Insider guide: How to enjoy a socially distant London staycation
Put the Berlin trip on ice, say ciao to Rome for now and indulge in some of the capital’s best bits with our guide to safely making the most of London in this new era.
4th December 2019
London’s Christmas markets are amazing spots to tuck into a feast of flavours, from bratwurst and warming fish and chips, to raclette and traditional alpine fondue. The Southbank Centre Winter Festival is one spot to tuck into a festive feast while perusing the stalls and enjoying festive shows. The Southbank Centre Winter Festival is on until 5 January 2020.
London’s idea of food heaven throughout the year, visit Borough Market during December to sample the festive foods of some of the UK’s best producers. There are also various special events on throughout the month, such as the annual Evening of Cheese at Borough Market on 11 December. More than 20 cheesemongers will be serving their cheeses alongside festive chutneys and recipe suggestions.
A self-styled alpine lodge in Fulham, Winterland is an incredible spot in the city to escape to. Set in winter cabins, igloos, around fire pits and in The Moose Bar, this is a magical place to explore even before you have anything to eat. When it comes to the food, there is everything from a feasting menu to a pizza shed.
A Dickensian Christmas
An immersive experience set in Finsbury Square – an old stomping ground of Charles Dickens himself – this is an incredible chance to enjoy Christmas from a different era. Accompanying an array of entertainment are canapes and an authentic three-course meal, making this an amazing alternative foodie experience in London. There are still some tickets left for 19 and 20 December.
Taking place at Canopy Market from 6 to 8 December, London Christmas Beer Festival is an event for beer and food lovers alike. While a range of artisan breweries will give plenty of drinking options, a food market will be selling original foodie treats perfect for stocking and hamper fillers.
An Immersive Dining Experience of A Christmas Carol
One-of-a kind performances depicting A Christmas Carol accompany a mouth-watering dinner this December in Mayfair. A three-course sharing feast will be served, including vegetarian and vegan options, with traditional sticky figgy pudding to finish.
Spend the day in the spot where King Henry VIII called ‘home’ at the Hampton Court Palace Festive Fayre from 6 to 8 December. A haven for food fans, there will be everything from street food and goods by artisan producers, to cooking demonstrations and an insight into Tudor kitchens.
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