Where to buy pickled ginger in London

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Sushi has benefited from huge popularity in London and it’s now possible to buy all the main Japanese ingredients to make sushi at home. Check out all our Japanese Food Guides or keep reading to find out where to buy pickled ginger in London.

Pickled ginger or sushi ginger (Gari) is a traditional accompaniment to sushi. Like wasabi, it has some antimicrobial properties, which are considered to be beneficial when eating raw fish.

Today, its primary purpose is as a palate cleanser between courses so that you can enjoy the full flavour of each type of sushi. A traditional way to eat sushi is to start with lighter tasting white fish and progress to fattier and more powerful flavours like tuna; with pickled ginger used to cleanse the palate in between.

Pickled Ginger Retailers in London

Japan Centre

  • Japan Center, 19 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ED
    Tel: 020 3405 1151 (Online Store)
    Umai, 19 Air Street, Soho, London W1B 5AG
    Tel: 020 3405 2392
    Umai, 1 Fresh Food, Great Eastern Market, Westfield Stratford City, London E20 1GL
    Tel: 020 3405 2394
    Japan Center Cash amp; Carry, Unit 15 – 18 Victoria Industrial Estate, Victoria Road, London W3 6UU
    Tel: 020 3405 2388

We’re huge fans of Japan Centre thanks to their extensive range of Japanese ingredients and numerous stores across London. If you’re planning to make sushi at home then make this your first point of call because they’re likely to have everything you need.


  • 18-20 Lisle Street, London, WC2H 7BE
    Tel: 0207 439 8325

SeeWoo have been providing oriental food products to restaurants, caterers and private customers for over 40 years so you’d expect them to stock pickled ginger. And they do. They’re also one of very few places you can buy authentic Unagi Kabayaki (grilled eel) in London.


  • Waitrose, The Brunswick, Bloomsbury WC1N 1AF
    Tel: 020 7713 6096
    Waitrose, 98 – 101, Marylebone High Street, London, Marylebone W1U 4SD
    Tel: 020 7935 4787
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Waitrose are the only supermarket to have featured in our Japanese Food Guides and for good reason. As well as being one of the few places you can get wasabi powder, they also stock Clearspring Sushi Ginger and have stores across London.


Fine Food Specialist


Our Fine Food friends are a great source of Japanese ingredients, including fresh wasabi. Their same day delivery service is particularly useful if you’re not able to get to one of the other retailers on our list.

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