Fish and Chips [London]
where is the best fish and chips in London?
wow. London is so huge. Are you really willing to travel anywhere for it?
Also, when I lived in London, I discovered there was quite a difference between what native Londoners regarded as the "best" fish and chips and what I personally like to eat when it comes to fried fish and fried potatoes (I am an American). A lot of my Londoner friends had a genuine preference for soggy chips and heavily battered fish, fried in a rather unctuous oil. They considered these places the most traditional and the "best." Places I liked better just didn't cut it with some hard core natives, although sometimes they took me to places where everything was at least fresh -- fresh fish, fresh oil, fresh vinegar -- so that is the bare minimum for me, I think.
It's been about five years since I was last in London and on the same quest and the best I had was at The Seashell of Lisson Grove. They had a large selection of very fresh fish and the batter was thin and shatteringly crisp. Don't remember the chips and don't know if that's because they were nothing special or that the fish was so outstanding.