As London’s foodie scene becomes ever more diverse and more international by the minute, it’s no wonder that Thanksgiving is now a big event on the social calendar of all of London’s wealthiest boroughs. In fact, one in six Londoners now celebrates the holiday with a Thanksgiving dinner, either at home or in a restaurant.
And guess what else? Five per cent of Chelsea residents are American-born, so it’s no wonder that Whole Foods on High Street Kensington has become a one-stop holiday shop for all manner of Thanksgiving supplies and ingredients, from hearty Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches to enormous pumpkin pies, organic yams, pre-mixed stuffing and cranberry sauce. This luxury grocery store also offers all-in-one dinner carry-out packages, and hosts an annual Thanksgiving dinner in the store for 1,000 guests. And while a fair proportion of these diners will be American ‘pilgrims’ far from home, an increasing number of Londoners eating pumpkin pie this November 26th will be London locals keen to indulge in a new cultural food experience.
And it’s not just American expats buying up all the organic turkeys in London each November – London families are now starting to lay on feasts of their own for their American friends and colleagues, keen to embrace the tradition and spirit away any homesickness for those who can’t fly home for the holiday.
Notting Hill is another area catering to the tastes of its international residents, with the American Food Store stacking its shelves high with Twinkies, Pepperidge Farms Goldfish, Libby’s canned pumpkin and Campbell’s Soup in readiness for the holiday season.
Here’s where our British friends will be celebrating Thanksgiving this month:
Trader Vic’s, Park Lane
This Mayfair bar and restaurant offers a liquid refreshment version of the Thanksgiving menu. Cocktails such as Pumpkin Pie Mojito are the order of the day (or evening) here. Other favorites on the drinks menu are Wild Turkey Sour – made from Wild Turkey Bourbon – and the ever-popular Cranberry Sauce cocktail (gin with elderberry syrup, raspberry puree, lime juice and prosecco.) Yum!
Royal China, Fulham
An oriental collaboration with the traditional Thanksgiving menu, diners at this popular Chinese restaurant chain can order almond flavoured pumpkin soup over Thanksgiving, followed by ginger and spring onion infused chicken, then baked apples in toffee syrup for dessert. Drooling…
Morton’s Club, Berkeley Square
Tuck into a four course feast at this smart private member’s club, with dishes like pumpkin ravioli, or roast turkey with sweet potato, pancetta and squash gratin. The only thing you’ll want for pudding this Thanksgiving has got to be pumpkin pie – of course – served with their delicious orange ice cream.
Ever celebrated Thanksgiving overseas? We’d love to know what you ate, with whom, and where! Tweet us @SloaneRanger, or tag your Thanksgiving food snaps using #SloanieThanksgiving if you want to make us totes jealous!