Friendmas is that special time of year when close friends get together to consume large quantities of delicious foodstuff (and alcohol) and exchange gifts. Friends celebrating Friendsmas may not be able to contain their excitement, randomly shouting various holiday jargon. The wearing of ugly Christmas sweaters is often required.
Now that Urban Dictionary has cleared that up for some of you, we’re here to tell you where you need to spend your friends-feasting and secret-santa-giving this Christmas.
Friendmas dinners are pretty much compulsory for this time of year and it can always be a struggle to decide where to go when you have about 30 notifications every 5 minutes in the Whatsapp group. Plus, because everyone LOVES Friendsmas now, London’s popular, well-known places get snapped up way before November.
So here are some gems we absolutely love that will hopefully (our fingers are crossed) still have space for you!
So get ready to eat, drink and get boozy at this festive feast as Rotate bring you bottomless prosecco, mimosas, mulled cider, bloody marys and craft beer for a whole two hours. Not only that but their Kitchen resident Le Bun will be serving up the juiciest burgers ever whilst you share incredible sides for the table.
And for all over experience lovers, AVA members are able to get an exclusive welcome shot PLUS another if you wear a Christmas jumper, so there's strictly no scrooges allowed! View on AVA Klose and Soan Festive seasonality and sustainability! Farringdon, ££ Mix up your friendmas with this sustainably sourced 4-course sharing menu at Klose & Soan's latest pop-up.
Bringing you their unique style of unfussy, rustic and delicious food, you can experience Klose and Soan’s carefully crafted bespoke Christmas menu.
They’ve just rehomed in the wonderful Winemakers Club so join them for fun, food and fizz as their creative style will certainly shake things up for you guys this Christmas!
View on AVA Palatino Pasta and Prosecco - now that's amore! Clerkenwell, ££ We all know everyone loves a Bottomless Brunch in Britain. And we think we’ve found some pretty damn cool ones that sway away from your traditional brunch menus. Top of that list is Palatino’s multiple plates of pasta and bottomless Prosecco.
You'll get three delicious courses including dessert as well as free-flowing Prosecco!
Once you’re done and have a belly full of pasta, the pubs and bars of Old Street and Shoreditch are just a stone’s throw away.
Ps. Palatino’s pasta has been getting rave reviews - The Guardian have claimed that it’s ‘better than in Rome’, so this really is the perfect pasta party for Friendmas!
View on AVA The Jellied Eel A quirky, hidden cocktail bar that’s well worth the visit! Walthamstow, £ Gather the girl gang because you’re not going to want to miss this hidden gem!
This quirky bar takes over an OG Pie ‘N’ Mash shop on Friday and Saturday nights and with this AVA exclusive experience you can indulge in every single small plate on their menu (yep, every single one).
We’re talking crispy sweet potato fries and crumbly feta, portobello mushrooms with oregano pesto and their finest fried squid with green alioli...AND you'll even get one of their inventive, twisted cocktails!
The art deco hasn’t changed since the shop opened in 1929 and, after hours, as the lights dim, this is an electric place to boogie on the weekend! View on AVA Dirty Bones Merry Pissed-Mas! Soho, Shoreditch, Carnaby, Kensington, ££ This NYC inspired restaurant has been loved in London since 2013 (so much so that they opened 3 more!). With a Brooklyn inspired soundtrack that features the best funk, hip-hop and soul classics, you will boogie the night away with friends, guaranteed.
Dirty Bones also know how to create a festive feast. Their Christmas menu is full of must-trys with their incredible Holiday Macballs, Dogs in Blankets and Crispy Brussel Sprouts to go alongside their Christmas-spiced cocktails that are too tempting not to try! Make sure you hit them up for their Happy Hour, Monday-Friday 5-7pm!
With their private dining rooms, bars and retro party lounges as well as DJ sets and live band nights, Dirty Bones will transport you to their spiritual home this Christmas!
Check Them Out Tell Your Friends Vegan? Dill with it Fulham, ££ With healthy eats and hearty comfort food, whether you’re vegan or not, you’ll find something you love here. Using ingredients that are ethically sourced Tell Your Friends are experts in crafting seasonal treats and amazing flavours.
Kick-off with their Canapé menu or indulge in their Christmas tasting menu and you’ll find some delicious dishes you’ve never tried before.
Tell Your Friends is also giving back this Christmas. They're giving £1 from every set menu to Animal Rescue Kefalonia who help rescue, rehabilitate and rehome Kefalonia’s stray animal population.
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