Is there a Wendy’s in the UK?

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Hello, hamburger loving friends! If you’ve come to this site wondering, “Is there a Wendy’s in the UK?” or maybe even, “Is there a Wendy’s in London?” then I have just the article you’re searching for.

Well, first I have some products I think you could definitely use like a cheeseburger pillow and hamburger slippers, because, duh, priorities.


But after that, I want you to know that I know that Wendy’s is the epitome of what it means to be an American.

When you see that red headed girl on top of that sign and the smell of fries and milkshakes starts wafting through the air, you know that you’re home.  So…

“Is there a Wendy’s in the UK?”

Sadly, the answer is – no, but there might be hope!

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I’m going to give you the full rundown of Wendy’s in the UK and why I have hope that we might see some soon, but before I do, check out these other posts all about visiting and living 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.

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!)

Right, so, if you’re hoping to dip your fries into a Frosty and enjoy that classic square hamburger, you’re out of luck in London, England, or anywhere in the UK right now.

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That being said, Wendy’s has a unique history in the UK.

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If you go back to 2000, Wendy’s in London was a real possibility as the company looked to purchase properties and open franchises in England’s capital city.

But high property costs made Wendy’s pull completely out of the UK, and in its place, McDonald’s and other companies took its place on the high streets.

Wendy’s then went quiet on its plans to expand into the UK for almost 20 years.

Recessions hit the worldwide economy, the British public didn’t seem particularly interested in additional fast food hamburger restaurants, and it seemed like there was no hope for American expats craving the deliciousness that is a square hamburger patty.

This all changed, however, in July 0f 2017, when Wendy’s hosted a one-day pop-up event in London.

There was a limited menu of hamburgers, fries, and milkshakes, and the pop-up was only open for about 4 hours, but it was enough to make local business owners and London residents feel that maybe, someday, there might be a chance that Wendy’s in the UK wouldn’t be a question, but a fact.

It makes sense, really, as hamburger fast food places have started to become more popular in the UK, including American franchises like Five Guys.

The lines out the door at Five Guys in London when it first opened were insane, and it still draws plenty of crowds, from Americans overseas to Brits who have gotten a taste for it.

There haven’t been anymore signs of Wendy’s in the UK since then, but keep an eye out as there’s no telling when this fast food giant will make a reappearance.

Now, if you do find yourself in London or the UK, you’re going to want to read up on some of the other franchises and companies that you may or may not find here.

You need to be prepared, after all, and there’s no sadness like realizing you’ve flown 4,000 miles to a severe lack of Outback Steakhouse bread, am I right?

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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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Rob

7 months ago

I stumbled upon a Wendy’s once in London. It might have been 99 or 00. It had a basement dining area. My buddy dropped his frosty on the way downstairs. He was devastated.

Steve

6 months ago

That would be the one at Picadilly Circus, that is now a McDonalds

Paul Rayner

6 months ago

Your list of American fast food in the UK left out Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). As Harland Sanders invented the chicken pressure fryer which is used in nearly all chicken shacks in the world, not just KFC, I think his company deserves a mention. Much more deserving of a place than McDonald’s who simply stole an idea from White Castle and added thick milkshakes to the menu, and McD is on your list.

Val

6 months ago

I randomly found out that Boots is actually owned by Walgreens! I feel like Boots is a little more expensive but it can be super similar.

Steve

6 months ago

I really miss Wendy’s, the food was far superior to any of its peers. I didn’t live in London at the time, but used to call in there when I was passing through.
Aside from the branches they had in central London in Oxford Street, and Piccadilly Circus (probably why they balked at the rent back then being two of the most expensive areas), they had some odd locations. One was near where my grandmother lived in Belfast, situated in a quiet street.
We visited there a few times when I took the family to Orlando. Still as good as I remember it.
Hopefully, like the author suggests, they will give the UK another go.

Ed nay

6 months ago

There was a Wendy’s restaurant inside heathrow airports terminal 3 arrivals for years up until around 2002.

Sarah

6 months ago

There used to be a Wendy’s in Uxbridge, used to go there occasionally back in ’97.

Mel

1 month ago

I worked for them as a manager around 87-88, they were by far the best burgers, freshly cooked and with Jackets that can make your mouth water , sadly they expanded too fast, I remembered opening Southampton, Bracknell and Slough, they simply picked locations out of desperation rather than what the town needed and these branches drained the profits faster than a sieve, and few years later they start to shut, lack of traffics plus high rent and rate, the Americans who came to manage the UK operation are some of the nicest people, I got to spent a lot of time with them at the HQ at Cambridge Circus as the restaurant is below (Now Shake Shake).
Whenever I travel to the US, I always make it my number one stop, closely follow by Popeyes.
Oh boy, I do miss them !!!

girlgonelondon

3 weeks ago

Wow Mel! What a cool story – Wendy’s are the best!

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