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 eleven years, and, nine years ago, they started pouring free pints to anyone spending Christmas on their own. But four 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.
Don’t be alone on Christmas day this year. Don’t draw the curtains & tell your neighbours you’ve “gone to your sisters in Worthing”. Come here. We’ll give you a FREE Christmas dinner, with FREE booze, then you can join in with the loads of people just like you. Please, come. pic.twitter.com/4FSYf2XeVC
— The Alexandra (@TheAlexSW19) November 26, 2019
Dozens of people gather at the Alexandra each year, including older people, people who are new to London, or people that have missed their flights/trains to get home for the holidays. This year, they hope to see even more people visiting the pub on December 25.
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.
For more festive cheer, check out these lovely London Christmas markets.
Also published on Medium.