I have a confession; usually I am really good at maintaining a healthy diet but last week I was incredibly busy and ended up eating pizza 6 nights out of 7 (I took a break for an Honest Burger). I love pizza because it is quick, easy, always satisfying and can be boxed and taken home meaning it lasts for days. I have done quite the London pizza tour in the past 5 years and thought I would share some of my favourites.
Housed in an old factory in Hackney Wick, Crate Brewery sits on the banks of Regents Canal and is one of my favourite local spots to hang out after work or at the weekends. Call it a hipster hang out all you want but I love the busy but laid back vibe that Crate offers. There is always a wait for one of their paper thin, stone baked pizzas – but that gives you more time to grab one of their house craft beers and watch canal life float on by.
Tucked away from the chaos of central London in colourful Neil’s Yard, Homeslice always has a wait for a table so I would recommend getting there early, putting your name on the waiting list and taking a stroll around the cobbled streets of Covent Garden.
Once you do get a seat in the compact restaurant, you will notice some strange flavour combinations on the handwritten chalk boards. Be bold with you choices and I promise you will not regret it! If you are a little apprehensive you can purchase the wood fire pizzas by the slice as well as the 20″ pies.
Like Homeslice, these guys started out from humble street stall roots but have grown hugely in popularity and now have 3 locations as well as their trusty van which took the two friends on a pilgrimage around Italy where they learned and passed on their pizza making skills. The chewy base is always the star of the show for me, however, I also love how they continue to experiment with toppings, creating a different experience each visit.
Already featured in a Vlog it is safe to say I have been a regular here since they opened their second location at Boxpark Shoreditch. Cooking up massive 22″ New York-style pizzas served by the slice makes it the perfect place to stop by for a quick bite. My favourite slice has got to be Shrooms! (Wild Mushroom Selection, Roast Butternut Squash, Taleggio, Red Onion, Parsley, Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce) or guest slice Queen Vegan, because a pizza can be delicious without cheese with this awesome base and super fresh toppings.
At the end of cute Columbia Road, this place is my little haven when London life gets a bit busy. Not fancy, but great prices and the super accommodating staff keep me coming back for more. My usual order is the Vegetable Calzone, but served open which is loaded with tomato, mozzarella, aubergine, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, olives and lots of garlic to keep those East London vampires at bay.
Others that are also worth a visit are;
Soho Joe, a cheap and cheerful place in the heart of Soho.
Franco Manca, a London favourite that seems to be constantly popping up in new locations.
The Lauriston Pub, one of my favourite places to grab a pint and a pizza after a day in Victoria Park.
The Florist Arms, another brilliant East London pub, which also does gluten free pizzas.
Pizza Union, another chilled out, small chain which is great for a some fast food.
What is your favourite food? Are there any pizza places I have missed off the list?