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Where To Celebrate Thanksgiving Like A True American In London

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Though many Americans may not be feeling like they have a whole lot to give thanks for right now, the annual November celebration of Thanksgiving – falling this year on Thursday 24th – presents a great way for US communities to come together over turkey and pies, and kick off the festive season with gusto. With American culture seeping in slowly but surely from across the Atlantic – from high school proms to the NFLLondon is a great place to be come Thanksgiving Day. Here’s how to best mark the occasion.
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St. Paul’s Thanksgiving Service

St. Paul’s may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of Americans in London, but the famous cathedral draws the city’s US community each year with its traditional Thanksgiving service. Besides Thanksgiving sermons, the non-denominational event includes hymns and other songs led by The Combined Choirs of the American Congregations (normally including a rendition of America the Beautiful), a Presentation of Colours flag ceremony, and a reading of the President’s Proclamation by the US Ambassador. Events kick off at 11AM.

St. Paul’s Cathedral, St. Paul’s Churchyard, London, UK, +44 20 7246 8350

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St Paul’s Cathedral | ©Eluveitie/Wikicommons

Christopher’s

Stylish Covent Garden restaurant Christopher’s is one of London’s original American diners, and a consistently popular spot for Thanksgiving – this year given an extra special boost by the venue’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Chow down on the likes of roast corn and chorizo chowder, slow-cooked turkey and peanut butter and chocolate tart.

Christopher’s, 18 Wellington St, London, UK, +44 20 7240 4222

The reason why you might want to save a little room for dessert this evening… #HappyThanksgiving #PumpkinPie #PeanutButterTart

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Mayflower 400 at Rotherhithe Village

This Thanksgiving sees the launch of the countdown to a very special event in American history – the 400th anniversary of the voyage of The Mayflower, the pilgrim ship that took the first European settlers to New England. A series of special events will be taking place in the St Mary’s Church area of Rotherhithe, just moments from where the ship set sail. Enjoy a screening of the 2015 documentary The Pilgrims, hear a medley of gospel and soul by the David Idowu Choir, or sip on pumpkin cocktails and enjoy a lantern-lit procession and history talk.

St Marys Church, St Marychurch St, London, UK, +44 20 7394 3394

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Balthazar

This London incarnation of New York‘s famous French brasserie is one of the city’s favourite Thanksgiving spots. Celebrating its ‘Franco-American roots,’ this elegant joint will be pulling out all the stops with a three-course Thanksgiving feast, including roasted butternut squash soup, turkey and trimmings, plenty of pecan pie with maple syrup ice cream, and a festive gingerbread sour cocktail.

Balthazar, 4-6 Russell Street, London, UK,+44 20 3301 1155

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Slap Ya Papa

Taking over one of Waterloo’s coolest venues for the festive season, Slap Ya Papa will be popping up with ‘Christmess,’ a month-long series of New Orleans-inspired parties, feasts and markets. Things kick off on Thanksgiving night, with the first of their tri-weekly Reveillon Feasts in subterranean venue The Vaults, with a 12-dish banquet of Southern American classics, festive cocktails and a host of live entertainment.

Slap Ya Papa, The Vaults, Leake Street, Lambeth, London, UK, +44 20 7401 9603

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Courtesy of Slap Ya Papa

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Cocktails and Line Dancing at Goat

West London’s much-loved New York-Italian restaurant Goat will be hosting a special evening of activities this Thanksgiving as part of their annual celebrations. Aside for a delicious festive menu, thanks-givers will have the chance to partake in a bourbon-themed cocktail class followed by line dancing at a Western barn dance.

Goat, 333 Fulham Road, London, UK, +44 20 7352 1384

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Image courtesy of Goat Chelsea

Belushi’s

Popular late-night bar chain Belushi’s will be cranking up the party US-style this Thanksgiving, with a three-course festive dinner, an American playlist, beer pong championships, American whiskey and beer deals, and live screenings of NFL games.

Belushi’s, at various locations across London

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Beaver Lodge Birthday Bash

Beaver Lodge, one of London’s youngest American bars, celebrates its second birthday in style this Thanksgiving. The Wild West-themed bar – kitted out in an over-the-top but atmospheric wood cabin decor – will be offering Jack Daniels cocktails, snacks from Dirty Bones and a performance by a marching band, among other surprises.

Beaver Lodge, 266 Fulham Road, Kensington, London, UK, +44 20 7590 3609