On your own on Christmas Day? One south London pub is opening its doors to anyone who doesn't want to spend the day alone — and throwing in a free Christmas lunch.
The lovely team at 'The Alex' have been offering free Christmas Day lunches for several years now, with the exception of 2020 for obvious reasons. It's a simple idea, but one that has no doubt transformed many people's Christmasses over the years: just turn up, alone, anytime between 12pm and 3pm on Christmas Day, and the team will find you a seat with others in the same position, and serve you a Christmas lunch and wine, all for free, no questions asked.
Are we doing our FREE Christmas day dinner & booze thing for anyone who's otherwise on their own this year? Course we are. Don't be on your own on Christmas day, come to us instead. We'll give you FREE dinner & vino, I 100% promise you there's no catch. Just come ❤️ pic.twitter.com/q6SqYDR95e— The Alexandra (@TheAlexSW19) December 6, 2022
In 2021, 146 people turned up and were given food, drink and company on Christmas Day.
Crazy but beautifully heart-warming day in the Alex yesterday. We fed 146 folks who would otherwise have been alone, sent a meal out & sat with a lady who is housebound, & sent out a couple of meals to two soldiers who were isolating. It was a gorgeous day, Thankyou ❤️❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/DqPIy7lSga— The Alexandra (@TheAlexSW19) December 26, 2021
The Alex, which features in our London pub database, is a real community-spirited pub all year round. Recently, managers Sarah and Mick took part in a charity sleep out to support the homeless, with pub quizzes and other events going on throughout the year, and it won the ‘Contribution to the Community’ award at The Merton Business Awards 2022. In short, it's a pub worth supporting all year round.
The Alexandra, 33 Wimbledon Hill Road, SW19 7NE.