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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
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Published May 3rd 2011

People often talk about there being two great cities, and when this topic of conversation comes up, it is usually London and New York that are mentioned. Now there are a lot of things that are shared between them - both have places named Soho and Chinatown, both are known for their exceptional theatre scenes, and even the material nylon is a combination of the two cities names.

So it seems strange that there isn't more of an NY influence within London, and vice versa (well apart from the ubiquitous coffee shop and fast food chains that is, but they're everywhere anyway). On closer inspection however, good NY food can be found in the heart of the capital.

Eagle Bar Diner is one such place that bridges the gap between the two. It is real American-style burger and cocktail diner located just far enough away from Oxford Street to keep it relatively tourist-free, while remaining close enough to the main pedestrian artery to make it a decent stop-off point from the hectic business of shopping.

There are a huge selection of cocktails in the impressive bar area, with an ever changing cocktail of the month to tempt you away from your usual tipple. Burgers come in a variety of styles; from the classic beef to the speciality - with names like Golden Hog, Bison and Antelope giving a fairly clear description as to the content within the buns. Top this off with a generous selection of shakes, malts sides and dips and you can pretty much see why this diner has become a home-from-home for homesick Americans, as well as hungry shoppers alike.
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Why? When you're hungry enough to eat a bison (burger)
When: Mon-Weds 12pm - 11pm Thurs-Fri 12pm - 1am Sat 10.30am - 1am Sun - closed
Where: 3-5 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1HJ
Cost: reasonable
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