• Bears go very Christmassy with their ice cream (including Christmas Tree flavour)

    Bears go very Christmassy with their ice cream (including Christmas Tree flavour)

    Now we're past November 5th (although you may have only watched the fireworks from the comfort of your sofa) it's safe to get a little bit more excited about Christmas - and that's what Bears ice cream is doing. Phil Harrison and Vera Thordardottir's independent London-based ice cream company has a brand new ice cream range that goes all-in on Christmas (and can be delivered, of

  • Christmas starts early with news of three Miracle pop-ups

    Miracle at 34

    With the usual celebrations at Halloween and Guy Fawkes night looking to be a little more subdues this year, the Christmas season is starting earlier than ever. And let's be honest, we're going to need a lot of cheer this year. 

    First up is 34 who have already brought back their Miracle at 34 makeover in a team-up with Nyetimer. Essentially this means that every single inch of the restaurant is covered in some kind of Christmas

  • Twixmas - where to eat over Christmas and New Year

    Twixmas - where to eat between Christmas and New Year

    Yes, that's right - it's time for TWIXMAS!

    In what has now become an annual tradition, we have the best Christmas present possible for anyone who fancies eating out in London in the - relatively quiet - period between Christmas and New Year. It's also the time we drag out that old pic of 28

  • The best London restaurants for Christmas parties in 2019

    christmaspartyideaBamboozled by the sheer choice of where to choose for your Christmas party in London this year? Whether you're booking for a group of friends or looking for somewhere to hold your office Christmas dinner, we've got some excellent ideas for you.

  • 34 restaurant in Mayfair goes OTT on the Christmas decorations

    34 restaurant mayfair christmas

    If you're the kind of person who goes full-on crazy for Christmas, then you'll be wanting to stop by Mayfair restaurant 34 at some point over the festive period. As this picture shows they've got ever so slightly OTT with their decorations this year.

    The installation called Miracle at 34 has turned the restaurant interior into something resembling a major shop's Christmas department, featuring no fewer than 14,000 decorations and 8.400

  • Claridge's have a Christian Louboutin Christmas train carriage in their lobby for cocktails and bar snacks

    claridges loubi express is a Christmas lobby cocktail bar

    For their tenth annual Christmas tree unveiling, Claridge's have completely outdone themselves. This year, the tree - designed by shoemaker to the stars Christian Louboutin - comes complete with a festive train carriage you can dine in.

    The Loubi Express takes up the section of the hotel's lobby under the stairs. Looking for the world like something you'd see an animated Tom Hanks welcoming you aboard, the

  • Where to eat and drink at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2019

    where to eat at hyde park winter wonderland 2019

    You may be the kind of person for whom the very idea of Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is worse than spending the holidays with your in-laws, in which case there's nothing to see here. If, however, like us, anything that combines rollercoasters with hot toddies, more churros than you can shake a candy cane at AND covers it all with a sprinkling of fake snow and Christmas cheer is just the thing for you, then you're in the right

  • Fortnum's and Baileys are back at Skate at Somerset House with fondue, mulled cider, shopping and more

    skate at somerset house 2019

    Another modern heralding of Christmas in the capital (along with the arrival of Christmas sandwiches) is the opening of various skating rinks around town, but the big one has always been Skate at Somerset House. Now in its 20th year, the rink is being sponsored, once again, by Fortnums.

    What that means is there's a whole host of lovely food

  • Street Smart helps restaurants and diners give the greatest gift this Christmas

    street smart campaign launches for 2019

    In the run-up to the commercial moneyfest that is Christmas, it's always nice to have something to remind us that this time of year can also be, you know, about doing something nice for others.

    So we're pleased to hear that once again StreetSmart are launching their annual fundraising campaign, working with London restaurants to raise money for vulnerable and homeless members of their local community during November and

  • The very Christmassy Miracle is popping up again at the Henrietta Hotel

    The very Christmassy Miracle is popping up again at the Henrietta Hotel 

    Ready or not, we're starting to gear up for Christmas (and once 5 November is passed, be prepared for a deluge of Christmas fare). One very popular event that's back is also one of the kitschiest - the Miracle pop-up bar is coming back to the Henrietta Hotel in Covent Garden.

    They're popular across the States, but once again, The Henrietta is hosting the only UK pop-up. So you can expect a LOT

  • Selfridges' Christmas cabaret club features drinks by Bistrotheque and Nyetimber


    If you've been wondering what lies behind the foil wrapped doors of Selfridges Ultralounge on their lower ground floor (we spotted it this weekend and stole in for a quick look) then let us enlighten you.

    It's all part of an adult-only cabaret extravaganza that's been devised for the Oxford Street store for the festive season. Glyn Fussell, the co-founder and Creative Director of East Creative, is responsible for the revue while folk including drag stars

  • The Baileys Treat Bar is popping up again in Covent Garden for Christmas


    If you're as partial to a bit of Baileys as we are come Christmas then you'll probably be pretty merry to hear that their Christmas pop up Treat Bar is coming back.

    They popped up last year serving up boozy hot chocolate, cocktails and other treats and they're back again. So you can order up one of their specials - like Made in Chelsea folk or The Marshmallowist Oonagh Simm's limited edition Baileys marshmallows served over the classic on ice or salted

  • Cook for Syria are opening a popup cafe in Covent Garden for Christmas


    If you want to eat well and do something for others this Christmas - then head straight to Covent Garden where Cook for Syria is launching a popup cafe and takeaway in the heart of Seven Dials - open from this weekend until Christmas Eve. The popup cafe, on the middle of Monmouth St, will serve mezze dishes by the Syrian chef Imad Alarnab, from the much-loved Imad’s Syrian Kitchen popup: he’ll be making delicious plates of hummus and labneh and babaghanoush which

  • Festive Vegan Deli pops up at Camden Market for Christmas


    Looking for presents for the non-meateater in your life or something vegan for the Christmas feast? Well there's a vegan pop-up heading to Camden Market over December that should be just the ticket.

    Blogger Fat Gay Vegan ​(Sean O'Callaghan) has curated a list of vegan meat and cheese artisans for a plant-based food deli. So far the line-up includes LoveSeitan - that's their burger pictured above, Young Vegans, The Cashew Family, Big V London, Mouse’s

  • Aubaine has a festive s'mores pop-up at Selfridges for Christmas

    smores at selfridges

    We're already in an American frame of mind here at Hot Dinners, what with Thanksgivingcoming up this week. So news that Selfridges is putting on a s'mores pop-up was right up our street.

    This festive sugary venture is the brainchild of the folk behind Aubaine who'll be serving them in ‘Selfridges Kitchen’ on the fourth floor of the Oxford Street


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