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I think those of us looking for a Popeyes in the UK or London can all agree that there is nothing like Popeyes fried chicken and biscuits.
It’s the taste of America in one fast food meal, and I completely understand why you’re hunting down some Popeyes in the UK.
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I have very fond memories of Popeyes after school and on special occasions, and it was always a local joke that there were a bunch of chickens that hung around the local Popeyes in my suburbs.
At least, I’m pretty sure it was a joke and they weren’t actually chickens to be used for…you know, Popeyes, but anyway.
Today, chicken lovers, I’m here to answer your question…
“Is there a Popeyes in the UK or England or London?”
The answer is no.
There is no Popeyes in the UK or England, but there is fried chicken and there are alternatives to Popeyes in the UK which we will get to in a minute.
Before we dig deep into the history of Popeyes and its absence in the UK, I want to bring your attention to some awesome articles I’ve created that are going to help you make the most of your trip to London or the UK, whether you’re coming for just a day or for years.
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Other resources I’ve created are linked below and include information about driving in the UK, figuring out UK money, and coping with culture shock.
- 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
Anyway, moving along to Popeyes in the UK
History of Popeyes
Popeyes was founded in 1972 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and it has retained its Cajun roots ever since then.
The name of the game with Popeyes is fried chicken, and while the original recipe was milder than the one today, people go to Popeyes expecting a bit of spice and flavor – this is down home cooking done right.
Throughout the years, Popeyes has had licensing to use the Popeyes cartoon character for its branding and marketing, but this expired in 2006 and the company no longer have this right.
In addition to chicken, Popeyes also sells red beans, rice, mashed potatoes, cajun fries, coleslaw, sausages, chicken, sandwiches and more.
There are over 2,000 Popeyes store around the globe, including stores in Germany, France and Japan.
However, some Popeyes in foreign countries are located on military bases and only open to the Americans living on the base and not to the general public.
Popeyes hasn’t come to the UK for the public, and there are no current signs that there will be a Popeyes in the UK or London.
It has existed on an American military base in the UK, but sadly we can’t all eat there so…!
There is a Popeyes in London that shares the same name, but it is not an actual franchise of the American brand and thus just a fried chicken shop sharing the name.
Equivalent to Popeyes in the UK
If the news above is disheartening to you, don’t fear.
There are still places to get fried chicken in the UK and London, and while they may not be the Cajun goodness that you’re craving, they’ll at least go part of the way (and before you ask, no, there is no Chick Fil A in London so sorry again).
One of the things I was most surprised about when moving to the UK was that there were KFCs EVERYWHERE.
It seems to be the Brit’s fried chicken place of choice, and you can locate stores and order online using this website.
I prefer Popeyes to KFC, but if you’re an American franchise fried chicken lover, at least you know you can get 1 of the main brands here in the UK.
Menus will vary slightly to what we’re used to the US just like they do with other big fast food franchises like McDonalds in the UK, but it will be close enough to get your fix.
Founded in the UK, Chicken Cottage is a British fast food chain that focuses on fried chicken with flavor influences from America and India.
You’ll find them mostly in cities, and to be honest they’re pretty sketchy and have had some food prep safety concerns related to them in recent years, but I’m not claiming to make your decisions for you – just give you the options.
Read more in my full guide comparing UK and US stores and restaurants.
Coming to London Soon?
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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. 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!
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