September sees the start of the native oyster season in the UK. Here's our pick of where's best In London to tuck into a briny bivalve - whether they're new natives or all-year-round rocks.

Bentley's - Mayfair

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Ever the classic oyster venue choice, Bentley's boasts that it shucks more oysters than any other London restaurant - around 1000 a day on busy days. Perch yourself at the original marble oyster bar that's been in place since 1916 and choose from wild natives and rocks. Upstairs in the grill you can also try their 'hot rocks' served Rockefeller-style or with garlic or chorizo. 

If you want to get more serious, then book a spot at one of their regular oyster masterclasses on a Saturday. For £65 you get champagne on arrival, oyster master class and tasting with sommelier matched wines and take home a goody bag with apron, recipe cards and oyster knife.

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Bibendum -  South Kensington

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Relatively recently revamped with glass screens to keep out the Autumn chill and a new menu by Head Chef Peter Robinson and Simon Hopkinson, this is a classic place to enjoy oysters.

There are currently three types of oyster on offer starting at £2 for Colchester rocks and going up to £3.75 for Prestige Speciale de Claire. Alternatively go for Oysters Rockefeller for £15.

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The Cow -  Notting Hill

 

thecowTom Conran's Westbourne Park Road gastropub has all the fripperies you could want from a place with such an obvious focus on beer and oysters. Start your meal off with a Black Velvet or choose the Cow London Special which is a pint of Guinness (or glass of wine) together with half a dozen rock oysters for £14 which isn't at all bad for this part of town.  

If you don't want to accompany your oysters with a pint of the black stuff, go off the bar menu and order Papillon Rocks - £12 for 6 or Fines De Claires which are £16 for six.

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Randall & Aubin -  Soho

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There's nothing quite like the classic platter at this Soho stalwart, which is celebrating its 20th birthday this year. If you want to mix it up a bit, try their platter of mixed rocks from France, England and Ireland at £18.50 for eight.

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The Richmond -  Hackney

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There are seven types of oysters to be enjoyed up at the Oyster Bar at this Hackney restaurant, from Wild Blackwater at £2 a pop to Scottish Cumbrae at £3. Or perhaps go for an oyster shooter instead. If you're strapped for cash head here for the £1 oyster happy hour (Mon-Fri 6-7pm and Sat 5-7pm).

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J Sheekey Atlantic Bar - St Martin's Court

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Right in the heart of the West End, the oyster bar at Sheekey's is a useful spot as (unlike the main restaurant) you can pop in without a reservation. Try out their new Terrace with their current deal of six West Mersea pearl oysters and a glass of Gyejacquot champagne for £19.75.

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Well and Bucket -  Bethnal Green

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An East End pub given a Shoreditch-style makeover, the menu here is all about the oyster. You can have a mixed platter for £14 Or drink your oyster as a Bloody Mary oyster shot (£5). Downstairs, on the way to the loo, look out for the entrance to the hidden 5CC Cocktail Club. 

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Wiltons -  St James

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One of London's oldest restaurants (it's older than the USA basically), this St James stalwart has had its oyster bar completely renovated a few years back when it  was given a new bar menu to boot. Wiltons' Oyster Man, Sam Tansanguan, has been at the restaurant for over 30 years and up until 2014 held the title of British Oyster Opening Champion.

Oysters here start at £16.50 for half a dozen Jersey Rocks but one of the best things about their oh-so-traditional menu is the savoury course - make sure you order angels on horseback (£15).

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Wright Brothers - Soho, Borough, Spitalfields and now Kensington

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It's no surprise that the secret to a great spot to eat oysters is an impeccable source and the Wright Brothers' oysters are right up there.  We love their Spitalfields spot. It's pretty much all counter dining with an interesting selection of oysters. Alternatively, head to their restaurant in Kensington with a separate Mermaid Bar featuring oyster 'pound a pop' hours - 5pm to 6pm and 10pm to 11pm.

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Other places to try oysters in London

Remedy - Fitzrovia
This wine bar has an oyster happy hour (£1 a pop - 4-6pm weekdays and all day Saturday). The oysters are super fresh (with entry level platters of 3 for £6) and you can't fault the wine list - so it's a no-brainer.

Vintage Salt
Sit up at the counter at this Upper Street spot (previously The Fish & Chip Shop) and order some Dorset rock oysters for £2.50 each.

Prawn on the Lawn
Also in Islington this tiny place features a wet fish counter at the front and a handful of seats up at a counter. Last time we looked they were selling Lindisfarne oysters for £2.50 each and Jersey rocks for £3. If you prefer you can take a platter of shucked oysters home with you instead.

Hix Oyster and Chop House - Farringdon
It may be just around the corner from the famous Smithfield meat market, but the name says it all. You can choose from Colchester or Lindisfarne rocks at £2.95 each or try something a little different and have six rock oysters with Peter Gott's spicy sausages for £17.95. There's an oyster happy hour on weekdays from 4-6pm when oysters are £1.25 each.

Fish Market - Broadgate
Set in one of the oldest surviving East India warehouses in the City, this laid-back restaurant features all manner of shellfish on its menu. Eat up at the bar for the best experience. Colchester and Jersey rocks are £2.50 each.

Sutton and Sons - Stoke Newington and Islington
This modern chipper offers one of the best oyster deals to be had in London - half a dozen Maldon oysters, freshly shucked for £8.50.

Brady's - Wandsworth
This popular South London seafood restaurant serves up a range of oysters platters starting with just three West Mersea oysters for under a fiver.

Bravas Tapas - Tower Hill
If you prefer your oysters cooked, try the Oyster Fritura (£8) - created by Chef, Victor Garvey. He shucks them, then they're battered with their own juice and flour, fried and put back into their cleaned shells, before being topped with garlic sautéed spinach, dry sherry butter sauce, toasted flaked almonds and caviar. We've tried it and it's lovely.

The Wine and Oyster Bar - Crystal Palace
Run by the people at the Crystal Palace Food Market next door, this newly-opened oyster bar serves Maldon Gigas from £2.60 each. Enjoy 

All prices correct as of 12 September 2016

 

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