Smatterings of red, white and blue adoring the city? It looks as though Independence Day is back with a rib eating, pie faced, sailor jerry infused bang, with a range of events set to wash the city in stars and stripes.
Maybe you’ve never celebrated Independence Day before, or maybe you’re at a loss of where to go? Well, without further ado…
A Rib Eating Contest
If you’ve ever watched Man Versus Food, convinced you can take on the challenge, then now’s your time to shine as Big Easy holds its 27th annual rib eating contest. If you’re not full to the brim post rib-munch, there will be red, white and blue frozen Margaritas on offer. Patriotism at its finest. On to the all-important part though – what prizes do you win?! Well winners will have their name inscribed on the Big Easy “board of fame” if you will, along with a £100 Big Easy experience voucher and a trip for themselves and three friends to go on a VIP tour of Fuller’s Brewery in Chiswick. Each contestant will also be given a beer on the house… to wash down the taste of success!
Sailor Jerry and MEATliquor Join Forces
Yum, yum, yum, a bottle full of rum. Sailor Jerry, the lusted over spiced rum, will be getting your sea legs a’wobblin as burger restaurant MEATliquor jump aboard their rum ship and launch a Hawaiian Style Hot Link throughout July. The spicy hot dog is awash with Sailor Jerry-infused pineapple chutney and a range of cocktails using the all-the-rage rum. Milkshake lovers can enjoy a malty milkshake made up of Sailor Jerry, banana and caramel to the Pink Ticket, a fruity blend of Sailor Jerry, lime juice, crème de cassis and ginger syrup.
The American Pie Shop
No-one likes to get pied – one only has to look at Alex’s track record on Love Island to know that. However, the Balthazar Restaurant in Covent Garden is offering a good old pie-ing with a difference, that doesn’t involve a string of girls coming into a villa and taking no interest in you. Introducing the ‘American Pie Shop’, where the iconic boulangerie and insta-worthy pop-up will be offering a range of homemade pies and condiments including classics key lime, banoffee and new yawwk cheesecake. Also, if you’ve ever wanted to throw a pie in the face of a friend, family member or colleague, now is your chance. Diners will be able to pie people by playing the Pie Face game…#YouGotPied. Celebrations will then continue into the evening, with a 4th of July party hosted by Balthazar and DJ Chloe Caillet.
Where: 4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5HZ
Nearest station: Covent Garden (0.2 miles)
A Wine Extravaganza
If you’re fond of a glass of wine after work and just, well, wine in general really then you’ll like this. Smith and Wollensky is hosting a summer wine fair which will showcase a range of wines from internationally renowned producers. This impressive list will feature Chateau Ste Michelle, Duckhorn Vineyards, Louis Martini, Marchesi, Aninori and more. Can it be 4th of July every day? Guests will have the opportunity to sample the wines (of course) and chat to industry insiders.
50% off at Studio 88
When you love food, 50% off is always an eye-catcher, so look no further for the deal of Independence day, as Studio 88 offers 50% off food in celebration of the red, white and blue day. Studio 88’s brand new California-inspired menu can be enjoyed – big up the USA – including shrimp tacos, tuna poke bowls, and American classics.
Where: 47 Whitcomb Street, London WC2H 7DH, UK (Off Leicester Square)
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
London’s Hottest Party
When the classics join forces you know it’s going to be magical. This is why we’ve a fuzzy feeling over the French Mustard’s and Frank’s RedHot collab, as they host London’s biggest Fourth of July party in Last Days of Shoreditch. There will be Popdogs, Mac to the Future, Crust Bros and Smokey Tails galore. Don’t have a clue what any of these are? Well, more of a reason to get yourself down to the party. There will even be French’s mustard ice cream and Frank’s RedHot spicy peanut butter ice cream, and if those don’t tempt you then we’re not sure what will. To boot, there’ll be a live DJ playing American classics – As Miley Cyrus puts it, ‘it’s a party in the USA’ (or London) but you get the gist.
Bōkan Burgers All Round
We tend to associate burgers with the USA, and boy do they produce some finger-licking, lip smacking good ones. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Bōkan in Canary Wharf is offering tasty burgers as part of their limited-edition Independence Day menu. Enjoy, from a sky-high vantage point, a classic featuring organic beef from the Rhug estate with bacon, cheddar, smoked mayo and fries; or tuck into a chicken or veggie burger.
The Frenchman in New York Cocktail
If you’re having a Covent Garden wander, and it just so happens to be the 4th of July, then why not pop into Frenchie, and enjoy their ‘Frenchman in New York’ cocktail? The drink features Portobello gin, nardini acqua di cedro, Drouin pommeau normadie, earl grey and lemon verbena. Cheers!
If ribs at Big Easy sound a little too filling, how about a chicken wing eating contest at Red Rooster in Shoreditch? The restaurant is following suit with those who know how to throw a great Fourth of July bash, with their All-American Block Party ready to get the Jack Daniels flowing and the NOLA style brass beats blasting through the speakers.
The restaurant will stay open until 1am in true party style, offering a shortened late-night menu. So, instead of stumbling into the nearest greasy kebab, you can enjoy fine food including the Lenox smash burger and crispy bird sandwich.