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The London Gift Guide: Celebrate the Holidays, Support Restaurants

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Even more than previous years, gifting during the holiday season will be that much more meaningful in 2020. For restaurants, the places where we’ve celebrated countless holidays together, this year will be an especially difficult one.

Our Resy Gift Guide for London features thoughtful presents from our favourite restaurants that can be shipped locally or nationwide. (Please note: prices do not include shipping costs.) So, why not show your support for the restaurants you love by sending something special from them to your nearest and dearest?

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Ready to Eat (or Heat) 

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The Bubbledogs Experience (£50)

Simple but effective, this easy-to-assemble kit features gourmet hot dogs for two, tater tots, plus a bottle of Bubbledogs‘ very own rosé Champagne. You’ll have to source your own fancy stemware, though.

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To Prep at Home (Some Assembly Required)

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DIY Babka Kit from Shuk (£20)

This killer at-home babka kit from Israeli specialists Shuk has all the hard work done already, and comes with chocolate hazelnut with cookie crumb, date and pistachio, or a Christmas babka with brandy cream, mincemeat and panettone crumble.

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Spices, Salsas, Sauces 

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No.1 Handcrafted Sriracha from Fallow (£8)

One of the brightest spots in a tough year for restaurants, sustainability specialists Fallow hustled to keep their dream alive. This delicious homemade Sriracha blends chilli and garlic with soy sauce and Chardonnay vinegar. Goes great in a Boxing Day sandwich.

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Holiday Cocktails and Wine 

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East London Gin from East London Liquor Company (£21.50)

Made a literal stone’s throw from Victoria Park, East London Liquor Company‘s distillery is about as good as you’ll get in London. Their house East London Gin is a go-to at many of the city’s best bars and restaurants, and is perfect for wintery G&Ts and negronis at home.

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All Things Apparel

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Heavy Duty Apron from Tayēr + Elementary (£150)

This sleek, brooding apron from Tayēr + Elementary, Old Street establishment par excellence — and fifth best bar in the world — is an excellent piece of industry-standard kit for aspiring bartenders.

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Bags and Other Accessories 

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Plantain Tote from Ikoyi (£25)

Emblazoned in a striking red with a minimal design that riffs on its now-iconic plantain dish, Ikoyi‘s beautiful tote is a must-have for the serious restaurant devotee.

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For the Home 

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Ceramic Porridge Bowl from 26 Grains (£28)

Few things make us as happy as great ceramics in our home kitchens. 26 Grains‘ immaculate bowl is finished in a light oatmeal glaze, perfect for porridge, pastas, salads, and sides. Pre-ordering recommended.

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For the Bookshelf 

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The Whole Chicken, by Clarke Clarke of Chick’n’Sours (£22)

One of the founders behind the popular Chick’n’Sours restaurants, chef Carl Clarke’s easy recipes for the humble chicken range from the comforting (like his mother’s Jewish chicken noodle soup) to the multi-colour explosions of flavour that he’s known for (like Korean-style nuggets with bacon ranch sauce, or the original Disco Bistro fried chicken sandwich). Get it here.

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Experiences 

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A 2021 Weekend Escape at Tillingham Vineyard (from £105 per night)

Located in a particularly bucolic patch of East Sussex, this outstanding vineyard and wine producer also has a stunning guesthouse for swish weekends away. A short trip from London, it’s an opportunity for some R&R later in the year (and beyond) when the light at the end of the tunnel feels a little brighter. Vouchers are also available.

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David Paw is Resy’s International Editor. Follow him on Instagram. Follow Resy, too.

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