Where to go for the best in festive dining and cocktails

Catching up with friends? Fancy a romantic-yet-festive night out? In need of an evening that’ll leave you feeling properly Christmassy (while avoiding heaving pubs playing Santa Baby)? Then here are the grown-up places to go for incredible food and seasonal drinks…

Aubaine, Broadgate Circle
French bistro Aubaine are doing things in style. With festive menus (two courses for £22 or three courses for £27) that mix classics with Aubaine’s signature elegance, choose from starters such as duck liver parfait with gingerbread crumble and port-soaked plum; smoked salmon blinis with Avruga caviar or celeriac veloute; mains including roast turkey breast with truffle cream; seabream with fresh crab and lobster sauce or porcini and parmesan risotto before indulging in deliciously decadent French desserts: Mont Blanc, Bûche de Noël or Tarte Tatin. 

They’ve also got festive cocktail menus that encompass reinvented classics and returning favourites (Chocolate Orange Negroni and white mulled wine) to the newly created Snowball cocktail (Koko Kanu coconut rum, gingerbread syrup, coconut cream, coconut macaron). See the full menus here. 

Mrs Fogg’s Winter Terrace, next to The Winter Forest at Broadgate Circle

A winter pop-up to melt even Scrooge’s heart – Mrs Fogg’s is the perfect mix of relaxed seating, great music, excellent cocktails (try the mulled wine – red wine, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, clementine, honey and lemon) and a Christmas singalong every Wednesday evening all surrounded by snow-covered pine trees. 

We also recommend you pop downstairs to Mrs Fogg’s Maritime Club & Distillery for Keralan chicken, Galouti Kebab and many more spiced delights. 

Gaucho, Finsbury Avenue Square
For a seriously foodie destination, head to the Argentinian delights of Gaucho which has a series of incredible menus for ChristmasFrom the Christmas sharing menu (salads and empanadas) to rib-eye and sirloin served with chips, maple and chestnut stuffing, pigs in blankets, brussel sprouts with bacon and wilted spinach, red wine and cranberry jus to the Signature menu (your choice of Gaucho dishes for £68), it’s all about a dining experience to remember.

They’re also serving some tempting Christmas cocktails... a Pomegranate Fizz (Pomegranate juice shaken with rosemary syrup topped off with Chandon Argentinian sparkling wine) or a Maple & Pecan Old-Fashioned (Jim Beam Double Oak bourbon stirred over ice with maple syrup and chocolate bitters)... 

All Bar One, Bishopsgate
Want to keep things laid-back but in the party spirit? All Bar One have created the perfect balance with festive burgers (classic beef burger topped with BBQ pulled turkey and melted camembert served with sage and onion fries); a vegan festive burger (aubergine and harissa vegan burger with shredded sprout, coleslaw and BBQ cranberry sauce served with sage and onion fries) and pulled turkey wraps. 

Plus, in the greatest pudding invention ever conceived: the ultimate chocolate fondue for four people to share (with cinnamon churros, toasted jumbo marshmallows, raspberry meringues, brownie bites and mixed fruit). 

And, of course, there’s plenty of winter warmer drinks (choose from Gingerbread Latte with Gingerbread Man, Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate with Torched Meringue) and cocktails (Jingle Juleps and The Ice Queen). They’ll also be donating 50p from every festive meal ordered to the homeless charity, Shelter… Click here to see the menus. 

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