Although we don't really celebrate Christmas as such in a traditional sense in our house anymore, I do really enjoy the run up to the season. I love the Christmas songs (at least when they're not overplayed), the many, many Christmas parties and of course, London during the season.
It always looks so pretty.
Myself and Briony headed down to Taste of London's Festive Edition last week to enjoy some seasonal food and drink and get us in the mood for the season. I'd not been to any of Taste of London's events before, so I was really excited.
I was super sad my sister couldn't come in the end though as she is such a foodie and would have loved it.
The four day event at Tobacco Docks included artisan food and drink brands, a number of different restaurants, top chefs, cooking masterclasses and entertainment.
The event was set out beautifully. Although we got lost many times, everywhere we looked there was a pop up offering delicious hot drinks or a restaurant serving yummy food and there were beyond beautiful photo opportunities.
It was almost like we'd walked out of autumn and straight into Christmas because the change was that drastic. It wasn't subtle at all, but I loved it. Everywhere we looked there were twinkling fairy lights, colourful Christmas trees, beautiful garlands and more. I loved it.
There was so much to see and do but our first point of business was a seasonal drink. I opted for Mulled wine, having been craving it for a couple of weeks now, whilst Briony grabbed herself some eggnog. We then took a slow stroll around, chatting to different brands, picking up a couple of gifts etc.
We particularly enjoyed the entertainment and found the pianist at the Piano Bar by Deco Noir particularly fun. He had a lovely voice (my friend is actually in love), and played laid back versions of top hits throughout the evening.
Before we left, we grabbed a final drink and sat down to admire his singing voice and felt ever so Christmassy, drinking our seasonal drinks and enjoying the atmosphere. Plus, with a beyond beautiful light fixture hanging from the ceiling and lots of decorations in this area, it was really, really lovely.
We may have requested a few songs. He may have performed some Twenty One Pilots and Panic! At The Disco for us.
What a dude!
Food wise, we had a few nibbles but opted for some hot dogs by my favourites, Bubbledogs. We each opted for Santa's Sausage which included Christmas stuffing, cranberry chutney and crispy parsnips. Although we were disappointed at the size of Santa's Sausage (hehe) - it does make sense, as y'know, a lot of restaurants were doing a bunch of mini sizes of their usual menu - it was delicious.
We also booked ourselves in for an AEG Take Taste Further cooking masterclass with Steve Brown: The Cookery School at Daylesford.
Here, we learned how to make a Christmas dinner in 30 minutes and I was surprised at how well it turned out, despite us being very bad cooks! It was interesting though, and very hilarious. At one point, I went mad blending the brussel sprouts and the teacher told us off and took our blend to the front of the class to embarrass us, oh dear.
Still, the end result was delicious and I was very proud of us!
Overall, it was a really lovely visit and if you have the chance to attend next year or any of Taste of London's other events:
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