Fresh, succulent fish fried in a crisp, golden batter with a side of fluffy chips is simply irresistible, comforting and no doubt, an all-time British favorite. In fact, there is nothing more British than a delicious portion of fish and chips, all doused with a hearty helping of salt and vinegar. Find out which London chippy serves the best as our guide reveals all.
Firmly established as one of London’s finest chippies, Poppies is serving up delicious fish and chips in a bright, retro-styled space where you’ll find a 1950s jukebox kicking out doo-wop hits, shelves filled with mementos and waitresses in diner-styled outfits complete with retro headscarves. At Poppies, the sustainably sourced fish arrives daily from Billingsgate Market with options including skate, halibut, lemon sole as well as the more usual cod and haddock. All fish can be served grilled or fried and is served with irresistible chips that are soft on the inside and crisp on the outside. For a greasy finger experience, order from the takeaway counter and have your food served in a tradition twist of newspaper.
When it comes to fish and chips in London, locals and in-the-know tourists can agree that Golden Hind does it best. Set in the quaint neighborhood of Marylebone, down a cobblestone backstreet, you’ll find a charming, family-owned shop that serves freshly caught fish sourced from Grimsby Market and a menu that reflect years of tradition. This long-standing establishment has been around for nearly 100 years, almost as long as the dish has been in existence. Choose from your choice of fish and have it prepared fried or steamed. It is BYOB with no corkage fee so bring your favorite bottle of wine and enjoy delicious British food at its best.
Established in 1939, Geales Restaurant is a neighborhood favorite among posh Notting Hill locals and has been serving the finest quality fish and chips for over 70 years. In 2007, Geales re-launched with a new look and menu but kept its British chip shop approach, fresh fish, no frills and friendly service. Its new elegant décor and relaxed yet refined atmosphere instantly transformed Geales into a classier (and pricier) establishment. What hasn’t changed is their top-notch food, simplistic and traditional with a touch of modern creativity. The menu includes one of the best fish and chips London has to offer, flaky fish in a light and crispy batter with perfectly golden chips.
For a traditional fish and chip shop just off Oxford Street, head to Golden Union Fish Bar. The retro décor of neon signs, Formica-topped table, tiled walls and tomato shaped ketchup dispensers captures the quintessential British chippy. Fish delivered daily from sustainable waters, freshly made beer batter, frying oils changed regularly to ensure the purest flavors and plentiful portions are just a few features that makes this shop one of the best in London. Tender and flaky fish is perfectly cooked until light and crispy while chips are crisp and fluffy. Don’t forget the sides and extras as their home-made mushy peas are legendary and their secret recipe tartar sauce is extra tangy.
Established in 1871, Rock & Sole Plaice claims to be London’s oldest fish and chip shop. While food historians debate over whether this is the oldest chippy in town, the expertly fried fish at this popular shop clearly have staying power. With a prime location in the heart of Convent Garden, Rock & Sole Plaice is often packed with locals and tourist throughout the day. While the dingy décor could use an update, the shaded outdoor seating area is particularly nice on warm summer days. People don’t come here for the décor but rather the plentiful portion of hand-cut golden chips along with market-fresh fish and its perfectly seasoned, crispy batter.
This Italian-run fish and chip shop has been in business for over 40 years and has been delighting customers with its charming old-school atmosphere. The décor is retro and fitted with Formica-topped tables, long benches and an old-school menu up on the wall. At Fryer’s delight, it is all about the fish which is clearly fresh, chunky, firm and thinly coated in the lightest and most flavorful batter. Fish and chips are both fried the old-fashioned way in beef drippings, giving the batter its deep well-round flavor and bringing out the natural sweetness in the thickly cut chips. Proudly displaying an old newspaper clipping declaring it to be the third-best chippy in the UK, the Fryer’s Delight continues to be a strong contender.
The Sea Shell is a trendy fish and chip shop located around the corner from Marylebone station and has been in business for more than 40 years. The chippy has gained a great reputation with everyone from local foodies to famous celebrities as they serve one of the freshest, tastiest and highest quality fish and chips in London. The venue consists of two parts, a newly refurbish restaurant and a take away, perfect for dinner with friends and family or a quick bite on the go. At Sea Shell, keeping it fresh, delicious and local is their commitment as they use sustainably sourced fish, delivered daily. Chips are made from the finest locally grown potatoes and premium ingredients are used for their homemade tartar sauce.
Fish! Kitchen is a tradition fish and chip takeaway counter right in the heart of Borough Market and is perfect for those looking for a quick bite to eat or for something to warm you up as you wander through the market stalls. Situated directly next to Fish! Restaurant, (their formal sit-down restaurant) Fish! Kitchen concentrates on cooking one dish, delicious and perfectly fried battered fish of every type. The fish is always fresh, sustainably sourced, simply prepared and fairly priced to its customers. What sets them apart is that they are consistently serving the freshest of fish, delivered straight from their very own fishmonger in Kingston.