Thanksgiving in London

Events — By Erin Gallagher Maury on November 20, 2010 at 12:48 am

The 4th Thursday of November may look like any other autumn day in London but on closer inspection Thanksgiving celebrations are in progress. London is home to nearly 45,000 American ex-pats and while England does not observe the holiday, finding places that do are fairly easy to find.

Where to give thanks:

St. Paul’s Cathedral honors Americans with an annual Thanksgiving, non-denominational service.  U.S. Ambassador Louis B. Susman gives a speech following the service. Free admission is based on a first come, first serve basis. Queuing begins at 9:45 am and closes at 10:30 am for an 11:00 am start. A perfect way to avoid the regular entry fee.

image courtesy of St. Paul's website

Where to find that bird:

  • For a relaxed American Thanksgiving feast Bodean’s in Fulham, Clapham or Tower Hill and Big Easy in Chelsea are celebrating the occasion with special menus
  • Set in an elegant Victorian building, Christopher’s American Bar and Grill in Covent Garden offers a snazzier set 2 or 3 course Thanksgiving lunch
  • The Marksman gastropub in Shoreditch gives the traditional fare a British spin … the Pilgrims were from England remember! Patrons can even stand and say what they’re thankful for just like your mom makes you do at home

    image courtesy of Ewan-M/flickr

Save room for pudding:

American bakery Outsider Tart in Chiswick has the best pumpkin pie (and pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cheesecake & pumpkin cake) this side of the Atlantic. And just a little fyi, any dessert in England is called pudding.

image courtesy of the Outsider Tart website

Where to watch football, American football:

  • Lively and centrally located, The Sports Cafe in Picadilly pulls the out -of -town set. Two of the three NFL Thanksgiving day games are scheduled to be carried: Patriots v. Lions and Saints v. Cowboys
  • West Kensington’s Famous Three Kings (F3K) grand Victorian space was once a music venue where The Rolling Stones played, now a massive sports bar/pub. Popular with locals, NFL games are shown every Sunday

F3K image courtesy of prydwen

Shake off that tryptophan (the sleepy potion from turkey):

  • Boutique bowling at All Star Lanes, an American retro ten pin bowling alley and trendy cocktail bar, locations in Holborn, Bayswater and Brick Lane
  • Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland combines ice skating, fun fair games, rides and market stalls into a seasonal circus, open daily 10-10 until January 4th

image courtesy of the All Star Lane website

{Pub sign thumbnail by Mark Hillary/flickr}

Tags: All Star Lanes, American football in London, Bodean's, bowling in London, Christopher's American Grill, Hyde Park, NFL London, Outsider Tart, pumpkin pie London, St Paul's, Thanksgiving in London, Winter Wonderland

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