Don’t be Chicken: Try Some of London’s Best Hot Wings!

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Hot wings! London’s love affair with this chicken dish has certainly flourished in recent years. For those keen to send their taste buds on a fanciful flight to a fiery destination, we have restaurant suggestions along with the latest permanent trucks and pop-ups. Here’s our updated list for the best chicken wings in London for 2014.

 

Bodean’s

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Bodean’s has to be one of your first stops and one of the best places in Central London to get them. Buffalo wings are named after their city of origin – Buffalo, New York –  deep-fried, covered in a vinegar-based cayenne pepper sauce and are traditionally served along with celery and a blue cheese dressing. And if you go for Bodean’s killer Diablo sauce, that celery with blue cheese dressing will be essential for mandatory cool downs once your endorphins have kicked in. Better still, throwing back a few crisp lagers while working your way through a heaping plate of Buffalo wings is truly one of the great pleasures in life.

As for Bodean’s, their four London locations are comfy and appropriate settings for devouring a plate o’ wings. Classic rock drops a steady beat to create the right atmosphere for casual dining while a number of strategically placed large screen TVs display the big game du jour to the delight of sports fans from around the globe. Service is friendly and efficient too.

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Getting there: Soho: 10 Poland Street, London, W1F 8PZ, Clapham: 169 Clapham High Street, London, SW4 7SS, Fulham: 4 Broadway Chambers Fulham Broadway, London, SW6 1EP, Tower Hill: 16 Byward Street, London, EC3R 5BA

The Big Easy

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If you like your grub served in a rockin’ “crabshack” atmosphere,Big Easy is the place for you. And while guzzling down a frozen margarita or two at this country fried kitsch eatery, why not devour a basket of the Big E’s “Voodoo” chicken wings? With its “biggest and the best” AYCE Americana approach to face stuffing (one of the dessert dishes is a basket of four Krispy Kreme doughnuts with hot chocolate fondue), Big Easy is certainly no place for dieters!

To be sure, Big Easy leans heavily on the “more is more” philosophy when it comes to serving its patrons. The restaurant’s spicy (but not too terribly hot – regardless of any warnings your kindly waitress might give you) “Voodoo” wings offer a bit of magic for the carnivorous.

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Getting there: Chelsea: 332-334 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UR, Covent Garden: 12 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7NA

The Orange Buffalo

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Company founders Nick White and Mike So are on a mission to bring the best American Street Food to the UK, and in the last two years they have made a flying start. They have just won the best buffalo wing and best wild wing at London’s 1st wing festival competition.

Nick said: “Our wings are free range and we believe we were the first to offer that, and our blue cheese is to die for with 12 ingredients, some people travel just for that. We started it as a dream, two lads from Hull, and now have a crazy following that’s got us wanting to travel with our wings…so watch this space!”

They operate out of a trailer permanently situated in the Old Truman brewery, outside in Ely’s Yard, home to some of the best street food in London.

Their sauce is also all made from scratch and they currently have four different sauces to choose from, with more in the making. They also use their own secret recipe for the Buffalo wings – I did ask them what was in it – but they wouldn’t reveal it. You will just have to go try it for yourself.

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Opening times: Mon: 12pm-3pm & Tue- Sun: 12pm-8pm
Getting there: The Old Truman Brewery, Ely’s Yard, E1 6QL. Nearest tube: Shoreditch High Street

The Joint

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Another new chicken wing establishment taking on the big boys is The Joint, which opened in 2013 at Brixton Village Market.

What makes their chicken wings unique is they are slow cooked prior to being fried , this keeps the meat lovely and tender as well as juicy.

Their mobile food truck is a regular at the Urban Street Fest and you can expect to see the queues for their chicken wings snaking round the corner.

They also have a new site in Marylebone, which plans to open in September, on the horizon which means there are more opportunities to try their fantastic wings.

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Opening times: Brixton: Tue-Sun: 12pm-11pm. Shoreditch: Sat: 5pm-midnight-
Getting there: Brixton: 87 Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8PS. Shoreditch: Euro Car Parks, 162-175 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6H

Nando’s

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And then, of course, there’s Nando’s. If you’re actually reading this write up here in London, the odds are pretty good there’s a Nando’s within five minute’s walk of wherever you may happen to be. If not, just give it a week or two. With more than 50 locations throughout greater London, this all-pervading fast-casual chicken joint has been hatching outlets at a ridiculous pace over the past few years. The Guardian’s Miranda Sawyer reckons such ubiquity isn’t such a bad thing. Indeed, this chain of Portuguese style flame-grilled chicken restaurants is immensely popular – even vegetarians can’t cluck too much with its range of non-poultry options.

Next time you’re about, give Nando’s peri-peri wings a go. Simply decide what level of heat you’d like them to be: lemon and herb (wimp), medium (yawns-ville), hot (water! water!), or extra-hot (yeow!), grab plenty of napkins and devour. Not sure how spicy you want your wings? Play it safe with your order and grab a bottle of a hotter sauce at one of Nando’s self-service kiosks.
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Kirsten Beacock

Kirsten is the chief blogger here at lastminute.com. A former newspaper journalist (don’t hold that against her), having taken extensive trips to China, America and Australasia, she is now pouring her passion for travel into writing blogs and features for the lastminute.com website. Arriving in London via exotic Scunthorpe, Kirsten has made it her mission to try out as many pubs and restaurants as she possibly can in the capital.

12 Comments

  1. Pingback: don’t be chicken: try some of london’s best hot wings! (lastminute.com blog) « Tiki Chris

  2. Big Easy, is that the same as the Big Easy Rib and Crab Shack..?

    I’ve driven past there a good dozen times and each time thinking I’d like to give it a go. And now I’m just going to have to make the effort to get over there.

    Thanks Chris.

    Andy

  3. Thanks for your comments, Andy.

    Big Easy’s vibe is just this side of raucous. Food’s good and it’s a pretty fun place but don’t go if you’re hoping for a romantic night out or for in depth conversation. Do go for the wings.

  4. I live in Lewisham now but grew up in the states. I have never found a place in London that did REALLY GOOD wings, most restaurants just serve microwave reheats! but yesterday got talking to this big fat guy opening a restaurant across the road from me. He said it was going to be a buffalo wing restaurant (as in the wings are their main dish). He said they are done the way they do them in Buffalo, and since he talked about Frank’s hot sauce, I guess he knew what he was talking about After talking to him for a few minutes, my mouth was watering, he was passionate about what he’s trying to do. Its called Stickywings, its on Lewisham Road and he said it should be open in November. Once it opens and I’ve tried them I’ll report back!…..
    Please let them be good, I really miss good wings!!!

  5. Stickwings finally open 3 months late! tried the wings, and my opinion…..
    there great!! I ordered 20 wings, cost £8.99. I ordered a mixture of wings with ranch and blue cheese dips ( 10 Buffalo, 5 Extra Hot, and 5 Sticky BBQ) chips, onion rings, mushrooms and a 7up (free refills). All of it came to about £13. All the wings are cooked fresh there and it took about 15 minutes to be served. when they arrived I was shocked.. I expected the same size you get from any old fried chicken shop that does hotwings, But NO! These wings were huge, some of them were the size of drumsticks.
    The boss was the cook, he came to talk to us and was a nice chap.
    The food tasted great and i could only eat 12 wings because of there size. I was asked if I would like a doggy bag to take the rest away, which I did.
    If you are a wing lover like me, I would recommend this restaurant!
    ps. The remainder wings tasted just as good at 3am the next morning ;-)

  6. We too have been searching London for years trying to find good wings! Have tried voodoo at Big Easy, Chilis, TGI and Bodeans but nothing much to get excited about. We stumbled across this new place ‘Sticky Wings’ yesterday and thought we’d give it a try. Wow! These are great wings. Large and juicy with great sauces, we, like llurad above in the comments, tried the Buffalo, Extra Hot and Sticky BBQ and they were great. The extra hot can be made hotter if you like your lips to buzz when you eat them! There are in house made blue cheese and ranch dressings available. The owner was very welcoming. Easy parking after 2pm in the surrounding roads, but better to go by public transport (close to bus stops and dlr) to fully enjoy the wings experience with a Bud or Coors Light ;o) See ya at stickywings!

  7. jack cresswell on

    I went to Bodeans in Tower Hill last night. I had ribs and buffalo wings and thought they were junk. The food has gone downhill. So this evening I drove over to Greenwich to try some stickywings as recommended by Rich and llurad. I just got 5 buffalo wings, and I can tell you, this is the place for wings. I spoke to the owner who was so welcoming, the way he interacted with me (as a customer) was first class. He provided me with so much information about the wings i was about to get. The wings were top notch, totally authentic, all the places listed above could learn a thing or two from there.

  8. Just had some BBQ wings from stick wings. There are even better than i imagined and great value. Will defo be going back for some more tomorrow.

  9. An amazing gourmet food truck has just opened up at the Truman Brewery. Purveyors of fine New York style Buffalo Wings – the chicken is organic & free range; the sauces are all home made. 8 amazingly delicious wings for a fiver!! What’s not to like! Big up to Mike & Nick!

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