Try the Christmas markets for something different

London is possibly one of the finest cities to spend the Christmas holidays on the planet. Christmas is when our impressive city really does come to life. Offering entertaining days out like ‘Winter Wonderland’, Christmas markets and special festive events from music, arts, and the lively West End there is always something to enjoy at this time of year.

This season is an excuse to pile on a few extra pounds and take pleasure in the finest food and drink around. So if you are looking to experience food with a difference this Christmas then look no further as we have gathered together a few places which are worth a visit this December.

The bustling markets always provide a great opportunity to get up and personal with street cooking, to buy some tasty ingredients, to try locally prepared wines or simply to absorb their fantastic atmospheres.

The Real Food Christmas market which is held weekly (Friday-Sunday) on the South bank offers you an amazing variety of ingredients to use in your food this winter. “Straight from the fisherman, buying your ingredients from markets can give you tasty food at unbeatable value”. Surely food can’t get any fresher than this unless you grow it yourself! So if you want to get your hands on some of the best ingredients in the capital then head down to the Real Food Market.

If you fancy showing off your culinary skills and adding the wow factor to your Christmas dinner, then why not take a Carving Class at Hix Mayfair. The talented Chef Mark Hix will be hosting a session that will include a cheese course, dessert, and a bottle of wine per person and to top it off a cookbook signed by Mark Hi (which could also be a handy present for a Hix lover).

The Gingerline Clandstine winter dining experience is an exclusive Christmas dining experience which offers a great atmosphere and awesome food for those who are looking for something different. The menu is still to be confirmed, however the event promises five course meals, and lively entertainment. It could definitely become a highlight of your holiday, so be sure to consider giving it a try.

However, if you really want to treat yourself with some of the finest cuisine in London, why not pay our own THIRTY SIX by Nigel Mendham restaurant a try? We have an early-bird menu that is ideal for theatre, or in this case, market-goers. The early dinner meal has a choice of two starters, two mains and two fantastic desserts. It is only available from between 6-7pm Monday to Saturday. Prices are £31 for two courses and just £36 for three courses.

Experience the real Winter Wonderland in London

The capital city is once again getting itself ready for another festive season by preparing for its own version of a Winter Wonderland.

Featuring many attractions like the Ice Age 4 Ice Rink, the observation wheel, rides and the Christmas Circus, Winter Wonderland is a family must see this Christmas. New this year is the Ice Kingdom, a unique feature that allows you to experience real ice and snow in a way you have never seen before. From ice castles to themed rooms and amazing visuals, Lapland has never seemed closer to home.

In the evening Zippo Cirque Berserk produce their own unique, gothic twist on classic fairy tales like the Brothers Grimm. The show also features the death defying motorcycle stunt Globe of Death for those who like to get the adrenaline pumping. You can add a touch of luxury to the show by purchasing tickets for a VIP box which comes with a bottle of champagne as well as chocolates.

No other city offers such a wide range of Christmas fun for all the family. As well as daytime and night time activities you have the option to really sit back and let your hair down with a range of charming one off bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. Providing a mix of festive treats such as warm cider, mulled wine, farmhouse foods and a selection of DJs and live music it provides a Christmas experience like no other.

When your day is done why not come back to one of our suites where you can relax before venturing down to our award winning restaurant THIRTY SIX by Nigel Mendham or to Dukes Bar to enjoy one of our world famous Martinis, making it an extra special Christmas trip for you and your family.