We’ve always been a big supporter of local businesses and so we’ve compiled the best places to shop for gifts, dine and hold celebrations around the area to get you into the spirit of giving and merriment.
Whether you’re a planner, or like to leave things to fate and see where the day or evening takes you, we’ve got a mammoth list of festive things for you to inspire you and explore all through December.
Italo offer Gifts and Hampers for the foodie in your life. Curate your own hamper or choose from their ready-made selection of local and specialist goodies, some with interesting backstories (Especially with this chocolate)! You can’t go wrong with either!
Pretty Shiny Shop offers a lovely selection of unique and interesting items with a focus on stocking items that are not only UK designed and made, but ecologically sensitive with fair trade credentials where possible. Also great for picking up adorable Christmas decor!
A charming store stocking a selection of seasonal organic fruit and veg, eco and local products. There are fantastic finds for gluten-free and vegan goodies to give as gifts, or to have as part of your Christmas spread.
Have a (responsible) gin lover in your life? Why not treat them, or maybe even yourself, to a distillery tour?
If you know someone, or even a few people, with a bit of a sweet tooth Mabel’s Little Cake Company offers Treats by Post where you can build your own treat box with a selection of delicious cakes and sweets that she can send out for you, or you can collect and deliver them yourself – the shop is only 5 minutes away from Vauxhall station.
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This little gem is offering so many delicious options on their Christmas menu it’s probably best to go in a big group so you can sample everything on offer, otherwise, good luck trying to pick just one from each course!
Or if you don’t fancy being that spoilt for choice and just want a slap-up meal to go with the company you’re with, look no further than here. With two menu choices to go across the entire party (with a minimum of 6 people in a group), you can leave it to a group vote and there will be no wrong answers!
This NYC inspired Oyster bar was inspired by and named after owner Robin Gill’s trumpet-playing father, who toured New York and Chicago in the 50s and 60s and is offering a selection of menus to cater to all styles of celebrating.
A traditional 5-course Christmas feast by a roaring fire? There is no better setting to spend a cosy dinner for 2, or even a party for up to 60 at this charming venue! All of their teas and tea making goodies are available to purchase as gifts for the tea-lovers in your life, or even as a treat for yourself, or purchase a Duchess tea gift voucher for two for someone to enjoy another time!
In charge of the company work do, or just want a place to get the gang together for some merriment? The Black Dog is offering their festive set menu for parties up to 60 people.
If you’re looking for something a little more intimate, an a-la-carte menu or sharing platters are also available.
In case anybody needs to hear it, it’s completely FINE to indulge in a Christmas where nobody has to cook. That’s where POTUS come in with their Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menu. Will this be the year you treat yourself with a festive meal out?
Santa will be welcoming visitors to his cosy workshop every Saturday and Sunday from 11 December.
Leave the kids at home and get ready for a raunchy evening with this adult-only panto inspired by Sleeping Beauty with a 2021 twist. Expect songs, laughter and irreverence!
For a truly classic Christmas, nothing gets better than this. Featuring stars from the West End, Above the Stag has put together a series of carols, poems and more to celebrate the magic of the season.
Looking for a place to host your festive shenanigans? Our friends over at Tamesis Dock are offering their space for Christmas events and are welcoming enquiries either via firstname.lastname@example.org or via the website.
For some, Christmas is just a reason to get together with friends. Jiwaja is a great place to get your favourite people together, hire a room and belt out some tunes while you enjoy some tasty food and drink.
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