While still very much a US tradition, in recent years Thanksgiving has started to steadily steep into the British consciousness, not least because of the greater influx of American chefs and restaurants. So whether you have a penchant for pecan pie or just want another reason for some good ol’ fashioned feasting, here is our pick of the best events happening in London around Thanksgiving on Thursday 22 November.
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Crowne Plaza London - Albert Embankment, 10 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7SP
What:Three course set menu with a glass of Californian wine £35. Runs 25 – 30 November.
Reasons to be thankful: Just around the corner from the American Embassy this riverside restaurant's Thanksgiving menu includes treats like Pumpkin Tortellini with Chicken Velouté, Crispy Chicken Skin and Sage Butter and a Ballantine of Turkey with Cranberry & Chestnut Stuffing, Sweet Potato Puree, Roasted Baby Onions and Fine Beans. Vegetarians don't miss out either with Salt Baked Beets, Apple Gel, Goats Cheese Mousse, Walnut Dressing and a Butternut Squash & Smoked Cheddar Mac & Cheese with Amaretti Crumble planned.
8 Market Place, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 8AG
What; Thanksgiving special menu on from 25 November to 1 December
Reasons to be thankful: Newly opened Sweet Chick is putting a Thanksgiving twist to its cult chicken and waffles. Their Thanksgiving special (£19.50) includes a whole confit Turkey Leg with sausage stuffing, all the trimmings and pumpkin waffles. There'll also be Pumpkin Pie (£6.50) for dessert and a Room For Pie (£9.50) cocktail with Wild Turkey 101, Pecan Cardamom Orgeat, Amaro Meletti, Orange Juice and Orange Bitters.
18 Wellington St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7DD
What: Three course menu for £65
Reasons to be thankful: Christopher's have been celebrating Thanksgiving for over 20 years now. This year's menu includes dishes like Seared Orkney Scallops Maple-roasted Sunchoke Cream, Parsnip Hay, Pistachio Praline as well as Missouri-rubbed rack of lamb. For dessert things are more traditional with pumpkin pie and whipped Bourbon chantilly. Head to their martini bar if you want to drink our Thanksgiving meal with Pumpkin Pie and Gingerbread martinis planned.
Fitzrovia and Victoria
What: A set menu with welcome cocktail for £40
Reasons to be thankful: The Thanksgiving feast at Red Riding House starts with a Ginger Pilgrim cocktail made from Bourbon, honey, lemon and ginger and rolls through the classics before ending with a choice of two desserts - Pumpkin brûlée pie or Pecan pie, each served with hand whipped vanilla cream.
45 Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1PN
What: ‘CUTcakes & Tea’ is served every afternoon and is priced from £55 per person.
Reasons to be thankful: Obviously you can go for a standard three course Thanksgiving feast here, but we rather love the idea of the Thanksgiving twist Californian chef David McIntyre has given to the restaurant's Cutcakes & Tea - including Maple & Bacon Macarons, Banoffee milkshakes and pumpkin spiced cake pops.
11A Northington St, Holborn, London WC1N 2JF
What: £35.00 for three courses and £65.00 with Gin & tonic pairing.
Reasons to be thankful: It's a Britain meets America theme for Thanksgiving at The Lady Ottoline who are teaming up with Franklin & Sons for a menu paired with top British gins and Franklin & Son’s flavoured tonics. The menu includes all the usuals plus a veggie main option of Roast squash cassoulet with goat’s curd & olive and rosemary focaccia.
Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY
What: Three course dinner £75 per person, with an optional bespoke American wine pairing for £105 - available 25-29 November.
Reasons to be thankful: Enjoy Thanksgiving with a view up on the 31st floor of The Shard. Dishes on the menu include Grilled Lobster with tarragon hollandaise and cornbread crumble and there's a special pre-dessert of mini pecan pie.
8-9 James Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8BH
What: Thanksgiving burger for £9.50
Reasons to be thankful: Mark Walhberg's burger chain is putting on a Thanksgiving Burger featuring a turkey burger topped with stuffing, mayo, housemade orange-cranberry sauce and roasted butternut squash. Plus, if you show staff your American passport will receive a complimentary slice of homemade pie.
139 Graham St, London N1 8LB
What: Three courses and sharing sides for £35
Reasons to be thankful: This Islington gastropub is serving up a Lousiana/Creole take on Thanksgiving with dishes including a turkey kiev, shrimp and okra bique with cornbread croutons and - our favourite - Sazerac beignets.
Fitzrovia and Westfield Stratford
What: A la carte specials on from Thanskgiving through to the weekend
Reasons to be thankful: This Philadelphia restaurant is joining up with Jim Bean for its Thanksgiving celebration with special cocktails on offer, a Thanksgiving turkey sandwich/platter, a live bluegrass band and football games on the TV.
1 Ham Yard, Soho, London W1D 7DT
What: Three course dinner for £55 per person
Reasons to be thankful: This year's Thanksgiving meal at Ham Yard Sweet kicks off in spectacular style with a sweet potato casserole topped with pecan crumble and marshmallow. Make it a bona fide celebration by ordering one of their new Woodford Reserve cocktails - the hotel worked with the Master Distiller at Woodford Reserve in Kentucky to create a custom made barrel of bourbon.
Balthazar has a set menu for £55 for Thanksgiving which kicks off with spiced roasted butternut squash soup with cornbread and finishes with either pumpkin cheesecake or pecan pie.
Right by the US Embassy - Darby’s in Embassy Gardens is throwing their first ever thanksgiving celebration. There'll be Deep fried truffle Mac & Cheese, Mayonnaise roasted bronze turkey alongside Maple glazed turkey and chestnut meatloaf - £55.
Temper City and Temper Covent Garden have a Thanksgiving menu for £39 - enjoy turkey pie with sweet potato and pecan crumb or a pecan nut roast as well as a deep dish Nutella cookie.
At The Ned, Lutyens Grill is serving a menu of holiday specials including Roast turkey with creamed sweetcorn and Apple and cinnamon cobbler.
Meet new friends at Duck & Waffle which is throwing a Friendsgiving communal dinner on Thanksgiving. Tickets are £90 for the dinner in the private dining room and there'll be turkey and nut roast for all.
Dine at the Sea Containers restaurant for Thanksgiving knowing that the following day the team will be using the kitchen’s surplus food to create a delicious dessert that will be delivered to the charities that The Felix Project supports.
The Goring is planning a six-course tasting menu featuring Venus clam chowder with smoked bacon and caviar and also BBQ langoustines with sweet potato, vanilla and roe crackers £110.
At Jones Family in Shoreditch and Belgravia, they'll have a three-course dinner, paired with cocktails inspired by timeless US anthems (28-30 November).£39pp or, £76pp with drinks pairings.
At Whitehall, André Garrett at The Northall at the Corinthia has created a Thanksgiving menu (£75) which starts with a glass of Lauren-Perrier La Cuvée Brut Champagne and includes warm oyster Rockefeller and Pumpkin pie with spiced custard and milk sorbet.
The centrepiece of The Hero of Maida's Thanksgiving feast is roast turkey, sweet potato and gruyere gratin, served with chestnut stuffing and hasselback potatoes. It's £40.
HIX Oyster & Chop House and HIX Soho are putting on specials for Thanksgiving lunch and dinner with specials including crab and sweetcorn chowder (£8.50) and roast stuffed Swainson House Farm turkey with sweet potato gratin (£23.50).
Veggie sustainable supperclub hosts Knuckle are having a Thanksgiving Feast at All Press in Dalston with dishes like persimmon with pickled cranberry, radicchio & walnut salad with Japanese dressing. Tickets are £55 including drinks.
Red Rooster at The Curtain Red Rooster has a Thanksgiving Feast menu featuring Brussels Sprouts Salad served with truffle dressing, pear, baked ricotta and pecan along with Ricotta & Pumpkin Gnocchi served with wild mushrooms, chestnuts and macadamia nuts. It's £55 for three courses including a free pumpkin spice espresso martini.
Thanksgiving dinner at Corrigan's Mayfair starts with Game Sausage Rolls and Oysters includes Roasted Lobster and Pumpkin Bisque and finishes with pecan pie. It's £95 per person.
Expect sides like sweet potato with marshmallows, corn bread with honey butter and mac & cheese for the Thanksgiving menu at Electric Diner in Notting Hill. It's £35.
At Townhouse Kensington, the main event comes in the form of roast turkey confit leg fritters - their dinner costs £50 per person or £95 with wine pairing.
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