Buster Mantis

3-4 Resolution Way, Deptford, SE8 4NT

This gem of a bar is packed with life, soul, Jamaican food and dangerously drinkable punch. It has a space devoted to everything from life drawing to art exhibitions, and Wednesdays see Buster Mantis host Steam Down, a music night specialising in everything from grime to West African music. Dancing on a school night? Go on then.

bustermantis.com

Rudie's

50 Stoke Newington Street, Dalston, N16 7XB

Making great jerk is no joke, which is why the Rudie's team is exacting about everything from the butchering techniques to the marinating process to cooking the meat over coal in traditional jerk drums. And it's worth it, too – this is the place for some of the most succulent, perfectly spiced jerk dishes around.

rudieslondon.com

Fish, Wings & Tings

Brixton Village, 99 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8PR

Fish, Wings & Tings has, er, fish (kingfish curry), wings (reggae wings) and plenty of 'tings' (split pea fritters, stew oxtail and more). Chef Brian grew up watching his Trinidadian grandmother cook, so there's a clear Trini influence here, from beers to roti, and the vibe is fun and easygoing.

ishwingsandtings.com

Cottons

157-159 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3LF

If you yearn for the sounds, smells and sunshine of carnival, make a trip to Cottons' Notting Hill branch. The group first opened its doors in Camden in 1985, so it's safe to say they know a thing or two about creating utterly delicious Caribbean fare for the masses, and you won't leave disappointed.

cottons-restaurant.co.uk

The Rum Kitchen

Carnaby St, Soho, W1B 5PW

When London's gloom gets a bit too much, head to Kingly Court on Carnaby Street for a slice of island life that'll warm the cockles. The Rum Kitchen takes its inspiration from Caribbean beach shacks, complete with corrugated iron accents, pineapples and, obviously, rum. Now where are our flip flops?

therumkitchen.com