Treat the foodie in your life to something extra special this Christmas, from a Michelin-starred chef’s table to a gift voucher to a luxurious afternoon tea, 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 London foodie gifts out there.
A gift voucher might not sound like the most exciting present, but when it’s for a luxury experience or a Michelin-worthy tasting menu, it’s a whole different story. From afternoon tea packages to champagne lunches and chef’s tables, here are the gift vouchers to purchase this festive season.
Wine Tasting Experience for Two at Hithe + Seek
This year, The Westin London City are offering a selection of vouchers with gifting in mind – including a treatment at the Heavenly Spa by Westin with afternoon tea, and a one-night stay with breakfast and arrival champagne – but the highlight for foodies has to be a tasting menu with wine pairings at their riverside wine bar Hithe + Seek. Think two hours of delicious food, four distinct wines guided by their Wine Curator, and panoramic river views.
Where: 60 Upper Thames St., London EC4V 3AD
Botanical Afternoon Tea at 100 Queen’s Gate
For the sweet-toothed food lovers in your life, give the gift of a luxurious London afternoon tea this festive season. 100 Queens Gate’s Afternoon Tea is a unique and personal gastronomical experience, set in the stunning surroundings of Botanica, their elegant atrium adorned with cherry blossom and lavish greeneries. Indulge in a carefully selected blend of teas from Whittard of Chelsea, paired perfectly with pastries and savouries created by their team of in-house chefs, alongside a glass of champagne.
Champagne Lunch at The Lanesborough Grill
Gift a meal to remember with a voucher for The Lanesborough Grill.
Enjoy a sensational three-course lunch from a seasonal set menu showcasing modern British cookery by acclaimed Executive Chef Shay Cooper, renowned for earning a Michelin star at both The Bingham Hotel and The Goring, and wash it down with a glass of Champagne per person.
WHERE: Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA
Overnight Stays At 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.
WHERE: 40 Liverpool St, London EC2M 7QN
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Gastronomic Overnight Stay For Two At Great Fosters
For those wanting to treat a loved one to a Tudor estate experience to remember, it’s got to be Great Fosters. Opt for their Gastronomic Overnight Stay For Two and you and you’ll be treated to a night of luxury in one of their rooms and suites, as well as a signature 7-course dining experience in The Tudor Pass, followed by a full breakfast the next morning.
You can even add on a private hot tub experience at Utopia Retreat to make your getaway gift extra special.
WHERE: Stroude Rd, Egham TW20 9UR
The English Grill at The Rubens at The Palace
Want to treat a foodie to something extra special? Look to The English Grill at The Rubens and book a gourmet dining experience with Executive Chef Ben Kelliher.
Experience the kitchen close-up, and watch the chefs prep as you enjoy a glass of champagne and canapés. Afterwards, indulge in a four-course gourmet experience in The English Grill. Their head sommelier Vincent Bouin will be on hand for expert knowledge and guidance for your wine choices.
WHERE: 39 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 0PS
Champange Experiences With 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 lunch at the top of the Gherkin.
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. For delivery pre-Christmas, order by 3pm on 21st December.
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Mr Simms Sweetshop Experience at The Chesterfield Mayfair
For the friends who enjoy their afternoon tea experience with a side of sweetness, look to The Chesterfield Mayfair’s afternoon tea experience inspired by a traditional sweetshop.
Celebrate the joy of rediscovering old favourites and the thrill of finding something new and scrumptious while savouring freshly made finger sandwiches, homemade scones, and a selection of delicious cakes and pastries inspired by the magic of an original sweetshop.
WHERE: 35 Charles St, London W1J 5EB
Meraki’s Personalised Menu
The perfect gift for a foodie, a Meraki experience voucher entitles the recipient to take their menu to a whole new level by personalising it just for them, to their taste.
Featuring a wide selection of the restaurant’s sharing mezze and signature dishes, your personalised menu will be served with a bottle of 2013 Brut, Moet & Chandon, or you can swap the bubbles for some gorgeous Greek-inspired cocktails.
WHERE: 80-82 Great Titchfield St., London W1W 7QT
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Dine & Crash at South Place Chop House
Treat your loved one to South Place Hotel’s Dine & Crash package including a special three-course set menu in South Place Chop House, the classically British restaurant tucked inside the hotel. Expect a menu dedicated to the seasons, with carefully sourced cuts of meat, freshly caught fish, and contemporary tastes.
Utterly stuffed and satisfied, you won’t have far to go as your evening will end with a relaxing night in one of their luxurious five-star bedrooms upstairs.
WHERE: 3 South Pl, London EC2M 2AF
Membership At The Richmond Club
For the South West London foodie, why not treat them to an exclusive experience this Christmas with a membership to Richmond’s first private members’ club – equipped with a restaurant to get their foodie fix all year round. Based on Kew Road, the club welcomes guests to enjoy their sumptuous food and drink menus, with memberships starting at £280 a year.
They’ve recently introduced a new menu including succulent seabass, duck breast with braised apple and red cabbage, fresh Dorset crab cakes, and a delicious charcuterie sharer.
Unique Foodie Experiences
From intimate cinema experiences to foraging, here’s our pick of unique foodie experiences to gift this season.
Michelin-star Chef’s Table at Evelyn’s Table
Whip up some even more excitement on Christmas morning with a booking at Evelyn’s Table – one of London’s most sought-after dining experiences. Having been granted their first Michelin star earlier this year, the three Selby brothers are at the helm, serving just ten guests at each sitting, which means the entire restaurant is based around the chef’s table.
Up close and personal with some of the best chefs in the business, it’s a truly intimate experience for the true foodie in your life.
WHERE: The Blue Posts, Cellar, 28 Rupert St, London W1D 6DJ
Film & Fizz Experience at One Aldwych
Gift an evening to remember by booking in for a unique cultural-meets-culinary experience with Film & Fizz at One Aldwych, in partnership with Curzon.
You’ll start with a 3-course meal in their signature restaurant Indigo, then settle in for the evening in their intimate 30-seat cinema with popcorn and a glass of Henners Sparkling Wine.
WHERE: One Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ
Foraging At The Milestone Hotel & Residences
If you’re wanting to treat a foodie to a brand new experience, have them join a Totally Wild UK professional forager at The Milestone Hotel & Residences to learn the art of foraging. You’ll learn how to take a responsible role in the sustainable collection of wild food, travel to a foraging location to discover what exciting wild foods are growing nearby. During the experience, you’ll be introduced to a number of edible species; getting tips on harvesting and correct identification. You’ll also have an opportunity to sample wild food tasters from pickles to jams, chutneys, syrups, flavoured salts and alcohol infusions.
Return to The Milestone with your bounty and allow Executive Chef Daniel Putz and his team to create a personalised dinner and cocktails using the produce that you gathered during your foraging experience.
WHERE: 1-3 Kensington Ct, London W8 5DL
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.
Academy Of Cheese at Paxton & Whitfield
Britain’s leading cheesemonger for over 20 years, Paxton & Whitfield’s Academy Of Cheese is the perfect gift for those who love a dinner party, with an unmatched opportunity to up their cheeseboard game. You’ll meet with the cheese aficionados for a full day of learning, covering the history of cheesemaking, and a guide to selecting and tasting them.
During the one-day course, you’ll learn about 25 different types of cheese, receive an Academy of Cheese delegate pack, and access to an online exam to make it super official that you know your stuff. There’ll also be a buffet lunch and refreshments – making the day a fun as well as informative day out.
WHERE: 93 Jermyn St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6JE
Sushi Masterclass at The Prince Akatoki
For the sushi enthusiasts, look to TOKii at The Prince Akatoki and their sushi masterclass.
Make memories while mastering the art of sushi and treat them to a lesson, diving into unique flavours, and making a selection of sushi rolls, nigiri and handrolls, including their signature roll, Uramaki (salmon and avocado). Delight your tastebuds with a glass of sparkling sake alongside.
WHERE: 50 Great Cumberland Pl, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD
Bee and Honey Masterclass at The Montague on the Gardens
For a first-class experience to remember, gift them a Bee and Honey Masterclass at The Montague On The Gardens, where they’ll have the opportunity to learn, create and make a direct contribution to ecological sustainability. The experience will be led by a guided member of Bees for Development charity and a beekeeper, and you’ll be taken on a guided eco walk through Montague Street Gardens to see their very own beehives.
Moving indoors, you’ll move on to candle-making, where you’ll mould and create your own beeswax candles, followed by a honey extraction, where you’ll uncap and jar your own honey to take home. You’ll also be treated to a honey tasting, exploring a variety of honey from different flora. To finish the 3.5 hour experience, you’ll head to the Leopard Bar Terrace to indulge in an Afternoon Tea overlooking the gardens and hives.
WHERE: 15 Montague St, London WC1B 5BJ
Beef Wellington Masterclass At The Rubens At The Palace
One staple of The English Grill at The Rubens At The Palace is their Beef Wellington, and you can get your fix while also learning how to make the dish perfect.
Surprise a loved one with a one-hour cooking class from Executive Chef Ben Kelliher, and enjoy a glass of Champagne and canapés during the experience.
WHERE: 39 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 0PS
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The Avenue Cookery School
Get hands-on at The Avenue Cookery School’s lively kitchen by booking a cooking class. Open day and night seven days a week, it’s the perfect option for gifting or a festive get-together, and their fun and knowledgeable team will make your day one to remember.
Whether it’s a bao class, Japanese cooking class, Argentinian cooking or a Paella workshop, there really is something for everyone. With bottomless booze or BYOB options available, it’s the perfect experience for the foodie in your life.
WHERE: 3 Enterprise Way, London SW18 1FZ
Pasta Evangelists Masterclass
For your pasta-loving pals, have them learn the art of fresh pasta at a Pasta Evangelists masterclass. Led by expert Italian chefs, each masterclass will equip you with the skills to make your own pasta from scratch. Plus, there’s unlimited Prosecco served at every class.
From Taste Of Rome sessions to complete beginners classes, it’s the perfect place to learn artisan techniques and ancient traditions which have been passed down in Italy through the centuries.
Oyster Masterclass at 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.
WHERE: 11-15 Swallow St, London W1B 4DG
The View Whiskey Experience at The Athenaeum
One for the whiskey lovers, treat them to an experience to remember with The View Whiskey Experience at The Athenaeum, hosted at the hotel’s 10th floor lounge.
Four unique whiskies will be chosen for the masterclass by barman Alex Aber, each from a different region or country, alongside a delicious cheeseboard to tuck into as you enjoy panoramic views of London.
WHERE: 116 Piccadilly, London W1J 7BJ
Cocktail Masterclass at Harvey Nichols
Shake up your Christmas gifting and book your friend a voucher to a cocktail class with Harvey Nichols. They host a whole array of classes in their iconic London store, offering both food and drink for the ultimate experience.
The class kicks off as early as 9:30am with a mocktail and full breakfast spread, including pastries, fruit salad, Greek yoghurt with honey granola and a salmon, cream cheese and dill bagel. The main event will take you through three themed cocktails covering all the how-tos and the history before they get you mixing, shaking, making and, of course, tasting your creation. Afterwards, you’ll be treated to a two-course lunch and a glass of wine.
WHERE: 109-125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RJ
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 food that London has to offer. Here are a few of our favourites.
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.
This viral frying pan pizza kit is showing no signs of going anywhere since its lockdown heyday. Still ever as popular, gift a pizza lover their at-home meal kit delivered straight to their door.
Whether it’s Margherita, pepperoni with spicy honey, or courgette and mushroom, the kit includes everything they need to make a dreamy deep pan at home.
Famed Sri-Lankan restaurant, Hoppers, is so well-loved with London foodies that you simply couldn’t go wrong with gifting the vibrant flavours of their Family Feast Kit.
Centered around their signature Lamb Shoulder Kari, there’s also plenty of sides to share around – including their signature Mutton Rolls, Bonemarrow Varuval, Rotis and banana chips.
The perfect gift for the home cook, order 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…
Hawksmoor: Restaurants & Recipes
From refined and perfected Hawksmoor favourites like Mac ‘n’ Cheese and the Steak Slice that caused a social media storm, to light and elegant Lobster Slaw and big carnivorous sharing feasts, this book will make you fall in love with Hawksmoor all over again.
Bringing together recipes from all the Hawksmoor restaurants, with insights like how to cook the famous Tomahawk and mix the bar staff’s intricate cocktails, this is the ultimate bible for beefy, boozy perfection.
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.