| By Anna Nor Sørensen

A Nordic Lover’s Guide to Christmas in London 2016!

Struggling to feel the Christmas spirit? There is nothing ‘glögg’, Lucia and delicious Nordic dishes can’t fix!

Christmas is upon us, you guys, and there is nothing like celebrating Christmas in true Nordic style and everything that comes with it! We’ve gathered our hottest tips on where to eat, drink and get festive in London this Christmas, including our favourite Nordic brands to make your gift shopping a little bit easier. Check out our 2016 edition of ‘A Nordic Lover’s Guide to Christmas in London’ to get the full Nordic Christmas experience this festive season!

Festive dining and bakery treats

The selection of Nordic inspired restaurants in London is nothing short of impressive, and offers something for every taste bud there is. Go all in with Icelandic chef Aggi Sverrison’s sustainable, quality cooking at the Michelin starred restaurant Texture in Marble Arch or book your Christmas feast with traditional ‘gravadlax’ at The Harcourt in Marylebone.

For contemporary Nordic dining, find the newly opened Aquavit in St James’s Market in central London.Another new gem opening in St James’s Market this December is Ole & Steen Lagkagehuset. The brand has been serving the Danish people with breads and pastries made by hand for over 20 years, and has now made its way to London!

If you want to eat and drink in true Swedish spirit, then head to Lisa’s Kitchen and Bar or Cooper & Wolf, where you can also get a hold of homemade cinnamon buns! Or perhaps you’re more in the mood for some fresh ‘smørrebrød’ (open sandwiches) and other Scandinavian dishes? Then London’s only Danish restaurant Snaps & Rye is the place for you!

If you have more of a sweet tooth and are in search for the best cinnamon buns, ‘lussebullar’ (saffron buns) and ‘julmust’ (Christmas soft drink) in town, then Nordic BakeryFabriqueBageriet and Brick Lane’s Fika have got you covered! Located in a charming alleyway in Covent Garden, Bageriet will also host carollers to add to the Christmas spirit and celebrate Lucia in true Swedish spirit with candles and gowns!

In other words, there are plenty of places to stuff your faces this festive season! However, if you feel like bringing the Nordic Christmas spirit into your own home, then swing by Scandinavian Kitchen in Fitzrovia or Totally Swedish in Marylebone or Barnes to stock up on ginger bread cakes and ‘glögg’!

Warm cocktails and festive drinks

A stone’s throw away from Oxford Street, the Scandinavian Christmas spirit is brought to life at the Nordic Bar! Get festive in the log cabin of their Kopparberg bar, party the night away at their Tuborg room or enjoy delicious dishes from the exclusive Christmas menu! Owned by Norwegians, award-winning Hackney pub The Kenton, is the perfect place to take a break from your Christmas obligations and enjoy a pint from their impressive selection of craft beers and ales.

If you’re feeling more in the mood for something hot and sweet, then head to Rekorderlig Cider Lodge at the Southbank Centre to enjoy winter drinks and delicious Scandinavian street food in a cosy pop-up bar!

Missing the snow and fancy the full ‘after-ski’ experience? Inspired by Scandinavian mountain cabins, Archer Street return with their popular Soho pop-up winter bar PISTE to offer you warming cocktails by the fireplace in the middle of the city!

Festive to-dos

Lucia is the most important highlight of the festive season for the Swedes and you can join the Swedish Church London‘s celebrations at various locations around London this December. The Anglo-Norse Society will be hosting a Carol Service at Norwegian Seamen’s Church in Rotherhithe on December 8th where ‘gløgg’ (mulled wine) will be served and both Norwegian and English Christmas Carols will be sung. Nordic Yulefest is back with its ultimate winter party and as per usual, this festive experience offers chic Scandinavian festivities, entertainment and luxurious food and drinks right in the heart of Shoreditch!

Nordic-tinged movies

Day For Night’s annual winter celebration of Nordic films, Nordic-Baltic Film Festival, returns to London for the fifth time and this time it also includes the best in new Baltic cinema. On this year’s schedule you will find a good mix of genres and the best new films from the north, including Swedish comedy A Man Called Ove and Finnish/Norwegian drama Diving into the Unknown. Book your tickets here!

Gifts from the North

Nothing is like giving or receiving a thoughtful Christmas gift, but it’s hard to know where to start in a shopping jungle like London. Luckily, there are a bunch of great Nordic brands to find that will make your gift shopping run smoothly. Skandium (various locations) give their customers a wide product choice of the best Scandinavian furniture and design, including an amazing selection of decor to get your house ready for Christmas!

Shop simple, but beautiful jewellery at Georg Jensen (various locations) and Pärla at Boxpark Shoreditch. Here you can also find Swedish Fjällräven hiking gear at The Brokedown Palace, cosy clothes at OnePiece Norway and incredible vintage treasures at Nordic Poetry. Just around the corner from Boxpark, you will find Guðrun & Guðrun and BJØRG Pop-Up store in Redchurch Street. Here you can get a hold of Norwegian BJØRG’s iconic jewellery and Faroese Guðrun & Guðrun’s signature knitted sweaters.

Stationery lovers are guaranteed to appreciate one of Swedish brand kikki.K‘s elegant journals and planners and for those who appreciate Finnish design, then something from Marimekko at John Lewis or the Moomin Shop Covent Garden is the perfect gift. If you feel like making a full Nordic experience out of your Christmas shopping, head to Blåbär Nordic Living in Putney, where you can shop handpicked products from a new generation of Scandinavian brands, followed by a coffee and traditional Swedish ‘fika’ in the upstairs living room!

We wish you all a very merry Christmas!

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