7 Belly-Bursting Feasts For A Terrific Thanksgiving

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USA! USA! Thanksgiving is the perfect excuse to eat your body weight in food, and we’ve found some feasts that you American’t miss.

Whilst Thanksgiving isn’t really a ‘thing’ in the UK – unless you’re an expat fleeing the orange menace – Secret London believes it’s time to get involved this year. Before you ask “what are Utah-lking about?”, let us explain why Thanksgiving should be November’s Maine event. Really, you Coloradon’t want to skip this holiday, for three very simple reasons:

a. It would liven up a random Thursday in November.
b. Missing a chance to stuff one’s face with massive amounts of sinfully indulgent food is against Secret London’s religion.
c. We’ll keep making more terrible state-based puns until you do. (Seriously, we won’t Connecticut it out until you Tennessee how funny they really are!)

‘Tis the season to overindulge anyway, so why not get a jump on the Christmas binge with a Thanksgiving feast at one of these heavenly slices of Americana?

1. Thanksgiving at The Imaginarium

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Head over to The Imaginarium in London Bridge on November 22 for a very special Thanksgiving event, as host Andrew Begay plays Native American music and tells First Nation stories. Slap Ya Papa will be laying on a twelve course banquet of Louisiana soul food, and guests will receive a complimentary cocktail from Mama Xanadu. Proceeds from the event will be going to three indigenous people’s charities: Stand with Standing Rock, Cultural Survival, and Del Pueblo para el Pueblo. Delicious food, amazing culture, and a charitable cause – we guarantee there’s nothing else quite like it in London. Get a limited set of £10 off tickets here while you can.

The Imaginarium is at 32 Southwark Street, SE1 1TU, and the nearest station is London Bridge. The Thanksgiving experience is only available on November 22nd. Click here to pick up some tickets.

2. Jackson & Rye

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The salted caramel peanut butter fudge pie is too sinful to show you. So here’s their pumpkin pie instead. Photo: @jacksonrye_

Home-style American cooking just like ya’ mama used to make. And that’s a goooood thing, because the food is sensational, particularly at Thanksgiving. There’s going to be turkey, but the main event is a dessert that could only have been fathomed in our wildest dreams/darkest fantasies. It’s called a salted caramel peanut butter fudge pie. WHAT. Surely it was crafted by the gods themselves – presumably before they all fell into a food coma – because salted caramel peanut butter fudge pie is literally three of our favourite things rolled into one unstoppable dessert…

Multiple locations, find your nearest one here. The Thanksgiving menu is available on November 23rd.

3. 108 Brasserie

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Dessert is a similarly easy choice at 108 Brasserie, where the kitchen will be serving a pecan pie with cookie dough ice cream. Honestly, maybe Thanksgiving should just be a dessert holiday? Hmm, but that would mean giving up 108 Brasserie’s mac and cheese with black truffle… Tough choices need to made, but helpfully you’ll be able to mull it over whilst drinking a smooth-sippin’ American Spice cocktail.

108 Marylebone Ln, Marylebone, W1U 2QE. Nearest station: Bond Street. The Thanksgiving menu is available on November 23rd.

4. The Diner

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Photo: @thedineruk

The Diner aren’t exactly known for half-assing Thanksgiving. We’ll refer you to Exhibit A: 2015’s ‘Waffle Gobbler’, which was a turkey burger sandwiched between two sweet potato waffles. Unsurprisingly, they’ve outdone themselves in 2017, as they’ve only bloody gone and KFC’d a whole Thanksgiving meal. As you do. Dinner is served in the form of a huge bucket of turkey wings, strips, and nuggets, alongside corn on the cob and sweet potato fries. Now that’s a bargain bucket we can get on board with!

Multiple locations, find your nearest one here. The Thanksgiving menu is available on November 23rd.

5. Town House

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Photo: @townhousekensington

Ever wondered how Thanksgiving would look in Kensington? Wonder no more, for Town House are running the holiday show, and it looks b-e-a-utiful. They’re starting in New England with a classic clam chowder, before heading to the deep South (Kensington) for ribs n’ wings. The final course is indulgence personified: warm s’mores with vanilla ice cream and peanut brittle. Oops, had to wipe the drool of the keyboard to type that last bit…

109-113 Queen’s Gate, Kensington, SW7 5LR. Nearest station: South Kensington. The Thanksgiving menu is available on November 23rd.

6. GOAT

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Worrying about how you’ll burn off all the calories you consume this Thanksgiving? No need to fret darlin’, as there’s a good ol’ barn dance heading to Chelsea this month. GOAT may be an Italian-inspired restaurant most of the year, but this month they’re kicking up their hooves for a real Southern shindig. A holiday-inspired menu is completed by some American cocktails – peanut butter daiquiri anyone? Take a seat on the hay bales, knock back a prickleback shot (or four), and let the country and western music put the rhythm back into your feet. You’ll want to bring your A-game for this one, as the dance moves will be hotter than a Texas summer. Yee-haw!

333 Fulham Road, Chelsea, SW10 9QL. Nearest station: Gloucester Road. The Thanksgiving menu and barn dance are available on November 23rd.

7. Dead Doll’s House

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Don’t let the name put you off, because this Islington haunt does some excellent grub.  And on Thanksgiving, they’re putting a Yankee spin on the menu. Whipped yams with creole butter make for a delectable starter, and for dessert, the chocolate and bourbon tart will steal your heart. At £35 for four courses and three cocktails from Death’s Door Spirits, it works out to a bargain, too. Certainly worth the pilgrimage!

181 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1RQ. Nearest station: Highbury & Islington. The Thanksgiving menu is available on November 23rd.

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