Hook, Line and Sinker: London's Best Seafood

It might not be the dramatic cliffs of Cornwall, where the oysters practically leap from the sea into your loving arms, but London has a huge amount to offer when it comes to seafood. The city hosts some of the most robust fish markets and uses its geography of wharves and tributaries to source those tasty treats that give all the buzzworthy restaurants their stand-out dishes. Fish concoctions are often the stars of London's Michelin star restaurants (the flamed mackerel at Fera at Claridge's? We swoon.), and no trip to London would be complete without sampling England's most prized resource – allergies permitting. Fan of fish and chips, firm in its position as the food of the people? Serious about sashimi, in a city where Japanese is having a long-overdue moment? We're here to guide your way through the high-flying-est luxury spots and the most indulgent secret finds. You can splash out – no pun intended – or go budget, and our picks for London's fish foodie finds always maintain a focus on sustainability and eco-ethics. So get your bib on, your crab cracker out, and remember which one is the fish fork (far right?), because your London seafood journey starts here!


Roka fits in beautifully with its Fitzrovia neighbors. There's something elegant almost Edwardian to its atmosphere, and you wouldn't be surprised to find London A-listers drifting through its doors. It's sleek and welcoming, and its offerings...  Read More

Sitting atop the South Place Hotel, Angler makes apparent early on its elegantly versatile nature. With "sustainable seafood from British waters, paired with the best seasonal and local produce", as well as world-renowned sommelier Benoit...  Read More


Take a Michelin star chef, an intimidatingly swanky location, and a near theatrical take on detail and decor, and you have Umu, one of the shining jewels in Mayfair's menagerie of high-end Japanese luxury restaurants. Head Chef Yoshinori Ishii...  Read More

Balthazar is not, strictly speaking, a fish restaurant or an oyster bar, but rather a transported New York institution which happens to lord its seafood-mongering talents over the competition with stylish non-effort. It's the definition of...  Read More

Trishna's Michelin star was awarded in 2012, a time in which London was in the global spotlight. And indeed there may be no restaurant in London which better represents its spirit: Indian restaurant Trishna presents a terrifically elegant dance...  Read More

The Wright Brothers have made seafood many things: sustainable, curated, and very cool. Embedded in Spitalfields Market within a stone's throw of folksy menswear boutiques and the vintage racks, The Wright Brothers seem to have absorbed the...  Read More

It's ethical, it's bountiful, it's fresh, and it's delicious. Loch Fyne is without a doubt one of London's strongest seafood restaurants, even though some of their produce has made quite the journey to your table. "Much of the shellfish and...  Read More

Barrafina offers the kind of food you have to work for. It's virtually impossible to avoid an hour-long queue (the seats barely hit the double digits), and you're likely to be elbow-to-elbow with strangers. But once you've got your first glass...  Read More

Part fishmonger, part seafood bar, Prawn On The Lawn manages to be one of the most charming 'holes-in-the-wall' London has to offer, where fresh-from-the-ice scallops, monkfish, squid, langoustine, and of course the eponymous prawns get made in...  Read More

It's part of London's vast culinary mythology, and it feels a bit like stepping back in time to Covent Garden's theatrical heyday. J Sheekey offers a cornucopia of the city's freshest seafood in a darkly lit, brass embellished ambience which is...  Read More


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