Summer's on the way but you don't need any excuse to cool down with a frosty milkshake. This old-school American treat gets a London makeover in the city's diners. Whether you're in the mood for a classic vanilla malt or a sky-high unicorn Freakshake, we've got you covered.
If you like your milkshakes to be as personalised as your iPhone case, Sblended's rainbow of toppings will be your jam. Order a shake blended up with everything from Maltesers to Skittles, or choose one of their signature inventions. Are you in search of the perfect concessions for a night of Netflix and chilling? The 'Moovie Shakes' menu section includes pun-tastic cinematic concoctions like the Edward Snickerhands and Ferrero Rocher's Day Off. And if you're feeling virtuous, you can even order healthy smoothies topped up with flax seeds, kale and coconut milk.
2. Tommi's Burger Joint
Tommi's serve up deceptively simple yet impossibly moreish American fare. This uber-cool Icelandic chain knocks it out of the park with its chilled out vibes and skinny fries. Pair your burger with a side of crispy onions and a sensationally sweet milkshake. Whether you opt for strawberry, chocolate or vanilla, it's sure to hit all the right notes. Salted caramel and coconut flavours are also an option, elevating your drink selection to the next level of delish.
The Byron burger tops the list as one of Deliveroo's most-ordered dishes. Now there's certainly no shortage of American-styled burger joints in London, so what makes Byron so special? With grilled-to-order British beef, dry cured bacon and mature cheddar, it's the quality of the ingredients in the burger that sets it apart. The same principle applies to Byron's shakes. Although they don't get too wacky with the list of flavours, their shakes are a perfectly balanced ratio of ice cream to milk. Choose from Oreo cookie and Reese's peanut butter cup add-ins to give them that added dazzle.
4. The Diner
Vegans rejoice: you can now order a 100% plant-based coconut chocolate ripple shake straight to your door. Of course, you'll find plenty of old-fashioned dairy concoctions on offer as well at The Diner, an American-styled outpost with multiple London locations. Choose from the ever-reliable trio of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, or treat yourself to a mind-meltingly smooth mint choc chip. Close your eyes and pretend you're in a Brooklyn diner with a sip of the NY cheesecake flavour, or go for the gold with the Snickers shake. With three scoops of chocolate ice cream, a dollop of both peanut butter and Nutella and a shot of maple syrup, it's a sure-fire entry to milkshake heaven.
5. Maxwell's Bar and Grill
Some days, your everyday milkshake just won't cut it. If you're in the mood to get your freak on, it's time to take a gander at the Maxwell's Bar and Grill menu. They're one of the most reliable places in town to get your hands on a colossally creamy, #aussiesdoitbetter Freakshake. Start with the Freakshake from Mars, an awe-inspiring tower of blended caramel and chocolate ice cream topped with lashings of whipped cream, caramel sauce and Mars bits. They're massive, messy and magical.