This Week in Central London: 4th – 10th December 2023

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Christmas Carols with the Cast of Les Miserables

Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, London W1D 7DT

When: Wednesday 6th December 2023

Entry: Free

If you need a little help getting into the festive spirit this year, then this is the event for you. The courtyard at the Ham Yard Hotel will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland for one night only. Mulled wine will be served, so you’ll be able to keep toasty as you watch the cast of Les Miserables perform Christmas carols (from 5pm-6pm), ahead of live jazz by Leon Garner (from 6pm-8pm). The surrounding stores all open late for the event, so you’ll be able to do a spot of Christmas shopping too (should you choose to).

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Eat At:

The Devonshire

The Devonshire, 17 Denman St, London W1D 7HW

New pubs are a rarity, and often lack the charm of those that are long standing. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth at The Devonshire on Soho’s Denman Street. This pub was opened by three industry stalwarts—Oisín Rogers, Charlie Carroll and Ashley Palmer-Watts—and has opened to absolutely rave reviews, both for its food and the atmosphere in the pub below. It’s the restaurant upstairs that we want to praise here. You’ll find all your pub classics, with a real focus on British produce, and it’s all incredibly well done. There’s sausage and mash, sitting alongside lobster and suet pudding. The prices can look a little spenny but there’s a three-course option for £29 and a two-course menu for £25, so don’t be dissuaded. It’s the sort of hearty food that’ll keep you feeling warm and happy for long after you’ve finished it.

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Drink In:

Bar Américain

20 Sherwood St, London W1F 7ED

At this time of year, more than ever, what we really want is to be drinking fancy cocktails in our finest attire in surroundings that are just as decadent. Bar Américain, located in the famous Brasserie Zédel, fits the bill for just that. The interiors are all dark woods and equally dark leathers, it’s a spot you’ll want to sink into for the night. The cocktail menu is extensive with a fondness for absinthe running throughout, so you can be sure for more than just a taste of hedonism here.

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