A healthy eating fad this is not. The latest gluttonous trend sweeping Londoners’ plates is the return of the time old classic burger. Diners are calling out for juicy beef burgers, mountains of melted cheese, deep fried pickles and handfuls of french fries (preferably with cocktails). Here is a our guide to some of the best burgers to be had in Central London today.
New for the Olympics…
The Pavillion Cafe, Victoria Park
My favourite breakfast spot in London, The Pavillion Cafe in Victoria Park has had an Olympic face lift, which coincides with the selling of what is quite possibly the tastiest burger I’ve had in London. Served with Olympic merriment and a delightful folk band playing by your side, the waters of the lake is the perfect setting for said tasty burger, served with @CrateBrewery beer.
Recommended by @secret_london
The much loved MEATliquor, established by the Meatwagon founder Yianni Papoutsis and Scott Collins of #meateasy fame is a clear front runner for London’s favourite burger. Located conveniently on Welbeck Street underneath an NCP car park, expect oozing burgers, chilli cheese fries and cocktails in jam jars from the Soul Shakers team. Oh, and expect to queue, due to their no reservations policy. You have the Twittersphere to thank for that.
@MEATLiquor, 74 Welbeck St, Marylebone, www.meatliquor.com
As its name suggests, Goodman’s Steakhouse key cuts of meat are usually of the steak variety, but care and attention is given to their home made burgers too. At a reasonable £14, including fries, the Goodman Burger is a medium rare treat not to be missed.
@Goodman_london, 24-26 Maddox St, Mayfair, www.goodmanrestaurants.com
For something a little more laid back, you are doing yourself a favour by visiting Kua Aina burger. The self-styled Hawaiian burger joint, is a cheap and cheerful way to enjoy a burger in the West End. Sit on a communal dining table or on the stool seating areas and watch revellers on Carnaby Street pass on by. The ‘classic’ cheese burger is a must taste, with a basket of french fries and a side of slaw’.
@KuaAinaUK, 26 Fouberts Place, Soho, www.kua-aina.co.uk
The Admiral Codrington
For those a little further in the West of London, The Admiral Codrington is a meat lovers paradise. Famed for its towering stacks of beef, mac n’ cheese side and home-made scotch eggs, this pub restaurant in Chelsea is a solid choice for burger buffs in the area. (The “special” burger that consists of two mustard fried patties, cheese and pickles)
The Admiral Codrington, 17 Mossop Street, Chelsea, www.theadmiralcodrington.co.uk
The masses have spoken. Due to overwhelming demand, mobile burger van turned burger pop-up favourite Lucky Chip will make the list. Currently residing at the Sebright Arms in Hackney, the much hyped Lucky Chip team serves up a variety of meaty delights made from Wiltshire bread Walter Rose & Son beef, having ended their partnership with London favourite, the Ginger Pig butchers.
A late entry from Brixton based Honest Burgers is being added to this inaugural list. Proudly run by young chef Tom Barton, this South London establishment quickly established itself as one of the best burger joints in the area.
Quirky touches to the menu include rosemary salted triple cooked chips, mature English cheddar and onion jam in their selection of burgers. Not one to be missed!
@honestburgers, Unit 12, Brixton Village, www.honestburgers.co.uk
Patty & Bun
Similar to Honest Burgers, Patty & Bun is another choice added by popular demand from the crowd. They promise their secret is the use of fresh ingredients. This weekend they’re popping up at the Queen of Hoxton in celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee.