London has plenty of places for US ex-pats and Americophiles to get festive
Words by Alys Key and Hassan Rashed
Sometimes you need a bit of home comfort. For the UK’s 197,355 Americans living abroad, we have you covered this Thanksgiving with these fantastic London venues. And if you’re not American… well, there’s no reason you can’t join in the fun too right?
Dirty Bones, Kensington/Shoreditch/Carnaby
Serving up gourmet twists on classic American dishes, this restaurant and bar transports you to the trendiest hangouts of New York. Dig into chicken and waffles or the superb ‘Mac Daddy’ – mac & cheese stacked onto pulled rib and a burger. The real stars of the show are the cocktails, which are works of delicious art. The Key Lime Martini (pictured) is a toast to that unpredictable swing state Florida: both sweet and sour, it is topped with a burnt lime foam.
Dirty Bones can be found at 1 Club Row, Shoreditch, London E1 6JX and has other branches in London
Babylon @ The Roof Gardens, Kensington
The classy Kensington establishment will be offering a luxurious Thanksgiving dinner through its on-site restaurant, Babylon. In addition to a number of themed cocktails, Bablyon will offering customers a number of American dishes, including the holiday’s staples of roast turkey and pumpkin pie. Although a trip to Babylon for Thanksgiving dinner will require customers to book and will undoubtedly be the most expensive option on our list, the Roof Gardens’ class, coupled with its stunning scenery, will make it worth the money.
You can read our full review of The Roof Gardens here
Kensington Rooftop Gardens can be found at 99 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SA. Babylon Restaurant is open Monday to Saturday 12pm until 12am and on Sunday 12pm until 7pm
Richard 1st, Greenwich
Located down in Greenwich, the Richard 1st has established itself as a well-polished gastro-pub. Just a short walk from the Cutty Sark, the Richard 1st regularly serves up a good mix of British pub classics, such as battered haddock , and more refined offerings like its roasted duck breast. On Thursday, the south London pub will trading in its British classics for its for a special, but affordable, three course Thanksgiving menu, matching up American staples with some of their old-fashioned cocktails.
NB: Customers are advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment
The Richard 1st can be found at 52/54 Royal Hill Greenwich, London, SE10 8RT
The Dover Castle, Borough
Located just off Borough High Street, opposite the tube station, the Dover Castle is a small, often crowded pub which offers up cheap booze and tons of character. With its selection of US beers such as Blue Moon and Coors Light mixed with its regular showcasing of NFL matches, it is little surprise that the Dover is on our list. Knowing how to keep its customers happy, the pub often provides free food for special occasions such as Christmas and St Patrick’s Day. Thanksgiving is no exception. On Thursday the Dover will be serving up a buffet featuring a selection of Thanksgiving staples while it displays the live NFL games.
Check back later in the week to read our full review of the Dover Castle
The Dover Castle can be found at 6, Great Dover Street, London.
Zédel’s Bar Américain, Soho
Step back in time for a beautifully-presented Art Deco experience at this classy but still welcoming bar. Give the Chrysler cocktail a go: it’s a mighty concoction of cognac, Chambord, port, Campari, Orange Curacao and bitters. Pair with the Bar Américain’s mini salt beef bagels if you need a pre- or post- Thanksgiving dinner snack
Bar Américain is above Brasserie Zédel 20 Sherwood St, Soho, London W1F 7ED