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13 Festive Food Experiences in Europe
Photo The Coppa Club Igloos

Christmas is coming. The trees are up, the fairy lights are twinkling, the mulled wine is flowing and the goose is getting fat. 

With that in mind we've put together some festive food experiences on offer around Europe riding that magical Christmas wave in the run up to the big day.

Whether sipping cocktails in a pop up pod aside the Thames, feasting on three Michelin starred food in the Italian mountains or saying "skol" aboard a Swedish steam boat, here are some of the festive food experiences to try out in Europe this season:

1. Stromma Steamboat, Stockholm

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Take to the water and enjoy a festive cruise aboard a restored historical boat around Stockholm's archipelago while tucking into a traditional Swedish buffet. 

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2. Winter Igloos at Coppa Club, London

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Snuggle up in one of the cosy igloos that pop up annually next to Tower Bridge signalling the start of the festive season. Eat, drink and be merry against the back drop of the Thames, Tower Bridge and The Shard. Book ahead, until 31 January 2019.

The Igloos at Coppa Club
3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, EC3R 6AH
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3. The Gingerbread House, Gordon Ramsay, London

Tuck into an indulgent festive menu with options like pheasant tarrine, sirloin steak and gingerbread latte-tini in the Gingerbread Winter Cabin in the courtyard of Gordon Ramsay's York & Albany restaurant in Camden. Pre-order a giant gingerbread to complete your festive experience. On until February 2019.

Gingerbread Winter Cabin at York & Albany
127-129 Parkway, NW1 7PS
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4. Ice Hotel, Sweden

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Disappear into the icy depths of northern Sweden and try a unique experience at the Icehotel. Michelin trained head chef Alexander Meier will be serving a 12 course menu at the chefs table at the Veranda ICEHOTEL Restaurant, which should keep the wolf from the door.

ICEHOTEL
Marknadsvägen 63, 981 91 Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
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5. Michelin starred dining in the mountains, Italy

Where better to enjoy a complete festive experience than nestled in glistening white mountains. Whether you're strapped into skies or taking a more sedate approach to winter sports, there are plenty of fine dining options in festive log cabins to be found, including the newly 3 Michelin starred Restaurant St.Hubertus. Discover all the Michelin starred addresses here.

6. Ducasse on the Seine, Paris

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Enjoy a two hour river cruise on the Seine taking in iconic sites like the Eiffel tower and the Louvre whilst enjoying a special Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year's Eve with the multi-starred French chef Ducasse behind.

Boarding: Port Debilly, 75116 Paris
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7. Christmas Markets, Europe wide

Sausages in Nuremberg, apple strudel in Trento and jenever gin in bruges. Take your pick of Europe's tastiest markets showcasing regional specialties. Many open until January. Discover all the markets here.

8. Fondue Experience, Switzerland

If you love hot cheesey laden bread, Switzerland is your destination. Not only can you enjoy fondue by the bucket load, you can also do it in some very unusual locations. From eating fondue in igloos to tuk tuks, discover more here.

9. Festive Afternoon Tea, London

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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London is awash with festive afternoon teas with most of the high end hotels and patisserie's putting their spin on on this traditional British favourite. Whether you choose Dominque Ansels's festive tier (above) or settle into the sofas at Claridge's there are plenty of choices to be found. Discover more here.

10. Gingerbread City, London

The Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City is back at the V&A museum with a tempting fantasy gingerbread city to drool over. Check out the gingerbread house making workshops if you're tempted to conjur up your own edible home. 

V & A South Kensington
Cromwell Rd London SW7 2RL
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11. Georgian Christmas, Bath

If you ever wondered how Christmas looked in Georgian times, head to No.1 Royal Crescent in picturesque Bath where a Georgian Christmas festive setting from 1786 will be on display until 1 January.

No.1 Royal Crescent Bath BA1 2LR United Kingdom
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12. Harrods Food Hall, London

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Visit the spectacular food halls inside luxury department store Harrods and prepare to be amazed. These legendary food halls were built in Georgian times and never cease to surprise with the array of fresh food counters chocolate, patisserie and specialist counters conjuring up a opulent taste of christmas past.

Harrods
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL, United Kingdom
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13. L'Ile food pod, Paris

Try dinner with a difference in this luxury pod at stationed in the west of Paris on Ile Saint-Germain until March 2019. The enchanting bubble installed in the huge garden of the country house will be offering six to eight diners a menu of hot organic cider with spices; velouté of butternut, chestnuts, mascarpone cream with truffle; Irish Cut beef tab; caramelized pork; half-chicken farmer sauce Bearnaise, barbecue home, chimichurri and fresh fries.

Il était une bulle
L'Ile, Parc de l'Ile Saint-Germain, 170 quai de Stalingrad, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Paris
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