Visit London Blog » bodeans Enjoy the very best of London Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:49:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Where to Watch Superbowl XLVIII in London 2014 Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:56:00 +0000 superbash610

It is one of the most watched spectacles on earth, and with American Football gaining popularity fast in the UK, and a record three regular season games coming to London this year, there are more and more places to catch all the Superbowl action in London on Sunday 2 February (Kick Off: 11.30pm). This year’s game promises to live up to expectation, as the legendary Peyton Manning’s offensive powerhouse the Denver Broncos face up against the hard-hitting, defensive Seattle Seahawks in a match up between probably the best two teams in the NFL.

Super Bash at indigo2

Tickets to NFL UK’s exclusive Super Bash at indigo2 are only available via ballot. The lucky winners can expect cheerleaders, former NFL players, music and a giant screening of all the action from the MetLife stadium in New York. Budweiser and Pepsi will be providing some free drinks and NFL UK are organising food for the night. Tickets are free for winners and entries close at midnight on Wednesday 15 January. Successful entrants will be notified by Friday 17 January. Applicants must be aged 18 or over.

Honky Tonk Clapham

The newer, shinier of the two American bar/restaurant venues on Clapham High Street that will be hosting Superbowl parties is Honky Tonk Clapham. Honky Tonk would prefer bookings for the evening but the event is not ticketed.

Bodean’s BBQ

All four branches of Bodean’s BBQ (Clapham, Fulham, Soho, and Tower Hill) are hosting Superbowl parties on 2 Feb. Tickets cost £30 and include that all important guaranteed seat, a free Budweiser on arrival and a halftime feast (this will fall around 1.30am, by the way), and for those who are familiar with Bodean’s, it will be a feast.

The Clapham Grand

Expect a raucous atmosphere at this Clapham Junction hotspot. Tickets start at £10 and include a free giant hotdog. Watch all the action on a giant 24-foot screen and multiple plasma TVs dotted around the venue.

Bloomsbury Lanes

Bloomsbury Lanes is being taken over on Superbowl Sunday with multiple screens showing the game along with American food, karaoke, pool, beer pong and DJs. Tickets are sure to go fast and start at £10, including a free beer, or you can pay £15 on the door.

Riley’s Sports Bar Haymarket

Formerly the Sports Cafe, Rileys Sports Bar in Haymarket is the one of the biggest London venues to catch all the Superbowl action. There are four rooms stocked with bars, screens, projectors and “the largest screen in London,” which occupies the whole of the front 12-foot windows. For tickets contact Rileys on 0207 9300 393 or email Entry is from £10, with seating and bespoke packages available.

Carlsberg Sports Bar at Empire Casino

One of the more central venues for those staying in and around the West End, the Carlsberg Sports Bar has plenty of beer, snacks and screens for all your Superbowl needs. Then there’s the added bonus of casino tables during those numerous ad-breaks.

Roatrip Bar EC1

If you are looking to go east, upstairs at Roadtrip Bar on Old Street is hosting a Superbowl screening party. It’s free entry so we recommend heading down when it opens at 7pm if you want a seat. Expect all the usual American fare in terms of food and drink throughout the 4+ hour spectacle.

Planet Hollywood

Iconic American restaurant Planet Hollywood offers another good West End option to catch all the Superbowl action, with 18 screens, cheerleaders and beer specials included in the £15 entry-only ticket price. Alternatively for £35 guests can sample a special three-course menu, meaning you get a guaranteed table for the evening.

Hard Rock Café

Another quintessential American venue in the heart of London, the Hard Rock Café is hosting a Superbowl party from 10pm. Tickets are £15 and include a guaranteed seat, a free bottle of beer, competitions and of course, cheerleaders.

Got any more tips on places screening the Superbowl in London? Let us know in the comments below.

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Where To Celebrate Thanksgiving In London, 2012 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 10:18:45 +0000 London has a large population of American expats, and therefore, plenty of places to celebrate Thanksgiving. This year, it falls on 22 November and many of the city’s US-style venues host lavish celebrations. Traditional menus, American-style entertainment and a warm welcome are offered to all at these locations. We’ve listed some of the best events below.

Thanksgiving Dinners

Thanksgiving Feast in Aid of Benjamin Franklin House at the Butcher’s Hall
For a spectacular Thanksgiving feast in London, head to the Butcher’s Hall where a traditional meal is served in high style. All of the proceeds from the event go towards the work of Benjamin Franklin House, which is fitting as Franklin not only suggested that the turkey become an American national symbol, but also practised cooking it as part of his early work on electricity. Tickets are £68, or £28 for children and include a reception, Thanksgiving meal and drinks.

Ffiona’s, Kensington
This popular British restaurant has (perhaps unexpectedly) been serving an acclaimed Thanksgiving dinner for 19 years. If you’d like to celebrate at home but don’t have space to cook, they’ll prepare a takeaway feast for you!

Christopher’s, Covent Garden
The grill’s Thanksgiving dinner is always popular and it’s easy to see why: £45 gets you three courses from a tantalising menu that features delights such as Maryland crab cake and pumpkin pie with honey bourbon crème chantilly.

Le Caprice, Piccadilly
The restaurant’s traditional menu features crab and sweetcorn chowder, roast turkey with all the trimmings and a chocolate and pumpkin pie. Unlike many other menus, you can order the courses here individually.

Bodeans BBQ, Various Venues
With four branches around London, these laid back American diners are a great option for a relaxed Thanksgiving. Their special menu offers three traditional courses for £20.95.

Thanksgiving Drinks

The Big Easy, Chelsea
Thanksgiving tipples grace the menuwith a special Pumpkin Martini, Apple and Cinnamon Margarita; classic Egg Nogg; or Black Fig Sidecar. All £7.95 each. Plus a live band will be playing to cheer you on with toe-tapping music from 8.30pm.

The American Bar at the Stafford Hotel, St James’s
One of only two remaining American Bars in London (the other is at The Savoy), this is a great place for a post-Thanksgiving dinner cocktail. Select from a range of traditional favourites, or go for the special Thanksgiving Cognac Sparkler, which mixes Cognac with sparkling cider.

Bar 45, 45 Park Lane
If you can’t make the CUT restaurant‘s Thanksgiving dinner on 22 November, you can still sample their cranberry Thanksgiving cocktail 1863 (named after the year the holiday began in America) and Thanksgiving Pie Sliders at the hotel bar between 19-25 November.

The Rubens at the Palace Hotel, Victoria
For the duration of November you can enjoy Thanksgiving inspired cocktails in the hotels’ bars.

Thanksgiving Entertainment

Jetlag Bar, Warren Street
Their Thanksgiving menu is accompanied by an all-day programme of entertainment that includes a film screening, American Football coverage and live music from Mr Lee.

The Blues Kitchen, Camden
Be thankful for late opening hours at this popular live music venue, where the Thanksgiving party carries on until 1am. Live music will be provided by Mike Newsham, the Astrojets and Miraculous Mule from 9pm. The bar is also offering traditional food as well as a chance to win a Fender Telecaster – see their website for full details.

The Sports Cafe, Piccadilly
Watch NFL all night as part of this bar’s all-American celebration.

More Thanksgiving celebrations in London

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America in London: Southern Barbecue at Bodean’s Tue, 27 Jul 2010 09:00:42 +0000

Second up in our World in London project, after France, is America. We’ve asked Julie, writer of  London travel blog A Lady in London, to tell us where she heads when she gets homesick for the US while in London… 

Every US expat in London gets homesick for American cuisine from time to time. Whether it’s Tex Mex, pepperoni pizza, or a glass of California Cabernet, we’ve all experienced a longing for our regional specialties.

A common American expat craving is for good southern barbecue. There are a few restaurants in London that serve American barbecue, but one stands out above the rest. It is called Bodean’s, and while it has locations in several London neighborhoods, its Soho restaurant is the best.

Bodean’s offer some of the tastiest southern BBQ outside of the United States. It specializes in Kansas City Barbecue, a style that is characterized by sweet, tangy sauce and a variety of meat from pulled pork to burnt ends.

The best barbecue dish at Bodean’s is the Pulled Pork Meal, which in addition to pork includes traditional sides of coleslaw and creamed corn. Other favorites include the ribs, burnt ends, and macaroni and cheese.

But Bodean’s isn’t just about the food. Americans love Bodean’s for its events as well. Known for being one of the best places to watch American sports, the televisions at the upstairs bar and downstairs dining room are always showing baseball, basketball, American football, and other important sporting events. There is even a private cave-like room downstairs with a TV for watching the games.

Aside from sports, Bodean’s gets back to its American roots with special events like American Thanksgiving. Homesick expats from all over London flock to Bodean’s on Thanksgiving day for a big traditional feast and the company of fellow Americans.

But it doesn’t take a 49ers game or Thanksgiving meal to get Americans to Bodean’s. From birthday dinners to casual meetings, Bodean’s is the perfect place to spend hours catching up with friends or introducing non-Americans to our country’s best southern cuisine. If that’s not enough, it’s one of the few places in London where Americans can enjoy a bottle of Coors Light without being made fun of.

That alone is reason enough to stop by.

Do you have any more ideas about America in London? Let us know in the comments below!

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