Treat the foodie in your life to something extra special this Christmas, from a Michelin-starred chef’s table to a gift voucher to their favourite live music bar, a restaurant kit they’ve always wanted to try to their favourite restaurant’s cookbook. To help you out, we’ve waded through the best options out there for London foodies.

Gift Vouchers

A gift voucher might not sound the most exciting present but when it’s for the chance to sample a Michelin-worthy tasting menu, it’s a whole other story. From afternoon tea packages to chef’s tables, here are the gifting vouchers to purchase this season.

Searcys 

Make opening presents on Christmas morning even more special with Searcys and their foodie offerings. Treat your mum to the special staycation afternoon tea at St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne Bar or take it up a notch with 116 Pall Mall’s Champagne afternoon tea. 

They also have cases of their popular Champagne offerings too, perfect for whipping out with the nibbles before the Christmas Day feast or for gifting to the fizz lovers in your life.

Alain Ducasse

Gift a meal to remember with a voucher from Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester. Ducasse is the one of two chefs to have earned 21 Michelin stars throughout his career, and the powerhouse restaurant nuzzled inside the grand hotel is a three-Michelin-starred success story. 

The restaurant specialises in contemporary French cuisine, boasting an impeccable tasting menu, as well as a la carte options too. Ingredients are seasonal and expect every bite to be just as beautiful as it is presented on the plate in front of you. Ducasse’s culinary approach has been perfectly integrated into the menu by Executive Chef Jean-Philippe Blondet and the culinary team.

The Ritz 

For those wanting to treat a loved one to a once-in-a-lifetime experience, it’s got to be a voucher for The Ritz. Opt for one of their monetary vouchers and help put an amount towards the world-renowned Ritz afternoon tea or Michelin-starred dining, or go big with an overnight stay voucher that’ll see your loved one enjoying the height of luxury.

Lyaness 

Have an afternoon tea lover in your family but want to treat them to something a little different to the usual? Look to the Spirited Tea by Lyaness, an afternoon tea experience that puts a Mr Lyan twist on the classic.

Tucked away inside Sea Containers London, Lyaness is a stunning bar complete with dreamy interiors and views over the Thames. You and your loved one could soon be tucking into the likes of pickled cucumber, cream cheese and chive sandwiches; coconut panna cotta with berry compote and honeycomb; and caramelised banana and chocolate eclair.

London Cabaret Club

For the friends who enjoy their restaurant experience with a side of entertainment, look to the London Cabaret Club’s gift voucher options. Filled with fantastic West End performers, dancers and acrobats, it’s an immersive experience you won’t find anywhere else. 

London Cabaret Club’s shows always celebrate Britain, from nodding to everything from the world’s best music genres to fashion trends and movements. Their packages range from Silver, Gold and Diamond – each offering a variation on their set menus and drinks. Their gift vouchers allow you to put money towards the show price tickets.

Circus

Circus takes immersive dining to a whole new level. The popular Covent Garden venue is bursting with exciting entertainment that lasts late into the night, from fire-breathers to hula-hoopers, aerialists to contortionists. 

Book your adventurous friend a meal to remember at Circus or try out their brunch offering. They also offer an exciting fire-breathing bar experience for those wanting to take their night up a notch. Circus also offers a vegan or non-vegan set menu, filled with four courses of fresh Pan-Asian dishes crafted by executive chef Andrew Larsson.

Andaz London Liverpool Street 

From overnight stays to sake experiences, weekend brunches to Champagne afternoon teas, there’s something for every foodie at Andaz London Liverpool Street. The east London hotel is home to modern rooms and exceptional dining options, from the laid back vibes of Rake’s Café Bar to the authentic Japanese restaurant, Miyako.  

Explore the best of Japan with Miyako’s sake flight, refuel after a heavy weekend with Rake’s brunch offering or make this Christmas present one to remember and book a voucher for one of the five star hotel’s suites.

The Piano Works

With locations in both Farringdon and the West End, a voucher to The Piano Works is the perfect option for the music lover in your life. And the best part about the venue? Their pianists and musicians only play songs that are requested by the audience! It’s a super fun night out and perfect for gifting to a foodie and music lover alike.

Great Fosters

Treat the adults to an immaculate chef’s table experience with Michelin-starred chef Tony Parkin at The Tudor Room, Great Fosters in Surrey. Hosted in The Wine Room at the hotel, you and five guests can enjoy exclusive use of the room for the entire evening as you host your own private party.

Expect an evening of indulgence as you’re served a tasting menu with coffee and petit fours, presented by Tony and his team. 

Priced at £900, it’s on the slighter pricier side but when you divide that between six guests, it’ll provide a truly special evening for you and your loved ones.

Masterclasses

From shaking up cocktails to cooking up a storm in the kitchen, masterclasses are a whole lot of fun. It’s a chance to meet professionals and learn how to whip up the dishes or drinks at home time and time again. Treat you and your friends to one of London’s best with a voucher they can use at a later date.

Bentley’s Oyster Bar

Love oysters but don’t know how best to enjoy them? Bentley’s Oyster Bar hosts Saturday masterclasses that’ll see guests learn how to perfect their shucking technique and enjoy them. Alongside the class, a sommelier will guide you through the best wines to enjoy alongside.

You’ll also receive your own oyster passport, Bentley’s T-shirt, limited-edition tote bag and recipe card. A great present for someone who has everything but you still want to spoil rotten.

Bentley’s Oyster Bar hosts Saturday masterclasses that’ll see guests learn how to perfect their shucking technique...

The Alchemist

Kings of the cocktail, The Alchemist is renowned for their intriguing, eye-catching and theatrical cocktail creations, and their masterclasses allow you to get a piece of the action and learn how to craft a masterpiece yourself. With sites all over the UK, it’s a great present to give all the cocktail lovers in your life.

Eataly

London’s answer to Italy, Eataly is home to thousands of great gifting options this Christmas, from their wrapped and ready hampers and gift boxes, to their fine chocolates and product selections. But one that’ll really seal the deal for the self-confessed home cooks is a cooking class at their on-site cookery school, La Scuola. 

Their classes will see you on your way to becoming the next big name in cooking, from learning to make authentic Italian dishes to wine tastings with the pros.

 

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Mixology Events

Shake up the night and book your friend a voucher to a cocktail class with Mixology Events. They host a whole array of classes all across London, including Soho, Shoreditch, Covent Garden and London Bridge. 

Great for a big group of friends, their classes are interactive and led by one of their team of experts. The sessions last two hours and will see you whizzing up four cocktails and indulge in a heap of healthy competition too as you work your magic on making your own signature cocktail…

Restaurant Kits

Restaurant kits are a great alternative gift for those with friends and family living further afield but who still deserve to sample some of the best culinary dishes that London restaurants and chefs have to offer. Here are a few of our favourites… 

Dirty Bones

For the burger enthusiasts, look to Dirty Bones and their meal kit options. Available via Plateaway, the meaty maestros have a host of delicious meal kits available to order nationwide. Choose from the likes of the Mac Daddy Burger, the Classic Cheeseburger or try their Vegan Hero Kit. Our favourite has to be the Hero Kit for 2 – it comes packed with two Mac Daddy burgers, lamb fries and Old Skool Fashioned cocktails.

Sketch

Don’t have a weekend free to try Sketch’s afternoon tea in person? Let the festivities come to you – or your friends if you’re feeling generous – and order in their festive afternoon tea to your home. 

Buried inside their beautiful pink packaging, you’ll find everything from salmon and cucumber sandwiches; a Christmas truffle bun; chocolate and caramel cake; pistachio choux; and blackcurrant and raspberry macaroons. They also cater for veggies and pescatarians too.

Hawksmoor

For a first-class steak dinner and a night in to remember order Hawksmoor at Home. The iconic London steak restaurant is offering fans of the brand boxes that include everything you need to make the perfect Hawksmoor dinner. The perfect present for your steak obsessed dad or for gifting your partner for a date night over Christmas. 

Dishoom

One order staple from Dishoom is their famous bacon naan rolls and now you can get your fix without even changing out of your pyjamas and leaving your humble abode. 

Surprise the family with a home feast to enjoy over the Christmas break between the big day and New Year or order in their bacon naan rolls or their vegan alternative to win to rid the household of their Boxing Day morning hazy head.  

Arabica 

For your sweet-toothed friends, order them the Turkish-style Kunefe Kit from Arabica. Serves up to six (depending how generous you’re feeling), the finish-at-home kit is perfect picking on over the festive season. 

It’s made from a layer of milk, stretchy cheese sandwiched between layers of chopped kadayif. Ladle over syrup, ground pistachios and rose petals to complete the sticky dessert.

Cookbooks 

The perfect gift for the home cook, order in their favourite London restaurant’s cookbook this Christmas and they’ll soon be knocking up their signature dishes at home. 

Big Mamma Cucina Popolare: Contemporary Italian Recipes

From their Instagrammable interiors to their floor-to-ceiling stacks of wine bottles lining their Circolo Popolare outpost in Fitzrovia, the Big Mamma group doesn’t do anything by halves. And, the same can be said for their humble, yet delicious Italian classics. The Big Mamma Cucina Popolare cookbook shares all of the recipes that made this establishment so loved today. Follow along and try your hand at recreating the easy-to-prepare recipes at home, from the burrata flower power to the double choco love. Let’s just hope you can make them look quite as pretty and Instagrammable at home…

Kricket: An Indian-Inspired Cookbook 

Pulling on inspiration from all areas of India, including Goa, Bombay and Hyderabad, head chef and co-founder of London’s restaurant Kricket, Will Bowlby has crafted a cookbook that both reinvents and plays homage to Indian cooking. Expect to be tucking into your favourite Kricket dishes from the street food favourite of Bhel Puri to the spicy goan sausage roll that’ll make you never look at another sausage roll in the same way again.

Black Axe Mangal 

Black Axe Mangal isn’t afraid to make noise. From their open-fire cooking techniques through to the heavy-metal music that’s usually blaring through the speakers, the restaurant is known for bringing the bold flavours and often underused ingredients to central focus. Written by chef Lee Tiernan, the Black Axe Mangal cookbook draws together Tiernan’s beloved dishes and signature recipes so fans can recreate their fiery flavours at home. It’ll also look very cool on your bookshelf or coffee table.

Trullo

Londoners go absolutely wild over a bowl of Trullo’s rich, cheesy fettuccine cacio e pepe. Now you can go wild in the comfort of your PJs and kitchen while you rustle up all of Trullo’s creations, along with their favourite Italian classics too. 

Tried, tested and enjoyed by owner Tim Siadatan, Trullo’s cookbook is a homage to Siadatan’s heritage, whilst hoping to prove that proper Italian cuisine is easily replicable at home. From dishes including slow-braised lamb shoulder to learning the craft of the two ingredients Tuscan pici (made literally from just flour and water!), there’ll be no more ready made pasta sauces in your kitchen once you’ve got your hand on this no.1 best seller.

Mildreds: The Vegetarian Cookbook

Mildreds was one of the first restaurants in London that helped shape the city into the vegetarian and vegan hub that it has become today. Whether you’re plant based, pescatarian or just looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint and meat intake, the Mildreds cookbook will help you revamp your salads, sides and vegetables into vegetarian delights.


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