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The 8 Best Under-the-Radar Fish & Chips Shops in London

Haley Forest Published On 04/27/2015 Published On 04/27/2015

​Fish & chips: they go together like peas in a mushy pod. And sure we all know the classics like Poppies, Toff's, and The Golden Hind, but if you’re limiting your mouth to only those places, you are a fool. We rounded up the unsung heroes of the crispy & golden, the ones you won’t find on any Time Out or Evening Standard list -- or even on our own. Here are London's under-the-radar chippies...

Hook Camden Town

Hook Camden Town

Camden
What you’re getting: Cuban Crusted Monkfish with Seaweed Salted Chips & Mojo Sauce
Started as a market stall in Dublin, Hook grew up in Brussels and discovered craft beer before setting its sights on London. Not content to rest on its laurels, it is constantly trying to push the evolution of the good old-fashioned F&C with seven different flavour combos with two different crusts (Panko breadcrumbs or tempura batter), plus loads of different sauces. Throw in a crazy-awesome, eco-friendly business plan (recycling, sustainable fish, and biodegradable cutlery) and this could be the the start of a new era.

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The Laughing Halibut

Westminster
What you’re getting: Skate fish & chips
Lets get this out of the way: you’re not coming here for the decor. This no-nonsense chippy does a roaring trade with the locals (aka the political set) by delivering fast, fresh, flaky fish in a crispy coating with golden fries good enough to eat while still at tongue-burning temperatures. Serving up the traditional cod & haddock and the obviously necessary halibut, it has a slightly more extended list of options including the more unusual skate, squid, and scampi, drawing in long queues come lunchtime, which it burns though with a military-like efficiency.

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North Sea Fish Restaurant

Bloomsbury
What you’re getting: Plaice with the works
This family-run old-timer has been upping its game in recent times making the sit-down experience a rounded one, with portions so huge you’ll be waddling out fat and happy by the end.

Flickr/Kake

Gigs Fish & Chips

Fitzrovia
What you’re getting: Battered cod
This is a blessed union of two of London’s finest guilty pleasures: fish & chips and kebabs. This Cypriot chippy has been covering all bases with aplomb since 1958, keeping mouths contentedly busy with traditionally massive portions of all things delicious and frequently crispy. The staff is always Stepford Wives-level happy and will bend over backwards to make sure you have a great experience, regardless of how rammed it is. 
 

The Fish House of Notting Hill

Notting HIll
What you’re getting: Lemon sole
With the feeling of a old-school chippy, The Fish House has a new-school mindset: all fish are sustainable and traceable right down to the boat and crew, plus the potatoes all come from one farm here in the UK to keep an eye on air miles. Then it makes sure to have the most up-to-date technology so your chips are crispy -- never soggy! -- and all of it at a lower fat content than the average spot. With that much TLC before it even gets to the plate, it’s only fair to say it’s going to be delicious.

Flickr/Hideyuki KAMON

Seafresh

Victoria
What you’re getting: Haddock
In the no man’s land of Victoria, this is an oasis of fried goodness. It went the extra mile on its eat-in area, so be wary when consulting your wallet for a cheap and easy meal. The takeaway on the other hand -- especially if the sun is shining -- can be a total score. The fish is crisp and flaky and as big as your head, so you get a massive gold star if you actually can finish one off.

Flickr/Kotomi_ (edited)

The Seashell of Lisson Grove

Marylebone
What you’re getting: Classic cod
After surviving a massive fire back in 2009, The Sea Shell has built itself back up complete with the original black-and-white tiled floor. Known for drawing in A-listers on the DL and locals alike, the price point is a touch higher, but with unlimited chips and a classically decorated dining room, it suits the place. Super-fresh fish comes out coated with just the right amount of batter, the better to burn your fingers on while picking at it before it cools.

Flickr/Mark Hillary

The Dining Plaice

Soho
What you’re getting: Haddock
Right in the centre of Soho, you’ve probably walked by this unassuming shop countless times. It’s okay, everyone makes mistakes sometimes. Luckily, now you know you’ve been walking by some of the best fish & chips in Soho with a super-friendly staff, tasty, house-made sauces, and gigantic portions. Add in thin, crunchy coating, picked away to reveal perfectly cooked fish and you’ve just discovered your favourite spot. 

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1. Hook Camden Town 63-65 Parkway, London, NW1 7PP (Camden)

Started as a market stall in Dublin, Hook is one of the more interesting chippies in London. Not only does it have old-fashioned fish & chips with seven different flavour combos (and two different crusts), it also features an eco-friendly business plan (recycling, sustainable fish, and biodegradable cutlery).

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2. The Laughing Halibut 38 Strutton Ground, City of Westminster, SW1P 2HR (Westminster)

You’re not coming here for the decor. This no-nonsense chippy does a roaring trade with the locals (aka the political set) by delivering fast, fresh, flaky fish in a crispy coating with golden fries good enough to eat while still at tongue-burning temperatures. Serving up the traditional cod & haddock and the obviously necessary halibut, it has a slightly more extended list of options including the more unusual skate, squid, and scampi, which draw in long queues come lunch time.

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3. North Sea Fish Restaurant 7-8 Leigh St, Bloomsbury, WC1H 9EW (Bloomsbury)

This family-run old timer has made the sit-down fish & chips experience a rounded one if that's what you’re after, with portions so massive you’ll be waddling out fat and happy at the end.

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4. Gigs Fish & Chips 12 Tottenham St, Camden Town, W1T 4RE (Fitzrovia)

Gigs represents a blessed union of two of London’s finest guilty pleasures: fish & chips and kebabs. This Cypriot chippy has been covering all bases with aplomb since 1958, keeping mouths contentedly busy with traditionally massive portions of all things delicious and frequently crispy.

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5. The Fish House of Notting Hill 29 Pembridge Rd, London, W11 3HG (Notting Hill)

With the feeling of a old-school chippy, The Fish House has a new-school mindset: all fish is sustainable and traceable right down to the boat and crew, plus the potatoes all come from one farm here in the UK to keep an eye on air miles. Then it makes sure to have to most up-to-date technology so your chips are crispy -- never soggy -- and all of it at a lower fat content than the average spot.

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6. Seafresh 80-81 Wilton Rd, London, SW1 V 1 (Victoria)

In the no-man’s land of Victoria, this is an oasis of fried goodness and the take away part of the shop -- especially if the sun is shining -- can be a total score. Crisp and flaky, and as big as your head, the fish is some of the best around and you get a massive gold star if you actually can finish one off.

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7. The Seashell of Lisson Grove 49-51 Lisson Gr, Marylebone, NW1 6UH (Marylebone)

Known for drawing in A-listers on the DL and locals alike, the price point is a touch higher than most chippies, but with unlimited chips and a classically decorated dining room, it suits the place. Super-fresh fish comes out coated with just the right amount of batter, the better to burn your fingers on while picking at it before it cools.

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8. The Dining Plaice 20 Berwick St, London, W1F 0PY (Soho)

Right in the centre of Soho, you’ve probably walked by this unassuming shop countless times. It’s okay, though, everyone makes mistakes. Luckily now you know you’ve been walking by some of the best fish and chips in Soho with a super-friendly staff, tasty house-made sauces, and gigantic portions.

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