London is full of hundreds of different and exciting restaurants and cuisines to try. From Indian to Peruvian to American, it really has it all. But with a significant proportion of people in the capital choosing only to eat halal meat, the London food scene can sometimes feel restrictive. Sure, you can stick to fish and veggie dishes, but there is nothing quite like the taste of a meaty dish, is there? At least you would want to have the option.
Thankfully, several restaurants have now clocked onto this and are serving up at least one type of halal meat on their menu, so you no longer have to miss out. All the restaurants listed confirmed they are halal at the time of publishing, so take a look at our best picks of halal restaurants in London below.
At the bottom, we have also included a list of London restaurants where you can pre-order halal meat in advance of your visit.
Why: Dishoom is the Londoners go-to Indian restaurant, and with more than seven restaurants now spanning across London, you can find halal chicken and lamb at every single location, including in Kensington, Shoreditch, Kings’s Cross, Carnaby, and Covent Garden. Serving up enticing Indian cuisine with a modern twist, this isn’t your standard Indian takeaway or home-cooked curry. On the menu, you’ll find gunpowder potatoes, Bombay chilli cheese toast and okra fries as well as a range of kebabs and chicken curries which are all HFA certified.
Where: Covent Garden, 12 Upper St Martin’s Lane, WC2H 9FB
Why: Founded in 1926, Veeraswamy is known as London’s oldest Indian restaurant, where you can order any chicken or lamb off the menu safe in the knowledge that it will be halal. As well as all the meat dishes on offer, the restaurant also serves up lots of fish dishes to be enjoyed by everyone. On the menu, expect to see Kashmiri Rogan Josh lamb curry, chicken Makhani in an onion and tomato sauce, and tandoori tiger prawns. All housed in an intimate restaurant with touches of traditional Indian décor throughout, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the streets of Delhi for a short while.
Where: Victory House, 99 Regent Street, W1B 4RS
Why: Keeping to the theme of Indian food, Michelin–starred Quilon serves up halal lamb and chicken to be enjoyed in all its dishes. With cuisine originating from the south-west coast of India, you can expect to find lots of seafood dishes such as Kokum-baked chalk stream trout and Karvari oyster. If it is meat that you’re after, the pistachio chicken or Malabar lamb biryani are definitely worth a try, too.
Where: 41 Buckingham Gate, SW1E 6AF
Why: If you just can’t get that Thai craving out of your system, Mango Tree offers up delicious luxury Thai food from four different regions of Thailand, with a few Chinese influences thrown in for good measure. All the meat dishes are certified halal so you can enjoy the Gae Yang rack of lamb, weeping tiger sirloin of wagyu beef and of course the classic Thai green curry with chicken. There are also lots of fish dishes on the menu so you really are spoilt for choice.
Where: 46 Grosvenor Place, SW1X 7EQ
Why: At this Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant, not only will you find luxury décor and quirky Chinese art, you’ll find a range of dishes that are all halal. Serving up halal chicken and lamb, try Kai Mayfair's soy and honey marinated roast lamb or chicken with cashew nuts. Calling its cooking style ‘liberated Chinese cooking’, you can expect influences of traditional ‘Nanyang’ cooking but with modern influences. This is Chinese food with a luxury twist.
Where: 65 South Audley Street, W1K 2QU
Why: Burger lovers rejoice, because on Meatliquor's menu all the chicken burgers are halal. If it’s an edgy burger bar you are after, the dark lighting and loud music teamed with lots of exciting variations on the chicken burger is enough to make your mouth water. Try the Tower Block Burger with cheese, hash brown, coleslaw and jalapeños, or keep things simple with the dirty chicken cheeseburger – fried chicken with lettuce, mayo, cheese and onions. Either way, it is bound to make it onto your list of best burger places in London.
Due to the nature of the restaurant, all the meat is marinated in alcohol; however it is certified halal meat and deep-fried before serving.
Where: 133b Upper Street, N1 1QP
Why: Not only is this restaurant completely halal, but The Great Chase is also one of the few dry restaurants in Central London. Serving up a range of dishes from steaks to roast chicken, this menu is full of simple, modern British dishes to feast on. To wash down your meal, go for one of its non-alcoholic cocktails or rare teas. Located in Clerkenwell it is a great place to go for a casual catch-up.
Where: 316 St John Street, EC1V 4NT
Why: As the name suggests, all of the meat served at Halal Guys London is, of course, halal. Starting its life as a street food cart in New York, it quickly became one of the most popular places to eat in the city. Now we can see what all the fuss is about here in London. You can choose from a selection of meat in either a platter with rice, pitta and salad, or go for the sandwich – the same fillings just wrapped in the carby goodness of a pitta bread. We think it's best eaten as a lunchtime takeaway, but it's also great to sit and enjoy your food. A word of warning, though: plan ahead if you want to pay Halal Guys a visit because it’s always busy.
Where: 14-15 Irving Street, WC2H 7AF
Why: Bao buns have become all the rage in London over the last few years and Flesh and Buns serves up a huge selection of different variations of the fluffy Taiwanese stuff. You’ll be happy to know that all the chicken served is halal, so you don’t have to miss out on the food of the moment in any way. Try the spatchcock chicken with citrus miso and carrot pickle buns or perhaps the chicken yakitori? There are also lots of sushi and fish dishes on the menu so the options really are endless here.
Where: 41 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LX
Why: Located on the fifth floor of luxury department store Harvey Nichols, carnivores will be happy to know that Zelman Meats has lots of halal steak options to choose from. The menu is pretty simple, but when it comes to steak restaurants, the simpler the better, in our opinion. Pick from a large range of cuts, sauces and sides including black truffle and parmesan chips and spicy roasted sweet potatoes. And the best part? You can head straight to the lower floors to shop till you drop when you’ve finished your meal.
Where: 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ
Why: Giving the UK a taste of Philadelphia, you can try the iconic cheesesteak at this American themed eatery. As well as variations on the cheesesteak that include the hoagie and pizza steak, you can also enjoy some authentic Philly specialty sandwiches. Flavours include buffalo chicken, turkey hoagie and the meatball parm. Don’t forget to order South Philly fries to complete your American fast food feast either.
Where: 80 Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 6NE
London restaurants where you can order halal in advance
- Roka, Aldwych
- MARCUS, Knightsbridge
- Darwin Brasserie at Sky Garden, The City
- Fenchurch Restaurant, The City
- Hélène Darroze at the Connaught, Mayfair
- Sartoria, Mayfair
- Boundry Rooftop Bar & Grill, Hackney
- Margot, Covent Garden
- The Frog, Covent Garden
- Tredwells, Covent Garden
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