Fortnum & Mason has partnered with The Goring hotel for a magical Sleeping Beauty experience in conjunction with Matthew Bourne’s bestselling ballet, which returns to Sadler’s Wells. Running until January, the package includes tickets to the ballet (via private chauffeur), champagne afternoon tea in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason, a Sleeping Beauty hamper, nightcap, a personalised tea blend from Fortnum’s – and more.
Price from £1,864, it is available through Fortnum & Mason’s concierge service: email@example.com
Claridge’s Christmas Tree 2022 has been created by Sandra Choi for Jimmy Choo. Named ‘The Diamond’, the tree is a magnificent sculptural creation standing over five metres tall, which took over 350 hours to construct. The tree is crafted from 69 shining, reflective mirrors, accented with 60 meters of sparkling lights which pulse, undulate, and reflect off the multifaceted surface, and 250 individual aluminium panels. It is finished with a giant, glittering bow topper – a nod to one of the key design themes of Jimmy Choo’s winter collection. Guests can stand inside the tree to take in the magical and shining, diamond-refracted space.
Toast the new year at The Londoner’s in atmospheric izakaya bar while enjoying the fireworks and book a signature experience, including exquisite cocktails, Dom Pérignon Rosé and Japanese small plates or if you’re in the mood to party, head over to sister hotel the May Fair where its resident DJ will be spinning a perfect party set.
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Maison François in St James’s, will be marking the festive season with its bespoke Cochon de Noël. Head pastry chef Jérémy Prakhin has crafted the limited-edition Cochon from layers of the finest quality dark, white and milk chocolate. Every hand-crafted pig is encased within a contemporary chocolate Christmas tree and filled with indulgent peanut and milk chocolate truffle. Available until Christmas or while stocks last.
The Hard Rock Cafe Christmas Menu is available until Sunday January 8 – including Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Enjoy a two or three-course menu full of decadent twists on traditional Hard Rock favourites, including a Surf and Turf burger and warm holiday brownie dessert. For the little ones, there’s Santa’s Grotto at Hard Rock Piccadilly Circus (December 10,11,17,18 and 24).Children can meet Father Christmas and enter the magical, make-believe world of Santa’s Grotto from 12pm-3pm. Free entry, no booking required.
Shangri-La The Shard, London has unveiling a cosmic take on traditional décor and a space-age Christmas tree designed by McQueens Flowers. This year, guests can get into the festive spirit with a Christmas afternoon tea featuring galactic-inspired pastries, or toast to 2023 at the hotel’s New Year’s Eve Party of the Future, with a satellite view over firework displays across the city.
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester’s menu for the winter season has been curated by executive head chef Jean-Philippe Blondet who has crafted menus with exceptional seasonal produce such as white truffle or lobster, embracing the festive season in every dish.
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Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane has created a range of magical experiences for Christmas. One of the highlights is a pop-up hot chocolate cart, running every Friday throughout November and December. With special recipes from Four Seasons winter resorts around the world including Four Seasons Whistler, Vail and Megeve, the cart transports guests to the mountains by serving hot chocolate with an international twist, alongside the Hotel’s own British classic.
This Christmas, The Dilly’s Official Peter Rabbit™ Afternoon Tea brings to life the classic story by London author Beatrix Potter, with a festive twist for children and adults alike. The afternoon tea, which is served seven days a week, features a selection of savoury and sweet treats including a raspberry-flavoured macaron with chocolate bunny ears and an edible Santa hat created by The Dilly’s head pastry chef.
Festive season is well and truly underway at Kitchen at Holmes in Baker Street, which is running its secret rooftop cinema experience again this year. Guests can snuggle into fur throws amongst the Christmas trees and fairy lights, ready to enjoy a Christmas classic projected on a screen amongst the rooftops of Marylebone, with the option of ordering some special serves from Jameson to sip throughout the showings.The pop-up is available until December 16 (every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) and will be showing the likes of The Holiday, Love Actually, It’s a Wonderful Life & A Miracle on 34th Street.
Corinthia London and Acqua di Parma have partnered to create “The Alpine Winter Garden”, a multi-sensory winter Schloss. Acqua di Parma’s new collection of holiday season candles and diffusers line the hotel and Alpine Winter Garden, with its new Bosco, Panettone and Magia del Camino candles and diffusers having been inspired by contemporary yet authentic interpretations of festive Italians moments.
God’s Garden is a new experiential winter garden set within the grounds of One Marylebone Church. A cosy oasis, this hidden heated hideout combines high-quality food and drink with live and experiential entertainment. The courtyard, decorated with dramatic foliage, scene-setting Persian rugs, warm yellow lighting and heaters, will be the ultimate new spot to unwind after work and indulge on the weekend.Open from Wednesday-Sunday, guests can enjoy cocktails from drinks connoisseurs Soul Shakers as well as tipples from the Moët Hennessy bar which will serve signature cocktails and winter staples including the ‘Hot Angel’, Whispering Angel’s take on mulled wine.
The Biltmore Mayfair is the place to experience a quintessentially British tradition of Afternoon Tea with a Christmas twist, served in the sophisticated surroundings of The Tea Lounge. Indulge in a delicious selection of delicate finger sandwiches, chose from turkey with Christmas stuffing, mulled wine cured salmon or honey roast ham. Freshly baked scones with clotted cream and preserves, and magnificently crafted patisserie including homemade Christmas stolen, Mont Blanc Christmas tree and cassis, pear bavarois chocolate mousse holly candle.
The Winter Wonders package at the Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences and St. James’ Court, includes cosy overnight stay discounts, indulgent Christmas menus, a winter-chalet experience and mesmerising decorations for friends and family to enjoy together. One of the highlights is the Winter Chalet in the TH@51 Courtyard which is adorned with festive decor, reindeers and a statue of the traditional Nutcracker. Enjoy classic mulled wine or a hot chocolate along with delicious bites, or warm up around the fire pit where you can roast chestnuts and marshmallows too. TH@51 will also be serving The Baubles and Ballerina afternoon tea with live cinematic performances of dancers in the conservatory.
Scott’s has partnered with Perrier-Jouët Champagne and Plymouth Gin for its show-stopping external installation, Perrier-Jouët Champagne pairings, a Plymouth Gin cocktail list and a limited-edition seasonal dessert – until Monday January 2. Don’t miss the shimmering menagerie of crystal animals parading across the coveted terrace – swinging monkeys, a pair of dancing penguins, a giraffe sipping from a supersized martini and an elephant trumpeting a joyful welcome – adding a witty festive touch with a twist. Why not opt for a dozen of Scott’s finest oysters washed down with a glass of Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs NV or share a decadent plate of blinis piled high with caviar and crème fraiche, along with a bottle of Perrier Jouët’s Belle Epoque 2014 Vintage?