7 American things in London


Hundreds of people move to London every year, largely due to new job opportunities and to live in areas that are full of activity and entertainment.

Due to areas like Tech City – otherwise known as Silicon Roundabout – having a connection with Silicon Valley in California, many people who move to London are American. Similarly, Americans are the largest group of people who come to the city every year thanks in particular to their affection for the British Royal Family.

If you are an expat, you needn’t worry about feeling homesick as there are lots of American things for you to do and food to eat in the Big Smoke. These can be a real comfort if you have been away from home for a long time and lots of people have their favourite places to go to throughout London.

We’ve picked out seven things for you to do and see in the city that will be perfect if you’re an American expat, tourist, or if you just love all things USA-style.

Benjamin Franklin House

The Benjamin Franklin House is the only remaining one of his households in the world and it was where he did some of his great scientific work while building and maintaining relationships between America and Britain.

It was opened in 2006 as a museum and encompasses a Student Science Centre and historical reenactments.

This attraction is just 25 minutes from The Shaftesbury Collection’s Hyde Park Hotel on Bayswater Road via the Circle line from Bayswater Station to Embankment.

The American Food Store

This shop was converted from an old post office to an American grocery store eight years and sells hundreds of items from American candies to soda, cereals to soda and condiments to Mexican goods.

Unsurprisingly, they make a big splash of the seasons, so you’ll find excellent fixings for Hallowe’en, Thanksgiving and Christmas

Choclate Dishes

The American Food Store is only ten minutes from the hotel via the Central line from Queensway Station to Holland Park.

Pitt Cue Co.

Although the weather in Britain isn’t as good as most places in America, one thing we share is a love of barbecued foods.

For one of the best Southern-style places, head along to Pitt Cue Co. in Soho – it’s favoured by all who go to it.

Offerings include beef brisket, hot wings, beef ribs and baked beans but the menu changes constantly so you’re always in for a treat.

Get to the restaurant by taking the Central line from Queensway Station to Oxford Circus and you’ll be there in just 15 minutes. We recommend you walk home, not only because it’s a lovely journey but also because you’ll probably be really full!

The Diner

This simply named restaurant has seven different locations around London and each site has beautifully coloured booths and neon signs, which hark back to the 1950s.

Enjoy burgers, shrimp po’boys, Philly cheesesteaks, mac and cheese and traditional American pancakes. For those who love something sweet with recommend the milkshakes – add a shot of bourbon if you’re feeling in a party mood.

Sports Bar & Grill

Like The Diner, The Sports Bar & Grill has several different locations throughout the city, with each styled as typical American sports bars.

The type of sports you’ll see include those from Britain and America, including NFL, NHL and Ultimate Frisbee games.

It’s the perfect place for you to get your fix of American favourites like Babyback ribs and British classics like Sunday roasts and fish finger sandwiches.

Ain’t Nothin’ But

This is a great place for you to relax, unwind and listen to the Blues for a few hours with a robust glass of red.

Ain’t Nothin’ But features live music from both British and American singers and musicians, so you’re sure in for a treat.

Head along to see the show by taking the Central line for 15 minutes from Queensway Station to Oxford Circus and get ready to dance the night away.

Alexandra Palace’s Drive-in Film Club

Obviously you’ll need to have a car to go to this movie drive-in, or at least the ability to hire one but the good news is that this attraction is open all year-round.

It offers some classic American drive-in action, which might take you back to a scene from a little musical called Grease, that is utterly unmissable.

Films include oldies like Back to the Future and newbies like Anchorman 2, whatever the case, we’re sure there’s going to be something for everyone.

The drive-in is around eight miles from the Hyde Park Hotel on Bayswater Road, which should take about 38 minutes to get to without traffic.

For information on this London city hotel or any others we have in the city, contact The Shaftesbury Collection now.