The past five years have seen an explosion in tapas restaurants such as swanky Soho joints, so we’ve chosen the best spots for tapas which enclose the Spanish cuisines. We are rounding-up the very London authentic tapas bars, so value is kept firmly in mind, as some places are so good that they are worth saving up for. Spanish influences are to be found all over London, from foodie tapas bars to sherry and pintxos destinations, if you know where to find them.
There is no foodstuff that instils the childhood-holiday nostalgia like patatas bravas, with a glass bottle of pop, so whether you’re on the hunt for London’s finest Iberico ham joint, or are simply down with the sharing vibes, you ought to check out and explore these Spanish bars.
- JOSÉ Bar, Bermondsey Street
Bermondsey Street is full of little gems, but this is a great tapas place, so try to go for the specials of the day such as the Iberico pork, even if it’s on the pricy end, along with a good wine or sherry. José is a busy sherry and tapas bar with a chocolate-brown interior, high bar stools and a wide range of tapas, such as patatas bravas or pisto with crispy duck egg and a changing list of daily specials.
- Camino Restaurant Bar, Shoreditch
Camino has expanded its fun Spanish tapas, with locations in Kings Cross and Bankside, bringing the Northern Spanish influence to this 80 cover restaurant with an outside terrace and plenty of space. Expect mouth-watering tapas, whether you want some after work drinks or you’re just chilling with mates. For drinks, try one of the imported beers or some cocktails.
- Barrafina, Dean St
The Covent Garden branch has fantastic food, which is why queuing is almost inevitable, for an hour or more, and Barrafina in Soho was the first restaurant that gave a mandatory wait for proper Spanish tapas. If you are nearby you’ll have the chance to some exquisite food, easily some of the best and most amazing tapas you’ll find. This tapas restaurant is worth the queue, as it has wonderful seafood, such as octopus with capers, as well as fantastic classic tapas and the Harts brothers Manzanilla sherry. All three branches of Barrafina bars remain popular as the tapas are truly exceptional, as well as the Spanish cold meats or cavas, which are as much of a draw as the food.
- Barrica, Fitzrovia
Despite its extensive alcoholic offerings, this is a smart bar on Goodge Street, so be sure to pick a few dishes off the menu. You don’t go to Barrica, with its canary-yellow walls, to get legless, so order a few of the brilliant tapas to get a little taste of laidback Spain in the sunny and playful décor.
- Bar Esteban, Crouch End
In terms of food, the quality pays off in house-marinated boquerones alongside an array of stunning dishes, aided by the off-centre location, so those who live locally are lucky.