Who doesn't love a good hamper? Every Christmas we pick out some of our favourite on offer in London.
The one with the confit potatoes
What: In House Hamper / Deluxe Hamper
The Quality Chop House are going all out with their pair of Christmas hampers this year, filled to the brim with goodies from the restaurant’s neighbouring shop. Their ‘In House’ hamper contains all the traditional festive goodies you could want, from Christmas pudding to duck fat, cranberry sauce, cod’s roe, mince pies AND their amazing confit potatoes. Or go big with their ‘Deluxe’ hamper, which contains all of the above plus add-ons like Marcona almonds, saucisson seche and London Honey.
How much: In House Hamper £75, Deluxe Hamper £150
The one that's very British
You can take your pick from Harvey Nichols’ range of 15 Christmassy hampers, from their romantic Christmas A Deux hamper with Prosecco, truffles and coffee to their Great Brit Box, packed with English delicacies from session IPAs and gins to teas, toffees and marmalades. Or if those don’t take your fancy, browse the rest including their Christmas Morning hamper (pictured), the Fancy Trimmings hamper and the wine-heavy Snowed In hamper.
How much: From £60 to £500
The one with ALL the cheese
What: 12 Days of Christmas Hamper
12 days of Christmas means 12 festive treats in cheesemakers Paxton & Whitfield’s seasonal hamper. That’ll include Finest English Stilton and Camembert de Normandie, with charcoal crackers for you to smear them on, plus shredded pork, chestnuts, quince, and a selection of sweet treats like a mini iced Christmas cake, mince pies and mulling syrup.
How much: £85
The one with the Mayfair touch
What: The Brook hamper
As per usual, Claridges has entered the hamper fray and given it their all with beautifully designed hampers in the standout Claridges green. For their first year in the market, they've come up with three hampers - Davies, Brook and Mayfair. The mid-range one features a combination of home-made, exclusive-to-Claridge’s and specially-selected products – including their world-class Christmas pudding and a bottle of Negroni from the Fumoir, made to their own secret recipe.
How much: £295, £494 and £895
The one by The Wolseley
What: The Wolseley Christmas Hamper
Unsurprisingly, the Wolseley’s Christmas hamper is packed with some very fine treats, including Pommery Brut Royal NV Champagne, and a bottle of their own Médoc 2011 and Sancerre 2016. Then there’s tea - which comes with its own silver-plated tea strainer - coffees, preserves, biscuits and cognac chocolate truffles, plus the Breakfast at the Wolseley book by the late A.A. Gill, so you have something to curl up with while you nurse a glass of something festive.
How much: £350 (email firstname.lastname@example.org to order)
The one with the personal touch
Obviously Harrods have more hamper ideas than you can throw a wicker basket at, but we're holding out for The Knightsbridge, £250. which includes a cognac-infused Christmas cake, Turkish delight, cranberry mince pies, tea and coffee. Best of all, each hamper can be personalised by purchasing a leather tag that can be hot stamped in copper foil with up to 3 initials, and tied with a personalised ribbon.
How much: Prices range from £35.00- £5,000
The Italian one
Italian deli Lina Stores is laying out six hampers for the culinarily inclined to choose from this year, each accompanied by its own recipe and tasting notes. They’re priced from £20 for their tidy little pasta hamper, all the way through to £120 for their truffle oil, prosecco and panettone-jammed Grande Hamper. Other hampers contain truffle honey, imported Giordano Gianduiotti chocolates and Baci Perugina – a whole hazelnut encased in a thick layer of dark chocolate.
How much: £20 to £120
The one for Christmas Day
When you need a classic Christmas hamper, Selfridge’s is a tried and trusted winner. There’s loads to choose from, like their Classic Christmas Hamper that includes a Selfridges’ Christmas pudding and a creamy brandy butter, or their Festive Brunch hamper with morning-friendly Bloody Mary mix. But if you want to go all in, you’ll be needing their jumbo Christmas Day hamper, which will get you, among other things, a panettone, a Christmas cake, smoked salmon, a range of cheeses and a very generous amount of booze.
How much: Classic Christmas Hamper £100, Festive Brunch Hamper £140, Christmas Day Hamper £500
The one that takes over the entire room
Fortnum & Mason have plenty of festive hamper options this year with prices ranging from £55 for their Christmas Greetings box - a selection of festive teas, jams and biscuits - all the way through to their top of the range showstopper, the Imperial Hamper pictured above. There’s plenty in the mid-range too, like the coeliac-friendly Gluten Free hamper, and the Fortnum’s Christmas Hamper with Champagnes, wines, preserves and a Christmas pudding.
How much: from £55 to £6,000
The one with all the meat
British charcuterie mavens Cannon & Cannon are rolling out the big guns for their new selection of hampers. They’ve just introduced their Ultimate Christmas Tin which will include Rare Breed nape, venison salami, beer sticks (described as ‘posh Pepperamis’), lots of little cheese and a bottle of LBV 2011 port. There’s also the chance to try their new Perfect Charcuterie Board, a more meat-heavy selection which includes a very good sounding seaweed and cider English salami.
How much: Ultimate Christmas Tin £65 / Perfect Charcuterie £55
The one with the sweets
From the master of the long-as-your-arm ingredient list comes the Ottolenghi Christmas hamper, filled with suitably creative riffs on traditional Christmas treats. That’ll include a dark chocolate, pistachio and raspberry brittle, chilli and coriander chutney, rosemary-spiced nuts, an orange and chocolate panforte, a Christmas cake and a bottle of Champagne. Or go for the Sweet Hamper, with plenty for budding pastry chefs including freeze-dried strawberries, date molasses and a bundt tin for all your baking needs.
How much: Christmas Hamper £150 (£125 without Champagne) / Sweet Hamper £150 (£120 without Champagne)
The one with the fancy biscuits
What: Happy Holidays hamper
Go guilt-free this Christmas with the vegetarian-friendly, preservative-free Happy Holidays hamper from Cutter & Squidge. That’ll include a vegan fudge chocolate cake (which comes in a lovely tin), veggie marshmallow square with meringue pieces, Gingerbread man biskie with light buttercream and of course, a bottle of Prosecco for popping on the big day.
How much: Christmas Hamper £150 (£125 without Champagne) / Sweet Treats Hamper £150 (£125 without sparkling rosé)
The one from Angela Hartnett
Give your Christmas an Italian flavour with a hamper from Angela Hartnett’s Pastificio deli. They’ll be catering for every budget, starting from a tremendously reasonable £20 all the way through to their luxury hamper at £235. For sweet tooths there’ll be baci chocolates, torrone, amaretti, and of course, a hulking great Panettone, while on the savoury sides expect Planeta olive oil, Gordal green olives, 12-year aged balsamic vinegar and artichokes in oil. Choose from a pre-designed hamper, or mix and match your own.
How much: £20 - £235
The one with loads of chocolate
What: Chococo Giant hamper
We must confess, seeing the words “Chococo” and “giant” in the same sentence gave us minor heart palpitations - even more so after we discovered how much chocolatey bang for your buck you get in this hamper from Dorset-based Chococo. Inside, there are 16 seasonal chocs, (including a very festive sounding Fig & Port variety) plus ‘award-winning’ gingerbread caramels, white and dark chocolate hazelnuts, chocolate reindeer, Madagascan dark chocolate clusters… and quite literally heaps more. It also comes in a smart silver hamper box with rope handles.
How much: £99.95