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London's luxury fish & chip shops

We do like to be beside the seaside... But if you're short on time this visit, London’s gastro-chippies bring fish and chips into the 21st century

It may well be Britain's quintessential dish. No trip to London is complete without an evening sampling some of the finest, freshest fish the city has to offer. However, getting it right is difficult and many of pearls are lost in an ocean of mediocrity. We've sifted through the lot though and produced your superior guide to London's F&C scene, all of which offer dine-in options as well as takeaway. 

Kerbisher & Malt


Riding the wave of new cool fish and chip shops in London, not to mention bringing with them a dash of breezy beachside air, Kerbisher & Malt has made quite a name for itself thanks to its cooked to order, fresh and sustainably caught fish, to-die-for twice-cooked chips, ‘pickled’ onion rings and homemade mushy peas and tartar sauce. These boys have even brewed their own beer.

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Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack

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Describing their fish and chip offering as a ‘seafood shack,’ Bonnie Gull’s is in fact not a pure fish and chip shop, but a delicious British seafood restaurant in Fitzrovia, which serves fabulous fish and chips. Their beer battered North Sea haddock is exquisite and crispy, thanks to the unique Japanese tempura mix, and their chips, well they are cooked in beef dripping – need we say more.

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Vintage Salt

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This is the kind of posh fish and chip shop joint (opened by former Ivy chef, Des Macdonald) that serves not only the ubiquitous fried fishy favourites, but also delicacies such as rock oysters, salt and pepper squid, harissa grilled sardines, smoked haddock fish cakes. And when the hand-cut chips come salted or truffled, you know you are in good company.

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Golden Union Fish Bar oGolden Union© Flickr/Alex2k5

Slap bang in the heart of Soho, this sleek fish and chippy is hard to beat when it comes to hearty and fresh, homemade fish and chips in the West End. The sustainably caught fish (cod and haddock is delivered in from Scotland) is served in delicious homemade beer batter and the chips fried in a unique blend of two oils for the epitome of perfection. Weary wanderers can also wash down their favourites with a homemade milkshake, wine or beer.

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For an old-school British fish and chip shop experience, Poppie’s in Spitalfields is topnotch. Owner Pop has been in the business since 1952 and his experience shows. Fish is delivered straight from Billingsgate Market, filleted on site and served in (pretend) newspaper. Their homemade mushy peas make a worthy side and being the East End, jellied eels are a classic starter.

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Geales has been a Notting Hill staple since 1939, serving fish and chips to hungry locals for over 70 years. With new owners in 2006 (the duo behind Sanctum Hotels and Embassy Bar) the restaurant was beautifully restored and modernised, and the legendary ‘posh’ beer battered fish and proper chips continue to take pride of place next to other seafood delights on the menu.

1 Kerbisher and Malt
2 Bonnie Gull
3 Vintage Salt
4 Golden Union
5 Poppies
6 Geales