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The UK’s capital has some of the most exciting cuisine in the world, cooking up storms in all corners of the city. From market stalls to formal dining, cooking classes to food-cupboard stocking, London is a gastronomical paradise for foodies from all over the globe.
Begin your day at the Market Restaurant.
Start your day in style at the The Cumberland’s Market Restaurant, where breakfast begins at 6.30am. Your lie in is safe though as serving continues until a leisurely 10am. Once you’re feeling well rested, amble along to the restaurant and settle down for a feast as a Guoman breakfast is its own event. Push the boat out with The Market’s signature Cumberland English Breakfast, which really does give you the works: sausage, bacon, mushrooms, hashbrowns, tomatoes and eggs however you like them. On the side, you’ll have a basket of fresh pastries with butter and preserves, and a selection of cereals will also be there for the taking. You could opt for a classic Eggs Benedict instead, or keep things light with a fruit salad and yoghurt – either way, it’ll be the perfect way to kick things off.
Cook up a storm at L’Atelier des Chefs.
You’ll be off to an impressive start, food-wise, so why not take measures to improve your own gastronomical output? L’Atelier des Chefs is conveniently situated in the heart of Oxford Circus, and will teach you all you need to know about your cuisine of choice. With a mouth-watering range of themed classes (from French food to Japanese fare, macaroons to Peruvian delicacies), one-on-one lessons and sessions varying from 30 minutes to four hours in length, there’ll certainly be something that takes your fancy. You’ll emerge with a new dinner party dish, sharpened knife skills and possibly a refreshed appetite.
Partridges: pay a visit to the Queen’s grocer
If you do have room for a snack, hotfoot it to classic British grocer (and grocer to the Queen), Partridges. Keep things suitably refined with scones and loose-leaf tea in their all-day café, and sample some of the highest quality British produce available in London. Still hankering for treats? Browse the vast selection of American imports, from Pop-Tarts to Marshmallow spread, and leave with the kind of delicacies that will have you snacking late into the night on Christmas Eve. Partridges also offer a hamper service, so speak to a member of staff and ask them to help pack a festive basket for later.
Christmas at Kew Gardens is a real-life winter wonderland
If your stomachs are full and your fingers are sticky, it’s time to walk it off. Christmas at Kew Gardens is an experience like no other, for adults and children alike. Come winter, the gardens are adorned with over one million sparkling lights, turning the green houses and trees into a spectacular, twinkling wonderland. Take the little ones to visit Father Christmas and his elves at the North Pole village, and try one of the vintage fairground rides before warming up together around the fire with some hot chocolates and toasted marshmallows.
And there are more treats in store for the food lovers in London. You could win an exclusive Guoman culinary experience by letting us in on your favourite festive fare, so head to the competition page and tell us what you love eating most at Christmas!