With every nation gastronomically represented in our capital, Londoners have become spoilt for places to eat. Standing proudly amongst the Indian and Chinese establishments are the now-ubiquitous American diners, humble yet filling eating joints that have kept hunger away across the pond for decades. A country that once found hot dogs the pinnacle of exoticism, Britain is becoming a place where pulled pork and neon Coors Light signs are more commonplace than fish and chips. Here are some stand-out joints that London has to offer.
In the dusty days of the Old West, the railway was the ultimate vessel of freedom. With its immense speed, its plumes of dark smoke, and its freeloading hobos, the steam train booked itself a place in the classic American landscape. That is why Caboose (the traditional name of the final carriage) is a restaurant set up in an old locomotive. In 2013, the iconography-savvy owners built their own caboose from where they serve ‘cabin food’ in Brick Lane. Dishes have been named The 3:10 to Yuma and The Derailer to further emphasise the culinary transport aesthetic, and the whole place can be booked for parties of up to 13. Despite the trendy East London setting, Caboose is not an expensive ride: five or six pounds for a burger and less for sides.