London is a hub for food of all kinds, whether you are a stringent vegan or looking for a fillet steak cooked blue. This means that seafood is not neglected and another smashing notch on London’s foodie belt. Here are the best spots to visit in the city, all within easy access to Paddington Court Rooms. Head to any of them and you won’t be left disappointed.
London Shell Co.
This restaurant not only specialises in the produce of the water, but is also located on it… This restaurant-barge with a European fish-focused menu floats on the Prince Regent along from the Paddington Basin, north of your hotel. The wine-list has been carefully designed to suite the sea flavours on the menu – if you are not sure which wine works best with your meal, be sure to ask the waiting staff who are all equipped to help you make the best decision on that front. No matter your preference of fish (like salmon or cod) and shellfish (like lobster or oysters), there is something on the menu for every seafood-lover .
Address: The Prince Regent, Sheldon Square, London W2 6DL
Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill
While everyone loves a restaurant that can do a bit of variety, there is nothing quite like visiting a specialist restaurant for a certain type of food which you love. If oysters are your weakness, then you really should be eating in Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill. They of course offer things like seafood and grills, too, but they are truly masters of the marble-topped oyster bar. If you have never tried oysters before, then this is also an excellent shout because they come in every way imaginable, meaning you will be afforded the opportunity to decide which is your favourite through trial and error tastings.
Address: 11-15 Swallow Street, Mayfair, London W1B 4DG
Do not make the mistake of overlooking sushi restaurants when deciding on a seafood meal – in London, that would be hard to do anyway, given the number of excellent sushi restaurants. You will find Sushi Atelier in Fitzrovia – it is not very fancy, nor is it overly informal. It is the perfect combination of laid back and rustic, without ever compromising on an eat-out kind of ambience.
Address: 114 Great Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6PA
This high end oyster bar and seafood restaurant in London certainly know their way around a fish market, because the freshest of it is being plated from within their elegant walls. Though they offer meats and seasonal game, it would be a waste to visit Scott’s and not have either their traditionally cooked seafood and shellfish dishes, or dabble in their very glamorous oyster bar with a glass of champagne. Their food is served from midday under the watchful and talented eye of Head Chef David McCarthy. Scott’s embodies the height of luxurious dining, and should be a first choice if you are after upmarket seafood in London.
Address: 20 Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1K 2HE
Poppies Fish & Chips
Sometimes, when people hear the phrase “seafood dining”, they are immediately inclined to think of upmarket shellfish or oyster bars with high bar stools and prices alike, rather than the traditional British classic of fish and chips – with a side of mushy peas, of course. Considered to be somewhat of a national dish, fish and chips are often available wherever you go and it is a guaranteed menu-option when visiting a traditional pub or alehouse which serves food. Whether you are looking to take away your fish wrapped in paper, or have a sit down meal, Poppie’s Fish & Chips in Camden, Soho and Spitalfields is one of London’s finest food chains, who have been running successful seaside-outposts since 1952 and today serving up sustainably caught fish to its many patrons who flock in daily.
Address: 55-59 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D 6HW (Soho)
30 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London NW1 8NP (Camden)
6-8 Hanbury Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6QR (Spitalfields)
Though it seems obvious as soon as you think about the crashing waves of Sorrento, people don’t always associate Italian food with being inherently fishy. However, once you venture outside the tomato-based, creamy foods of the countryside like Napals and Bologna, you find that the coastlines of Italy focus largely on seafood and that spaghetti Bolognese and pizzas are simply one of many facets of the cuisine – which, admittedly, local restaurants often focus on because they are such crowd pleasers. Head to Olivomare to get a taste of that fresh, Italian seafood style from within London. Though nestled in Belgravia, the tastes transport you to a sea-view terrace looking over the Medetaranian while eating the best flavors from within it.
Address: 10 Lower Belgrave Street, Belgravia, London SW1W 0LJ
While it is true that seafood can be both a relaxed and a sophisticated dining experience, WIlton’s Restaurant prove just how successfully the upmarket end of the scale can be for serving seafood. To be found right by St James’s Square, Wilton’s is at the top of the seafood fine dining game in the city.
Address: 55 Jermyn St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6LX
If keeping an eye on London hotel deals has led you to The Devonshire Paddington, then you are really in luck, because Paddington is the kind of accomodation area which gives you access to a bit of everything – from shows on the West End and strolls around Hyde Park, to sightseeing along the Southbank and perusing the world of human intuition and creativity in the Science Museum. More importantly, it is prime location to b-line to any of these fantastic seafood restaurants in the city. Given that London centres around the flow of the River Thames, it seems fitting that it is so successful in cooking products of the ocean.