America’s Independence Day is just around the corner, but you don’t have to be in the US of A to go large – The Resident rounds up the top spots to celebrate the 4th of July in London
Lead image: Roadhouse
1 4th July Party at Last Days of Shoreditch
Last Days of Shoreditch is hosting a huge 4th of July bash with French’s and Frank’s RedHot sauces, with everything from beer pong and cheerleaders to mustard ice cream. There will also be games of cornhole, foosball, a 6ft Frank’s RedHot sauce fountain, a chicken wing-eating competition and live DJs. The usual suspects – Cheeky Burgers, Mac to the Future and Smokey Tails – will also be serving up buffalo wings, burgers and things oozing with either RedHot sauce or French’s mustard.
288 Old Street, Shoreditch EC1V 9LA; lastdaysofshoreditch.co.uk
2 Cocktail Masterclass & DJ at GOAT, Chelsea
Chelsea’s Italian-American restaurant, GOAT, will be dressing up in red, white and blue to celebrate America on this 4th of July with a special cocktail masterclass in the DRINK bar. You’ll be able to try your hand at shaking and making all sorts of American drinks from mint juleps to Cosmopolitans. When you’ve shaken it all off, head to the dance floor where the DJ will be spinning American classics. Entry is free for all, but Americans get a free drink on arrival (ID required)!
333 Fulham Road SW10 9QL; goatchelsea.com
3 Jim Beam 4th July Party at Roadhouse, Covent Garden
Celebrate Independence Day at Roadhouse, Covent Garden, as the bar hosts its best ever American-themed Rockaoke special. Once the Happy Hour drinks (5.30pm-10pm) have loosened up those vocal chords, take to the Roadhouse stage with live bands who will be playing classic American hits. There will also be 50% off burgers, American-themed decorations, and great hot dog and cocktail specials. Free entry and shot before 12am. The party continues till 3am.
The Piazza, Covent Garden WC2; roadhouse.co.uk
4 4 July Party at Rumpus Room, Mondrian London
Mondrian London has a lot going on for Independence Day, but it’s the 4th of July party at Rumpus Room that we’ve got our eye on. The hotel’s 12th-floor rooftop bar, with its panoramic views across the Thames, will host an all-American party – complete with American flags and balloons – in association with Maker’s Mark bourbon whisky. There will be beer pong, retro, USA-themed cocktails from Maker’s Mark and Jim Beam, and a live band performing cult classics and contemporary tunes from across the pond. Alternatively, at Sea Containers restaurant, you’ll find a special menu of classic American dishes from 4-8 July, while at Dandelyan, LA bar The Walker Inn will take over from 2-4 July to serve up some exclusive cocktails.
20 Upper Ground, South Bank SE1 9PD; mondrianlondon.com
5 Big Easy’s Rib Eating Contest
Big Easy’s annual rib-eating contest is a huge fun, filling and messy way to celebrate Independence Day. For the 27th year running, Big Easy will be hosting a the contest at each of its three London locations, in Canary Wharf, King’s Road Chelsea and Covent Garden. Ten participants at each location will have 30 minutes to devour as many ribs as they can, and whoever puts away the most will be declared this year’s champion. But don’t worry, you don’t have to participate, you can just sip red, white and blue margaritas and cheer on the chompers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to enter.
Find your local branch at bigeasy.co.uk
6 Whisky 101 at The Gallery, West Hampstead
Celebrations spill over into 5 July at The Gallery in West Hampstead. The bar and restaurant will be hosting a banquet of food, beer and bourbon from America’s South with their Whisky 101 event on 5 July. As well as a range of whiskies from Kentucky distiller, Heaven Hill, there will be pulled pork sliders, crispy fried chicken and refreshing beers from London-based brewers FourPure. The ambassadors for Heaven Hill and FourPure will also be on hand to share their knowledge of bourbon and beer making. American rock ‘n’ roll, funk and soul DJs will provide the soundtrack to the evening. Tickets are £15 including the food and one cocktail and beer. For reservations, email email@example.com.
190 Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead NW6 3AY; ilovethegallery.com
7 Steak, Bourbon & a Bucking Bronco at M Victoria St
Celebrate Independence Day at M Victoria St with food, feasting, fireworks and a bucking bronco! Chow down on the likes of salt-aged USDA Prime T-Bone steak (from £45) and sip your way through a special Bulleit Bourbon cocktail menu (from £8.50). Before all that though, you may like to grab a Stetson and try your luck with the bucking-bronco in M Bar. Yee-hah!
Zig Zag Building, 74 Victoria Street SW1E 6SQ; mrestaurants.co.uk