The Ultimate London Pizza Guide

Pizza time

Written by Isabel Clift

You want good pizza in London? We’ve got a failsafe list of the best and baddest pies in town, from traditional Italian joints to late-night NYC-style takeaways, and everything in between… get ready to nom.

Central

Homeslice, Covent Garden

Homeslice

Huge pizza slices that take two hands to hold from this street food star (previously found at the Filling Station, Kings Cross), setting up shop in Neal’s Yard this March.

Eat this: The zucchini, artichoke and garlic pizza.
Spend: £3 per slice, £8.50 for a 12″ whole.

Tube: Covent Garden | 13 Neal’s Yard  London WC2H 9DP

Img: Streetfeast.co.uk

Pizza Pilgrims, Soho

Pizza Pilgrims

Napoli-inspired pizzas from a niftily converted pizza van with a woodfire oven, served in brown paper bags on Berwick Street Market, Soho.

Eat this: The Pilgrim – n’duja sausage, portobello mushrooms and rocket.

Spend: pizzas £5 each

Tube: Piccadilly Circus | 102 Berwick St, London, UK W1F 0QB

Img: Pizza Pilgrims Facebook

East

Crate Brewery, Hackney Wick

Crate Pizza

Craft brewery and pizzeria in a former print factory on Regent’s Canal, turning out pies with deliciously unusual toppings.

Eat this: The Chicken Laksa, Middle Eastern lamb pizza or the sweet potato, gorgonzola and walnut pizza. Full menu

Spend: pizzas £8-12.

Tube: Hackney Wick (London Overground) | Unit 7, White Building, Queens Yard, E9 5EN

Img: Crate Brewery Facebook

Sweet Thursday, Haggerston

Sweet Thursday

A wine shop with a Neapolitan-style pizzeria at the back – get 10% off the cost of a bottle of wine from the shop with your bill (to spend that day).

Eat this: The Salciccia – pork and fennel sausage with broccoli, chillies and mozzarella. Full menu

Spend: pizzas £7-15

Tube: Dalston Junction (London Overground) | 95 Southgate Road, N1 3JS

Img: Sweet Thursday

Voodoo Ray’s, Dalston

Voodoo Ray's Pizza

Hulking great New York-style pizza slices and frozen margharitas at this pizza joint owned by sweatbox club Dalston Superstore (open ’til v. late!)

Eat this: The Cabbage Patch Kid with Savoy cabbage and bacon. Full menu

Spend: Slices 3.50-4.20 per slice.

Tube: Dalston Kingsland (London overground) | 117 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB

Img: Voodoo Ray’s Facebook

Lardo, London Fields

Lardo

Named after a kind of Italian salume, Lardo serves pizzas topped with home-cured meat (speck, actual lardo, etc) from a disco ball-like oven.

Eat this: The pizza with speck, spinach and Belper Knolle cheese. Full menu

Average spend: pizzas £7.50-10

Rail: London Fields (National rail) | 205 Richmond Road, Hackney, E8 3NJ

Img: Lardo’s Facebook

Pizza East, Shoreditch

Pizza East

A typically slick, hipster-luring pizza joint from the Soho House group (Shoreditch House is above), Pizza East has a long menu of delectable pies, and puts on the occasional kareoke night to boot.

Eat this: The Prosciutto with cotto, tomato, mozzarella and artichoke. Full menu

Spend: pizzas £8-14

Tube: Liverpool Street / Shoreditch High Street (London overground) | 56 Shoreditch High St, Shoreditch, E1 6JJ

Img: Pizza East

South

Franco Manca, Brixton

Franco Manca

Traditional Neapolitan sourdough bases and seasonal ingredients mean Franco’s is constantly lauded as the best pizzeria in London. Long (but fast-moving) queues outside speak for themselves.

Eat this: The Gloucester old spot ham pizza with wild mushrooms, buffalo ricotta and mozzarella. Full menu

Spend: pizzas £4.50-6.95

Tube: Brixton | Unit 4, Market Row, SW9 8LD

Img: Franco Manca’s Facebook

PizzaMetroPizza, Battersea

Pizza Metro Pizza

A much-loved, 100% Italian neighbourhood pizza joint, from the chefs and staff to the freshly-prepared kitchen ingredients.

Eat this: The Pecorina – Goat’s cheese, red onions, mozzarella, grana padano and basil. Full menu

Spend: pizzas £8.95-13.50

Rail: Battersea (national rail) | 64 Battersea Rise, Battersea SW11 1EQ

Img: PizzaMetroPizza

Gowlett, Peckham

Gowlett

Truly delicious, traditional-with-a-twist pizzas from a stone-bake oven in trendy Peckham pub The Gowlett.

Eat this: The Fiorentina – spinach, mozarella and tomato with a hard-boiled egg in the middle. Full menu

Spend: pizzas £7.50-9

Rail: Peckham Rye (London overground and national rail) | 62 Gowlett Rd, SE15 4HY

Img: Ewan-M

West

Santa Maria, Ealing

Santa Maria

Praised by Time Out, the Evening Standard and Financial Times, pizzas are made with flown-in Neapolitan ingredients. Italians in our office say, shut your eyes and you’re almost home.

Eat this: The Santa Maria – Tomato sauce, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, fresh basil, oregano – basics at their best. Full menu

Spend: pizzas £5.45-10.45

Tube: Ealing Broadway | 15 St Mary’s Road, London W5 5RA

Img: Santa Maria

Saporitalia, Notting Hill

Saporitalia pizza balls

A bustling pizzeria on Portobello Road, with traditional pies served to exceptional standards and staff hailing from Sorrento.

Eat this: The Napoli – black olives, capers and anchovies. Full menu

Spend: pizzas £6.50-12.50

Tube: Ladbroke Grove | 222, Portobello Road, W11 1LJ

Img: Saporitalia’s Facebook

North

Santore, Exmouth Market

Santore

Serving long and square pizza by the metre as well as circular bases, Santore brings a slice of Italy to foodie heaven Exmouth market – lively atmosphere, super-friendly staff and top toppings: check, check and check.

Eat this: The ‘Pizze special’ with imported Neapolitan ingredients: Mozzarella, fresh sausage & Italian greens Full menu

Spend: pizzas £6.20-8.95

Tube: Angel or Farringdon | 59-61 Exmouth Market Islington EC1R 4QL

Img: Virtual Tourist

Pappagone, Finsbury Park

fornoOven Pappagone

“It’sa nice place to stuffa your face” says the website – and they don’t lie. A no-frills, rowdy pizza party of a restaurant, they’re so gung-ho they even commit an Italian’s cardinal pizza sin of serving Hawaiian – and get away with it.

Eat this: Pizza al Frutti de Mare: tomato and mixed seafood with fresh garlic and parsley. Full menu (Word doc download)

Spend: £7.40-10.25

Tube: Finsbury Park | 131 Stroud Green Rd N4 3PX

Img: Pappagone

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