London 4th of July Picnic, BBQ!!
New Venue! THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED!
It's the expat American community's 7th annual 4th of July Picnic, BBQ!
This years annual 4th of July, American Independence Day, is our 7th year running the event so we've upped the ante; This years event includes upscale and affordable BBQ available from La Gondola, which is a parks cafe with a difference.
La Gondola Cafe offers amazing BBQ and fantastic freshmade Italian fare, brick oven pizza, salads and freshmade desserts, watermellon and real gelato! There is a fully stocked bar with mixed drinks as well as beer and wine. Espresso as well as soft drinks, smoothies bottled water and Italian brand soda pop are also available.
This is very much a family as well as adult event and while we will be based at La Gondola Cafe people can feel free to come and go as they please and enjoy some of the parks other facilities, as well as clean toilet facilities at LGC.
La Gondola Cafe has a large outdoor table area is right by an idyllic, tree lined lake which has paddle boats available for rent (no food from outside may be consumed at the tabled areas). Bring the swim suits for the kids; there is a separate wading pool/ sprinklers for all ages (not the lake!), there is also a kids zoo open from 10am-5pm!
2:00 start (Til 10:30PM!), (The park remains specially open just for us!). Please be certain to bring bottled water, as it's going to be a heatwave! Plus the 4th actual falls on a Saturday!
The Pump House Art Gallery, our original venue, backed out on us at the last minute, so unfortunatly we will not be able to bring you a lazer fireworks display as planned, but there will be good fellowship with many expat Americans, and lots of good food and drink to enjoy this special day together! It goes without saying that bringing your own fireworks or BBQ's is strictly prohibited by parks rules, as are glass bottles. Park rangers will be in effect on the day.
Last years photos
Some kind things said in the media about this years event!
Tube: Sloane Square
Take cash out here; It is the nearest cashpoint! Food and drink is cash bar only (La Gondola has debit card, but expect lines[queues])
Take the 452 or[masked] hour bus from Sloane Square, which is the nearest tube, or take a 15 minute walk down Lower Sloane Street, past the Chelsea Barracks then over Chelsea Bridge to the Second bus stop right across the bridge, which is right at QVC: The Shopping Channel's world headquarters (you absolutly cannot miss it!).
Finding us in the park: Walk south towards the roundabout with your back to Chelsea Bridge, across from the Shell Gas Station (petrol garage) enter the park to the right (west) at Rosary Gate, walk strait thought the lovely rose garden and a slight right at the lake and you are exactly at La Gondola Cafe!
Parking: There is a pay and display system within the park, free after 5pm. There is parking outside although if it’s a hot day spaces may be few and far between this also goes for inside the park if really busy.
Battersea Park Map
IMPORTANT: It goes without saying that bringing your own fireworks or BBQ's is strictly prohibited by parks rules. Park rangers will be in effect on the day