As seen on the ‘Gram: Festive dining

The Christmas lights are starting to go up, the heating is blasting, and the Brussels sprouts are making an appearance. Whether you’re identifying more and more with Scrooge or you’re out carolling already, we’ve got a round up of some of the merriest afternoon teas, festive spreads, desserts and décor that we have spotted on Instagram this week.

Christmas-themed afternoon teas

There is nothing that brings us more joy than the festive season and all her quirks, from the afternoon teas turning festive  to the turkey-laden sandwiches filling the shelves. Here are some of the finest traditional (and not so traditional) afternoon teas London has to offer.

Jean-Georges at The Connaught

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Put together by pastry chef, Nicolas Rouzaud, there’s no doubt that this Christmas-themed afternoon tea at Jean-Georges will impress. Found right in the heart of Mayfair, visit one of the most exquisite hotels for teatime and while you’re there, make sure to visit the 2-Michelin-starred Hélène Darroze at The Connaught.


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aqua shard

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Boasting jaw-dropping views over the city from the 31st floor of The Shard, aqua shard has had a festive makeover with plenty of seasonal treats, including an egg and truffle sandwich alongside pear and cinnamon Santa hats.


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Afternoon Tea at Corinthia London

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An idyllic atmosphere filled with piano melodies and now peppered with Christmas cheer, the afternoon tea at Corinthia London offers a unique tea experience featuring a Tea Master who blends bespoke cuppas to pair with bauble-shaped pastries.


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Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough

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The highly acclaimed teatime experience served all year round in the stunning Venetian-style dining room, now has a festive twist. Expect to find nougat mousse-stuffed Rudolphs, pumpkin tarts and the classic homemade scones with fruit preserves and clotted Devonshire cream.


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Afternoon Tea at Hotel Café Royal

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This afternoon tea celebrates the history of the tradition itself with a Christmas tea inspired by the tea aficionado, Queen Victoria and her 1894 Christmas and New Year’s festivities. This unmissable and magical tea is served inside the 19th century-style Oscar Wilde Lounge.


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Christmas desserts & décor

What’s Christmas without sweet indulgence? Savour some of these delicious festive sweet treats while admiring  Christmas décor.


Book Iberica Victoria

A seasonally inspired wreath of brioche-style sweet bread that’s a traditional Spanish decadence, the Roscones de Reyes. Eaten in early January on the morning or night before King’s Day, diners can take this treat home with them to celebrate.


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Céleste at The Lanesborough

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You don’t get much more ornate and grand (and at this time of year, festive) than dining within the majestic Lanesborough Hotel. At Michelin-starred Céleste, feast upon a festive lunch in a dining room with a spectacular domed glass ceiling and crystal chandeliers.


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Book Roast

Famed for their superb traditional roast dishes and views over Borough Market, Roast also serves a whole host of festive puddings in the light and airy dining room, including the sumptuous white chocolate and chestnut log. Yes please.


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Book Angler

Partnering with Champagne brand Laurent-Perrier, this Michelin-starred restaurant is showing off with a gorgeous Christmas-themed terrace and we’re all for it. From 7 floors above, gaze over some of London’s iconic landmarks while enjoying sophisticated seafood dishes.


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Café Forty One at La Suite West Hotel

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The entirely plant-based Café Forty One within the minimalist La Suite West boutique hotel is now dishing up vegan spiced-chocolate and berry pots as part of their meat and dairy-free festive afternoon tea.


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Cedar & Spruce

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Now that our favourite Christmastime tradition, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is back in action, head to the bookable restaurant inside, Cedar & Spruce.  Find a rustic and toasty experience inside tepees with cosy fire pits, communal tables, and a globally influenced festive menu, put together by Ani Arora.


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Festive dining out

Choosing where to dine out this festive season can be a challenge, but with both traditional Christmas dining and some not-so-traditional, seasonally inspired menus, we’ll give you a head-start on the way to find your perfect festive fit.

The Petersham Restaurant

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Overlooking the Thames, the tranquil Petersham Restaurant in Richmond serves up classic British dishes while also offering plenty of delicious festive choices this season. Dive into the cheesy scallop and crab gratin, a delectable starter on their Christmas lunch or dinner menu.


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Ting at Shangri-La Hotel, The Shard

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Gaze over London’s sprawling skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows from the 35th-floor of The Shard at the elegant, Asian-influenced Ting Restaurant. Chef Scot Paterson has put together a festive menu to ring in the season and we can’t help but ogle the dishes, including hearty dry-aged pork belly sitting atop parsnip purée with roasted baby parsnips, roast quince and quince jelly, and served with a mustard sauce.


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Terra Terra

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Serving up authentic Italian dishes made with British produce, Terra Terra in Hampstead is bringing the sharing spirit to the season. Offering a Christmas feast with a bespoke menu, diners can build their own bruschetta and then choose from a range of belly-warming comfort food dishes including Gorgonzola gnocchi and a wild mushroom polenta, before moving onto slow-cooked lamb shoulder to share across the table.


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Book Patri Hammersmith

Patri brings the traditional street food dishes served aboard the trains of India to London. Dine on 3 courses with a glass of prosecco at Patri and enjoy their Indian-style Christmas menu featuring vegan and vegetarian options of Indian favourites, including Punjabi saag aloo and chicken chaat kebab.


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Coq d’Argent

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The acclaimed French rooftop restaurant serves up jaw-dropping panoramic views across The Square Mile alongside sublime bistro-style dishes. Offering New Year’s Eve, Christmas and Alpine brunch menus, Coq d’Argent has got the festive season covered. Dine on their charcuterie-filled 2 or 3-course brunch with cheesy fondue to share.


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