Over the last decade or so, the sushi scene has taken London by storm. There's now a vast selection of restaurants in the capital, giving lovers of this Japanese cuisine plenty of choices when it comes to dining options. But where are the best sushi restaurants in London? That's the question we're asking – and answering – with our guide to the best places to grab sushi in the capital.
Did someone say "posh sushi"? Chisou is the place to go for upmarket Japanese food with a range of sushi delights waiting for you in affluent Mayfair. It's a small and laid-back joint with a light and airy feel throughout. When it comes to the menu, try the soft-shell crab 'inside out' rolls, which will go down a treat.
Address: 22-23 Woodstock Street, W1C 2AR
Tiny plates await at Dinings SW3, with a menu featuring creative Japanese izakaya and sushi. There's "modern" sushi, as well as sashimi, all crafted to perfection and served in luxury settings with its counter seating and elevated section right in the heart of Chelsea.
Address: Address: Lennox Gardens Mews, London SW3 2JH
This small Japanese spot specialises in sushi and sashimi and features a chef's choice menu. Enjoying a Clerkenwell location, Sushi Tetsu is run by a husband and wife team and was somewhat of a hidden gem until everyone found out about it (its Twitter page has 10k followers). Go for the chef's flame-kissed fatty tuna nigiri and pickled mackerel roll, which should be the first order on the menu after arriving.
Address: 12 Jerusalem Passage, London EC1V 4JP
Get ready to tuck into fresh fish with all the trimmings at Yashin, a sushi hotspot in West London's Kensington neighbourhood. There's a sign behind the sushi bar that says, "without soy sauce - but if you want to", highlighting the confidence of the chefs at Yashin, who are convinced you don't need any extras to enjoy the delights on offer.
Address: 1A Argyll Rd, London W8 7DB
You have to go up high into the sky to reach Sushisamba, which enjoys a location on the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower in the City. Here, you will find a mixture of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian food, which can be enjoyed while taking in sweeping views of the London skyline. Just make sure you book in advance before visiting Sushisamba – the waiting list tends to be at least three months.
Over in Notting Hill is where you will find Sumi, a stylish sushi joint run by Michelin-awarded Endo Kazutoshi and head chef Yasuda Akinori. Sit at the chef's table and get up close and personal as the creators get to work and cook up a masterpiece. Menu highlights include Yasai and the A4 Wagyu striploin – oh, and of course, the world-class sushi.
157 Westbourne Grove, London, W11 2RS
Endo at the Rotunda
Endo at the Rotunda is a 15-seater restaurant set on the eighth floor of the Television Centre Rotunda in Shepherd's Bush. It's a spacious spot, which is contemporary, vibrant and full of life. There's an L-shaped counter where you can enjoy a range of sushi delights while taking in great views of the capital.
Address: Television Centre, 8th Floor The Helios, 101 Wood Ln, London W12 7FR
With a selection of tastings and a-la-carte menus, Kikuchi is the place to go for great bites from well-respected chef Masayuki Kikuchi. Located in Fitzrovia, there is a sushi counter that brings you close to the action. After your meal, stroll into town and do a spot of shopping on Oxford Street and Regent Street.
Best sushi restaurants in London
There's an array of sushi restaurants in London, and we think these represent the best of Japanese cuisine in the capital. So get booking and enjoy some delightfully good sushi that will impress your taste buds and have you coming back for more.