Get a pizza the action

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Posted on 09 February 2017 • Written By Neil Simpson

Get a pizza the action
Pizza is piping hot right on the London food scene, but the question on everyone's salivating lips is, of course, which one is worth your money? We thought it was about time we ranked London’s pizzas in the best way we know how: by polling the Squaremeal office. Never before has this city seen such a committed team, venturing out to bravely inhale as many slices of the good stuff as necessary – someone has to keep these businesses afloat, after all. Having counted up the votes (and fashioned a scientific pizza pie chart and everything), we present to you the Squaremeal top ten pizzas in London.

Il Bordello pizza restaurant London

10. Il Bordello, Wapping

“Best Italian ever mainly due to portion sizes, but they also do mega massive pizzas that will keep you going for a week.”

Ed Warr, events planner

Sandy's pizza restaurant London

9. SANDY’S, Marylebone

Pizzas with a twist: SANDY’S majors in Corsican cuisine, meaning the pizzeria tops its crisp bases with Italian/French combos such as the four-cheese, slathered with mozzarella, goats’ cheese, Roquefort and Gruyère.

Princi pizza restaurant London

8. Princi, Soho

“The dough is so soft and pillowy, it's like a little bread cloud. The toppings are always bang on, but you can't beat a little ‘nduja.”

Gaëlle Laforest, Imbibe sub editor

NY Fold pizza restaurant London

7. NY Fold, Soho

The huge slices on offer here (the work of award-winning US pizza peddler Bruno di Fabio, above) are light, crispy and sloppy winners, which we're more than happy to add into the London fold.

The Bird in Hand restaurant Kensington London

6. The Bird in Hand, West Kensington

“This place is amazing – that truffle pizza is utterly delicious.”

Lauren Ozzati, art editor

Homeslice pizza restaurant London

5. Homeslice, Covent Garden, Fitzrovia and Old Street

This former pop-up dallies in mouthwatering toppings: pulled BBQ brisket with pickles or chorizo with corn and coriander? We’ll just have one (ok seven) of each please…

Pizza Union Kings Cross restaurant London

4. Pizza Union, King’s Cross and Spitalfields 

“Pizza Union makes me wonder how other fast food places can charge so much for so little. The warm dough-ring desserts alone are worth a visit, filled with Nutella, mascarpone or salted caramel which oozes out as you bite.”

Neil Simpson, news and online editor

Pizza Pilgrims Soho London pizza restaurant

3. Pizza Pilgrims, Soho (Dean Street and Kingly Court), Covent Garden and Exmouth Market 

You’ll never hear a bad word about Pizza Pilgrims, because they’re cheap, fun and delicious: Italian plum tomatoes, flour from Naples, buffalo mozzarella shipped in from Caserta, basil from Berwick Street market (represent) and joy from your taste buds.

pizza east 1

2. Pizza East, Kentish Town, Ladbroke Grove and Shoreditch

“Because why have pizza when you could have pizza with a side of mac ‘n’ cheese?! Not that I’ve ever done that. Ahem.”

Gaëlle again (she's a bona fide crust warrior)

Franco Manca pizza restaurant chain London

1. Franco Manca

There’s no escaping the mighty Manca’s wood-fired sourdough beauties. With 10 branches currently in operation in London (and more on the way), Brixton’s most famous child wins our crusty crown.

“Best dough ever: chewy but crunchy. Everyone needs some sourdough in their life”

Ed Warr (again), pizza professional

Behold our pie chart to see who got the largest slices of the votes:

Pizza pie chart



Click here for our selection of the best pizza restaurants in London.


This article was modified  09 February 2017