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.
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!
Well, first I have some products I think you could definitely use like a cheeseburger pillow and hamburger slippers, because, duh, priorities.
Or, if you want to surprise someone with a Wendy’s Gift Card – or, heck, treat yourself(!!) – click here.
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!
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.
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!)
- 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
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.
That being said, Wendy’s has a unique history in the UK.
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.
I know we all love Wendy’s, and fast food in general, but for another take on eating fast food, I suggest watching Super Size Me. It’s a great look in to what can happen to your body if you have just one too many fast food meals!
Or if you are looking for a fast-food inspired gift for the young ones (or young-at-hearts!) in your family, check out this awesome wooden fast food set!
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?
So to help you make your way around and know what to expect, here’s a list of the essentials.
The UK has…
The UK doesn’t have…
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The UK doesn’t have…
The UK has…
The UK doesn’t have…
–Macy’s (FYI, you should check out this book on the history of Macy’s – it’s a great read, with lots of photographs and illustrations to boot)
–Nordstrom (grab yourself a Nordstrom Gift Card here for a great last-minute Christmas or Birthday present!)
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 email@example.com if you’re wondering about the differences between the UK and US store offerings, and have a lovely time in jolly old England!
Coming to London Soon?
Hey! Since you’re here I’m assuming you’re intent on visiting this amazing city soon! Getting the lowdown on the hottest spots in town can be time consuming so I took the liberty of picking out some great ones below. Hope you enjoy!
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. This tour lets you see London by night and experience a true right of passage that every Londoner must complete. A two for one YAY!
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!