Next Tuesday is 4th July, which for all our State side friends is Independence Day. So you’re not American, that’s fine, London’s restaurants are stepping up to the mark, so that even if we aren’t celebrating independence we can just cheer up our Tuesday with a whole load of hot dogs, burgers, cocktails, pancakes and baseball. Fine by us.
Honouring the hotel’s American heritage, Mondrian London will be celebrating July 4th with a one-off American menu of classics such as baby back ribs and hard shakes in the hotel’s restaurant, Sea Containers at Mondrian London. Over in the bar Dandelyan will be joined by the team from acclaimed San Francisco bar, Trick Dog and over in the Rumpus Room, Jazz and blues band, Angela’s Quartet will be performing classic USA hits.
Fancy eating for free? Yes, you do, it’s not really a question is it? All you have to do is be one of the first 100 diners through Balthazar wearing stars and stripes and then you’ll get to eat an exclusive American-inspired menu which includes macaroni cheese, the classic Balthazar burger and apple pie with vanilla ice cream. To drink you’ll find all-American cocktails like the Alabama slammer, which sounds punchy for a Tuesday evening. If you happen to come in after 100 other diners, you’ll still get a free cocktail. So either way you’re doing ok, just some more than others…
Smith & Wollensky
America may be the land of the free and the home of the brave, but it’s also the land of the burger. Smith & Wollensky, will be serving up an Independence Day special burger with smoked bacon, cheddar and French fries.
Big Easy Bar.B.Q & Lobstershack
It’s going to get all Man Vs Food up in Big Easy as they welcome the return of its infamous rib-eating contest at all three of its restaurants. The current record is seven racks in eight minutes… the prize is £100 Big Easy voucher, a medal, trophy, glory and most likely, indigestion.
Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar
Forget the staple of American cuisine, the Big Mac, at Hawksmoor it’s all about The Big Donald – a mishmash of double well-aged beef and bone marrow patties, cheese, ‘Big Matt’ sauce, shred lettuce and pickles. Add to it buffalo nuggets served with blue cheese dip and celery and a Rye Apple Pie cocktail and you’ve got yourself an all-American feast.
The Blues Kitchen
Do you like hot dogs? Do you really like hot dogs? Do you like them enough to try and eat as many as possible in 30 minutes? Or do you just fancy your chances at being able to eat an awful lot quite quickly? Either way The Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch is stocked with enough hotdogs to feed a village and they need you to enter their hot dog eating competition. Oh, and if you have a U.S passport you’ll get free cans of beer until stocks run dry.
Christopher’s are celebrating all week with a special menu. On the savoury side, there are four special hot dogs including the Mississippi slaw dog but we’re all about the puddings; a blondie brownie, cinnamon doughnuts filled with peanut butter and jelly, lemon curd and blueberry jam, and ice cream sandwiches. A whole week, that’s a lot of time to do some damage to your waistline.
Polo Bar are celebrating America’s freedom with a free breakfast for you to share with someone you don’t mind sharing your food with, and as we know sharing food is a big deal so choose wisely. To eat you can choose between American pancakes topped with cheesecake cream, strawberries, digestive crumbles and fruit coulis or go all out with a big American breakfast: a pancaked topped with streaky bacon and maple syrup served with slow roasted thyme tomatoes, roasted mushrooms, a hash brown, two eggs, sausages and sweet potato chips. All for free… it’s like the American Dream has come true.
STK’s all-American menu will be on offer throughout July. You’ll find bourbon BBQ beef short ribs, mac and cheese, corn bread and corn on the cob! For pudding there is the ‘Let Freedom Reign’ made from homemade vanilla ice cream and USA fruit meringue. Wash it all down with a can of Budweiser or a root beer float!
Major League Baseball
Independence Day isn’t just about eating – there are other ways to celebrate, such as with a good old game of baseball. Legends from the Boston Red Sox and LA Dodgers will be bringing the quick-fire, big-hitting format of the sport – the Home Run Derby – to London for the first time. The event will see US baseball players as well as England cricket stars Jos Buttler and AlexHales, challenged to hit the most Home Runs against the clock. If you do want to eat, then you can get your hands on Fin + Flounder’s Boston crab burger and Arancini Brother’s Los Arancini Balls.
Ben’s Canteen has teamed up with The Pickle House to create a limited edition burger – The Pickled Ben burger. It’s made from a beef patty, salt beef, emmental cheese, sauerkraut, mustard, Russian dressing and The Pickle House pickles and it’s not just available on Independence Day but throughout the whole of July.