Perfect for soaking up a hangover or helping - with the aid of a few beers - to create one, there are many reasons that curry is the nation's favourite food.
From old favourites such as world-renowned Tayyabs or Kilburn's Vijay, to the ever-popular Dishoom and Cinnamon Soho, we've rounded up some of the best Indian Restaurants in London that'll help spice up your life.
Think we've missed any curry-tastic gems? Let us know in the comments below.
The rise of curry houses that serve excellent small plates is a blessing - before it was either dingy establishments with flock wallpaper or posh places with nose-bleed prices.
Zumbura, set near the parade of boutique shops in Clapham's Old Town, is delightful in decor: ceilings painted with colourful birds, exposed brick and minimalist wooden tables flanked by ornate wooden shelves.
The food is billed as healthy, home-made nosh by head chef Raju Rawat, and it's from the Purab region in North India.
While certain dishes such as the spinach pakoras and okra are exemplary - but not groundbreaking, the real stars are the lamb kullia - a rich, aromatic lamb and turnip stew that melts on the tongue - and the home-made chicken curry that feels both light yet packed with flavour.
Zumbura 36a Old Town, Clapham, London SW4 0LB
0207 720 7902
With a bustling restaurant inspired by Irani street cafés, a speak-easy style Permit Bar and a veranda perfect for lounging, the second branch of Dishoom offers something for everyone.
Try the refreshing Bhel (puffed rice, Bombay mix and nylon sev tossed with fresh pomegranate, tomato, onion, lime, tamarind,
mint) or succulent Lamb Raan (a leg of lamb marinated in chilli, garlic and ginger, braised overnight with spices, then
flame-grilled, sliced and dressed with fresh
To drink, why not sip on a Chaijito or 1948 Sour in The Permit Bar?
Dishoom 7 Boundary Street, London E2 7JE
020 7420 9324
If you're after a curry with a kick, this Indian restaurant is for you.
Situated near to Covent Garden and Soho, The Punjab is the 'UK's oldest North Indian restaurant'. It is also home to one of the hottest madras curries known to man.
The authentic restaurant has an extensive menu, including plenty of vegetarian options. The service and food is fantastic, which means booking is pretty essential.
If you're planning on visiting one of Covent Garden's many theatres, it's certainly worth stopping at The Punjab on your way home. You'll leave with a full stomach and a smile on your face every time.