Celebrating July 4th

July 4th is obviously not a big holiday in the UK, however,
there are some ways to make you feel right at home.

Fireworks — One of the best bits* about living in the UK is the opportunity to set-off proper* fireworks yourself. Whereas the US limits fireworks to holidays and to rural areas, the UK allows fireworks (including those of the aerial and explosive varieties) year-round in many parts of the country.

American Food — While not all 4th of July fare, they fit the bill to satisfy a few, but common American cravings!

  • Bodean’s BBQ Smokehouse (Multiple) — If you’re in the mood for Kansas City barbeque ribs in London, here’s your place. Other smoke pit specialties include chicken and pulled pork. Their Soho location also has American sports playing on giant screen TVs. Kids eat free everyday from Noon to 5 pm and eat for just £5 after that.
  • Hummingbird Bakery (Multiple) — This famous bakery bills itself as baking ‘authentic American cakes and desserts’. Indeed the portions are US sizes. They have huge cupcakes with black bottom and red velvet varieties being family favorites.
  • Knot Pretzels (Multiple) — I can still remember how happy I was to have discovered a kiosk in Clapham Junction station serving soft pretzels. While I have since realized Auntie Annie’s and Mr. Pretzels are also sold here, I like the idea of supporting a small, local business – did I mention they also serve hand-roasted coffee.
  • NY Fold (London) — We stopped into NY Fold before seeing a show at Phoenix Theatre located just across the street. It turns out the owners are New Yorkers themselves and missed NY style pizza. Beyond traditional pies, they have creative combinations, such as mozzarella, gorgonzola, fig, parma ham and balsamic.
    www.nyfold.com+44 2072 876633
    103 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DT
  • Top Dog Diner (London) — While it is easy to find sausages at nearly every pub here, American-style hot dogs are harder to come by. In addition to traditional beef or pork hot dogs, Top Dog features a few unusual ones, including Korean, pulled pork ‘n’ slaw and even a smoked tofu one. wwww.top-dog.com+44 02030 192380
    48 Frith Street, London W1D 4SF
Another option is to grill at home. Costco stocks American beef hot dogs and Sainsbury carries Oscar Meyer hot dogs.
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