Best Places for Pizza in London

Nothing can beat that crispy crust, covered in savoury tomato sauce, concealed under a mountain of melty, gooey cheese – it’s one of the world’s favourites foods, of course, it’s pizza.

God know’s I love Pizza, and it’s more than just something you have when you’re hungover. Say goodbye to Papa Johns and hello to my favourite pizzeria’s in London.

Sodo Pizza 

As the name applies, it’s all about the sourdough at Sodo Pizza. They’ve got three branches – Upper Clapton, Hoxton and now Walthamstow. Their dough is fermented for around 18 hours and then blasted at 450°C. The Winter Goat is a winner with tomato, mozzarella, goats cheese, walnuts, caramelised onions and olives, yum.

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Pizza Pilgrims 

Pizza Pilgrims set up shop shortly after a pilgrimage to Italy to discover how to make the best pizza. They started out in a van in Soho and have have truly completed the transition from street food vendors to restaurateurs. Expect chewy and soft pizzas – well worth the pilgrimage to any of their branches.

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Pizza East 

SoHo House’s pizza branch, Pizza East, started on Shoreditch High Street and has now been rolled out to Kentish Town and Portobello. They serve up rustic pizza’s made from seasonal ingredients with ciabatta-style dough with a generous crust.

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Franco Manca

You can thank Franco Manca for bringing the sourdough pizza revolution to London. The menu is focused on six pizzas plus a changing specials board. At around £6 a pizza and £3 a beer, you’ll marvel at how small your bill is.

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Zia Lucia 

Hidden in Holloway, Zia Lucia is a local gem. Their pizzas are served on 48-hour slow-fermented sourdoughs and their bases come in four varieties: vegetable charcoal, wholemeal, gluten-free, and traditional. I’ve never come across a pizzeria where I could actually choose the type of dough, it’s incredibly refreshing.

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Yard Sale Pizza 

Yard Sale Pizza have two shops in Clapton and Finsbury Park and this place is primarily for take-away. I adore their pizza with butternut squash, goats cheese, rocket and honey drizzle. Don’t forgot about the dips, their garlic & herb has nothing on Dominoes.

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Homeslice 

Beer and pizza? Hell Yeah. Well that’s exactly what the guy’s at Homeslice thought back in 2011 when they did they’re first event at London Fields Brewery. They do massive portions with inventive flavours, my advice is to share one between two, with different toppings on each half. Make sure to get the aubergine, cauliflower cheese, spinach and harissa pizza.

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A North Londoners Guide to Eating in North London

If you’re ever spent more than 5 minutes with me, you’ll know how much I love North London. I currently live in Southgate, but I’m counting all my pennies and hoping to move to Finsbury Park. It’s somewhere I’ve always dreamed on living – it’s close enough to the city so I can lace up my trainers and either run or cycle to work, or pop home for a Sunday lunch (or bbq knowing my family).

I get pretty tried of people simply describing North London as only Kings Cross, Islington and Camden. There’s so much more to see and do! Let me take you on a little adventure down the Piccadilly line through your stomach…

Kings Cross

Kings Cross is a huge transport hub for London, and it would be silly for me to ignore it in my guide. Since the development of Granary Square, Kings Cross has become a foodie’s paradise. You’ve got the likes of Granger and Co, Caravan, The Grain Store, and of course Dishoom.

I’ve been to Caravan numerous of times and it never fails to disappoint – their coffee is the perfect pick me in the morning, and their sweet potato and cumin waffle is to die for.

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Holloway

Getting my family to come to this part of London is a nightmare – they’re avid Spurs fan and my dad actually refuses to get off the tube at Arsenal (and still refers to it as Gillespie Road). Some of my highlights include Zia Lucia (a newly opened Pizza joint using black charcoal bases), Vagabond and Le Coq.

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I recently visited The Highbury Arts Club for my sister’s birthday extravaganza – it’s a cute little cafe serving up tapas with exposed brickwork, cosy corners and communal long tables. The food here was so good, I’d highly recommend their pandron peppers, tortilla, and coquettes (and whilst you’re at it.. you might as well order their whole menu). They also do amazing dessert – Scot and I devoured their cheesecake.

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Finsbury Park 

Now I could write a whole post about Finsbury Park, and narrowing down what to include in this section has been incredibility hard.

Get Brunch at Fink’s Salt and Sweet and get to their Avocado Toast. The portion is more then generous and is topped with goats cheese and comes with a harrisa spread – it’s such good value for money.

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Grab a cup of joe at Blighty Coffee. They’re got signature drinks like the Orancino, which is basically Terry’s Chocolate Orange in a cup, and the Spitfire, which is served with cinnamon and chocolate.

Hit up either Yard Sale Pizza or Petek for a spot of lunch or dinner. Petek serves up spot-on Lebanese food, their portions are generous and everything is incredibility tasty.

Finally, grab a pint at the Faltering Fullback. Don’t be put off by the fact that it’s always full or the main room looks like a cross between a sixth-form common room crossed with a 1970s pool hall. It has the most stunning beer garden – it’s quite simply one big treehouse.

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Harringay 

I’ve only recently started exploring Turnpike Lane and Woodgreen since Scott moved here. You’re got to go for a spot of food at Blends, and I simply adore their eggs on sourdough with asparagus and hollandise.

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Mosaica at The Old Chocolate Factory is another one of my favourites – it’s the perfect date spot. It’s in the middle of an industrial estate in Wood Green, but I assure you that you won’t be disappointed.

Southgate 

You’re almost at the end of the Piccadilly line, and here’s where my foodie journey ends. But before it does, make sure you visit Green’s Steakhouse. They do week day offers, and from Monday till Thursday can grab two steak dinners and a bottle of house red for £39 – bargain.

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The Winchmore is one of my favourite local boozers, run by a brother and sister duo and boasts over 70 gins. Their bar staff are incredible as well,  simply let one of them know your favourite fruit and they will whip up a gin for your taste.

Let me know if you visit any of these places or if you have any hidden gems you’d like to share!  

Yard Sale Pizza | Finsbury Park

I’m always keeping my eye out for new restaurant openings and recommendations in North London, and for a while now I’ve been hearing good things about Yard Sale Pizza. They’ve recently opened a second branch in Finsbury Park and with it being so close to home, I had no excuse not to try it out with a couple of my girlfriends.

It’s got a couple of tables and benches, but it’s really not much more than a takeaway shop yet it’s a complete hive of activity. We nabbed a table at the back and quickly ordered from the 6 or so options – a classic margherita, the squash (butternut squash, goats cheese, rocket and a drizzle of honey), and the TSB (tender stem broccoli, manchego, pine nuts and garlic).

Their bases are crisp and perfect and I adored their cheese to tomato ratio. You don’t get cutlery at Yard Sale pizza just a board and pizza wheel. I’m a firm believer that you have to have dips with your pizza (and we can all thank Domino’s for this). I had their garlic and herb dip, which was thick and creamy and didn’t overpower the pizza. I promise you, I did try and save some for breakfast… but it was too delicious.

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Yard Sale Pizza, 54 Blackstock Rd, London N4 2DW

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