What Not to Miss This Week in London


This week marks something that I have been waiting for ever since the Victoria line became 24 hours – the night tube on the Northern line. Rejoice! As it is the only line I use I am so excited that it’s finally now open. This week I will be making a lot of use out of it and having some Christmas outings. The Christmas spirit is getting crazier as the weeks go by; everything is just that little bit more cosy, there are twinkly lights on every street and London is showing off why we are one of the best Cities in the world.

Thanksgiving (24th November)

Living in London is living in a big, diverse mixing pot. There are people from all over the world that call London home; which is good news for us as it means we can celebrate every single holiday. Who needs an excuse to pig out and drink more?! This Thursday marks the third Thursday of November which means one thing in America – thanksgiving. Oh, and black Friday of course. It also means turkey, pumpkin pie, yams (sweet potatoes to me and you). Basically, as much food as you can eat. My kind of celebration! To get in to the Thanksgiving spirit why not try the Thanksgiving menu’s around town; at Bodean’s, Christopher’s, Balthazar, Bar Boulud, Texas Joe’s and Struct & Cluck just to name a few. Even better if you have an American friend in the City; hopefully they will make you some traditional grub. Hope you like Turkey!

Afternoon tea on the roof, Kensington Roof Gardens

During November and December, the iconic roof gardens in Kensington will be serving a special winter time treat. Indulge in afternoon tea on the roof! Serving an assortment of sandwiches, warm scones, yummy cakes and of course a special selection of teas and coffee. If you want to liven up your afternoon, then they also have hot cocktails on offer to keep you nice and warm – you are on a rooftop in winter after all! Discover the secrets of this year-round hotspot and enjoy afternoon tea 100ft above London. After you’ve indulged, take a walk around and the gorgeous gardens and even say hello to a few surprising extras…

Tickets for Afternoon Tea start at £35 per person.

Dirty Martini, Minories

Dirty Martini is back with another slick spot. After a £1.2m refurb, this East London newbie is no doubt set to be another hit like the others before it. Whether it’s after work drinks, a private event or just a drink (or 5), this cocktail bar is perfect.

The new Dirty Martini location has also joined its sister bars and gone all festive! Get into the Dirty Christmas and check out their offers and new festive feel. Enjoy their five limited edition cocktails and new menus from Monday 21st November right up until Christmas eve. The Christmas Happy Hour will run all the way through December and is one to put on your list. With 9 stylish locations to choose one – let your festive season be a Dirty Martini.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Kings Road

This is dining in true style. The ever-lovely eatery has now gone all magical – like most things in London this month! The Winter Garden at the Ivy Chelsea Garden is now open and if you are looking for more than just brunch or a special drink… then this is the place. Located on the desirable Kings Road in the heart of Chelsea, it combines the luxurious with the utterly delicious. IT’s open all day and perfect for any wintry get together or drinks – when it’s winter and cold outside, why eat anywhere that’s not head to toe in decoration?

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Megan Stott


Megan is originally from Sheffield, but now in London and living the commuter life. I love to travel and eat - the perfect combination of multi-tasking. I also love to write and explore London, which I'm slowly but surely doing.  "There is so much opportunity in London. As cheesy as it sounds if there is any occassion, event or new restaurant that everyone wants to try  - it's in London. Everything is at your feet and that makes it not just my favourite, but most exciting City to live in (New York comes a very, very close second)."

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