London invites the best of global cuisine to sit side by side with its fantastic local produce in some of the most exciting food shops in the world. If you’re Christmas shopping for a foodie, then this is the city for you. Whether it’s confectionary you’re looking for, or savoury delights, or even a tipple or two, London’s sprawling network of food and drink retailers will have you spoiled for choice. Give your friends a taste of London life – we recommend you opt for some of the presents below.
The Piccadilly Hamper
Fortnum and Mason are the undisputed masters of gourmet decadence, so head to their flagship Piccadilly store – gold, green, and dripping with sparkling decorations at Christmas – to pick up one of their signature Piccadilly Hampers for sharing over the festive period. Inspired by the Piccadilly area, this ultra-luxurious hamper is packed full of traditional British treats. Enjoy Burlington Marmalade, pistachio and clotted cream biscuits, champagne truffles, Earl Grey leaves from F&M’s famous tea range, a bottle of red and of course, F&M’s perennial favourite – Piccadilly Piccalilli.
Prestat London Gin Truffles
For impeccable service, enchanting surroundings and the best truffles in London, make a journey to Prestat’s beautiful Princes Arcade store – it’s glass fronted, gilded, very brightly coloured boutique, full of delicious chocolate. If you’re shopping for a true truffle connoisseur, we recommend you select a box of classic Prestat London Gin Truffles. Rich, aromatic gin and fresh juniper berry flavours mingle with lemon and creamy white chocolate – these little chunks of heaven will knock the socks off anyone worth their taste buds.
La Fromagerie Champagne Celebration Box
For a Londoner’s take on French luxury, wander down Marylebone High Street under a canopy of cream and gold Christmas lights, and turn into Moxon Street for a visit to the astonishing La Fromagerie. Their cheese rooms are world famous, their all day menus are to die for, and they mix an excellent cocktail. But for Christmas shopping purposes, make a beeline for the Champagne Celebration Box. This election features a knock out range of French cheeses – Beaufort, Chaource and Langres to name but a few – along with La Fromagerie’s renowned charcoal biscuits and a bottle of P. Louis Martin NV Brut Champagne.
Jensen’s Bermondsey London Dry Gin
You’ve tried the truffles, now give the spirit a go. There are many exclusive London gins on the market but Jensen’s has an authentic 20th century feel to it. The makers produce each bottle with a focus on heritage: long forgotten recipes are pieced back together letter by letter, so that well-established London Gin flavours burst from each bottle of Jensen’s Bermondsey Dry. Only traditional botanicals are used and each bottle is distilled in Bermondsey under the old railway arches, as it has been for over a century. Snap up one of the sleek, simple bottles, request gift wrapping, and then suggest the recipient pours you a generous Gin & Tonic each as soon you’ve handed it over!
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