Though it started out life back in ol’ Louisiana, as a way for communities to get together and catch up over some delicious grub, seafood boils have made their way to the English capital. And now? Restaurants across the city are slinging out all manner of crustaceans, from lobster and crab to crawfish and shrimp, swimming in fiery, garlicky sauces. Drool. So, if you’re looking for the best seafood boil in London, you’ve come to the right place, as we’ve lined up the top spots right here.
Bringing a seafood boil with a Jamaican spin to Regent Pensioners Club, Kejaun Caribbean Kitchen's all-you-can-eat bonanza on the 25th November is ideal for those with big appetites. While you get your smackers around shrimp and lobster, cooked to perfection and doused in a rich, flavoursome sauce, enjoy buzzing DJ sets and quaffable tipples to boot.
Boasting stylish interiors, quirky artwork and live jazz most nights, Angel's Plaquemine Lock is transporting you to New Orleans. And it doesn't stop there either, as the pub is also keeping hunger at bay with a Creole-inspired crawfish boil, featuring homemade andouille sausage, corn, potato and celery. Need something to pair? Grab a cocktail or real ale.
Nestled on Atlantic Road, Fishbowl Brixton is a family-run business that knows a thing or two about top-notch grub. Choose from prawns, snow crab, lobster or a mix of the three, which all come with potatoes and corn on the cob, elevated with delish African spices. Plus, if you fancy something on the side, there's sweet potato fries, Cajun chips and crispy calamari.
Hot N Juicy Shrimp
After becoming a staple across Southern America, Hot N Juicy Shrimp landed in London, now feeding the people of Oval, Dulwich and Bethnal Green. Each venue is adorned with ocean-inspired decor, including cute neon signs in the shape of crabs. On the menu? Seafood boil combos featuring lobster tails, king prawns, crab, mussels and so much more.
It's all about customisation at Clapham's Fat Crab, where you can pretty much build your own boil bag. And it's not short on choices either, with everything from crawfish and spider crab to lobster, clams and mussels on the menu. As for seasoning, opt for either garlic butter, Cajun, lemon pepper or the 'whole shabang', which blends the three together.
Get your napkins at the ready, as Pelican State is blowing it out of the water with its Cajun seafood boil in London. Whether you head to the Bloomsbury or Baker Street outposts, you'll be treated to vibrant interiors, not to mention some seriously fabulous fare. We're talkin' mouthwatering fruits de la mer, elevated with the fiery flavours of Southern America.
Angry Crab Shack
On the hunt for a seafood boil in London’s Chinatown? Found on Rupert Street, Angry Crab Shack is providing us with a casual dining experience where you can create your own seafood boil bag. Pick between crab, crayfish, shrimp or scallops, plus add in extras like sausages and hard-boiled eggs, before choosing your sauce flavour and spice level.