London's best hot dogs

Forget leathery sausages on soggy buns – find the best hot dogs in town

Poshed-up US-style fast food has never been more popular in London. From retro-styled diners to swanky restaurants, everywhere you look it seems someone's slapping a length of meat into an elongated bun. And while some are no better than your average cinema snack, there are hot dogs of true majesty to be found in London, if you know where to look.

Prefer a more circular treat? Check out our guide to London's best burgers.                                               

Big Apple Hot Dogs

The ‘cool’ dog, from a street food cart – and complete with cult following. Great bun-to-sausage ratio. Our squidgy bun was dwarfed by a whopping NY style sausage: a pork dog with a springy middle and delicately smokey casing.

Read more
Kings Cross and St Pancras

Dirty Bones

This ‘dive and dog bar’ – hot dogs, that is – is housed in a highly styled retro cool Kensington basement. The hostess table is a vintage pinball machine, the lighting is flatteringly set to drinking-den low, and the music is at ‘party loud’. Expect impeccable hot dogs in pillowy buns and all manner of other pimped dude-food.

Read more
Kensington

Hackney Picturehouse Bar & Kitchen

Okay, not a ‘destination dog’, but still the best cinema sanger in town. Our finger bun had a non-speaking part: the star was the sausage. Dense yet bouncy, it was beautifully seasoned, with just the right level of spice kick.

Read more
Hackney

Hawksmoor Spitalfields (bar)

The top dog, without doubt. Deliciously juicy, our top-notch sausage was distinctly smokey and had a huge, ahem, girth. Served in a buttery brioche bun, the standard dog would provide satisfaction aplenty, but the chilli cheese upgrade (add £1.50) rocked our world.

Read more
Spitalfields

Herman ze German

Venue says: Herman ze German’s Villiers Street outlet has long been cherished by sausage fanciers and the late-night commuters of Charing Cross, but it’s no place to linger. This second branch in Soho is still a fast-food joint, but is a more inviting space, with more seating. Wherever you choose to eat, the sausages are sehr gut. Imported from the Schwarzwald (Black Forest), they use high-quality pork; have juicy, springy middles; and a proper ‘knack’ when you bite. What’s more, they’re served, traditional-style, in ‘proper bread’ – here using chewy baguettes. Our ‘ze Wilde Bock’ had a bouncy bockwurst (smoked pork sausage) layered with ‘curry’ sauce (spicy ketchup), squidgy fries and crisp onion shards: a sort of Teutonic chip-and-sausage butty.

Herman ze German’s Villiers Street outlet has long been cherished by sausage fanciers and the late-night commuters of Charing Cross, but it’s no place to linger. This second branch in Soho is still a fast-food joint, but is a more inviting space, with more seating. Wherever you choose to eat, the sausages are sehr gut. Imported from the Schwarzwald (Black Forest), they use high-quality pork; have juicy, springy middles; and a proper ‘knack’ when you bite. What’s more, they’re served, traditional-style, in ‘proper bread’ – here using chewy baguettes. Our ‘ze Wilde Bock’ had a bouncy bockwurst (smoked pork sausage) layered with ‘curry’ sauce (spicy ketchup), squidgy fries and crisp onion shards: a sort of Teutonic chip-and-sausage butty.

Read more
Trafalgar Square

Comments

3 comments
Mantao
Mantao

About the Herman ze German review. Yes it is great, but the black forest is not in Bavaria ;) And the sausages are not from Bavaria either!

1teenytomta
1teenytomta

Stamford Bridge Deathdog is a worthy contender