By Alex Edwards
If you’re one of the nearly 64,000 Americans settled in London, or you just fancy a celebration this 4th July, indulge in one of the traditional food or drink options scattered throughout the city flying the star-spangled banner. Get back in touch with your roots and embrace the American ways, all the way across the pond. Or, if you’re clueless about how to celebrate, you can read about what the holiday would normally look like in my home-state of Texas.
The American Bar
The Swanky bar at the Savoy is known to serve some of the best cocktails in London for the past 125 years. The drinks are all traditionally American, and the feel of the place is retro and glamorous with its decor and jazz music. Despite the higher prices, the experience at The American Bar is said to be worth it.
If you’ve walked anywhere around London, you’ve probably noticed The Diner. With locations from Camden to Soho to Shoreditch, the electric-themed restaurant serves up a massive breakfast and lunch menu. The burgers and hot dogs are massively loaded with a wide range of toppings. This 4th July, they’re decorating for the occasion, playing strictly American tunes and even serving a special Independence Day menu. Check out the one-day-only cuisine here.
The Blues Kitchen
If you’re roots trace back to the Lone Star state, The Blue’s Kitchen in Camden, Shoreditch and Brixton should be your destination. Wash down a heavy Southern BBQ meal with a bourbon, then dance the night away to one of the blues artists playing live every night. If you’re familiar with Nashville, the decor will make you feel back home in no time.
Red Dog Saloon
In the heart of the midwest in Missouri, Kansas City is known to have some of the best barbecue. At the Red Dog Saloon, they’ve mimicked the taste of KC all the way in London with smokers imported from America to create that traditional flavour. This holiday, at the Hoxton location, celebrate in style with bottomless cocktails and Coney Island cocktails to the tune of live blues music.
Frankie’s Sports Bar & Diner
If you’re tired of British football, catch an NFL, baseball or basketball game, at Frankie’s Sports Bar & Diner. American sports channels are continually played on 12 big screens around the restaurant all night long. While you’re watching, you can munch on traditional bar snacks like chicken wings or potato skins.