Where to find the best pizza in London

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A little rule I’ve set myself in London is to avoid eating at chain restaurants unless it’s completely necessary. This is because there are so many incredible restaurants throughout the city that it would almost be a shame to resort to somewhere you can eat at anywhere in the country or the world! If the restaurant has a few branches in the city then that is acceptable to my little rule but anything otherwise I will seek out an independent restaurant in the area instead, naturally this rule definitely applies whenever I’m trying to find a place to satisfy a pizza craving, of which I have many. Whilst pizza isn’t what London is necessarily renowned for that certainly doesn’t mean that we can’t serve up a pretty fantastic selection. If you’re just as big a fan of a slice of delicious crispy pizza as I am, then here’s a list where to find the best pizza in London to help you on your way.



1. Princi

Located in Soho these guys know how to make a fantastic pizza. There’s a cafe and restaurant located at the Wardour Street branch, both offering delicious food. You can’t book but the waiting list usually moves fairly swiftly and it’s definitely a pizza worth waiting around for. Be sure to order their freshly sliced prosciutto on your pizza, you will not be disappointed.



2. Pizza Pilgrims 

These guys started out selling pizza out of their street food van, a few years later and they have two permanent restaurants – one in Soho and one off of Carnaby Street. They have a huge stone oven to bake your pizzas in till they’re deliciously crispy and the mozzarella is bubbling away. Pizza pilgrims pizza may just be my favourite in London. Not only are their savoury pizzas delicious but their chocolate pizza rings are something else, they’re a must try. If you manage to consume one all to yourself I’ll be very impressed. They’re a pizza dough ring stuffed with nutella, ricotta and a little sea salt. So, damn, good!



3. Pizza East 

You’ll find Pizza East in Notting Hill, Shoreditch and Kentish Town They have a delicious selection of pizzas for you to choose from. A must for your visit is asking for burrata on the top, they add it to any pizza of your choice if you ask and it is incredible. As well as delicious, crispy and fresh pizzas there’s always an awesome atmosphere. You can book here and it’s definitely worth calling ahead because they’re always buzzing! Especially at the Shoreditch branch. Fun atmosphere and great pizza, what more could you want?



4. Story Deli 

Story Deli definitely has some of the best pizza in Shoreditch, testament to this is the business of the restaurant. You can’t book here either because it’s hipster like that but their pizza’s really are amazing. Thin and crispy crusts with a magnitude of alternative and delicious toppings. Story is a little bit on the pricey side for a pizza but if you’re a pizza lover it’s definitely worth the money for the quality of food you’ll be getting.



5. Franco Manca

Franco Manca became well known for their use of Sourdough pizza bases. Not only are the bases delicious but they have an original and yummy selection of toppings too! These guys have done exceptionally well and have gradually been spreading their sourdough-deliciousness to all corners of London so you have no excuses but to seek one of them out! They source ingredients as locally as possible and from artisans which makes the food just that little bit better. Definitely worth trying if you’re in search of a really great slice of pizza!



6. Homeslice Pizza

Much like Pizza Pilgrims, Homeslice also started small. They used to serve up their awesome pizzas in the courtyard of an East London brewery however due to popularity they now have a permanent residence in the heart of Covent Garden in Neal’s Yard. They cook up 20 inch pizzas which are served either whole or by the slice meaning you can both sit in or maybe grab yourself a slice on your lunch break! Again, like many restaurants in London, you can’t book, it’s first come, first served, so arrive early if you’re going in the evening. It usually moves pretty fast though and you can go for a drink while you’re waiting for your call informing you your table is awaiting!



7. Santore 

Santore is the hugely popular pizza restaurant located in Farringdon’s Exmouth Market. Always buzzing, whether it be from city workers at lunchtime or locals in the evening, the atmosphere is always fun and the pizza even better. You’ll be dining on dark wooden furniture in a cozy atmosphere and feasting on their incredible menu. Whilst this post is about pizza, which they do exceptionally, their pasta dishes are also delicious. Be sure to try the buffalo mozzarella topped pizza, it’s divine!



8. Santa Maria 

Located a little further out of central London, Santa Maria is found in Ealing. You may be thinking you can’t be bothered to get on a tube to go that far for pizza, but let me assure you the extra minutes in the tube are worth the level of pizza satisfaction that will result. They serve traditional Neapolitan pizza and they do a damn good job of it too, there’s certainly good reason it’s been voted as one of the best pizzas in London by numerous websites and magazines! All pizzas are baked in a wood fired oven and you definitely need to try their Santa Caterina when you get there, you’re welcome!



9. Saporitalia 

A little Ladbroke Grove treasure is found at Saporitalia, set up by two Italian brothers who are seeking to bring new dishes to London from their hometown. Like many of these pizza restaurants, their dishes are Neapolitan inspired (from the Naples region in Italy) and their pizzas are exquisite. The interior is very cute and in the evening’s bustling with hungry pizza-seekers. All of their produce is fresh and well sourced and you must order Pomodorini rucola e crudo, a personal favourite of mine!



10. Amici Miei 

Amici Miei is in the heart of Shoreditch and a family run restaurant. The atmosphere is  buzzing with Italians and London folk alike. You’ll be dining by candlelight from wooden tables, the service is quick and the pizza is even more delicious. If you’re a fan of Calzone then they do a cracking one here, alternatively take a look at the numerous other choices, there’s definitely something for everyone! If you’re not feeling like pizza then their homemade pasta is quite incredible.


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Story by World of Wanderlust contributor Emma Bates.



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    April 18, 2016

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    April 18, 2016

    will be sure to hunt down one of these when I visit London in November

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    April 15, 2016

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    April 14, 2016

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    April 2, 2016

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    August 20, 2015

    This is so good to know! Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to go back to London to try some of these!

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    July 17, 2015

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    July 11, 2015

    been to most of these, francos is the best for sure! thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk

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    July 8, 2015

    When I saw the title of this post I thought I was definitely mention Pizza East in my comment. But hey, you’ve got it covered.
    PS. Great delicious pictures. I am super hungry right now.

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    July 1, 2015

    Wow…they all look soooooo amazing. I wouldn’t be able to decide and would have to try every single place.

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    June 30, 2015

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    Andrea Petersen

    June 30, 2015

    THIS POST IS EVERYTHING I WANTED IN LIFE!!! Seriously, been on the hunt for the best London pizza for so long. Homeslice and Franco Manca are my current favourits but dying to try Pizza Pilgrims! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

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    June 30, 2015

    Unfortunately it seems all good things become a chain – like Franco Manca! I used to be a groupie at the original Brixton venue but now they are popping up everywhere which does detract from the magic.

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    June 30, 2015

    I love these London food posts! I’ll be back in town in September and will save this list for my next visit.

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    June 29, 2015

    I have heard and read lots of good things about Pizza Pilgrims.
    I am not a HUGE pizza lover, but my other half is so next time we are in London I will be giving these places a visit 🙂

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    Ása Steinarsdóttir

    June 29, 2015

    O my gosh!!
    This post made me cry, seriously. I’ve been in Asia for the last 7 months and you could never get a pizza like that here! I miss London 🙂

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    June 29, 2015

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    June 29, 2015

    No Bravi Ragazzi? You definitely need to try this place. Amazing. 100% top of my list over Princi and Franco Manca……
    And the staff are lovely. Service is quick. Pizza is delicious!

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    June 29, 2015

    You’ve got two of our favourites right there: Franco Manca and Saporitalia.
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    June 29, 2015

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    June 29, 2015

    Great post! I’m already a big fan of Pizza Pilgrims, but some of these look amazing – Will have to try them out next time I’m craving pizza!

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    June 29, 2015

    Which one do you like all of them?

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    June 28, 2015

    I’m so hungry now haha!
    My favourite place to eat pizza in London is Made In Italy in Kings Road. They make one big pizza if you order several pizza’s. Once I went there with two other people and we got the biggest pizza ever!

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    June 28, 2015

    Love pizza!! These looks super delicious, will be sure to hunt down one of these when I visit London in November…thanks for the tips! 🙂

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    June 28, 2015

    I am visiting London with my parents next year and I am loving these food posts! I come from a very Italian family so I’m sure I can convince my dad to share a pizza with me. Thank you Emma!

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    June 28, 2015

    Love these tips! This post has made me so hungry now lol. Pizza is my faveee!

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    June 28, 2015

    This is so good to know! Thanks for sharing. I’m getting hungry just looking at these pictures! 😉

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    Yasmin Schulze

    June 28, 2015

    I absolutely love this post! I can’t wait to go back to London to try some of these!

    Yas xx

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