Spare a thought for Americans living in London. While their fellow Yanks indulge in turkey with all the trimmings, a plethora of sport on television and a tipsy visit to Wal-Mart to start Christmas shopping, the London-based American can look forward to a day in the office.
While not as vocal as their Antipodean counterparts, there are estimated to be 250,000 Americans living in London today – a pretty massive number. Local restaurants and shops are wising up to this fact and Thanksgiving 2011 gives homesick Americans a range of ways to give thanks.
Here are Scout London’s top picks – bookings are essential for all restaurants:
The Breakfast Club: locations in Soho, Angel, Hoxton and Spitalfields – Three course meal including starter, turkey and trimmings, dessert for £25. Soho branch gets extra points for a BYOB option – no corkage charge.
Villandry: Great Portland Street – The normally French restaurant goes American for the day with a four course dinner for £45 a head.
Bodeans: locations in Soho, Clapham, Fulham and Tower Hill- Thanksgiving celebrations throughout the day, with the added bonus of live NFL football on the big screen from 17.30. Three course meal a bargain at £20.95 per person.
Chicago Rib Shack: Knightsbridge – This American favourite has a unique spin on Thanksgiving in the Big Smoke. For £300 you get a booth, a three course dinner including a whole turkey you can carve yourself and bubbly. Recommended for up to 10 people.
Babylon at The Roof Gardens: High Street Kensington – The classy option with a three course lunch for £38 or a three course dinner for £49.50. Thanksgiving themed cocktails will be available to enjoy on arrival.
Partridge’s: Gloucester Road and Sloane Square – The grocers to the Queen offer a cornucopia of treats for the homesick yank, from cooked turkeys to Stove Top stuffing and Mott’s apple sauce. Free delivery is also available.
Waitrose: locations throughout London – Waitrose are surprisingly US friendly when it comes to Thanksgiving food, with Libby’s pumpkin puree usually on offer and sightings of Stove Top stuffing reported in years past.
Whole Foods Market: High Street Kensington – American chain Whole Foods pulls out all the stops at Thanksgiving time, with a selection of American goods on offer, and a fully cooked Thanksgiving dinner available in the in-store restaurant on Tuesday 22 November.