From places where you can pair a dog with a cold Pilsner to sausages you can toast with a fine glass of bubbly, London has become the go-to destination for hot dog lovers. Here are the best places in the UK capital to find the king of fast food.
Hawksmoor Spitalfields know what they’re doing when it comes to cooking steak, but they are also pretty killer at hot dogs too! The Chilli Cheese Dog comes highly recommended as it’s a juicy pork sausage with a hint of smoke, all crammed into a soft brioche roll covered in devilishly good chilli and plenty of melting cheese.
Hot dogs don’t get better than a luxe dog from Bubbledogs. Located in the heart of Fitzrovia, this tiny hole-in-the-wall is the perfect hot dog hideaway, whether you’re looking for something plain, such as its Naked Dog or something loaded with traditional toppings.
Bustling in the heart of the ever-so-quirky Camden, Popdogs was born from a concoction of good people, good food and good times. They had ideas to connect with people on a mass scale and what better way to do it than with food? Starting off as a market stall, Popdogs has slowly ventured out to satisfy the taste buds of avid food lovers from all over. They have now moved from their beloved Camden to Deptford.
Herman Ze German
Restaurant, German, $$$
Herman Ze German have their sausages made by a butcher called Fritz and they’re made in the Black Forest in Germany. Rumour has it that Fritz has been making sausages for years and years, so he knows exactly how to make a darn good sausage. All of their food is free-range, gluten-free and lactose-free with no additives and there are certainly no cheap cuts! For those who want a hot dog without a bun, their signature Currywurst is a failsafe option and there’s now a House Pickled version of it.
Restaurant, American, $$$
Adventure Bar on Clapham High Street packs a big party punch! With Brooklyn-style décor, delicious cocktails and awesome hot dogs, you can’t go wrong. The kitchen keeps things simple with a choice of hot dogs, burgers, and buffalo wings. Midweek nights are a bit calmer so best if you are looking to enjoy a chilled-out dinner, but booking is definitely recommended most nights as this popular place fills up fast.
Restaurant, American, Pub Grub, $$$
This is the pub side of the Michelin-starred Galvin empire which is becoming famous for their Galvin Dog Deluxe. It’s a greedy version of a hand-chopped beef and pork sausage with oodles of sauerkraut, crispy fried shallots and truffle mustard in a perfect homemade bun. And to make it even better, you can go bottomless with Prosecco or Pilsner Urquell for just an extra tenner if you fancy a few cheeky drinks.
Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
Dirty Bones has hot dogs of epic proportions with an incredible array of toppings. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try out the Asian Dog loaded with kimchi ketchup, wasabi mayo, crispy seaweed, pickled sushi, ginger and sesame seeds. All their hot dogs are available as either pork, beef or veggie.
Chilly Katz was born out of the need to show the UK that hot dogs can be awesome – you may not think of Iceland as having a hot dog culture, but you’d be wrong. Believe it or not, the hotdog in Iceland has become a daily staple for our modern-day Vikings. The dogs at Chilly Katz are made from the finest lamb, beef and pork and all the meat used comes from the shoulder of the animals. The animals in Iceland are mainly free-range and grass-fed, so that leads to happy animals, which makes for happy hotdogs!
Restaurant, American, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
The Diner has become a bit of an American foodie establishment in London of late, and we can totally see why. If you’re looking not only for a great hot dog but a stacked burger, vegan goodies and top-heavy chips too, then this is somewhere you need to be! The atmosphere will make you feel you’ve been transported to America and they have an awesome drinks menu, too.