From special occasions to just a casual night out with friends, the Cheesecake Factory is an American family restaurant that provides a sophisticated atmosphere while not being too fancy, as well as – the reason we all go – amazing cheesecake.
If you’ve visited a Cheesecake Factory in America or are American yourself, you might be wondering whether there’s a Cheesecake Factory in the UK or a Cheesecake Factory in London.
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I completely get why you’re desperate for one, as it’s an American institution and nothing makes me happier than their turkey sandwiches or fettuccine alfredo with Oreo cheesecake (yes, I know my order).
So to answer your question…
“Is there a Cheesecake Factory in the UK or England or London?”
Nope. There isn’t a Cheesecake Factory in London or the UK (yet), though there are a lot of people who want the franchise to come over, which we’ll talk more about in a bit.
Before we get too deep into the joy of Cheesecake Factory, I wanted to bring your attention to something really important to me as an expat wanting to give you all of the tips and tricks you need to have a great time in London or the UK.
It takes everything you think you know about the UK and either explains it or shows you what you’re really getting yourself into (major small talk and frequent tea breaks, woo!)
In addition to Watching the English, you should check out the following articles all about how to overcome culture shock in the UK (especially important if you’re in the UK for a long period of time), as well as information on figuring out the difference in UK money.
If you want a laugh, check out my guide to surviving the London Underground, brought about by years of being tutted at on the tube and just generally going in all the wrong directions. You can also read the story of the time I learned to drive as an American in the UK, which was one of the most terrifying things to ever happen to me.
- Culture Shock: The Things We Don’t Talk About
- An American Girl’s Guide to Surviving the London Underground
- Understanding UK Money: Pence, Not Cents!
- Driving in England as an American: An Apology to UK Drivers
Anywho, now on to what you came for! Cheesecake!
History of Cheesecake Factory
Cheesecake Factory first opened in 1978 in California, which is an All-American place to start up one of the most well-known franchises across the country.
It was founded on a couple of things, but mostly the cheesecake and unbelievably large menu. Seriously, if you haven’t been to one, you should know that Cheesecake Factory menus are gigantic and feature almost every combination of sandwich, pasta, meat, and side dishes you can think of. You can dine on like 14 different cuisines at one table just ordering off that one menu. Thank you, Cheesecake Factory, for all you do for our waistlines.
The first Cheesecake Factory location outside of California came on the scene in the 1990s in Washington DC, and since then it has opened up in almost 200 locations across the US.
As far as Cheesecake Factory across the pond, there has been no sign of international expansion in the UK, despite already having expanded into places like Asia, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and more.
However, that isn’t for lack of UK fans of Cheesecake Factory trying. There’s even an official Facebook group solely dedicated to people who want Cheesecake Factory to come to the UK. If that’s you, join up here!
Equivalent to Cheesecake Factory in the UK
When I write articles like this, I almost always have an equivalent to that specific American chain in the UK. For instance, when I talk about Olive Garden in the UK, I give Italian restaurant equivalents. When I go on about how there is no Walmart in the UK, I talk about ASDA and whether it’s a suitable replacement. When I talk about how there’s no Chuck E Cheese in the UK, I give other option for kid’s birthday parties.
But after much consultation with my husband who is actually British, and myself, who has lived in the UK for 7 years, we can’t come up with a good equivalent to Cheesecake Factory in the UK.
It’s not that the UK doesn’t have places to eat with your family – it does, but the large portions and general focus on the dessert being one of the main reasons you go there is just not apparent in any UK chains.
So, I guess all of you potential Cheesecake Factory franchisers out there – what are you waiting for?!