When you’re craving comfort food, sometimes only the finest fried chicken will do. Forget the greasy takeaway stuff, we’re talking about free range birds with properly crispy skin and tender, tasty meat. Tempted? Here are some of the best places to eat fried chicken in London.
Joe’s Southern Kitchen, Covent Garden – Joe’s chicken is marinated in buttermilk for 24 hours and then fried in a pressure fryer to keep it moist with healthier crispy skin. Try it with whipped potatoes and chicken gravy or with fries, BBQ beans and a drink for a tenner on weekday lunchtimes.
Q Grill, Camden – Hungry in Camden? Satisfy your fried chicken cravings at this buzzy smokehouse opposite the Stables Market. It’s perfect paired with a pint of Camden Hell’s and if you’re really hungry, some zingy sea bass ceviche and a bag of their spicy wings.
The Lockhart, Marylebone – Bringing the flavours of the deep South to the West End, Mississippi-born chef Brad McDonald serves classics like shrimp ‘n’ grits and catfish gumbo. As you’d expect, his fried chicken is first class, served with collard greens and friggitelli peppers.
Rita’s, Hackney – After a five year stint in NYC and a residency in Dalston, chef Gabriel Pryce found a permanent home for Rita’s in Hackney. We like to visit later in the week for cocktails in their basement bar, Night Elm, before heading upstairs for goat tacos and flawless fried chicken.
Foxlow, Clerkenwell – If you can resist their famous slow-smoked ribs, Foxlow also does some seriously good fried chicken. You can order it straight up with habanero vinegar or as a sandwich with fresh green slaw. Just be sure to save room for one of their soft serve sundaes!
Honorable mentions – CHICKENLiquor (formerly Wishbone) in Brixton for tangy Thai thighs; Jubo in Shoreditch for delicious Korean fried chicken; MEATmission’s dirty chicken burger and spicy ‘monkey fingers’; and Bird on Kingsland Road for chicken with waffles and maple syrup.