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The best London restaurants for seafood

Whether you're after a groaning platter of fruits de mer, or a simple Dover sole our guide to the best seafood restaurants in London has somewhere for you.

 

AnglerAngler

Where: South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, London EC2M 2AF

This rooftop, Michelin-starred restaurant in Moorgate turns out fish dishes that are - almost - too pretty to eat. The tasting menu is an all seafood affair focusing on British fish and shellfish.

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Bentley'sBentley's

Where: 11-15 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DG

This Piccadilly institution may be best known for its ground floor oyster bar, but the upstairs dining room sees Richard Corrigan's team serving up classic dishes like Dover Sole (choose between chargrilled or Meunière) as well as dishes like their baked monkfish and prawn curry.

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Bibendum Oyster BarBibendum Oyster Bar

Where: Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, London, SW3 6RD

The ground floor of the Bibendum building houses Claude Bosi's French seafood bistro. The seafood platters are a big thing here, but they also have a good selection of caviar too for the South Ken crowd.

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Bob's LobsterBob's Lobster

Where: Unit Su 59, London Bridge Station, St Thomas Street, London SE1 3QX

The clue's in the name - yes you'll be wanting a lobster and crayfish roll at the permanent London Bridge outpost of the popular street food traders, but the American influenced menu means tacos are also a strong choice as are the lobster and crayfish mac n cheese. They also have a standalone street food truck at Borough Market. 

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CornerstoneCornerstone

Where: 3 Prince Edward Road, London E9 5LX

This Hackney Wick restaurant serves up superlative seafood. You'll come for the insta-famous crumpet - right now it's a crab & prawn thermidor crumpet with crispy kale and parmesan - but stay for the modern approach to all the fishy dishes here.

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Fish CentralFish Central

Where: 149-155 Central St, King Square, London EC1V 8AP

London's fish and chip options aren't, in the main, very good. But this Farringdon chippy is a cut above the rest. Not only will you get exemplary battered haddock here, you'll also enjoy specials like baked lobster bechamel or perfect red mullet.

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Fish MarketFish Market

Where: 16B New Street, London EC2M 4TR

Set in an 18th-century warehouse once owned by the East India Company, this popular Liverpool Street restaurant offers a top-end wine list for the City crowd to accompany its fish focused menu and its seafood weekend brunches are a big draw.

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J SheekeyJ Sheekey

Where: 28-34 St. Martin's Court, London WC2N 4AL

Launched in the late 19th century, this theatreland restaurant has long been a popular spot with actors popping in for their famous fish pie after a performance. It's recently had quite a refurb but it's still one of our favourite spots to sit up at the counter for half a dozen rocks and a fish pie.

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The Grand DuchessThe Grand Duchess

Where: 28-34 St. Martin's Court, London WC2N 4AL

Enjoy a meal on the water without having to set sail in this permanently moored restaurant in the basin at Paddington. Start with a glass of their own-label fizz from Hattingley and enjoy the Cornish crab flatbreads.

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LyonsLyons

Where: 1 Park Rd, London N8 8TE

This Crouch End restaurant boasts that not only does it make a point of serving the highest quality seafood but that they also "make the best use of every part of it". So you might find Penang fish collars on the menu and jerk sea bream along with tuna tartar and squid bolognese.

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Mandarin KitchenMandarin Kitchen

Where: 14-16 Queensway, Paddington, London W2 3RX

Everyone comes to this Bayswater spot for one dish - the lobster noodles - their Insta feed is full of it. But you'll also discover that it's good for steamed scallops, razor clams and soft shell crab too.

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OrasayOrasay

Where: 31 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2EU

Jackson Boxer's Notting Hill gaff sets out its stall as "focussed on fish and seafood, inspired by the Western Isles". So you might find wood-grilled whole John Dory with a smoked bone marrow bordelaise along with Isle of Mull diver scallops. 

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The OystermenThe Oystermen

Where: 32 Henrietta St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8NA

The expansion of this Covent Garden spot gave them space for a raw bar - so pull up a stool at the counter and work your way through the oyster selection, but don't miss out on the Dorset brown crab too with its amazing aioli.

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ParsonsParsons

Where: 39 Endell St, London WC2H 9BA

From the team behind 10 Cases, this WC2 seafood spot is small but perfectly formed. What's on the main menu depends on what's in that day, but you'll always find interesting small plates as well, like sea trout tartare with bloody mary jelly or potted shrimp croquettes.

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Prawn on the LawnPrawn on the Lawn

Where: 292-294 St Pauls Road, London, N1 2LH

Direct links to Padstow and its day boats mean the fish at this Highbury restaurant couldn't be more sparkling fresh. Obviously, you'll be wanting to try the signature prawn and avo dish alongside the other daily specials.

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QuilonQuilon

Where: 41 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6AF

This Michelin-starred restaurant focuses on southwest coastal Indian cuisine. And, while the main menu features seafood, meat and vegetarian options, it's the seafood tasting menu you want to go for, which includes lobster butter pepper with seafood biryani and a top tier fish curry.

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Randall and AubinRandall and Aubin

Where: 14- 16 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0SG

For over 20 years this louche little spot on Brewer Street has been packing them in. It's a wonderful spot for a first or second date - just make sure you both have the garlic butter with the langoustines.

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Rick SteinRick Stein Barnes

Where: Tideway Yard, 125 Mortlake High St, London SW14 8SN

Everyone's favourite TV seafood chef picked a wonderful waterfront spot for his London restaurant. Take a walk pre or post-lunch along the Thames towpath and then warm up with their Indonesian seafood curry.

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Scott'sScott's

Where: 20 Mount Street, London W1K 2HE

On the one hand, it's a gold-plated, celebrity hangout in Mayfair, but it's also one of London's oldest restaurants and a superb place for a blowout seafood meal. Although unless you're a Mayfair denizen with a budget to match it's maybe best kept for a special occasion.

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The Seafood BarThe Seafood Bar

Where: 77 Dean St, London W1D 3SH

The arrival of this popular Dutch seafood institution in London meant towering platters of sustainable seafood for Soho diners. There are oysters, fish grilled on the plancha and more, but it's the fruits de mer that will give you food envy if you don't order it.

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The Sea The SeaThe Sea The Sea

Where: Chelsea and Hackney

This Chelsea restaurant bills itself as "chef-led fish shop, deli and seafood bar" - so by day it's a working fishmonger, going wholly over to a restaurant by night. Pair a small plate or three with a glass of Champagne. At the Hackney branch, it's a chef's table affair. 

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SeabirdSeabird

Where: 40 Blackfriars Rd, London SE1 8PB

This high rise restaurant from the team behind Brooklyn's Maison Premiere mixes local seafood with Mediterranean influences and throws in jaw-dropping views to boot.

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Sexy FishSexy Fish

Where: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR

Richard Caring's OTT Berkeley Square seafood spot may not be everyone's cup of tea, but if you find the combo of black cod, top-notch sushi and DJs irresistible - as loads do - then this is the place for you.

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SweetingsSweetings

Where: 39 Queen Victoria St, London EC4N 4SF

They describe themselves as "probably the oldest fish and oyster restaurant in London" - and certainly this City of London institution is still going strong. There's no messing around with the fish here - but that's how the clientele, who've been coming here for years, like it.

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Wright BrosWright Bros

Where: Various locations

They're famous for their oysters, but Wright Bros. also do a lovely line in London cured smoked salmon and their regularly changing menu reflects what the Brixham day boats have brought in.

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See also

Goddard & Gibbs - this newly-opened Shoreditch spot goes big on seafood and English wine.

Kerridge's Fish & Chips - chef Tom Kerridge's upmarket fish and chip counter can be found in the Harrods Food Hall. 

Hawksmoor - yes they're known for their steaks, but the seafood is always a strong option at any Hawksmoor

Brat - Tomos Parry's Shoreditch spot's signature dish is their turbot cooked over a live fire.

Wild Tavern - the Mediterranean menu at this Chelsea restaurant features the very best seafood around.

 

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