London may be more than a stone’s throw away from the sea, but fish and chips are still very much a Friday night staple in the city.

(If you want the OG British fish and chips experience of sitting on the beach, listening to the waves, breathing in the fresh, salty air and fighting off the seagulls, then check out our guide to quick and easy seaside day trips.)

Fryer’s Delight

fryer's delight fish and chips london
Photo by Fryer's Delight

A proper, very old chippy in the heart of London. Fryer’s Delight in Holborn has been serving up fish and chips to hungry workers for over fifty years. Replete with red formica tables, black and white tiles and old-school menu board, this is a no-fuss kind of chippy, where haddock and cod are £6.50 and chips are £2.

Toff’s of Muswell Hill

Photo by Toff's

Another old-school fish restaurant that seems to have been in its dark wood interior since opening in 1968. Despite the snooty sounding name, it’s not a posh fish place, but it has signed up to the Marine Stewardship Council and cooks sustainably sourced fish which isn’t always guaranteed—especially at the cheaper end of things.

Photo by Toff's

Locals queue well out of the door, and up the street on a Friday night to eat Toff’s award-winning fish & chips.  Prices are written up in chalk, and a regular portion of either cod or haddock costs £7.60 and chips are £2.60.

Photo by Toff's

The Seashell

Seashell of Lisson Grove fish and chip shop exterior

Considering Lisson Grove’s pricey postcode—it’s close to Regent’s Park, The Seashell is another long-running, traditional restaurant that serves up decent fish & chips.

fish and chips in a takeaway box

The main restaurant is more on the expensive side, but the ultimate takeaway fodder and is the fried cod or haddock and chips for £11.

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