Best fish and chips in London

A much-loved national dish, fish and chips is a British tradition that we can’t get enough of. The homely, satisfying combination of fresh fish wrapped in crispy batter and paired with golden chips, tartar sauce and mushy peas is hard to beat. It is undoubtedly the dish we’re best known for, but regular consumers will know that in spite of its apparent simplicity, this is a dish that varies enormously in its quality. If you’re wondering where to find the best fish and chips in the capital, cast your eye over our pick of the London chippies that are well worth their, ahem…salt.

Updated on 19 February 2020

There’s a lot more to mastering the art of the perfect fish and chips than meets the eye, and if you’ve had your fair share you’ll be aware there’s plenty that can go wrong. The batter needs to be perfectly crisp and not oily, the fish moist and flaky, and the chips thick cut but crispy round the edges. Proportions are a contentious issue too– not just the quantity of chips in your paper parcel – we’re talking the ratio of batter to fish. Too much and it’s greasy, too little and we feel cheated.  Even the choice of fish is a divisive matter; the majority of vendors will use cod and haddock but other variations of white fish include pollock, hake or coley, plaice, skate, and in Ireland ray is a particularly popular option. Many would argue that the best places to find this speciality are along the coastline but London also has its fair share of chippies and restaurants serving commendable versions of the national dish that would give the seaside shops a run for their money.

Looking to get battered? Our pick of the best fish and chips in London will sort you out.

Berners Tavern at The London Edition

Berners Tavern at The London Edition

10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 3NP

Battered Cornish cod, mushy peas, tartare sauce and chips is served daily in Berners Tavern between 12-4pm, from Monday to Friday and is a popular choice for local workers and tourists alike.
£50 - £79
British
Afternoon tea
Golden Hind

Golden Hind

73 Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2PN

We think the success of this long-established venue comes down to the warm, welcoming atmosphere and its traditional setting in Marylebone. Of course, the fish and chips are a big draw too, with plenty of options to try.
Under £30
Fish and Chips
£30 - £49
The Tommyfield

The Tommyfield

185 Kennington Lane, Kennington, London, SE11 4EZ

Beer battered hake and chips with tartar sauce and pea puree is a long-standing favourite among guests at The Tommyfield, which was named after the nineteenth century market which was home to Britain’s first fish and chip shop.
£30 - £49
Gastropub
Lady Abercorn’s Pub & Kitchen

Lady Abercorn’s Pub & Kitchen

40 Liverpool Street, Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7QN

Here the cod fillet is battered with home-brewed Lady A, a light IPA, and served with chunky chips, mushy peas and homemade tartare sauce. Naturally it’s best enjoyed with a Lady A, available both in a bottle and on tap.
£30 - £49
Pubs
British
Fish and Chips
Wright Brothers Battersea

Wright Brothers Battersea

26 Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, Battersea, London, SW8 4NN

All of the fish at Wright Brothers Battersea is sourced by its wholesale team in Billingsgate and on the coast at Brixham. The beer battered fish of the day comes with triple cooked chips and tartare sauce.
£50 - £79
Vegetarian
British
Gastropub
Fish and Chips
Fish
Sutton & Sons

Sutton & Sons

356 Essex Road, London, N1 3PD

The flagship site of this chain of family-run chippies is a favourite among locals, and serves up crisply battered fish and fluffy golden chips to diners. We recommend trying the pickles and homemade tartar sauce.
Under £30
Fish and Chips
Poppie

Poppie's Fish & Chips Spitalfields

6-8 Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR

Poppie’s has old-school East End charm, thanks to 1950s-style uniforms and a background of music hall tunes - but the star attraction is naturally the fish and chips, with the crunchy batter and fresh-tasting fish still pulling in crowds.
Under £30
Fish and Chips
The Lighterman

The Lighterman

3 Granary Square, King's Cross, London, N1C 4BH

Fish and chips is a favourite fixture on The Lighterman's menu, and what better setting to enjoy it than out on the venue’s sunny wraparound terrace with a glass of something cold.
£30 - £49
Modern European
The Chipping Forecast Notting Hill

The Chipping Forecast Notting Hill

29 All Saints Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 1HE

With a punny name and a commitment to sustainability, it’s not hard to see why The Chipping Forecast is popular. It promises that its fresh Cornish fish moves from hook to plate within 48 hours.
Under £30
HIX Oyster & Chop House

HIX Oyster & Chop House

36-37 Greenhill Rents, Farringdon, London, EC1M 6BN

HIX fish and chips at HIX Oyster & Chop House are served with mushy peas of course. They use gluten-free flour in all batter so if you need gluten-free battered fish simply ask and they will make it without the beer.
£50 - £79
British
Golden Union

Golden Union

38 Poland Street, London, W1F 7LY

A quintessential British chippy, with charming retro interiors and a menu of fresh fish delivered daily and wrapped in homemade batter, alongside crispy golden chips and homemade fish cakes.
Under £30
Fish and Chips
Fish House

Fish House

126-128 Lauriston Road, London, E9 7LH

Fish House might bill itself as traditional, but its tempting menu is actually a successful blend of the classic and the novel. The Victoria Park location is also perfect for al fresco dining when the sun's out.
£30 - £49
Fish and Chips
Hook Camden

Hook Camden

65 Parkway Road, London, NW1 7PP

Here, you’ll find classic fish and chips alongside newer iterations, including Cajun-spiced fish coated in breadcrumbs with Cajun sauce and seaweed-salted chips; and seabream in lemon and basil tempura served with a garlic truffle sauce.
Under £30
Fish and Chips
The Narrow

The Narrow

44 Narrow Street, London, E14 8DP

Diners can enjoy The Narrow’s panoramic views over the river Thames whilst tucking into a Gordon Ramsay classic – beer-battered line-caught haddock, mushy peas, tartare sauce and triple-cooked chips.
£30 - £49
Gastropub
Fishworks Swallow Street

Fishworks Swallow Street

7-9 Swallow Street, Piccadilly Circus, London, W1B 4DE

Boasting an on-site fishmonger, customers at FishWorks are able to pick their fish from the counter and enjoy it just the way they like it. You can opt for a classic cod or try something a little different with monkfish.
£30 - £49
Fish
POTUS

POTUS

10 Albert Embankment, Lambeth, London, SE1 7SP

Stay traditional and enjoy the classic British-style beer battered hake with chunky chips, minted peas and tartar sauce or venture off piste and try the American-style southern fried hake with sweet potato fries, roasted corn, gumbo dip.
£30 - £49
North American
The Rock & Sole Plaice

The Rock & Sole Plaice

45-49 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9AJ

Open since 1871, Rock & Sole Plaice is one of the most well-known chippies in the capital. Fish and chips are made using a 145 year old recipe and served alongside thick-cut chips and tartare sauce.
£30 - £49
Fish

A fish and chip supper is loved by people across the country, but we all know that Britain’s favourite dish has had some stiff competition in recent years from the humble curry. If you want to enjoy both fish and chips and curry (although not at the same time, of course), we won’t judge. Get ahead on your research with our curated list of the best Indian restaurants in London.