“Your local shops delivered” is the catch phrase that start up Hubbub wants you to be humming as you peruse its site and order items for delivery from the yummy likes of Ginger Pig, La Fromagerie, Paul A Young, E5 Bakehouse, Hansen & Lydersen and so on. Hubbub delivers Monday to Friday, 4pm-10pm in one hour slots with plans to extend service to the weekend soon. Prices are the same as in the represented shops plus a £3.50 delivery charge for orders under £75 “no matter how many shops you buy from.” The first delivery is free (and Londonist can't seem to find any mention of a minimum spend on its site).
During all of December, Palm Court at the Langham hotel is home to a 4.3 foot tall gingerbread house. The hotel's Executive Pastry Chef, Cherish Finden, and team spent more than 200 hours creating the confectionary construction and reckon it's a perfect thing to ponder while enjoying their current Festive Afternoon Tea, Priced at £42 per person, the tea includes roast Norfolk turkey breast with violet mustard sandwiches, eggnog cream, “your very own mini gingerbread house” and home made mince pies.
This Saturday from noon to 7pm, the Water Poet pub at Spitafields will host a free Christmas Fair. With its “glorious garden barn” turning into a food hall with gifts for sale from Haggerston Honey, Potter's Preserves and Alsur Spanish Produce. Roasted chestnuts and a spit roast hog will be available all day along with an array of speciality beers, retro cocktails and schnapps. Carols performed by brass band With Bells On and a sleigh full of classic Yuletide movies screened in the pub's basement cinema add to the festivities.
Celebrated Seven Dials restaurant, Kopapa, turns one year old today. To mark the occasion, co-proprietor chef Peter Gordon and crew will introduce a special Winter Feast Menu. However so as not to have their bday muddled in with all the festive season hoopla, the menu will be available from 6-29 January with two courses at £25 and three for £30.
Comptoir Libanais has brought its stylised, bright light/vibrant coloured dining and shopping concept to South Kensington with now open at 1-5 Exhibition Road.
Picadilly pomp masters, The Wolseley, are in on the sister act too and have opened a second grand European cafe, The Delaunay, at Aldwych.
And speaking of the newly opened, Harvey Nichols’ Fifth Floor Café is just that, following its first major refurbishment in twenty years. The “much loved Knightsbridge institution” is now bigger and features an open plan space where shopping can the also updated food and drink menus.