A London Pub Is Hosting Christmas Day For Anyone Who Would Otherwise Be Alone

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The Alexandra pub in Wimbledon is hosting ‘don’t be on your own day’ as a lovely gesture to combat loneliness on Christmas Day.

With a free three-course meal, Secret Santa and general joy and laughter, Christmas at the Alexandra is for anyone who would otherwise be alone on the Big Day.

Owners Mick and Sarah Dore have been managing the pub for ten years, and, eight years ago, they started pouring free pints to anyone spending Christmas on their own. But three years ago, when they got a bigger kitchen, they decided to extend the gesture to a three-course meal. And there is absolutely no catch.

62 people gathered at the Alexandra last year, including older people, people who were new to London, or people who had missed their flights/trains to get home for the holidays. This year, they expect to see at least 100 people visiting the pub on December 25.

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The local community always gets involved in the event, with shops and neighbouring residents donating gifts and food. The waiters and waitresses are all volunteers, and they even get people offering their time to help wrap presents for the guests.

So thank you, Mr and Mrs Dore. The world needs more people like you.

Wondering how you’re going to get around over Christmas? Here’s our handy guide.

Georgie Hoole

Georgie Hoole

Georgie is Deputy Editor at Secret London. She loves a trendy café and is all too familiar with the extortionate price of a coffee in the capital. She enjoys the finer things in life (like red wine on a school night and eating Ben and Jerry's straight from the tub) and hasn't quite grasped the concept of adulthood yet.