Christmas is a special time at TRULY, not only because it’s our busiest part of the year. Our partners get into the most enthusiastic of Christmas spirits by inventing creative and unique ways to celebrate during the festive season. From Michelin star Christmas lunches to ski lodges, they do a good job reminding us why we partnered up with them in the first place.
Mosimann’s Christmas Gala Dinners
Mosimann’s events are nothing short of legendary. This year, members are invited to the Belfry in Belgravia to celebrate Christmas with what Mosimann’s do best – food. Members’ families are also encouraged to attend, and children going along are lucky enough to be treated to a cameo appearance from St Nick himself.
We all know lunch or dinner on Christmas day is typically a homely affair, especially when a good deal of restaurants are closed anyway. For those looking to break convention and go out to dine, there happen to be a few London restaurants with their doors staunchly wedged open. Club Gascon’s Christmas menu, for example, promises a ‘roasted goose with Guinness and oyster sauce, parsnip and couscous,’ while L’Etranger’s dinner has the option of ‘pan-roasted cod, chorizo, avocado, fondant potatoes and black olives.’ Words to whet the appetite we’re sure.
London Theatre Shows
We find that a good excuse to avoid the bitter cold is to seek refuge in a theatre. As it happens, playhouses across the capital are showing some musicals and productions that are cooking up a storm. ‘King Charles III’ for instance is a speculative play about the Prince of Wales’ inheritance of the throne. ‘Attendance is compulsory’ says the Telegraph. Then there are the more familiar shows making a comeback this season, the most anticipated of which being Lloyd Webber’s 1980s hit ‘Cats’.
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Le Manoir aux Quat’saisons
Over the festive period, Le Manoir will be host to an assortment of events to celebrate its 30th Christmas. If you’ve ever seen the hotel after a fresh dump of snow, that’s an event in itself. Christmas day lunch, a gala dinner, concert evenings, and carols provide some highlights for what could be an auspicious stay at Le Manoir.
If you’re looking to pay Kew a visit anytime soon, make sure at least a portion of your visit takes place after the sun has set. When night descends on Kew, a palette of colours illuminates the trees, and the iconic glasshouse palpitates a pleasing pink – quite reminiscent of a beating heart. Once more, there’s even the chance to satisfy the stomach with some hot chocolate, mulled wine, or roasted chestnuts.
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Montague on the Gardens
Our favourite destination to go wine tasting also happens to host a ‘Ski Lodge’ come wintertime. With pine trees, falling snow, ski racks and piste maps, (and an ‘access pass’ required for entry) you might as well be at a remote alpine retreat. It is a shame that the only thing the Ski Lodge is missing are few white-capped mountains – that really would complete the experience.