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Best Fish and Chips in London

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More than 255 million portions of chips are sold in fish and chip shops each year so it's safe to say we like 'em. Fish and Chips is a traditional English dish so you want to try it at least once but you want the best. So, where do you go? Well, it's been hard but I've tried out loads of fish and chips shops and restaurants and have chosen this list of the Best Fish and Chips in London.

1. Poppies

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Poppies has a branch in Spitalfields and in Camden and sells some of the most delicious chips in town. This is the nearest you'll get to chips wrapped in newspaper to take away (that was banned for Health & Safety reasons in the 1980s). Poppies in Spitalfields is the original and has a 1950s diner feel with nice staff. The Camden restaurant also has live music. The chips are cut good and thick and have a fabulous crunch as you bite into the fluffy center. Oh yes, I'm a fan.

2. Sea Shell of Lisson Grove

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Sea Shell of Lisson Grove has been around for 30 years. There is a restaurant and a takeaway fish and chips shop. Sea Shell has a good reputation and is popular with locals and visitors so be prepared to queue. I recommend getting a takeaway and going to sit in Regent's Park which is only 5 minutes walk away.

3. Masters Super Fish

Masters Super Fish Restaurant - London Fish and Chips Restaurant
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Masters Super Fish is close to The Old Vic Theatre and the Imperial War Museum. The restaurant may not look nice but the food is good quality and the portions are massive. The fish comes daily from London's Billingsgate Fish Market. Eat in the restaurant and you'll receive complimentary prawns and pickles.

4. The Golden Hind

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The Golden Hind serves good quality fish and chips in a small unassuming restaurant in central London. It's a small place and is always pretty busy. While there, check out the decommissioned art deco fryer by F Ford of Halifax and the celebrity photos on the walls.

5. Seafresh

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Established in 1965, Seafresh gets their fish fresh and daily from Billingsgate Fish Market, and direct from Aberdeen and Peterhead in Scotland. Seafresh is near Victoria Station on Wilton Street and offers eat-in or take-away options.

6. Rock & Sole Plaice

Rock & Sole Plaice, Covent Garden, London
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Rock & Sole Plaice is London's oldest fish and chip shop. Established in 1871, Rock & Sole Plaice is popular was locals and tourists all day long. The outdoor tables are lit by strings of lights in the trees which makes it a good choice for a summer's evening.

7. Fish House

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This is an independent, family-run chippy in Hackney opened by Gabriel Early and Johanna Nylander in June 2007 with a focus on family-friendly dining. Their daily fresh fish is in line with the Marine Conservation Society good fish guide, and they choose an eco-friendly seasonal catch. The chips are British Potato Council approved from local farmers and growers. It's a community-orientated eatery and meals are good value for money.

8. Fryer's Delight

Fryer's Delight
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Fryer's Delight fish and chip restaurant is the taxi driver's first choice. It's the real traditional stuff: fat chips, chunky batter on the fish, and all fried in beef dripping.

9. North Sea Fish Restaurant

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The North Sea Fish Restaurant has a restaurant and takeaway fish and chip shop. The chips are chunky and cheap. Meals in the restaurant are much more expensive for much less so stick with the takeaway.

10. Fish Bone

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Fish Bone's fish is fresh and the chips and fat and crispy. The fish is cooked to order and fried in groundnut oil. The chips are hand-cut. There are two tables outside but it's best to ask for your meal to be wrapped and take it to Regent's Park.

11. Laughing Hailbut

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The Laughing Halibut is a friendly old-fashioned fish and chips restaurant. It's always busy but it's also clean. Closes early at 8pm as its main trade is from office workers.

12. Golden Fish Bar

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2013 Update: Sadly this has now closed.

The Golden Fish Bar on Farringdon Road, EC1 has been around for 150 years and is still popular. There is a restaurant and a takeaway fish and chips shop. It has a real traditional working class feel about it and is very popular so I recommend getting there early for lunch.

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