North London Food & Culture

Support your local. Celebrate at the Bull & Gate, Lion & Unicorn and Lord Palmerston this Christmas

Give your loved ones the gift of the pub, with a gift for them and a free gift for you when you buy vouchers this weekend

As a postcode, NW5 is rare in London for many reasons – as most readers will testify. But it’s also one of the few areas where the pub and hotel group Young’s have three pretty fabulous watering holes: the Lion & Unicorn on leafy Gaisford Street, the Lord Palmerston up in the heights where Tufnell meets Dartmouth Park, and the iconic Bull & Gate right in the heart of Kentish Town.

We all know what a tough time hospitality has had this year – and so what better than buying festive vouchers for friends and family? The perfect gift for every pub-lover, the vouchers can be spent on cocktails with friends at, say, the Bull & Gate’s glam upstairs Boulogne Bar (our main pic, above), a famous Sunday roast at the cosy Lion, or post-Heath walk pints at the Palmerston.

Further afield, they can even be spent on up to 200 Young’s establishments, including romantic retreats in country hotels.

Young’s gift card. Photo: PR

As it’s unbelievably our 11th birthday this week – not to mention Black Friday weekend – we’ve teamed up with Young’s so that if you buy a £50 or £100 voucher you’ll receive a free £10 or £20 bonus voucher to spend on yourself in the New Year. Cheers!


But be quick, this offer is only available for three days over the Black Friday weekend, ends Monday 29th November. Buy vouchers now.

What’s on this Christmas in NW5?

Bull & Gate
Bull & Gate dining room. Photo: PR

Bull & Gate

Step into Christmas at The Bull & Gate: Joe and the team have got the wine mulling, the fire roaring and mouth-watering festive meals which take centre stage on their menus. Each room of the beautiful Victorian pub is unique. The light and airy dining room at the back of the pub is ideal for tucking into their three-course Christmas feast and a magnum of bubbly. Their drinks menu boasts one of the best espresso martinis in North London. Trust us.

If you’re looking for a private space, don’t look past the Boulogne Bar. Head up to the famous cocktail bar on the first floor for a cosy night in this decadent bar, or privately hire the whole room for your Christmas party. If you’re looking to push the sleigh out, treat yourselves to a spot of Beer or G&T Pong.

There’s no better place to celebrate this Christmas. Book Now.

Lion & Unicorn. Photo: PR

Lion & Unicorn

The festive season has finally arrived and it’s time to deck the halls. Secluded from the hustle and bustle of Kentish Town and Camden, the Lion and Unicorn nestles just off Kentish Town Road.

A real pub gem with not one but two award-winning gardens to choose from, it’s one of North London’s best places to celebrate with friends and family this Christmas. The chefs are cooking up a storm in the kitchen and the team are whipping up grade-A pick-me-ups, sure to see you through to the new year.

Warm your cockles by the open fire and kick the festivities off with a cocktail tree, followed by their three-course Christmas menu, best served alongside a selection of winter cocktails. Enjoy the great outdoors all year round – wrap up with a mulled wine in their stunning heated and covered garden this winter. Book now.

Lord Palmerston
Lord Palmerston. Photo: PR

Lord Palmerston

Jingle down to the Lord Palmerston this Christmas as they pull out all the stops for your Christmas celebrations. Located in Tufnell Park, The Lord Palmerston is famed for its unrivalled and unique festive décor.

With plenty of spaces available for private hire, a roaring fire and a secret garden, The Lord Palmerston can cater for a whole host of occasions. Whether it’s mouth-watering seasonal menus for larger Christmas parties, canapés and drinks for intimate festive gatherings, or super-sippable winter cocktails, it’s the cosiest pub you’ll visit this Christmas.

Just don’t forget to take a selfie in front of their infamous Christmas tree. Book now.

Need the perfect Christmas gift? Buy vouchers for Young’s pubs now.

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