Here's the best foodie goings-on in London from Friday 3 July
It's Friday! Wimbledon is in full swing, summer is simmering away and all across the city there are oases of tasty fun, just waiting for you to dive in. Here are some of the best foodie happenings to see you through the heatwave …
Have an Independence Day hoedown
July the fourth be with you! As our friends across the pond celebrate the birth of their nation, we can celebrate all that the US has gifted us in the way of hot dogs, barbecue ribs, neon yellow melted cheese and puddings with peanut butter in them.
Hop to the American Beer Festival at Strongroom Bar in Shoreditch for brews from the likes of Brooklyn and Sierra Nevada, plus a Texan barbecue and a bucking broncho to boot. Entry is free and it's on Saturday 4 July and Sunday 5 July.
Or swing by French bistro Balthazar in Covent Garden, which will be swapping le Tricolore for the stars 'n' stripes with an Américain-inspired brunch menu. As if we needed more excuses to pour syrup on things. The 4 July brunch menu is available from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 4 July and Sunday 5 July.
Slow down at the Rosewood Hotel
Only fools try to get things done quickly in a heatwave, so embrace an altogether slower pace this weekend at Rosewood Hotel's Slow Food & Living Market in Holborn.
The only dedicated slow food and lifestyle event in the city – think sustainable, melt-in-the-mouth meat, smoked fish and lovingly matured cheese – is on from Saturday 4 July. They're also adding slow gardening to the mix, with green-fingered gourmets Petersham Nurseries hosting the inaugural discussion panel in the cool serenity of the Rosewood's plush courtyard. It's on every Sunday in July from 11am-1pm.
Charing Cross Market
The latest addition to London's food market menagerie is Charing Cross Market – right at the literal geographical heart of the capital. Run by Real Food Festivals, the guys behind the King's Cross Square weekly market, it promises a rotation of droolsome street food vendors as an alternative to the sad sandwiches and limp salads that usually make up a railway station lunch. Don't forget napkins. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 12pm-7pm from Thursday 9 July.
Wimbledon on the big screen
Of course, the traditional way to watch the tennis in a British heatwave is at home with the curtains closed and a bag of frozen peas on your head. But if you feel like breaking with convention and venturing into the outdoors then there's a whole plethora of lovely open air venues screening the BBC's Wimbledon coverage. It might not be Murray Mound, but there are deckchairs, bean bags, no queues and, most importantly, lots of snacks.
Foodies Festival at Alexandra Palace
Because it's an established fact that food tastes better with an amazing view, make the trek up to Alexandra Palace Friday 3, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July for Foodies Festival. There'll be cookery demos from top chefs, a cake and bake tent, vintage tea dances and – for those not sweaty enough this week – a chilli eating challenge. Tickets from £12.
Ice, ice baby
If you hadn't noticed, this week the whole of London is a pop-up sauna. But it's OK, because where there's a heatwave, there's also ice-cream.
Top up your RDA (that's Recommended Dairy Avalanche) with this homemade Eton mess ice-cream, learn the correct way to eat a Magnum, or take advantage of this offer for free interval ice-cream when you purchase theatre tickets from the TKTS booths in central London.