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The best Thanksgiving dinners in London

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Thanksgiving — a historical American tradition that, like Halloween, has become a notable event in British calendars. And, in a bid to celebrate alongside our friends across the pond (as well as an excuse to enjoy really good food), many London restaurants have compiled fine feasting menus for the masses. 

The holiday religiously lands on the last Thursday of November every year, making the 24th of this month the beginning of a three-day celebration. For a little background, Thanksgiving was first commemorated in the 17th century when Puritan settlers of the Plymouth Colony and the native American Wampanoag tribe celebrated the new harvest. Ever since, the holiday has been marked by family get-togethers with pumpkin pies, roaming turkeys on the White House lawn, and restaurants across the world curating their own Thanksgiving banquets. American or not, here’s our guide to the best Thanksgiving dinners in London.

Oblix at The Shard, London Bridge

Swap the New York City skyline for a sweeping view of East London as you dine in the clouds at Oblix. Putting a luxurious spin on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, the menu has been expertly curated by executive chef Marcus Eaves and is priced at £97 per head. Start with Wye smoked salmon or jumbo prawn cocktail before moving onto a family-style feast including caramelised turkey breast wrapped in pancetta, stuffed chestnut and truffle with all the trimmings. 

The table will be full with an array of seasonal sides such as baked sweet potatoes, crushed butternut squash and Brussel sprout tops. Nods to America can also be found in the drinks menu. Try the Banana Old Fashioned with Bulleit bourbon, Tillingmore five-year-old single malt Scotch, banana, coconut and vanilla, or the Pink Cadillac with Ketel one vodka, lychee, raspberry and lemon. 

When: 24-26 November

Where: Oblix, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, SE1 9RY

Book: oblixrestaurant.com

Madison Rooftop, St Paul’s 

Tuck into a true Manhattanite feast at Madison Rooftop, which offers unparalleled views of St Paul’s Cathedral. This restaurant features NYC-inspired decor and will host American blues and soul singer Acantha Lang, providing the perfect backdrop to your meal. For £65 each, be transported across the pond to enjoy the famed Chicken & Waffles or the luxurious Bourbon-rubbed smoked salmon with fennel and yuzu salad. The main event is, undoubtedly, the Madison Roast Thanksgiving turkey drizzled in gravy and cranberry sauce. However, for those looking to try something different, opt for the USDA Prime rib au jus or baked butternut squash stuffed with pecans, sage and feta. There’s also a range of delicious sides to pile on your plate, including Ranch mashed potato and green bean casserole with mushrooms and fried shallots. Finally, tuck into the classic Mississippi mud pie or for the ultimate indulgence, try the classic American deep-fried apple pie with Bourbon caramel sauce.

When: 24 November

Where: Madison Restaurant, One New Change, St Paul’s, EC4M 9AF

Book: madisonlondon.net

Duck and Waffle, The City

In the highest private dining room in the country, tuck into a family-style spread at Duck & Waffle while overlooking the glistening lights of London below. Kick off the holiday season the right way with a traditional Thanksgiving banquet for £75, including maple-glazed cornbread served with harissa yoghurt, bacon-wrapped dates with lingiça, manchego and mustard, and crispy polenta served with truffle mayonnaise. Then, get your cutlery ready for a slice of the whole-roasted bronze turkey served with sweet potatoes with marshmallows and candied peanuts, truffle mac and cheese with Gruyere Alpage and cashew blue, and crispy brussel sprouts. To close off the evening, enjoy a classic Bourbon pecan pie accompanied by homemade clotted cream. 

When: 24 November

Where: Duck & Waffle, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY

Book: duckandwaffle.com

The Colony Grill Room at The Beaumont, Mayfair

For a hint of glamour, celebrate at The Beaumont with a menu of transatlantic-inspired dishes in the hotel’s resident restaurant, The Colony Grill Room. Decorated with striking large-scale murals and maximalist artworks, The Colony has a glamorous 1920s New York feel, and will pay homage to the American holiday with a celebratory menu designed by Executive Chef Ben Boeynaems. Beginning with seasonal pumpkin risotto with smoked ricotta and roast scallop and sweetcorn chowder, inspired by the United States’ East Coast, guests will then move on to Thanksgiving turkey for main, traditionally garnished with all the classic trimmings. With teas, coffees and a pecan pie served with spiced chocolate sorbet to round off the meal, head to this chic Mayfair spot to properly mark the occasion at £85 a head. Vegetarians don’t have to miss out either, with a specially-curated menu featuring roasted kohlrabi with sweetcorn velouté and coriander and a traditional nut roast.

When: 24 November

Where: The Beaumont, 8 Balderton Street, Mayfair, W1K 6TF

Book: colonygrillroom.com

The Riding House, across London

Known for its Thanksgiving celebrations, which are in their 11th year, dining at one of The Riding House’s various locations across London is a safe bet. Get into the holiday spirit at Riding House Fitzrovia, Rail House Victoria and the newly-opened Riding House Bloomsbury and start with a Kentucky Bucket: an American concoction of Maker’s Mark bourbon, cider, mango tea, maple syrup and orange bitters. Priced at £55, the indulgent feasting menu gets straight to the point. Instead of starters, tuck into slow-roasted Norfolk Bronze Turkey cooked in fragrant herb butter accompanied by cornbread and sausage stuffing, maple sweet potatoes and truffled mac and cheese. Then, choose either pecan or pumpkin pie for dessert. 

When: 24 November at all three locations, 25 November at Riding House Fitzrovia only

Where: Riding House Bloomsbury, The Brunswick Centre, Bloomsbury, WC1N 1AF

Riding House Fitzrovia, 43-51 Great Titchfield St., W1W 7PQ

Rail House Victoria, 8 Sir Simon Milton Sq, SW1E 5DJ

Book: ridinghouse.cafe

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ICE London 2023 to feature exhibitors from record 68 nations – IAG

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Industry trade show ICE London will feature exhibitors from a record 68 nations, topping the previous best of 65 set three years ago, according to organizer Clarion Gaming.
ICE London returns as a full-sized show for the first time since 2020 from 7 to 9 February, with the total 623 exhibitors representing everything from Argentina to Australia and Macau to Mexico.
“No other exhibition in the gaming space can come anywhere near the internationalism of ICE,” said Clarion Gaming Managing Director, Stuart Hunter.
“To have 68 nations represented by our community of exhibitors means that visitors are immediately part of what is a global experience with unique access to the smartest gaming innovators drawn from every corner of the world. There are very few exhibitions of scale in any industry sector which are able to compare with such international representation and legitimately lay claim to being a ‘global’ or a ‘world’ event.
“Once an event is recognized as being genuinely international, stakeholder groups including brands, regulators, trade associations, media groups and strategic industry-wide bodies focus their activities accordingly.
“Research that we’ve undertaken has shown that for many people ICE and iGB Affiliate London actually start on the Sunday preceding and finish on the following Saturday. In that week we estimate that over 100 gambling industry events will take place outside of the show hours providing a new and compelling perspective on why ICE and iGB Affiliate London are so influential and important to the world industry.”
IAG will have a team of four at ICE London next week. Visit us at Stand ND7-C.

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David Ford and Annie Dressner Live in London

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There’s something special about London on a Saturday night – there’s a certain buzz in the air as you head into the Capital city. For me that buzz was extra special, as I was going to see David Ford and Annie Dressner at The Lexington in Islington. I literally listened to their ’10 Days (Live)’ album for the first time a week ago, but since then it’s been on repeat and heading in I knew that the night was going to be special.
The Lexington is a great place for music, with a bar on the ground floor before heading up the winding stairs to the spacious venue itself. And as the crowd started coming in, the atmosphere in the room was growing by the minute.
Opening the night was Scottish singer songwriter Gary Stewart. He set the night off really well, with an engaging set that got the crowd onside from the start. He opened with his 2021 single ‘Hot To Trot‘ and you already knew the set was going to be a good one – a rousing folk song with great lyrical dexterity. The highlight of the set was ‘Frontlines’, a simply gorgeous song (check out a YouTube video of the song here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDCLwYwsesk). Gary ended with a fine cover of Paul Simon’s ‘Song for the Asking’.
It was time for a quick visit to the bar before settling down for the main event. 
The duo appeared on the stage to great applause, David in an orange shirt and Annie in a sparkling black dress. They opened with ‘Easy Falling’, the first song that I’ve ever heard of theirs, and a song that convinced me I needed to listen to the rest of the album. This slow and moving number is a touching love song and shows off the brilliant harmonies of David and Annie – there’s something special about the English (David) and US accents (Annie) mingling in the way that they do. 
Throughout the set, there were so many highlights. ‘Something I’ll Have to Learn‘ is a song with an almost timeless feel that feels like a conversation in song, Annie’s original ‘Strangers Who Knew Each Other’s Names‘ was simply brilliant and ‘Some Folks Are Lucky I Guess‘ is a song with a great sentiment. ‘Can’t Help What I Want‘ (below) is a great example of those brilliant harmonies that the two share.

‘Trash‘, a cover of the Suede hit, was a particular highlight – a song that was a nice surprise on the live album. As they break into ‘Oh maybe, maybe it’s the clothes you wear‘ it almost feels like this was a song that Suede wrote for David and Annie, their version is that good. Outstanding.
The set had a second cover, a song that Annie introduced as ‘an American classic‘. This classic was ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You‘ from Chas and Dave, a song that typified the cockney sound of London back in the 1980’s. I love the way they re-worked it and there was something special about the way Annie sings the word ‘Darling’ in her US twang that just resonated and put a smile on my face.
There were great moments of humour throughout the night, the chat between the two great. At one point mid-song, Annie passed her guitar to David, exclaiming ‘I knew there were chords in this song, I just didn’t know which ones‘ which had the crowd laughing.
The best of the night was saved till last. ‘Warning Sign’ had quickly become my favourite song from the pair and hearing it live in person lived up to all expectations. There’s such a beauty in live music, and hearing songs like this with other people in a venue can really bring a song home – and almost even change your own personal relationship with a song.
The final song of the night (there was no encore as David explained that they literally had no more songs!) was ‘Put Me In A Corner’. Annie’s vocals take the lead in this track and it was just magical, the emotion of the song emanating from the stage and filling the room. You can listen and see for yourself below.

You never know what to expect when you see an artist or artists perform for the first time. Some exceed expectations and some just don’t hit the heights you expect. In David Ford and Annie Dressner, it was definitely the former. The gig was stripped back – just two people on a stage creating a moment. And what a moment it was.
Annie and David and reviewer Nick Cantwell
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***Note – I need to say a word about the audience for the gig. The audience was impeccable, with barely any talking at all at any point (apart from whispered orders at the bar). Credit goes to Gary, Annie and David, who managed to grab the audience from the start, but also to everyone there. If you were there yourself, give yourself a high five!***
Review written by Nick Cantwell (instagram.com/nickcantwellmanagement)
 
 
 


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