How to Spend Thanksgiving in London

A slice of Americana in the British capital   |   November 2017

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Get your Thanksgiving fix, British style, with this wonderful itinerary for Thanksgiving in London

Thanksgiving in London | © Dominique Ansell

Whether you’re a homesick American expat or happen to be in the British capital over Thanksgiving, we’ve got the perfect day for you with this impeccable itinerary. From USA-themed cultural explorations to a delicious fine-dining dinner, this is the best way to spend Thanksgiving in London.


Start your day with a spot of retail therapy. Head to Fortnum & Mason’s, where you can pick up some celebratory Champagne and one of their covetable Harvest Hampers stuffed with seasonal preserves, pickles and honeys. Afterwards, head over to Covent Garden to Benjamin Franklin House, a former home of the esteemed Founding Father. Today, the historical Craven Street house is a well-preserved museum dedicated to its famous former occupant who lived and worked there for sixteen years before the American Revolution. For a light lunch, pop into Dominique Ansell’s gorgeous Belgravia bakery for s’mores, pecan pie and pumpkin soup. Famed for his creation of the ‘cronut’, Dominique Ansell puts a seriously creative and indulgent spin on pastries and sugary treats. This Thanksgiving, they’re serving up a trifecta of limited edition pies: Bourbon Pecan Pumpkin, Salted Apple Caramel and Extra Silky Pumpkin. You can buy them whole or by the slice throughout November.

Thanksgiving in London | bf1 © Benjamin Franklin House


For some Americana-inspired art with a side order of edgy, hop over the river to Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery for Dan Colen’s Sweet Liberty exhibition (on your way over, spot the statue of Abraham Lincoln in Parliament Square). Provocative and exciting, Colen’s exhibition playfully subverts American iconography via large installations. A giant American flag hangs crumpled from a twisted flagpole, trailing across the floor laden with a 20-tonne concrete block. You’ll also find a life-size Scooby Doo, Roger Rabbit and the Kool-Aid man. While you’re south of the river, take a stroll east along the Southbank taking in London’s iconic landmarks like Westminster and Big Ben. You can get a bird’s-eye-view of the capital by taking a ride in the dizzying London Eye. After, cross Waterloo Bridge and head to Somerset House for a spot of outdoor ice skating.

Thanksgiving in London | © Photographed by Prudence Cumings Associates © Dan Colen and Victor Mara Ltd


For a refined take on the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, Corinthia London’s The Northall restaurant is presenting a sublime three-course dinner with a glass of Champagne. You can expect a fine-dining flourish to all-American classics like Portland Lobster, pumpkin soup and sweetcorn fritter. Free Range Norfolk Bronze Turkey will be served with all manner of tasty trimmings; Brussels sprouts, crispy bacon & hazelnuts, maple glazed parsnips – topped off with a dollop of bourbon butter.

For a Thanksgiving nightcap, venture east after dinner to Nightjar, a glamorous, prohibition-inspired bar serving ultra-inventive cocktails. The subterranean space has chic, speakeasy vibes in abundance alongside live jazz to soundtrack your evening. Sample one of their beautiful signature house cocktails or raid their archives, picking from rare vintage, pre-prohibition ryes and bourbons.

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