The 10 Best Thai Restaurants in London

Whether you’re in the mood for a bowl of Tom Yum soup or an authentic Pad Tai, here’s a look at some of the best Thai restaurants in London.

London is one of the most popular tourist destinations not just in the UK, but in the entire world.

It is a culturally diverse city that is home to a number of popular tourist hotspots and historic landmarks which is one of the reasons why people flock there in droves to see the sights every single year.

However, London is also hugely popular with foodies. No matter what food you’re in the mood for, it’s highly likely that London will be able to accommodate you and feed you exactly what you need.

Thai food in London is one of the most popular cuisines, so we scoured the streets of the capital to find the most mouthwateringly delicious Thai food in the city.

Whether you’re in the mood for a bowl of Tom Yum soup or an authentic Pad Tai, here’s a look at some of the best Thai restaurants in London.

1. The Begging Bowl

168 Bellenden Rd, Peckham, London SE15 4BW, United Kingdom

First on our list of the best Thai restaurants in London, has to be The Begging Bowl.

This Thai restaurant is located in Del Boy’s favourite haunt, Peckham.

The Begging Bowl is run by Jane Alty, who keen foodies will know from the now sadly closed Thai restaurant Nahm.

The Begging Bowl gets its name from the vessels in which monks used to collect donations from locals in the Chiang Mai province.

Despite this, though, the menu reflects cuisine from all across Thailand. Here you’ll enjoy firm favourite curry dishes, as well as some more unique and unusual dishes like braised pig cheek curry with black pepper and turmeric, or fermented fish with coconut cream relish.

2. 101 Thai Kitchen

352 King St, Hammersmith, London W6 0RX, United Kingdom

As the name implies, this Hammersmith Thai restaurant is no-nonsense and is exactly what you expect from an establishment with such a name.

This restaurant will win no awards for interior design and decoration, but that’s okay because it’s all about the food here!

Inside, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d wandered into an old Thai kitchen canteen in terms of the décor, but just wait until you try the food.

Here you can enjoy everything from green papaya salad to turmeric marinated sea bass or sour prawn curry.

3. Farang

72 Highbury Park, Highbury East, London N5 2XE, United Kingdom

Farang Thai is a must on our best Thai restaurants in London list. This restaurant is one of the more unusual restaurants/pop-ups that made the list, due to the fact that it is a fusion restaurant.

Thai fusion restaurants are not uncommon, as Chinese/Thai, Japanese/Thai, and even Indian/Thai fusion restaurants are quite common in good old London town. However, Farang combines Thai cuisine with an Italian twist, and the results are spectacular!

Complete with an Italian-styled dining room, the food here is divine. You can sample such delights as beef cheek curry braised for over six hours in a pizza oven until it is melt-in-the-mouth tender.

Whilst you wait for your food, why not enjoy a kaffir lime leaf sour.

4. Smoking Goat

64 Shoreditch High St, Hackney, London E1 6JJ, United Kingdom

Next up we have the Smoking Goat. Our list of the best Thai restaurants in London would not be complete without it.

The Smoking Goat was once located in both Soho and Shoreditch, though it is now exclusive to Shoreditch.

Taking inspiration from Southern Thailand and Bangkok’s street food scene, the restaurant here stays open late and serves up all manner of delights, including Thai-Style Duck Laab salad.

If you want authentic food for affordable prices, Smoking Goat is the place to be.

5. Patara

The Best Thai Restaurants in London | Patara

Address: 15 Greek St, London W1D 4DP, United Kingdom

Besides the chefs all being trained in Thailand, the restaurant’s design echoes the cuisine, mixing the traditional and modern. 

Patara opened its first location in London in 1990. Since then, it has become a favourite among many. Patara, which translates as gracious lady, derives its name from Khun Patara Sila-On. For the past 30 years, this restauranteur has not only brought her warmth and generosity of spirit to the restaurant group but has filled multiple satisfied bellies.

Through the years, she has opened some of the best Thai restaurants in London, Switzerland, Austria, and Singapore, as well as in her native Thailand.

6. The Great THAI

The Best Thai Restaurants in London | The Great THAI

Address: 14 Riding House St, London W1W 7HR, United Kingdom

Great THAI is the perfect place to enjoy delicious Thai food that won’t cost you an arm and a leg! Definitely one of our must-visit Thai restaurants in London.

You can find this great spot in Great Portland Street near Oxford Circus, London’s main shopping area. Their cuisine is contemporary Thai, and they use a variety of fresh, local ingredients along with herbs, spices, and Asian vegetables.

If you prefer to stay-in, or you are having guests over, they can also deliver to your door for dinner time from 18:00 – 21:00.

We reccomend ordering before your guests arrive, serve the meal on your finest plates, and tell them you have been cooking all day! We won’t tell if you won’t.

7. Som Saa

The Best Thai Restaurants in London | Som Saa

Address: 43A Commercial St, London E1 6BD, United Kingdom

If you are looking for a welcoming atmosphere, this restaurant and bar serve old-style Thai food. Situated in Spitalfields, East London, Som Saa uses seasonal British produces and quality Asian ingredients to serve authentic dishes from across Thailand.

If you are not in the mood to get dressed and eat out, Som Saa offers unique Cook at Home boxes and curry pastes that are available through Farmdrop & Pezu. These boxes feature unique dishes Southern Thai golae chicken and soy braised beef cheek.

8. Nipa Thai

The Best Thai Restaurants in London | Nipa Thai

Address: First Floor of Royal Lancaster, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY, United Kingdom

This hidden gem can be found in the heart of the capital. Once you have visited, you would, without a doubt, understand why it’s on our best Thai restaurants in London list.

The name Nipa means ‘shining light’ in Thai. Authenticity is at the heart of everything they do, from their décor sourced directly from Thailand to their traditional Thai recipes.

Nipa can be found inside Royal Lancaster London – an independent. With their all-female, all-Thai kitchen staff, led by Head Chef Sanguan Parr, who has been with the restaurant for 20 years.

They proudly hold the Thai Select Award from the Thai Government for their authenticity.

9. Siam Niyom

The Best Thai Restaurants in London | Siam Niyom

Address: 347 Norwood Rd, Norwood, London SE27 9BQ, United Kingdom

With Siam being the previous name of Thailand, Siam Niyom translated to English means the favourite foods of Siam.

All of their dishes are selected from every region of Thailand, such as Gai Tod from Hat Yai in the South of Thailand. Kao Soi from the North. Tiger Cry from the North East region of E sarn and Nua Tom Kati from the central region.

They offer Thai dishes reimagined with plant-based meat, made from soybean & wheat. It’s the most realistic plant-based food alternative in the world. Their menu has a variety of choices between plant-based, vegan and veggie options.

Siam Niyom believes that using fresh ingredients such as herbs and spices is the secrete to creating the best quality culinary experience.

10. Tor Thai

The Best Thai Restaurants in London | Tor Thai

Address: 99 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick, London W4 2ED, United Kingdom

Last, but not least on our best Thai restaurants in London list, is Tor Thai. This family-run business was originally established in 1994. Since then they have proven themselves as one of the best Thai restaurants in Chiswick for the authentic and fusion Thai taste.

In addition to that, it has also been one of West London’s longest-running Thai restaurants.

Their ingredients are sourced locally, from Thailand and around the world for their authenticity and delicious taste. All

All the food is their own original recipes, sourced and cooked by their Thai chefs.

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