We love burgers! Here are five of the best places to get burgered in London town…
1 Bar Boulud
Daniel Boulud’s London outpost is Haute Living’s destination of choice for fine dining in the capital thanks to its elegant French brasserie options. However Bar Boulud’s burgers are also a big draw from (our favourite) the Frenchie - a beef patty piled with pork confit and morbier cheese - to the Piggie (a beef burger topped with green chilli may and pulled pork). Service is utterly professional and the low key yet luxe setting in the basement of the buzzy Mandarin Oriental Hotel, can’t be bettered.
Mandarin Oriental 66 Knightsbridge SW1
2 Dirty Burger
Nick Jones has done it again. The man who brought us Soho House as well as London restaurants including Electric Brasserie, Hoxton Grill and High Road Brasserie is behind the trailblazing Dirty Burger. This unusually located restaurant - it’s in Kentish Town - has garnered a cult following thanks to its epic burgers. We’ve loved every bite. The cheeseburgers are the real showstoppers but save room for sides: the crinkle cut and onion fries are worth ditching the diet for. If you don’t fancy queing, play it smart and visit in the morning (DB opens at 7am during the week and at 9am on weekends) and order the special breakfast burger.
79 Highgate Road NW5
3 Meat Liquor
Yianni Papoutis - aka London’s burger god - opened this pleasure pit back in 2011 and it quickly became a sensation. Happily three years on, the burgers and beer joint that’s located above a strip club off Oxford Street, still elates. Don’t miss the ‘Dead Hippy: two double-stacked patties diced with melted cheese, raw onion, shredded lettuce, gherkins and last - but by no means least - a ‘secret sauce’ that’s second to none. Bottom line? Meat Liquor justifies every word of its hype.
74 Welbeck Street W1
4 Patty & Bun
Anonymous blogger Burgerac - a man on a mission to find the finest burger in town - swears by the Ari Gold Cheeseburger (a generous patty slathered in smokey mayo, ketchup and a vinegary twang before being shoehorned into a glazed brioche bun) on offer here. Burgerac isn’t the only one: meat loving Londoners are still raving about at Patty & Bun’s recent event, PattyPitt - a collaboration with Tom Adams of British barbecue restaurant Pitt Cue Co - that took place a fortnight ago. Factor in young, friendly staff and you’ve got a great place to kick off a night in W1.
54 James Street W1
5 Shake Shack
Shake Shack, arguably New York's most famous burger chain, opened its first outpost in London last July - 500 yards away and 24 hours after Five Guys (another US burger power house) set up shop in the capital. Five Guys - with its ‘peanut oil only’ boasts can count Barack Obama as a fan but here at Haute Living, it’s Shake Shack that’s rocking our world. We’re partial to the SmokeShack - a cheeseburger topped with all-natural applewood smoked bacon and chopped cherry pepper which might just be the best burger we have ever eaten. Wash it down with a spectacular shake and save room for the frozen custards (aka ice cream).
24 Market Building The Piazza Covent Garden WC2