Booze and Burgers in London
Burgers and booze? We're mad for 'em. And what with London toting so premium a selection of patties, it would be but criminal not to share. From doughnut faring burgers and some of the city's most infamous 'slaw, to towering stacks and uniquely sourced meat, London isn't a city, it's one giant burger babe. This guide to the best burger and beer pubs and bars in London is based on gulps upon gulps of beer & burger testing so trust us, we know our patties.
Last updated on 8th August 2017
One of the best places to grab a burger in East London, Absurd Bird don't get the word 'absurd' added to their name for no good reason. Boasting some of the best chicken burgers in the city, head on down for heaving buttermilk bites with cocktails and craft beer.
A sought after location for burgers in London, Maxwell's may be known for their freakshakes and macaroni cheese, but its in the patties that they shine. From quirky doughtnut burgers down to meaty classics and hunking bites, they're classic, they're American orientated and they're delicious.
A classic boozer in the heart of Victoria, The White Ferry House promises evenings made up of the buzz of banter, delicious food, ever rotating pumps and more. From their footing in a Victorian flat-iron building to grub from Burger Craft, and a rotating selection of real ales, The White Ferry House has it made as a traditional pub in London.
The ultimate holy matrimony is here, and done bigger and better than anything you've seen before (#sorynotsorry guys). The Burger Bear has taken his patty flipping skills to new heights atop a cool new space on top of Old Street Roundabout where you'll find shipping containers and a big, fat sound system making for one hell of an alfesco party zone with booze and burgers galore!
You may have to head on down to Wimbledon to get them, but when it comes to some of the best burgers in London, The Fire Stables is a name that has you covered. From their cool industrial interiors to their piled high patties, grab a cold craft beer and hunker down for some Americana bites.
Brunch just got a whole lot hoppier. Forget bottomless prosecco with your breakfast, this is a boozy brunch that doesn't mess about and isn't for amateurs. The Draft House on Charlotte Street invite you to enjoy their Beer Brunch special which kicks off your day with a hearty 28-day dry-aged Scottish Aberdeen Angus burger (with fries, duh) and finishes you off with six different craft beers to chug. Oh. My.
Three Compasses is a charming pub in Dalston that doesn't conform to what you'd typically expect from a popular pub in zone two. It isn't a super-chic hipster parade with a microbrewery and a room for stroking cats; it takes a much more simple approach - focusing on serving up some of the best burgers in London, pouring pints of the finest ales, and ensuring that it boasts some of the friendliest bar folk around.
With locations in Kensington, Carnaby and Shoreditch, Dirty Bones is a restaurant dedicated to New York-inspired comfort food. From their playful cocktail menu to their dinner menu bursting full of chicken & waffles, tender on-the-bone cuts and exquisite deserts, it's clear that this eatery's heart is firmly fixed Stateside. This spot is perfect for a catch up with friends or an after-work dinner.
There’s a choice of blockbuster burgers for you to pair with your pint at 28West. Each comes fresh from the grill and made up of the finest British ingredients available, in the company of skinny fries and coleslaw. In the mood for something special? You’ll want their Bun & Bones offer, where you can grab a burger and 8 hour slow smoked St Louis pork ribs for £20!
If it's a hearty meal you're after, stacked with meat, cheese and all sorts of delicious toppings, all washed down with a pint of something tasty - you'll want to head to Blues Kitchen Camden. Grab a Bacon Cheeseburger for £12, a seven ounce patty of ground brisket, topped with cheese, bacon, salad and pickles, mayonnaise and mustard, and enjoy one of the many craft beers on offer.
Boasting a range of mouth-watering patties, Blues Kitchen tote 'em all. Choose between Classic, Cheesburger, Bacon and Jerk Chicken offerings accompanied by all the extras if you'd like. Then why not wash down that delicious dinner with an equally hearty spread of bourbons (there are over 100 varieties), cocktails or draught beers.
You don't need to venture too far North of the city to come across some serious burger action. Found in the heart of Angel and more than aware of what it takes to make good meat, join Meat People for patties that are more than piled high.
Broadgate Circle is hosting this year's slider decider showdown, an event that pits the best slider chefs against each other. Some of London's top chefs will be present on the serving sliders fresh from the grill as they make their way around a number of challenging food stations. If that wasn't enough, guests can grab a drink at one of the nearby bars while watching the live band play fun songs long into the night.
Not only is The Bull the perfect British boozer in the heart of Streatham, with a beer garden to boot, they're also coming up trumps in the London burger department thanks to their patty pop-up courtesy of the brains behind Burger Shack.
While many believe beer to be a burger’s best friend, little do they know that cocktails are just as cool. That’s the philosophy at Shaker & Co, the cool, relaxed hangout that serves up a variety of burgers as well as cocktails – even 80s themed ones in their basement 80s bar.
Headed a little outside of London and looking for a casual pub where burgers reign supreme? Then it's The Leyton Star where it's at. While boasting classic pub aesthetics, it's their burger menu and American inspired bites that keep people coming back for more.
A venue that recreates the classic retro diner scene so popular in the USA, The Diner is a laidback yet seriously indulgent Soho joint perfect for beers and a burger. To start with there’s a whole variety of different burgers to ponder, from cheese to red hot, BBQ chicken to Halloumi, all enjoyed alongside a healthy range of Stateside favourite bottled beers.
Born in 2011, Honest Burger have gone from zero to hero in a few short years. Check out their 22nd venue in Soho near Greek Street to try their famous cocktails, beers and locally sourced burgers.
Brixton is home to many hidden gems, and Beast of Brixton is one of them. Some of the best burgers in South London can be found here as you head into the hidden and intimate restaurant for international bites and a more than heaving patty.
If there’s two things Ben’s Canteen Clapham does well, it’s booze and burgers. While their brunch and Bloody Marys are well known throughout the capital, the burgers are deliciously sought after in South London, and are all paired with delicious wines. That’s right, this is a step above your usual beer and burger fare – they pair their burgers with wine. Why not try Ben's Canteen Earlsfield too?
One of the hottest ETM venues on the block, Greenwood are known for taking classic dishes and knocking them out of the park. The same goes for their burgers. Turning patties on their head and coming up with gastro inventions, join them for top flavours and some serious burger action in London.
Blues Kitchen is a dark and atmospheric Brixton haunt, serving a choice of positively mouth-watering burgers and plenty of bourbon cocktails. Scan your eyes over a menu stocked with patty options; keep it simple with a Bacon Cheeseburger or push the boat out with a spicy Buffalo Bill serving. You can customise your burger with a variety of cheese and jalapenos, with cocktails that go big on the bourbon, whiskey and dark rum front conjured up at the bar.
Patties and delicious brews are Grand Union's forte, and with an interesting interior and comfortable seating thrown in, this is a London burger and beer joint to put on your must-visit list. With six diverse burgers available, we recommend the 'Fully Loaded' (mature cheddar, streaky bacon, onion rings & BBQ sauce) which for £9 is pretty damn good, and if you can handle it, double up your burger for only £3.
Serving up delicious burgers courtesy of MEATliquor and cocktails straight from the bar, they’ve got enough to draw you into Queens already. But this cool bar also boasts its own bowling alley and ice rink.
Not all London burgers have that American bite, some have gone further afield for their plight in flavour. Join Cabana Brixton for just that as their roster of cocktails and craft beers can be paired with a mighty selection of Brasilian inspired burgers.
If there’s two things that Elk Bar does right, it’s beer and burgers. Whether it’s cooked on their outdoor barbeques in their sun-trap beer garden or coming out of the kitchen proper, sit back with a cold brew and tuck in.
So you've tried the bacon-topped, cheese-smothered Beef burger but have you tried the mighty Crab burger? If not, it's about time you headed down to Crab Tavern in Broadgate Circle as they dish up their tasty Soft Shell Crab Burger; wash it down with one of their amazing cocktails.