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  • 5.0 star rating
    ROTD 28/12/2009


    Chocolate, milkshakes, waffles, ice cream, nutella, chocolate, sundaes, oh and chocolate! :)

    Yea, I am a sucker for dessert or pretty much anything chocolate or nutella, not to mention a late night eatery! what!?

    I was so enamored with the desserts here, I couldn't even be bothered to notice that it was an old-school styled Americana diner or that they also have hamburgers and fries--or real food period.

    I heard the fries are actually pretty good here but the long list of delicious desserts makes it really hard not to just choose three and call it dinner!

    I love everything about the place and am glad it is a good throwing distance and a half away!)

  • 1.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    Visited tinsel town as I found myself in Hampstead walking around enjoying the spring like weather in winter. Was a bit peckish so popped in here. Checked the menu and looking around decided not to eat in, the general vibe of the place was not to my liking, try hard generic burger place that was a bit dingy and the pictures of the food looked very fake like crappy kebab esq photographs. This was confirmed looking at other people's food that was nothing like the photos, the prices are quite high too.

    I decided to get a take away milkshake instead. Where I received some terrible and rude service. The man who I think was the manager asked "what you want" in a blunt aggressive way, I then tried to order whilst doing so he stopped listening and started shouting at another member of staff. He then turned back to me and shouted "YES?"  in an aggressive manner, not once was he polite. This barking at me continued throughout the transaction. No please or thank you at any point.

    The milkshake was an average chocolate bar milkshake that you can pick up at any place that serves similar. Nothing special and overpriced.
    From what I've read I'm glad I didn't eat in and I hope this place is gone and replaced by something better on my next visit up to the heath way.

  • 3.0 star rating

    Go for the shakes! I try a different choc bar everytime I visit a Tinseltown and they are always tasty - special shout out to the skittles shake (around £3.33 I think?) which really tastes like the full rainbow.
    On the downside and as mentioned by others the food and service can be average and unfortunately the noisy blenders to create the shakes can also be annoyingly loud.

  • 3.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    I've read reviews pointing out how amazing this place is and others claiming it's terrible. I personally don't agree with neither.

    This is the classic average burger joint that aims to be some sort of trendy American diner and fails miserably. I think it's part of a bigger chain of restaurants so there's probably someone out there smelling of money, stroking a cat and laughing at our reviews.

    But here's the thing: the burgers are actually ok and they come with decent sides and dips and at a fair price. They have the longest milkshake menu I've ever seen! The staff is friendly and I heard the place is open all night long. Surprisingly, the coffee is absolutely brilliant!

    So although this not an amazing place, it's not that bad either. Just know what to expect and you won't be disappointed.

  • 1.0 star rating

    A truly despicable restaurant.

    While the idea of an American hamburger shop is cutesy, this place unfortunately takes the idea of an American hamburger shop in Bombay, transplanted into North London.  The food is not particularly good and is so kitschy it's hard to believe.  Sadly, even the milkshakes are thin and gritty.  You'd expect a restaurant that prides themselves on milkshakes would make a better one.

    Worst of all, it's populated by teenagers until the wee hours of the morning, who love throwing garbage and revving their engines all night.  Rather annoying.

    The only redeeming quality is that it is open late so if it's 2AM and you're starving, it's probably at least better than getting something covered in mayonnaise at Tesco Express down the street.

    • Qype User eyefu…
    • London
    • 13 friends
    • 14 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Firstly, a little correction - this branch isn't open 24 hours, but it usually closes - depending on the day of the week - at 2 or 3 in the morning, so for the purposes of most hungry night-owls, it's as near as doesn't matter.

    The first thing that strikes you about this American-style diner is, well, its American-style. Anyone who's been to a Hollywood Johnny Rockets will know what kind of thing to expect, with burgers and milkshakes galore.

    But what stands out most about this place is the fact that in keeping with the Hollywood theme, to match the celebrity photos on the wall - many of the stars posing with the restaurant chain's founder - and pop videos screaming out from the big screens, each of the dishes and drinks is named after a movie - often so tentatively, that you can't work out what it is.

    There are the obvious China Town for the Chinese section of the menu, Italian Job for the pasta dishes and Once Upon a Time in Mexico for the burritos, and the dessert menu features the Waffle Monty (say it out aloud!) while the menu also features a Licence to Grill area and the Basic Drinks tinct (you get the idea!). But it's the milkshake menu - where the joke wears rather thin, with the word shake being clumsily shoehorned in to everything from Gladi-shaker and Shakes on a Plane to Shakes-orcist and Buffy the Vampire Shake-er.

    It's bright and noisy, and unless you get a booth, you'll be perched on a high bench, with your food on a table so small and round that it's not particular ideal for a date scenario, but sometimes, by the time the movie's over or you've finished your romantic walk on the Heath, there's no-where else open.

    Given that Tinseltown largely has a captive audience as there's literally no-where else in Hampstead to start a sit-down meal after 10pm (correct me if I'm wrong), it doesn't really matter whether the food is any good, as whatever it is, for a hungry post-pub audience, it's better than nothing, but it's more than up to the challenge. The menu is varied, the portions are generous, the prices reasonable and the service is friendly.

    • Qype User K12345…
    • Los Angeles, United States
    • 0 friends
    • 4 reviews
    1.0 star rating

    Expensive prices for small portions of average quality food. And service was awful in both the tinseltown locations we went to (great portland st. and farringdon) due to the girls who cant speak english very well and have a massive attitude when you dare to ask questions about their menu! TGI fridays is miles better if you like the americana-diner type atmosphere and food. Although the only good thing is tinseltown does do nice milkshakes, but again its way overpriced for the size you get. Better off going to shakeaway which specialises in milkshakes.

    • Qype User Hampst…
    • London
    • 16 friends
    • 193 reviews
    1.0 star rating

    I'm not a fan. After hearing a lot about this place we decided to check it out. I found the hambruger meat to be distasteful, rubbery and a bit gross to be honest. The milkshake was okay and the service a bit lackluster. Sorry, if I want a burger I'd go elsewhere.

  • 4.0 star rating
    First to Review

    Tinsletown is a quirky bar modelled on the stars of Hollywood, and it was founded by a Brit, so I hear.

    I have eaten in this over priced American diner a few times before, and yes, it was fine, had some onion rings, burgers, they are all the same really, just over priced.

    The real reason why have late night trip to Tinsletown in Hampstead, is simply due to the great milk shakes they have.

    Any chocolate or any chocolate combinations, they will make a shake from it - kit Kat and Oreos, Mars and Lion bar and crunchy. The more chocolate bars you have, the pricier it gets, but they are amazing. My favourite shake is the Oreo's on its own, amazing!

    There are queues here throughout the day to the early hours of the morning. I love it, but it is pricey

  • 5.0 star rating

    loved the food! great ambiance
    lovely staff! a must go too!!!

  • 5.0 star rating
    Listed in London

    I just love it! The typical American diner. You get a fabulous sandwich and all sorts of milkshakes you can possibly imagine. For all this you pay a really cheap price. Just go for it!

    • Qype User savo1…
    • London
    • 51 friends
    • 76 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    I love this joint and its variation of milkskakes with a big tasty food menu. definitley a place to go and chill with friends & family for some decent fast food.

    • Qype User ld…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 69 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    I visit Tinsel Town in Hampstead for the milkshakes because they are absolutely amazing! They have such a huge range of flavours available, I'm working my way through them slowly but surely.

    I prefer this branch as they use real ice cream in the milkshakes but in the Farringdon branch they use Mr Whippy type ice cream which doesn't make the milkshakes taste as good.

    Tinsel Town Hampstead is not open 24 hour, unfortunately. Their opening hours are as follows...

    Monday to Thursday: 3pm until 2am the next morning

    Friday and Saturday: 12 noon until 3am the next morning

    Sunday: 12 noon until 2am the next morning

    • Qype User bradle…
    • London
    • 31 friends
    • 66 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    great milkshake but didn't really feel that i was very important to the shop, was like i was a number, they couldn't wait to get me in and out, also the price i felt was very ridiculous

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