London: Top fish and chip shops

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It's the 150th anniversary of the first London fish and chip shop, or "chippy." I tell you that in case you need an excuse to buy a plate of batter-fried fish and chunky golden French fries.

Here are some spots worth checking out:

Rock and Sole Plaice

An excellent chippy that's convenient for visitors to London

Near Covent Garden Piazza (with its shops and street performers), Rock and Sole Plaice has been praised for its consistent quality. Its broad selection of fish includes rock, sole, and plaice of course. You'll pay a premium because you're in SoHo: About £9–11 a plate, or about $14 to $17. 45-47 Endell St.

George's Portobello Fish Bar

Jamie Oliver's favorite shop

The celebrity chef once named this Notting Hill establishment as serving the city's best fried fish. It's well located for lunch after shopping in the city's top outdoor market on Portobello Road. Cod, skate, and haddock are served up with chips in a traditional British style. About 8 pounds, or about $13 a plate. 329 Portobello Rd.

Fish Central

The gourmet version of the classic dish

Time Out London's pick for best fish and chips is Fish Central. Located in the City, or financial district, this upscale restaurant has a wine list that draws bankers from miles around. Cod and chips from £9.60, or about $15. 149 Central St.

Tip #1: Don't forget to add tartar sauce and vinegar.

Tip #2: Save a few pounds by eating take-out, or "takeaway". The typical "chippy" charges a fee for eating in.** (typo corrected)

Just want the fries? Check out Londonist's picks for top chip shops.

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