Best mince pies with a view: Oxo
Offering sweeping views across London, Oxo brasserie is a wonderful place to celebrate the Christmas season with some indulgent treats. This season it is offering diners the chance to try its Not Afternoon Tea sessions, a twist on the season’s finest festive ingredients. With three special afternoon teas to choose from, there is something for everyone. Those looking for something a little different should opt for the Its Christmas, an indulgent mincemeat Bakewell tart accompanied by a miniature Christmas pudding, mulled pear and butterscotch cheesecake.
Oxo, Oxo Tower, Barge House Street, London SE1 9PH, +44 (0)20 7803 3888
Best traditional mince pies: Maison Blanc
Raymond Blanc’s bakery and patisserie, Maison Blanc, is famed for its speciality breads, freshly baked pastries and world-famous cakes. The seasonal menu is equally renowned, with its famous Christmas cupcakes and mince pies drawing in a huge crowd. Whether you are looking for distinctive and exceptionally decorated cupcakes or traditional mince pies, Maison Blanc’s six locations across London are the perfect places to pick up some festive treats.
Maison Blanc, 303 Fulham Road, London SW10 8QH, +44 (0)20 7795 2663
Best designer mince pies: Thomas’s at Burberry
Synonymous with classic British style, Burberry is probably the last place you would think of when it comes to traditional Christmas edible treats. However, this season Thomas’s café at Burberry’s London flagship store is the place to go. The chic eatery is offering a festive twist on its traditional British café menu with some special Christmas mince pies. With its roaring fire and cosy aesthetic, Thomas’s is an ideal place to take a break from Christmas shopping and enjoy surely the most fashionable mince pies in the capital.
Thomas’s at Burberry, 121 Regent Street, London W1B 4TB, +44 (0)20 3159 1410
Best artisanal mince pies: Gail’s Bakery
With its signature artisan breads and tempting baked treats including croissants, pains au chocolat and rich chocolate brownies, Gail’s Bakery has secured its place as one of the best loved bakeries in London. All of its products are handmade locally using the finest ingredients, so it is the perfect place to indulge this Christmas. Loaded with spiced fruit and encased in buttery pastry topped with a snow-like sprinkling of icing sugar, its mince pies are the ultimate offering at Christmas parties or a welcome addition to afternoon tea.
Gail’s Bakery, 128 Wardour Street, London W1F 8ZL, +44 (0)20 7287 1324
Best unusual mince pie: The Modern Pantry
Housed in an impressive Grade II-listed art deco building on the corner of Finsbury Square, The Modern Pantry is a perfect place to relax and enjoy a slightly unusual take on the traditional mince pie. The Modern Pantry’s offering is made with tonka beans – native to Central and South America – for a fragrant twist. Visitors can wash the festive treats down at the striking solid oak bar with a range of sherry-based cocktails and classic liveners.
The Modern Pantry, The Alphabeta Building, 14 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1AH, +44 (0)20 3696 6565