Best Tapas Bars in London
There's a roaring number of Spanish bars in London that bring authentic food from various regions around Spain to the capital in a buzzy yet laidback atmosphere. Beyond that though, the tapas market is expanding and small plate dining is leading the way across London. So from traditional Spanish plates, to contemporary Indian varieties, we've gone ahead and put together a few of our recommended favourite tapas bars that could also easily make it onto the list of some of the best restaurants in town.
Last updated on 7th December 2017
More than just a little delicious, Camino has landed in Shoreditch. The Spanish spot specialises in tapas, from seafood through to homecut jamon.
Back after an impressive refurb, Sway returns to bring a lovely little selection of tapas dishes to Covent Garden’s hungry masses. Split into meat, fish and veggie & cheese sub-sections, get a squad together and order in a variety of these tasty dishes; sharing and companionship is very much part of Sway’s core values.
Camino has long established itself as one of the city's most impressive tapas bars in London. Beautifully decorated with authentic knick knacks and endearing photo frames, the entire venue oozes style and perfectly embodies the vibrant aura that's come to define Spanish culture. Rounding off the experience, their dessert menu if packed full of irresistible flavour and will definitely leave you wanting more.
This smokey den is a tribute to those bustling Arabic markets, with fine food including tapas plates, Asian sharing platters among other tasty treats. With ornate lanterns, cosy booth seats, DJs every night and top quality cocktails blended by the finest mixologists, this is an all round great night out and some of the finest tapas in London.
Lazeez Tapas in London is a traditional Lebanese Tapas restaurant that draws in crowds with its authentic flavours and joyful atmosphere. Importing a handful of ingredients from Lebanon as well as making use of local butchers, the restaurant cooks all its meat over a grill, first seasoning each cut with a fistful of fresh herbs. Warm, welcoming and serving amazing dishes, this restaurant is top of London's tapas scene.
A vibrant cafe during the day, a buzzing cocktail bar full of colour at night, the Map Maison is a quirky cocktail bar in Haggerston. The team of expert mixologists, armed with a collection of strange ingredients, flavoursome punches and international spirits, mix and flair together an impressive range of fun concoctions that are sure to leave a lasting impression on you. If that wasn't enough, the chefs serve up a selection of light snacks and international-inspired small plates to help ease the evening along.
Get yourself down to All Bar One Regent Street on a Tuesday and you can have one of the best food deals in London. Pick four small plates from their delicious menu and a bottle of wine for £20, perfect for those quick catch ups with friends.
For something completely different from your traditional Spanish tapas bar in London, this contemporary Indian restaurant is a front runner in the Indian tapas stakes. Offering a delicious range of small plates that put a contemporary twist on old favourites, you can even find the restaurant's own re-imagining of the Yorkshire pudding.
Serving up delicious Middle Eastern sharing plates for more than 20 years, Ishbilia is a brilliant restaurant in Knightsbridge. Head over to West London for plates of hummus, olives and grilled meats.
Traditional tapas dishes such as patatas bravas and Iberico ham croquettes as well not-so-traditional chorizo lollipops can all be picked from at Salvador & Amanda nearby Covent Garden. The original Salvador & Amanda has been bringing the fiesta spirit of España to London for over ten years now and, rest assured, there's still plenty of good times ahead.