The hard shake is taking over London. From your local American style diner to the quirky restaurant bowling alley chain, everyone seems to be mixing up these cheeky cocktail desserts…
1 The Diner, various locations
Pair your savoury American meal with a sweet shake at The Diner. All of their London locations have creative creamy blends that are spiked with just the right amount of booze. Go cocoa crazy with the Choconaut or take a trip to the tropics with the Pina Colada shake.
2 MEAT Market, Covent Garden
Serving up more than just its famed burgers, the MEAT Market gets creative with its frothy creations. The American style burger bar has hard shakes with enough sugar to make your head spin, and with the alcoholic add-ons it just might. The Black Forest is a customer favourite with a mix of chocolate and cherry liqueur and chocolate and vanilla ice cream.
Jubliee Market Hall, The Deck, Tavistock Street WC2E 8BE; themeatmarket.co.uk
3 All Star Lanes, various locations
Get ready for some nostalgia with this restaurant that doubles as a bowling alley. Besides being a spot to play the retro game, All Star has a selection of classic milkshakes with the option to add a cheeky tipple. You can bring it back to basics with a vanilla, chocolate or strawberry shake or add a little originality with drinks like the Bye Bye Miss American Pie which includes Bizon vodka.
4 The Riding House Cafe, Fitzrovia
The Riding House Cafe doesn’t do boozy shakes, but it does have alcoholic smoothies, so it fits right in with the hard dessert drinks trend. Enjoy your fruity drink in the quirky retro style surroundings of this Oxford Circus spot. You can even get a health boost and a buzz with their green smoothie, blending kale, apples, spinach, cucumber, celery and Velho Barreiro cachaca.
43-51 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia W1W 7PQ; ridinghousecafe.co.uk
5 Burger & Shake, Bloomsbury
Keeping it simple and sweet, Burger & Shake offers two delicious hard shake options. Diners can have the Ovaltini with a mix of tequila, rum, coconut, and malted caramel or the Bourbonton which swirls together Bourbon, peanut butter and vanilla. Either way you go is sure to be full of yummy froth and flavour.
47 Marchmont St, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1AP; burgerandshake.co.uk
6 Ed’s Easy Diner, various locations
At all three London locations Ed’ promises extra thick blended ice cream shakes. You can even have yours malted for that extra special classic milkshake taste. With a classic diner look and a friendly atmosphere, the hard shakes are far from the only things to enjoy.
7 Blue’s Kitchen, various locations
Have a side of jazz with your boozy milkshake at the Blue’s Kitchen in Camden, Brixton or Shoreditch. They promise hard shakes with all the usual ingredients and mountains of whipped cream. You can sip it all up while also indulging in their delicious Southern style BBQ.
8 Fifty Five, Camden
Fifty Five is a popular cocktail bar, so they know what they are doing when it comes to boozy shakes. They have an impressive range of the tasty beverages with an array of ice creams. For chocolate lovers we recommend trying the Frangelico with Malibu, chocolate syrup, chopped pecans and vanilla ice cream.
31 Jamestown Rd, Camden Town, London NW1 7DB; fiftyfivebar.co.uk