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The Best Fried Chicken Joints in London

Haley Forest Published On 09/29/2015 Published On 09/29/2015

London Forget energy drinks, it’s fried chicken places that give you wings, and we mean in both the literal and symbolic sense. Here are the 10 best spots in London to get the stuff... More Stuff You Will Like

BIRD

Bird

  Shoreditch   What you're getting: Chicken & waffles It’s really all in the name here -- all chicken, all the time -- plus some pretty great donuts. Cooking up only the best free-range birds, the meat is juicy, tender, and packed with flavour. While the wings and basic fried pieces are delicious -- you can get picky with sauces and light vs. dark meat -- it's the chicken & waffles that take the cake. Also, a heads up -- the shop's about to open two new wings in Camden and Islington. Continue Reading

Joe's Souther Kitchen NW5

Joe’s Southern Kitchen

  Kentish Town & Covent Garden   What you're getting: Southern fried chicken This is the deep south at its finest, and this place has rolled out all of the American chicken classics; buns, grilled, fried -- you name it, there’s a chicken done exactly how you want it. The classic southern fried is tea brined for 24 hours before being loaded up with spices and fried to perfection.

Whyte & Brown

Whyte & Brown

  Carnaby St   What you're getting: Roasted beer can chicken There are zero punches held at this chicken palace hidden just off Carnaby. Celebrating the time-honored tradition of shoving a whole beer can into a bird and letting all those glorious flavours infuse into the meat (with a little combustion of course), this thing is moist and manly.

Clutch Chicken

Clutch

  Shoreditch   What you're getting: Curry leaf sesame Love Me Tenders These guys take a very playful approach to a very serious selection of chicken. Love Me Tenders (breast fillets), Put A Wing On Its (wings), and Happy Hens (whole birds and then some), are loaded with imaginative flavours like curry leaf & sesame, peppery buttermilk, and lemon & Parmesan.

Mother Clucker

Mother Clucker

  On the move   What you're getting: Southern strips These guys don’t believe in doing things by halves, apparently -- and they prove it by tea brining, milk soaking, and then twice-frying their chicken. Serving from a converted ambulance at places like Street Feast and Kerb, they’ve also taken over the reigns for the kitchen at the Cat & Mutton in London Fields.

Jubo London

Jubo

  Farringdon & Shoreditch   What you're getting: Korean fried chicken Jubo has somehow mastered chicken that is not only super crispy, but also smothered in a flavorsome sauce using what must be some kind of dark magic. Specializing in Korean fried chicken -- aka yangnyeom tongdak (now say that 10 times fast) -- the resto started out as just a pop-up inside Bedroom Bar on Rivington and now has branched out to Exmouth Market as well. More chicken for everyone.

Tramshed

Tramshed

  Shoreditch & Bankside   What you're getting: Buttermilk fried chicken In a land of only two options -- chicken or steak -- it’s a good bet that this place delivers at both. These buttermilk fried chicken bites are no different, but really it’s the sauce that makes these things so good. Served with The Ribman's “Holy F*ck” sauce, you’ll completely understand once you get it in your mouth.

The Lockhart London

The Lockhart

  Marylebone   What you're getting: Southern fried chicken This is the real deal. Mississippi born-and-bred, Chef Brad McDonald is the brains and palate behind this spot so you best believe it’s going to be authentic. Letting the food speak for itself, this place is refreshingly gimmick free, with your fried bird served with just collard greens and coleslaw.

The Clove Club

The Clove Club

  Shoreditch   What you're getting: Fried chicken You know, there’s a reason we frequently say how great the fried chicken at Clove Club is. It’s really freaking great. Sure, the booking system is a bit hard to navigate, but deal with it, and thank us after.

Chick'n'Sours

Chick 'n' Sours

  Dalston   What you're getting: House fry Another pop-up done good, C’n’S focuses on two things and does them very well: fried chicken and cocktails of the sour variety. Right next to The Hagerstown and Rotorino, this is hipster central, but in the best possible way. Sign up here for our daily London email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in the capital. Haley Forest is a London writer who thinks the Colonel is overdue a promotion. Follow her on Twitter at @HCForest.

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1. BIRD 42-44 Kingsland Rd, London, E2 8DA (Hackney)

This spacious Dalston resto nails it when it comes to free-range fried chicken (they claim it'll be the best you've ever tasted), which you can get in dark or white meat, and with sides like hand-cut potato crisps and pickled veggies.

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2. Joe's Southern Kitchen 34 King Street, London, W4 2ND

The offerings here present the deep South at its finest, and they’ve rolled out all of the American chicken classics; buns, grilled, fried - you name it, there’s a chicken done exactly how you want it. Recommended is the classic Southern Fried, tea-brined for 24 hours before being loaded up with spices and fried to perfection.

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3. Whyte & Brown Kingly Court, London, W1B 5PW (Soho)

A free-range chicken purveyor that also serves seafood, hefty amounts of libations, and a killer Affogato.

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4. Clutch 4 Ravenscroft St, London, E2 7SH

These guys take a very playful approach to a very serious selection of chicken: Love Me Tenders (breast fillets), Put A Wing On It (wings), and Happy Hens (whole birds and then some) are loaded with imaginative flavours like curry leaf sesame, sweet soy garlic, and lemon & parmesan.

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5. MotherClucker 1 - 15 Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR

These guys don’t believe in doing things by halves, apparently -- and they prove it by tea brining, milk soaking, and then twice-frying their chicken. Serving from a converted ambulance, they’ve also taken over the reigns for the kitchen at the Cat & Mutton in London Fields. Double trouble.

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6. Jubo 68 Rivington St, London, ec2a 3ay (Shoreditch)

Jubo serves up "Korean drinking food" in Shoreditch's Bedroom Bar.

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7. Tramshed 32 Rivington St, London, EC2A 3LX (Shoreditch)

After you enter the Tramshed through its massive doors, a large sunlight-filled warehouse space opens up before you, but your focus will quickly change once you take a bite into one of their steaks, chickens, or other meat-o-tastic options.

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8. The Lockhart 22-24 Seymour Pl, London, W1H 7NJ

You won't be questioning culinary legitimacy here. Mississippi born and bred chef, Brad McDonald, is the brains and pallet behind this spot so you best believe it’s going to be authentic. Letting the food speak for itself, this place is refreshingly gimmick-free, with your fried bird served simply with collard greens and coleslaw.

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9. The Clove Club Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St, London, EC1V 9LT

There’s a reason we frequently say how great the fried chicken at Clove Club is. We're serious. Sure, their booking system is a bit difficult to navigate, but deal with it, and thank us after.

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10. Chick 'n' Sours 390 Kingsland Rd, London, E8 4AA

From Carl Clarke, crown prince of inventive London pop-ups, this permanent East London space specializes in fried chicken (from free range, herb fed birds) and sour cocktails, boasting a lineup of five including one delicious number with pear & red wine syrup.

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