Everyone loves barbecue and the Brits are no exception. And, as far as the barbecued food trend continues to swell in London, the decision of where to indulge gets harder and harder. Here’s Travel Vivi’s pick of the best BBQ joints London has to offer, serving up succulent T-bone steaks, tender ribs and juicy burgers…
45 Park Lane
Part of the world’s premier Dorchester Collection, the modern 45 Park Lane Hotel is perhaps one of the best venues in London where you can enjoy a mouth-watering BBQ Cut menu. Guests of the Penthouse Suite will be treated to barbecue, prepared by award-winning chef Wolfgang Puck, while the Penthouse terrace will provide visitors with unrivalled scintillating views over Hyde Park and breathtaking vistas of London’s skyline. The menu proffers much loved dishes with a distinctive twist, like BBQ Shrimp Poppers served with Jalapeno Honey, Beef Skewers with Thai Peanut and BBQ Chicken Wings with Spicy Honey Mustard to name but a few. The BBQ cost is about £60 per guest.
The Blues Kitchen
Located on bustling Camden High Street, The Blues Kitchen is as much a delicious BBQ restaurant as it is a thriving bar and live music venue. Here visitors can try a hearty Texan BBQ menu, cooked over fruit woods in its own BBQ pit. The ribs are marinated in their own special BBQ sauce recipe, after which they are left over night for about 12 hours, so that it can soak up the marinade. The meat is slow smoked for 20 hours and turns into melt-in-your-mouth BBQ, which taste will surely make you return the restaurant again and again.
Founded by Jamie Oliver, Barbecoa is much more than a steak restaurant – it’s a celebration of fire-based cooking in a dramatically modern setting, complete with panoramic views of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Here every cut of the beef has been handpicked by the famous American chef Adam Perry Lang’s own requirements and dry aged in-house for anything up to 70 days. Those who do not prefer beef, can choose from lam skewers and pulled pork to brined chicken breasts and salmon. The restaurant also offers amazing cocktails and an impressive selection of whisky, which will also add to your dining experience.
Everyone knows that a Caboose is the last carriage on a train, a rolling cabin where the railway workers of yesteryear used to eat, sleep, play cards and hang out. So, the owners of the restaurant decided to make their own derelict Caboose from the ground up. In the spring of 2013, they rolled into Brick Lane, and have been there ever since.
The menu of the restaurant features slow smoked meat with fresh flavor combinations. You can start with an indulgent platter of smoked and cured meats with French cheeses, before tackling one of the meat-laden mains: smoked beef ribs, brisket and forequarter, as well as pork ribs, belly and hogget. The price is £25 per head for fixed 3-courses and £5 corkage for drinker as a nominal fee.
This unique location sits an absolute minimum of 8 people and a maximum of 11 people. For birthdays, the interior is usually decorated with balloons and other bits and bots at no extra cost.
Other famous spots for a delicious barbecue include: Q Grill in Camden Town, Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar, in Waterloo and Joe’s Southern Kitchen and Bar in Covet Garden.
BBQ’s do not have to be enjoyed only in the summertime. Most restaurants in London feature heated patios and terraces, where this great culinary pastime can be enjoyed throughout the whole year.