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.*
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.
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.
Carouse founders Chris, Theo and Ben – the charming folk behind Kentish Town’s Rose and Crown – have a new venture afoot and we couldn’t be more bloody excited to see it. We’ve been creeping in their windows, peering through the paint and sneaking glimpses at builders’ bums for a few months now (okay, maybe not the last one), watching these guys transform this cosy corner of Crouch Hill into a rather cool little boozer. Now they’re opening and everyone is invited. Come one, come all, and try all 20 of their beers on tap with us.
Last month I decided to try clubbing again. I don’t quite know what came over me, but I actually (brace yourselves) enjoyed it. I went to Body Hammer’s monthly party in Manor House and I’m here to tell you to go too, whether you love clubbing, hate clubbing, or really couldn’t care either way. #notspon
Rich, fried, buttery, potato-y vessels loaded with flavor combinations that go down rather well with craft beer, late nights and good times. Ha, who am I kidding, EVERYTHING goes down well with beer. You heard that right buddy, loaded potato skins are back with a bang (and a generous portion of bacon) and are currently being served at Old Street's The Magic Roundabout by street food pop-up Skins and we could not be any happier. Well, unless they were to stuff it with, say, Mac and Cheese or risotto. Oh, that's exactly what they do? Well paint me green and call me a cucumber.
Magical gifts, wonderful gifts, marvellous gifts, beautiful gifts, gifts, glorious gifts glo-ri-ous giiiiiifts. Please Sir, I want some more. It’s that time of year again and whether you love it or loath it gifts will be purchased and presented into expectant hands. Stroud Green's very own Pretty Shiny Shop have compiled a gift guide to help ease the shopping shock. Imagine only having to trot to your local gift shop and tick off your entire shopping list in one fell swoop. Done, finito, terminado! To make it that little sweeter, it's also all very affordable... so you won't even have to pick a pocket or two.
Alright guys, it’s happening. The frosty charm of December is, once again, being beaten to a pulp by the capitalists’ wet dream: Christmas. The hideous twinkling of artificial outdoor lighting is starting to appear, with tourists flocking from far and wide to watch D-list celebrities press a button. Invitations to Christmas parties flood in from your multiple part-time jobs, ensuring you make bad decisions bi-weekly til next year. Supermarkets are selling 12-day advent calendars containing confetti, cookie cutters and candles for a flawless £50. And oh, how the mulled wine flows.
Who doesn’t love a cheeky statistic, correctly sourced? You know we do. Well, did you know that for every £1 spent with a small business, 63p is re-spent in the local area, as opposed to a measly 40p in every £1 re-spent locally with larger businesses? An absolute travesty, am I right? That 23p has to mean something, right, guys?! Guys? Guys, where are you going? Wait, there’s freebies involved too!
By gum there are a lot of winter markets this year. Fueled by sickly sweet mulled wine and overpriced pulled pork sliders, we’ve managed to wade our way through the murky waters of winter markets and find some decent looking ones round this here part of town. Don’t let our Grinch-esq vibes put you off (I’m more of a Pancake Day person myself) because, if you’re into markets, you’ll probably like these. Read on, if you’re merrier than us.
Take a short walk along Finsbury Park’s own sunset strip and you’ll find MoseyHome, an interiors retailer and styling consultancy who have invited us to collaborate with them on an exciting new series titled 'Style My Shop', in which they invite some of London's most talented interiors experts to quite literally style their shop. Interiors porn at it's finest.
Why was the snowman sad? Because he had a meltdown. Much like us, every year, when winter comes. It’s cold, it’s dark, and we know Christmas is on its way. But hey, it’s not all bad – the events round this time of year can be pretty swell. So don your scarf-shawl-blanket and get your frolic on, it’s time for fairy lights, scarfing mulled wine and stuffing your face!
Touch, taste, smell, hear and create art. Smith & Sinclair, purveyors of the Edible Cocktail, presents The Flavour Gallery: a multi-sensory adventure that’ll seduce your senses and tickle your taste buds beyond all imagination. Ooh matron!
Brush the cobwebs off your sexy banana costume; it’s that time of year to make a tit of yourself in fancy dress again. We’ve rounded up the most spine-chilling Halloween happenings in North London and, trust us, they sound horrendous. Be afraid, be very afraid.
God bless the Queen... of Hoxton. Or, more specifically, their rooftop - which happens to be one of our favourites in this here city of London. These guys are well known for creating beautiful, seasonal pop-ups which have included the Nordic Viking themed 'Skye Halla' and the Neverland inspired 'Bangarang'. This winter make way for 'The Moroccan Medina', a sky high hideaway inspired by the romanticism of the beguiling ancient city of Marrakesh.
Next time you need a caffeine hit why not take it from a cup brewed from Jamaican beans grown under a canopy of rainforest-preserving trees, whilst eating a home made vegan banana bread as you sit among an array of sweetly scented blooms. Welcome to Mento, Finsbury Park.
Pilgrim, the newest kid to Hackney's pop-up scene, is a unique dining experience inspired by the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. This six course tasting menu includes regional dishes with a contemporary twist not yet seen before in London.