If you’re missing the laid-back vibes of summer food markets, you can get your street food fix at one of these winter pop-ups. They’re heated, covered and packed full of great eats and warming winter drinks.
Photo Credit: Night Tales Facebook page.
Hawker House, Hackney
If you liked Street Feast, you’ll love Hawker House – a cosy indoor market packed with some of London’s top street food vendors, a Street Vin wine bar, and a Hot Bar selling hot wine and cocktails, buttered rum, and hot chocolate laced with cognac. This weekend, you can tuck into tostadas from Luardos, Breddo’s tacos, delicious steamed buns from Yum Bun, Smokestak ribs and lots more.
Night Tales, Dalston
In a canopy-covered car park on Abbot Street, the team behind Background Bars and Dalston Roof Park are dishing up street food, drinks and live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Start your evening at the Negroni station or the Mezcal bar and then get stuck into steamed buns from BAO, BBQ from Smokey Tails and fried chicken from Butchies. There are two weekends left, don’t miss out!
Christmas Night Market, Camden
If you’re looking for last-minute gifts with a difference, Camden Lock Market is hosting a weekend of late night shopping from Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th. The legendary alternative market will be open until 10pm each night, with 80 independent shops and over 250 stalls selling unique gifts. There will be a Camden Town Brewery bar, guest DJs, street food and a pop-up dining experience from the Disappearing Dining Club.
Our 12 days of festive fun series continues next week. Have a great weekend!
If you can’t face a night on the ice or the queues at Winter Wonderland, head for St Martin-in-the-Fields for an evening of music in one of London’s most atmospheric venues. This year, the church is hosting concerts from the London Bach Singers, renowned Russian pianist and harpsichordist Alexei Lubimov, and the English Chamber Choir and Belmont Ensemble.
Photo Credit: St Martin-in-the-Fields Facebook page.
Book ahead for ‘The Glory of Christmas’ with the Choir of Christ’s College Cambridge or drop in for one of their free lunchtime concerts. There are candlelit carol concerts all through December, so book your tickets and prepare for an evening of unforgettable music in one of London’s best-loved churches.
St Martin-in-the-Fields is situated on the north-east corner of Trafalgar Square, close to the buzzing bars of Soho and Covent Garden’s festive piazza. If you’re in need of dinner after a concert, avoid the tourist traps and head for toptable favourites like The Balcon (a French gem on Pall Mall), Clos Maggiore, Dishoom or The Angel & Crown.
Not a fan of hanging around ice rinks or Christmas markets in the cold? No problem! Head to one of London’s award-winning cocktail bars or cosy winter terraces and get stuck into the Christmas spirits. Here are five of the best festive drinking dens to visit in London this winter.
Dishoom’s Mulled Bramble.
Dishoom, Covent Garden – Swap tedious turkey for a modern Indian feast at this buzzy toptable favourite near Leicester Square. Their festive drinks list includes spiced winter Pimm’s, a mulled bramble, and warming cups of chai with a twist of Cognac, Baileys or bourbon.
Steam & Rye, City – Nick House and model Kelly Brook have brought a glamorous slice of 1920s Americana to the heart of the City. Wash down BBQ ribs, steaks and jumbo shrimp with cocktails like the Five Dollar Shake and a chilli-infused tequila-based drink that’s served in a smoking cowboy boot.
Fifth Floor Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge – At the top of one of London’s best-loved department stores, you can work your way through a cocktail list inspired by the 12 days of Christmas carol. There will be a new drink to try each day from December 9th, starting with the vodka-spiked Partridge in a Pear Tree and ending with Twelve Drummers Drumming – a nutmeg-dusted tipple made with VSOP Cognac.
Bluebird, Chelsea – At this King’s Road institution, you can take to the ice at the Bluebird Skating Rink and enjoy a pre-dinner Red Royal, a decadent blend of Belvedere Red vodka, crème de cassis and Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial.
Fish Market, Liverpool Street – The covered terrace at this City seafood restaurant has been transformed into a winter wonderland inspired by British funfairs. Settle in amongst the twinkling fairy lights and feast on their signature Three Seas cod burger, popcorn shrimp, gingerbread goldfish, and alcoholic snow cones. Their cosy blankets and spiced cider are guaranteed to banish the winter chill.
Need more inspiration? Check out our list of killer cocktail spots or ask our experts for advice on twitter and Facebook. Stay tuned for the rest of our 12 days of festive fun series!
London can feel grey and cold during the winter months, but if there’s one thing guaranteed to cheer us up, it’s the twinkling Christmas lights that illuminate some of the capital’s most iconic streets during the festive season. The designers have gone all out this year, with bright white globes strung above Oxford Street, a flock of illuminated robins over Carnaby Street, and wind-powered light sails in Canary Wharf.
Photo Credit: Regent Street Facebook page.
If you’re doing your Christmas shopping in the West End, treat yourself to a well-deserved cocktail as the sun goes down and then take to the streets to see the lights at their best. Feeling hungry? Refuel at toptable favourites like Roti Chai, Cocochan, Goodman, and 28-50.
In Trafalgar Square, the huge Norwegian Christmas tree will be officially lit at 6pm on December 5th in a ceremony featuring the Lord Mayor of Westminster, the Mayor of Oslo, St Martin-in-the-Fields choir, and the Salvation Army. There’s another stunning tree just a short walk away in Covent Garden piazza, plus a huge topiary reindeer and a mulled wine hut. Kids will love the reindeer petting enclosure, while grown-up gourmets can sip Champagne and snack on cheese and charcuterie at nearby Champagne & Fromage. (Book ahead for a festive treat of 25% off your food bill.)
Follow our 12 days of festive fun series here and let us know what you’re up to this winter!
With only 22 days until Christmas, it’s time to fill your diary with festive lunch dates, market trips, shopping marathons and catch-up dinners. If you’re feeling a little low on Christmas spirit, we’ve rounded up twelve of our favourite festive things to do in London so you can get inspired and get out there. Don’t forget, if you need restaurant recs over the holidays, we’re only a tweet away…
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12 Days of Festive Fun – 1. Skate ‘n’ Dine
Strapping on your skates at one of London’s fantastic outdoor ice rinks is the perfect way to kick start the Christmas cheer. Our favourite is the stunning Skate rink that pops up every year in the 18th century courtyard of Somerset House on the Strand. After dark, you can skate to a soundtrack mixed live by top DJs and then have dinner at Tom Aiken’s Skate Lounge or in nearby Covent Garden.
Looking for a kid-friendly skate experience? Head for Eyeskate in the shadow of the London Eye or glide hand-in-hand under twinkling lights at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. At Somerset House, the Penguin Club will help nervous skaters under eight take their first steps on ice with penguin stabilisers to keep them upright! (The penguins are also available at the NHM rink.)
Here are our top five rinks, with some recommendations for where to eat nearby:
1. Skate at Somerset House. Eat at: The Savoy Grill, Terroirs, The Delaunay, Flesh & Buns.
2. Broadgate Ice Rink. Eat at: Bar BBQ on Ice, Duck & Waffle, Gaucho, Cinnamon Kitchen, Androuet.
3. Winter Wonderland. Eat at: Coya, Theo Randall, The Rib Room, Bar Boulud, Buddha-Bar.
4. Natural History Museum Ice Rink. Eat at: Obika, Bumpkin, Casa Brindisa, Aubaine, Bo Lang.
5. Ice Rink Canary Wharf. Eat at: The Pearson Room, Tom’s Kitchen, One Canada Square, Roka.
Stay tuned for more of our favourite festive things to do in London this winter!
It’s that time of year when we all begin to crave the seasonal taste of winter. Lucky for us, menus have transitioned to reflect the bounty of autumn and winter vegetables such as squash, kale, pumpkin and the collective taste for heartier dishes.
And for Americans, it’s that time of year when all these delicious flavours converge in one of the most cherished days of the year: Thanksgiving. For expats yearning for a taste of home, or locals looking for an early taste of Christmas, there is an abundance of London restaurants offering traditional Thanksgiving menus and specials.
Here’s our pick of some of the best spots to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thursday and throughout the weekend. Just remember to save room for the pumpkin pie!
Joe’s Southern Kitchen (Covent Garden) – Offering a 3-course menu for £30pp. Don’t miss the star of the show: slow roasted Norfolk turkey with cornbread, sage and bacon stuffing. View the menu here.
PJs Bar and Grill (Covent Garden) - Delight in a 3-course Thanksgiving set menu for £24.95 including a kir royal or prosecco.
Beard to Tail (Shoreditch) - Fancy a taste of pumpkin but prefer something other than pie? Along with a tasty special Thanksgiving menu available until Sunday, the fine whiskey-loving folk of Beard to Tail are offering seasonal inspired cocktails including a “Pilgrim’s Pumpkin Priory” including Woodford Reserve bourbon blended with spiced pumpkin and honey served with a port fortified cream. Yes, please! View the menu here.
Far Rockaway (Shoreditch) – This newly opened NYC-inspired eatery is offering an all-American line-up including maple roasted organic turkey with yellow corn stuffing and roasted sweet potato for £38.
Duke’s Brew and Cue (Dalston) – Add a taste of the deep south to your Thanksgiving meal at Duke’s. On Thanksgiving, they will be offering seasonal specials including brined hickory smoked maple turkey with honey roast carrots, artichoke and garlic roast potato, bacon and leek stuffing, and popovers with homemade horseradish (£19.95). Top it off with bourbon pecan pie (£7.25). Check out the menu here.
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