Who doesn’t love a good juicy burger, salty fries and creamy cold milkshake? Or a tasty hot dog and extravagant ice cream sundae, perhaps? These delicious and comforting foods are even better enjoyed in the atmosphere of a real American-style diner, and you don’t have to travel across the world to experience the quintessential bar stools, neon signs and juke boxes. American diners are alive and kicking in London for us all to enjoy, and here are 10 of the best.
1. The Diner
This small chain of American diners can be found in various London locations, such as Islington, Shoreditch, Soho, Camden, and Kensal Rise, decked out with all-American style red booths and bar stools. The food screams of The States – bacon and eggs sit on the breakfast menu alongside pancakes and waffles, and huge portions of fries and milkshakes accompany burgers topped with cheese, bacon, chilli and a variety of condiments. A great place to meet friends after work or at the weekend for simple, satisfying food and a fun atmosphere.
2. Fatboy’s Diner
You may recognise the 40s-themed Fatboy’s Diner in Orchard Place, as it has been used as the setting for various Vogue photoshoots as well as the film Sliding Doors. From chilli dogs and apple pies, to coke floats and extra thick shakes, the menu may not do much for your waistline, but will do an awful lot for your happiness.
3. Lucky Seven Diner
If you miss your old favourite cereals like Froot Loops and Lucky Charms, then miss them no more! At the Lucky Seven Diner on Westbourne Park Road, you can enjoy them once again, unless you are tempted by the cooked breakfasts, that is! This cosy American-style diner has a cult following for its 100% Aberdeen Angus burgers, American breakfasts and super-thick milkshakes.
4. Hoxton Grill
A slightly more chic style of American diner, the Hoxton Grill offers bar, lounge and outdoor spaces. It’s perfect for a light bite – perhaps smoked salmon bagels or a peanut butter milkshake? Or if you fancy something more substantial then classics such as macaroni cheese and meatloaf are also to be found on the menu.
5. All Star Lanes
This is an American-style diner with a twist. If you’re looking for more than just a meal out, then All Star Lanes is the place for you, and with branches in Brick Lane, Holborn and Bayswater you will find a location to suit. All Star Lanes offers both bowling and karaoke on top of fabulous food and cocktails, so you are guaranteed to have an entertaining, if not somewhat different, evening here.
6. Ed’s Easy Diner
Boasting fun, nostalgic décor, Ed’s Easy Diner brings 1950s American culture to numerous London locations. Serving traditional diner food and playing legendary music, including Elvis, Ed’s Diner attracts celebrity guests, along with film and TV crews!
7. Mike’s Cafe
Burgers the size of your head and create-your-own breakfasts are the stars at Mike’s Cafe in Notting Hill. Grab one of the traditional booths inside and enjoy a hot steaming coffee, a milkshake or the full English breakfast. It’s reasonably priced for the huge portions too!
8. Tinseltown Diner
The Tinseltown Diner offers its diners a choice of 50 flavours of milkshakes, 60 different burgers, and an extensive menu besides. All products of the diner are Halal, including the 100% Halal brunch menu. The decor is funky and fun, featuring green leather booths around round tables, and coloured lights.
Roadhouse Book Roadhouse
The stand-out item on the menu at the Roadhouse involves 2 8oz sirloin steaks, 2 double chicken breasts, mushrooms, cheese, bacon, onions, sauce, served with fries, onion rings and salad. Now, that’s a challenge! Other than the food, this diner has a huge bar scene. In fact, the Roadhouse in Covent Garden is the original flair bar/club, so order a few cocktails and marvel at the talented bartenders and their fantastic display. Open until 3am, you can have dinner, drinks and then party into the night all in this one location.
10. Big Moe’s Diner
A retro interior featuring juke boxes playing classic rock and roll, Chevrolet style booth seating is the setting for this all-American diner. The burgers are homemade on site and are huge (as is every other dish served up here) and vegetarians are also well catered for. Smaller bookings as well as larger parties will find exactly what they are looking for at Big Moe’s Diner.
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