The Christmas break is a perfect time for getting together with your closest family and friends, sharing delicious treats, mince pies and hopefully surprising one or two with the perfect present. A fantastic time for all until the issue of the dishes and discard wrapping paper come to mind!
This year, why not leave the decorating and catering in the hand of professionals so you can truly make the most of your time together. We have rounded up a few of our favourite things, top gifts and top spots in which to give them to make sure the only thing leftover after Christmas are the fantastic memories of a truly special day.
Just next to Embankment and the West End, Corinthia London stands in one of London's most majestic buildings. Formerly used by the Ministry of Defence during war time, the building has been restored to beyond its former glory and is a supremely comfortable destination if you want to make the most of the city and the flavours it has to offer.
Enjoy a festive afternoon tea under the Baccarrat chandelier in the Crystal Moon Lounge, a delicious brunch, Christmas lunch or aperitif glass of champagne in the Northall or perhaps discover the new Kerridge's restaurant, London's latest new opening that is the talk of the town.
No matter how picky the palette, from lobster soup, turkey and plum pudding to truffled egg sandwiches and fresh scones with spiced tonka bean jam, Corinthia Hotel London has the recipe for an unforgettable Christmas.
Instead of the stresses of a day of cooking and potential calamity around every corner, why not turn off the oven, pack your bags and head to Boringdon Hall for the height of house parties?
The Elizabethan Manor House complete with spa, stunning grounds a stone's throw from Dartmoor and an imposing great hall is offering an all-inclusive Christmas house party to reckoned with. The two-three night break also includes brunches, lunches, historic tours, a murder-mystery evening for those interested, jazz afternoon teas and some extremely pampering moments.
There’s something extra-special about The Berkeley during the holiday season. Join them for a luxury Christmas break and explore Knightsbridge in all its festive fineries, from the bright lights of Harrods (and indeed their own displays) to the immaculate, impressive streets of Belgravia and the natural beauty of Hyde Park.
Whether for an extending stay or just stopping by, it's an ideal starting point when planning a mouth-watering celebration or perhaps an afternoon tea with a twist. Consider a six-course Christmas meal at Marcus including Goose or Venison with paired wines for the peak of festive fine dining.
On boxing day brunch with bubbles (of course!) running from 7am - 2pm in their beautifully decorated ballroom before taking a seat in a cosy corner or heading out into one of London's best known neighbourhoods, making use of the Christmas quiet to take in this much-loved, rarely deserted corner of the capital as leisurely as you wish.
If the idea of traditional Turkey and trimmings doesn't appeal then Henry Wong in the stylish suburb of Harborne, just outside Birmingham is a clear choice. Their honey pepper chicken is a firm favourite among the locals along with the classic duck dishes and lettuce wraps with chicken or vegetables for those looking for a lighter options.
For indecisive groups, their variety of set menus offer the ideal way to share and sample a showcase of their best dishes while appealing to even the most demanding palettes.
Celebrating Christmas early, late or perfectly on time?
No matter when your main day of celebration is you can join in the festivities at Mondrian London's Sea Containers restaurant and indulge in their specially curated Christmas Feast menu, available from the 19 November throughout Christmas period. Combined with a cosy atmosphere and prime location by the Thames, Tate Modern and Globe Theatre, it's a prime spot for exploring the city at Christmas.
Join them for a curated lunch or dinner menu on Christmas Day itself and enjoy a complimentary glass of La Cuvée in addition, when combined with delicious dishes such as rabbit terrine, Norfolk Turkey, Confit Cod to Cep Orzo Pasta, it's a surefire way to start the celebrations in style.