Looking for somewhere to celebrate the Fourth of July? As you might imagine there are a fair few places around London offering an All-American menu on the night (or over the weekend). Here's our pick of the best places to enjoy beer, ribs, collard greens, mud pies and key lime tarts. All events take place on Tuesday 4th July unless otherwise stated.
The Big Donald and Rye Apple Pie at Hawksmoor Spitalfields
Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar, 157 Commercial St, London E1 6BJ
What: Down in Spitalfields, the Hawksmoor will be hosting a special party in the Bar for the occasion, where they’ll be they’re laying on their own version of the Big Mac, the ‘Big Donald’ with double well-aged beef and bone marrow patties. Otherwise, wet your whistle with some new American-themed whiskey cocktails, like the Rye Apple Pie or the All-American Highball, which is topped with cream soda and a dill pickle.
Beef tasting plates and seafood at Christopher’s
Christopher's, 18 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7DD
What: Christopher’s is celebrating Independence Day by going all out with a full-on American classics menu, including their new Fourth of July Cinnamon Doughnut filled with peanut butter, and gooey ice-cream sandwiches (which you can, if you so choose, repurpose as a bar snack to accompany you at their margarita bar) and an amazing-sounding Surf & Turf (Grilled Half Maine Lobster and BBQ rubbed Ibérico Pork Chop). Most American of all though will be the ‘tasting plate’ of BBQ beef, cooked and seasoned in lots of different ways, from Kansas-rubbed to chilli beef whipped into sweet potato with maple.
On all week from 3-7 July.
Mini US burgers at Bite Me Burger
Bite Me Burger, 36-38 Kingsway, London WC2B 6EY
What: Adam Rawson's Bite Me Burger pop-up will be doing a special Mini Double Cheeseburger for one day only, priced at £4, and free (along with a free American Venture beer from the Badger brewery) for the first 50 people to visit on the 4th.
One off American tipples at Dandelyan
Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PD
What: Raising a glass is the ultimate way to celebrate, which is why the Mondrian hotel’s Dandelyan bar is going the whole hog by hosting Miami’s the Broken Shaker from 2-4 July. They're working together with cocktail legend Mr. Lyan himself to conjure a new set of cocktails which will be revealed on Independence Day. As a result, we don’t know what they are yet, but there’s absolutely no doubt they’ll be worth the visit. Baby back ribs and burgers will also be available if you need some stomach lining, and live music upstairs if you fancy a boogie.
Hawaiian burger and tiki cocktails at All Star Lanes
All Star Lanes: Throughout London
What: Bowling-alley-cum-diner All Star Lanes is going a bit left of field with its Fourth of July picks, opting for a Hawaiian-themed Waikiki Duck Burger with charred pineapple and pickled yellow peppers. There’ll be an outrageous-sounding ‘Miami Heat tiki’ cocktail with rum, Xante pear liquor, Blue Curacao and, somehow, ‘retro candy.’ Finally, there’ll be a new ‘Froz-secco sipper’ - essentially a Prosecco slushy with strawberries. We're not sure how American that is, but we are sure we *really* want to try it.
On from 4th July to the end of the month
Rib eating contest at the Big Easy
Big Easy: Canary Wharf, Covent Garden and Kings Road
What: Those with a love of ribs, an iron stomach, and a competitive streak can attempt to break the Big Easy champion’ record of seven racks of ribs in a paltry eight minutes at the Rib Eating Contest. Only a select few will be able to take part in the main event, which will last for all of 15 minutes, but there’ll be ribs for non-participants too. Plus. there’ll be special on-the-day only red white and blue slushy cocktail for spectators, which blends Strawberry Daiquiri, Piña Colada and Blue Curaçao into one solidly over the top USA-style creation.
All you can eat crawfish boil at Bea’s
Boondocks Restaurant, 205 City Road, London, EC1V 1JT
What: Bea's will be running a special celebratory Lousiana-style Crawfish Boil, where we’ve been promised “mountains of spiced crawfish” along with potatoes, sweetcorn, Polish-style beef sausage and garlic bread. Plus, cajun butter sauce for dipping and iced paletas or brownies for pudding. It’ll be a messy, bare hands, all-you-can-eat greasy feast with wedges of lemon and not a piece of cutlery in sight.
In Shoreditch, newcomer Red Rooster has a 4th July barbecue special - the Star Spangled Platter which includes a burger, hot dog, baby back ribs, coleslaw and beans for £20.
At the free Major League Baseball event in Hyde Park, Fin and Founder will be serving up a Boston Crab Bun while Arancini Bros will have Los Arancini Balls (mozzarella risotto balls are topped with nacho cheese, home made chunky tomato sauce and jalapeno).
Absurd Bird is throwing a massive party on the night with live music, £5 cocktails, a wing challenge and a free shot of Moonshine if you come in fancy dress.
Liverpool Street’s Polo Bar is celebrating by giving away one free breakfast for every two diners - choose between American pancakes with cheesecake cream, or bacon with maple syrup and hash browns. As far as we can tell, doesn’t seem to be a catch either, which makes us even more curious...
Whiskey connoisseurs can head to MASH where there’ll be a new Fourth of July Koval whiskey flight with rye, millet and four-grain whiskies. Koval makes their alcohol the grains like millet and the superfood quinoa (though it seems unlikely retains its health benefits, sadly.)
Covent Garden brasserie Balthazar will be rewarding the first 100 creatively souls dressed stars and stripes with a free American-inspired menu, from an ‘Independence Day’ hot dog with extra beef to apple pie. There’ll be consolation cocktails for the runners up, too. If you're only by, try a yuzu doughnut from their boulangerie.
Clapham’s The King & Co are running a double whammy, bringing in new draught beers on the 4th with free samples, followed by American Beer and Whiskey Pairing Night on the 5th. While you’re there, take advantage of their Eastern Bloc/Fowl Mouth residency too.
Anglo American group Jackson + Rye have a special menu running from 3-7 July featuring St Louis ribs, house slaw and baked sweet potato with bacon crumbs.
At Ben's Canteen they have their homage to the American Pickleback on all month, the Pickle House burger which is a beef patty, salt beef, emmental cheese, sauerkraut, mustard, Russian dressing and The Pickle House pickles.