There’s no excuse for ending up with a bad burger in London. The city, particularly the East, has some of the best patties you’ll find anywhere in the world. So if you want to make sure you end up with an extra special meat and brioche, head to one these:
Honest Burger Spitalfields
Although Spitalfields is Honest Burger’s newest and eighth London location, the independent chain hasn’t deviated from it’s festival routes. Everything on offer is made with fresh British produce. It’s also one of the few burger joints that offer gluten free buns.
The lunch and dinner menu has remained beautifully simple, despite Honest’s fast growth. Luckily for people based around Spitalfields, it’s the only location to offer Honest’s new breakfast menu of sausage and sage patty, potato and mushroom roti, or bacon and sausage. If you do fancy venturing out of East London, the chain’s original location in Brixton Market is well worth a visit.
12 Widegate Street, London E1 7HP (nearest tube: Aldgate East)
For a completely different burger and atmosphere to Honest, head to Meat Mission just off Hoxton Square. The burgers here are ‘dirty’, the beer is sold by the jug, and a DJ overlooks the crowded tables, offering a party atmosphere rather than a civilised meal.
The ceiling is covered in crazy Illuminati symboled stain glass windows and has the whole church of the devil look down. Go for the Red Chilli Cheeseburger – a fiesta of patty, beef chilli, cheese, onions and jalapenos. To really top it off, add a side of chilli fries.
15 Hoxton Market, London N1 6HG (nearest tube: Old St)
Testament to Burger Bear’s dedicated following is the whacking £36,000 it generated through crowdfunding to build ‘a diner-style disco paradise’ housed in a double decker shipping container. The disco diner won’t be open in Shoreditch until sometime next year, but in the meantime you can grab a slab of meat teamed with bacon jam from the Burger Bear van that pitches up around East London, or up at the new restaurant in Stoke Newington. The union with craft beer brand Bear Hug Brewing is aptly named Stokey Bears. To top it all off, the meat comes direct from Flock and Herd, Peckham’s finest butcher.
129 Stoke Newington High Street (nearest train station: Rectory Road – from Liverpool St)
Patty and Bun
One of the originals in London’s recent burger craze. For its devotees, Patty and Bun still offers as good a burger as any in the capital. Opting to build the brand much slower than its contemporaries, Patty and Bun only recently opened it’s second location on Liverpool Street, a short hop and skip from Qbic. Keep it simple and order the cheeseburger. You won’t be disappointed.
If you’re in central London and find yourself craving a burger then head to Patty and Bun’s first restaurant right near Bond Street tube, where it faces little competition for the best burger title.
22/23 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7PD (nearest tube: Liverpool St) & 54 James Street, W1U 1HE
Burger and Lobster
Single dish restaurants appear to have dominated London’s food scene in recent years, devoted to excellence in their chosen food (be it the pizza, burger, pancake). Burger and Lobster has introduced a little variety with its spin on surf-and-turf, a highly indulgent piece of carnivorous eating. It has been a runaway success, with six branches now across London, and a New York one just opened.
We recommend the one in Clerkenwell, just a hop and a skip from Brick Lane on the tube. Put your apron on and agonise over a lobster roll or a burger. Or a mix of the two to share.
40 St John Street EC1M 4AY (nearest tube: Farringdon)