From all-day dining in grand restaurants like The Ritz and The Wolseley, to some of the most distinguished and respected food merchants such as Paxton & Whitfield for cheese and Berry Bros. & Rudd for wine and spirits, St James’s dishes up some of the best places to eat and drink in London.

With an ever-more-exciting restaurant scene, look no further than St James’s and Piccadilly this Christmas for plentiful festive food and drinks offers.

Festive Nordic cocktails at Aquavit

Renowned New York Nordic restaurant, Aquavit, can now be found in the St James’s Market redevelopment, with a new more relaxed, all-day dining concept that will showcase the very best of Nordic cuisine and design. To celebrate the festive season, the team at Aquavit London have developed a list of Nordic cocktails, perfect for the winter months. From the menu, the Nordic Bramble incorporates gin with lemon, cloudberry liqueur and pomegranate syrup; the Laponia Old Fashioned sees pumpkin infused

bourbon mixed with birch syrup and gingerbread; and the Bergen Bitter mixes orange and cinnamon aquavit with vermouth and chocolate bitters.


Christmas menus at the new venture from the Salt Yard group, Veneta, are designed for groups of 8 or above and start at £42.50pp. The menus feature some of their classic small Venetian dishes and cooking techniques, perfect for sharing, including chicken braised in almond milk with medjool dates and saffron as well as charcoal-grilled pork rib-eye, occhiato bean puree with grilled courgettes and cremosa.

Villandry St James’s 

Villandry, St James’s is offering a delicious Christmas afternoon tea with mini mince pies, salted caramel brownies and turkey & cranberry sandwiches for £22.50 with a complimentary glass of champagne available at the weekends in December. Also available is their Festive Friends menu, starting the season with a pop allowing you to enjoy a two course dinner with unlimited champagne for £45.

Café Murano 

Festive tipples can be found at Café Murano in St James’s, the newest creation being the Bella Figs cocktail combining sloe gin, dark rum, figs, grapefruit and ginger beer.

This year Angela and Executive Chef Sam Williams have created three new seasonal menus available throughout December starting at £50pp for three courses.

For those looking for the perfect gifts for foodies St James’s also has plenty to offer. Leading cheese monger Paxton & Whitfield and fine wine and spirits merchants Berry Brothers & Rudd have the perfect selection for cheese and wine lovers. Paxton & Whitfield’s latest gift is the His and Hers Cheeseboard at £26 containing a heart shaped beechwood cheeseboard with Brie de Meaux, Finest English Stilton and accompanied by multi seed and cracked black pepper cracker bakes. This Christmas Berry Brothers has those tricky secret Santa gifts and special stocking fillers all sewn up with a selection of miniature bottles including The Kings Ginger, Good Ordinary Claret, No.3 London Dry Gin. A perfect sample of London’s finest cellars without breaking the bank.

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