Mayfair Pizza Co., Mayfair

_DSC7543blendAs a general rule, we’re a little suspicious of restaurants professing to offer “gourmet pizzas”. The South Bank’s Gourmet Pizza Co. for example, is notorious for serving up anything but, while attempts to pimp the humble Margherita with luxe ingredients like lobster or salmon have a tendency to arrive as Fire & Stone-esque monstrosities. Continue reading

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Earlham Street Clubhouse, Covent Garden

Frat-boy fun masks some underwhelming pizza at this ode to Americana

Earlham Street Clubhouse

Having been something of a pizza wilderness in years gone by, Covent Garden has become increasingly well-served in that department of late, with nearby Sartori recently joined by the first permanent outpost of by-the-slice specialists, Homeslice. Earlham Street Clubhouse is the latest name to add to the list, having opened at the back end of last year amid much fanfare. Continue reading

Princi, Soho

Classy pizza and a buzzing atmosphere in this sprawling Soho bakery

PrinciThe prospective diner taking a glance through some online reviews of Princi could be forgiven for feeling baffled as to what exactly the Soho venue is offering, pizza-wise. While half the write-ups we perused before our visit waxed lyrical about wood-fired Neapolitan delights, at least as many again displayed pictures of an unappetising range of doughy, door-stop pizza-breads. Continue reading

B-Soho, Soho

A welcome new addition to a former pizza wasteland

BSoho 1It’s surprising, given the concentration of restaurants catering to practically every cuisine under the sun, that Soho isn’t exactly overburdened with great pizza. Taking aside the ubiquitous Pizza Express and the pleasant but workmanlike Soho Joe, the humble pizza seems to be woefully underrepresented in the area. Continue reading

Bounce, Holborn

Pizza and ping-pong are clearly here to stay…

Bounce 2Typical. You wait years on end for one pizza and ping-pong joint to open in London… okay, so we’d never previously found ourselves pining for the combo until now, but it seems as though table tennis is the new bar trend du jour and some higher power has decided that pizza is its perfect partner. Continue reading

Strada, Royal Festival Hall

The high street contender serves up reliably tasty pizzas in a prime riverside location

When it comes to high street pizza, the ubiquitous Pizza Express has done its best to corner the market. With 400 restaurants in the UK alone, the black and white stripes can be found on every major high street, with stablemates Zizzi and ASK (they all come under the umbrella of Gondola Holdings) mopping up any stray customers. Tricky then for another contender to operate in such a crowded market, but Strada has managed to carve its own niche nonetheless. Continue reading

Pizza Express, Wardour Street, Soho

The ubiquitous Pizza Express has been serving London pizza for nearly 50 years

If you’re reading this blog it is a pretty safe bet you’ve been to, or at least heard of, Pizza Express at some point in your life. While most will already know what to expect from this venerable chain, we couldn’t overlook the restaurant that first brought pizza to Britain’s high streets. With this in mind, we wandered down to check out the place where it all began. Continue reading

Sartori, Covent Garden

Sartori is a hidden gem serving great pizza-by-the-metre in the heart of London

Finding a decent meal in Covent Garden is like finding a needle in a haystack. For every Hawksmoor or Dishoom, there are at least a dozen chain restaurants, half-hearted brasseries and tourist-trap steakhouses. Finding a decent pizza is even harder, with most of the slice-based action restricted to the sickly-looking specimens found sweating in the cafés surrounding Leicester Square tube. Continue reading

Union Jacks, Holborn

Jamie Oliver’s new venture excels in pizza with a British twist

Much has been made of Jamie Oliver’s insistence that the dishes served in his new Union Jacks restaurant are “flats” rather than “pizzas”. Indeed, the whole ethos of this smart new outlet places great emphasis on the British dining experience – ingredients are almost uniformly sourced locally with a list of suppliers handily inset between the pages of the menu, while starters offer a modern twist on traditional seaside fare such as Devonshire crab and potted prawns. Continue reading