September sees the start of the native oyster season in the UK. Here's our pick of where's best In London to tuck into a briny bivalve - whether they're new natives or all-year-round rocks.
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 Oyster Gratin - two topped with parmesan, fennel, pancetta and breadcrumbs for £6.50
Prawn on the Lawn - Islington
Newly in possession of a glowing review from Marina O'Loughlin, the new larger Prawn on the Lawn (it's moved down St Paul's Road to where LeCoq used to be) still serves top notch oysters alongside its larger menu. That menu changes depending on the catch, but for oysters look at around £2.50 for Lindisfarne and £3 for Duchy natives.
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 £16. 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 Soho stalwart, which celebrated its 20th birthday last year. 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 Gyejacquot 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. Alternatively, head to their restaurant in Kensington with a separate cocktail and oyster Mermaid Bar featuring oyster 'pound a pop' hours - 3pm to 6pm.
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 have six rock oysters with Peter Gott's spicy sausages for £17.95. Alternatively try their weekday set menu where the main event is Sugar-pit bacon rib and oyster with pickled kohlrabi and Abshot Farm sweetcorn.
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. Eat up at the bar for the best experience. Carlingford rocks are £3 each.
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 starting with just three West Mersea oysters for under a fiver.
Veneta - St James
Head down to this St James outpost of the Salt Yard group for Oyster Hour during September where they're serving up a free oyster with every martini ordered between 5-7pm.
Look out for the opening of La Fromagerie's Bloomsbury branch - their new place on Lambs Conduit Street, opening on 27 September, will feature a special smoked salmon and oyster bar.
All prices correct as of 28 August 2017