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.
Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester
53 Park Ln, London W1K 1QA
Having said most establishments offer a traditional bird, there'll be no turkey at the three Michelin star restaurant on Christmas Day. The Park Lane restaurant will serve a menu including "Chestnut velouté, guinea fowl and white truffle", "Seared duck foie gras, sautéed wild mushrooms", "Line-caught sea bass, Jerusalem artichokes and tuber melanosporum" and also their own special take on a yule log.
Price: £325 per person for six courses with wine pairings.
The Balcon at Sofitel St James
8 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5NG
This restaurant/champagne bar will be serving a four-course menu with choices including "Old spot pork & pistachio terrine, bacon jam, dill pickles, grilled sourdough ", "Seared Scottish scallops, pea tortellini, lobster cream ", "Butter roasted turkey, chestnut and apple braised cavolo nero, fondant sweet potato, green beans, cranberry relish, mulled wine jus" and Bûche de Noël or Christmas pudding to finish up.
And if you really want to do the day justice, you may want to take up the bottomless champagne option too...
Price: £100 per person for five courses or £180 with bottomless champagne.
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 "Lobster Bisque", "Roast Norfolk bronze turkey, stuffing & cranberry sauce", "Fillet of beef, oxtail, port & smoked bacon", "Chocolate fondant, clotted cream ice cream" as well as Christmas pudding and trifle.
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, beetroot and horseradish", "Lobster poached in lobster butter, hazelnut, kohlrabi and marigold", "Roast Norfolk Bronze Turkey, grilled carrots, brussel tops, chestnut and sage" and the famed "Claridge’s Christmas pudding".
Price: £245 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.
A small a la carte menu is on offer so as well as the usual turkey with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding, there's "Croquette of Pig Head and Black Pudding", "Ballotine of Foie Gras served with orange marmalade and pruneaux d’Agen", "Slow-cooked Rib-eye of Scotch Angus Beef served with seared foie gras and crispy onion rings" and "Jersey Cream Panna Cotta served with mandarin gel, honeycomb and espresso infusion."
Price: £250 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 seven course tasting menu on the day. That'll include dishes like "Scallops, pumpkin, truffle, endive", "Walsgrove Farm turkey, traditional Christmas trimmings" (or beef or fish), "Jaffa cake, clementine sorbet, pistachio" and "Mincemeat sponge pudding, vanilla ice cream, rum custard".
Price: £120 per person and with their sommelier’s selection of matching wines for £200 total.
Marcus at The Berkeley
The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RL
Marcus Wareing has a special tasting menu of six courses. They include "Foie gras (hot & cold), date, brioche", "Scottish lobster, raviolo, beans, celeriac", "Rhug Estate goose, Williams pear, bread sauce" (or beef), "Colston Bassett Stilton, fig, Guinness" and "Warm chocolate, hazelnut, cacao".
The Ritz Restaurant
150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR
Graced with a new Michelin star this year, the main meal at the Ritz is the evening black tie gala dinner in the Ritz restaurant. That dinner includes "Native Lobster, Bergamot, Radish and Avocado", "Turbot, Jerusalem Artichoke and Jus Gras", "Fillet of Veal, Mushroom Puree, Smoked Bone Marrow and Romanesco" and "Apple Cheesecake, Caramelised Apple and Calvados". And there's also a special vegetarian menu with "Pithivier of Goats Cheese Butternut Squash, Salsify and Watercress" as the main.
They'll also have live entertainment from Peter O’Donnell and his band and Latin dancers.
Price: £310 for six courses and £150 for children.
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 buffet featuring soups, seafood (Oysters, Lobster, Prawns, Crab Handmade or Sushi, Sashimi and California Rolls) as well as a carvery with Roasted Whole Turkey, Honey Glazed Ham and Beef Wellington. Not to mention yule logs, stollen, mince pies, trifle and more from the dessert section. You won't go hungry here...
Price: £175 per person for the Mirror Room buffet.
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 "Butternut Squash Soup, Medjool dates, chestnuts" and other courses include "Shaved Warm, Smoked Salmon, shallot, capers, borage cress", "Roasted Norfolk Turkey, pine nut stuffing, turkey sherry vinaigrette", "Lemon Sole, lobster mousse, creamed leeks, lemon puree" and "Winter Crumble with crème anglaise"
Price: £115 including a glass of champagne on arrival.
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 Goosnargh turkey as part of the main dishes but with plenty more options available if you've had too much of turkey.
Price: £85 per person for three courses including a glass of NV Billecart-Salmon, Brut Réserve Champagne.
The Drapers Arms
44 Barnsbury St, Islington, London N1 1ER
The Drapers Arms are doing something different for Christmas Day. Instead of asking the staff to give up their Christmas, they're letting them take over the pub themselves. So the staff will be serving drinks and food all day and all the proceeds from the day will be shared among the team as a collective.
The Islington restaurant is offering a four course tasting menu on Christmas Day. It includes "Terrine of foie gras, sauternes jelly, brioche", "half lobster, herb butter, hollandaise sauce" and "poached turkey breast, stuffed leg, brussels sprouts, truffle jus."
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 "Keralan style lobster soup flamed with cognac, garlic naan", "Norfolk free range chicken breast with spinach and apricot, garlic naan crumble", "South Indian spiced goose breast with red onion and curry leaf, layered paratha" and "Garam masala Christmas pudding with nutmeg custard".
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 "Lamb seekh kebab wrapped in roomali bread", "Pan seared goose breast with roasted root vegetables", "Rajasthani spiced red deer with pickling sauce" and "Garam masala Christmas pudding with cinnamon ice cream."
Price: £45 for three courses including a Cinnamon bellini on arrival.
1 Snowden St, London EC2A 2DQ
This is the first Christmas for the restaurant that aims for the atmosphere of the Maharajan courts. They'll have an Indian feast on Christmas Day. As well as a sharing platter of butter chicken, there's also Goan spiced goose breast served with oven roasted winter vegetables & roast gravy for the main event.
Price: £80 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 "Roasted parsnip soup, toffee apples, hazelnuts, parsnip crisps", "braised short rib, turnip, green sauce, pomme puree" 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 "Potted Foie Gras, Armagnac Jelly", "Baked Lobster Thermidor Tart", "Roast Norfolk Bronze Turkey, Braised Red Cabbage, Cranberry Sauce", "Fillet of Cod Forestiere, Truffled Mash, Cornish Bacon", "Spiced Custard Tart, Eggnog Ice Cream" and "Raspberry and Almond Trifle".
Price: £110 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 includes "Rabbit terrine, Cumberland sauce & charred bread", "Free range roast turkey, roasted parsnips, chestnut stuffing, sage jus & cranberries", "Aberdeen Angus beef fillet, carrot Wellington, mushroom cream & truffle jus" and "Pecan treacle tart with Christmas pudding ice cream."
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: "Pressed guinea fowl, ham hock and foie gras terrine", "Roast bronze turkey with Parma ham ballotine, chestnut stuffing, pigs in blankets" and "Praline and banana Buche de Noel".
Price: £95 for three courses (children £45). Open between 11.30am and 3.30pm.
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