Christmas in London 3

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by | Posted on 29th November 2013
Christmas in London 3

The third part of our Christmas coverage will focus on deliciously festive afternoon teas, some rather creative Christmas cocktails and a few more of London's most exciting Christmas events. There's Christmas wreath gingerbread, some mini meringue snowmen, Mr and Mrs Claus cocktails, panetonne cocktails, a whole host of Christmas carols, and even some top-secret free-flowing Champagne to be enjoyed – all before Christmas! We'd better get started…

Christmas Afternoon Teas

InterContinental Park Lane

The InterContinental Park Lane’s afternoon tea is a stroke of genius; they have changed things up by using the Christmas carol ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ as inspiration for their cakes, sandwiches and even cocktails. There’s a treacle tart topped with gold rings, French egg sandwiches…all you have to do is guess which cake matches which lyric! www.intercontinental.com

Reform Social and Grill

Reform Social & Grill at The Mandeville Hotel will be holding a festive afternoon tea featuring ‘British Winter Punch’ to start, followed by sandwiches including bronze turkey and cranberry flavour, and then traditional Christmas treats like brandy mince pies, dark chocolate yule log, mulled plum fancies and cranberry scones. And a little tip for you: the Champagne is free-flowing at weekends! www.reformsocialgrill.co.uk

The Ampersand

To celebrate the festive season, The Ampersand will be putting a Christmas twist on their usual afternoon tea. Start off by indulging in some savoury treats which will include your favourite Christmas flavour combinations: roast turkey and cranberry gougeres, stilton and apple gougeres, smoked salmon, dill and cream cheese gourgeres and homemade sausage rolls. After indulging in a selection of plain and white chocolate scones, guests can treat themselves to Christmas-themed pastries including redcurrant macaroons, Christmas wreath gingerbread, mince pies, homemade fruit cake and dark chocolate mousse. It’s a good job Christmas is the perfect excuse to indulge. www.ampersandhotel.com

The Capital

We all know Christmas is a time for families, and where better to celebrate this than at The Capital? For every two paying adults, a child can eat for free or you can treat your Granny or Grandpa for free instead! Some of the festive cakes include spiced ginger cake with butterscotch a dark chocolate and Clementine mouse and a chestnut cream tart – sounds delicious! www.capitalhotel.co.uk

The Langham

Over at The Langham, Cherish Finden, the UK Pastry Chef of the Year, has created a celebratory afternoon tea for the beautiful Palm Court which includes indulgent crayfish and fennel sandwiches and an array of pastries – one of which is very festive a mandarin orange dome with golden stars. Definitely a must-visit for afternoon tea lovers. www.langhamhotels.com

The Ritz

Along with the show-stopping glittering decorations that adorn the hotel and some fabulous events like ‘Live at The Ritz’, the traditional Christmas Eve dinner and dance gala and the Christmas lunch, the Ritz will also be serving a special Christmas Tea which guests can enjoy while the Ritz choir sing Christmas carols in the background. This one’s sure to leave you with that Christmassy feeling. www.theritzlondon.com

51 Buckingham Gate

The Christmas afternoon tea offering at 51 Buckingham Gate comes complete with oh-so-cute mini meringue snowmen, spiced mulled wine cake, Christmas tree Zirmsterne biscuits and turkey and cranberry jam sandwiches. This is surely the ultimate winter afternoon treat – go on, we won’t tell anyone! www.51-buckinghamgate.com

Christmas Cocktails

B-Soho

B-Soho has upped its cocktail game with the introduction of Mr Claus and Mrs Claus. The Mr Claus will go down smoothly with the men – or those who love traditional gentlemen’s whisky-based cocktails. Infused with sweet Christmassy notes of orange peel and cherry, one sip of this classically inspired 1960s drink will transport you to sitting by a crackling fire in Don Drapper-esque surroundings! The Mrs Claus is a lighter pomegranate-based cocktail with very Italian pink vermouth and sparkling sugar: it’s refreshing and glamorous. www.b-soho.co.uk

Bunga Bunga

For an Italian take on Christmas, head to Bunga Bunga’s Festa di Natale: not only will they be hosting an enormous 7-course banquet, a beautiful Christmas tree, a special Christmas pizza and ‘Santa-oke’ where guests will sing Christmas carols karaoke-style, they will also be serving unique Christmas cocktails served with a bit of Italian flare. Among the hot aperitivo and digestivo cocktails will be the ‘Inverno a Napoli’, Italy’s fiery take on traditional mulled wine which will be sure to warm you up on a chilly winter’s day. www.bungabunga-london.com

Disco

Disco’s Christmas cocktails are some of the most festive we’ve come across, ranging from a Disco Bauble Giant Sharer Cocktail to the Magic Snowball cocktail, which is a yummy mix of rum, cointreau, velvet falernum, fresh lime juice and angostura bitters. So if the Christmas crowds are getting too much for you, ‘check in’ to the Pan Am lounge at Disco-ho-ho: they have Christmas covered 1970s-style. www.disco-london.com

Mansion Bar & Parlour

Mansion Bar & Parlour will be hosting festive cocktail masterclasses: guests will be making, mixing, shaking, carbonising, and (most importantly!) tasting a selection of delicious cocktails, while being taught about the history and origin of the cocktail. Canapés will be served too, so this could make for the perfect hands-on office Christmas party if you’re looking for something a bit different this year. www.mansionbar.co.uk

Sartoria

Combining three of our favourite things – Christmas, cocktails and puddings – Sartoria are onto a winner with their Panettone cocktail, made from home-made raisin-infused gin, egg and vanilla, which will feature on the menu throughout the festive month. Sartoria will also be selling Panettone to guests and passers-by, perfect for presents or just to take home and devour in front of the fire – we won’t judge! www.sartoria-restaurant.co.uk

 

Christmas Events and Menus

Caxton Grill

As Christmas often means attending endless social engagements and trying to squeeze in visits to all your friends and family, why not gather them all together and plan a long lazy lunch party at the Caxton Grill? With two or three courses to choose from, you can catch up on the year and swap stories over chestnut velouté, turkey ballotine, and gingerbread, which is served with chocolate and praline truffle: delicious! www.caxtongrill.co.uk

Cinnamon Kitchen

For the first time, Cinnamon Kitchen will be opening on Christmas Day, sparing you the hassle of food shopping in the run-up to Christmas and the endless amount of cooking on Christmas Day. Enjoy the warm, friendly atmosphere at Cinnamon Kitchen with the whole family and tuck into a 4-course meal and an aperitif. And if you’re feeling particularly indulgent, why not stop off at Anise, the adjoining bar, on the way in for a festively spiced cocktail? www.cinnamon-kitchen.com

Covent Garden Hotel

Everyone loves a good Christmas film; add in an afternoon tea or a 2-course dinner at BRASSERIE MAX, and that’s your December Saturday evening sorted. Festive films on show include ‘It’s and Wonderful Life’ and ‘Miracle on 34th Street’. Perfect for the whole family to enjoy, we’re excited about a Christmas activity that doesn’t involve getting a cold nose! www.firmdalehotels.com

Floridita

To celebrate the festive season, Floridita’s Rum Shack is launching a Hot Rum Bar, serving six limited edition hot rum cocktails sure to warm guests up after the Christmas shopping dash. The cocktails we can’t wait to try are ‘Smoky Chocolate’, rum and whiskey mixed with hot chocolate, cinnamon and orange peel, and ‘Barbados Toddy’, a blend of Plantation rum, vanilla rum mixed with hot tea, honey, cloves, cinnamon and lemon juice. Snuggle down with blankets, cushions and sheepskin rugs and joy a quiet candlelit drink with a friend this Christmas. www.floriditalondon.com

Jumeirah Carlton Tower

Calling shopaholics everywhere: this one is for you! Jumeirah Carlton Tower has created a special ‘stocking filler’ package: guests will be presented with a £100 Harrods gift voucher to help with the Christmas shopping. Once you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped, your feet will need a bit of R&R, so head down to The Peak Health Club & Spa for a luxury pedicure, then cosy up in your beautiful hotel room. The next morning, enjoy a full English breakfast in The Rib Room before a late check-out. This is how to do your Christmas shopping in style! www.jumeirah.com

Maggie’s Club

Head to Maggie’s this December for a festive night out: there’s nothing like a few 80s Christmas tunes to get you in the Christmas spirit. There will be an 80s Christmas song jukebox and Christmas number ones competition, as well as some delicious limited edition festive cocktails served in special Wham! mugs and seasonal buffet and fingerfood menus. ‘IT’S CHRISTMAAAAS!’ www.maggies-club.com

Searcys

Searcys at the St Pancras Grand & Champagne Bar will be hosting ‘Champagne Wonderland’ – doesn’t that just sound like heaven? Perfect for Champagne lovers, the wonderland will take place on 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th December at Searcys, the longest Champagne Bar in Europe. Bringing a bit of sparkle to Christmas, Searcys will serve premium Champagnes and delicious winter warmers for guests to indulge in. www.searcys.co.uk

Village Underground

The Village Underground will be hosting the ‘most fantastical Christmas party’ this year at The Imaginarium. Petersham Playhouse and Secret Productions will be collaborating to host a festive party like no other: inspired by the film ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’, guests will be transported to a tropical rooftop jungle, a lavish Belle Epoque brothel, and much more. Trapeze artists, sword fights, can-can dancers and astronauts will all add to the surreal experience, creating a Christmas party that is out of this world. With a deliciously theatrical spread supplied by the chefs from Urban Caprice, drinks from the complimentary bar and roller girls at the disco riot, The Village Underground is the place to go for a truly unique Christmas event. www.villageunderground.co.uk

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