Who doesn't love a good hamper? Every Christmas we pick out some of our favourite on offer in London.
The meat and wine pairing one
Cannon and Cannon are always putting on booze and cured meat tasting evenings which led to this curated tin stuffed with two half bottles of Sancerre and Bordeaux plus all manner of meaty treats including two Trealy Farm Welsh salamis, Capreolus air-dried beef from Dorset, Cornish Charcuterie Seaweed and Cider salami, plus pickles and crackers to go with it all.
How much: £55
The fully provisioned Christmas larder one
We make no secret of the fact that we adore this Farringdon deli - it's our regular little food and drink pilgrimage at the weekend. For Christmas this year they have two hampers, but we really want this which is their biggest one, stuffed with goodies like clementine-topped house-made mince pies, Cremant de Bourgogne, an Indian curry blend to use up the turkey and peeled peaches in syrup.
How much: £155
To order: call the shop on 020 3602 8115 or email on email@example.com
The breakfast one
It's one of London's hottest spots for power breakfasts and now you can recreate the most important meal of the day at home. This hamper features A.A. Gill's Breakfast at The Wolseley book, a gift card for ‘Breakfast for Two at The Wolseley’ along with artisan preserves, granola, loose leaf tea and coffee.
How much: £150
The Instagrammable one
In a genius move, Selfridges have brought out their first Instagrammable hamper in partnership with Symmetry Breakfast. There are ingredients for buckwheat granola or pancake mix, or you could make up savoury jasmine rice with Tabasco and soy lemongrass along with the Symmetry Breakfast cookbook to show you how to make it.
How much: £260
The one from the Hammersmith canteen
As you might imagine, Ruth Rogers and her team have put together a rather beautiful selection of goodies from The River Cafe for Christmas. There's River Café Olive Oil and candied orange peel and biscotti, Ortiz Anchovies, Polenta, Wild Oregano, and their ’10 Ingredients’ Limited Edition Cookbook among other things.
How much: £250
The one for Iberico lovers
José has prepared a hamper for Spanish food-lovers filled with everything from bottles of his newly launched own-brand Chardonnay and Shiraz and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, the two latest Pizarro cookbooks to Cinco Jotas Acorn-fed 100% Ibérico Ham and Estrella beer.
How much: £100
The one with all manner of Italian goodies in it
Petersham Nurseries Hamper We're always in their store in Covent Garden gaping at all the goodies and now there's a Christmas hamper packed with Italian food and Petersham Nurseries products including their own brand panettone, raspberry compote and earl grey tea as well as seeds plus some top-drawer olive oils and more. £160 https://petershamnurseries.com/petersham-nurseries-hamper.html
How much: £160
The one to make your home smell like Claridge's
If fund won't stretch to actually spending Christmas at Claridge’s, this hamper features the hotel's vanilla shortbread biscuits, the raspberry preserve served with scones in the Foyer, their aged Negroni along with ‘Fumoir’ olives to be served with a chilled bottle of Laurent-Perrier and even the Fornasetti candles that flicker nightly in the hotel lobby.
How much: £495
The cheese and biscuits one
Named after Paxton’s Jermyn Street address this is a celebration of products bearing the Paxton & Whitfield brand, including several Great Taste Award winners. There's their Finest English Stilton, various crackers, chutney, pickled onions and Paxton’s 10-Year-Old Tawny Port. £70
How much: £70
The one for savoury lovers
If you're after all manner of umami in your festive hamper than this from North London deli Melrose and Morgan is just the thing. There's smoked salmon from The Secret Smoke House, capers, pickles, crackers and a bottle of Semeli Feast to go along with it all.
How much: £45
The one for making pasta over the Christmas break with
Angela Hartnett's restaurant group has all manner of lovely hampers on offer this year but we particularly like this one for pasta lovers. It features an apron, bottle of Planeta olive oil plus flours, pasta sauce and a Garganelli Utensil. If you want you can also add in a voucher to a pasta making workshop for £50 more.
How much: £65
The one for sourdough fanatics
Brick House sourdough bakeries in East Dulwich and Peckham Rye have put together a hamper of their favourite products including a couple of bottles of great natural wine, excellent coffee and what they're dubbing the World’s best bread knife. There's also a copy of Where Chefs Eat and some organic flour to bake your own bread.
How much: £115
The one for unexpected visitors
Perfect for having handy for any unexpected guests dropping in over the Christmas holidays this hamper features bottles, bar snacks and biscuits. There's Harvey Nichols gin paired with cucumber and lime tonic, chilli biscuits with pork and sloe gin rillettes plus smoked almonds and a bottle of French Vin de Pays.
How much: £125
The one for the day after Christmas Day
Make sure your Boxing Day has serious snackage sorted with Fortnum's Boxing Day Hamper. There's a Mini Christmas Ham served with Boxing Day Pickle, Smoked Salmon with Dill & Mustard Sauce, Oatcake Biscuits and Cave Aged Cheddar not to mention Antipasti Olives and Lilliput Capers along with Christmas Teatime Biscuits.
How much: £125
The one with everything but the butler's kitchen sink in it
If you got a whopping Christmas bonus or are just wanting to be very VERY good to yourself this mammoth hamper from Harrods features bottles of fine wines and spirits, Harrods Own Label preserves, spices, teas and coffees, confectionery, mince pies, a Christmas pudding and a charcuterie selection with several cheeses too.
How much: £1,250
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