The 8 Best Seafood Restaurants In London

From Porthilly oysters at Bonnie Gull to moules marinières at Randall & Aubin, we've got you sorted

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With the sheer amount of seafood available in London, it's easy to forget about the city's relatively awkward distance from the sea. This only makes the restaurants who manage to serve fresh, delicious fish all the more impressive.

Admittedly, there are plenty of sad looking prawn cocktails and rubbery rings of calamari lurking around too – but with our help, you can locate the places offering up unusual and classic catches that won't (always) cost you the earth...

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J.Sheekey

Often seen as the seafood restaurant in London, J.Sheekey is a West End establishment which has been around since proprietor Josef Sheekey was given permission to sell seafood in St Martin's Court in 1896 (on the provision he provide dinner for Lord Salisbury and his friends). Skip to 2017 and it is still plying theatre-goers with rich oysters and their gloriously creamy signature fish pie.

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28-32 St Martin's Ct, London WC2N 4AL, 020 7240 2565, j-sheekey.co.uk

Westerns Laundry

Now for a notably newer face on the block, from the foodies that bought you North London gem, Primeur. Westerns Laundry's daily changing menu is scrawled on lined notepad paper and uploaded to Instagram. Regular favourites include cuttlefish and ham croquettes, baked lobster with fideo pasta, and squid with lemon sausage.

34 Drayton Park, N5 1PB, 020 7700 3700, westernslaundry.com

Wright Brothers

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Two brother-in-laws bought their own farm on the Helford River in Cornwall, and then their first restaurant in Borough Market in 2005. Now they own branches in Soho, Spitalfields, South Kensington and Battersea where glittering plates of pearl white oysters are chucked back every day. Their specials menu offers a selection of winners, but we recommend trying their octopus carpaccio from the everyday menu.

11 Stoney Street, Borough Market, London SE1 9AD, 020 7403 9554, thewrightbrothers.co.uk

Bonnie Gull

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The first Gull outpost has offered a slice of the seaside to Fitzrovia since 2012 and their second seafood shack in Soho has the same simple but creative approach to excellent quality produce. With just 23 covers and no bookings you're best bet is sitting at the bar with a plate of Porthilly oysters, but don't leave without trying the squid toast, or the crab and sourdough for that matter.

22 Bateman Street, London W1D 3AN, England, 020 7734 6676, bonniegull.com

Randall & Aubin

For over 20 years this unpretentious Anglo-French Brasserie has served seafood to Soho under their iconic disco ball. Their extensive menu includes spaghetti packed with juicy pink prawns, a signature crab burger and starters ideal for sharing - or guzzling alone - like moules marinières, scallops, crab cakes and calamari.

16 Brewer Street, Soho, w1, 0207 287 4447, randallandaubin.com

Kaspar's

The staff at Kaspar's Seafood Bar & Grill will give you one of the warmest receptions in London whether you are staying there or not, and the menu gains top marks from top to bottom (we particularly recommend the smoked fish selection). As for the oysters, a dozen for £28 is surprisingly good value given the luxurious settings. You get six from Jersey, which are light and delicious, and six from West Mersea, which have a more meaty texture. Dig in.

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The Savoy Hotel, Strand, London, WC2R 0EU, 020 7420 2111, kaspars.co.uk

The Richmond

The newest offering from Elliot's Cafe in Borough Market has perfected all the best flavours and wines to pair with raw seafood. The Richmond has tapped into the small plates market and perfected them. The ceviche is especially good as are their scallops, but be sure to gorge on their oyster offering during the £1 happy hour on Friday and Saturdays.

316 Queensbridge Rd, London, E8 3NH, 020 7241 1638, therichmondhackney.com

Trawler Trash

An upmarket chippy with a gimmick, Trawler Trash uses sustainable but often unpopular fish to help prevent over fishing and with no freezers in the restaurant it will only serve up what is caught that day. Expect lesser-known catches to feature in dishes such as kipper carbonara, witch sole or charred cuttlefish.

205 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1RQ, 020 3637 7619, trawler-trash.com