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. 

Last updated on 17th May 2022

Aspen and Meursault

45 user reviews 5

Located in Battersea, Aspen and Meursault is the perfect wine bar if you're looking for some light nibbles and a few drinks after work. You'll get to decide between boozy cheeses, cured meats, chorizo bites and a delicious baked Camembert. 

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.

Diogenes The Dog

161 user reviews 5

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.

Act Bar Notting Hill

24 user reviews 5

Nothing beats sipping on cocktails while nibbling on a few small plates, so head on over to Act Bar in Notting Hill for Indian fare. Tuck into their tandoori basil salmon with carom seeds, yoghurt and mustard mooli or opt for onion bhajia with red lentils, gram flour, and coriander.

If you're looking to keep your small plates a strictly Spanish affair, look no further than the gorgeous Iberica venues dotted all across London. Think jamon Iberico, croquetas and seafood, all washed down with vino or sangria.

Shrub and Shutter

255 user reviews 5

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. 

Wild by Tart

7 user reviews 5

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.


1 user review 5

A Mayfair restaurant that draws in some of London's biggest socialites, MNKY HSE also aren't shy a small plate or three. From beef brisket tacos to Latino plates brimming with British produce, you're sure a unique dining experience.

Ceviche Old St

478 user reviews 4

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.