London's toughest food challenges

Start your eating engines!

All In London Says...

Who wouldn't want to boast about eating a phallus curry?

All In London
Terry Tucker, The Devastator, Lumberjack Double Knuckle and Suicide Chicken Wing... no, these aren't American wrestlers... these are some of London's most infamous food challenges.

If you're unsuccessful at work, unlucky on the property market, or just plain useless in matters of the heart then maybe you could succeed where many others have failed... you could be a London Eating Hero giving inspiration to those oddballs that pick at a salad or can't finish a full packet of Rolos.

If you strive for the following:

- sense of achievement
- respect of your peers
- a certificate for your wall
- high probability of feeling a bit sick

... then take on one of these food challenges and make a difference...




Red Dog Saloon
37 Hoxton Square N1 6NN
Region: Shoreditch
Nearest Station: Bethnal Green (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: This barbecue joint in Shoreditch has not one but two challenges: the Devastator, a mammoth burger with three plump beef patties, 200g of pulled pork and six rashers of bacon and cheese, and the Hot Wings Challenge, made with mighty hot naga “viper” chillies. Finish the meal in 10 minutes (and in the case of the burger you have to eat fries, coleslaw and a milkshake too) and you win a T-shirt.

  • RESTAURANT & BAR
  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
Bengal Village
75 Brick Lane E1 6QL
Region: Spitalfields
Nearest Station: Shoreditch

AIL Says: Although there’s no prize at the end of it, if you manage to get through a phall curry at Bengal Village you’ll be joining the select few who’ve survived eating one of the world’s hottest dishes. Just to give you an idea, its name comes from “phallus”, supposedly to indicate how macho you have to be to eat it.

  • BANGLADESHI
  • USERS 8/10
Octoberfest Pub
678 - 680 Fulham Road SW6 5SA
Region: Fulham
Nearest Station: Parsons Green (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Most food challenges involve burgers or spicy chicken wings, but at the Bavarian-themed Octoberfest Pub the test is to eat two slow cooked pork knuckles with chips and sauerkraut.Those who successfully complete the Lumberjack Double Knuckle Challenge win a stein glass and get to see their photo on the online Wall of Fame.

  • USERS 10/10
The Hurlingham Restaurant & Bar
6 - 8 All Saints Road W11 1HH
Region: Notting Hill
Nearest Station: Ladbroke Grove (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: With a name like “Suicide Wing Challenge” and the prize being a place in the “Hall of Pain” you might think twice about whether you want to put yourself through this, but fans of searing hot chillies might enjoy chowing down on these chicken wings. Doused in hot sauce courtesy of one Dr Burnorium, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

  • RESTAURANT & BAR
The Pride Of Paddington
1-3 Craven Road W2 3BP
Region: Paddington
Nearest Station: Paddington

AIL Says: The Terry Tucker Challenge at this traditional pub has a gentle eating contest with a choice of Shepherd’s pie or lasagne to be eaten within 20 minutes. More advanced eaters can order the beef, bacon and cheeseburger with chips and onion rings where all the ingredients trebled. The meal is free if you eat it all in the allotted time.

  • USERS 6/10
Tinseltown Diner
44-46 St. John Street EC1M 4DF
Region: The City
Nearest Station: Farringdon (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: This American diner has two giant burgers on offer with four beef patties each. Choose from the Empire State and the Towering Inferno, the latter has jalapeno peppers and spicy piri piri sauce. The prize is the awestruck look of your fellow diners.

  • AMERICAN
  • USERS 10/10
Burgers At Blacks
920 Brighton Road CR8 2LN
Region: Town Centre
Nearest Station: Purley (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: The Beast Burger is almost the size of a watermelon, no surprise given that the patty weighs over 3kg and there are seven slices of bacon. And to make sure you’re getting a balanced meal there’s a whole lettuce and seven tomatoes too. If you finish the burger plus half a kilo of chips and a milkshake you won’t have to pay the £60 price tag of the meal.

  • AMERICAN
Meat Liquor
76 Welbeck Street W1G 0BA
Region: Marylebone
Nearest Station: Bond Street (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: The Triple Chilli Challengehas it all:it’s gigantic, sweat-inducingly hot, and to get the meal for free you have to empty your plate in under 10 minutes.It consists of a plate of chilli cheese fries, a hot dog loaded with beef chilli, jalapenos and mustard, and a cheeseburger covered in – you guessed it - more chillies. Also available at MeatMission.

  • AMERICAN
  • USERS 9/10
The Clapham North
409 Clapham Road SW9 9BT
Region: Stockwell
Nearest Station: Clapham North (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Do you dare to tackle something that goes by the name Beastburger? Fear not, there are no hidden critters, just a giant burger with a beef patty, chicken fillet, pulled pork and melted cheesethat’s about the size of a baseball. To win the challenge you also have to eat the burger’s weight in hand cut chips, all in under 12 minutes. The prize is your photo on the hall of fame and getting the meal for free.

  • USERS 5/10


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