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The Best St. Andrews Day Celebrations in London

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St. Andrew’s Day is a Scottish national holiday that’s celebrated on the 30th November. If you’ve got some highland blood and want to celebrate in the capital, there are plenty of events taking place throughout the city to suit all tastes. Listed below are seven of the most talked about celebrations this year.


Ceilidh Club

If you’re looking for a truly traditional way to celebrate St. Andrew’s Day, the Ceilidh Club in Cecil Sharp House – an award winning folk arts centre – will be hosting a one-off event. Activities will include Scottish dancing and singing, scotch tasting and food sampling.

ScotsCare Dinner

ScotsCare is a charity that helps to raise funds for poor first and second generation Scots who live in London. The organisation has been in existence for over 400 years, and this year’s St. Andrew’s Day dinner will be the 348th that they have held. The event will take place at the Caledonian Club and promises an excellent selection of traditional Scottish food and drink.

The Savoy

The Savoy hosts one of the most famous and respected St. Andrew’s Day celebrations in all of London. Here you can join a host of Scots from sports, business and entertainment for a nice sit-down dinner. Guests this year include Sky Sports’ Kirsty Gallacher, broadcaster Fred MacAulay and the sensational Scottish Fiddle Band.

St. Andrew’s Day Ball

For a classy night out consider attending the St. Andrew’s Day Ball at The Banqueting House, Whitehall Palace. Dinner starts at 7.15pm for serving at 7.45pm and traditional Scottish dancing will commence at 10pm. There is a strict dress code: highland for men and full length evening dresses for women. Tickets for dinner and dancing are £130 per person and include a champagne reception; three course meal with wine, breakfast and soft drinks; and whisky and wine throughout the night. Dancing only tickets are priced at £85 per person.

The Albannach

If you’re not in the mood for a party, then there are quite a few quieter options, such as enjoying a traditional Scottish meal in the Albannach in Trafalgar Square. On St. Andrew’s Day bookings fill up quickly, so best call ahead. They’ll be serving plenty of Scottish classics such as haggis and Angus beef, and they have a very impressive range of scotch whiskies at the bar.


Boisdale is another Scottish-themed restaurant, and unlike the Albannach, is a bit further away from the hustle and bustle of the more central areas. Here you’ll find traditional Scottish food accompanied by a live jazz band. They also have a whisky bar, caviar and oyster bar, and cigar bar all overlooking the River Thames and Canary Wharf skyline.

Boot and Flogger

Boot and Flogger is a Scottish cigar and wine bar on Redcross Way. It was opened in the 1960s and is often considered to be London’s first “real” wine bar. The venue is very charming and retains many of its old features. Visitors often say that it has the atmosphere of a private members’ club even though everyone is welcome. If you’re looking for a quiet place to sit down and sample a few drinks on St. Andrew’s Day, it’s the perfect place.

St. Andrew’s Day may not be as well known as its Irish cousin, St. Patrick’s Day; however, that doesn’t make it any less special. If you’d really like to pull out all the stops this year and try something completely different, consider taking a ride on the London Helicopter.

Experiencing an American Thanksgiving Feast in London

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Many of London’s restaurants are already gearing up for American Thanksgiving. We have a special relationship with the United States and there is a huge number of expats living in the capital, so it’s no wonder many of the best-known eateries are starting to get booked up. Thanksgiving occurs on the final Thursday of November – this year that’ll be the 28th – making it the best day of the year (besides Christmas!) to enjoy a nice succulent turkey dinner.

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‘Bea’s of Bloomsbury’ – 44 Theobald’s Road, WC1X 8NW

‘Bea’s of Bloomsbury’ has a traditional Thanksgiving feast on the menu during the last week of November, for £45 per person. Trimmings include: buttery mash, hazelnut-roasted Brussels sprouts, a wide selection of stuffing, various sauces and a whole host of vegetables. Dessert options include pumpkin and pecan apple pie or cheesecake.

‘Blues Kitchen’ – 111-113 Camden High Street, NW1 7JN

For a genuine Southern style Thanksgiving feast you can’t beat the ‘Blues Kitchen’ in Camden High Street. For only £16 per person the spread includes everything one could expect from an epic authentic American household: roast potatoes, cornbread, cranberry jelly, steamed greens and mac ‘n’ cheese. Dinner includes a pumpkin pie dessert, and for a little extra, you could even enjoy an imported pumpkin beer. Advanced bookings are required and places are filling up quickly, so best to give them a call as soon as possible.

‘Cut at 45’ – 45 Park Lane, W1K 1PN

If you really want to go all out on Thanksgiving this year, ‘Cut at 45’ – owned by chef Wolfgang Puck – will be serving the finest dinner in the city for £90 (or £130 with wine). Expect roast potatoes, wild mushrooms and homemade cranberry jelly, using only the very best produce available. Dessert includes a bourbon pecan or Bramley apple pie with vanilla ice cream.

‘Bodeans’ – Soho, Fulham, Tower Hill and Clapham

The ‘Bodeans’ American BBQ restaurant chain may not serve gourmet food; however, at £20.95 per person and with four branches scattered throughout London you can’t go wrong. That said, the food is fantastic for the money and will easily top some of the more exquisite restaurants in the city. Plus, you’ll also get the bonus of being able to watch the NFL coverage while you chow down.

‘Christopher’s Grill’ – 18 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7DD

Christopher’s Grill in Covent Garden serves up a very posh Thanksgiving dinner, but with a price tag of only £45 per person. Unlike the other restaurants, in addition to turkey, they will be serving lamb and a vegetarian option. Their dessert also sounds quite appetising – and typically American – chocolate and peanut butter tart.

‘The Savoy Grill’ – 100 Strand, London, WC2R 0EW

Owned by chef Gordon Ramsay and headed by Andy Cook, the Savoy is one of the most famous restaurants in London. For £55 per person you can get a three course feast including maple-roasted turkey, all the trimmings – stuffing, steamed vegetables etc. – and pumpkin pie with cinnamon ice cream.

‘Whole Foods Market’ – Everywhere

If you’d prefer to eat in this year and cook yourself, don’t settle for mass produced supermarket fare. The Whole Foods Market has plenty of branches all over the capital, and as an American chain, is bound to have plenty of turkeys, pumpkin pies, cranberries, and all the other essentials on offer.

Get ready for Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland

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From the 21st November to the 4th January, Hyde Park will host the world famous Winter Wonderland once again. This magical kingdom filled with awe-inspiring sights – real snow and ice, spit roasted hogs, authentic Christmas markets and death defying rides – is one of the biggest events in London during the holiday season. And best of all, it’s completely free!


Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland hosts some of the best fairground rides in the country including: the Giant Observation Wheel, which towers 60 metres; the Star Flyers, which spins at 360 degrees; and three massive roller coasters. In addition, there is a ghost house and various smaller rides suitable for children and those who aren’t quite so daring.

Santa Land

Winter Wonderland prides itself on having one of the biggest and best grottos in London. At Santa Land you and your children will be able to watch elves crafting in the workshop, eat tasty sugary treats and of course, visit Santa himself.


Upon entering Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland you’ll be greeted with plenty of market stalls selling everything from snacks and mulled wine to hand crafted gifts and decorations. With over 200 fairy lit chalets it’s one of the biggest Christmas markets in the United Kingdom. Even if you don’t have any cash to spare, it’s well worth taking a stroll, just to soak up the atmosphere.

Circus Shows

Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of this year’s Winter Wonderland is the circus performances. Both Zippos Circus and Circus Berserk will be set up for the duration of the fair, entertaining guests with death defying stunts, world class juggling, daredevil high-wire antics, and much more. Each circus will be hosting three shows per day and performances will last for approximately 45 minutes.

Magical Ice Kingdom

We’ve all heard of the ice hotels in Norway and Sweden, but most of us will never get to experience them. Winter Wonderland, however, has replicated the magic for us right here in London with the Ice Kingdom – a minus eight degree indoor castle made from real snow and ice. This awe-inspiring walk is the first of its kind and will make you feel like you’ve just stepped into a Disney movie; just make sure you wrap up nice and warm before entering.

Arctic Circle

The Arctic Circle is the gateway to the Magical Ice Kingdom and contains a beautiful walk, vast array of Christmas-themed displays, and a collection of thrilling rides such as the Ice Mountain Coaster and Snow Jet. The Arctic Circle is really what Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is all about.

Bar Ice

One of the most talked about sites in Winter Wonderland is Bar Ice, which opens for the very first time at this year’s event. This unique sub-zero environment is completely made of ice – glasses, tables, bars, walls, literally everything! There’s no better place in London to enjoy a nice refreshing cocktail or shot of vodka.

There are literally hundreds of Christmas celebrations throughout London between November and January, but none of them come close to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. If you really want to get hyped for Christmas, simply walking the trail and soaking up the vibe is enough to raise your spirits.

To bypass the crowds and take in the sights from above, consider taking a ride on the London Helicopter. Seeing the Winter Wonderland from the sky is a truly magical experience, that’ll definitely make Christmas 2014 a year to remember.

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