Whether a tasty hamper to devour over the coming months, year-long gift memberships to top attractions or one-of-a-kind experiences in London to enjoy in the future, these London gifts will add extra sparkle to the festive season.
If you’re not sure what they’d like, buy them London gift vouchers so they can choose from exciting tours, attractions and day trips.
Flexible booking is available in most cases but check with the provider for the latest availability, safety measures and refund policies in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Luxury train journeys from London
Experience the Golden Age of Travel aboard Belmond British Pullman with a five-hour tour for two through the English countryside from London Victoria Station. Cosy up in the vintage carriages and be treated to a glass of champagne and a five-course lunch with half a bottle of wine each, as the Kentish scenery whizzes by.
Luxury spa days in London
Who doesn’t love a bit of pampering? London’s spas are perfect for a few hours’ relaxation whether alone or as a couple, making a spa day the perfect gift for your loved one. Some spas are currently closed due to government guidelines, but book ahead to secure a spot for when they reopen.
Book them into a relaxing day at Dolphin Square’s luxury Moroccan-themed spa or enjoy spa treatments for two at The Montcalm Royal London House. For added spoiling, pick a spa day with an indulgent chocolate afternoon tea at The May Fair Hotel or combine spa treatments with lunch at K West Hotel and Spa.
Helicopter ride in London
Are you buying for a thrill-seeker with a head for heights? Let them see London from above with an amazing helicopter tour of London or a once-in-a-lifetime flying experience.
Perfect for keen photographers or the adventurous, these flying experiences give them unique views of London icons such as Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and The London Eye. Choose from short helicopter rides over London, to longer trips or those including lunch.
Private dining in London
If a meal at one of London’s fancy restaurants isn’t quite enough, book a space just for you and your household. Private dining in London is available at many Michelin-starred eateries and upscale restaurants.
Follow in the footsteps of Kate Middleton at The Goring, feast on French fare behind a sparkly Insta-worthy curtain at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, or, for something a little different, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal serves up its quirky menu in a private Tudor-style room.
Make sure to check the latest coronavirus regulations before booking.
Luxury afternoon tea
Foodie treats don’t come much more indulgent than afternoon tea – and London has plenty of top-end teas to tantalise the tastebuds.
Treat them and their household or spoil your spouse with tea for two at one of London’s traditional afternoon tea spots in luxury hotels and restaurants. Or enjoy bubbles with your “bubble” with a special champagne afternoon tea.
It they prefer the whimsical, one of London’s unusual afternoon teas is the perfect gift for a memorable, Insta-worthy moment.
Hampers full of festive finds
The ultimate treat for those not yet able to make it to London, the iconic Fortnum & Mason hampers will have them nibbling away at your foodie gift for weeks to come. Full of sweets and savouries, there’s a hamper suited to all cravings – chocoholics will especially love the special gift boxes.
Find even more luxury Fortnum & Mason Christmas gift ideas.
London gin experiences
Masterclasses, distillery tours, tastings… gin lovers will be given the perfect tonic with one of these London gin experiences.
Book a spot for a gin masterclass at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen, go on a tour of Bermondsey Distillery, or see London from a vintage Routemaster bus with Brigit’s Bakery’s Gin Afternoon Tea London Bus Tour featuring gin cocktails, sandwiches, scones and cakes.
Do you have a budding mixologist among your family or friends? Shake things up this Christmas with a gift of a cocktail masterclass in London.
They could be conjuring up some potions during an immersive cocktail class at wizard-themed The Cauldron, making classic cocktails at GOAT Chelsea or being inspired by a Bellini on arrival to create their own mixes at Heddon Street Kitchen.
Gift memberships for London venues
Many of London’s top museums and galleries have membership schemes offering priority booking and special previews for new exhibitions, members’ events and more.
Gift membership to some of London’s top attractions such as leafy Kew Gardens, family favourites ZSL London Zoo and Royal Museums Greenwich, or historic spots with Historic Royal Palaces and English Heritage.