20 best pizza places in London
Looking for the best spots to eat pizza in the capital? We've rounded up our top places, whether you’re after a New York-style slice or an artisanal sourdough base
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.
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Best vegetarian and vegan pizza in London: Flat Earth Pizza
Flat Earth Pizza has moved into its first bricks and mortar location, an intimate space with bottle green and rattan furnishings. This sustainable pizza joint puts veg at the forefront and dismantles the idea of pizza as ‘junk food’: the dough is neither refined or processed, while ingredients are sourced locally.
Which pizza to order at Flat Earth Pizza? Experimental pizza lies at the heart of Flat Earth, and the offerings do not disappoint. The ‘Hackey hot’ – an oval-shaped pizza with sweet pickled beetroot, a mixture of three Somerset cheeses, jalapeños, fermented hot salsa and tomato passata – has sweet warmth, while the ‘Kimchi Fiorentina’ with kimchi, tomato passata, beetroot crumb and egg, is a Korean twist on a veggie classic (vegans have the option of a plant-based mozzarella pie).
What else is there to eat and drink? Start with a selection of well-designed vegan small plates to share, such as pickled beetroot and turmeric-spiced white cabbage, roasted red onions with caramelised shallots, chives and soubise and hummus with sweet house pickles and springy house focaccia. Drink natural orange wine on tap during summery evenings, or try the foraged fig leaf and sweet woodruff martini. Finish with a gooey vegan sea salt brownie with salted caramel ice cream.
Address: 286-290 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9DA
Nearest tube station: Cambridge Heath
Opening times: Tuesday (5-10pm), Wednesday-Thursday (11am-10pm), Friday (11am-10:30pm), Saturday (10am-10:3opm), Sunday (10am-4pm)
Best pizza and beer in East London: Ace Pizza at Pembury Tavern
This historic Hackney boozer is the home of Ace Pizza, a fun-loving pizza brand famed for its slow risen, picture-perfect Neapolitan pizzas which are stone baked for longer to achieve a crispier crust. Pembury Tavern is also under the stewardship of The Five Points Brewing Company, a local and independent brewery with modern brewing at the heart of its work.
Which pizza to order at Ace? If you like your pizzas heavily topped, doughy and with lashings of sauce, try the chicken shawarma, a fun spin on the classic kebab where house-made shawarma is layered with red onions, spicy marinara, garlic and herb sauce, Guindilla peppers, mozzarella, and fresh parsley. Pickled pink onion is the magic ingredient though, providing a gloriously tangy flavour to cut through the creamy garlic sauce.
What else is there to eat and drink? Pizzas span meat, veggie and vegan with the menu divided into red, white and green bases. Vegans can indulge in ‘Ooh Mami’, the creamy truffle bechamel providing the perfect base for a smattering of portobello mushrooms, cashew ricotta, caramelised onions, oregano oil, porcini salt and fresh parsley. Crust dippers include the enticing truffle aioli and a lip-smacking, fittingly named ‘crack sauce’. And, as the pub is a Five Points Brewery pub, plenty of beer is available to pair with your pizza, including a Five Points favourite the JUPA, a juicy and fruity pale ale with bold, citrus flavours.
Address: 90 Amhurst Rd, London E8 1JH
Nearest tube station: Hackney Downs
Opening times: Monday-Wednesday (4-11pm) Thursday-Friday (4-12am) Saturday (12-12am) Sunday (12-11pm)
Best for pizza by the metre: Slice by Pizza Pilgrims
The latest Slice by Pizza Pilgrims site in Finsbury Park (the other is on Southbank) is the place to go for metre-long pizzas, giant slices, frozen cocktails and arcade games – have a go at Pac-Man and Street Fighter in between bites. We love the 80s American feel, inspired by New York diners and dive bars.
Which pizza to order at Slice? If there’s a group of you (you need about four people to tackle a metre-long pizza), try the generously-topped double pepperoni & chilli honey – the spicy pepperoni is perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the honey. Or, if you’re in a smaller group, order a slice of Hawaii Not? – spicy nduja sausage paired with just the right amount of honey-glazed pineapple will convert any pineapple-on-pizza-haters.
What else is there to eat and drink? We love the metre-long parma ham & pesto grissini to start, especially alongside the creamy burrata with pickled peppers. A crust dipper is also essential – garlic & herb packs a real punch. To drink, a frozen cocktail is a must – go for an Aperol spritz slushy for a hit of sunshine, complete with a retro paper umbrella.
Address: 266 Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, London N4 2HY
Nearest tube station: Finsbury Park
Opening times: Monday-Saturday (12-11pm) Sunday (12-9pm)
Best Neapolitan pizza in London: Vicoli di Napoli Pizzeria
For the ultimate Neapolitan pizza in London, head to Stoke Newington (and be prepared to queue) for a seat in Vicoli di Napoli Pizzeria, 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? Go for the classic marinara or the margarita (with the option for double mozzarella). Each of the ingredients used is of the highest quality, from the thin, pillowy soft base to the sweet tomatoes and fresh peppery basil.
Address: 125 Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London, N16 0UH
Nearest overground station: Stoke Newington
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday (12 –11pm), Sunday (12 – 10.30pm)
Best for progressive Italian: Lamezia
Maria Dell’aquilla took over the reins of her parents’ restaurant in April and describes her new menus as “progressive Italian” in view of its combination of the original Calabrian dishes and her own inspired addition of nutrition-inspired elements, such as hemp and turmeric bases as well as vegan, gluten-free dough and dairy-free cheese.
Which pizza to order at Lamezia? Hemp pizza is not the first ground-breaking dish to come out of Lamezia: Maria’s father, Franco, created his signature ’nduja pizza 10 years ago and it’s still the bestseller.
Address: 165 Holloway Road, London, N7 8LX
Nearest station: Holloway Road
Opening times: Tuesday – Thursday (12 – 10pm), Friday – Saturday (12 – 12am), Sunday (12 – 10pm)
Best for vegan pizza: Purezza
The UK’s first 100% vegan pizzeria, Purezza specialises in plant-based pizzas that respect the Neapolitan heritage. Where possible, this means using alternative versions of animal products, such as a plant-based mozzarella, which took more than two years to develop – this organic cheese (that’s dairy-free, low in fat and allergen-free) is made with brown rice milk and is unique to Purezza. Last year, the restaurant secured investment to begin producing the cheese from a factory for retail. The original Brighton restaurant opened in 2015 and was followed three years later by a Camden branch and plans for more later this year. In 2018, Purezza won National Pizza of the Year for its Parmigiana Party pizza, despite being the only plant-based entrant.
Address: 43 Parkway, London, Nw1 7PN
Nearest station: Camden Town
Opening times: Sunday – Thursday (12 – 10pm), Friday – Saturday (12 – 11pm)
Best for seasonal toppings: Manifesto
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.
Address: 148 Northcote Road, London, SW11 6RD
Nearest station: Clapham Junction
Opening times: Monday – Saturday (11 – 11pm), Sunday (11 – 10.30pm)
Best in Soho: Pizza Pilgrims
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.
Address: 11 Dean Street, London, W1D 3RP
Nearest tube station: Tottenham Court Road
Opening times: Monday – Saturday (11.30 – 10.30pm), Sunday (12 – 9.30pm)
Best for pizza and pasta: Cecconi’s Pizza Bar
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
Nearest tube station: Leicester Square
Opening times: Monday – Wednesday (11.30 – 1am), Thursday – Saturday (11.30 – 3am), Sunday (11.30am – 11.30pm)
Best pizza crust in London: Farina
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.
Address: 115 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3LB
Nearest tube station: Notting Hill Gate
Opening times: Monday – Saturday (12 – 10.30pm), Sunday (12 – 10pm)
Best sourdough pizza in London: Theo’s
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.
Address: 2 Grove Ln, Camberwell, London, SE5 8SY
Nearest overground station: Denmark Hill
Opening times: Monday (12 – 10pm), Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday (12 – 10:30pm), Friday – Saturday (12 – 11pm)
Best gluten-free pizza in London: Zia Lucia
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.
Address: 61 Blythe Rd, London, W14 0HP
Nearest overground station: Kensington (Olympia)
Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday (11.30 – 10.30pm)
Best pizza slice in London: Voodoo Ray’s
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.
Address: 95 Kingsland High St, London, E8 2PB
Nearest overground station: Dalston Kingsland
Opening times: Monday – Wednesday (5 – 12am), Thursday (5 – 1am), Friday – Saturday (12 – 3am), Sunday (12 – 12am)
Best pizza joint atmosphere in London: Yard Sale
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
Nearest tube station: Finsbury Park
Opening times: Monday – Thursday (5 – 11pm), Friday (4 – 11pm), Saturday (12 – 11pm), Sunday (12 – 10pm)
Best unusual pizza toppings in London: Homeslice
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.
Address: 13 Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9DP
Nearest tube station: Covent Garden
Opening times: Monday – Sunday (12 – 11pm)
Best all-round pizza meal in London: Made of Dough
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.
Address: 182 Bellenden Road, Peckham, London, SE15 4BW
Nearest overground station: Peckham Rye
Opening times: Monday – Saturday (12 – 10pm), Sunday (12 – 9pm)
Best gourmet pizza in London: Hai Cenato
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.
Address: 2, 79 Buckingham Palace Rd, Westminster, London, SW1E 5DJ
Nearest tube station: Victoria
Opening times: Monday – Friday (12 – 10.30pm), Saturday – Sunday (11 – 10.30pm)
Best for pizza garlic bread: Sodo Pizza
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.
Address: Hatherley Mews, Walthamstow, London, E17 4QP
Nearest tube station: Walthamstow
Opening times: Tuesday – Friday (12 – 10pm), Saturday – Sunday (10 – 10pm)
Best pizza and beer in London: Crate Brewery
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
Nearest overground station: Hackney Wick
Opening times: Sunday – Thursday (12 – 10pm), Friday – Saturday (12 – 11pm)
Best pizza chain in London: Franco Manca
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.
Address: Unit 4, Market Row, London, SW9 8LD
Nearest tube station: Brixton
Opening times: Monday (12 – 5pm), Tuesday – Friday (12 – 11pm), Saturday (11.30 – 11pm), Sunday (11.30 – 10.30pm)
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