The Best Small Plates In London
Small plates are quickly becoming a favourite way to dine in London. Whether you're looking to share with friends, bond on a date night or you're just too darn indecisive, they're perfect for spreading across a table and diving in. While tapas will always have a place in our hearts, there’s plenty of dishes from around the world to sample, from Italian cicchetti to Middle Eatsern mezze, graze your way across continents with our guide to small plates in London.
Searching for authentic Indian small plates? Head to the West End and feast on tapas-inspired dishes at Roti Chai. The restaurant's casual dining space takes inspiration the street hawkers, roadside cafes and railway stations of the sub-continent with its innovate take on traditional cuisine.
If you're looking for small plates that really make your mouth water, head south of the river where Three Little Birds is serving up a menu of Jamaican-inspired bites like honey-jerk salmon and codfish fritters, as well as, desserts and rum cocktails to boot.
Aqua Nueva is a stunning Spanish restaurant and bar for enjoying small plates in London. Located in a prime central London location, just a stone's throw from Regent Street, the venue takes inspiration from Northern Spain with traditional decor and tapas dishes.
The Turks Head is serving up stylish interiors - or should we say exteriors - and tasty small plates at its Wapping pub. The East London watering hole has a beautiful covered outdoor terrace, for those of you looking to go alfresco, and dishes such as Thai fishcakes, warm duck breast salad, chicken liver pate and more.
Serving up small plates in the form of chorizo al vino, padron peppers and Iberian pork, El Pirata has the tapas plates sorted. On top of authentic eats, there's also over 100 different wines to wash it all down.
Home to some delicious Turkish-inspired small plates, this chain of gorgeous restaurants promises some incredible eats, from classic brunch fare to posh kebabs and mouthwatering mezze designed for sharing with friends and family.
This gorgeous wine bar and bottle shop not only serves stunning dynamic wines from unique producers, but it also happens to dish up some particularly impressive small plates. Swing by to sip on refreshing drinks paired expertly with fresh cheese plates, cured meats and more.
Fodder will be taking up residence at Brixton's cosy cocktail bar Shrub and Shutter from Wednesday right through to Saturday. Their small plate menu has sustainability at its heart, using lesser-known ingredients to create delicious zero-waste plates such as pigeon offal yakitori and salt-baked baby celeriac with walnut, chanterelle, wild rocket and three-corner leek.
This Mediterranean-inspired restaurant is a glamorous haunt boasting a menu of Spanish and Italian small plates, alongside signature Mexican and Peruvian offerings from sister sites Monmouth Kitchen and Leicester Square Kitchen. Signature dishes include their deliciously dainty tacos, jamon and machego croquettas and chilli panko tiger prawns.
Located within a former power station, don't be deceived by this imposing 9000 sq.ft venue, the small plates here are as good as any cosy independent nook. With offerings such as clam, nduja and cider linguine, and smoked tomatoes served with burrata and basil oil, the focus at Wild by Tart is on sustainable local produce and the highest quality ingredients.
Churning out some of London's most renowned Indian small plates in the heart of a shipping container in Pop Brixton, Kricket are here to impress with their loyal flavours and unique restaurant setting. They're also in Soho should you find yourself in the heart of the city.
Ceviche is an award-winning restaurant, art gallery and live music venue bringing guests delicious dishes inspired by the Peruvian coastline. The menu includes classic ceviche made with seabass, sweet potato and choclo corn, as well as Tuna Nikkei and king prawns with candied kumquat and rocoto tiger's milk.