From curious Christmas cocktails, to hidden speakeasies and the ultimate ways for foodies to see in the New Year, here are our picks for the very best places to eat, drink and be merry this month…
Lost Property Office speakeasy, Waterloo
Fancy trying a Chocolate Orange Negroni? Of course you do, and this is where you find it. Hidden inside Brewdog Waterloo is secret speakeasy the Lost Property Office, boasting expertly crafted cocktails by none other than award-winning mixologist Rich Woods -aka “The Cocktail Guy – and also the creative mind behind the cocktail menus of SUSHISAMBA and Duck and Waffle. A special Christmas Cocktail menu is on offer right now, and it’s highlights including the aforementioned Richard’s Chocolate Orange Negroni and a Mince Pie Old Fashioned. Discover how to find the hidden speakeasy and our verdict on the best cocktails on the limited-edition menu – right here.
Tozi Grand Cafe, Battersea
Speaking of negronis, we might have just found the best one in London. Opening this month at Battersea Power Station is Italian eaterie Tozi Grand Cafe – and your first order of business has to be the olive oil negroni, the smoothest serve in the city. Start with the anchovies fried in crispy sage and follow them up with the pappardelle with braised wild boar – both dishes you’ll be thinking about for long after your visit. This design-led haven is going to become your new Battersea go-to.
Sunday in Brooklyn’s ‘Snowday in Brooklyn’ pop up, Notting Hill
It’s impossible not to love the kitsch and colourful Christmas cocktails on offer for a limited time at Notting Hill hotspot Sunday in Brooklyn. For December, the New York-native restaurant has been transformed into a Winter grotto – aptly coined Snowday in Brooklyn – boasting the most fun Christmas cocktails you’ll find in the city. The ‘Grinch Don’t Kill My Vibe’ cocktail packs a serious punch, mixing pisco, mezcal, genepy, creme de menthe and cocoa, while they must-try ‘Snowman’s Land’ – a festively spicy combination of gin, cahaca, macadamia, passion fruit, apricot, cumin and curry leaf – arrives in a snowman glass as sweet as the drink within.
Though the eaterie is usually famed for its brunch, coming for evening cocktails this month means you’ll also get the chance to sample its fabulous dinner menu, too: we’re huge fans of the delightfully unctuous spinach and artichoke dip starter, made with sharp cheddar and taragon (the menu describes it as a sharing plate, but one bite and we defy you not to devour a whole one for yourself), as well as the grilled trout, served with a guajillo chilli crisp and fresh frisée salad.
Christmas Day at TreeHouse@51, St James
Nothing feels more luxurious than dining out at a five-star hotel for Christmas Day. Our advice? Forget the stress of hosting Christmas yourself this year and reserve your table at TreeHouse@51, nestled in the picturesque courtyard of the five-starred Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites & Residences at St. James. We’re already fans of the mouthwatering menu here, which puts a creative twist on global favourites – read our review right here – and Christmas Day is set to be an even more luxurious affair.
On the 25th, guests are invited to indulge in a multi-course, specially-curated festive lunch, which will include a tuna ceviche amuse bouche, seasonal starters, and a choice of four decadent main courses – so whether you opt for a traditional Christmas dinner or a more novel dish is up to you. For dessert, expect an array of puds to choose from, including a Christmas pudding with kirsch marinated cherries and Remy Martin anglais, a rich and chocolatey yule log or cinnamon ice cream with champagne jelly. It’ll all be set to the tunes of a live music trio through the afternoon, followed by a live band who’ll keep festivities going through the evening.
Christmas Day lunch is £130 per person. Reserve your table here.
New Year’s Eve at Apothecary East, Shoreditch
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style this year at Shoreditch’s Japanese-inspired restaurant, Apothecary East. The East London locale will be serving up tasty small plates including sushi rolls, sashimi, and skewers from the robata grill alongside wickedly mixed cocktails and Japanese beer, whisky and saké long into the night on the 31st December, with DJs spinning the best in disco, funk, soul, 80’s and old school tunes until 3am. On the night, party goers can enjoy the restaurant’s a la carte menu alongside two newly launched special dishes for the evening. Delicious Japanese bites while you boogie? That’s our kind of NYE party.
Pre-booking is advised and a small number of door tickets will be available on the night priced at £10. Bookings can be made here.
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