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Christmas Dining 2006

All the best offers, Christmas parties and more for 2006





Where to Christmas shop and lunch

Christmas shopping can be an extremely stressful experience. We all start out with the ultimate shopping trip in mind and sadly the reality never seems to match up.

In Hollywood movies, the heroine glides from gorgeous shop to gorgeous shop buying lovely and suitable items that the lucky recipient will treasure forever.

Maybe Hollywood heroines simply don’t have picky boyfriends who already have everything that they need, difficult maiden aunts who are supercilious about any gift and kid brothers who change from Chav to Emo to Goth at a moment’s notice with no predictability at all.

Given that Christmas shopping can be so stressful, the only way to get through it is to build in a lovely lunch where you can put your feet up, take a deep breath and have a much needed glass of Chardonnay.

Shopping and lunch...

If you’re heading for Bond Street and its environs, stop off at sketch in Conduit Street for lunch. The Glade is only is their lunchtime only dining area and serves fabulous inventive food in a glamorous setting. Or if you are pounding the pavement along uber trendy Marylebone High Street pop into Caffe Caldesi which has a warm welcoming atmosphere in Tuscan style setting.

For those Knightsbridge and Sloane Square shoppers one of the best kept secrets in the sleek and stylish Mju restaurant within the Millennium Hotel half way up Sloane Street. It serves fabulous Asian influenced food which will give you added umpf for the afternoon.

Covent Garden is awash with restaurants so the world’s your lobster, but if you want to make it special book Christopher's in Wellington Street – very Sex and the City or Café des Amis in Hanover Place for trad French at reasonable prices.

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