The Regent Street lights have been switched on, the Christmas adverts are on the box and the temperature has plummeted – all of which means Christmas is around the corner… Not quite feeling festive just yet? Here are five haute spots that are sure to raise your Christmas spirit
1. Bobo Social
Brand new high-end burger and small plates dining concept, Bobo Social is celebrating Christmas by creating a very special menu featuring a host of treats that will have Santa doing the Jingle Bell Rock. The Bobo Social Christmas include dishes such as Smoked salmon blinis, Goats cheese stuffed olives with roasted garlic and thyme and the Chestnuts & cranberry Christmas burger, which is made from rare-breed beef and has Truffle cheese, roasted chestnuts and homemade Cranberry compote. For dessert try the naughty and nice Dark and milk chocolate mousse with gran marnier cream and candied orange, blueberry cheesecake and a beautiful Baileys and pecan banoffee pie.
95 Charlotte Street, W1T
2. Mr Foggs
For a truly Victorian style Christmas this year, delve into the world of Dickens and join Mr Fogg and friends in his delightfully decorated drawing room for A Christmas Carol, or two, around the piano, every Friday in December. Then, to wet your whistle and warm your winter bellies there's a selection of traditional tipples such as Warm cider, Mulled wine and house cocktails such as the Die Tannenbaum, a christmassy mix of clove and orange infused Pampero Especial rum, mixed with apple bandy, cinnamon liqueur, pear puree, lemon juice and agave syrup. For those who have indulged in one too many Christmas cocktails and are struggling to remember each and every word of the chorus, the trusty Passepartout and faithful Mr Foggs house staff will be handing out a selection of hymn sheets to guests on arrival.
15 Bruton Lane, W1
3. Piste at Archer Street
Bespoke après-ski bar Piste has returned to Archer Street, this season. Transporting guests from the busy streets of Soho, to a tongue-in-cheek and beautifully designed winter escape, Archer Street's downstairs bar has been turned into a warm and elegant ski lodge, inspired by Scandinavian mountain cabins and Swiss chalets. Skilfully decorated with reindeer fur, vintage skis, and even Piste's own roaring fire, guests can sit back and relax in one the comfortable lounges, as they enjoy stunning views over the Italian Alps, through one of Archer Streets custom-made windows. The cocktail menu includes innovative creations, such as the King Of The Alps (Tanqueray gin, blended with King ginger liqueur, fresh lime, apple juice and a whole pear and mixed with cinnamon and maple syrup) and the festive Glow plough (Grey Goose shaken with homemade mulled port syrup, fresh lime, cranberry juice, egg white and finished with a floating glow stick).
3-4 Archer Street, W1
This Christmas, newly-opened Chelsea restaurant, Rabbit is offering the perfect winter warmer to keep the cold at bay, reviving tired shoppers and filling them with Christmas cheer. With an array of creative Yuletide cocktails including the Bullshot, a beef consommé with a little whiskey to warm you up and the Christmas Martini, made with Sipsmith vodka steeped in Christmas spices, Jack Frost won't be nipping at your toes. Rabbit is offering a festive feast including their very own Partridge In A Pear Tree - a delicious dish of partridge with pear and dropped pasta. Best of all they will be serving London's number one mince pie - using the Gladwin brothers very own grandmothers' recipe. The mince is flavoured with several ingredients including apple brandy and veal suet to enhance the flavour. A pudding so perfect to ensure Santas well fed for his trip...
172 Kings Road, SW3
5. Wembley Ice Rink
For some people, it’s the putting up of the Christmas tree which signals that the countdown to Crimbo has officially begun. For others it's the sound of carols being sung or the smell of mince pies. However for Haute Time, it’s the opening up of outdoor ice rinks all across the capital that says: Christmas is just around the corner. Wondering where to get your skates on? We’ve long had a soft spot for the rink at the architecturally beautiful Somerset House, but this year we’re loving the new open air rink at Wembley Park. It’s really rather magical being able to skate in the open air under Wembley Stadium's iconic arch.
Empire Way, Wembley, HA9