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Okay, so before we get into an argument over whether Taco Bell is real Mexican food, I just want to say that I am firmly in the “passable Mexican food” camp ESPECIALLY when it comes to finding Mexican food in England.
Whichever camp you fall in, you probably found this article by looking up, “Is there a Taco Bell in London?” or “Is there a Taco Bell in England?” or “Is there a Taco Bell in the UK?” so you have no real room to talk, anyway.
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Whether you grew up on Taco Bell’s dollar menu or are just desparate for a burrito as an American expat in the UK, I want to help answer the burning questions on everyone’s mind…
“Is there a Taco Bell in the UK or London or England?”
And, lucky for you, there IS a Taco Bell in the UK.
In fact, there are 22 Taco Bells in England, though none are in London.
Before we get too far into explaining all of the ways to get Taco Bell in the UK, I want to let you know that I’ve also put together some additional guides for anyone coming from America (or another country, really) to the UK.
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- 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
Okay, so powering through to Taco Bell in the UK.
Taco Bell has over 7,000 stores in the US and is a well-known Mexican fast food restaurant.
Over the years, they’ve become famous for their mascots (chihuahua anyone?) and commercials, and it’s often considered to be great food to get at midnight when you’ve had a little too much to drink or are just craving some tacos and can’t be bothered to make them yourself.
It’s kind of surprising, actually, that Taco Bell is in the UK, but then again Brits don’t have a great understanding of what good Mexican food is due to a shortage of it here, so maybe it does make sense after all.
There are currently 20+ Taco Bell stores in the UK, though none in London.
The closest to London are over 17 miles away, though the chain does have plans as of 2018 to try and expand to London.
History of Taco Bell in the UK
Taco Bell first came to the UK in the 1980s with sites in London and Birmingham.
Unfortunately for Taco Bell Lovers, all sites were closed down by the 1990s and Taco Bell then went another twenty years without a store in the UK market.
It was 2010 when the company decided to put roots in the UK once again, but this time all outside of London.
Since then, they have continued opening up stores to hit the current 22.
It’s unclear how many Taco Bell fans are American expats and how many are just British people who love good Tex-Mex, but Taco Bell UK has over 11,000 followers on Twitter so it’s not insignificant.
The announcement in 2018 that Taco Bell wants to keep expanding in the UK doesn’t come as a surprise to investors, as this has been on the radar for a couple of years, but if it does come to London, it will join the likes of Chipotle in the UK.
Read more in my full guide comparing UK and US stores and restaurants.