From a post-dinner compliment to a tasty afternoon snack, there’s nothing quite like a cheese board. And heck, it’s even been rumoured to prevent you from all causes of death! So, with that in mind, here’s our rundown of ten of the best cheese shops in London for you to get your fromage fix:
1. La Fromagerie
La Fromagerie is an award-winning cheese shop located in Marylebone, Bloomsbury and Islington, and it’s one bloody great place to get your fromage fix it has to be said. Each shop has its own café-come-restaurant attached serving up an eclectic range of dishes using produce from their stores.
Depending where you dine, you can pop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and the menus feature the likes of cauliflower cheese, cheese boards, fresh pappardelle, and baked camembert with a fresh, crusty baguette. And when it comes to cheese, there’s a whole gamut that you can get your mitts on here! Due to seasonality of cheeses, and working with smaller producers, some of these cheeses are only available at certain times of the year, so make sure you check their website for further details.
📍You can find La Fromagerie at three different locations in London. You can find out more here.
2. Neil’s Yard Dairy
Another legendary cheese shop in London here, Neil’s Yard Dairy, is mainly all about British and Irish cheese, though you can also get a smattering of French and Italian varieties here too. They began their journey in – yep, you guessed it – Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden, and have since expanded to Borough Market, Bermondsey and Islington too.
They tend to specialise in farmhouse cheeses, and there are regular cheese tastings and other events here too. If you’re wanting to sample an array of different cheeses, then why not go for their dairy subscription, which gives you a different sample every single month. Winner, winner.
📍You’ll find Neil’s Yard Dairy at various different locations in London. You can find out more here.
3. The Cheeseboard
Another one of the best cheese shops in London here, The Cheeseboard is a Greenwich-based spot that has been selling artisan cheese since all the way back in 1985. Owned and run by a man literally nicknamed ‘Mr Cheese’ – who once featured on BBC’s Masterchef thank you very much – it’s a great little spot that stocks well over 100 different cheeses, all made in small batches at farms in Great Britain and Europe.
On top of this, their counters are groaning with home made goodies like plum frangipane, focaccia, biscuits, vegetarian quiches and soups made by their resident chef and caterer, Becky, and they stock breads from local bakeries like Charlton Bakehouse, Fingals and Paul Rhodes.
📍You’ll find The Cheeseboard at 26 Royal Hill, Greenwich, SE10 8RT.
🚇 Nearest station is Greenwich.
4. Pistachio & Pickle Dairy
After beginning life as a supper club, Pistachio & Pickle then was transformed by Co-Founder Steve into a bustling café and cheese shop. They specialise in artisan British cheese here, as well as cheeses, chutneys and biscuits too.
Add in their parlour – which is open at weekends for delectable cheese boards and carafes of wine – as well as actual cakes made of cheese, and you can see why we absolutely love this one! Oh, and there’s a resident doggo here – what more could you ask for?
📍You’ll find Pistachio & Pickle Dairy at 6 Camden Passage, London, N1 8ED.
🚇 Nearest station is Angel.
The newest addition to The Cheese Shop family, Funk is one of East London’s best cheese shops, specialising in British cheeses, natural wine, craft beer, ciders and more. They’re right on Columbia Road – famous for its namesake flower market – and you’re just a short amble from Hoxton overground and Broadway Market here too.
Don’t miss out on the chance to come here on Wednesday and Thursdays, when you’ll be able to tuck into three different varieties of cheese and two tipples – wine, beer or cider – for just 20 quid.
📍You’ll find Funk at 142 Columbia Road, London, E2 7RG.
🚇 Nearest station is Hoxton.
6. Brindisa Cheese & Charcuterie
Now if you’re looking for something a bit different, then make sure you head down to Balham and to Brindisa Cheese & Charcuterie, which is brought to you by Spanish restaurant stalwarts Brindisa.
You’ll find an amazing range of artisan cheeses and cured meat to choose from here, including the world renowned acorn-fed Iberico bellota ham, freshly hand-carved by a master carver. Add in carefully-selected estate olive oils, vinegars and a wide selection of kitchen essentials like beans, nuts, fruits and honey – and you can see why this South London spot is such a gem.
📍You’ll find Brindisa Cheese & Charcuterie at 6 Hildreth Street, Balham, London, SW12 9RQ.
🚇 Nearest station is Balham.
7. Cheese at Leadenhall
Cheese at Leadenhall is an independent, speciality cheesemongers, casual-dining restaurant, wine and port bar set right in the heart of London’s fashionable Leadenhall Market. They’re open Tuesday to Fridays, and they’ve got an incredible selection of wines here too by the bottle and by the carafe too.
As with many other spots on this list, they do cheese and wine tastings here too, as well as a fantastic range of ports. You’re in the City after all…
📍You’ll find Cheese at Leadenhall at Gracechurch Street, London, EC3V 1LT.
🚇 Nearest station is Monument.
8. Cheeses of Muswell Hill
Another one of the best cheese shops in London here, Cheeses of Muswell Hill specialises in some of the best artisan and farmhouse cheeses from all around the globe. Award-winning and purveyors of cheese for over 40 years now, they stock over 200 cheeses here and they also offer wine, crackers, cheese tools, various different gifts and cheese wedding cakes too.
It’s run by Morgan McGlynn and her family, who are incredibly passionate about ‘cheese-ology’, and she’ll be more than happy to help you find the perfect wheel/block/insert here of cheese you’re looking for!
📍You’ll find Cheeses of Muswell Hill at 13 Fortis Green Road, Muswell Hill, London, N10 3HP.
🚇 Nearest station is Highgate.
9. Hamish Johnston
Our penultimate addition to this roundup of the best cheese shops in London is Hamish Johnston – a family-run independent food business who specialise in quality cheese and fine deli products from their Northcote Road branch.
Their shop is a focus of the local community and is widely recognized as one of the finest cheese retailers in London, and they’ve been open since 1994 selling their products now for almost 30 years. There’s everything here from soft and hard cheeses to sheep and goat’s milk varieties. Don’t miss their cheese tasting evenings, which usually include a variety of delicious cheeses matched to a selection of drinks – wine, whisky and beer to name a few.
📍You’ll find Hamish Johnston at 48 Northcote Road, London, SW11 1PA.
🚇 Nearest station is Clapham Junction.
10. Paxton & Whitfield
Rounding off this list of the best cheese shops in London is Paxton & Whitfield – a legendary establishment which holds the title of being one of the oldest cheesemongers in the whole of the UK. They’ve been sourcing and maturing exceptional cheeses now for over 200 years, and there’s everything here from cheese hampers to port, wine and even cheese wedding cakes too!
Don’t miss the chance to join ‘Paxton’s Cheese Club’ the longest-running UK cheese subscription which will give you the opportunity to try a wide variety of different cheeses for three months and more. If you’d rather head in in person, then make your way to 93 Jermyn Street near Piccadilly Circus, which is their head branch.
📍You’ll find Paxton & Whitfield at 93 Jermyn Street, St. James’s, London, SW1Y 6JE.
🚇 Nearest stations are Piccadilly Circus and Green Park.
So there you have it – a roundup of the best cheese shops in London. So if you’re looking to appease your feta fetish or your gouda guilty pleasure, then you now know where to go!