Five of the Best: London pizza restaurants

Want to find the best pizza this side of Naples?


Pizza Pilgrims

Thom and James Elliot are the Pizza Pilgrims. A few years ago the two brothers travelled round Italy in a small van, researching authentic recipes. They soon built up a loyal following for their Neapolitan pizzas served at Berwick Street Market, festivals and street food events and have just opened their own pizzeria in Soho. The delicious sourdough pizzas come topped with the best southern Italian ingredients including spicy nduja sausage from Calabria, and black pepper salami from Naples.


Pizza Pilgrims, 11 Dean Street, London W1D 3RP. 07780 667258;



Princi is an institution in Milan – a small chain of chic bakeries, with excellent breads and pizzas by the slice. The London off-shoot, which is co-owned by top restaurateur Alan Yau, is equally popular – thronging with Soho media types in need of an espresso and carb fix. If you have time to linger, the adjoining pizzeria is one of London’s best. The signature D.O.C pizza comes topped with the creamiest buffalo mozzarella, candy-sweet slivers of Datterini tomatoes from Sicily and fresh basil.

Princi Pizzeria, 135 Wardour Street, London W1F 0UT. 020 7478 8888;

Franco Manca

Pizza connoisseurs have long beaten a path to Brixton. Why? Hidden in the covered Market Row is Franco Manca, arguably London’s best loved pizza spot. Franco Manca is famous for its excellent sourdough pizzas at affordable prices. The slow-rising dough is cooked for at least 20 hours in a wood-burning oven. The margherita is perfection: sweet Ligurian tomatoes and generous splodges of mozzarella. Don’t forget to eat your crusts – thanks to the slow-cooking, the edge of Franco Manca’s pizzas are one of its best parts.


Franco Manca, Unit 4, Market Row, London SW9 8LD. 020 7738 3021;

Story Deli

This trendy pizza spot used to reside inside a concept store off Brick Lane. It’s now moved to nearby Bethnal Green Road, but Story Deli’s pizzas are as delicious as ever. Inside the small ‘Scout Hut’ there’s a clutch of shared tables and a mostly white, minimal interior – all the better to focus on the pizzas. And what pizzas. Story Deli has won international awards for its 100% organic offerings – a crisp base topped with lots of fresh and seasonal ingredients, such as goat’s cheese with fig and olive.

Story Deli, 123 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 7DG. 07918 197352;


Like the Pizza Pilgrims, the guys behind Homeslice Pizza also built up a cult following on the street food scene before opening their own restaurant in Covent Garden. Tucked inside Neal’s Yard, Homeslice serves up large thin-crust pizzas with imaginative toppings from its wood-fired oven. Wash down the meaty bone marrow and watercress pizza with a craft beer or even a glass of the on-tap Prosseco.

Homeslice, 13 Neal’s Yard, London WC2H 9DP. 020 7836 4604;

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