It’s almost that time again: Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ will soon be on repeat and you're probably hoping for this time you'll actually be able to spend Christmas with family and friends. Kick it off with one of London’s best festive hampers.
We'd be happy with pretty much any of The Quality Chop House Shop hampers - packed as they are with great wines, gorgeous comestibles and seasonal treats. This is their bestselling hamper - the QCH Christmas. There's wine, mince pies, pastrami salmon and - most crucially - their world-class pork pies.
Be prepared for any unexpected guests over the festive season with this handy hamper from North London deli Melrose & Morgan. Contents include a bottle of Ancestral Montonega Pet-Nat 2018 Can Sumoi, a jar of Harissa Spiced Nuts, a luxury tin of Artisan Crackers; Mince Pies and a packet of Dark Chocolate Candied Oranges.
For an altogether luxe hamper experience this year you'll need to try this one from Annabel's on Berkeley Square. There's Cocoa gianduja chocolate Covered Almonds, porcini Mushrooms in Oil and a Da Vittorio x Annabel’s Panettone in a bespoke tin, wrapped with Annabel’s signature print. It all comes in a dark green faux crocodile leather-bound box that's too good to throw away afterwards.
For a hamper that supports sustainable businesses this mix of charcuterie, chutneys and relishes is just the ticket. It combines The Ethical Butcher's selection of charcuterie cuts of pork and beef from regenerative producers like Cerrunos Ham - a Proscuitto-inspired slow-aged pork leg, and pairs them with Rubies In The Rubble chutneys and relishes including pear and fig.
Hackney-based orange wine bar and bottle shop Silver Lining, have the perfect present for the foodie/wine lover in your life. There's an array of moreish nibbles like Torres Iberico crisps and olive oil flatbreads with wines from the very best small independent artisans and producers.
New to the hamper scene this year is the Italian megastore Eataly. Their Discover Eataly hamper includes the best of the produce from the shop, including panettone, pasta, biscotti, chocolate, olive oil, prosecco, and lots more. They also have a bespoke hamper service which will let you create a hamper from over 6000 of their Italian products and produce.
Battersea-based fine food company Harvey and Brockless are selling Christmas hampers both online and out of their deli warehouse. Their ultimate fine food hamper features artisan cheeses, cured meats, Chapel & Swan salmon, crackers and cheese accompaniments. There's also extra virgin olive oil, Dorset air-dried beef and Bungay raw milk butter to enjoy. If you prefer to put together a bespoke box, head to their warehouse where they'll help you pick from a large selection of goodies.
Panzer's have six hampers to choose from this Christmas, but our pick would be their Christmas Connoisseur. Not only does it have half a pound of their famous smoked salmon, there's also caviar, stilton, and their own chocolate-dipped peel selection among other festive treats.
You can always rely on this St James cheese shop to have a variety of gorgeous festive fromage delights on offer. Our favourite would be their Piccadilly Hamper. It includes their Smoked Ceodre Waxed Cheese, Dorset Goat Waxed Cheese, Stilton Jar, Cheddar Pounder and Celtic Soft Cheese along with crackers and chutneys for the perfect Christmas cheeseboard.
Enjoy a Christmas full of Belgian treats from Le Pain Quotidien. Their festive hamper features everything from breakfast essentials like organic jam and whole bean coffee, to wine and accompaniments like black olive paste and Peter’s Yard Rye & Charcoal crackers. There are also mince pies, stollen and gingerbread cookies alongside Belgian Speculoos spread to feast on.
There's no better pairing for the Christmas period than Cheese & Champagne which is exactly what this hamper from top London cheese shop La Fromagerie promises. It contains Chaource and Fourme d’Ambert along with a bottle of Champagne plus some of their own brand cheese biscuits and a canvas bag.
Shoreditch wine shop Passione e Vino has a range of wine-focused Christmas hampers this year. If you want to really treat either yourself or someone special, then the Platinum Box is the one for you - featuring a rare bottle of Amarone and a natural Brunello among other tipples, along with truffle cream, 24-month-old Parmesan and more.
If you're keen on keeping food (and drink) miles down, then opt for the classic Christmas hamper from Highgate's Sacred Distillery. It includes seasonal treats like their sloe and Christmas pudding gins along with charcuterie from Tempus Foods in Surrey and cheese from Godminster in Somerset.
Price: £149 in wicker (£139 in a recyclable cardboard box)
If you've missed out on trips to Spain this year, the Brindisa hampers are a great way to treat yourself to the best Spanish food and ensure you've got everything you need for tapas over the holidays. Their Artisan Box includes Brindisa Ibérico Bellota hand carved jamon, a 1605 Manchego Wedge, Canarejal Cremoso cheese, Alejandro cured Chorizo, Senorio de Montanera Sobrasada, Ortiz Bonito tuna, Navarrico whole Piquillo peppers, Gordal olives, Perelló hot guindilla peppers and lots more.
Who wouldn't be chuffed to get this hamper for Christmas? The Wolseley's Dirty Martini hamper is new this year and includes everything you need to make the cocktail in question including Monkey 47 Gin, vermouth, two crystal martini glasses, organic green olives, almonds and a Wolseley Tea Towel.
Chef and restaurateur Ravinder Bhogal's Marylebone restaurant has an edited collection of festive treats on offer at their online shop. The Hug in a Box hamper is their entry level one and features their "incredibly addictive" Jikoni Mix, three chutney jars, Paan & Cashew Fudge, Jikoni’s block print table napkins and a bottle of South Pickenham English sparkling wine from Norfolk.
The Il Formaggio hamper is just the ticket to keep you in cheese and biscuits throughout the festive period and includes Parmigiano Reggiano DOP, Ubriaco al Vino Rosso, and Pecorino Brigante. Crucially, there's also a bottle of Chianti Classico to go with it all.
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