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Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack has been wowing them stateside since 2004, and now the New York restaurateur has brought his modern-day ‘roadside burger stand’ to London. Set in Covent Garden’s tourist honeypot, the new venture features eco-friendly dining areas within the South Hall of the Market Building – an enticing draw for locals and American expats who are lured by a self-service menu of all-natural burgers, flat-top hot dogs and that US classic ‘frozen custard’. Native sourcing and ingredients from London’s artisan suppliers play their part in recreating the transatlantic repertoire – think layered burgers with soft buns and lashings of sauce, plus a host of other crowd-pleasing favourites partnered by crinkle-cut Yukon fries slathered in nacho-style cheese sauce. As for drinks, expect shakes, iced teas, fountain sodas, root beers and wines, served by staff who dole out Yankee hospitality with a big fat smile.


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  1. I went to Shake Shack on their opening day, Friday, July 5th but it was already too late, there was a big queue. 10 minutes queue for Five Guys the day before was ok but I didn't want to queue hours for a simple burger so I decided to wait that the hysteria of the opening disappears and return another day!
    So yesterday, I went to Shake Shack, no queue and I ordered the SmokeShack burger, cheese fries and a strawberry milkshake, my friends ordered the ShackBurger and normal fries...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 7 July 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Shake Shack Covent Garden

    Shake Shack originally started as a hot dog stand selling burgers in Madison Square Garden in Manhattan by a guy called Danny Meyer and it quickly became a hit. They’re now all over America and even in Turkey and the Middle East. It’s not just London that loves a good burger!

    It was a fairly straightforward set up – you queue up, order at the counter, they give you a buzzer, you frantically try and find a seat somewhere and then you go to the hatch to pick up your food when your buzzer buzzes...
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  1. New York has given me some great memories, the New York engagement to my wife won’t ever be beaten, but sampling a Shack Shake burger came pretty damn close (sorry love).

    It’s where my love affair for burgers started. Madison Park NYC, the year 2009, and I had eaten burgers before, of course, but none this good, I Just couldn’t get my head around it. A fast food burger? This good? Was I dreaming? No! The flavour was amazing and I have been yearning for that taste again, so you could imagine that when I heard the news that Shake Shack was coming to the UK, well to say I was over moon was an understatement...
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  1. Those Americans have been invading London; during the summer we saw Five Guys and Shake Shack open in the Covent Garden area. One night “V” and I was on a spontaneous night out. It was around 7pm, stumbling around the Covent Garden market area, there was hardly and queues and we seized the chance. Given a menu, and only being slightly hungry I went for the “Shack Stack” and “Cheese Fries”. I love the branding; it’s cute, simple and inviting.

    Although the queues wasn’t so crazy, scouting for seats was a tricky business. Luckily we found seating outside, given a buzzer we waited patiently for it to vibrate....
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 17 July 2013

    Mrs Petticoat :: Shake Shack, London

    When US burger kingpins Shake Shack and Five Guys announced they were both opening new restaurants in London, I could practically feel the ground rumble from the collective sigh of the London foodie elite. That lot aren’t too happy about the burger invasion that’s been conquering our capital, but calm down folks, it’s a food-stuff, not the Third Reich...
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  1. Shake Shack is located in the centre of the tourist trap that is Covent Garden. As much as I love Covent Garden, during summer it’s a nightmare. Mixing this alongside the new opening of Shake Shack (5th July), I stayed away for a week or two for the crowds to die down. This didn’t happen and we ended up going on a Saturday and queueing for 30 minutes...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 1 August 2013

    Ross eats :: Shake Shack

    The iconic New York based burger bar arrives in London; however about 3 years too late. It was a higher than normal standard ‘dirty burger’ with nice juicy meat, oozing cheese and fresh vegetables but the problem I had was the niggling thought in the back of my mind...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 28 November 2013

    inher30s :: Shake Shack, Covent Garden

    The menu comprises of burgers and hot dogs in the meat category and frozen custards for dessert. I want a cream soda float, but for some strange reason despite the menu saying Cream soda, what the Covent Garden outlet actually serves is Fanta. Not cool.

    I order the Shack-Cago dog, a standard hot dog with all the best of the American condiments arranged on top – onion, mustard, relish and all that is good.

    The fries are pretty standard fare, but the dog is one of the best. Good quality meat, no nasty gritty bits and the toppings seal the deal...
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  1. Shake Shack is a small chain from New York and its opening in London attracted just as much fanfare as Five Guys’, if not more. The branch’s location in the South Hall of the covered market/shopping centre in the middle of Covent Garden, largely avoided by Londoners and now overrun with slow-moving tourists, raised alarm bells but the food wasn’t nearly as bad as it was at Five Guys...
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  1. I’ve got to admit, I enjoyed the hell out of my Shacktoberfest Brat Burger. I wasn’t even hungry yet somehow managed to eat the entire Angus beef burger topped with a flat-top griddled Emmanteler cheese bratwurst with crispy ShackMeister Ale-marinated shallots and ShackSauce (£7.75). Presented before me with buns agape and crispy shallots cascading into its paper tray, that burger demanded commitment. Luckily it was tasty and worth standing in the seemingly never diminishing queue at the four-month old, sole UK outlet of this celebrated American burger chain...
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  1. Situated in the old Market Building at the centre of Covent Garden, Shake Shack comprises of the premises housing a band of cash registers backed by the kitchen and only al fresco seating (although dining areas are covered by the Market Building roof). Along with your name, you give your order to the well trained and smiling till staff and a buzzer you’re handed makes a racket once the food is ready to collect from the pick-up counter. We were a party of three, each ordering the double Smoke Shack - essentially a bacon cheeseburger with two beef patties. I also ordered the Union Shack concrete (ice cream) and there...
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  1. More than a week late to the party, the huge Covent Garden site was still heaving. Meanwhile, a (passionate this time) member of staff flown in from New York admires the building crowd. He said the queue waiting time has been a steady 45 minutes since Shake Shack opened their first UK site on July 5th. But we know for a fact that the queue has been longer – a group of ‘friends of friends’ bought a box of lager and ‘made a night of it’, such is the appeal of this burger mecca. Sat in the piazza while opera booms out from below us we felt like tourists in London, in a good way, not an eating at an Aberdeen Steak House...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 9 February 2014

    Sybaricious :: Shake Shack, London

    Last October during a road trip around New England my Shake Shack cherry was well and truly popped by visiting both the Boston and New Haven restaurants. To say that I was effusive with praise is maybe an understatement. I was therefore keen to try the newish London outpost despite the bad reviews that proliferate the internet.Despite my enthusiasm for hot beef and cheese, I'm really, really bad at queuing. I don't mean in a European, all elbows in a crowd and not knowing how to stand in a straight line 'bad' kind of a way but more from an impatient, rolling eyes, stroppy perspective. There was therefore not a cat...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 27 August 2013

    Nomface :: Shake Shack, London

    Having seen the hordes of people queueing for the Shake Shack in Covent Garden at the launch and weeks after I decided to check out what all the fuss was about. With sizeable indoor and outdoor dining areas the rent for the floor space must be astronomical. I would later understand how the whole venture was viable.

    We visited on an overcast Thursday evening and thankfully the queue was only some twenty deep and it moved along swiftly...
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  1. London readers: unless you have been on another planet, you’ll have heard of this burger joint in Covent Garden. Imported from New York, the hype surrounding it has been something to behold. I had to try it. It’s the latest in the new wave burger joints.

    I got there at about 9.15 and was told that the queue might be half an hour. Half an hour? At that time? Normally I’d have walked off before the words even left the mouth, but I was committed, having walked 45 minutes to get there, in a sorry attempt to counteract the damage I knew I was going to inflict...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 15 February 2014

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: Shake Shack

    Shake Shack is a burger joint from across the pond, now located in Covent Garden. The hype around this American import means that queues to get in can be an hour long. For the burger-militants out there, there is no obstacle too large for the promised patty.

    Upon ordering, buzzers are handed to signal when orders are ready to collect from a hatch. This second round of waiting can be efficiently used to scout for a table. You can dine in the communal piazza space of the market, or in limited indoor space specifically for Shake Shakers. Shake Shack looks like how a McDonalds would look in The Emerald City....
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  1. Published : Thursday, 19 September 2013

    Munch My Way :: Shake Shack, Covent Garden

    The battle of the burger is becoming super competitive in London… With the arrival of Shake Shack from the US, I just have to give it a try… The reason why I try it so late is because I want it to settle down properly, to really see the full potential of Shake Shack and You know what, its pretty good. I heard of Shake Shack first from my good friend uploading a photo of it in NYC and it made me hungry… Thanks to Daniel Young from young&foodish i was able to realise that it was coming over…
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  1. I have been waiting for the opening of Shake Shack for months and finally managed to drag my fiancé and daughter there today. Being French my fiancé is not into self-service and prefers restaurants with table clothes etc, so he wasn’t too pleased when we turned up at Shake Shack at 11.40am and already a lot of the tables were taken.

    Despite the fact it was before 12pm, we decided to go ahead and order. I had been dreaming about this for months so knew exactly what I wanted!

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  • Address: 23-47 The Market Building, Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2E 8HD
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm

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