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The Christmas in London Blog

The musings of a number of self-proclaimed experts in Christmas in London, based on having celebrated it for several years.

The Sober Christmas Party
The morning after an office christmas party can be a terrible thing. The hangover, the loss of memory, the missing coat, the strange taste of kebab. And that's even before you get home.
by Anon

For Starters
Discover the best wines to have with your starter on Christmas Day - or any other time in the festive season!
by Grape Expectations

Christmas and the Ballet
Christmas is fast approaching and I’m leafing through my Southbank Centre Classical Music guide, worrying that I might be far too late already for some of my most favourite performances
by Susann Laughton

Christmas in July
Whilst in Britain we associate Christmas with the wintry chill of late December, around the world festive celebrations take place at different times of the year. We take a look at some of them.
by Mr B

Christmas Music
I think everyone should have a Christmas album in their collection. In fact, way more than one. It’s perfect listening for the festive season. Who can resist Bing Crosby singing ‘White Christmas’?
by Mr B

Just Desserts
Wondering what wine your should serve with dessert? Our guest wine experts save the day with their insight on the best dessert wines for Christmas
by Grape Expectations

A Long Way From California
I’ve grown up my entire life celebrating Christmas morning in Southern California. My first Christmas in England was definitely an eye opener.
by Beverly Franklin-Atkinson

On The Twelfth Day of Christmas
An instantly recognisable line from one of the world's most popular Christmas songs, and although it is highly repetitive very few people can remember all the words.
by Mr B

A Different Christmas Day in London
When I think about Christmas Day, the first thing that pops into my head is 'family'. I think it's an international tradition, where Christmas is celebrated, that families come together on Christmas Day.
by Mr B

Festive Fizz
Our Christmas wine experts share the secrets of the best champagnes and sparkling wines for Christmas - and all price ranges
by Grape Expectations

Buying A Christmas Present For The Man Who Has Everything
If there's one thing that's hard to do, it's buying a Christmas present for the man who has everything. Every year you ask that pointless question, already knowing the answer.
by Mr B

How Early Can You Start Christmas
There's no doubt that Christmas is my favourite time of year. Just the thought of it makes me smile. It's a magical time for the kids (mainly for the wrapping paper) as well as adults.
by Mr B

Christmas Wine With Cheese
Our guest wine experts talk us through the best wines to go with your cheese course on Christmas Day
by Grape Expectations

Christmas and Childhood
I remember back as a child my three brothers and I all being loaded into our slightly too small car for our annual Christmas trip to London. My parents both worked there when they were younger...
by Hellibot

Christmas and Wine
Our guest wine experts introduce us to choosing the best wines for Christmas this year
by Grape Expectations

A Traditional Christmas Party
Christmas is my favourite time of year. From buying gifts to baking Christmas goodies, this is the time that I wait patiently for all year long. When October rolls around, I begin planning what is known as the party of the year
by Olivia Nicholas

Wine For Christmas Dinner
Don't get stuck in indecision - our wine experts are at hand to tell you the very best wines for Christmas, whatever your budget
by Grape Expectations

Why a Christmas Card Shows You Don’t Care
Christmas is almost upon us. I tend to resist the pressure until December when I realize “Christmas really IS here.” But of course by then I should have sent out my Christmas cards.
by Louisa Leontiades

A Divorced Christmas
They say Christmas is the time for family. Bah Humbug. But for a good ten years, Christmas for me was actually the time to escape family and have a rollicking drunken afternoon with friends
by Louisa Leontiades

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A Divorced Christmas
They say Christmas is the time for family. Bah Humbug. But for a good ten years, Christmas for me was actually the time to escape family and have a rollicking drunken afternoon with friends
by Louisa Leontiades

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You May Not Know

Many London stores open late in the run up to Christmas, and some of the smaller boutique stores actually hand out free drinks and cakes to get everyone into the festive mood. The tradition of giving away glasses of mulled wine has almost disappeared in London due to a crackdown on serving alcohol from unlicensed premises!

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