If you’re as big a fan of chicken wings as we are then this article is perfect for you! However, if you’re only just now dipping your interests into the amazing world of crispy, fried produce, then this is also a great place to start.
Join us for a quick virtual tour of the best chicken wing takeaways in London, ideal for a student budget. We’re going to look at the best restaurants around and address the controversial question; how should one eat a chicken wing.
London’s rich chicken wing history makes it the perfect place to go to fulfil your chicken wing desires. In 1986, right in the heart of North Finchley, KFC opened their first shop. Since then onwards London has seen a boom of chicken shops, giving rise to The Chicken Mile in East London. This is a mile of takeaway places, feeding school children by day and club kids by night.
Before Lockdown chicken shops were experiencing some of the highest net growth in 2019. However now in the wake of COVID-19 like any business on the high street they are struggling. The social space they cultivate is disappearing and shop rents are through the roof. It is sad to say that the chicken shops we love so dearly might be threatened by the economic turbulence we have been through. Therefore, all the amazing flavours and tasteful sensations aside, now it is more important than ever to support your local independent restaurants and come to the aid of these amazing places.
Best Chicken Wings in London
London has always been a hub of activity, where cuisines cross and traditions meld into the melting pot culture it hosts. Chicken wings are a perfect metaphor for this multiculturalism. Here we’ve listed 10 of the best chicken wings you can find in London …
One of our highly recommended and personal favourite spots, located in the heart of brick lane, is Sticky Wings. The owner Darul is a great guy and his personality absolutely matches his inventive chicken wing flavours. People sing praises of their award-winning Strawberry hot wings. Yes, you heard that right STRAWBERRY hot wings. If you’re in the mood to try something a little different this is the perfect place to go. Here’s a link to Sticky Wings’ menu.
Address: Sticky Wings, 40 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1 6RF
With locations across London, from the O2 to Shoreditch, it’s easy to find a Thunderbird near you. They offer the classic buffalo wings alongside some very out there flavours, like salted caramel. The Salted Caramel Wings are a cultural favourite, with a nice balance of chipotle, orange and sesame. If you are big into spice then their Habanero Wings are perfect. With a ‘three chilli spice’ rating, you know what you’re in for.
Address: Thunderbird Chicken, 29 Villiers St, Charing Cross, London, WC2N 6ND
These award-winning New York style buffalo wings took home first prize at the 2012 Chicken Wing Competition. The wings come in a variety of spice levels and if you fall in love with their flavours you can buy their sauces to try and recreate their wings at home. If you’re not a meat eater you can also order the deep-fried cauliflower wings. They’re a delicious blend of sweet and salty. Smothered in Orange Buffalo’s K-Town sauce they are the perfect vegan alternative. They have branches in Spitalfields, Tooting and Hoxton Square.
Address: The Orange Buffalo, Ely’s Yard, The Old Truman Brewery, 6 Dray Walk, Spitalfields, London, E1 6NJ
The Orange Buffalo, Colours, 2-4 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU
The Orange Buffalo, 46 Mitcham Road, Tooting Broadway, London, SW17 9NA
These Asian-inspired wings are a beautiful blend of crispy, fragrant flavours. The restaurant itself hosts a lovely vibe where you can kick back and enjoy your food. They also have an abundance of cocktails combining the pre-clubbing antics with the end of the night snacks. If you’re feeling adventurous, we’d definitely recommend opting for the Hot Disco wings. But be warned, they are HOT.
Address: Chick’n’Sours, Haggerston,390 Kingsland Road, E8 4AA
With an emphasis on Wings Wednesday, MEATliqour serve up some of the best chicken wings in London. These buffalo wings come with an acidic kick, and their fiery flavours are best faced by only the strongest contenders. But don’t worry if you’re not such a brave soul they still have plenty to offer at a lower spice level. If you’re a true fan you can even purchase a branded t-shirt or mug. Here’s a link to MEATliqour’s menu.
Address: 37-38 Margaret St, Marylebone, London W1G 0JF
Randy’s award-winning wings put a gourmet spin on the classic dish. They are known for their variety including but not limited to Buffalo wings, Gravy Train wings and Garlic Parmesan wings. This is great because if you are looking for something spicy you can have the Extra Hot Buffalo or is you are looking for a more mild flavour you could have the Casablanca wings that infuses harissa, sumac and honey. Here’s a link to Randy’s Wing Bar’s menu.
Address: Randy’s Wing Bar, 30 Minories, Tower, London EC3N 1DD
Randy’s Wing Bar, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 28 East Bay Lane, Here East, London E15 2GW
With restaurants from Exeter to Glasgow, Absurd Bird is the new chain that’s sweeping the nation. In London, they house two particularly popular wings restaurants in Spitalfields and SOHO. They also have great student deals and offers depending on the day you go, so be sure to check the Wrangle app for the latest offers in advance. If you are struggling to get off the sofa and fancy a takeaway, they are currently offering delivery service.
Address: Absurd Bird, 54 Commercial St, Spitalfields, London, E1 6LT
Absurd Bird, 25 Peter St, Soho, London, W1F 0AH
Blues Kitchen offers great soul food and a seriously cool interior. With plush leather sofas and neon lights this place is great for putting on your Instagram.
Check out our blog article … Top 7 most in Instagrammable Spots in London, Shoreditch for more Instagrammable spots in London
Now onto the wings, they have both Buffalo and Szechuan chicken wings which are absolutely to die for. The blue cheese dip you could eat on its own, it’s so good. They also have a Buffalo Cauliflower for those looking for a vegan alternative to chicken wings. They have restaurants in Shoreditch, Brixton and Camden. Here’s a link to Blues Kitchen’s menu.
Address: Blues Kitchen, 40 Acre Ln, Ferndale, London, SW2 5SP
Blues Kitchen, 134-146 Curtain Rd, Hackney, London, EC2A 3AR
Blues Kitchen, 111-113 Camden High St, London, NW1 7JN
Specialising in chicken and with a range of sauces, Louie’s is a great place to go if you want a variety. They have Kansas City BBQ, Honey-Mustard, Buffalo, Ranch and Blue Cheese to name just a few. The wings themselves are lovely and crunchy, which is why we’d recommend stopping by if you’re looking for chicken wings in East London. Also, they are currently available for delivery service if you fancy some fine dining at home (by fine dining we’re putting the emphasis on how fine these wings are). Here’s a link to Louie’s menu.
Address: Louie’s, 37 Hoxton Square, Hackney, London, N1 6NN
Big Easy is known for its meat. They specialise in BBQ and even offer lobster is your feeling fancy. To no surprise, their BBQ chicken wings are simply amazing. With a large emphasis on the words Big and Easy your dining experience here will be utterly fulfilling.
Address: Big easy 12 Maiden Ln, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7NA
Big easy, Crossrail Pl, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AR
Big easy, 332-334 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UR
Although known for their burgers, Patty + Bun also offer some great chicken wings. Their Winger Winger Chicken Dinner is comprised of smoked confit wings and BBQ sauce. It’s simply is a winner in our eyes and why we highly recommend going here. Their located across London so are easy to find. If you’re looking for chicken wings in East London, then the Patty + Bun based on Liverpool Street has a great atmosphere and funky interior. Here’s a link to Patty + Bun’s menu.
Address: Patty + Bun 22-24 Liverpool St, London, EC2M 7PD
How to Eat Chicken Wings
After this quick virtual tour, you now know the best places in London to get chicken wings. However, if you are beginner, new to the world of chicken wings, you might find yourself faced with a dilemma.
How do you eat your chicken wing? Do you …
- Try to look polite and cautiously nibble at it?
- Tear into it like you haven’t eaten for weeks?
- Methodologically pull out the bones and devour?
Here’s how you should eat your chicken wing …
A Step-By-Step Guide of How to Eat Chicken Wings:
Step 1. Grab a hold of the chicken wing and twist both end to loosen up the joints.
Step 2. Grab the smaller bone and pull it out.
Step 3. Grab the larger bone and pull it out.
Step 4. EAT
Best Chicken Wing Tours in London
If you live in London or are coming to visit, then taking a tour of the best chicken wing restaurants we have listed is a great idea for things to do in London. There is even an actual walking tour of the best chicken wings in London!
If you’re as obsessed with the chicken wing as we are or looking for adventurous things to do in London then you should also check out The London Chicken Wing Festival. Sponsored by Frank’s Redhot and Fuller’s Frontier this festival is the ultimate chicken wing showdown.