grease and seasoning stains your fingertips, it creeps up the sides of your mouth and little strands of chicken get stuck in-between your teeth as you gnaw your way through them, leaving no flesh on the bone behind. If they’re hot wings, little pearls of sweat will appear on your top lip and maybe even on your forehead, so you cool off with a cold beer. Perfect.

But where can you get hold of the crème de la crème (or should we say crunch de la crunch) of chicken wings in London? Below, we have listed 13 restaurants that we think serve up the very best wings money can buy. From dedicated wings restaurants and fried chicken places with an awesome wing line-up to restaurants simply featuring a great wing selection on their menu, here are London’s must-go destinations for chicken wings.

Louie’s, Shoreditch

Bringing the lesser-known Nashville fried chicken (there’s cayenne pepper in the batter, which is usually not the case for regular southern fried chicken) to the streets of east London, Louie’s also has a fab listing of deep-fried chicken wings on its menu. Choose between either three pieces or a dozen jumbo wings with your preferred sauce – pick between options such as ranch, buffalo, blue cheese and Kansas City BBQ.

Don’t wing it and order this: The set of dozen jumbo wings (duh) with the Kansas City BBQ sauce

Where: 37 Hoxton Square, N1 6NN

Sticky Wings, Shoreditch

It might look like a shabby, late-night, drunk-people-drawing joint on a corner of Brick Lane, but inside, (unofficially) the best chicken wings in London are churned out to the hungry masses. The wings come with the option of US portion size (11 wings) or UK portion size (six wings), but both serves include fries and a dip. Choose between American Buffalo, Sticky BBQ, Jerk or Hot Chilli with the classic dips to accompany them. Yes, it’s served in a plastic container with the sauces in little plastic cups, but you will not regret a visit here.   

Don’t wing it and order this: The deep-fried American Buffalo is a winner

Where: 40 Brick Lane, E1 6RF

Blues Kitchen, Brixton, Camden and Shoreditch

Everything at Blues Kitchen’s three locations across Brixton, Camden and Shoreditch exuberates the life and soul of southern America, from funky soul music, a huge variation of bourbon, whiskey-based cocktails, BBQ and of course, fried chicken. The wings come in the classic buffalo style, as well as Szechuan, both as appetisers and to share.     

Don’t wing it and order this: The classic buffalo wings with blue cheese dip

Where: Brixton 40 Acre Lane, SW2 5SP; Camden: 111-113 Camden High Street, NW1 7JN; and Shoreditch: 134-146 Curtain Road, EC2A 3AR

Patty + Bun, Borough, Soho

Burger-champion Patty + Bun, with locations all over London, including Borough and Soho, are mostly known for, well, their burgers, but we’re here to tell you that the wing side dish, cleverly named (as are all of Patty’s menu items) ‘Winger Winger Chicken Dinner’ is one to look out for. Smoked confit wings are served smothered in BBQ sauce and spring onions. Yum!   

Don’t wing it and order this: The Winger Winger Chicken Dinner – they're delish

Where: Borough: 19 Borough High Street, SE1 9SE; Soho: 18 Old Compton Street, W1D 4TN; and Shoreditch: 36 Redchurch Street, E2 7DP

White Men Can’t Jerk, Brixton, Peckham, and Shoreditch   

Successful street-food vendor White Men Can’t Jerk can be located at two London pubs (The Duke of Edinburgh in Brixton and the Prince of Peckham) as well as at street-food markets Dinerama and Winterville. Serving up Caribbean food to famished Londoners, the line-up includes the crispy-coated, Red Stripe-poached Pterodactyl (chicken) wings covered in the signature sauce of chilli, herbs, spices and honey.

Don’t wing it and order this: It’s a Wing Ting: Red Stripe-poached fried chicken wings

Where: Brixton: 204 Ferndale Road, SW9 8AG and Prckham: 1 Clayton Road, SE15 5JA

Coqfighter, Boxpark Shoreditch, Soho and Boxpark Croydon

Mainly specialising in delicious fried chicken burgers, these guys also deserve a spot on this list for their K-wings. Choose between five, seven, 16 or 32 pieces of vodka and sesame wings complete with soy garlic glaze and Korean hot sauce. With some delicious sides on the menu too, you can accompany your wings with more chicken (we don’t judge) – this time in the form of strips – or fries with dashi and smoked paprika salt.

Don’t wing it and order this: 32 pieces of the K-wings

Where: Boxpark Shoreditch: Unit 42-43, 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GY; Soho: 75 Beak Street, W1F 9SS and Boxpark Croydon: Unit 19, 99 George Street, CR0 1LD

Butchies, Shoreditch

Butchies serves up fried chicken to east-Londoners across two floors with a wide range of fried buttermilk chicken sandwiches. There is only one option for wings, Buffalo Hot Wings, but these award-winning ones don’t need any competition. You can have unlimited access to them with bottomless wings on Wednesdays (AKA Wicked Wednesdays) from 6pm for a mere £12.

Don’t wing it and order this: Buffalo Hot Wings – go on a Wednesday

Where: 22 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DY

MEATliquor, Soho, Islington, and Clapham

Burger palace MEATliquor with London locations in Soho, Islington, and Clapham Junction has some fiery chicken wings on its menu, including a South African version of Braai Wings. These are dry-rubbed with fiery spices before being chargrilled for that well-known South African BBQ taste and served with sour cream. The classic Buffalo Wings, slathered in the in-house buffalo sauce, are also worth a try.

Don’t wing it and order this: The Braai Wings for something a little different

Where: Soho: 37-38 Margaret Street, W1G 0JF; Islington: 133b Upper Street, N1 1QP; Clapham: 74 Northcote Road, SW11 6QL

Into the whole chicken thing? We get ya. You should also browse our ultimate guide to the best fried chicken in London, then 

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