Is there a Steak n Shake in the UK or London? (2024)

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Oh, burger lovers.

I feel you.

You’re here because you’re asking yourself, “Is there a Steak n Shake in the UK?” or “Is there a Steak n Shake in London?

And I know.


I LOVE Steak n Shake.

I grew up on their thin fries and grilled cheese sandwiches.

I still get that when I’m home and visiting and nothing will ever replace Steak n Shake in my heart.

But it’s time to get real.


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And to answer your question…

“Is there a Steak n Shake in the UK or London or England?”

There isn’t a Steak n Shake in the UK or London, but there was one in Chester which has now sadly closed. 

Before we delve into all things steakburgers and french fries, I first want to share some content that I think you’ll love based on the fact that you’re planning a trip to the UK or currently there.

Firstly, no matter your reason for being here, you need the best book on living in the UK for Americans ever written – the book is called “Girl Gone London: An American’s Guide to Surviving Life in the UK” and you should click here and check it out.

I also may have written it, so I’m biased.

But truly, if you’re coming to the UK as an expat, a study abroad student, or even a visitor, my guide to life in the UK contains both personal anecdotes and maybe too-honest experiences, as well as resources and advice on topics ranging from homesickness in the UK (or how not to rage book a flight to America like I did), driving in the UK, being a student in the UK, and more practical advice about bank accounts, buying houses, and more. 

It’s truly a one stop shop for all of the weirdness and wonderfulness (is that a word?) that comes along with life in the UK, and also there is plenty of opportunity to laugh at me as I share all of my expat fails so there’s that. 

Whether you’re an expat who is making a more permanent move or a short term visitor who just wants to see if all English people sound like the Queen (spoiler alert: no), I am here for all of your “WAIT, WHAT DO I DO?” needs.

I mean, first of all, you’re going to want to learn about culture shock and why it will or won’t affect you.

You’re also going to want to figure out the different coins and bills so that when you go to the check out and want to pay for your fish n’ chips, you’re not stuck looking like an idiot.

You’re also going to want to learn all about driving in England as an American. I mean, here’s a short answer: don’t do it.

Anyway, check out the resources below.

So on to Steak n Shake.

Steak n Shake is popular burger restaurant in the USA with over 500 locations.

It’s most popular in the South and MidWest.

Most of the locations have both sit-down sections and drive-thrus, and they’re known for their “steakburgers” (also known as hamburgers), milkshakes, and shoestring fries.

It’s also a very popular place for kids to hang out after high school when you live in small town and have nowhere else to go (or maybe that’s just me).

Steak n’ Shake came to the UK in 2016 when a site opened in Chester.

Why Chester?

I don’t know.

A husband and wife team decided to open one up, and while it was a UK franchise of Steak n’Shake, the menu was a bit truncated.

The Chester site closed down in August of 2018, and despite rumors that it’s potentially coming to Liverpool, so far the UK has no Steak n’ Shake to speak of.

We DO have Shake Shack both in London and across the UK, but London doesn’t have Steak n’ Shake either.

That being said, Steak n’Shake is expanding internationally still so it’s possible that it may come to the UK or London again.

In fact, they’ve got some Paris locations now and while I don’t want to admit that I spent the entire last work trip I took to Paris stuffing my face with Steak n’ Shake, that’s exactly what I did.

Read more in my full guide comparing UK and US stores and restaurants.

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Open Top Bus London Tour: Double Decker buses are not only a way of transportation in London, but a definitive pastime of the city dwellers.

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Kew Gardens: If you want to explore some of the calmer areas of the city, I highly recommend exploring the botanicals at Kew Gardens.

London’s largest World Heritage site boasts acres of gardens in a royal glass palace because, yes, everything here gets the royal treatment. 

Afternoon Tea Cruise on River Thames: Oh so you’ve come to London looking for tea?

Lucky for you theres literally MILLIONS of options to choose from… it can actually get overwhelming. So I made it easy for you and found one of the best teas in town, complete with the best setting as well!

Want to know more about US stores in the UK? Check this list out!

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