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Fish and chips in the UK are what croissants are in France. They’re both well-loved and highly essential. According to many, what makes good fish and chips are the crispness of the batter, the flakiness of the fish, and of course, the tastiness of the chips! But that is quite hard to judge. We understand that people will always have differing opinions on what is “the best” and so this list will simply show you our different favorites for different reasons. We’ve included highlights, prices, addresses, and INSIDR Tips. We’ll leave it all up to you to decide! From humble chain favorites to restaurants that celebs love, check out our INSIDR guide to the best fish and chips in London!
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The mass favorite: Poppie’s Fish & Chips
Before you roll your eyes at this now popular restaurant chain, you’ve really got to give it a chance! There’s a reason why locals and tourists alike flock to Poppies—their delicious fish and award-winning chips. This place has been around since 1952 with “Pop” Newland, the original founder, still at the helm. Apart from the satisfying taste of their fish and chips, you’ll also find the 1950’s restaurant ambiance quite fun! And if your stomach is up for it, you might wanna try their jellied eels which is considered an English delicacy!
INSIDR Tip: Before or after your meal here, take time to hit up the Old Spitalfields market which is one of the best markets in London!
- Price: £13.95
- Address: 6-8 Hanbury St, Spitalfields, London E1 6QR, UK
- Poppie’s Fish & Chips website
The best fish & chips set: Golden Union
Golden Union just may be where you’ll find the best fish and chips in London! To us, this place serves the best set! Their deep fried cod, potatoes, and tartar sauce are so good! We’re calling this the best set because of how perfect every element on the plate is. Make sure that you ask for their mushy peas, too! They also have a vegetarian option which substitutes deep fried haloumi for fish.
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- Price: £12.50
- Address: 38 Poland St, Soho, London W1F 7LY, UK
- Golden Union website
The new school: Hook Camden
We’re calling the fish and chips from Hook Camden “the new school” because of they way their fish is battered. Instead of using the traditional beer batter like most places, Hook uses Japanese breadcrumbs called panko that give the fish a nice crumb! In line with the seemingly Japanese theme, the chips here are seasoned with seaweed salt! YUM! You can dip all of it in the house-made tartar sauce. They also have a complete menu of other seafood-based dishes for you to enjoy.
INSIDR Tip: You can walk off your delicious meal afterwards by hitting up the nearby Camden Passage that’s full of cool boutiques!
- Price: £13
- Address: 63 Parkway, London NW1 7PP
- Hook website
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The most dynamic: Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack
Also in the running for the best fish and chips in London is Bonnie Gull. Despite now being a full-fledged restaurant, the ‘Seafood Shack’ part in its name has stuck which is a nod to its humble pop-up beginnings. People might raise their brows to see £18 fish and chips but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! Bonnie Gull’s fish and chips on the menu are ever changing as the chefs put together different kinds of fish and ingredients. And they must be doing it right because they’ve been noticed by the Michelin Guide and received the remark of ‘good cooking’!
INSIDR Tip: They’ve also just opened a more casual restaurant that only serves fish and chips at much lower prices, too! Check out their little sister Salt n Sauce.
- Price: £18
- Address: 21a Foley Street, W1W 6DS
- Bonnie Gull website
The fancy option: Seashell
This restaurant in Marylebone is a apparently a place A-list celebrities hit up when they’re craving for some good seafood. Ahh, celebrities, they’re just like us! The likes of Lady GaGa and Ed Sheeran have given this place their thumbs up and so have we! While their regular menu does offer rather affordable standard fish and chips at £15.95, you can also opt for their fancy version. Their £50 fish and chip menu is consists of a deep fried black cod, chips, and mushy peas.
INSIDR Tip: If you’re trying to watch your cholesterol, this place might be perfect for you as they can also grill your fish instead of deep-frying it.
- Price: about £50
- Address: 49-51 Lisson Grove, London NW1 6UH
- Seashell Website
So, have you found the best fish and chips in London yet? Where is it? Share it with us in the comments!
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