‘Twas the night before Christmas, and the reason ‘not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse’ was probably because they were all out celebrating. The run-up to Christmas can be a tiring race, and if you’re hosting on Christmas day, you may be in for a long day of cooking and looking after guests. If this sounds like you, believe us, Christmas Eve is the perfect time for you to blow off some steam and really celebrate the fun festive season before it ends for another year and plans turn to New Year’s. There are many ways to celebrate Christmas Eve around the capital, here are our recommendations of the best ways to spend the night before Christmas…
What to do on Christmas Eve in London
If you’re planning on being in town on Christmas Eve doing some very last-minute present buying, take a load off and toast to good health and a happy new year at Cahoots in Soho. The 1940’s themed cocktail bar is the perfect place to rest and enjoy a cosy tipple – namely, the special whiskey-based ‘Jack Frost Tippling As He Goes’ made with whiskey, honey liqueur and mulled wine.
Visit The Punch Room in The London Edition where you’ll enjoy a generous selection of over 30 different punches, including ‘Sorel Wine’, a tropical fusion of flavours such as lemongrass, pineapple, mango and banana liqueur mixed with .
Head to The Punchbowl, one of Mayfair’s oldest pubs, who’ll be opening their doors on Christmas Eve and greeting guests into their warm setting with a complimentary glass of Christmas punch. Bring your family and friends and enjoy a taste of the countryside in the boutique inn.
The Ivy Market Grill has released 3 limited edition cocktails for the festive season – Merry Martini, GIN-ger fizz or Snowball Fight. Mmm!
Covent Garden’s Infinity Chamber light installation is the perfect backdrop for an obligatory Christmas selfie. Amongst the installation is the equally mable dazzling reindeer, giant bow and 55-ft Christmas tree lit with 115,000 lights in the beautiful piazza.
Go for a Walk
The RHS Hyde Hall in Essex will be open on Christmas Eve for those who fancy a brisk walk amongst beautiful nature. Hyde Hall’s new winter garden is a sight for sore eyes with beds of flowers in riotous colours, eye-catching berries and stunning leaves.
Enjoy Live Music
For a decadent Christmas Eve, book a table at Quaglino’s in Mayfair and enjoy the musical talents of Andrew Osbourne and his band who’ll perform classic favourites from the likes of Elton John, Billy Joel and The Beatles.
The Langham’s Christmas Eve dinner must be booked by those preparing to serve others on Christmas Day. Let the impeccable staff look after you whilst you enjoy a 3-course menu alongside specially sommelier-selected wines.
Indulge in Afternoon Tea
The Christmas Afternoon Tea at Nobu Hotel Shoreditch is a unique offering of a deliciously festive high tea with a stylish Nobu twist. Only £30 per person, head there before tea ends at 5 pm and be back home at a reasonable time, ready for a chaotic Christmas day.
With its Baccarat crystal chandelier, piano melodies and Richard Brendon hand-painted china, you’ll struggle to find a prettier afternoon tea setting than The Corinthia Hotel. Cakes are appetisingly presented on a trolley which is wheeled from table to table, with festive highlights including a mandarin and chestnut mousse with hazelnut sponge, traditional Christmas loaf cake and vanilla and white chocolate cranberry snowball. The savoury side is equally impressive – king of the sandwiches is the bronze turkey with caramelised apple and chestnut stuffing, with many tasty vegetarian options on offer too including one filled with caramelised butternut squash, yoghurt and pomegranate.
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