Homeslice is popular thanks to its 20-inch wood-fired pizzas and banging playlists. With six sites, the kitchen’s dough is always made in-house, aged for 24 hours and cooked in a custom-built wood-fired oven. Catering for carnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike, the pizza list is designed to share – all 20-inchers can be split 50/50. Offering ten different pizzas a day, the menu balances classics with seasonally changing toppings including pumpkin, broccoli, pecorino and crispy onions; and its riff on a quattro formaggi: four cheeses, jalapeño salsa and rye crumb.
Covent Garden, Fitzrovia, Marylebone, White City, City & Shoreditch
When Voodoo Ray’s first opened in Dalston back in 2014, it became a go-to spot for a pre or post-gig bite to eat. It may have expanded north and south, but its locations still pump out some of the best pizza in the capital – all served by the slice. With topping combinations such as salt-beef, sauerkraut, emmental and Russian dressing (‘The Rubenesque’) and minced steak, pepperoni, ham, and smoked streaky bacon (‘The Meat Is On’), this isn’t one for the Neapolitan purist. But they might at least be calmed by one of the house frozen margaritas.
Camden, Dalston, Peckham & Shoreditch
Another one that aspires to the glories of a true Neapolitan pizza. L’Antica’s low-salt dough is slow fermented for a day and a half, then quickly hits 400ºC in a wood oven. The intense heat delivers a decent char and the toppings do the rest. Keep it simple with a Dante Alighieri (tomato, mozzarella, parmesan, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil) or live la dolce vita with a Giuseppe Garibaldi (tomato, smoked mozzarella, Neapolitan pork sausages, mushrooms, truffle oil and shaved parmesan).
66 Heath Street, Hampstead, NW3 1DN
If you’re looking for something speedy and satisfying, you’ll be hard pushed to find anywhere better than Pizza Pilgrims. Serving up a heavy hit of deliciously addictive Italian-inspired street food alongside zingy cocktails, its pizzas are soft and chewy, Neapolitan style, with thick bases and scattered with on-trend toppings – think ’nduja, salsiccia and smoked chilli jam mascarpone. The calzone with Napoli salami, ricotta and mushroom, topped with tomato, fior di latte and parmesan is a firm recommendation. Just make sure to leave room for the Nutella pizza ring.
Soho, Farringdon, West India Quay, Covent Garden, Aldgate & Shoreditch