Thanksgiving in London

Mimi ON Nov 25, 2010 AT 1:31 pm

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Enjoy some traditional Thanksgiving food.

Today millions of Americans woke up early to roast turkeys and began preparations for their most celebrated meal of the year—that’s right, today is Thanksgiving! If you’re an American in London looking for a taste of home or a Brit who enjoys some turkey and mash, we’ve got the lowdown on where to go for a delicious meal and a celebratory service… plus we’ve got the live coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade to make you feel at home!

For the many Americans living in or visiting London, St. Paul’s Cathedral offers an amazing Thanksgiving Day service including familiar Thanksgiving hymns and flag bearers marching with the American flag. We’re told the pews fill up quite quickly so be sure to arrive early if you plan on attending!

Tonnes of local restaurants are now joining in on the Thanksgiving spirit too. Here are just a few of our favourite places to go for a traditional, American Thanksgiving meal.

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St. Paul's Cathedral will be having a special Thanksgiving service.

Head to Planet Hollywood to celebrate Thanksgiving in style! The restaurant is offering a bespoke menu for lunch and dinner tomorrow that’s very reasonably priced, only £18.50 for a two-course menu and £21.95 for the three-course menu. The entrée includes traditional roast turkey with sage and onion stuffing, roast potatoes, brussel sprouts, and buttered carrots. To make a booking for Thanksgiving at Planet Hollywood, call 020 7287 1000.

Bodean’s BBQ Smoke House is also hosting a daylong Thanksgiving event tomorrow. For £19.95 a person, customers receive a three course, American-inspired smokehouse meal! For more information visit the restaurant’s website.

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Like "Black Friday" in America, London shopping centres will have special deals this weekend.

If you fancy a Thanksgiving a la carte menu and a spectacular roof garden view, book your dinner at Babylon. Jo Harrop and the Ben Mathews Trio will be performing American jazz classics from the ‘30s and ‘40s during the meal to celebrate the holiday! If you’re interested in this classy Thanksgiving option, call 020 7368 3993 to make a reservation.

While most Americans slip into a food coma on Thanksgiving Thursday, many of them head to the shops the day after for “Black Friday” deals and specials (check out the live streaming of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade below).  Don’t think you’re missing out on this though Londoners!  There’s a few shopping events going on this weekend in London too.  After dinner on Thursday, head on over to Seven Dials, Covent Garden for a 20% off shopping event with sales and goodies for customers.  Oxford Street is also getting ready for Christmas shopping– on Saturday the street will be closed down to traffic to allow shoppers a more pleasant shopping experience.

Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade celebrations live HERE…

You don’t need to be American to get in on this fun holiday, we’re just sayin’.

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