Fish n’ Chips is the nation's favourite dish, so if you’re going to phish some out in the city (get it?), make sure it’s at one of London’s best chippies, serving up that golden batter as good as it gets…
Fun fact: Did you know the whole idea of pairing fish with chips came about in England in the 80s, and the dish is traditionally enjoyed on Fridays.
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1. POPPIES FISH AND CHIPS
Poppies serves up delicious, authentic and affordable fish and chips. All of the fish at Poppies is caught fresh out on the day boats, and then hand delivered personally to Poppies. The restaurant has an in-house fishmonger who then fillets and prepares the fish. Perfectly battered fish, large portions and thick cut chips - and splendid mushy peas that diners rave about. The interior is truly nostalgic filled with 1950s memorabilia and music of that time. A seriously cool retro vibe. There is also a Poppies in Spitalfields Market in Shoreditch.
2. FISH! AT BOROUGH MARKET
The most expensive in this list but worth it. are a foodies paradise - so it’s no surprise that you can find some of London’s best fish and chips right in London Bridge’s Borough Market (the biggest food market in the city). The fish n’ chips from Fish! are beer battered too making them extra delicious. And it wouldn’t be fish and chips if it doesn’t come with a side of mushy peas and tartare sauce. Plus, you can enjoy your fish n’ chips right in the hustle and bustle of the market with a 360 degree view of it all.
3. KERBISHER AND MALT
Kerbisher and Malt is a modern fish and chip shop in West London that has been recognised for its light crunchy fish batter and sustainable sourcing methods. This joint was even awarded the Best Contemporary Fish and Chip Shop in London by Esquire. The potatoes for the chips are all grown by local farmers, and then hand peeled by the chefs. After this, they are double fried to give them their crispy, fluffy flavoursome texture. Deeelicious.
Camden is famed for its wonderful, quirky food. And the fish and chips is no exception. Head to Hook that puts its own modern twist on the classic fish n’ chips serving up inventive options such as Malaysian curry panko breadcrumb batter with ginger ketchup, or even seaweed salted chips and minty mushy peas. And of course, it serves the classic style too for those who don’t want to stray from the traditional style.
5. GOLDEN CHIPPY
Just a 6 minute walk from our St Christopher's Inns hostel, you’ll find the best fish and chip shop in Greenwich. Golden Chippy lives up to the hype. For an authentic British fish and chip experience this place won’t let you down. The fresh fish is fried to perfection giving it a crispy batter full of flavour. And the curry sauce that goes with it is a wonderful accompaniment. It’s also super affordable, just £5.50 for a cod. It acts a takeaway too!
6. GOLDEN UNION FISH BAR
Right in the centre of London’s shopping district just off Oxford Street, you may stumble upon Golden Union. This fish bar serves up truly high quality food, a local favourite and rated 5 stars from Time Out London. The fish and chips here speak for themselves, and what makes them stand out is the sustainable cooking methods. Golden Union changes its frying oils regularly and only use grade A potatoes for fries. The fish cakes here are also delicious. We recommend eating in; the retro inspired diner has a bustling busy atmosphere.
7. THE FISH HOUSE OF NOTTING HILL
If you ever find yourself strolling around Notting Hill (perhaps the most Instagrammable area in London), then stop for an indulgent old fashioned lunch at The Fish House of Notting Hill, right by Notting Hill tube station. A bright, airy interior lends itself well for a delicious bite to eat. The fish and chips here are stand-out, with freshly sourced produce and a variety of different fish to choose from, whether it’s cod, haddock, dover sole or plaice. Hyde Park, Portobello Road and Kensington Gardens are all just a short walk away so burn off all those calories on a brisk walk to take in some of London’s greatest attractions.
8. WP FISH X CHIPS
Also known at WTF (What the Fish), this fish shop is a 15 minute walk from our Hammersmith hostel. Well worth a visit to taste the delightful fish and chips that are well above average. Non-greasy, crispy golden batter with a top-notch curry sauce. The portions here are generous too, and great value for money.
9. HOXTON FISH HOUSE
Trendy Shoreditch is full of fantastic restaurants, cafes and markets so whenever eating in the area, our expectations are always high. Hoxton Fish House doesn’t disappoint - it is a pretty amazing place to head for classic fish and chips and just an 8 minute walk from Old Street station. Serving the dish the way it should be, with double cooked chips and freshly battered fish this place has to make an appearance in this list.
10. BONNIE GULL SEAFOOD SHACK
Bonnie Gull specialises in fresh seafood from oysters, clams to one of the best fish and chip experiences you’ll find in the city. A little more upmarket than most fish and chip shops, this seafood restaurant boasts a beautiful high-style interior where you dine at the bar watching the chefs in front of you in action. Food is beautifully presented too.