If you've spent the best part of the year dining out and don't see why you shouldn't continue in the same vein on Christmas Day, then luckily there are plenty of places to cater for you in London. As you'd expect, most hotels are open, but more and more we're seeing restaurants and gastropubs around town where folk who'd prefer to be cooked for without having to endure a family Christmas can find a home on 25th December.
We'll keep updating this list in the run up to the 25th.
Dean St Townhouse
69 - 71 Dean St, London W1D 3SE
While breakfast and dinner at the townhouse is only open for guests, the popular Christmas lunch gets booked up way in advance. This year’s mains include “duck and smoked eel terrine", "organic Norfolk bronze turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce", "wild halibut, shrimp, broccoli & sherry", “fillet of beef, oxtail, port and smoked bacon” and a "chocolate pudding, Champagne ice cream" to finish, plus Christmas pudding with brandy butter. To round things off, they’ve got a cheese board with “Lancashire, Stilton, Eccles cakes, fruit cake and chutney".
Price: £100 per person for four courses (four choices per course).
Fera at Claridges
49 Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR
As you'd expect, Fera is going all out this Christmas with a seven-course menu available on the day itself. Expect dishes like "Salmon smoked over juniper, caviar, apple and kohlrabi", "Cornish lobster, golden beetroot, mustard, sea herbs ", "Norfolk Bronze turkey, carrots, chestnut, sage" and the famed "Claridge’s Christmas pudding". And they'll also be serving dinner in the Drench Salon and Dining Room too.
Price: £295 for seven courses.
Galvin at Windows
London Hilton on Park Lane, 22 Park Lane, London W1K 1BE
Gaze out over London from the top of the Park Lane Hilton on Christmas Day. The sample Christmas day menu has three courses, including starters like “Galvin smoked salmon, crab croquette, pickled mooli and cervelle de canut” and “Orkney scallop ceviche, truffled ponzu and turnip salad”. Then for mains, alongside the usual turkey with all the trimmings, you can choose from “slow roasted sirloin of Scotch beef, glazed shallot, foie gras, onion rings & peppercorn sauce” or “seared fillet of Norwegian halibut, broccoli purée, black rice, seafood & vanilla velouté”.
For pudding, there’ll be choices like “Christmas pudding, brandy custard & crème Chantilly” and “Mont Blanc, Azélia Valrhona chocolate ganache & chestnut meringue”. You’ll also get amuse bouche and petit fours, with an optional extra cheese course for £18.
Price: £269 per person for a three-course lunch with canapes and champagne to start.
The Gilbert Scott
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Rd, London NW1 2AR
Marcus Wareing's restaurant at the Renaissance Hotel at St Pancras has a six-course tasting menu on the day. That'll include dishes like "chicken liver parfait, granola, toasted brioche", and a choice between their mains of "Walsgrove Farm turkey, traditional Christmas trimmings”, a “roast Aberdeen Angus sirloin, Yorkshire pudding, horseradish, red wine” or a fish course of “wild sea bass, cider, mussels, leeks, chanterelles, hazelnut". There’ll be a cheese course, consisting of “seasonal cheese from La Fromagerie” and “dark chocolate, clementine, pistachio” to finish.
They’re also offering separate veggie and vegan menus, which include “salt baked Delica pumpkin, truffle gnocchi, leeks, chanterelles”, “Swede spaghetti, miso emulsion, parsley and brioche crumbs” and “warm pear and ginger cake, pine nut creme, rosemary".
Marcus at The Berkeley
The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RL
Marcus Wareing has a special tasting menu of six courses. They include "Maldon cured smoked salmon, Exmoor caviar, cucumber", "Orkney scallop, Discovery apple, verbena, roast beef dressing ", "Rhug Estate goose, truffle pain perdu, onion" (or venison) and "Panettone, clementine, Christmas pudding ice cream".
There's also lunch in the hotel's ballroom (£160).
Price: £375 per person with matching Sommelier Selection wines
The Ritz Restaurant
150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR
Graced with a new Michelin star last year, the main meal at the Ritz is the evening black-tie gala dinner in the Ritz restaurant. The four-course dinner includes "goose liver, Tokaji wine jelly, raison puree, gingerbread and poached apple", “roast scallops, walnuts, apple and celery”, a "ballotine of sole, kohlrabi, grapes and Champagne sauce", the “fillet of veal, glazed sweetbread, mushroom puree, savoy cabbage and bone marrows". Then for dessert, there’s "Mont Blanc, chestnut and rum". Plus, there’ll also be a special veggie menu featuring a "pithivier of ragstone and pine nuts, red onion, salsify and watercress” as the main.
To keep you entertained during your meal, enjoy a band with professional dancers performing the rumba, salsa and tango.
If you don’t want to go for a full Christmas lunch, there’s also a separate Christmas afternoon tea menu including sandwiches of “Ham with Grain Mustard Mayonnaise on Sliced Brioche” and “Scottish Smoked Salmon with Lemon Butter on Sourdough Bread”, with “Assortment of Festive British Tea Pastries, Warm Mince Pies and Traditional Cakes“ to finish, which will be accompanied by a performance from the Ritz choir or pianists.
Price: £325 for six courses, £150 for children, £84 for afternoon tea
Rosewood London, High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
Rosewood London has a number of options for Christmas Day (we've listed the Holborn Dining Room separately below). Their Mirror Room has a special Christmas Day lunch of six courses. There’ll be canapes including "smoked sunchokes, truffled mayonnaise”, mains consisting of “roasted organic turkey with winter vegetables” with all the trimmings, a “halibut fillet, cockles, Champagne beurre blanc” or the veggie option of “onion squash agnolotti, sage butter". Plus, there’ll be a pre-dessert course of “Champagne and raspberry sherbet” and several desserts including a traditional Christmas pud, and a “chestnut and cognac pavlova”.
Price: £195 per person for the Mirror Room set menu including a glass of Champagne on arrival
20 Upper Ground London SE1 9PD
The restaurant at the Mondrian London is putting on a three-course Christmas Day menu which features traditional dishes alongside more European and American influences.
To start, there's "ham hock and chicken terrine, caramelised beets, fine herbs, grilled focaccia” and “venison carpaccio, beetroot, pine nuts, cress”, followed by mains like “roasted Norfolk turkey pine nut stuffing, turkey sherry vinaigrette”, a “fillet of British beef, heritage baby carrots, bone marrow gratin”, and a “pan-roasted turbot cauliflower, Champagne foam, wild mushroom”. Finally for dessert, choose from dishes like “roasted apple and quince, custard sauce”, or “Christmas pudding, brandy butter and caramel for pudding”.
If you’re in a group of eight or more, you can go for either their normal or premium Christmas feast menu, which includes sharing plates of “maple-cured salmon, red cabbage, shallots”, “Stichelton cheese, pear chutney, endives” and a “rib of British beef, horseradish cream, bone marrow gratin”.
Price: £115 including a glass of champagne on arrival.
The Ten Room at the Hotel Café Royal will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. There's Bresse duck “ham” with green beans to start and (in addition to turkey) there's slow cooked fillet and haunch of venison - all at £85.
Chiltern Firehouse is putting on a Christmas supper kicking off with oysters, those amazing crab donuts and also including Hay Roasted Organic Turkey – with a sausage & sourberry stuffing and - for vegetarians - salt baked parsnip gnocchi with kale, walnuts and organic honey. It's £125 per person.
Cubitt House pubs
All Cubitt House pubs are serving up lunch on Christmas Day. There's the Thomas Cubitt in Victoria, The Alfred Tennyson in Belgravia, The Grazing Goat in Marylebone and the Orange in Pimlico. At each, you can expect a version of roasted Castlemead turkey with roasted butternut, caramelised shallot puree, chestnuts and Madeira jus as part of the main dishes, but with plenty more options like hake or goat’s cheese available if you've had too much turkey.
Price: £85 per person for three courses including a glass of NV Billecart-Salmon, Brut Réserve Champagne on arrival
The Drapers Arms
44 Barnsbury St, Islington, London N1 1ER
This year, The Drapers Arms is laying on a two-course Christmas feasting menu for groups of 12 or more that’ll be served “family style”. Your options will include “roast quail, Jerusalem artichokes and pomegranate”, and “devilled duck hearts, watercress and toasted sourdough” from starters, while mains will come with all the trimmings, and include a “turkey and chipolata pie”, “roast guinea fowl, bread sauce and redcurrant jelly” and “market fish, leeks, prawn and dill butter”. Vegetarians will be supplied with options from their regular A La Carte menu.
Almeida St, London N1 1TA
Francesco Mazzei’s Islington restaurant is offering “pumpkin soup and mascarpone”, followed by antipasti and a plate of bucatini and aubergine timballo to share. Then there’s “roast breast of Italian turkey with pumpkin, lentils, cotechino and candied fruit”, with a pudding of “grilled traditional Panettone with cinnamon ice-cream”.
Price: £85 per person for three courses including amuse bouche, petit fours and coffee (and £110 when paired with wine)
The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith St, London SW1P 3BU
Vivek Singh's Westminster restaurant has the perfect menu for anyone looking for a festive feast with a twist. There'll be an aperitif of Christmas punch as well as a large selection of courses including "stir-fry of shrimps with cracked black pepper and curry leaf on rice pancake", "tandoori breast of Scottish pheasant with soola masala, coriander chutney", their “slow-braised Herdwick milk-fed lamb shoulder with saffron sauce, pilau rice" and a "baked Jalandhar – Thandai, saffron and carrot halwa ice cream with spiced meringue".
Cinnamon Club: £100 per person
5 Kingly St, London W1B 5PF
This Soho spot has one of the best value Christmas Day menus available. Dishes include "pan-seared sea bass with Bengali seafood broth", "tandoori seared rump of lamb with saffron sauce”, “stuffed chicken breast with mint-chilli korma” and "caramelised milk dumpling with rasmalai sauce“.
Price: £55 for three courses including a Cinnamon bellini on arrival.
1 Snowden St, London EC2A 2DQ
There’ll be no traditional turkey and cranberry at Dabaar, who’ll instead be laying on an Indian feast featuring Keralan crab and coconut soup, plates of grilled and wood-fired roasts including Goan-spiced goose breast served with oven roasted winter vegetables and roast gravy, or malai koftas with saffron. Then for dessert, there’ll be royal cumin served with dried fruit and chestnut pilau, and spiced nut and fruit pudding with rose custard.
Price: £85 per person for a five-course feast.
Duck and Waffle
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
There's a tasting menu only on the day and no turkey but the menu does include “bacon-wrapped dates, chestnuts, linguiça, Manchego cheese", "braised short rib, turnip, green sauce, pomme puree", “Cropwell Bishop Stilton homemade oatcake and grapes” (£10 supplement), and "chocolate fondant with peanut butter ganache, praline crunch" as well as their own mince pies.
Price: £85 per person for a five-course tasting menu.
Holborn Dining Room
Rosewood London, High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
Chef Calum Franklin is cooking up a storm here right now and his menu for Christmas Day sounds pretty great. The three-course feast includes "shellfish cocktail, Marie Rose dressing", "baked lobster thermidor tart", "roast Norfolk bronze turkey, braised red cabbage, cranberry sauce”, and a "35-day dry-aged rib eye ‘cut club’, pepper sauce, crispy onions”. For afters, try a “hot Valrhona chocolate fondant, sour cherries, vanilla ice cream”, or a "mandarin cheesecake with burnt meringue”.
Price: £135 per person for three courses.
Percy & Founders
1 Pearson Square, Fitzroy Place, London W1W 7EY.
This Fitzrovian restaurant is putting a European twist on its Christmas Day menu. Their three-course festive feast has three options per section, which include “dressed lobster and prawn citrus mayo, coriander cress and toast”, “roasted stone bass, clams, grilled fennel, baby turnip and fresh herbs”, plus a traditional “roast free-range turkey breast and confit leg cranberry compote, bacon and pork stuffing, roast trimmings”. Then, choose from desserts like “poached pear and, almond tart”, or their own Christmas pudding which comes with brandy custard.
Plus there's a glass of NV Billecart-Salmon, Brut Réserve Champagne on arrival.
Price: Available from 12-8pm it’s priced at £85 per person including Champagne on arrival.
16 Bury St, London SW1Y 6AJ
The lunch menu available at Quaglino's is a three-course affair and dishes include: "terrine of smoked duck, duck liver and savoy cabbage, raisin puree, toasted sourdough”, “roast bronze turkey, chestnut and leg sausage roll, pigs in blankets”, and “chocolate and clementine ‘Bouche de Noel” for dessert, with a final mince pie to seal the deal.
Price: £95 for three courses (children £45). Open between 11.30am and 3.30pm.
Thai Square has two set menus - from Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. It's £45 with a glass of champagne (or cocktail) on arrival.
Riding House Café and Village East in Bermondsey will be open all day from noon until 6pm. Their Christmas Feast costs £75 including London-cured Salmon, turkey - or roast cod - and sticky Toffee Pudding alongside more traditional offerings.