We take a look at five of the best for the American dream in North London. Missed someone? Let us know…
1 The Blues Kitchen, Shoreditch
Camden music hotspot The Blues Kitchen is building on its success by opening a new site on Curtain Road. Housed within a vast converted Victorian warehouse across two levels, The Blues Kitchen will be able to accommodate up to 500 people across a spacious diner, two bars, dance floor, stage and private events space. Expect great live music seven nights a week, alongside some top Texan BBQ too.
134-136 Curtain Road EC2A 3AR; 020 7729 7216; theblueskitchen.com
2 The Four Sisters Bar, Canonbury
The American Bar at the Savoy Hotel was one of the early establishments to introduce American-style cocktails to Europe. In fact, the term American Bar was used in London to designate the sale of American cocktails from 1878. In celebration of this long-standing institution of the American cocktail in London, this July The Four Sisters has lined-up five faves from the American Bar, available until 30 July.
25 Canonbury Lane N1 2AS; 020 7226 0955; thefoursistersbar.co.uk
3 The Diner, Islington
One look at the name, followed swiftly by the décor, and there’s no mistaking this slice of authentic American life. A vast menu featuring US classics – from burgers to dogs, via pancakes and southern baked meat loaf – always goes down a treat, but special mention to their milkshakes. The peanut butter concoction is to die for, and for those seeking a little kick-start to the night, don’t miss their range of ‘hard shakes’ that add a little alcoholic spin to proceedings.
21 Essex Road N1 2SA; 020 7226 4533; goodlifediner.com
4 STA Travel, Islington
If North London doesn’t give you the experience you desire, then head to the local experts who will conjure up an American experience like no other. STA Travel are currently promoting a very special USA road trip competition, where eight lucky winners will be visiting 30 cities over 43 days. Take a look at what they are experiencing and see how you can join the fun too.
24 Islington Green N1 8DU; statravel.co.uk
5 American Apparel, King’s Cross
One of the originals, American Apparel’s taste for fashion – and its very ethical approach to proceedings – has spread all over the world, including local outlets in Camden, Shoreditch and King’s Cross. The summer season is in full swing at each of their shops, so if preparing for that trip abroad, check them out first and truly embrace the American look.
Kings Cross Railway Station Unit 11 N1 9AL; 020 7278 4976; americanapparel.net