The lights are on and the shop windows are glowing: Regent Street at Christmas time is one of London’s most beautiful, bustling sights. There’s something so nostalgic about bundling up in hats, coats, gloves and scarves to shop for your loved ones. From a post-purchasing tipple to a comforting dinner, we have found some hidden gems along this magical road of sparkling splendour that are sure to compliment your Christmassy mood.
East India Company is, in our eyes, amongst those such as Fortnum and Mason or Harrods in providing beautifully gifted, special treats and original stocking fillers that are sure to leave your taste buds feeling very merry this Christmas. Each tea is personally selected by the company’s Tea Master and the time between the picking of the tea leaves and the selling of the product in-store is only an incredible 28-30 days!
Pro Tip: both the Festive Black Tea and Festive White Teas will win your heart. For a dinner party we recommend the Cheddar Cheese biscuits to have with drinks, the Lime Pickle Chutney to have with the cheese course and the Cherry, Chocolate Chip and Chilli biscuits for afters.
Pro Tip: Make sure you try their Hot Buttered Rum and the Christmas Pudding Hard Shake! Beautiful inside and out, these cocktails pack huge festive flavours that really do make you feel warm inside, and only partly due to their strength! If the shopping bags are weighing you down and you’re starting to catch a chill, the Heddon Street Kitchen’s Christmas cocktails can truly fix you up this season.
If you’d rather make a meal of it, we can’t think of anywhere better to go for evening entertainment than Brasserie Zédel. This French-themed establishment contains a brasserie, bar, café and cabaret all in one, offering numerous different ways to spend an evening in style. As soon as you enter the building you feel that you have been transported to the centre of Paris, helped by the gorgeously opulent Beaux Arts interior. Stunning is an understatement; this huge restaurant boasts towering marble pillars that surround the dining area, an ornate clock reminiscent of something from the Titanic stands at the back of the restaurant and every surface shines or glitters. The wait staff are exceedingly friendly, adding to the atmosphere, and it’s comforting to know that they have an entirely separate vegetarian menu. If you’re lucky, the live band will be playing during your meal: the height of sophisticated dining.
Pro Tip: Save room with the beautifully soft, light starter of the Quiche de Chèvre aux Oignons and indulge in either the pear and salted caramel slice or the warming bread pudding with creamy prune ice cream for dessert.
Pro Tip: try to catch Steve Ross when he’s in town, a cabaret singer all the way from New York. Moving seamlessly from sentimental love ballad to witty, dry, humorous songs, Steve effortlessly holds the audience in the palm of his hand for the entire show, which lasts an hour and a half.
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