Located just off Regent Street, Aqua Nueva is a stunning Spanish restaurant and bar, specialising in tapas. While the space itself draws inspiration from traditional decor, the menu is equally as impressive with its Northern-style small plates that are ideal for sharing.
Best Tapas Restaurants In London
The term tapas may no longer be exclusive to Spanish plates (you'll find everything from Peruvian to Mexican below), but it's still wholly defined by its gorgeous flavours and broad ingredients. For small plate fun in the city? We're bringing you croquetas in Shoreditch, slinky wine-led tapas bars in central London and padron peppers in Brixton. Check out our favourite London restaurants for tapas.
Found in the heart of Camden, Bar Gansa is the Spanish hangout that's slinging out scrumptious eats, superb sangria and all kinds of exciting events. Either head to the bottomless brunch for free-flowing drinks, or head to the flamenco and tapas Sundays for live entertainment.
So Bar Richmond may be known for their awesome range of cocktails, brushed brass adornments and intimate space, but they also know how to serve traditional Valencian grub. Tuck into their tapas dishes from patatas bravas to crispy whitebait, this is a spot you won't want to miss.
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 in 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.
If you're looking to impress your mates, take them to The Union Bar Paddington in Sheldon Square. Not only does the restaurant boast a fantastic array of tapas and wines, but also features eye-pleasing views of the river and a buzzing atmosphere.
Not only does Opera Tavern cook up some of the best tapas in the city, but its Covent Garden location makes it a top choice for wining and dining in London. Go for the infamous Iberico pork and foie gras burger and stay for the fine selection of tapas, exclusive Spanish and Italian wines and gorgeous interior.
Leicester Square Kitchen is an amazing place to pick up delicious Peruvian and Mexican tapas in the city. Not just because their small plates are delicious and their South American cocktail menu is just as, but it's no less than slap bang in the middle of London's iconic square.
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.
Craving Spanish food? La Rueda is delivering on that front with plenty of cracking deals, from £5 cocktails every Wednesday to bottomless tapas and date night offers. Plus, their menu is filled with fantastic nibbles such as grilled octopus and tuna empanadas.
A slinky tapas restaurant in Brixton with basement vibes, glittering candles and bare brick galore, Gremio meets all your foodie needs and then some. The vibes are laid back so you'll be hard pressed to stay for 'only one' as you enjoy small plates, wine and more.
Head to Goodge Street where this tapas bar is bringing you a stunning selection of small plates, served with elegance and panache. From their smoked haddock croquetas, to their unique list of sherries and fine wines, they're one of the best Spanish restaurants in central London.
Spread across venues in London, this eatery is all about the Spanish flavours. Expect mouthwatering seafood, delicious veggie dishes and a wide range of sharing plates taking you from lunch through to dinner and beyond.
The Gatehouse in Highgate is as cosy as they come, boasting rustic interiors and a roaring fireplace. But don't let that fool you, as their chef also knows how to rustle up a fantastic array of tapas plates, including pimentos de padron and pan amb tomaquet.
For laid-back dining in a fun and relaxed setting head east to Tapas Revolution's newest (and largest) restaurant at Stratford Westfield. Settle yourself in for a feast of epic proportions with a menu jam-packed with Spanish classics, from patatas bravas to bacalao con piperrada, all washed down with jugs of sangria, of course.
More than just a little delicious, Camino has landed in Shoreditch to bring tapas to ever-hungry East Londoners. The Spanish spot specialises in tapas, from seafood through to homecut jamon, and is perfect for those romantic date nights thanks to its low lighting and charmed atmosphere.
Soak up Spanish wines and dig into sharing plates from London Bridge to Blackfriars and beyond. Whether you choose to dine alfresco on a sun-soaked terrace or cosy up at a table inside, El Vino won't leave you disappointed.= when it comes to a classic tapas experience.