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 donut 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 February 2017
Steam & Rye offer a selection of indulgent burgers, with the cheese & bacon and smoked pulled pork versions standing out as particular winners for us. Wash your burger down with a stylish and refreshing cocktail, glass of wine or one of their range of Americana and Mexican beers, then carry on indulging in one heck of a taxidermy collection.
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.
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.
Treat yourself to a mountainous Beaufort Burger and delicious tipple at this swish members club in Chelsea. Each beef or chicken burger comes with Montgomery cheddar, sweet chilli jam and fries with mouth-watering results, and the spread of cocktails, wines and champagnes means there’s no shortage of options to wash this all down with.
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!
Hidden away amongst the Victorian terraces on Bow’s Coborn Road, this classic pub packs a mighty punch in the booze and burger stakes. Cooking up a choice of Cajun chicken burgers with piri piri mayo, British beef burgers and buffalo burgers served with a hit of fire-roasted red pepper, it’s lucky there’s such a great selection of ales, craft beers and vintage wines to keep you cool at The Coborn.
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.
The Folly boasts a list so compelling that they had to make a separate section in their menu devoted to them - check out the monstrous Double Cheeseburger with guacamole, pineapple, beetroot, mayonnaise and gherkin. There's a great choice of beer too, with options coming from as far afield as Suffolk to the Czech Republic and from Chiswick to Mexico.
You may have to head on down to Wimbledon to get them, but when it comes to some of the best burgers in London, Burger Shack 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.
The American Diner located on the first floor of The Exhibit is a haven for any burger and beer lover! Offering a classic stateside eating experience, you'll be spoilt for choice with the selection of burgers they have. To make things that little bit easier The Exhibit offers 2-4-1 burgers every Sunday and Monday; plus if that wasn't enough they have a beer and a burger deal for just £8 every Friday and Saturday!
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!
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.
Based a stone's throw away from Hyde Park, Dirty Bones is a restaurant that's dedicated to all things American. From their Bourbon-based cocktail menu to their dinner menu bursting full of hotdogs, condiment filled burgers and exquisite deserts, it's clear that this eatery's heart is firmly fixed Stateside. Perfect for a catch up with friends or perhaps an after-work dinner, this shot will undoubtedly become a favourite in no time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Cheese and Bacon Burger up for grabs at P.B.W.O.K.G comprises of the very finest organic produce, secured from local and well trusted suppliers. Tuck into this beauty (which is priced at just £8) whilst sampling one of their many craft beers. And on a sore-headed Sunday, their bloody mary's accompanied by a patty will do just the trick.
Finding the best American themed burgers in London is an easy feat if you happen to head on up to Kensington. Join Joe's Southern Table not only for whisky and chicken wings, there's burgers all shapes and sizes from pulled pork burgers to sloppy joe's.
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.
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.