Looking for the best pizza in London? Here’s our guide to the best pizza places in London and the best takeaway pizza. Whether you want a sourdough pizza base or a traditional Neapolitan pizza, we’ve found the best pizza restaurants in London.
For the ultimate Neapolitan pizza in London, head to Stoke Newington (and be prepared to queue) for a seat in Pizzeria Stokey, as recommended in the book ‘Eat, Pray, Love’. This Neapolitan family first began making pizza back in 1870, and the business is still going strong five generations later with sites in Naples, Tokyo and, London.
Which pizza to order at Pizzeria da Michele? Only two pizzas are available, the marinara and the margarita (with the option for double mozzarella). While it might sound risky offering such few options, each of the ingredients used is of the highest quality, from the thin, pillowy soft base to the sweet tomatoes and fresh peppery basil.
Former Natoora director, Vittorio Maschio, has opened his first London pizzeria with a focus on carefully sourced and seasonal toppings. Flour comes from Molino Pasini, a family-run mill in North Italy, while fior di latte is brought over from Puglia. The biga-style dough (meaning it proves for 48-hours, creating a ciabatta-like texture) with a semolina-coated crust creates a super light, crisp base which holds its shape well when topped with sweet tomatoes.
There’s a laid-back vibe and minimalist design to the place with a few wooden tables inside, help-yourself counter service and a pile of boxes ready to be filled for takeaway.
Which pizza to order at Manifesto? The stripped back menu offers six pizzas, two beers (from Hackney Wick’s Crate Brewery), four wines and two Sicilian soft drinks. Keep it simple with the tomato and co. pizza topped with wild cantabrian anchovies and taggiasche olives, or order the pig and field option piled with peppery pedrazzoli ham and mushrooms if you want something more filling.
There are no starters or desserts, but pizzas are reasonable in size. If you’re still peckish, go back and order seconds.
With its green and white chequered plastic table cloths, silver napkin holders and framed film posters hanging on the walls, Pizza Pilgrims feels like an American diner meets Italian pizzeria. If you can’t get a table, grab a pizza to takeaway and eat in Soho Square.
Which pizza to order at Pizza Pilgrims? The Naples-style pizza with blistering crust and sloppy centre is proved slowly then cooked fast. Order the aubergine parmigiana with fior di latte, basil, plum tomatoes and roast aubergine if you fancy something indulgent, or take it back to basics with the marinara, topped simply with oregano, garlic and basil. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a vanilla ice cream, olive oil and sea salt option for dessert.
From the team behind Soho House, Cecconi’s Pizza Bar focuses on pizza, pasta and Aperol spritz on tap. Vintage Italian posters, black and white mosaic tiles and mahogany tables give the space a retro feel. In the summer, grab a seat on the street and spend the evening sipping on punchy negronis.
Which pizza to order at Cecconi’s Pizza Bar? The super doughy charred crust has a slightly smoky flavour, while the sloppy base is piled high with toppings. Either keep it classic with buffalo mozzarella, tomato and basil, or choose one topped lavishly with parma ham, peppery rocket, mozzarella, parmesan and meltingly creamy burrata – torn apart then drizzled with olive oil. If you fancy something a little lighter, go for a pizzette instead.
What else is there to eat and drink? Crisp matchsticks of zucchini fritti with silky aioli (lifted with lemon) is the best place to start. While pizza is the focus, be sure to share a bowl of creamy spaghetti dusted with shavings of umami truffle. If you’ve saved room for dessert, the tiramisu is a must. Waiters bring large dishes to the table and serve the rich coffee-soaked dessert straight up.
Address: 19-21 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 5JJ
Nestled on Notting Hill High Street, Farina pizzeria focuses on traditional Neapolitan pizzas, with no pineapple or pepperoni in sight. In the summer, grab a table by the floor-to-ceiling folding glass doors and wait for the smoky scent to waft over, or hunker down next to the small open kitchen.
Which pizza to order at Farina: The 48-hour fermented dough is light, with a pillowy, charred crust – tear some off to save for mopping up the leftover tomato juices at the end. Order the Farina, topped with ‘nduja, salami and provola if you like something spicy, or the Burratina topped with courgette and burrata for a fresh, creamy topping.
What else is there to eat? Although pizzas are the focus, be sure to order the garlicy polpette to start, which come in a rich, sweet tomato sauce, and if you have room afterwards go for the cannoli – the crisp pastry shell is generously filled with sweet, creamy sheep’s milk ricotta and sprinkled with pistachio nuts.
Neil Rankin’s third restaurant in central London focuses on cured meat pizzas cooked in wood-fired ovens, bowls of ragu and vermouth on tap. Take a seat on one of the bar stools surrounding the open kitchen, or cosy up in a booth in the dimly-lit basement. Two types of pizza are on offer, so choose between a rectangular Detroit-style with an airy focaccia-style base and rich cheese crust, or the thin and crispy bar pizza.
Which pizza to order at temper: The provocatively named K-hole comes on a kimchi base and is topped with tteokbokki (a type of Korean rice cake), spring onions, mozzarella, provolone and spicy Korean mayo – a must if you like punchy flavours, or go for the one with white clams, samphire and mozzarella.
Head to Theo’s in Camberwell for the best sourdough pizza in London. Its wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas are the best in South London.
Which pizza to order at Theo’s? The Scotch Bonnet nduja is the menu must-order, as the spiced sausage is made across the road by the team at the Camberwell Arms pub.
What else is there to eat and drink? Save room for a serving of Theo’s outrageously good tiramisu, and order a negroni bianco or espresso martini to finish. If you don’t fancy sitting in, Theo’s do delivery, so it’s up there with the best takeaway pizza in London, too.
For the best selection of pizza bases, visit Zia Lucia on Holloway Road or Brook Green and choose between a traditional, wholemeal, vegetable charcoal or gluten-free base. The 48 hour fermented doughs are cooked in a wood-fired oven, each resulting in a different flavour and texture. We recommend the gluten-free base which has a crisp yet light texture. You can create your own pizza and choose from the large selection of toppings including spianata, broccoli, butternut squash and taleggio goat’s cheese.
Which pizza to order at Zia Lucia? The Carlotta is an unusual, indulgent pizza, topped with fresh Italian sausage, crisp, sliced roast potatoes, pecorino and dill.
For the best slice of pizza in London, head to Voodoo Ray’s for a New York style slice. With four locations across East, North and South London, this joint bakes 22-inch pizzas topped with everything from wild mushroom, squash and red onion; salt beef, sauerkraut and emmental and a vegan option, piled high with artichoke hearts and green olives.
Which pizza to order at Voodoo Ray’s? If you fancy a pizza pie for brunch, Voodoo Ray’s serve 10” pizzas on the weekend topped with classic eggs and bacon or a veggie spinach and ricotta version.
What else is there to eat and drink? With a selection of craft beers (think Beavertown, Red Hook and Kona) and frozen margaritas on offer, Voodoo Ray’s is the place to go for a late-night munch.
What started as a weekly supper club in owner Johnnie’s back yard has grown to three restaurants (with another opening in March 2018) offering the best pizza in North London. Grab a leather booth seat close to the kitchens for the comfiest spot in house and order a 12 or 18-inch pizza topped with slow cooked tomato sauce and fior di latte mozzarella. The blistered base is crisp yet doughy which gets slightly sloppy when you reach the centre (so napkins are necessary).
Which pizza to order at Yard Sale? There’s no holding back when it comes to toppings, be it the ‘TSB’, a mixture of Tender stem broccoli, manchego, pine nuts, garlic and olive oil; ‘Cour Bimey’ topped with courgette ribbon, pancetta and black pepper, or, one for the cheese lovers, ‘Cheesus Walks’, a white base piled high with basil pesto, mozzarella, gorgonzola, ricotta and parmesan.
What else is there to eat and drink? If you’ve got room for more, order a garlic pizza bread with cheese and Marmite for the ultimate punchy umami experience. There’s a great choice of beers from Beavertown and the Five Points Brewing Company.
Address: 54 Blackstock Road, Finsbury Park, London, N4 2DW
Homeslice is one of the best pizza restaurants in London with sites in Shoreditch, Fitzrovia, City and Covent Garden. Whether you want to eat in or takeaway, you can order just a slice or a 20-inch pizza.
Which pizza to order at Homeslice? Go all out and split your pizza 50/50 with two different flavours, ideal for sharing. Choose between a classic margherita; a salty salami, rocket and parmesan or a slice topped with kimchi, porcini cream and basil.
For the best pizza in Brixton and Peckham, visit Made of Dough. The moreish, chewy dough has a 60–hour fermentation process before being cooked in a wood-fired oven, and the mozzarella is fresh from Campania.
Which pizza to order at Made of Dough? If you fancy something extra cheesy, order the truffle pizza that comes with fior di latte, white alba truffle oil and an entire ball of Burratina.
What else is there to eat and drink? Make sure to order a side of the scotch bonnet romesco sauce to add a spicy kick to the crust, and wash your pizza down with one of the negronis or a fruity pompelmo G&T.
For the best gourmet pizza in London, head to Hai Cenato in Victoria where sourdough pizzas are baked by third-generation Neapolitan, Stefano Ferrara. The sourdough base is made with British milled flour and the mozzarella comes from London. Toppings are a real focus, be it speck d’Aosta, nduja, spinach, anchovy, harissa and olives or a white base topped with confit lamb neck, spiced aubergine, ras el hanout, yogurt and mint.
Which pizza to order at Hai Cenato? Pizza bianca is as much of a focus as pizza rossa, with four options available for each. Try the pizza bianca topped with taleggio, chanterelles and caramelised onion.
What else is there to eat and drink? Hai Cenato is Jason Atherton’s more casual Italian restaurant, with plenty of pastas and small plates, plus a selection of vermouths and a dedicated negroni menu. Read our full review of Hai Cenato here.
If you want one of the largest slices of pizza in London, visit NY Fold in Covent Garden for a New York style experience, run by two New Yorkers. There’s nothing formal about this pizzeria, so expect it on a white paper plate and a brown paper bag and then eaten on the go.
Which pizza to order at NY Fold? Toppings include a carbonara topped with pancetta, egg and double cream; a ‘Juliet’ that comes with gorgonzola dolce, fig jam and parma ham and the ‘Butcher Shop’, a meat feast of bacon, pepperoni, sliced meatball, Cumberland sausage and ham.
What else is there to eat and drink? If you want a slice of something sweet, indulge in the ‘Nutella Fantasy’ topped with custard, banana, ice cream and, of course, Nutella.
With four sites across East London (with one just opened in Bethnal Green), Sodo pizza is the place to go for a light, crispy, tangy base.
Which pizza to order at Sodo Pizza? Head to the Walthamstow restaurant on the weekend for a brunch of pizza topped with eggs and sausage and, if it’s warm enough, grab one of the outside tables and order a Bloody Mary or two.
What else is there to eat and drink? While the pizzas are great, we love the sourdough garlic bread topped with sweet, crisp rosemary and drizzled with an earthy olive oil.
If you love beer and you love pizza, Crate Brewery in Hackney Wick is the best place to visit. The stone-baked pizzas are topped with unusual ingredients including a veggie Kashmiri dal and a middle eastern lamb.
What else is there to eat and drink? As you’d expect, beer is a real focus. Each week there’s a selection of guest bottles from a fruity brown ale to a dark Indian pale ale as well as regular casks and kegs of zingy lemon gose, velvety Crate stout and a crisp Crate cider.
Address: Unit 7, Queens Yard, Hackney Wick, London, E9 5EN
Want a quick pizza in Brixton? Head to Franco Manca for one of the best sourdough pizzas in London. The pizza is cooked in a wood burning oven at 500 degrees celsius giving it a pillowy texture.
Which pizza to order at Franco Manca? Be sure to order number 4, topped with home cured Gloucester old spot ham, mozzarella, buffalo ricotta, wild mushrooms and a little tomato. Extra toppings are available and there are always daily specials to choose between.
What else is there to eat and drink? When it comes to drinks, wine is the focus with eight options to choose between, all of which are either organic, biodynamic or sustainable.