Top 10 American Diners in London

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

Diner, Soho, W1

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

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

Lucky 7

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

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

Ed's Diner, Soho

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

Mike's caff

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

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.

9. Roadhouse Book Roadhouse

The 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

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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6 Comments

Sas

Don't go to Ed's Diner! Nice music and style, but the food was horrible! I had fat dripping out of my finished product-tasting burger. No good sauce. Average fries. Saw how the staff filled up Heinz ketchup bottles with cheap ketchup. Way too expensive for that! Not again!

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Alexis

An American fruit pie is an essential item on a diner menu and I didn't see one. Pecan pie does not count.

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RLD

Whoever wrote this needs to explore London’s American diners a little further and seems to have a longing for E1 American Diners.

To repeat a previous comment… Don’t go to Ed’s – this is an epic fail.

1. Go to Big Easy – There’s one on King’s Road and one in Covent Garden now too I think
2. Go to Joe’s Southern Kitchen & Bar – Covent Garden area again
3. Go to Bodean’s – Largely SW – Fulham, Clapham, Balham. Have one in Soho and one in Tower Hill also.

I’ll give you Roadhouse and The Diner mind. Go to Hoxton Grill if you want to drink, go to All Star Lanes if you want to bowl.

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Khurram Ahsan

Hi, I came back from New York about 4 months ago and when I ate out for breakfast each morning in one of the local cafes near to my hotel, the breakfasts were amazing. I always had French Toast with scrambled eggs with maple syrup and coffee. Can you please tell me if there are any American cafes/restaurants here in London that do those kind of breakfasts ? I would love to have it again. I plan to visit New York again in about 5 years time and will really look forward to having them there again.

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