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Where to Eat Tapas in London

17 December 2019 | Billie Manning

When you can’t choose just one thing, choose tapas. Here's the best of Spanish small plates in London.

Spotlight on: Mar i Terra
This restaurant, whose name means Sea and Land in Spanish, has been planted firmly in the Waterloo earth for almost twenty years now since opening their doors at the turn of the millennium, and the local community has been loving it for just as long.

You'll find all your tapas staples here, and all done very well, though the menu isn't restricted by any means - there are a number of mouthwatering more unusual dishes like broad beans with jamon iberico and sofrito. Quite simply, it's hard to feel down when your patatas bravas have this good a crunchiness to fluffiness ratio, or your boquerones are this flavoursome, but what really makes this place a winner is its authenticity - most of their delicious produce is shipped direct from Spain - and warmth. The restaurant retains the chilled out vibe and the chilled out prices it has served up to customers since the noughties, and people won't stop enjoying that any time soon.
 

Best of the rest:
Barrafina
What? London’s number one group of tapas restaurants
Where? Spread across Central London, from Soho to Charing Cross
Why? Yes, you’ll have to wait, because it’s popular as hell, but there’s a reason for that - it’s because the food is worth it, and that’s the highest praise we can give
 
José
What? A dinky tapas bar with an ever-changing blackboard menu
Where? Bermondsey Street, just a short walk from London Bridge and Borough Market
Why? The menu uses only the best ingredients they pick up at the market that day, and the space is always bustling and convivial
 
Trangallan
What? A romantic, rustic-looking tapas restaurant with outdoor seating
Where? On the edge of Newington Green
Why? Come for the pretty décor, stay for the delicious food. The pork belly and the octopus are on our favourites list
 
Seven at Brixton
What? A tapas and cocktail bar with arty décor
Where? Brixton Market
Why? Unusually for a tapas bar, they have a fantastic range of veggie options, many of which can be adapted to be vegan, without skimping on delicious seafood. They also do a bottomless brunch
 
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