7 Ways to Go ‘Murican this 4th of July

Written by: Violet Myers

For some weird reason us Brits have never really taken to celebrating American Independence Day. Anyone with a Pinterest board and an undying love for Saved by the Bell will know it’s the day to commemorate an old historical event which freed the US from some sort of overarching tyrannical force – AND it looks like a right barrel of laughs. On the 4th of July the states bring out the fireworks, have parades that last for days, eat more fried food than even Dr Nick would recommend and put little flags on everything, we can’t help but feel we’re missing out.

Why should the Yanks get all the fun? Roll out the old red white and blue – which is conveniently the colours of our flag anyway, we’ve tracked down the best places in North London to unleash your inner-Americana!

…wait, they’re celebrating what?!

*Warning some of the items on this list may raise your cholesterol or accidentally shoot you.*

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Have a hot dog
Hungerdog, NW1 7JE

Often overlooked in favour for their more successful cousin the beef burger – and their reputation for being made from nothing but toenails and pig nipples, the humble hot dog has had a makeover at Hungerdog, boasting prime cuts of meat, tempting toppings and no pig nipples guaranteed! For the true ‘merica vibe it’s gotta be The Liberty with sauerkraut, mayo and pickles. Hungerdog.

String up the banjo
Green Note, NW1 7AN

As well as gracing the world with Little Richard, Billy Joel and er, Taylor Swift, our friends across the pond are also the proud parents of bluegrass, jazz, blues and country and western, genres that are always popular at Camden’s Green Note, who have live musical performances every night. The Jazz Cafe and The Blue’s Kitchen are also less than a moon dance away. Green Note.

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Breakfast like an American pre-teen
Cereal Killer Cafe, NW1 8AH

Now, the Cereal Killer Cafe has had a lot of bad press recently – £6 for a bowl of cereal!? But where else can you feast upon cereal so packed with sugar that it has been literally banned from old Blighty? It’s almost like being in an old-fashioned speakeasy, but with less bathtub whisky and more organic almond milk. Go for an old classic like Lucky Charms or tread into even sweeter territories with Count Chocula. Cereal Killer Cafe.

Get on the Soul Train
Q-Grill, NW1 8AJ

What better way to celebrate being an American than eating quantities of meat some countries would consider a feat of showmanship and calling it lunch? Today is not a day for eating el-desko, pop into Q-Grill in Camden and experience the true meaning of Southern comfort food. We just can’t stop thinking about their buttermilk chicken and waffles, hallelujah y’all! Q-Grill.

Sweat like a Yank

Cross Fit Evolving, N7 8HS

Proving that there are two sides to every coin and that the great US of A isn’t all about ribs and syrup, why not get involved in one of the toughest sports America has to offer. Combining gymnastics, Olympic weight training, and exercise induced nausea, Crossfit has taken over the world – transforming bodies into fighting machines. An innocent fitness craze? Or a secret army recruitment process? You decide.

Get real drunk, USA style
Blue’s Kitchen, NW1 7JN

As well as packing a range of American beers and cocktails, The Blue’s Kitchen stocks 100 different types of Bourbon for your sipping pleasure – now if that ain’t a challenge I don’t know what is. Roll up your flannel shirt and stub out that Marlboro, you’ve got a long night of drinking ahead of you cowboy.

See some SPORTS!
Finsbury Park (the actual park) 

Now let’s not start that age old argument about Americans calling football soccer and their pumped up version of rugby (which has very little ball to foot contact) being called football… let’s not even go there. If you fancy getting into some SPORTS Yankee style American football has really taken off over here, our very own Finsbury Park has a team called the London Blitz. Or, if you prefer watching people hit a ball with a stick and you have a thing for trousers tucked into socks (grrrr), why not check out the London Mets, our local American baseball team.

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Kerb’s Guiltiest Pleasures, All Weekend

“He said, I know It’s only arctic roll but I like it like it yes I dooooo” Those are the lyrics right? Well this weekend they certainly are, at Kerb’s Guiltiest Pleasure in Kings Cross featuring an arctic roll of pure indulgence. Over Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd July, the street food collective from your wildest dreams are hosting the most indulgent hits from all their pop ups at Granary Square.

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Theatre of Choice: Stick and Twisted by Hivemind

Hivemind are coming to the Hen and Chickens Theatre this Summer with a cracker of an innovative show. Three directors try to win over the audience with improvised stories acted out by the rest of the Hivemind cast on the spur of the moment. As each scene ends you decide whether to “stick” and see where the story goes or “twist” and let the next director take over. The director who ends up with the least scenes acted out has to pay a ‘terrible forfeit’. Told you it was harsh.

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Hidden Culinary Gem: The Lacy Nook

We have been wondering whether or not to share this secret gem with you for a while now. Having walked past Cazenove Road on many a drunken occasion, we’d spotted The Lacy Nook A Board luring us inwards with a siren’s call of cocktails and beer garden. But unfortunately we’d get the timing all wrong and they’d rarely be open. “Closed at 4am! How ludicrous?” we’d holler, slurring and swaying up the road. Until now. Opening last year, The Lacy Nook is a collaboration between two friends who turned to Kickstarter to help them achieve this culinary dream . Think small and large plates of fusion Balkan BBQ, salads and carpaccio alongside

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Playing Up: New NYT Show, Three

This year, Playing Up have commissioned a new play by Sophie Ellerby (HighTide First Commissions Writer and NYT REP Company 2013), Three, which will be staged at the Arcola Theatre from 20th to 22nd July. The urban and domestic drama, directed by NYT Associate Director Anna Niland follows three sisters who fight to keep track of reality as their world is turned upside down.

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Laughable Acts at Backyard Comedy Club

Tonight, on this dull yet sweaty Monday, what you may well need is to show your confectionary based fillings to the ceiling and let it all out with a huge bellowing guffaw about nothing in particular. Let the likes of quick witted Josie Long, surreal twosome Max and Ivan and the downright uproarious Tom Parry help you escape the chocolate lacking reality of 2017.

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Fur Dates: Lottie is Looking for Love

Registered charity, All Dogs Matter are a dog rehoming centre based in Archway. They use a mixture of foster homes and kennel spaces to house their dogs, who are each looking to be fostered or adopted. Occasionally we look through their profiles of beautiful singletons looking for love and feature one at random. We interviewed one newly single lady in particular called Lottie. A fun spirited character with smooth hair and a huge grin, Lottie was a right laugh.

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Get Involved: Cally Road Jumble Trail

Next Sunday it’s the Cally Road Jumble Trail, run by the community. Think a car boot sale but on the street with vintage clothing, accessories, toys, original creations and cakes if you’re lucky. The whole of the trail is set up online over at jumbletrail.com where visitors get a colour coded map to explore and discover all the hidden treasures on offer from your neighbourhood.

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Lifestyle List

Top Four ‘What the Deuce!’ Wimbledon Screening Spots

You’ve got your socks pulled up but no Cliff Richard in sight. You’re all white shorted up with nowhere to go. It’s time to find out where your white headbanded self will fit in. Here's our top four Wimbledon screening hang outs to try this Summer.

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Eat & Drink Events

Midsummer Fizz Masterclass at Yield N16

Until five minutes ago I would’ve believed Pet Nat was a holistic dog food brand / veterinary business in Wood Green. I’m half right actually*, but in the boozios world it’s a fizzy wine. Pétillant Naturel is light and fizzy, usually pretty low on the alcohol scale and rather sweet. Think the opposite of a dry red wine.

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World Foods Market, Abney Hall

Abney Public Hall is hosting a market of world food delicacies next weekend, having gathered together the creme de la creme of planet Earth’s cuisine. Prepare for a mass fusion of cultures, great food, drink and music just off Stoke Newington Church Street.

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Quiz: How Gentrified Are You?

Otherwise known as the shoredification of London, there are four stages of denial when it comes to dealing with the inevitability of gentrification. Are you a dilapidated ol’ boozer clinging on to the same threads since 1989, or more of a craft beer-swilling/moustache-bearing pop up type propping up the bar at a cookie dough cafe? Let’s find out before your bedroom’s transformed in to a pop up belfie gallery.

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Poop poop! Supper Club Banquet at Toad Hall

Poop poop! Get your driving gloves on and tweed jackets ready, for Toady has invited us down to Toad Hall for a banquet on the riverbank. Join The Literary Hour for their all new immersive supper club experience this Summer. It’s the eighth in their series of book themed events with multi-sensory five course meals featuring additional surprises… Ooh ratty!

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Comedians, Rappers, Actors: Open Mic Night in Stokey

Every last Thursday of the month a motley crew of performing acts shuffle off to the skinny little Moustache Bar on Stoke Newington Road for a night of microphone hogging. It’s Open Mic night and the stage isn’t just available to acoustic guitar yielding crooners. The floor is open for all you comedians, rappers, poets, hell even actors are welcome to come tread the boards at Moustache Bar this Thursday 27th July.

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Events Lifestyle

Walking Tour of Stokey's Rebel History

Ah Stokey. You chilled out little rebel of North London. The seemingly easy breezy, laissez-faire attitude that appears to exude from every award winning eatery and baby clothes shop of Church Street is all but an organic hessian veil over it’s anarchic and rebellious history. Nonconformists, anti fascists and dissenters built the area as we know it.

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Eat & Drink

Eating North London: Punjabi Supperclub Recipe

Trying our luck, we decided to ask the wonderful Raina and Saira of Joginder Supper Club to give us some unseen insight in to their centuries old Punjabi recipes. Amazingly they agreed to shed some light on one of their most tasty dishes: the Bhoolghobi Tamatar (cauliflower with tomato and potato). Over to the experts...

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North London Bike Tour: Tour De North Four

So this July 198 cyclists head over to Germany to start the Tour de France. If you think that is weird, wait till I tell you it started in Yorkshire a few years ago. Anyway after the three days of the Grand Depart the spectacle of the world's biggest sporting event heads back to France and the action really begins.