Guests will be treated to artisan French cheeses for afters as well as a white chocolate tart and petit fours with tea and coffee. Contact us. Family friendly. You get to enjoy your meal in their simple whitewashed dining room, or in their equally simple, equally whitewashed private room. Promo Code. The Dorchester Spa Party season has arrived, so let us spoil you with time to relax, recharge and feel utterly pampered.
Breakfast and masterclass 9. Our wishlist-worthy gifts tick all the boxes for unforgettable experiences and mementos as a reminder of a wonderful stay. Contact us. Newsletter signup Shop Shop EN.
Festive season The hotel The hotel Your guide to Shop Hotel services. What's on? The Promenade Every year our beautiful decorations transform The Promenade into a wonderland of festive enchantment, where a daily line-up of talented musicians fills the room with live music.
Afternoon tea Afternoon tea at The Promenade is always an occasion to remember, and this season we take the experience to a whole new level with festive-inspired menus and live music. Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester An extraordinary setting for an unforgettable dining experience.
The Dorchester Spa Party season has arrived, so let us spoil you with time to relax, recharge and feel utterly pampered.
Christmas masterclass Get ready for the most wonderful time of the year with a unique chance to learn expert tips from our executive chef, Stefan Trepp. Saturday, December 7 Breakfast and masterclass 9.
It's only the pool which will be open. Hampton Pool, which is heated too, is also open on Christmas Day - you can pre-book a swim for sessions between 6.
Times: 9. Times: Pre-bookable swimming sessions between 6.
Cost: 6. Find out more about Hampton Pool here.
Did you know that Christmas wasn't celebrated between and , with no thanks to Oliver Cromwell? From onwards Samuel Pepys kept his famous diary and you can follow in his footsteps with a guided walk around the London immortalised by his words. You can find out more here and here. Don't fancy a winter swim yourself? You could watch others take a dip in the chilly Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park.
It's happened every year since and although it is for members only, everyone is welcome to turn up and watch for free.
Find out more here and here. Perhaps because you don't celebrate Christmas you prefer to avoid a traditional Christmas roast. You can still go out to eat and find something a bit different to the roast everyone else is tucking into - a Chinese or Indian perhaps. The restaurant booking website OpenTable has a page dedicated to booking a meal on Christmas Day - but it looks like places are booking up already so you had better get in quick.
You'll find restaurants open in London's Chinatown, too, according to the Chinatown website.
Book: With your chosen restaurant or at websites such as OpenTable here. Find out more at websites such as OpenTable here. If you really want to escape the craziness of Christmas then a Buddhist Christmas Day retreat might be just thing you need. London Buddhist Centre is offering the chance to escape from it all and spend the day in meditation and reflection, for those who know both practices.
It's only suitable if you've been taught the Metta Bhavana and Mindfulness of Breathing meditation practices but if you don't know these then perhaps it's something to learn so you can come next year instead. For people who have no home Christmas is no time for celebration at all.
If you're at a loose end on Christmas Day you could spend your time volunteering in a homeless centre in London and help give them something to celebrate. Homeless charity Crisis has 11 centres across the capital and its Crisis at Christmas campaign is looking for volunteers to help make a difference for homeless people not just on Christmas Day, but the days around it. You just go to the Crisis at Christmas in London website page here where you can sign up and volunteer for a minimum of two shifts between December 22 and This means you'll need to volunteer for more than just Christmas Day itself - or you can volunteer for two days other than Christmas Day if you want.
Crisis is looking for people with all kinds of skills - for example, in hairdressing, healthcare, catering and even people who can just listen, give expert advice or join the night shift in a residential centre. Times: From December 22 to 29, including Christmas Day, day centres are open from 9am-9pm and residential centres are open 24 hours. Book: Register your interest here. The National Cycle Network has routes which take you around London - along the River Thames , through parks and past tourist attractions. You could follow the River Thames from Thamesmead to Greenwich, admire royal palaces on the Two Palaces Ride, enjoy great views over the city on the Tamsin Trail, spot wildlife on Rainham Marshes and explore south London on the Wandle Trail - and there many more.
You could even leave the city behind and travel from London to Hastings on Route Ok, you might need longer than Christmas Day to complete it at miles, but you could make a start. As well as viewing the nearest docking station and bike availability, the app sends a bike release code straight to a user's phone, which means you can hire a Santander cycle without having to use the docking station terminal. You can check the availability of Santander Cycles using the online docking station map here.
You can find out more information on cycling in London here.
Where it is: Find a bike docking station using the map here. Book: Just pay at the docking station when you collect your bike or download the app here and get your release code in advance. While there are fewer tourists around to keep getting in the way of photos, Christmas Day could be the ideal time to wander round one of London's parks. There is no extra charge for the private table however, minimum spend applies for lunch and dinner. We offer a selection of gift vouchers, ideal as personal or corporate gifts. They can be collected in person or posted to you. All vouchers can be purchased by telephone on or in the restaurant.
Vouchers expire 1 year after purchase. The Dining voucher can be redeemed for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They can be personalised to your specification and customised to the value of your choice.
The site itself was half the size we see today and the theme was largely American. At the time the menu was one of the first of its kind in South London, showcasing various steaks, burgers and grills. Accompanying the theme from the menu was a cocktail bar and short wine list. The complete package created such demand for the few tables that queues formed outside regularly!