Visit London Blog » christmas presents Enjoy the very best of London Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:00:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Foodie’s Guide to Christmas Treats in London Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:11:28 +0000 If you’re a food enthusiast, here are some great shops and pop-ups in London where you can spoil yourself with yummy treats or pick up some foodie presents!

Black Vanilla

Fancy something a bit unique? Then try some festive gelato or sorbet at Black Vanilla located in Blackheath and Greenwich. Try cranberry gelato with a turkey ‘ripple’, or for fans of a festive tipple, there’s mulled wine sorbetto.

Other seasonal scoops including mince pie gelato: a merry mix of premium mincemeat and short crust pastry and Christmas pudding gelato laced with rich fruit cake.

Turkey & Cranberry gelato

The East India Company’s Pop Up Shop, St Martin’s Courtyard

The East India Company’s newly launched Pop Up Shop in St Martin’s Courtyard serves as the perfect destination shop for tea lovers and anyone looking for a luxurious but affordable Christmas gift for a foodie.

Find an exclusive selection of fine teas and coffees, artisan sweet and savoury biscuits, luxurious chocolate bars, coffee beans and nuts, and flavourful jams and marmalades.

Maison Blanc

Maison Blanc offers a beautiful collection of French-inspired, hand-crafted pâtisserie and novelty stocking fillers.

From the bakery you’ll be able to enjoy a gorgeous date and ginger Christmas tree sponge cake, luxuriously covered in a light cream cheese, pistachios and crunchy mini baubles.

London shops can be found in Fulham, Hampstead, Holland Park, Chiswick, Muswell Hill and St. John’s Wood.

La Maison Maille Boutique in Piccadilly

La Maison Maille Boutique is one of the capital’s newest destinations for food-lovers.

Complementing the long-established boutiques of Paris and Dijon, La Maison Maille’s new shop in Piccadilly invites London’s foodies to experience more than 60 brand new variants of mustards, vinegars and gherkins.

This year’s Autumn/Winter collection includes three brand new seasonal mustards, making an excellent Christmas gift.

The Hummingbird Bakery

London’s home of American baking has Christmas wrapped up with its seasonal cake selection.

Festive treats from The Hummingbird Bakery include hand-decorated Christmas cupcakes, mini delights and a selection of festive layer cakes in the bakery’s bestselling flavours including vanilla, chocolate and red velvet.

 Find out more about Christmas in London.

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Pamper Days for Men in London Tue, 18 Dec 2012 10:10:59 +0000

When it comes to presents and luxury experiences, there are far more options out there for the ladies. Here, we’re tipping the scales in favour of boys. They deserve fun too – and some of these experiences could make a great last-minute Christmas treat.

Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea

Tiny scones and cucumber sandwiches are delicious. But if you want something equally miniature but more macho, establishments like Chapters brasserie in Blackheath have come up with a hearty alternative to the traditional afternoon tea. They have replaced the cakes and tea with Greenwich Meantime beer, salt beef on toasted rye bread, mini-burgers and champagne-glazed oysters. More meat-focused, but no less indulgent. The tea isn’t available in December but will be back in January.

Men-only Spa Day

We all like a bit of self-maintenance, and Nickel Spa in Westminster caters only to men. Gents can choose a male or female therapist for treatments including massage, body treatments, facials and microdermabrasion. If you’re a first-timer to a spa and aren’t quite sure how to act, they offer a handy etiquette guide.

The Perfect Steak

London is blessed with many excellent steak restaurants. Hawksmoor and Gaucho are solid choices, but the newly-opened MASH would be my top pick (the name stands for modern American steak house). MASH has an elegant art deco interior, fantastic wine list and an owner who can advise on your carnivorous choices if you need some help.

Go Karting

Adventurous types will love zooming round the track at one of Team Sport’s two London go karting tracks. Each centre at Tower Bridge and Enfield boasts a 400m track and karts that can reach 40mph. At the end of a session, drivers are given a full race report detailing track times and where they ranked against other competitors.

A Trip to the Barber

There’s something wonderfully nostalgic about an old-fashioned barber’s shop. Murdock has branches in Shoreditch, Soho, Covent Garden, Spitalfields and Mayfair, and you can come away with some beautiful shaving accessories that could make stylish presents.

Know of any other pampering activities for men in London? Or have you tried some of these out? Let us know below.

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Question of the Week: What Are You Hoping Santa Will Bring On Friday? Mon, 21 Dec 2009 11:26:53 +0000 Santa at Kew Gardens

It’s Christmas week and here at VL Towers, we’re feeling pretty festive.

Nearly all our Christmas shopping is done (although there are some nervous eyes watching the post-room for last-minute deliveries), the decorations are up, and we’re looking forward to an exciting couple of days’ off towards the end of the week.

This week’s big question: what are you hoping Santa will bring you on Friday?

Now that we know we’re not getting one of Harrods’ famous Meerkats, what is it that you really, really want for Christmas this year?

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