Where to Celebrate the 4th of July in London

American Independence Day is always a blast. Growing up, we celebrated the 4th of July by spending the day at the pool with friends, grillin’ out hot dogs and hamburgers, watching the fireworks in the evening and enjoying drinks on the deck as the fireflies came out. Well, you can take the girl out of Kansas but you can’t take the Kansas out of the girl and despite being 3,000 miles away, I still celebrate the 4th of July every year. Truth be told, London does Independence Day pretty darn well and I’ve rounded up some of the best star spangled specials being served around town in honour of the special holiday!

Balthazar

On Wednesday, 4 July, Balthazar’s Boulangerie will transform into ‘The American Pie Shop’ with a fabulously Instagram-worthy installation outside and inside, and an amazing range of individual (£3) and giant (£12) homemade pies. Take your pick from:

Key Lime
Banana Banoffee
Apple & Blueberry
Pear & Plum
New York Cheesecake

Enjoy in the shop with your choice of cream, ice cream or custard or pre order a large one to go, perfect for 4thJuly dinner party desserts. Having lunch or dinner in the restaurant and don’t want to miss out? Fear not, the pies will be on the dessert menu all week too!

To view the menu, please click here.

Smith & Wollensky 

American steak house Smith & Wollensky is celebrating Independence Day with over 70 wine offerings for guests to sample. On the 4th of July between 12pm and 7.30pm, this ultimate summer wine fair will showcase some of the best wine producers from around the world. There will be experts on hand to help you sample your favourite wine and answer any questions you have about the offerings. 

Tickets to the wine fair and to sample the selection of wines are £25. You also have the option of enjoying the samples over a 3-course set menu for £60. Click here for more info and tickets: https://www.smithandwollensky.co.uk/wine-fair/

Studio 88 

I LOVE Studio 88, a live audience non-stop music venue in the heart of Leicester Square and I am thrilled that they are celebrating the 4th of July this year! Turn up to the venue in red, white and blue to enjoy delicious new dishes from their California inspired menus (including classic hot dogs and curly fries; fried California rolls; and S’mores chocolate and brownie, for half price! Dance it all off by requesting your favourite U.S. of A favourites from the live house band.

Jim Beam 4th of July Party at Roadhouse, Covent Garden 

Celebrate Independence Day at Roadhouse, Covent Garden, as the bar hosts their best ever American themed Rockaoke special! Take to the Roadhouse stage with live bands who will be playing classic American hits. As well as American-themed decorations and music, they’ve also got 50% off Burgers, mouth-watering U.S Hot Dog, Burger and Cocktail specials, Happy Hour drinks from 5.30pm – 10pm and most importantly, will be partying right on until 3am!

Bōkan, Canary Wharf 

For a more elevated 4th July experience, head to sky-high Bōkan in Canary Wharf and tuck into an American favourite from their limited-edition Independence Day menu. Choose from the traditional Bōkan burger (£17) – 225g of organic beef from the Rhug estate with bacon, cheddar, smoked mayo and fries; or tuck into a chicken (£17) or veggie burger (£17) with roasted aubergine, courtgette, tomato, red onion, tahini and tempura veg. Alternatively go for the Chilli Dog, free-range pork sausage with chilli con carne and melted cheddar (£17) or a COBB salad (£17). Finish off with a Peach Cobbler (£12) for two to share… or not.

Maxwell’s Bar & Grill 

Join the U.S.A’ s biggest celebration of the year at Maxwell’s in Covent Garden! Set to be their biggest 4th July party yet, Maxwell’s have a true American feast lined up. All of their mouth-watering Daily Deals will be back – choose from unlimited sizzling and juicy fajitas, all-you-can-eat sticky Chicken Wings, the very mighty Rib Meat Revolution with a full stack of Baby Back Ribs and unlimited Pulled Pork, or why not take on the Triple beef patty Stack Attack Burger Challenge with onion rings and fries! All Daily Deals come with a refreshing free beer or milkshake. Maxwell’s will also be decked out in the most patriotic U.S.A memorabilia with flags, bunting, balloons, a playlist featuring the best of American and Western music and you won’t want to miss the delicious Jim Beam burger specials too. 

Caramel

Head on over to the American inspired Caramel London located on Brompton Road. With a special offer of finger-licking-good chicken wings and a zingy margarita for £20, it’s the perfect place to celebrate the day and get into the American spirit!

Frenchie 

While perusing Covent Garden this 4th July, pop into Gregory Marchand’s Frenchie and enjoy his delicious ‘Frenchman in New York’ cocktail to celebrate USA’s Independence Day! Made with Portobello Gin, Nardini Acqua di Cedro, Drouin Pommeau Normandie, earl grey & lemon verbena. À votre santé!

Big Easy 

This 4th July, Big Easy will be holding its 27th annual rib eating contest! Guests can watch or participate in the ultimate foodie competition while sipping on patriotic red, white and blue frozen margaritas. 

M Victoria St.

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Celebrate Independence Day at M Victoria St with Salt Aged USDA Prime T-Bone Steaks (From £45), a special Bulleit Bourbon Cocktail Menu (from £8.50) and fireworks. If that’s not enough American spirit, there will also be Stetsons on hand and a bucking-bronco in M Bar you can actually ride. Bulls eye. 

Christopher’s 

Celebrate 4th July at Christopher’s, the timeless American restaurant and bar in Covent Garden, where a week-long menu of specials will feature the ultimate Stateside classics, such as BBQ Pulled Pork, Surf’n’Turf and Peanut Butter Blondie Brownies.

The Independence Day menu runs from Monday 2nd – Friday 6th July for lunch and dinner, priced at £38 for two courses, £45 for three. Start the feast with BBQ Pulled Pork Tortilla, guacamole, Charleston slaw and hickory sauce, before moving on to hearty mains including he likes of Chimichurri-rubbed Wagyu Rump Steak, wagyu meatballs, cowboy beans, cheddar mash and Seared Harissa-rubbed Halibut, with grilled cauliflower and cucumber mango salsa.

Those with a sweet tooth, can delight in the indulgent Blueberry Pecan Pie with salted caramel ice cream and sunflower tuile; or Peanut Butter Blondies, coated in Valrhona chocolate sauce and pistachio ice cream. Christopher’s will also be debuting a twist on their fan-favourite French toast, creating a one-off Banana Bread French Toast, espresso ice cream, banana fritter and butterscotch sauce.

The art-deco Martini bar will be joining in the celebrations with Four Hot Dog Specials, as well. These include the Mississippi Slaw Dog, Kansas Corn Dog, Philly Cheese and LA Street Dog, which will all be available alongside decadent Monterey Jack Cheddar and Garlic Fries. Two honorary cocktails will also be on offer; the Bourbon Revolution (woodford reserve bourbon, cointreau, angostura bitters, peychaud bitters, champagne and bourbon biscuit) and American Beauty (pineapple, orange and cranberry juice, coconut cream, lemon and pomegranate seeds).

Meatliquor 

Sailor Jerry and cult burger restaurant MEATliquor have joined forces to celebrate American Independence Day with the launch of the Hawaiian Style Hot Link – available throughout July.

Available at MEATliquor restaurants across the UK, this all-American spicy hot dog is piled high with Sailor Jerry-infused pineapple chutney, sure to pack a punch. As 4th of July isn’t complete without the cocktails to match, try one of three Sailor Jerry cocktails perfectly paired to compliment the spice. From the Sailor Bay, a malty milkshake made up of Sailor Jerry, banana and caramel to the Pink Ticket, a refreshingly fruity blend of Sailor Jerry, lime juice, crème de cassis and ginger syrup, there is something for everyone.

Get down and dirty with Sailor Jerry and MEATliquor this Independence Day, and try the Hawaiian Style Hot Link and a cocktail for £15.