How is it that the Yanks do everything bigger and better? Say ‘harvest festival’ to your average Brit and they’ll tell you about donating tins of foodstuffs, or how they once sang ‘We plough the fields and scatter’ in school assembly. Very few of us celebrate with a sit-down affair. But across the pond, they know how to do a harvest feast. Or, as it’s known to North Americans, Thanksgiving. As big an event as Christmas, a typical meal involves roast turkey with cranberry sauce, alongside other traditional dishes (such as sweet potato or yams, and pumpkin pie), inspired by the stories of early thanksgiving feasts (where, the story goes, settlers received gifts of indigenous foods from the native Americans). Happily, there are now so many Yanks in London, that we can experience US Thanksgiving for ourselves.
Here’s our round-up of where to go timeout.com/thanksgiving.