At the time of writing this listicle, images are being beamed around the world of the British colonial flag being raised in Hong Kong’s parliament by protestors furious at heavy-handed Chinese rule. Given the state of politics in the United States of America right now, perhaps the umbrella movement might catch on, but probably not in time for 4th July, America’s independence day.
Independence day, marking the end of the American war of independence against Britain, celebrates US nationhood and is a national holiday state-side. It’s a time for Americans to go all misty eyed, pledging allegiance to their flag, to their machine guns and their broken healthcare system. And if you’re in London, there’s the opportunity to grab yourself a red white and blue piece of the action. So Hail To The Chef, here are the places where you #YesWeCan…
We all know what warm apple pie feels like; like freedom, liberty and justice for all (sort of), which is exactly what you can taste at Balthazar for 4th July. The pastry team at the restaurant has created a range of American-inspired party-sized pies, including Key Lime, Banoffee, Apple and Blueberry, Pear and Plum or New York Cheesecake. Of course all this goes along with some top-level hotdoggery, with a Toulouse sausage and BBQ beef Cross Rib, topped in Comté cheese and served with crispy shallots in a home-made bread roll.
Where: 4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5HZ
Nearest station: Covent Garden (0.2 miles)
Do you know what this looks like? Do you? Like one of the best hotdogs this side of Central Park, that’s what. Make no misSTK, if you’re going to spend 4th July anywhere then, stuffing your face with some of London’s best steaks is probably the best. In true American style, Independence Day will be greeted with a ‘for-one-day-only’ menu including items such as A Giant Lil’ BRG or a bite of Beef Würstel Hot Dog and both these incredibly tasty items can be rounded off with a slice of New York Cheesecake.
Where: ME London, 336-337 The Strand, London WC2R 1HA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Temple (0.3 miles)
What bar could be more American than one called The American Bar? The American Bar, at The Stafford, was part of the 1920s prohibition era trend for some of the world’s best mixologists to leave the states and bring American cocktails to upmarket London hotels instead. The bar remains one of the few still surviving in-tact and one of the greatest. Festooned with American memorabilia, this is a New-York-meets-London spot that’ll be perfect for an Independence Day tipple before heading out for dinner at one of the wonderful options here, or just stick to the the Game Bird, the Stafford’s excellent restaurant.
Where: 16-18 St James's Place, Mayfair, London, SW1A 1NJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
The good bergers of 34 Mayfair have gone big on the burgers. Really big. Wagyu Steak Patty big. The creation, celebrating American Independence Day in Britain, named after a German city and made with Japanese beef will be topped with foie gras and served with truffle chips. Burgered out? Head Chef Harvey Ayliffe has also been busy creating three bespoke dessert burgers for the occasion.
Where: 34, Grosvenor Square, London, W1K 2HD, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.5 miles)
Walking into Smith & Wollensky always feels like you’ve ducked into a restaurant just off Broadway, it oozes Americanness. And for 4th July it’s also going to be oozing New World wines thanks to a special Independence Day American wine fair. The restaurant will host wine producers including Kendall Jackson, William Fevre and Louis M. Martini, at an event where punters can sample over 70 wines and then enjoy a three course set dinner menu. If American wines aren’t your bag (then what’s up with you?) then you can skip the wine bit and just enjoy the Independence Day set menu.
Where: The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam Street, Covent Garden Riverside, London WC2N 6HT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Charing Cross (0.1 miles)
‘Party like it’s 1776’ at Covent Garden’s RedFarm. No, not in a whalebone corset, snorting snuff or developing the steam engine, but eating free cheeseburger spring rolls. The NYC Dim Sum restaurant will be celebrating Independence Day in true American form with a beerpong competition, cocktails and ice cream all accompanied by ‘old school hip hop and dad rock.
No collusion, no obstruction and no idea how Russia somehow interfered with this guide to get Bob Bob Ricard on the list. While we appoint a special counsel to investigate, maybe, like just-short-of-the-popular-vote number of Americans, you should decide to ditch the whole ‘land of the free’ schtick and instead embrace the Russian candidate in this race, Bob Bob Ricard. The restaurant serves far-and-away the best Russian food in town, and eschewing the blue and white in favour of the Red Dining Room makes for a real authentic taste of Moscow. Just press the Press For Champagne button every time anyone says ‘collusion’.
Welcome to the ultimate frat party. Albeit in Tooting. Bayou Bar are celebrating Independence Day by putting on a college-style party, so get ready to be hazed… The New Orleans style bar will be serving authentic cocktails and food as well as all the stuff you’d expect from what’s self-billed as ‘London’s best frat party’, so beer pong, chicken wing roulette and an all-American playlist playing all night.