PARADISE BY WAY OF KENSAL GREEN:
One of West London’s most exciting gastropubs, this romantic bohemian dining room serves farm to table British grub, while the upstairs rooms play host to the party crowd of West London. Located north of Notting Hill, Paradise comprises of a front bar, dining room, courtyard garden and roof terrace, and a series of upstairs entertainment and private dining rooms
Open on Christmas Day between noon and 4pm with a specially created menu. Guests will be greeted with a glass of Champagne or mulled cider and dishes include ‘Carpaccio of beef with tapenade, air-dried tomatoes, rocket & parmesan’ or ‘Crab & prawn cocktail with Marie-rose sauce’. A choice of main courses includes the classic ‘Roast Goosnargh Turkey, roast potatoes, sage & onion stuffing, pigs in blankets, sprouts tops & chestnuts, cranberry sauce & gravy ‘or choose from a Halibut, beef or vegetarian option. Followed by a dessert of cheese boards and mince pies.
Priced at £95 per an adult or £35 per child.
19 Kilburn Lane, Kensal Green, London, W10 4AE, 020 8969 0098, theparadise.co.uk
The Blues Kitchen offers a taste of the Deep South on home soil, dishing up hearty BBQ dishes, authentic creole cuisine, jaw-stopping burgers and naughty fried chicken. The bar is fully-stocked with rare bourbon and rye (over 100 varieties), while faded pictures of departed delta blues stars and concert posters adorn the walls. Stuffed alligators keep a watchful eye over you while you sip on your favourite tipple.
Open Boxing Day and delivering the usual combination of Live Music, BBQ food and cocktails, live music will kick off at 9:45, so come on in and keep warm! Free entry.
111 – 113 Camden High St, London, NW1 7JN, 020 7387 5277, the blueskitchen.com
Olympic Studios comprises of Café & Dining room, two screen cinema, and private members’ club, located within a former West London recording studio where artists including Jimi Hendrix, the Spice Girls, the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Pink Floyd, BB King, Madonna, U2, and Led Zeppelin cut albums. With the scent of mince pies from the on-site pastry kitchen and mulled wine starting to waft through the building, Olympic Studios is excited to announce a variety of festive activities. Café & Dining Room 12noon until 9pm, last screening The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at 6.30pm.
117 Church Rd, London SW13 9HL, 020 8912 5161, olympiccinema.co.uk
NEW YEARS EVE: THE BLUES KITCHEN:
Open until 4am, New Year’s Eve at The Blues Kitchen will play host to The Beatles Bash, including all the hits performed by the finest resident musicians. Fancy dress is encouraged – will you be Sargent Pepper or John & Yoko? Recover on New Year’s Day with an all American brunch menu or join them in the evening for a live music set. Tickets priced from £25
111 – 113 Camden High St, London, NW1 7JN, 020 7387 5277, theblueskitchen.com/
Much loved Bermondsey Street gastropub, The Garrison, is a great supporter of the community and a timeless venue that brings alive the village feel of Bermondsey. Highlights this festive season are New Year’s Eve ‘Garris-tonbury’ party. Whether you missed out on Glastonbury or you’re just reminiscent of the festival season, come celebrate the New Year feasting on “Proper English country grub” and easy listening. Dress code is festival attire – wellies and floral tiaras, torn jeans and backpacks welcome. Set list will include the best live recordings over the last century and a live musician playing the hits of some of the most memorable headliners of Glastonbury to help you bring in 2014.
99 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3XB, 020 7089 9355, thegarrison.co.uk/
On New Year’s Eve, the Café & Dining Room will be serving a scrumptious 3 course a la carte menu for £65pp, with starters of Duck Rillette, sourdough crisps, mains such as Roast Cod, creamy mash and brown shrimp butter, and desserts such as Chocolate pot with shortbread biscuits, accompanied with a welcome glass of champagne, open until 2am.
New Year’s Eve (Café & Dining Room 11am until 2am, last screening The Secret Life of Walter Mitty at 6.30pm.
117 Church Rd, London, SW13 9HL, 020 8912 5161, olympiccinema.co.uk
Originally the Shepherd’s Bush tram stop, later an imposing Victorian gin palace, West London’s Princess Victoria is now enjoying a new lease of life as a dining room, bar, wine shop and private events space in the hands of Truffle Hunting, the young and dynamic restaurant group behind Newman Street Tavern and The Henry Root. Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Princess Victoria and enjoy a decadent four-course dinner, £45 pp, along with DJ and dancing until 2am. Highlights from the dinner menu include ‘Hot and cold smoked salmon, Ketta caviar, preserved lemon crème fraiche’, ‘Roasted aubergine, Saint Maure goats cheese tian, pine nuts and caper dressing’ and ‘Blackberry parfait, lime and chocolate’.
217 Uxbridge Rd, London W12 9DH, 020 8749 5886, princessvictoria.co.uk/
Village East, the influential Bermondsey Street restaurant and bar whose opening seven years ago paved the way for the regeneration of SE1’s culinary scene, has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment. Village East is celebrating the end of 2013 by putting on an Alice in Wonderland inspired ‘Trip Down The Rabbit Hole’ Party. Fancy dress is encouraged but not mandatory! The lounge bar will be transformed into the Queen of Hearts Croquet Garden whilst the restaurant will set the scene for a mad hatters tea party. DJ’s and dancing until 4am, with last entry at 1am. Dinner is served from 6.30pm and again from 8.30pm and will include a delicious three course sharing menu and guest will be offered a ‘Through the Looking Glass’ secret cocktail on arrival.
171-173 Bermondsey St, London, SE1 3UW, 020 7357 6082, villageeast.co.uk/
The Riding House Café, a modern all-day brassiere near Oxford Circus in the West End of London is the third restaurant within the Village London group. To help soothe the 2013 hangover, The Riding House Café is bringing a New Year’s Day all-day hangover brunch to the table, set to truly knock you off your feet if you have partied all night. Highlights include ‘buttermilk pancakes with berries, clotted cream and maple syrup’, ‘chorizo hash brown with mushroom and poached eggs’ and ‘cheeseburger with smoked cheddar, gherkins and chips’. Kick off the January detox with some clean-up Juices and smoothies such as ‘ABC Ginger’ with apple, beetroot, carrot and ginger, or ‘Stabiliser’ with orange, lemon, lime and elderflower.
43-51 Great Titchfield St, London, W1W 7PQ, 020 7927 0840, ridinghousecafe.co.uk/