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London’s best Christmas hampers
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10 of the best Christmas hampers to see off 2021

We’ve sorted through London’s Christmas hampers so you don’t have to

Angela Hui
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Caroline McGinn
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Angela Hui
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You just can’t beat Christmas in London. We love everything about it, the magical lightsthe music blasted from every speaker, the dodgy jumpers and, of course, the hampers.

Opening up a wicker basket of lush goodies that you’d never splash out on at any other time of year is adult equivalent of getting that toy you really wanted but didn’t need. There are hampers for vegans, hampers for cheese-freaks, hampers for drinkers and hampers for keen eaters of every description available from London shops and restaurants this Christmas. Behold: a few of the best.

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London's best Christmas hampers

Fortnum & Mason’s St Nicholas Hamper, £300

Fortnum’s has been making merry gentlemen even merrier since 1707. And no merchant nails traditional festive greed with such panache as Fortnum’s: its huge range of hampers is Dickensian in its total commitment to Christmas. They ship everywhere, cater for every hearty appetite and occasion, and range from the sublime to the ridiculous, with the Mini Tuck Box weighing in at £50 and The Sovereign at a whopping £2,500. They’re not cheap but they are comparatively good value: this is a food hall which really gets Christmas eating and drinking, and every hamper costs less than the sum of its parts.

It is the attention to detail that makes Fortnum’s hampers such satisfying gifts: every rich, boozy, delicious item is beautifully tinned, jarred, labelled, boxed and wrapped, buried in piles of hay like a lucky dip, then leather-strapped into the famous wicker. The baskets can withstand a hard-knock life, and survive for years as picnic carriers or toy boxes. Ditto the retro tins, often more gratefully received than their contents (does anyone use loose-leaf tea? And, with boxes that look like they came from the Magi, does it even matter?).

Mid-range is a good place to look for a lavish box of delights to cheer someone up this socially distanced winter. The new St Nicholas (£300), packs a stash of posh booze including very decent champagne (Brut Reserve NV); sauternes, haut medoc red, chenin blanc and half a bottle of port – plus Christmas pudding, cognac butter, marmalade, loose-leaf tea (Christmas Spiced and Ceylon Orange Pekoe), Christmas coffee, cognac dragees, three kinds of biscuits in jewel-bright boxes, cinnamon and apple curd, and onion marmalade. Pretty much everything you need before you draw the curtains, light the candles and shut out 2021. 

Star item The wind-up Mini Merry Go Round Christmas biscuit tin. It spins like a carousel! It plays ‘Jingle Bells’! It holds biscuits! Ding-dong!

The Winter Savoury Treats box from Farm Direct, £29.99

The Savoury Treats box from sustainable grocer Farm Direct is an affordable, locally sourced bundle of delight. It weighs in at £29.99. You get loads of bang for your buck: a baby burrata, a wholemeal loaf, game salami, tomatoes, Colston Basset stilton, Oxford Isis, fennel salami and chutney: basically all you need for a sandwich party to remember. Expense is saved and so is the planet, partly because they don’t faff about with packaging at all: they just deliver the naked goods to your door. Even better, Farm Direct support the little guys: everything is British and seasonal.

Star item Baby burrata: a cheese that trembles at your approach.

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Treat them with Truffle from Eataly, £69.90 

Calling all festive funghi! Give the gift of dolce vita with this extravagant Italian food hamper bursting full of truffle crisps, truffle pasta, truffle risotto, truffle oil, truffle sauce dried porcini mushrooms, and you guessed it, more mushroom magic. Perfect for the foodie in your life and for those who want to experiment in the kitchen. Also, bonus point it comes with a bottle of ruby red 2019 Cabarnet to match with your culinary creations. 

Star item The white truffle extra virgin olive oil made with the highest quality truffles is going to be an essential in your pantry. 

Borough Market’s Savoury Nibbles Set, £49.50

There’s a foodie supergroup assembling at Borough Market whose traders have banded together to deliver assorted sweet, salty, boozy, meaty and cheesy stuff to your door in a rather natty eco-friendly hessian bag. Borough has been through many tough times and its tight-knit community of traders deserves our support. Plus: the charcuterie from the Parma Ham Stand is phenomenal and will sustain Netflix grazing for a week. 

Festive hampers include the mega-luxe 12 Days of Christmas (£135), which is crammed with top quality store cupboard ingredients for enthusiastic cooks. Or get yourself something delectable to snack on while you cook with the  Savoury Nibbles Set (£49.50), which is packed with salty delights.

Star item All shall have prizes!

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Il Natale from Lina Stores, £100

I’m not the biggest Italian Christmas goods fan – except, of course, for the triumphant panettone, which kicks our traditional English Christmas cake’s claggy arse right over Sicily and into the Mediterranean sea. However Italian flavour and panache is stirred deeply into London’s food culture, especially in Soho, where waves of talented immigrants have sprinkled delis, bars and restaurants like candied peel. 

Lina Stores has been trading from Brewer Street for over 75 years, and has recently started offering hampers that ship nationwide. The Il Natale features its famous panettone along with numerous niche sweetmeats and treats (panforte, torrone, candied chestnuts) and a slab of prosecco-ripened cheese. As you’d expect, the contents score more highly for style than their substantial English rivals, and even the chutney looks like it was dressed by Pucci.

Star item Panettone. Also available solo, as a mini (£4.95) and a maxi (£25.95)

Cutter & Squidge’s Luxury Vegan Christmas Hamper, £74.99

Weighing in at £74.99, and handmade in London, the Cutter and Squidge Vegan Christmas Hamper dispenses with flummeries like candied exotics, and leans into the cake. There is a gingerbread Christmas cake, nine gingerbread folk, a dozen vegan brownies and a couple of their Orange Hot Chocolate Spoons, plus a scented candle for ambience.

Star item Cutter & Squidge’s Orange Hot Chocolate Spoons. Stir them into hot milk and watch them melt...

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Biscuiteers Monopoly Luxe Biscuit Tin, £48

Monopoly the boardgame? A stressy greed-fuelled nightmare that ends in tears, pass-ag rows, and – one memorable year – Communist Party membership. Monopoly the biscuit box? Now you’re talking. South London-based Biscuiteers are a bunch of gung-ho artisans who can basically bake anything and ice it. Their workplace, the Ministry of Biscuits, is pretty spicy through the holiday season as the icers turn out thousands of gingerbread houses, stars, snowmen, snowdogs and the like. They ship worldwide, ship next day in the UK and gingerbread keeps for bloomin’ ages. Their take on Monopoly – complete with iced money – will have you convinced that greed is good. 

Star item The ‘Go’ biscuit has all the positivity you need to see you into the New Year. Let 2022 commence.

Bigger Night Christmas hamper at Big Night, £60 
Treat your loved ones to a bounty of wonderful foodstuffs from cool indie restaurants, suppliers and producers. Filled to brim with old favourites and new treats including, Perello olives, Oranj wine, Land chocolate, Lina Stores biscuits and more. Plus, there are two other similar Big Night hampers available one for £35 and £90 to suit all budgets. 

Star item The bottle of Oranj Wine is something really special. Why not share a glass with your giftee so you can sample your own gift?

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Field & Flower's hampers are perfect for lovers of high-quality, free-range and traceable meat and fish. Opt for the Traditional Christmas Hamper (£42.95) and you'll find a Wiltshire roasted ham joint, a luxury pork pie, and fennel and cider salami. There are also delicious accompaniments to round out the selection, including vintage cheddar and brie, buttermilk biscuits, and chutney. Perfect for creating a charcuterie board to graze on during the lazy in-between days after your (ethically-sourced, naturally) turkey has run out.

Star item: There are few things more Christmassy than a traditional joint of roasted ham, ready for carving into dainty slithers. 

Cake or Death’s Christmas Hamper, £55

 

’Tis the season for joy, indulgence and baked goods. Put other gift givers to shame with this Christmas brownie hamper. Filled to the brim with limited-edition Christmas brownies featuring Gingerbread, Pecan salted caramel and candy cane flavours,oh-so gooey and chewy cookies and a sticky ginger cake. Oh, and did we mention it’s all vegan? 

Star item The brownies, duh. Truly out of this world stuff. Watch your loved ones’ eyes roll back in glee.

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