Here’s our list of top events in London for Christmas feasting, food markets and festive menus. Fun game: have a mince pie every time we use the words “festive” or “Christmas”…
Daisy Green Christmas Party
What to Expect: From Daisy Green‘s secret garden cafe in Portman Village and their canalside spot Beany Green Romance in Little Venice, to their Broadgate Circle location and brand new Timmy Green; there is a range of venues for Christmas partying. Don’t miss music from the mini grand piano, oh and some festive fun with an Instagram live printer. Yeh you heard us.
Feast on: Bring on artisan sharing boards with Daisy Green’s infamous charcoal sourdough, Aussie-inspired Christmas canapés and there’s even “The Ultimate Christmas Dinner” at Timmy Green – a three-course meal with sharing starters of pigs in blankets, crispy calamari and courgettes, house made beef and harissa sausage rolls, then the Signature Josper Whole Roast Turkey (or choose from lamb or salmon), ending with a Christmas Trifle or traditional Christmas pudding. You can also choose from two special set menus with small plates, roasts for mains and Aussie desserts.
Daisy Green Collection | See website for bookings and locations
Winter Market Terrace at German Gymnasium
What to Expect: Head to the outdoor space by German Gymnasium for pine chalets decorated with sparkling lights, evoking the atmosphere and festive spirit of German Christmas markets.
Feast on: German winter market classics, including roasted chestnuts, Currywurst and Bratwurst, as well as more luxurious options including oyster and caviar dishes.
What to Drink: Cocktails – don’t miss the First Class or the Miles & More, both inspired by German Gymnasium’s collaboration with Lufthansa on this event. And there’s a heady hot red wine and dark rum concoction in the form of the Mulled Convair 300…
Save the Date: 29 November until the end of February.
What to Expect: Queens is bringing an exciting new concept to West London with Skate-Dine-Bowl. So grab your skates, bowling shoes, and impeccable taste buds because at Queens it’s all about good fun and good food.
Feast on: Having partnered up with renowned chef Jimmy Garcia, the menu is a classic British take on traditional diner fare – from the Build Your Own Burger to classics including Parliamentary Pulled Pork, Sticky Bangers – Old Spot pork and apple sausages with honey and mustard glaze; Wing It – sticky crispy chicken wings with a homemade hot sauce, and highly addictive Cheese Balls.
What to Drink: Grab a hot chocolate or milkshake while taking a breather from the ice, or linger at the main bar enjoying a cocktail (both hot and cold), craft beer, or wine.
Save the Date: Opening Thursday 8 December
Queens Ice & Bowl | 17 Queensway, London W2 4PQ
Ben’s Canteen’s Burger
Feast on: The Xmas Burger – a sage and shallot buttermilk turkey breast topped with a squashed stuffing ball, slow roasted honey & mustard ham hock, buttered Brussels, garlic mayo, melted Brie and cranberry sauce. (Epic!)
Save the Date: Available from December 1st, priced at £12.50, or £17 with a matched glass of Adega de Monaco, 2015 Vinho Verde.
Ben’s Canteen | See website for locations
Street Feast’s Festive Cocktails
What to Expect: Festive booze and music this Christmas are on at Hawker House and Dinerama. It’s all about the cosy drinking dens and hot winter warmers.
Sip on: Start upstairs at Dinerama’s The Zephyr Lounge and try the Winter Cup with cognac, triple sec, vermouth, lemon and ginger ale. Head over the bridge to the cosy alpine lodge, Dick’s Magic T-Bar, with roaring fires (win!), frozen toffee vodka shots, then settle in and sip on a sweet and delicious Hot Wine. Finish your festive drinking downstairs with the Boozy Hot Chocolate from the Pioneer Bar with cocoa, hot milk, mango vodka and cayenne pepper.
At Hawker House, there’s the Whisky Bar with a Whisky 50 list. Make a move upstairs to the Milk & Honey Mercury Lounge and get started on a New York Sour – with Bourbon, lemon juice, egg white and red wine. And down at the Hangar Bar, get stuck into a Sloe Gin Negroni – a boozy, bittersweet combination of gin, sloe gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. (We don’t recommend doing all of it at once!!)
Street Feast London | See website for more info on traders and dates*.
The King & Co’s Basque Pintxos Parties by Donostia Social Club
What to Expect: With the Christmas season approaching, don’t miss a great set menu to celebrate early with friends, including festive Basque favourites. This special four-course set menu will be available from 28 November to 24 December, and is priced at £32 including a glass of cava.
Feast on: Choose from dishes including Seared Scallops with carrot puree and crisp pancetta; Seabass with roasted piquillo pepper sauce and baby watercress; or Wild Boar and Chestnut Ragout with parsnip puree; ending with Mulled Rioja Poached Pears. And that’s only a few of the options!
There will also be pintxos party platters, so pick what works for you and your guests over the festive period.
Save the Date: From Monday 28 November.
The King & Co | 100 Clapham Park Road, London SW4 7BZ | Donostia Social Club’s Kitchen Residency is running daily | 31 October-31 December (kitchen open until 8pm on New Year’s Eve) | To book a table or reserve an area email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ma’s Festive Afternoon Tea
What to Expect: Forget the turkey, it’s all about the chicken here!
Feast on: This afternoon tea includes a spread of mini chicken buns three ways. Yes, that’s buttermilk, slow-pulled and rotisserie, with BBQ sauce or cranberry sauce for that festive touch. Next up are the sweet treats, including salted caramel doughnuts, mini mince pies and Ma’s Scoffle, a waffle twist on a strawberry and cream scone.
Ma’Plucker | 75 Beak Street, London W1F 9SS
Pergola on the Roof
What to Expect: Walk into a magical forest, sit beneath tree canopies, glug mulled wine, and forget you’re in the busy city this Christmas season. This winter, the venue has been weatherproofed, sitting inside a cosy dome atop Television Centre in White City.
Feast on: There’s plenty of choice here. There’s Scandi Snaps + Rye bringing top Danish dishes, including their must-try dish Snaps Kedgeree with cured salmon, smoked haddock, mild curry rice, tomato, spinach, soft egg and cumin salt. Patty & Bun are renowned for their ultra oozy, monstrous burgers, and at Pergola on the Roof they’re offering a choice of two aged-beef burgers, plus a Portobello Mushroom Burger. Michelin-trained chefs have their way with the traditional kebab at Le Bab: think wood-fired flavours from the Middle East, Near East and South Asia combined with wild and free range meats, all cooked on a wood and charcoal-fired robata.
Pergola on the Roof | Television Centre, Multi-storey Car Park, Wood Lane, London W12 7RJ | Open until 23 December 2016
Galvin HOP’s Pilsner Urquell Winter Garden
What to Expect: Galvin HOP, in Spitalfields, have opened a Bavarian-style beer tent in partnership with Pilsner Urquell.
Feast on: Tasty bar snacks, including Saddleback Pork Rillettes and Remoulade, Cumbrian Beef Rump Burger, and Tarte Flambée. Don’t miss Galvin HOP’s signature dogs, especially the Galvin Christmas Dog Deluxe, and the Galvin Royal Dog Deluxe.
What to Drink: It’s all about the beer here, with a 250 litre copper tank serving Pilsner Urquell. There’s the Hladinka (smooth), with half of the pint consisting of foam; Na dvakrát (crisp), featuring the least amount of foam; and Mliko (milk), as close as you’ll get to a Pilsner ice cream, made up of mostly foam. There will also be a range of spirits, Galvin Champagne and mulled wine.
Save the Date: The Pilsner Urquell Winter Garden is available for exclusive hire at lunch and dinner, and is open to the public from 5pm-10.30pm until 31 January.
Galvin HOP | 35 Spital Square, London E1 6DY
Christmas at Andina and Ceviche
What to Expect: Need somewhere to book a Christmas party feast with a twist? Martin Morales is bringing punchy Peruvian flavours combined with the best of British ingredients for an alternative celebration at Ceviche, Andina and Casita Andina.
Feast on: Great sharing platters with a range of flavours including Panca Chilli Braised Pork Cheek, with cassava root mash and tamarillo salsa criolla; or Ceviche Andina – sea bass, goldenberry, avocado and sweet potato, just a small part of the selection at Andina. At Ceviche the sharing platters include Salmon Ceviche, Pastel de Choclo, Charred Sprouts and Don Ceviche, and much more.
Southbank Centre Winter Market
What to Expect: Plenty of street food and gifts, but keep an eye out for Jaz & Jul’s proper hot chocolates to keep warm!
Feast on: Like we said, PLENTY of street food chalets at the market (winter market spot, check!), but here’s a top tip if you’re finding it hard to choose: stay warm, (or hot!) with Horn OK Please’s menu of Indian vegetarian dishes and signature favourites, including their Egg Kati Roll or Masala Fries!
Drink: Locally sourced beers at The Hop Locker.
Southbank Winter Market | Hungerford Bridge Car Park, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Winter Feasting at No. 1 Duke Street
What to Expect: Richmond’s No.1 Duke Street, which opened back in 2015 as the third venture from bar and restaurant group Darwin & Wallace, is an unpretentious addition to Richmond’s bar scene. Each of the group’s four addresses is kitted out with bespoke furniture and has its own playlist, curated by a DJ, to set the mood. However, each has a distinct style and character suited to its neighbourhood.
Feast on: Mains include Beer Braised Brisket of Beef, (think melt-in-the-mouth); but Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without turkey, and the Norfolk Turkey with traditional trimmings is a vision!
But the highlight of the menu is the pudding selection – indulgent, seasonal puds like Sticky Toffee Date Pudding with brandy butter cream and hot butterscotch sauce, feature alongside favourites with a twist, including Christmas Eton Mess and a Black Forest Brownie with cherries and warm chocolate sauce.
Save the Date: The Winter Feasting is menu available from 28 November.
No1. Duke Street | 1A Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1HP | Two courses £28, three courses £36
Little Feast – English Winter Garden
What to Expect: Snuggle up under blankets with delicious mulled wine and cider in the covered and heated seating area. Winter cocktails, beers and magnums of red will also be available from the decked out bar.
Feast on: This English Winter Garden will host brand new street food kitchens, as well as some returning friends from last year’s Scandinavian winter wonderland. From Le Bao, with their menu of five Gua Baos; to Claw’s famous crab burgers. Then there’s Cheeky Burger with their tasty burgers; Nanny Bills with their signature slow cooked beef and ale or pea, mint and feta croquettes; and Bull and Rancher with a churrasco BBQ feast.
Little Feast | Shepherd’s Bush Yard, Goldhawk Road, London W12 8HA | Opens 4 November | Wednesday-Friday 6pm-11pm; Saturday 12pm-11pm; Sunday 12pm-8pm
Camden Curates: Camden Market
What to Expect: A weekly pop-up festive market with a different theme each week, you’ll find live music, festive food and that essential, mulled wine. Find artisan gin gifts from the Half Hitch distillery on 17 November, and get filling those stockings with ‘Season’s Eatings’ for festive foodie gifts on 22 December.
Feast on: Head to The North Star Bar for your fill of cocktails, hot toddies, mulled wine and hot chocolate. Then head over for pizza from Voodoo Ray’s and goodies from The Flour Station.
Save the Date: 17 November ’til 22 December.
Camden Curates at Camden Market | Camden Market, Camden Lock Place, London NW1 8AF
The Wonderland Collective
What to Expect: Eat Me Drink Me, are launching a new pop-up, The Wonderland Collective, at the Ealing Xmas Market. Find unique products housed in festive, traditional wooden Christmas cabins outside the shopping centre. Think glittering fairy lights, garlands and scents of pine. Stalls will change on a weekly basis.
Feast on: No Christmas market is complete without traditional German-market inspired food stalls and mulled wine and don’t miss street food from Woodbox Pizza.
Ealing Xmas Market | Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre, Ealing, London, W5 5JY
The Frog’s Winter Menu
What to Expect: A sparkling new Christmas terrace with hot cocktails – we’ve heard it’s all about the Nutcracker Sweet and mulled wine here.
Feast on: A three-course menu with a twist. Choose from starters of Salmon, Peas, Sweet and Sour Wasabi; or Ham Hock, Pineapple and Parmesan, followed by a turkey with all the trimmings. And for dessert? Keep it traditional with a Christmas Pudding or how about a twist with the Yuzu, White Chocolate and Whiskey.
Save the Date: Launches 29 November, £40 for the three-course menu. Each booking includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival or a bottle of Prosecco for group bookings of six or more (yes please!).
The Frog Restaurant | 2 Ely’s Yard, Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street E1 6QR