Well, if you're me and you're enjoying your year abroad in London, it does feel strange reading your class syllabus and questioning why you have three lectures and seminars on Thanksgiving. Shouldn't you be sitting at home and watching the Macy's Day parade?
So, even though Thanksgiving is still very much an American tradition, the British like to use any excuse to cook up a storm. Furthermore, there are plenty of London based restaurants who serve up all-American menus to satisfy those homely cravings. Or you can take a page out of your grandma's cookbook and get cooking in the kitchen to host a feast for the other Americans who are studying abroad with you during this holiday.
So if you're missing mom's bread-stuffing or your aunt's delicious home baked pumpkin pies, don't sweat. Go grab your Thanksgiving pants and we'll get you adjusted to what the English call, Britsgiving!
I honestly did not make that word up.
Personally, it feel really weird for me to dine out on Thanksgiving, because I grew up with the sense that Thanksgiving was the one holiday of the year where you CAN'T eat out. And I'm not even counting Christmas. Growing up and being raised in a Jewish household, I've been taught to believe that Christmas is the one holiday where you CAN actually eat out. And by eating out, I mean that the only place that is actually open on Christmas Day for other Jewish families like mine, are the Chinese restaurants. Thank God for Egg Roll Express!
Anyway, the point is, you're away from your family and if you're one of those people who can't cook to save their life, you should probably go out to one of the many American restaurants that are around London. So grab your other American friends and go restaurant hunting!
Here are a few good places that many Americans highly recommended:
22-24 SEYMOUR PLACE
332-334 Kings Road,
(Yes, that is its actual name).
#6 Hollywood Road,
London SW10 9HY
86 Park Lane,
London W1K 7TL
Option #2: You Cook On Thanksgiving
This is the option that I am used to. Well, it's actually the option that I'm used to because I would let my grandma do all the cooking while my cousins and I stayed indoors and watched reruns of Friends. But again, if you want to take a crack at cooking your own Thanksgiving meal here are a few tips that will help you save money but will also aid you to have a warming Britsgiving with your friends.
#1: Cook Something That You Know How To Make
#2: Buying Pre-Made Food Is Acceptable
#3: Start Cooking At Different Times
#4: Invite The Locals
#5: If All Else Fails, There's Always Nando's
So there's your Britsgiving survival guide for London.
And although it isn't quite as American as you're used to, it is nevertheless so fun and exciting to introduce your holiday to some people who've probably either never heard of it before, or have heard of it and have always wanted to participate in it.
So I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving from or away from the states.
And just remember, when in doubt, go to Nando's!