The inaugural London Oyster Week runs from 21-29 April and aims to celebrate everyone dealing with the briny bivalve in town. Here we pick out some of our favourite spots in town to enjoy a shellfish platter.
The Oystermen - Covent Garden
This new Covent Garden spot marks the first permanent site for The Oystermen. Friends Matt and Rob first came up with the idea for their seafood business when shucking oysters at Matt's wedding.
Find the daily oyster specials on their blackboad, or order their Buffalo Oysters with spicy buffalo sauce and kosho for £6.50
Prawn on the Lawn - Islington
The new larger Prawn on the Lawn (it's moved down St Paul's Road to where LeCoq used to be) - see our recent Test Drive - still serves top notch oysters alongside its larger menu. That menu changes depending on the season, but for oysters look at around £2.75 for Porthilly rocks (£3 if you get them deep-fried with garlic creme fraiche).
Bentley's - Mayfair
Ever the classic oyster venue choice, Bentley's boasts that it shucks more oysters than any other London restaurant - around 1000 a day on busy days. Perch yourself at the original marble oyster bar that's been in place since 1916 and choose from wild natives and rocks. Upstairs in the grill you can also try their 'hot rocks' served Rockefeller-style or with garlic or chorizo.
If you want to get more serious, then book a spot at one of their regular oyster masterclasses on a Saturday. For £65 you get champagne on arrival, oyster master class and tasting with sommelier matched wines and take home a goody bag with apron, recipe cards and oyster knife.
The Cow - Notting Hill
Tom Conran's Westbourne Park Road gastropub has all the fripperies you could want from a place with such an obvious focus on beer and oysters. Start your meal off with a Black Velvet and move on to the six oyster tasting plate for £19. Oh and you might spot David Beckham having a pint in the corner as this is one of his locals.
Randall & Aubin - Soho
There's nothing quite like the classic platter at this bustling Soho stalwart. If you want to mix it up a bit, try their platter of mixed rocks from France, England and Ireland at £18.50 for eight.
J Sheekey Atlantic Bar - St Martin's Court
Right in the heart of the West End, the oyster bar at Sheekey's is a useful spot as (unlike the main restaurant) you can pop in without a reservation. If the weather's good, head for their terrace with their current deal of six Jersey pearl oysters and a glass of Delamotte champagne for £19.75.
Well and Bucket - Bethnal Green
An East End pub given a Shoreditch-style makeover, the menu here is all about the oyster. You can start with three Lindisfarne or Wild Colchester rocks for just £7.50. Or drink your oyster as a Bloody Mary oyster shot (£5). Downstairs, on the way to the loo, look out for the entrance to the hidden 5CC Cocktail Club.
Wiltons - St James
One of London's oldest restaurants (it's older than the USA basically), this St James stalwart serves oysters at £16.50 for half a dozen Jersey Rocks but one of the best things about their oh-so-traditional menu is the savoury course - make sure you order angels on horseback (£15).
Wright Brothers - Soho, Borough, Spitalfields and Kensington
It's no surprise that the secret to a great spot to eat oysters is an impeccable source and the Wright Brothers' oysters are right up there. We love their Spitalfields spot. It's pretty much all counter dining with an interesting selection of oysters. Even handier, you can get a platter of oysters from there through Deliveroo (if you live within catchment) - 12 shucked oysters are £36.
Other places to try oysters in London
Remedy - Fitzrovia
Pop into this lovely wine bar between 4 and 6pm for their happy 'hour' menu when oysters are £1 each and you can add on fizz for £6.50 or a glass of beer for a fiver.
Hix Oyster and Chop House - Farringdon
Choose from Colchester or Lindisfarne rocks at £2.95 each or try something a little different and go for the Speyside Roe deer chop with a hedgerow garlic baked oyster for £15.50
Fish Market - Broadgate
Set in one of the oldest surviving East India warehouses in the City, this laid-back restaurant features all manner of shellfish on its menu. Over the summer they're doing oysters and Moet out on the terrace - four Jersey rocks and a glass of champagne are £15.
Sutton and Sons - Stoke Newington and Islington
This modern chipper offers one of the best oyster deals to be had in London - half a dozen Maldon oysters, freshly shucked for £8.95.
Brady's - Wandsworth
This popular South London seafood restaurant serves up a range of oysters platters - look at their boards for the market prices.
Look out for the opening of Neptune at The Principal London which will have an oyster bar when it opens officially on May.
All prices correct as of 28 August 2017