Whether you are looking for classic Christmas fare, festive cocktails, or are already bored of turkey, Guide Girl has you covered. Here’s the low down on Christmas in London this year.
From the 24th November, the Nutcracker comes to life at Bluebird. At the Rococo Hot Chocolate Bar you can have the Nutcracker – made with Rococo chocolate, hazelnuts and amaretto.
Also on offer is the Festive Afternoon Tea for £21.50pp, featuring Christmas favourites including sandwiches with turkey, stuffing and cranberry; smoked salmon and cream cheese; and spiced pumpkin brioche as well as mince pies, Christmas pudding and chocolate yule log.
Guests can also take part in gingerbread house workshops, wreath making masterclasses and gift wrapping sessions.
Rudie’s in Dalston has put a spicy twist on the traditional Christmas dinner with its Jamaican Christmas menus. There are two menus available at £23.50 and £29.50.
Dishes include Appleton rum pork ribs and Jamaican cocktail patties, followed by the Festive Yeah Mon! Platter which includes stuffed jerk turkey, rolled jerk pork belly and roasted yams and a rum cake with nutmeg and rum Chantilly to finish.
London’s only rooftop ice rink as Skylight has launched its winter season. With skating for £10 for 45 minutes, cheese fondue starting at £14.95 and inside and outside bars across three levels at Tobacco Dock in Wapping.
At Tabun Kitchen in Soho, guests are being urged to remember the origins of Christmas with a Jerusalem Christmas menu featuring traditional dishes from the place of Jesus’ birth.
Owner Hanan Kattan wants to show “how a real Holy Land Christmas is celebrated” with dishes such as Hanan’s family recipe of Bethlehem meatball soup – a traditional favourite always served at Christmas, made with meatballs, rice, broth and roasted sumac-marinated poussin served with maftool (Palestinian cous-cous).
The menu is charged at £40 per head, which includes a pomegranate bellini.
With an arctic theme and in collaboration with Hennessy, City restaurant Coq d’Argent will be recreating its festive winter pop up, Lodge d’Argent, on its rooftop from 21 November.
With two heated igloos available for private hire and an Aurora Borealis Cube which gives a simulates the Northern Lights, it’s aiming to replicate a winter wonderland.
Along this theme the £13 cocktail menu reflects the blue, green and purple hues of the Northern Lights with such examples as Green Sky with Hennessy fine de Cognac, Jasmine, and Chandon; Star Walk with Hennessy fine de Cognac, Finca Malbec, creme de figue, vanilla, lemon, glitter jam and raspberries; and for something extra warming Arctic Wilderness, a unique hot cocktail combining Hennessy Cognac, grape tea, moscat sweet wine and ginger candy syrup.
For Christmas, Dirty Bones has launched its own Dirty Bones Holiday Burger featuring a venison and pork mince patty with hazelnut-brown butter mayo, smoked bacon, caramelised shallots and red cabbage marmalade on seeded brioche.
It is available across all London sites – Carnaby, Soho, Shoreditch and Kensington – for £10.50.
Vegetarians and vegans don’t despair, you have not been forgotten! The Gate’s festive menu is £35.00 for three courses and includes chestnut terrine with a red onion and port reduction marmalade; wild mushroom wellington with creamy chipotle sauce; aubergine schnitzel; Christmas rotolo; Christmas pudding; and spiced apple tart.
Lanes of London
For those that don’t fancy cooking on Christmas Day itself, head to Lanes of London for a little bit of Mayfair luxury for only £39 per person.
The menu includes smoked salmon roulade; and chicken liver parfait, as well as traditional Christmas turkey and maple glazed duck breast. There will also be a premium Carvery menu, which is £50 per person offering crab tartar, beetroot gravlax salmon and monkfish fricassee in addition.