Best Chicken in London
There isn’t anyone on this planet that can resist a bit of chicken. The food stuff of roast dinners, drunken mouth-stuffing and gourmet dishes alike, you can’t go wrong with a bit of poultry. But it’s not just about fried chicken in London: there’s a whole host of restaurants serving up some of the best chicken in London. So if you’re feeling a clucking craving for a bit of bird, take a look at our list of where to eat chicken in London and fill yourself up.
Last updated on 20th September 2017
Dirty Bones is all about big, meaty plates of food washed down by great cocktails, so of course they supply some of the best fried chicken in London. Hop in for a crispy fried chicken – full or half – or maybe even some chicken and waffles and you’ll leave more than satisfied. And with the Shoreditch addition set in a Grade II-listed building, you can be drinking cocktails and eating chicken in style. Check out their Soho and Carnaby Street venues for similar.
No one quite does chicken like the Deep American South – and there’s a part of it Spitalfields. It’s all in the name really at Absurd Bird, making it one of the perfect places to eat chicken in London thanks to a menu packed with everything from fried chicken tenders to absurdly hot chicken wings. Wash it down with a glass or two of bourbon and you’ve got yourself a good time.
Stepping back in time doesn’t mean you have to skimp on top quality chicken. The Diner Soho delivers on all your favourites from 1950s diners, including some great London chicken, whether that’s in the form of a scumptous BBQ chicken burger, mustard fried chicken sandwich or even their own buttermilk fried chicken.
There’s two reasons you should visit the Breakfast Club at Canary Wharf. Their menu is all about brinner, bringing together the world of breakfast and dinner with some spectacular chicken and waffles. This would be cool enough, but after a few drinks in the bright upstairs diner, head downstairs and you get one of the most interesting secret bars in the business: Dr Kluger’s Olde Town Tavern.
While the Bird of Smithfield looks just like a swanky restaurant and cocktail bar in Farringdon housed in an old Georgian town house, it also one of the best places to eat chicken in London. With a name like ‘Bird’, you know that its menu boasts a wonderful helping of roast chicken, and it’s made all the better when the sun comes out and you can sit on their lovely roof terrace.
What more do you need from a chicken restaurant in London than this Covent Garden staple? Maxwell’s has sat there happily for years, delivering delicious chicken wings both buffalo and BBQ, fun cocktails and even thick milkshakes. It’s a family restaurant, so kids are welcome too and even get their own menu, meaning everyone can enjoy the tasty chicken treats here.
What’s a chicken wing restaurant in London without a bit of rock and roll? Head to the Roundhouse for an American-style retro diner that brings funlike music, Rockaoke competitions and a Happy Hour every day. Should the rocking and rolling leave you a bit hungry, make sure you tuck into a healthy helping of chicken wings or BBQ roast chicken.
Located through a secret staircase on Old Street Roundabout is a magical bar that just so happens to serve some amazing street food. With several different rooms that have different themes, wonderfully great decorations and DJs that play the finest in disco, house, techno and reggae, you can’t go wrong with a bit of Magic Roundabout. And taking up residency in the bar is White Men Can’t Jerk, serving up some delicious BBQ jerk chicken.
It’s called Sticky Fingers: how much more convincing do you need that this is a restaurant that serves chicken in London that you need to go to? While their main focus is ribs and burgers, they have a healthy selection of chicken wings, as well as chicken and ribs stackers for those who want to drown in BBQ sauce. Then just wash it all down with a cocktail, beer or hard shake and you’re having a good time.
Joe’s Southern Table & Bar is all about big Deep South cooking and big Southern hospitality. Expect large plates of hearty food, with an abundance of chicken. All of it is fried, some of it is even gluten-free, but all of it is delicious. Once you gorge on the poultry, head downstairs to their bar Cocktail Baby for American music and a cocktail list of bourbon, rye, tequila and mezcal.
Ninth Ward combines the style of Manhattan’s bar of the same name and the comfort food of Louisiana to deliver some of the best fried chicken in London. We’re talking buttermilk fried chicken, hot wings, and if you think you’re brave enough, their Voodoo, where one wing might just be the spiciest you’ve tasted in your life.
Wanting a casual chicken restaurant in West Ealing? Get yourself down to Meat & Shake and you can eat BBQ and hot-sauce slavered chicken wings to your heart’s desire. Then order a float – like the Coca Cola Float – and enjoy the summer vibes.
Delicious chicken should come with equally great entertainment, and that’s where the Blues Kitchen comes in. Not only do they have a wide range of live acts and great DJ sets, they also have enough hot buffalo wings and tonnes of other BBQ meats that’ll get that belly more than filled. Just make sure you let it digest a bit before storming the dancefloor. Not in East London? Head to their Brixton or Camden branch for more fun.
Love jerk chicken? Get yourself down to Prince of Peckham, whose kitchen is run by the Caribbean specialists White Men Can’t Jerk. Wash it all down with craft beer or tasty cocktails and you’re in for a treat.