The best pizza restaurants in London
Sure, we love a bit of fine dining from time to time, but for those days when nothing other than a mouthwatering Margherita and a use-your-hands mantra will do, London has an abundance of pizza joints ready to cure even the most powerful of carb cravings.
From the gigantic offerings at Homeslice to the drool-worthy vegan selection at Yard Sale, we’ve rounded up the very best pizza restaurants in London – and have picked out our menu highlights along the way.
Locations in Hackney, Walthamstow, Leytonstone, Finsbury Park and Clapton.
Yard Sale is a chain of hipster pizzieras scattered across London but, rest assured, their restaurants are anything but style-over-substance. Priding themselves on their made-to-share sourdough, diners can choose between a 12-inch or whopping 18-inch base. And if the gluttony of an 18-inch pizza pie isn’t enough to entice you, their out-of-the-ordinary toppings surely will – think broccoli with manchego, vegan pepperoni with guindilla chillies and spicy anchovies with caper berries. Vegans can rejoice too, as there’s now a stand-alone menu which is free from meat and dairy.
Locations in Spitalfields, Hoxton, Aldgate, King’s Cross and Dalston.
If you like your pizza thin, crisp and ‘superveloce’ (that’s ‘superfast’ in Italian), it’s probably in your interest to pay Pizza Union a visit. Their procedure is simple: order, pay and collect a buzzer at the counter – don’t worry, it usually flashes in a matter of minutes. And the best part? You can get your mitts on a crowd-pleasing Margherita for just £3.95 (possibly the cheapest of its kind in London). They also peddle meaty toppings, vegan options and tomato-free bases, with the most-costly pizza climbing to a penny-pinching £6.50. With pizza so thin, there’s always room to spare for a warm, sugar-coated Nutella and mascarpone dough ring, if you’re so inclined. Pizza Union is the go-to pizzeria for when money is tight and time is of the essence.
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Need a place to eat that’s crowd-pleasing, good for groups, just-as-great for couples and excellent value-for-money? We consider Franco Manca to be the all-rounder of the pizza world. It’s the sort of place that does the simple things well, with no unnecessary fuss or gimmicks. They’re famous for their sourdough bases, which are always doughy and delicious, and pizzas ranging between £5 and £9 (maximum) so you’re never going to feel short-changed here. Top up your order with a glass of wine (for a smidgen over £4) and a pudding (for just under £4) and you’ve still spent little more than 15 quid per head. Sold!
Fancy washing your dinner down with an ice cold cocktail? With an Italian restaurant on one level and a cocktail bar on another, Hai Cenato brings you the best of both worlds. You’ll find an array of pasta and meat dishes on the menu, too, but pizza is definitely the focus here. Expect flavours such as confit lamb neck with spiced aubergine and a drizzle of yogurt or grilled pumpkin with chilli and truffle honey. So, whether you’re visiting on Margherita Mondays or making use of their daily pizza happy hour, it’s the perfect place to head when payday won’t come quickly enough…
They describe their pizza crusts as ‘super soft and leopard spotted’ and trust us when we say, Crust Bros pizza is definitely worth waxing lyrical about. The culinary reigns are handed over to diners here with a ‘create your own’ menu (pizzas start from a modest £6.65). It’s a five-step process: choose your dough, sauce, protein, cheese and crust of choice (the ricotta stuffed crust is our favourite). There’s also an (optional) step to dip your finished creation into a pot of garlic, gorgonzola or truffle mayo, for an extra £1.25.
Located a stone’s throw from The Imax, The Old Vic and Young Vic theatres, it’s a brilliant place to pick up a pre-theatre pizza.
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Since opening in late 2018, Coal Drops Yard is home to a number of boutique shops, quirky bars and a great mix of restaurants. However, it’s been severely lacking on the pizza front – until now. Recently-opened Happy Face offers seriously moreish pizzas in a buzzy, vast space that offers up great post-work grub. Their short and sweet menu boasts a range of affordable meaty and veggie sourdough options and all bases can be adapted to be gluten-free. Heading out afterwards? Pop downstairs to the restaurant’s funky speakeasy bar, Supermax, for a post-pizza aperitif.
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If you find yourself south of the river and ravenous for sourdough, there’s only one place you should consider heading to. Indie-Italian setup Theos serves bright and beautiful Neapolitan pizzas which all come loaded with artisan toppings — think cavolo nero cream, scotch bonnet nduja, soppressata and more. It’s packed with regulars, who return for the reliable pizza and who stay for the chilled neighbourhood vibes. Round off the evening with one of their classic Italian desserts — for us, it’s got to be their properly-good tiramisu.
If you fancy a change from Neapolitan sourdough, London’s best alternative has got to be Homeslice. Serving gargantuan 20-inch New York-style pizzas made for sharing, Homeslice offers a sense of occasion unlike any other London pizzeria.
The menu’s inventive scale of toppings produces truly stunning pizza that wouldn’t look out of place in an art gallery; think za’atar roasted aubergine with smoked red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, a red onion and olive pickle, pistachios and rose petals (yes, that’s just one option). Even though they’re huge, the pizzas are so deliciously crisp and thin you won’t feel too heavy after a Homeslice-sesh. If you’re not super hungry, you can order by the slice, but we’d recommend going for the experience of gorging on a 20-inch with your pals.
Calling all carb-lovers! Don’t forget to check out the best pasta restaurants in London, too…
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