London’s best Christmas afternoon teas

Six of the capital’s most indulgent festive teas

Whisky: the holy spirit of Christmas

The Thinking Drinkers recommend top quality Scotch and irresistible Irish whiskey

How to make a knockout hot cider punch

The latest entry in our 12 Drinks of Christmas series

Fine wines to splash out on for Christmas

Four top notch tipples that are worth spending big on

Gatecrash with panache (and other tips for surviving the party season)

Joan Collins, Celia Walden and Miss Steerpike reveal how they make it through December’s festivities in one piece

Cans of craft beer are the ultimate stocking filler

A selection of delicious craft beer and cider to get stuck into this Christmas

How to make Nutella bread

A decadent treat that makes for a perfect Christmas Day breakfast

How goose flew back into festive fashion

The traditional Christmas bird is making a comeback

Don’t waste good sherry on granny this Christmas

Our 12 Drinks of Christmas series continues with a selection of fine sherries to sample

The best American whiskeys to drink this Christmas

The first in our 12 Drinks of Christmas series, courtesy of the Thinking Drinkers

The only way to survive Christmas is to hide

The festive season puts us all in mortal danger

The art of good mulling

How to make delicious and uplifting mulled wine at home

Forget tacky Christmas jumpers, go for a designer number this winter

The trend for Christmas jumpers has gone upmarket – here’s a guide to the best posh festive pullovers

Unusual jewels – and where to buy them

This Christmas there’s a whole of array of colourful and bold jewellery to hunt out

Is AR shopping for life or just a gimmick for Christmas?

Covent Garden’s augmented reality experience aims to bring shopping bang up to date – but is it worth the hassle?

Christmas sandwiches are disgusting – and here are the worst of them

A run down of the worst festive food currently being peddled in our high streets

Four of the best Christmas hampers

Spectator Life runs the gamut from Waitrose to Harrods

How to survive the party season

It’s going to be murder out there, from now till New Year. Spectactor Life writers explain how to get through it

Have a very Happy Excessmas

Eat, drink and be merry just to spite the health puritans

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It’s so sad the way they spoiled Selfridges

In my childhood it was a place of enchantment. Today it’s just another garish shopping mall