[Updated 14th June 2022]
Finding halal food in London is easy, thanks to the capital's exciting food scene. Featuring a variety of affordable eateries, fast food and fine dining meals, you'll never go hungry in this beautiful destination - and it's not only limited to Middle Eastern cuisine! London is also beaming with Asian food and other types of cuisine too. The best part is, that the halal eateries in London are located nearby famous tourist attractions! Since there are affordable flights to London (from just SGD219!), what else could be stopping you from visiting this lovely city? ?
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With so many things to do and eat in London, we've narrowed down the best halal food eateries in London that you can enjoy which are near tourist attractions!
1. Near Harrods: Chai Wu (Halal meat available)
Home to expensive labels and really extravagant interiors, Harrods is located at Knightsbridge, a district with many high-end halal restaurants. After your shopping therapy here, there is no better place to have a good meal at Chai Wu at the fifth floor! This impressive Chinese restaurant boasts high-quality service, friendly staff, amazing ambience and of course, one of the best cuisines around ?
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There are not many eateries offering Halal duck presented in such a traditional manner, and Chai Wu does it best. While the price tag for each dish here is inflated, the whole experience itself is definitely going to be worth that exceptional price, we promise ?
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Address: 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL
Opening hours: 12pm – 8pm
2. Near Natural History Museum: Bosphoros Kebabs (Muslim-owned)
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No trip to London is complete without visiting the spectacular Natural History Museum! Before queuing to enter this world-class museum, fuel up your day with some mouth-watering doner kebabs at Bosphoros Kebabs ?
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Indulge in some Turkish eats while you relax in the authentic ambience of this restaurant. With one of the best kebabs in town and large mix grills, Bosphorous Kebabs has been around for quite a long time! The raving reviews of this restaurant is a testament of how delicious the food is here. To complete your museum-hopping day, here are other museums to visit as well!
Address: 59 Old Brompton Rd, Kensington, London, SW7, 3JS
Opening hours: 11am – 11.30pm
3. Near Carnaby Street: Stax Diner (Halal meat available)
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Home to London’s foodie hub, the bustling Kingly Court has many alfresco dining options and culinary delights for everyone. While you’re here, Stax Diner is the place to go! This charming gem brings the best of America’s favorite food to London. Feast on gourmet burgers such as their popular Halal beef bacon burger, or crispy chicken with waffles that are sure to impress your taste buds! Aside from the amazing food, you will definitely enjoy the retro-inspired atmosphere and friendly service ?
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Address: Kingly Court, Carnaby, London W1B 5PW
Opening hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tue-Thu), 12pm – 10.50pm (Fri-Sat), 12pm – 8.50pm (Sun-Mon)
P.S. If you've been to Stax Diner before, drop us a review and let other Muslims know what you think of this place! ?
Disclaimer: Do note that alcohol is served in this establishment.
4. Near Covent Garden: Rasa Sayang (Muslim-owned)
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If you're homesick and crave for some spicy Malay food, it’s time to pay a visit to Rasa Sayang! Give your stomach a break from all those Western food and Middle Eastern cuisine and whet your appetite with nasi lemak and satay. Complete your traditional Malay meal with a cup of hot Teh Tarik. Definitely a taste of home! With a filled stomach, you will be ready to explore the sights and sounds of the heart of this theatre district filled with street performances and a bustling marketplace. ?
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Address: 5 Macclesfield St, London W1D 6AY
Opening hours: 12pm – 2.30pm, 5pm-10pm (Mon-Thur), 12pm – 10pm (Fri-Sat), 12pm-9pm (Sun)
5. Near Berkeley Square: Benares (Halal-certified)
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Good news to those who want to plan that special night out in London and feast at a fine-dining experience ? Benares is a Michelin-starred restaurant owned by Chef Atul Kochhar, located at Berkeley Square. This exclusive square in Mayfair is a peaceful oasis to have a breather, away from the hustle and bustle of London!
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The full menu is halal and the meals here are carefully prepared using only the top-notch quality ingredients. We think that this award-winning restaurant should definitely not be missed when you’re here in London ?
Address: 12a Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6BS
Opening hours: 12pm–2:30pm, 5:30pm–10:30pm (Mon-Tues, Sat), 12.30pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm (Wed-Fri), closed on Sundays
6. Near Hyde Park: Subway (Halal-certified in certain outlets)
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If you're on a tight budget or travelling with fellow backpackers, an affordable yet sumptuous option is to visit Subway! Not all Subway branches are halal here in London, though so it is best to check with the friendly staff.
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From time to time, the halal branches of Subway will introduce special menus such as chicken tikka and pulled chicken. Do look out for the halal-certified signs which are usually displayed at the entrance of the outlets!
Address: 66 Queensway, London W2 3RL
Opening hours: 7am – 2am (Mon-Wed), 7am – 4am (Thu-Sat), 9am – 12am (Sun)
7. Near Portobello Road: Makan Cafe (Muslim-owned)
Craving for a local dish from home? Fret not, Makan Cafe is here to fix that craving! ?
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Owned by a Malaysian couple, this Singapore-Malaysian cuisine restaurant offers value-for-money dishes with a cosy ambience! Expect your favourite traditional eats such as satay, char kway teow, Malaysia-style fried rice and roti canai served in a lively, no-frills café ?
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Makan Café is conveniently located at one of the world’s largest antiques market. Don’t forget to check out other street markets that should not be missed!
Address: 270 Portobello Rd, London W10 5TY
Opening hours: 9am – 9.30pm
8. Near Leicester Square: Hoppers Soho (Halal meat available)
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If you happen to see a long line of hungry people near Leicester Square, then you're in the right place. Hoppers Soho is usually fully booked (and the queue sometimes even go round the block) but there's a good reason why! This popular Sri Lankan restaurant makes sure that its fresh meat - chicken, lamb and mutton - is halal and their dishes ooze authenticity. Their dosas and curries are a must-try. Definitely worth the long wait ?
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Watch a play at one of the theatres around the Square or just catch your breath and soak in the busy London vibe at this amazing spot. If you want to burn some calories after a heavy meal at Hoppers Soho, then take a walk down to Piccadilly Circus for more sightseeing! ?
Address: 49 Frith St, W1D 4SG
Opening hours: 12pm – 2.30pm and 5.30pm – 10.30 pm (Mon-Sat)
9. Near Camden Town: Guanabana (All meat is halal)
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Great flavours, halal food and beautiful ambience, Guanabana guarantees you a good time. This small but stylish restaurant serves a plethora of Latin American and Caribbean dishes that'll have you wanting more! Other than the juicy burgers, the goat curry and spicy chicken stew would give you a serving of authentic spices ?
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The cheerful shop fronts, streets and even the buskers at the corners are wildly happy and colourful. Enjoy the live music and the hustle and bustle of weekend shoppers at Camden Market. Once you're done buying knick-knacks and exploring Camden's quaint and quirky shops, stop by Guanabana for a well-deserved break and try their famous BBC burger or a stack of pancakes to fill you up before you head back to your hotel ?
Address: 85 Kentish Town Rd, London NW1 8NY
Opening hours: 5pm – 10pm (Mon-Thurs) and 12pm – 10.30pm (Fri-Sun)
10. Near Covent Garden: Shake Shack (Chicken is halal across all branches)
Yes, you can eat Shake Shack when you're in London! You can pop by their Covent Garden outlet after a day of shopping and chomp down on these world-famous burgers! The signature Shack Burger is a must-try if you're a Shake Shack first-timer. It comes with a delicious combination of fresh green lettuce, bright red tomatoes, yellow runny cheese and a juicy seared beef patty. The classic potato buns are fluffy with a light, buttery taste; we're already drooling at this point!
Address for Covent Garden outlet: 24, Market Building, The Piazza, London WC2E 8RD, United Kingdom
Opening hours: 11am-10pm (daily, closes at 9pm on Sundays)
11. Camden Market: Buk Burger (all food served is halal and ethically-sourced, no alcohol)
They claimed to serve up the best grilled or smashed burgers in Camden, so you definitely have to put this place on the list! Located in the new Hawley Wharf site of Camden Market, their chicken thighs are superbly juicy and tender, which checks off the checklist of what a good burger is. The signature dish you definitely have to try is their famous Teriyaki Burger. It packs on a whole lot of flavours, and when you pair it up with their purple house slaw, you'll be gobbling them up in no time! Remember to add on their cheesy truffle fries on the side!
Address: 1st floor, Waterside Hall East, Castlehaven Rd, Hawley Wharf, London NW1 8JZ, United Kingdom
Opening hours: 11.30am-5pm daily
12. Next to Notting Hill: Queensway & Bayswater area
Next to Notting Hill, the Queensway & Bayswater area offers plenty of halal food options of different cuisines and is home to one of our favourite restaurants in London too. Here are some popular ones in the area, featuring a good variety of options for you to try out!
a) Normah's (Muslim-owned)
Unassumingly tucked away in Queensway Market, Normah’s is a true hidden food gem. An absolute must-order is Normah’s super flaky and buttery roti, whether it’s with their rich & spicy beef rendang, homely daal, or as an extra to pair with their curry laksa! They also make the crispiest chicken wings/bites and a fiery sambal nasi lemak!
Address: Normah's 23-25 inside Queensway, Market, Bayswater, London W2 4QJ, UK
Opening hours: 12pm-3pm, 5pm-9pm (Tues-Sat); closed on Sundays and Mondays
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b) Ceru (all meats are halal)
This eastern Mediterranean fusion restaurant has opened another branch in Queensway. The lamb shoulder is a must-try and there are plenty of alluring seafood options as well. Its intimate and relaxing interior makes it a lovely spot for a date night or friends get-together!
Address: 11 Queensway, London W2 4QJ
Opening hours: 12pm-10pm (Mon-Thurs); 11am-11pm (Fri-Sat); 11am-10pm (Sun)
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c) Ojak (all meats are halal, however alcohol is served on the premises)
Ojak is a modern Anatolian Turkish restaurant that adds a little twist to all your favourite Turkish cuisines, such as Med-style Poke Bowls. They also have Turkish breakfast dishes served all day long!
Address: 94 Queensway, London W2 3RR
Opening hours: 11.45am-10pm daily; closed on Mondays
d) Uzbek Corner (all meats are halal)
Uzbek Corner is a small little café that gives you a taste of Uzbekistan. Enjoy a variety of Uzbek cuisine such as dumplings, manti, and samosas, as well as Uzbek soups, lamb kebab, pilau, etc.
Address: 23-25 Queensway (inside the Queensway Market), London W2 4QJ
Opening hours: 1pm-9.30pm daily; closed on Wednesdays
e)Duck & Noodle (all meats are halal, however alcohol is served on the premises)
There are two things you must try when you're here, and they are both literally from the name of the store! Their Roast Duck La Mian is truly nourishing Chinese soul food in the form of hand-pulled noodles. It ticks off the checklist of every la mian noodle soup you've tasted but possibly even better: delicious, succulent and soft duck slices paired with heavenly chicken broth ?
The heart of it all is definitely their trademark world-famous halal roast Peking Duck! Put all of the meats and vegetables together in a rice paper and a concoction of flavours erupt in your mouth: the crispy skin contrasts with the tender meat, and the rich flavour of duck combines with flavorful hoisin sauce and is balanced by mildly sharp spring onions and cucumbers ?
Address: 106 Queensway, London W2 3RR
Opening hours: 12pm-10.30pm
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There are still many more in the area, so take a stroll and be spoiled by the choices available for you to try!
So there you have it! You don’t have to worry about finding a halal eatery while you visit these incredible tourist spots in the city.