Food & Drink

London's 8 best under-the-radar pizza places

Published On 09/30/2014 Published On 09/30/2014
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1. Pizza Union 25 Sandy's Row, Spitalfields, London, E1 7HS

This slightly industrial space may not look like a place that does legitimately good pizza, but remember what your mum told you about judging books by their covers. Boasting speedy, fresh, oven-baked pizza, and a solid menu with a good range of booze, these guys are also ridiculously cheap, with the most expensive pie coming in at ÂŁ6.50.

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2. Silver Dollar Pizza 232 Imperial Dr, London, HA2 7HJ

Having been in the pizza game since 1959, Silver Dollar likes to fly under the radar, however it routinely gets hunted down by A-listers and pizza lovers alike. The decor hans’t changed in 50 years, and the staff keeps things straight forward, but you’re not going for any of that. You are there for the basic pepperoni pizza on super-thin, crispy crust.

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3. CRATE Brewery The White Building, Unit 7, Queen's Yard, London, E9 5EN (Hackney)

Beer & pizza is the most unbeatable combination this side of whoever China puts out for synchronized diving, which is why CRATE is making both onsite in its expansive, Olympic-adjacent space, which is decorated like a really creative tornado ripped through a scrapyard, along the way upcycling bed springs into lighting and wooden pallets into seats.

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4. Ruben's Bakehouse 52 Heath Rd, Twickenham, TW1 4BX

This family-run bakery in Twickenham takes their craft very seriously and the result is a full menu of a number of tasty breads and pizzas that are some of the best around.

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5. Addommè 17-21 Sternhold Ave, London, SW2 4PA

Owners Stefano and Nadia must have brought some kind of pizza magic from their native Capri, because their little pizzeria causes people to swiftly develop addictions, thanks to their simple flavor combos and wood-fired 'za.

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6. Bravi Ragazzi 2a SunnyHill Rd, Streatham, London, SW16 2UH

In the Neapolitan pizza capitol of London -- that's Streatham for those just tuning in -- a group of siblings have created some of the thinnest pizza in London, but it's still totally loaded with toppings. They seriously know how to work that dough to give it the right amount of structure! The dining room is tiny, so people wait at the pub across the street for the Provolina, which is loaded with smoked cheese, cherry tomatoes, rocket, and extra virgin olive oil.

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7. Story Deli 123 Bethnal Green Rd, Shoreditch, London, E2 7DG (Shoreditch)

This Shoreditch spot features some of the best pizza in London, with a menu of more than 10 different pies to choose from, made with fresh ingredients from mascarpone to goat's cheese to crushed bird's eye chillies.