Is there a Chick-fil-A in London or the UK?

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Hello, chicken sandwich-loving people! If you’ve arrived at this page thinking, “Is there a Chick-fil-A in London?” or maybe even, “Is there a Chick-fil-A in England?” OR finally, “Is there a Chick-fil-A in the UK?” then you have come to the right place.

Before I tell you whether there is a Chick-fil-A in the UK, I HAVE to recommend this book to you, as I know you will love it just as I did. It is a fascinating read in to the history of Chick-fil-A; how it started and how it was built in to one of the most iconic brands in America.

You can also check it out on Audible if you prefer to listen to books (by the way, you can get TWO free books with my link here!).

This book is also a great accompanying read about the founder, Truett Cathy.

Hey, sidenote! If you’re traveling to the UK, whether for a short period of time or as an expat, why don’t you join my Facebook group where you can ask questions, get advice or just look at pretty pictures of this part of the world! Just click here to request to join and I’ll add you!

And, if you are thinking of studying in London, be sure to check out my eBook, “An American Girl’s Guide to Studying Abroad in London”. It has lots of tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your time there! You can get it here.

If you want to know if there’s an American Eagle in the UK or a Home Depot in the UK, just click around on my site and I’ve got you covered as well!

I grew up in Florida, which is definitely Chick-fil-A territory, so I grew up on a healthy diet of 8 count chicken nuggets, medium waffle fries, and oreo milkshakes (hold the whipped cream and cherry, thanks!).

I literally want to buy every item in this list (and so should you).


Chick-fil-A always reminds me of home, and every time I’m in an American airport, it’s the first place I go.

That being said…

“Is there a Chick-fil-A in the UK or London?”

Unfortunately, the answer is – nope! But those of us expats who still have a hankering for waffle fries are holding some hope. 

 

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Before I talk you through why we might expect Chick-fil-A to hit the UK sooner rather than later, take a look at some of these articles I’ve written to help you understand more about life in London and in the UK.


Firstly, you need the best book on England ever written – the book is called “Watching the English” and you should click here and check it out.

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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!)

Even if you’re only traveling across the pond for a little while, it’s helpful to understand things like: where to stand on the tube so you don’t get smushed, how to drive in England as an American who has no idea how to drive in England, and how to understand all of the coins about to be given to you.

Anyway, if you’re full on desperate for some Chick-Fil-A in London right now, here’s what I know.

Over the years, Chick-fil-A has had some “pop up” events in various parts of the UK. They had one in London in 2016, which I actually went to because HELLO, nothing cures homesickness like some breaded chicken.

They only did a few menu items – waffle fries, the sandwich, and maybe one other thing. But they were clearly testing the waters.

This has become even more apparent with their pop-up in Birmingham, and most recently in Edinburgh. In fact, their representative even made a statement that they would love to serve Edinburgh sometime in the future.

It’s common sense that American franchises hosting pop-up restaurants across the pond are doing so to test the market.

Chick-fil-A doesn’t care about fulfilling that aching longing for some waffle fries for those of us American expats – they want to see if their stores might be successful in these overseas markets.

I’m crossing my fingers they make it to London soon, but I also think that they would find great success (and not just because I’d be there all of the time).

“Chicken shops” are actually a huge part of British culture, and I think an upscale chicken fast food place would serve a lot of people well.

Other restaurants have tried with other niches, like Arby’s in the UK with their roast beef sandwiches (fail!), but everyone loves chicken more than roast beef.

The one part of Chick-fil-A in the UK that doesn’t quite make sense is the friendliness of its staff and how up in your face they are about hoping you have a great day – I can see Brits being a little shocked with such positivity, but I’m sure they’ll manage.

So, as I said, there’s no Chick-fil-A in the UK or London at this time, but hopefully change is coming!

Moving on – if you do find yourself in the UK or London anytime soon, here’s another list of some of the shops and restaurants that you can (or can’t) find here.

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So to help you make your way around and know what to expect, here’s a list of the essentials.

Fast Food

The UK has…

-Dominoes
-McDonald’s
-Burger King
-Pizza Hut

The UK doesn’t have…

-Arbys
-Chick-Fil-A
-White Castle

Sit-down restaurants

The UK has…

-TGI Friday’s
-Chipotle

The UK doesn’t have…

-Tijuana Flats
-Carrabas
-Outback Steakhouse

Big Stores

The UK has…

-Costco, though people say it isn’t as good of a value and not quite the same
-Walmart-owned ASDA, which isn’t exactly the same as a Walmart but pretty close

The UK doesn’t have…

-Macy’s
-Nordstrom

The grocery store names are also different, with no overlap between the US and the UK. You won’t find Publix (for Floridians), Giant (for you mid-Atlanticers!), Kroger (looking at you, southern states!) or any other popular grocery store in your area.

You also won’t find Walgreens or CVS, but instead a different brand name for drugstores including Superdrug and Boots.

And when you need a store with lots of “stuff,” you can go to “Argos,” where you essentially order things from a catalog and then they are brought to you.

Feel free to get in touch with me at girlgonelondon@gmail.com if you’re wondering about the differences between the UK and US store offerings, and have a lovely time in jolly old England!

 

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Mandy Sekerak

8 months ago

Hi! My name is Mandy. I too am an American living in London, only as a student at Kingston University. I’ve been here for two years. I thought I’d leave some info in your comments: Taco Bell actually exists in England. There are two just outside Greater London: Woking GU21 5AB and Thurrock RM16 2GT

girlgonelondon

3 months ago

Hi Mandy! Thanks for the info! I’ve got a post on Taco Bell in the UK here. Did you know there are 22 Taco Bells in the UK?! Taco Bell lovers are spoiled over here!

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