Where to go on Independence Day

By a woman smiling holding a drink in black and white Emily Gray |
30th June 2014

Wouldn't it be good if we could all just up sticks and head to America to celebrate this Friday – it's Independence Day don't you know? Heck we aren't even American but Londoner's love a good reason to party. From eating competitions to craft beer, here is The Handbook's  all-American guide to the best places to go on Independence Day: 


So you think you can eat a lot? As much as on Man Vs. Food? So prove it at Avenue… The new American restaurant are hosting an all-you-can-eat Boston pig butt bun challenge on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th in celebration of the American holiday. Diners have to eat as many Boston butt buns as they can, with the chance to win a meal for two with wine at the restaurant – you don’t want to go eating any more after that. www.avenue-restaurant.co.uk

Blues Kitchen

In Camden or Shoreditch on the 4th ?  Then make sure you head to the Blues Kitchen. Over in Camden the Southern American restaurant is kicking off this Independence Day with a special event, with the resident band performing a strictly Southern Rock playlist. Think The Black Crowes and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Have an American passport? Then lucky you, you have free entry! Whereas over in Shoreditch, they want to know if you can beat the eating machine Ed Conway, who put away 19 hotdogs in 30 minutes – the rules include no crying and no puking, so only the best should stand up to the challenge. www.theblueskitchen.com

Farr's School of Dancing

We may not be in America, but their famous federal holiday Independence Day is still celebrated over in East London… Farr’s School of Dancing, a lavish public house in the heart of Dalston, is throwing a 12 course feast, comprising of starters, mains and desserts, all deriving from different states of America. Put all diet plans to one side, and enjoy the splendid food alongside pitchers of beer and cocktails, while dancing off all the calories to tunes of Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. Any excuse for a party, especially when it involves good food. www.farrsschoolofdancing.com

Outsider Tart

Buff up on your geography knowledge in the best way, with food at the authentic Fourth of July cookout where popular American bakery, Outsider Tart, will be serving up chilli dogs and hamburgers that represent different states. Traditional sweet treats like cupcakes, whoopie pies and cookies will also be available to celebrate the Yankee holiday. www.outsidertart.com

Jenius Social

What’s the best way to spend two hours? Working your way through six of the best American craft beers plus sampling mini sliders and Buffalo wings paired with each American beer, obviously. Where can you do this? No need to cross the pond, just get yourself over to Jenius Social. www.jeniussocial.co.uk 

Benjamin Franklin House

Celebrate the main man behind the US Independence Day at the Benjamin Franklin House, the world's only remaining Franklin residence, with a glass of Champagne and cake from 12 – 2 pm. Heck, you might even learn a thing or two about the only statesman to have signed all four documents that created a new nation and of course one of current day's most sought after destination, (New Yoik New Yoik, so good they named it twice). www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org

Rock on at the Honky Tonk

Honky Tonk Clapham and Chelsea are set to celebrate this holiday in true American rock ’n’ roll style. Get your best ‘Oooohhh’ and ‘Aaaahhh’ sound effects ready for the brilliant fireworks display while a live music playlist of the best US rock songs gets ready to bring the house down. So you may not be from the States, but that’s no reason not to stop you throwing back a few Star Spangled Slammer shots in the name of a good party. Not to pick favourites but Honky Tonk Clapham will also be hosting an American-style hot dog stand on the new Sundowner Terrace. www.honkytonklondon.com

Cheers to the US of A

Our favourite adventurer, Phileas Fogg, celebrates our friends over the pond by opening his residence for a good old knees-up, filled with American cheer. Mr Fogg’s household staff will be suitably decked out in ‘stars and stripes’ themed attire whilst serving drinks like ‘Dodged a Bulleit,’ a strong mix of Bulleit Bourbon, homemade spicy syrup, blackberry puree, Berry’s Red Port, fresh lemon juice with an egg white and ‘Petticoats & Whisky Notes’, a creamy blend of Bulleit Bourbon, vanilla infused double cream and dark chocolate liquor. The drinks will even be getting involved by donning cocktail sized American flags. mr-foggs.com

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