Yay we’re going to Londonnnn! Okay not exactly. But are you heading off to London anytime soon (or planning to sometime) and are worried about the availability of Halal or Muslim-friendly food? Ha! Don’t you worry, my friend, as London has an abundance of food for us to choose from! So much so that we’re going to present to you a couple of the best Muslim-friendly eateries available. Take your pick and see which one makes you drool the most!
1. Poppies Fish and Chips
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What’s a trip to London without some of their deliciously famous fish and chips! Poppies is a staple on the London fish and chips scene and is one of the best for authentic, super freshly caught and fried fish daily! Take it away in the traditional newspaper wrapper or dine in while its piping hot and crispy!
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If the food is not enough to make you book tickets to London already, the décor just might! Be transported back to the 1940’s & 50’s with its adorable vintage style décor – complete with jukebox and vintage memorabilia all over! Don’t forget to take pictures with their adorable “Popettes” as well!
Note: The restaurant does serve alcohol- but the fish is prepared free of alcohol, well and deep fried in groundnut oil! Poppies also serve sausages, but you can ask for your food to be cooked separately! If you’re uncertain of anything, best to ask their friendly popettes for more info.
Phone: 207 247 0892
Address: 6-8 Hanbury St, London E1 6QR
2. The Meat Co
Known as one of the best places for steak in the UK, The Meat Co is an international group of steakhouse restaurants that has worked closely with their partners in the Middle East to develop its own Halal menu! Yes you heard that right! Halal, guilt-free, delicious juicy steak cooked to perfection? Yes please
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If that’s not enough, the kitchen also ensures that the Halal products are cooked separately from the non Halal products, and the restaurant itself provides a Halal seating area where no alcohol is served! All this with great service and a lovely ambience- perfect for all our Muslim brothers and sisters out there! <3
Note: Halal meat and menu available, but restaurant also serves pork and alcohol!
Phone: 208 749 5914
Address: Unit 1026, Westfield London, Ariel Way, London
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Kurobuta is one of those Japanese izakaya style eateries has that gained massive popularity in London (and all over the world) due to its tasty dishes that are usually served in small portions to accompany drinks. Oozing sophistication with a mix of rock and roll, Kurobuta is where you’d want to be for a delicious selection of Japanese dishes (some even with a special twist to it) and a great night out with friends and even family!
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What’s the best part about Kurobuta? You can call in and preorder anything on the menu to be halal 48 hours before! This way, you can enjoy anything you want off their super hip and delicious menu (I’m salivating already, gosh) without worrying about it being halal or not when you finally dine in!! ENJOY WE SAY.
Note: Pork and alcohol are still being served here!
Phone: 0207 920 6440
Address: 17-20 Kendal Street, London, W2 2AW
4. Liman Restaurant
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A humble Mediterranean restaurant that also serves Middle Eastern and Turkish fare, Liman gained popularity when they received five star reviews over and over again on TripAdvisor – making it the number #1 restaurant in all of London!
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Liman is owned by a Kurdish couple who each have their own specialty in the kitchen, and with continuous effort has since become one of the best places to get delicious skewers of grilled meats (kebabs), hummus and sweet home made baklava in London. Not a fan of meat? They also offer various vegetarian and fish dishes so there’s something for everyone to choose from!
Note: No pork is served in the restaurant, however they do serve alcohol.
Phone: 020 3583 6442
Address: 60 Penton Street, London, N1 9PZ
5. The Hummingbird Bakery, Soho
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One look at this place and you’ll probably be drawn in- gorgeous pink hues and a hummingbird make this chic little bakery stand out from its neighbors, and if you end up peeking in- you’ll be drooling at the sight of the many cupcakes, cakes and other desserts on display! They’re known for their delicious and stunningly decorated cakes, so unless you’re willing to cave in to slice of cake or two, walking past the store is a definite no go!
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You’ll be pleased to know that their cakes and desserts are freshly baked using high quality ingredients and are preservatives-free! They also serve vegan cakes and are mostly gelatin free, but if you’re ever uncertain of the ingredients and whether they contain alcohol or not (hey, you’ll never know, right?) be sure to ask!
Note: This bakery has multiple locations so check out their official website for more info!
Contact: 020 7851 1795
Address: 155a Wardour Street, Soho, London
Craving for more desserts in London? You have to visit these top five places in London to satisfy your sweet tooth 😋
6. Sticky Wings
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Welcome to Sticky Wings, where all things sticky is yummy! Erm, moving along… Sticky Wings is an American-inspired diner that serves up amazing buffalo wings and more! Their wings are hands down legit that you’d think you’re in good ol’ Murica instead of London! From different flavors to choose from to even boneless or bones in wings, all the beef and chicken on the menu is halal despite the restaurant serving alcohol (in separate glasses, mind you)!
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They’re rated number #2 in TripAdvisor’s best restaurants by the way, so you can be sure that these guys serve up some pretty amazing food! What you waiting for? Head on over and get yourself some hot wings with a side of onion rings for the whole American experience! Ohhh yesss
Phone: 020 7375 0100
Address: 40 Brick Lane, London, E1 6RF
7. Dishoom, Covent Garden
Dishoom sounds like an epic Indian action movie you’d be thrilled to watch. Well it’s quite close to that. Dishoom is actually an Indian restaurant, or rather, a Bombay Café (or an Irani Café) similar to those which flourished during the old British India times. It’s décor is indeed Indian with a modern twist. You’re bound to spend your time there looking through the olden portraits around the restaurant, admiring the little details put in to make it feel thoroughly sophisticated.
And just like the décor, the food is well up to par! Serving delicious curries, naan breads and other dishes you’d expect to find in India, the food at Dishoom is amazing and will leave you salivating for more, the moment you leave! What’s best is that Dishoom is verified halal! Do take note that they do serve pork, but there is no cross contamination between all halal and non halal products!
Note: Alcohol is served in the restaurant! Also, this restaurant has multiple locations and can be found on the official website.
Phone: 020 7420 9320
Address: 12 Upper St. Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9FB
8. Vanilla Black
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Wanna take a break from meat and eat healthy for a bit? How about taking the vegetarian route for a while! Vanilla Black does just that, as one of London’s finest vegetarian restaurants. Instead of a casual café you’d head to for classic vegetarian dishes, this restaurant serve fine-dining, almost gastronomic fare that will leave your taste buds in a tizzy!
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You’ll find yourself asking yourself “was that a vegetable I just ate?”, because Vanilla Black delivers the unexpected with dishes that are so unique! The décor is chic and sophisticated, and you’ll be leaving healthy and happy. Did me mention that the restaurant is also Michelin recommended?
Note: The food is all vegetarian, but some dishes may be cooked with alcohol (and alcohol is served in the restaurant)!
Phone: 020 7242 2622
Address: 17-18 Tooks Court, London EC4A 1LB
9. Red Iron Burgers
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Time to enter the realm of juicy slabs on meats in between buns… yes, you guessed it! We’re talking about some of the best halal gourmet burgers in London. Clinching one of the top places is Red Iron Burgers, with its wide array of burgers available for everyone to choose from!
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Expect the juiciest burgers that will give you foodgasms with every bite! They’re massive, mind you, so you’ll be leaving the burger joint full and happy. Nothing prepackaged here, as all patties are made fresh with quality ingredients! Did we mention that everything here is halal? Another big yessss for all you burger lovers out there! They also have a couple of food challenges for all you thrill seekers out there, so be sure to enquire and who knows, your meal for the day could be on the house? 😉
Phone: 018 9527 4624
Address: 280 High Street, Uxbridge UB8 ILQ
If all the meat options we’ve presented to you does not satisfy your palette, perhaps these top five Muslim-friendly restaurants in London will. I mean, it’s written by a local Londoner so 😉
10. Claridge’s, Brook Street
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What’s a trip to London without some delicious English afternoon tea? And what’s an afternoon tea without delicious pastries, finger sandwiches, scones (oh scones!! <3), a swanky setting and well, tea? Claridge’s gives you all that, and a beautiful, decadent setting in an elegant British hotel with beautiful music that’ll leave you relaxed and feeling like royalty!
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It’s not just the food that’ll leave you missing Claridge’s the moment you leave, but the entire expensive experience that’s worth the hefty price tag. If you’re looking for that true English tea experience, this one will be worth every single penny. Bonus points awarded as the meat served in all the afternoon tea is halal here! But be sure to call in and inform the staff 24 hours ahead to ensure no gelatin or alcohol is used!
Phone: 020 7629 8860
Address: Claridge’s, Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR
Good news for tea-lovers! There’s plenty of other places which serve Muslim-friendly afternoon tea in London☺️
Our love for burgers and shakes will never die, as another delicious American diner has made it to our list! Tinseltown is famous for its juicy, wholesome halal burgers and smoooooooth milk shakes with flavours like classic vanilla and chocolate to premium ferrero rocher and nutella! YUMS
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Not a fan of burgers? (HOW COULD YOU!?) Indulge in some delicious buffalo wings or cheesy nachos- or take the healthy vegetarian route and order some healthy wraps! There’s something for everyone here, and bonus points as all the meat is certified Halal! Don’t count your calories we say, just indulge and save the gym for tomorrow, okay?
Note: Tinseltown is available in many locations so do check out their official website for more info.
Phone: 020 7727 3042
Address: 57 Westbourne Grove, W2 4UA
12. Chicks on Fire
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If you’re a fan of Nandos, Chicks on Fire would definitely be a favorite for you in London! They serve amazingly succulent grilled chicken with a variety of special marinades like Thai Green Curry and Caribbean Jerk and equally yummy sides (they’re famous for their legendary triple cooked chips!) – guaranteed to tickle your taste buds and leave you craving for more!
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Chicks on Fire is also a great place to dine for families and friends, as you can opt for larger portions to share at a great price! Be sure to get additional dips and their healthy salads to accompany your meal! Too lazy to head out for some chicken? Order online and dine in! Convenience at its best!
Phone: 0203 659 7491
Address: 11 Hercules Street, London, N7 6AT, GB
13. Meat & Shack
With 3 outlets in the UK, Meat & Shack is another convenient alternative for those who want to fulfil their burger and steak desires, and without burning a hole in your pocket! Start your meal with some appetizers from the likes of nachos, sausages, and buffalo wings.
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The smoked ribs are cooked slowly in the smoker to give them a spicy, smoky crust. Just look at the tender and juicy ribs, yum!
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Another notable dish is the Cool Joe, Mean Joe, Killer Joe that’s recently the winner of the National Burger Awards 2017! Topped with both beef and lamb, BBQ ground beef, smoked cheese, chipotle mayo, lettuce and tomato. Mouthful of a name, mouthful of a burger! 😉
14. Burger and Lobster
If you’ve never heard of Burger and Lobster but never been to any outlet, it’s time that you pay a visit. The eatery focuses on perfecting 1 to 2 main ingredients, in this case being the burgers and lobsters. With solely these on the menu, you may think there’s little variety to look forward to but you’ll be so wrong 😌
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Burger & Lobster also specialises in premium 650-700g of fresh lobsters. High quality is definitely not a compromise here. The lobsters are either steamed or grilled and served with chips and salad.
Status: While the burgers are not halal, the lobsters are safe to eat!
From Indian food to vegetarian fine dining, classic British fish and chips and English afternoon tea, we hope you find this guide to some of the best food places London has to offer! Just like London, the mix and variety of cuisines are vast, but they’re all delicious, colorful and unique in their own, amazing way! Now move along, make the necessary bookings and enjoy your meals! Wipe away your drool now! Tally-ho, and all that sort of thing! <3
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