If you’ve foolishly left it to the last minute to book a group outing this Christmas, let us lighten the load. Here’s Hot Dinners’ round-up of some of the more interesting festive offerings in London for diners this Christmas.
City restaurant Plateau has launched two Christmas menus - two courses for £32 and three for £37 including such seasonal fancies as diver-caught scallops with spiced cranberry sauce.
Their private dining room seats 24 and there's a pop-up cigar bar for the winter complete with blankets for hardened smokers.
Over in Maida Vale, The Ebury has two set menus, three courses at £27.50 and £32.50 including such delights as roast pheasant, roast pumpkin soup and Christmas pudding with winter warmer ice-cream.
Their first-floor private room can seat 50 for lunch or dinner.
Meanwhile, across town on the King's Road, the Bluebird can put up groups of between 6 and 30 in the main restaurant.
They have two five-course Christmas menus on offer at £45 and £55 per person including a rather blinging gold-leaf chocolate truffle with the coffee course.
If your entertainment budget has been slashed this Christmas, then head over to Camden where Gilgamesh is offering a budget-conscious 50% off its Christmas lunch menus. You can choose from a normal or vegetatarian three-course set menu for just £25.
They're even slashing the price off the wine with 70% off a bottle of Sangiovese.
For an alternative to the traditional turkey fest, try Cinnamon Kitchen where their five course Christmas tasting menu for just £55 per person includes Keralan lobster soup and rajasthani spiced roast saddle of red deer.
Feeling hardy? The rooftop at Terence Conran's Boundary is open up until Christmas, offering guests mulled wine, eggnog, open fire place, roast chestnuts, outside heaters, cosy Welsh blankets, fondue, mini pies, honey sausages all for £35 per person.
They take groups up to 60.
Finally, don't forget what Christmas is all about - have lunch at the St Paul's restaurant in the crypt then pop upstairs to soak up the atmosphere. If you're lucky, you'll catch the cathedral choir practising for the big day.
Groups of two to eight can dine in the main restaurant with a two course Christmas menu featuring roast goose at £20 or three courses for £24. Larger gatherings can use the Wren Suite.