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The Best West African Restaurants in London

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Updated: 11 September 2017
There are large Ghanaian and Nigerian communities in London, so naturally there are lots of places serving West African food. From casual joints dishing out comfort food like jollof and ofada stew, to contemporary restaurants elevating the cuisine to new heights, these are our favourites.

Ikoyi

Restaurant, African, $$$
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Located in St James’s Market, Ikoyi is putting a fine dining spin on West African cuisine. Owners Jeremy Chan and Iré Hassan-Odukale previously showcased the concept at Carousel before opening a spot of their own and a very stylish spot it is at that – even the plates are beautiful. In the kitchen, British produce meets West African flavours to create dishes like Manx Loaghton rib with asun relish, beef suya blade with traditional condiments and jollof rice with smoked bone marrow. This culinary fusion, combined with great technical skill really makes Ikoyi stand out from the crowd, there really isn’t another restaurant in town quite like it.

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Mon - Sat:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat:
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Modern, Relaxed

Zoe's Ghana Kitchen

Restaurant, African, none
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Zoe Adjonyoh started her eponymous kitchen by selling peanut butter stew at an arts festival in Hackney in 2010 and since then, has run supper clubs, pop-ups, street food stalls and kitchen residencies before opening a proper restaurant in Pop Brixton. Here you can get contemporary Ghanaian food like jollof spiced fired chicken, lamb cutlets with spiced peanut sauce and banoffee pie made with West African Chin Chin biscuits. Her empire is also expanding with a residency at Soho’s The Sun & 13 Cantons and plans to open a second site in the area.

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Mon - Fri:
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat:
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sat:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sun:
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Relaxed

805 Restaurant

Restaurant, African, $$$
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Though there’s a branch of 805 in Hendon (so North Lononders can get their fix), their flagship London restaurant is on the Old Kent Road. They pride themselves on their passion for Nigerian food; traditional dishes like nkwobi (diced cow foot), chicken suya, jollof rice and their famous monika grilled fish are served with flair and in generous portions, so it’s easy to see why this place is so popular.

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Mon - Sun:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed

Tasty African Food

Restaurant, African, none
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This chain with restaurants and takeaways scattered across east and south London certainly is well named – they serve African (specifically Nigerian) food and it is tasty. It’s popular with the city’s Nigerian community and is the place to go when cravings strike as they have a range of soups, fish dishes and comfort food like ofada stew on offer.

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Mon - Sat:
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Meal service:

Takeaway, All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed

280 Degrees

Bar, Restaurant, African, none
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Whilst there are some dishes from across the continent on the menu at this spot on Kilburn High Road, they specialise in Nigerian food. As well as dishes like nkwobi, isi ewu, afang and ofe onugbu, there are a range of meat and rice plates and platters should you not be able to decide between mains, and you can get extra to takeaway.

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Mon - Thu:
12:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sat:
12:30 pm - 3:00 am
Sun:
12:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed

African Kitchen Gallery

Restaurant, African, Caribbean, $$$
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The tiny African Kitchen Gallery is tucked away round the back of Euston is a cross between a restaurant and art gallery (African pieces adorn the wall) if it was set up in someone’s house. There are some Caribbean dishes on the menu, like ackee & saltfish and jerk chicken, and you can get rice and peas as well as jollof rice, but the bulk of the food on offer is Nigerian and there’s a great selection of vegetarian options. That combined with generous portions, value-for-money prices and a homely atmosphere makes this place a real hidden gem.

Stumbled upon this hidden gem tonight.

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Mon:
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tue - Sun:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tue - Sun:
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Meal service:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Cosy, Relaxed

Sweet Handz

Restaurant, African, none
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Sweet Handz brings a touch of Ghana to Holloway with tsofi (fried turkey), spiced guinea fowl with hot peppers, fufu and a ragne of grilled and fried fish featuring on the menu, plus daily specials. They serve a range of Ghanaian beers to go with the food and it’s all available to takeaway should you want some Sweet Handz at home.

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Tue - Sat:
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun:
3:00 pm - 12:00 am

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed