Next Monday is Independence Day and whilst we might be on the other side of the pond, that isn’t stopping London from celebrating. American restaurants are donning the stars and stripes, cooling the buds and serving up iconic dishes of epic proportions. From smoked cheddar grits and massive burgers to Obama Slammers and cookie cake sandwiches here are 10 ways to celebrate next Monday!

The Gallery

Bourbon, BBQ and Blues

It’s beer, bourbon, BBQ and blues in West Hampstead on the 4th of July as they host ‘Whisky 101’. Kentucky bourbon and British beer tastings will teach guests a bit about the origin of each drink, hosted by bar manager Daniel Pavey whilst a Southern-inspired barbecue menu and live blues band complete the authenticity.

Where: 190 Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, NW6 3AY

Texas Joe’s

No-gimmick Texas BBQ

Who exactly is Texas Joe? The Dallas-born Dragon’s Den contestant who received backing from Peter Jones for his beef jerky is swinging open the doors of his real Texan salon in Bermondsey for the first time on the 4th July. A menu consisting of English oak smoked brisket, prime beef rib and mutton shoulder, all served with house made pickles and bread: strictly for meat lovers.

Where: 8-9 Snowsfields, Bermondsey, SE1 3SU

Smith & Wollensky

Stars, Stripes and Steak

For the Independence Day weekend, Smith & Wollensky are decking themselves out with stars and stripes and celebrating with their classic USDA dry-aged steak as well as special American dishes. Choose from sticky honey and hickory ribs, the Cajun-spiced Wollensky burger and the classic hot dog, washed down with a Barrel Aged Negroni or the bourbon and old fashioned Old Timer. Live music is courtesy of the Dixieland Jazzers.

Where: The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam Street, Covent Garden Riverside, London WC2N 6HT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Charing Cross (0.1 miles)


PB & J Hotdog

If Independence Day did posh street food, the outcome would definitely be Bubbledogs’ PB & J hotdog, washed down with a glass of Champagne. Their trademark gourmet hot dog is smeared with bacon jam and sprinkled with spiced peanuts and available alongside classic sweet potato fries and coleslaw. Served throughout July at their Fitzrovia restaurant.

Where: 70 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 4QG

Hanger sw6

Bottomless American Brunch

Hanger sw6 are launching their all day weekend brunch just in time for Independence Day! American classics will include steak ‘n’ eggs with hash browns and brunch baps with venison sausage, fried egg and sticky onions on a potato bap. Downstairs in the liquor bar they’ll be mixing up the hanger-over, their take on the Bloody Mary and on the 2nd and 3rd July for £15 are offering bottomless bloody hangers and bellinis.

Where: Hanger, 461 North End Road, Fulham, SW6 1NZ

The Richmond

Grits and Cajun Shrimp

Start your Independence Day celebrations early with lunch on Sunday at The Richmond in Dalston. Start with Cajun shrimp and Maryland crab cakes before feasting on smoked cheddar grits, buttermilk and pickle juice fried chicken and barbecued corn. Finish with banana and white chocolate banoffee pie and then roll home and sleep it all off. Or, if you want to hold off until the 4th, the menu will be available all evening on Monday itself.

Where: 316 Queensbridge Road, Dalston, E8 3NH


Stars and Stripes = Free Food

Least favourite day of the week? Monday has to be in the running. However, you can make your Monday great by dressing up stars and stripes, heading to Balthazaar and eating for free – which is going to make any day epic. On the menu you’ll find macaroni cheese, classic burgers, the Independence Day Dog, apple pie and American cocktails including the Obama Slammer. If you’re just passing through, head to the Boulangerie which will be serving up coke floats, doughnuts and chocolate cookie sandwiches with cream cheese fillings.

Where: Balthazar, 4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5HZ

All Star Lanes

Massive Burgers

London is home to some pretty epic burgers but it’s the Americans who are the connoisseurs. Inspired by this, All Star Lanes have the limited edition Dagwood Burger on the menu for Independence Day. It’s 6 inches of magnificent layered goodness, 12oz of prime, double chuck and rib patties and including fresh cuts of cured salami, spicy chorizo, deli sliced turkey, holey Swiss Cheese topped off with a runny, sunny-side egg in a toasted brioche bun. Wash it down with an equally decadent State side cocktail – we have our eyes on the Bye Bye Miss American Pie: vodka, biscuit, vanilla ice cream, sweet caramel syrup, topped with Chantilly cream and dusted with apple and cinnamon pie sprinkles. Wearing skinny jeans would be a mistake.

Where: Various Across London


Five Days of Feasting

American restaurant Christopher’s is celebrating its 25th birthday with a whole week of celebrations so you can get your Independence Day fix for five whole days. On the menu you’ll find dishes including grilled Missouri-rubbed 6oz prime USDA rump steak with 72-hour slow-cooked short rib and maple-whipped sweet potato and grilled half Maine lobster with BBQ rubbed Ibérico pork chop. You’ll need your eating trousers on because there’s pudding too; think apple pie with brown butter pecan ice-cream, key lime tart and white chocolate buttermilk pannacotta. #EveryDayIsACheatDay.

Where: Christopher’s, 18 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7DD

Avenue Restaurant and Bar

Crawfish and Unlimited Prosecco

There is nothing more quintessentially Louisianan than a good old-fashioned crawfish bowl. Thanks to Avenue, Londoners can experience crawfish the way the deep south perfected it: served up family-style on sharing plates at communal tables with mountains of crayfish, potatoes, corn and smoked sausages. And of course, it wouldn’t be a proper crawfish boil without some live music. Accordionist Geraint Watkins and fiddle player Bob Loveday will be playing until 10pm until a DJ takes the stage. Priced at £60 a head, the night includes a welcome drink on arrival, unlimited Prosecco from 8pm to 10pm and an all-you-can-eat feast that is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Where: 7-9 St James's Street, London, SW1A 1EE, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.3 miles)