America in London – Superbowl, Burgers, Diners, Corndogs, Bowling & More – Updated 2016
Here’s our tasty run down of how to find a slice of America in London including bowling, burgers, superbowl & Whoopie Pie.
Ever since Grease 2 and the infectious ‘Score Tonight’ song (press PLAY below), we have been obsessed with the Bowlarama here in Blighty. All Star Lanes had got us in the mood for a more sublime bowling experience rather than the usual concrete shopping centre affair.
Now Bowling has gone to the next level with the scorchingly hot new Brooklyn Bowl at the O2, which is the epitome of lanes cool. Featuring gorgeous decor, live music while you bowl, locally sourced beers and food to die for.
2013 was the start of the burger war in London with 2 American chains; Five Guys & Shake Shack opening their first stores in the capital and it continued in 2014. With queues round the block even today, the American burger phenomenon is bound to continue in 2015.
For oodles more Burger inspiration try our To Do List EATS! The Best Burgers In London article.
Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Shack
We first came across this Forest Gump themed chain at it’s San Francisco flagship at Fisherman’s Wharf . We’re super-psyched that Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Shack is headed for the former home of Planet Hollywood in the Trocadero complex. It’s sure to add something yummy to the somewhat dilapidated Trocadero with epic portions of gorgeous fresh seafood.
Candy & Sweet Treats
Why oh why can’t you get Lucky Charms in UK stores any more? We ask ourselves this every day. Well don’t panic the candy revolution is here thanks in part to the amazing CyberCandy chain.
So stock up on Twinkies, Peanut Butter Pop-Tarts & Jolly Rancher to your candy heart’s content.
We love a corn dog, much like the American version of our chip shop battered sausage but they are near impossible to find in London.
A few options to get your corndog fix are:
- Bubbledogs where you can have a dog n champagne
- Big Apple Dogs our favourite quirky hotdog emporium for private catering only atm
- The Diner trendy chain where the corn dog appears as a side order
Do you know of anywhere to get a great Corndog? Tweet us @todolistlive or leave a comment below with a tip.
London officially loves American food and has a vast array of American restaurants.
See a full list here & but here are some of our faves:
- Far Rockaway (pictured below): This Shoreditch haven’s quirky cool USA decor is ready to wow and the food aint bad either.
- Joe Allen: Covent Garden’s secret staple for celebs and tourists alike, the food is good and the atmosphere electric.
- Automat: Tasteful American brasserie with a classic menu including their signature AUTOMAT burger.
Superbowl is catching on in London and frankly who could resist beer, big guys getting rough, fireworks & insane superstar half-time performances.
To watch the game for free on Sunday 7 February 2016 we’re liking the look of Zigfrid Von Underbelly’s party & Roadtrip Bar‘s supreme decor. If you have any tips for 2016 Superbowl parties please leave a comment below the post…
America is home of the sweet treat and now London has entered the cupcake revolution. We love the Whoopie Pie & S’Mores from Kooky Bakes as great offbeat examples of alternatives to the classic cupcake.
The now infamous Cereal Killer Café is stuffed full of vintage 90s Americana. It would be the perfect place to wake up to a nice bowl of sugary treats with your Superbowl hangover.
I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.