Best 7 Thai restaurants in London

Discover the best Thai restaurants in the capital, from green curries and pad Thai to fiery rice and tom yum.
Curried crab with egg and soy at Kiln london.
Curried crab with egg and soy at Thai restaurant, Kiln. Image courtesy of Fraser Communications.

Thai food can be easily recognised by its colourful dishes, fresh ingredients and distinctive flavours. From rich peanut and creamy coconut to zingy lemongrass, Thai food promises to pack a punch and leave you wanting more.

Eat your way through this hand-picked selection of restaurants that guarantee mouth-wateringly delicious Thai food in London!

1. Smoking Goat

A skillet of braised chicken at shoreditch restaurant smoking goat in london.
Half soya-braised chicken at Smoking Goat. Image courtesy of Fraser Communications.

Try local Thai delights with a quirky twist, including Kra Pow smoked mutton and crab egg drop curry at Smoking Goat, a laid-back restaurant set in trendy Shoreditch. Check out the brilliantly named cocktail list, including a melon, mezcal and coriander concoction called ‘Snake Eyes’.

Where: Shoreditch (64 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JJ)

2. Nipa Thai

high angle shot of a table full of Thai food in sharing bowls, with cocktails placed on the table in between the dishes
Thai sharing dishes at Nipa Thai at the Royal Lancaster London. © Royal Lancaster London/Rebecca Hope

Discover award-winning and authentic Thai cuisine at Nipa Thai, housed in the stunning Royal Lancaster London. Choose from creative dishes bursting with flavour, including fried rice with prawns, stir-fried fresh scallops with asparagus, grilled sirloin beef served with chilli sauce and more.

Where: Lancaster Gate (Royal Lancaster London, W2 2TY)

3. Mango Tree

Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine in a large contemporary dining room at Mango Tree in Belgravia. Savour a range of classic Thai dishes including the popular sharing plates which include a selection of appetizers including grilled chicken satay, duck spring rolls, sesame prawn toast and Thai fish cakes.

Where: Belgravia (46 Grosvenor Place, SW1X 7EQ)

4. ULI

Tuck into Chinese, Thai, Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine at ULI in Notting Hill. This small, stylish Pan-Asian restaurant serves clean, fresh and healthy dishes including Szechuan chilli prawns, teriyaki black cod and bang bang tofu. Don’t forget to save room for a cocktail and a mouth-watering dessert too!

Where: Notting Hill (5 Ladbroke Rd, W11 3PA)

5. Busaba

Experience true Thai specialities at Busaba. Delve into delicious Asian inspired dishes that are made to share, such as Thai salads, soups, stir-fries, curries and wok noodles. A large portion of the menu is also plant-based, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy here.

Where: Various locations in London including Covent Garden (44 Floral Street, WC2E 9DA) and Bloomsbury (22 Store Street, WC1E 7DF)

6. Kiln

Plate of langoustines, kaffir lime and sweet mint.
Langoustines, kaffir lime and sweet mint. Image courtesy of Fraser Communications.

Treat yourself to Thai grill, seafood and claypots at Kiln in Soho. The popular Thai barbecue spot serves up seasonal menus, with dishes including clay pot glass noodles with Tamworth pork belly and brown crab meat and jungle curry with smoked kippers. Grab a no-reservation stool at the counter and soak up the buzzy atmosphere while watching the chefs at work.

Where: Soho (58 Brewer St, W1F 9TL)

7. Som Saa

Let your taste buds be tantalised by the Thai dishes served in Som Saa. Housed in a former fabric warehouse, the menu boasts authentic Thai food including fresh coconut cream with prawns and wild ginger and an aromatic hot and sour soup with tiger prawns, day boat fish, squid and basil. Round up the meal with Thai cocktails served at the open-plan rustic bar area.

Where: Spitalfields (43A Commercial St, E1 6BD)

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