Another modern heralding of Christmas in the capital (along with the arrival of Christmas sandwiches) is the opening of various skating rinks around town, but the big one has always been Skate at Somerset House. Now in its 20th year, the rink is being sponsored, once again, by Fortnums.
What that means is there's a whole host of lovely food
It's the fifth Phileas Fogg inspired bar to hit London, this time just off the strand. Expect mad cocktails and a recreation of the Victorian era Orient express too.
After success in the St Germain de Prés area of Paris, soba specialists Yen are now making the move to London, bringing with them their traditional Japanese noodles, tempura, and a sushi counter.
Simpson's in the Strand is one of London's most iconic restaurants - and it's just emerged from a much-needed revamp...