Champagne Parfait Cocktail This champagne parfait cocktail is a wonderfully bubbly, light and festive drink that is perfect for toasting at Christmas Eve dinner. Take your favorite champagne (or any sparkling wine, Prosecco, Brut…really anything with bubbles!), with a little bit of gin, your favorite fruit liqueurs and fresh berries to create a beautiful drink. The different berries (like cranberries or blackberries) will float at different levels, creating that classic parfait look. La Vie En Rouge La Vie En Rouge (“Life in Red”) mixes Grand Marnier, fresh cranberry juice (use the real stuff so it’s not too sugary!) and fresh rosemary for a … Continue reading CHRISTMAS EVE DRINKS


Everybody loves this traditional Christmas side dish and we’ve got three tasty twists including black pudding, butternut squash and chestnuts – you choose! Ingredients: 8 rashers smoked streaky bacon 16 chipolatas Method: Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Cut the bacon rashers in half. Wrap a piece of bacon around each of the chipolatas. Place on a baking tray and cook for 30-35 mins until golden. Continue reading PIGS IN BLANKETS


Soak up the festive atmosphere at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland.  See the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London decked out for Christmas with Hogwarts in the Snow. Discover how Queen Victoria spent Christmas as a child at Kensington Palace. Join the V&A‘s Victorian Christmas parties and make seasonal decorations.   Take a romantic stroll through the colourful Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park. Marvel at the magnificent Christmas tree at Windsor Castle. Go ice skating in London Get your skates on at Somerset House‘s glorious 18th-century courtyard ice rink. Enjoy magnificent views of Henry VIII’s residence at the Hampton Court Palace ice rink. Skate in the shadow of the spectacular Tower of … Continue reading THINGS TO DO AT CHRISTMAS


It has finally arrived, Christmas week is officially here and I am now starting the wind down ahead of picking the baton back up in January and seeing what we can do with the good ship MANPEDIA. I’ve been learning that keeping your head down and cracking on is without question the most effective way to make progress. No Bells or whistles, screaming for attention or setting up platforms of ill conceived notions (yes historically massively guilty on that front). I find now that it simplifies things, you remove the expectations and premature opinions and judgements from others. Not that … Continue reading EDITORS WEEK