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The UK likes to talk (a lot) about its ‘special relationship’ with the United States, which makes London a great place for an American party. Find out how to mark Independence Day below.
42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane
This glittering show will make your jaw drop: the staging is spectacular and the dancing is non-stop brilliance from the moment the curtain rises. We’re big fans of the show here at London Planner, so there isn’t a better day to go and watch this story about showbusiness triumphing in the face of the Great Depression. Catch the matinee at 2.30pm, or the evening show at 7.30pm.
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, WC2B 5JF
American Bar at the Savoy
You’ll find quite a few drinking dens called The American Bar (many London bars were renamed during the golden age of the cruise liner, to attract the attention of rich Americans sailing to England), but this brilliant bar has won every major award you can think of. This large, light space exudes classic American glamour.
The Savoy, Strand, WC2R 0ET
Benjamin Franklin House Independence Day Party
This charming 18th-century townhouse is the last remaining home of the American diplomat, inventor, Founding Father and musician. On Independence Day, 30-minute tours are taking place at noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm, accompanied by a piece of cake and a glass of bubbly. £10; book online.
36 Craven St, WC2N 5NF
Hard Rock Cafe
It doesn’t get much more American than this Atomic Burger. It’s topped with spice-fried onions, fried jalapeños, Pepper Jack cheese with arugula, vine-ripened tomatoes and sriracha mayonnaise. At Hard Rock you’ll also find hickory-smoked barbecue ribs, smokehouse sandwiches, salads – and plenty of rock memorabilia.
150 Old Park Lane, W1K 1LB
If you’ve got an appetite for a fun feast, visit the UK’s only branch of Planet Hollywood, near Piccadilly Circus. These baby-back pork ribs are covered in a tangy, sweet BBQ sauce, served with a trio of assorted fries and coleslaw.
57-60 Haymarket, SW1Y 4QX
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