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What To Do On Christmas Eve

The presents are wrapped, the turkey's ready to cook - time to celebrate.

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, and the reason ‘not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse’ was probably because they were all out celebrating. The run-up to Christmas can be a tiring race, and if you’re hosting on Christmas day, you may be in for a long day of cooking and looking after guests. If this sounds like you, believe us, Christmas Eve is the perfect time for you to blow off some steam and really celebrate the festive season. There are many ways to celebrate across the capital; here are our recommendations of the best ways to spend the night before Christmas…

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Sip on Christmassy Cocktails


If you’re planning on being in town on Christmas Eve doing some very last-minute present buying, take a load off and toast to good health and a happy new year at Cahoots in Soho. The 1940’s themed cocktail bar is the perfect place to rest and enjoy a cosy tipple.

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Enjoy a Wintry Walk

RHS Hyde Hall in Essex

The RHS Hyde Hall in Essex will be open on Christmas Eve for those who fancy a brisk walk amongst beautiful nature. Hyde Hall’s winter garden is a sight for sore eyes with beds of flowers in riotous colours, eye-catching berries and stunning leaves.

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Enjoy Live Music


For a decadent Christmas Eve, book a table at Quaglino’s in Mayfair and enjoy the musical talents of Andrew Osbourne and his band who’ll perform classic favourites from the likes of Elton John, Billy Joel and The Beatles.

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Indulge in a Festive Supper

The Langham

The Langham’s Christmas Eve dinner must be booked by those preparing to serve others on Christmas Day. Let the impeccable staff look after you whilst you enjoy a sumptuous plates at Roux at The Landau such as Scotch Buccleuch beef and pear with Balvenie whisky soufflé.


Delight in Champagne Afternoon Tea

Corinthia Christmas Afternoon Tea

With its Baccarat crystal chandelier, piano melodies and Richard Brendon hand-painted china, you’ll struggle to find a prettier afternoon tea setting than The Corinthia Hotel. Cakes are appetisingly presented on a trolley which is wheeled from table to table, with festive highlights including a spiced pineapple and vanilla éclair, a chestnut, rum and vanilla tartlet, and a maple syrup sponge, pear and cranberry compote with lemon chantilly – washed down with a glass of Laurent Perrier. £60pp per person, £70pp with Champagne.

Complete your Christmas Shopping

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From Fortnums to Selfridges, Harrods and Harvey Nichols, there are plenty of luxury department stores in London to find the perfect last-minute gift for a loved one this Christmas Eve. If you’d prefer to find something a little more niche, head to one of the capital’s Christmas markets for all the festive feels, or check out our ‘insider’s guide’ to Christmas shopping in London to find something beautiful and bespoke.


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