How to Celebrate Thanksgiving in London

Nov 23, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Fall2016_From_Katrina_Katie_Deisler_-_Profile.jpgKatrina Deisler is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A student at Rollins College, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Katrina shares her research on celebrating Thanksgiving when you're studying abroad in London.


As study abroad students, we get so many opportunities to see and do things that our friends and family in the States don’t get to experience. But as the holidays get closer and the semester draws to a close, it’s natural to get a little homesick and feel nostalgic for the comforts of home. Some CAPA students are lucky enough to have their families or friends visit throughout the semester, but many haven’t seen loved ones from home for months. For most of us, Thanksgiving is typically a time to gather around the table with those nearest and dearest to us, so it makes sense that the coming holiday doesn’t seem quite as happy when far from the traditions that make it so special (and we don’t even get time off school or our internships...).

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Photo: Friends are the family you choose

It’s easy to get caught up in the FOMO of missing the holiday with loved ones back home, but there are plenty of ways to celebrate Turkey Day here in London. Our friends in the UK have even adopted some of the holiday spirit following Thanksgiving too. Check out your favorite UK brands for Black Friday deals! Surround yourself with the people who have become your CAPA family and celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend with one of these fun celebrations, because after all, your friends are the family you get to choose.


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Photo: Friends are the family you choose

CAPA Thanksgiving

Grab all your flatmates, classmates, and new friends and head to the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, a pub quiz and Thanksgiving décor that makes you feel like you’re right at home. Check in with CAPA staff about how to sign up. £3 for CAPA students.

If you want to branch out and try something new, there are plenty of other options around London too:


The London branch of the New York based restaurant will serve up a classic three course set menu including a gingerbread drink, winter kale salad, roasted turkey, corn fritters and pumpkin cheesecake. £55 per person. Book here. 

The Riding House Café

To experience a traditional American family-style Thanksgiving, pop over to The Riding House Café to enjoy their Thanksgiving feast, and get to know those seated near you. The menu kicks includes a feast of roasted turkey, truffle mac & cheese, maple-buttered sweet potatoes and chocolate pecan pie, to name a few. £40 per person. Book here.

Bea’s of Bloomsbury

Bea’s will offer all the staples that Americans know and love at their festive Thanksgiving gathering. Guests have the option of either turkey or baked butternut squash with all the trimmings, including buttery mashed potatoes and pumpkin bread, and a selection of desserts. Thanksgiving is being served at their St. Pauls, Bloomsbury and Marylebone locations. £35.50 per person. Book here.

Crown and Shuttle

If you’re looking to shake things up this Thanksgiving, the Crown and Shuttle will be partying USA style for Thanksgiving. Hop over to the food truck for a turkey leg, collard greens, and jalapeño corn bread. The upstairs area will be decked out like a Miami night club so you can dance the night away. Priced per item.

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Photo: Friends are the family you choose

However you choose to celebrate, I think the meaning behind the holiday is one that can be universally appreciated by Americans and our British friends alike. Your internship responsibilities may mean you don't have the holiday as a day off, but you can still share the spirit of Thanksgiving with those around you. Take time to give thanks for what you have, and tell your loved ones how much they mean to you (and call your mom, I guarantee she’s missing you like crazy this week).

Thanks Katrina!

Katrina's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned. 

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