As today is the Fourth of July, there’s never been a better time to explore the connections between London and the United States of America, and it certainly won’t take you long to realise that the British capital has been heavily influenced by those from across the pond.
Indeed, the American way can be quite clearly seen in the lifestyle of all Londoners, with restaurants, bars, shops, museums and much more bearing the hallmarks of US culture.
For example, the rapid rise in popularity of gourmet burger joints over the past few years is something that heavily reflects London’s penchant for American cuisine, and you’ll have your pick of the very best of these when visiting the city.
If you’re looking for something quick yet high quality, be sure to head to Shake Shack in Covent Garden – the first branch of the popular New York chain to open outside the US. Since its arrival in the capital exactly a year ago, it has become one of the most sought-after eateries in London, and is a great place to experience the very best American food.
Of course, the Fourth of July is all about barbeques, so you may want to head to Bodeans, which has branches in Soho, Fulham and several other places around the city. Known for its fantastic American meaty menu, it’s another top place to experience food US style.
There’s much more to American culture besides eating though, so if you want to learn a little more about the historical connections between London and the US then Benjamin Franklin House is a good place to start.
One of the founding fathers of the American nation, Franklin lived in the British capital for 16 years in the mid-18th century, and his old residence on Craven Street – which is in the heart of London, close to the Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch – has now been converted into a fascinating museum.