London is not short of pizza joints – takeaways, street food markets and restaurants serving Neapolitan to New York style, extra large or by the slice, savoury and sweet options. You name it, London has it.
We’ve rounded up some of the best pizza places London has to offer whether you fancy something cheap and on the go, a well-known popular go to for the locals, something casual and fun or if you’re prepared to queue for a pizza named one of the best in the world after featuring in a Hollywood movie…
Brothers Charlie and Rory Nelson create pizzas in their custom-built wood-fired oven ensuring a glorious chewy crust and a perfectly crisp base which is then topped with fresh and tasty toppings. Choose from a variety of classics such as the ‘Neapolitan’ made with strianese tomato sauce, sea salt, mozzarella fior di latte, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oilto or go for the ‘Nduja’ made with Fundi’s signature marinara sauce, buffalo mozzarella, ‘Nduja and honey.
Average price: £7-10
Fun fact: Rory is a bushcraft survivalist, expert in shelter building, fire making, foraging and outdoor cookery. Charlie used to run a restaurant at an eco-lodge in Mozambique where there was no running water or electricity, which taught him the art of wood-fired cooking.
| Fundi can be found at:
| Street Feast Dinerama – split-level, global street food market housing clusters of stalls & bars in a lively environment
| 19 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3EJ
| Thu – Sun 5pm -11pm
| Shoreditch High St Station
| Kerb Camden – Camden Lock Market – a collection of stalls and shops selling everything from vintage clothing, hand-made jewellery, artwork, gifts, music, street-food and drinks
| Unit 215 – 216, Camden Lock Market, Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AF
| 7 days a week 11am – 6pm
| Camden Town Tube Station
Delicious hand-rolled pizzas are made to order in an open plan kitchen using only the freshest of ingredients. Thin and crispy bases are topped with some unusual and interesting combinations such as the ‘Middle Eastern Lamb’ – tomato, mozzarella, fresh spinach, marinated lamb mince, parmesan, pine nuts, fresh chopped mint and chilli flakes or for a veggie option we recommend going for the roasted sweet potato, mozzarella, stilton and crunchy walnut topped pizza.
Average price: £9-13
Fun Fact: Crate is located in The White Building, which is a centre for art, technology and sustainability, serving as a testing ground and creative lab for artists whose work engages with the technological. Crate completed their one-of-a-kind venue within six weeks, with the help of some local artists they collected and up-cycled materials to create this unique space. Old bed springs are used as eccentric light fittings, pallet benches and scaffold plank tables have been arranged outside by the canal and herb gardens, even the bar is made of old railway sleepers. You may of already of guessed it, they also offer their own range of ale, bitters and stout that are all brewed on site. The perfect combo!
| Unit 7, Queens Yard, Hackney Wick
| Sun – Thur 12pm until 11pm (Pizzeria closes at 10pm) Fri – Sat 12pm until 12am (Pizzeria closes at 11pm)
| Hackney Wick Overground
| Contact: 02085 333 331 email@example.com
| Instagram: @cratebrewery
| Twitter: @CrateBrewery
| Facebook: @cratebrewery
This is the place to get that New York style pizza by the slice. Located in a few places around London you can find the closest one to Qbic in Shoreditch Boxpark. With so much to see around Shoreditch you can grab a slice or two from their massive 22” pizzas to go. Note that two slices are equivalent to a whole 11” pizza! Sourcing the best ingredients from Italy these flavoursome slices can be paired with an evolving range of craft beers from local breweries or a signature frozen margarita made using golden reposado tequila, agave syrup and fresh citrus.
Average slice price: £4
Fun fact: ‘The Full Moon Slice’ consisting of bacon dust, marinated tomatoes, mozzarella, and Japanese mayonnaise is only available after midnight.
| Voodoo Rays
| 1-3, BOXPARK, Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6GY
| Sun – Tue, 12pm – 10pm, Wed 12pm – 11pm, Thu – Sat: 12pm – 12am
| Shoreditch High Street Overground
| Also in Dalston, Camden and Peckham
| Instagram: @voodoorays
| Twitter: @Voodoo_Rays
| Facebook: @VoodooRays
L’ANTICA PIZZERIA DA MICHELE
Here is that Hollywood movie pizza! Well, sort of. It was actually the original restaurant based in Naples that features in the blockbuster movie Eat, Pray, Love. Never the less, five generations of master pizza makers have carried on the work from founder Michele Condurro, respecting tradition to ensure each pizza has its world famous genuineness and taste. It’s even been described by some journalists as the best in the world, pretty impressive considering they only serve two types of Neapolitan Pizza, the “Marinara” and the “Margherita”.
Average price: £7-9
Fun fact: The secret of Da Michele’s enduring success is in the use of natural ingredients, and of an old, traditional, time-tested method of leavening pizza dough.
| 125 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0UH
| Mon closed, Tue – Sun 12pm – 11pm
| 020 7687 0009
| Stoke Newington Station
| Facebook: @damichelelondon
Serving crisp-based pizzas in Hackney Central for the last 5 years, from a shiny mirror-clad oven which acts as a focal point in the industrial-style space. Lardo have lots of daily changing specials in keeping with seasonal ingredients. Try a pizza topped with broccoli, Swiss chard, taleggio, lemon and pine nuts, we recommend combining with Lardos British-made charcuterie board and antipasti options. Their cocktail list is pretty impressive too, try their twist on a Manhattan called “Little Italy” made with Bulliet Bourbon, Antica Formula, Ancho Reyes Verde Chile Liqueur, cherry bitters and black cherry.
Average pizza price: £9-15
| 197-205 Richmond Road, Hackney, London E8 3NJ
| 7 days a week from 12pm Mon – Fri, brunch from 11am on weekends
| 020 8985 2683
| Instagram: @lardolondon
| Twitter: @lardolondon
| Facebook: @lardolondon
Pizza for dessert, sounds strange doesn’t it? But it works! Perhaps not straight after a savoury Pizza though?! PP began serving a ‘Nutella Pizza Ring’ – a ring of Neapolitan dough, filled to the brim with Nutella chocolate, hazelnut spread and salted ricotta, after being baked in the oven break open the dough and the delicious mix oozes out. Since then they have introduced the ‘Calzonification’ where you can bring your own chocolate bar to be baked into a special sweet calzonian, popular choices being Mars Bar and Snickers. The Cazonification is currently only available in the Shoreditch location – great news for Qbic guests!
They even have a BYOB policy, that’s your next cheat day location sorted!
Calzonification price: £5.50
Fun fact: Before opening Pizza Pilgrims brothers James and Thom Elliot knew very little about pizza, that was until they took a 6 week trip through Italy in a Piaggio pizza van, touring mostly pizzerias and visiting producers of everything from mozzarella to basil, learning all the Italian secrets to making the perfect pizza.
| Pizza Pilgrims
| 136 Shoreditch High St E1 6JE
| Mon – Wed 11.30am – 10pm, Thu – Sat 11.30am – 10.30pm, Sun 12pm – 9.30pm
| Old Street Tube or Shoreditch High St Overground
| Also in Carnaby, Covent Gardon, Exmouth Market, Soho, Swingers Crazy Golf, West India Quay
| Instagram: @pizzapilgrims
| Twitter: @pizzapilgrims
| YouTube: Pizza Pilgrims