With a whole host of festive treats, classic cocktails and a great beer selection, John Salt makes for a fine lunch destination. Crack open your Champagne, feast on an impressive meal created by head chef Frankie and dance the day away to live DJs.
Christmas Lunches in London
As much as we focus on buying gifts and letting loose at the office party, we all know that the real winner is that festive spread. Looking for a warming space to host your wining and dining on the best seasonal mains and tatties that money can buy? Then you've come to the right place. From cosy British pubs with roaring fires to upmarket restaurants for that special touch, we've put together a list of some of the best London Christmas lunches for your eating pleasure.
This lovely modern pub is just a stone's throw from Finsbury Park, so why not have a delicious Christmas dinner without the stress of cooking, followed by a stroll through one of London's most iconic parks?
With interactive tabletops, kitchen cams and delicious pan-Asian cuisine, Inamo is the high tech restaurant that you never you knew you needed. Make your way to Covent Garden for a modern take on the usual lunch.
This legendary restaurant speaks for itself, but let us tell you about their fantastic spread this year. Raise a glass as you tuck into foie gras parfait, roasted bronze turkey and desserts like chestnut and cassis Christmas baubles.
Take shelter from the cold winter weather and relax in this Scandi space with a cocktail in hand. With seasonal dishes and light bites teamed up with an extensive drinks menu, you can't go wrong with a relaxing meal at KuPP.
Not only can this restaurant space host over 100 for a private dining event but if you're a smaller crew, you can mingle in with the daily folk and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere. The kitchen is grounded in classic gastro goods, so you can count on a traditional set up here.
With bright interiors, delicious cocktails and a charming atmosphere, this City bar is a top pick for Christmas lunches in London. There's even a dedicated Christmas menu to get you in the spirit, so make sure you don't fill up on fizz.
Go all out with a deluxe dining package, where you'll experience a champagne and canapé reception, followed by an excellent Christmas lunch. But if that doesn't tickle your pickle, opt for the buffet option instead, where you can tuck into classic staples and twists on old favourites.
How about heading to a stunning listed building, perched upon the beautiful Thameside? If that weren't enough to whet your whistle, how about a divine Christmas menu that serves up a confit wild boar, a 12 hour slow braised Cumbrian Ox cheek and a chestnut and mascarpone cheesecake? Yep, that's what we thought.
Whether it's an intimate affair with friends or a little daytime debauchery for the whole office, Patch East is always ready to party. Tuck into a range of canapes and nibbles for larger groups, or delicious three course menus with plenty of vegetarian and seafood dishes available.
With a combination of bright interiors, plush seating and a warming atmosphere, this Chelsea favourite is a cosy spot this time of year. Make the most of their winter menu, with 3 delicious courses such as Jerusalem artichoke and truffle soup.
Sit back and relax as culinary excellence and modern style are combined in equal measures, to deliver a spectacular Christmas menu. Oh, and you can be sure of only the best quality, hand picked meats and vegetables in the heart of Shoreditch.
Picture a plate of wild rabbit, pigeon and a fois gras terrine to start, slow cooked duck breast or perhaps roast deer for your main, a delicious Christmas pudding to polish it all off. You'll have to waddle out of the door by the time The White Swan is done with you... but really, Christmas lunch shouldn't end any other way.
In need of a west London destination? Head to Battersea, where The Schoolhouse is bringing you all kinds of craft beers, cheeky wines and a luscious selecion of meaty dishes. It really is all about the food, so you'll want to come hungry.
With ingredients sourced from wuality suppliers, local beers and a relaxing vibe, The Loose Box should be on your radar if you're looking for a cracking spread in Westminster. Think traditional dishes with a British focus.
As well as serving a special festive menu, Charlotte's Bistro are also serving a tasty take on the old roast. Head to the charming restaurant in Chiswick this December for Norfolk turkey, gin-cured salmon, and many more classic dishes.
Bringing delicious, fresh and seasonal food to north Londoners all year round, this charming Highgate boozer cracks out all the fixings come December so you can enjoy a slap-up spread in warm and cosy interiors.
Located just minutes from Moorgate station, this Italian restaurant makes for the perfect after-work spot. Gather your colleagues and prepare to chow down in style. Spread across two floors, there's plenty of room for all kinds of gatherings.
A Fuller's favourite, The Admiralty is themed on the HMS Victory in all its glory with boating paraphernalia decking out the whole establishment. Drop anchor here for your wining and dining as you experience a classic British pub lunch from before sneaking off to the gun deck for some cocktails and lounging.
Drake and Morgan have things all wrapped up this year with their plans to put on a cracking feast. Whether you opt for the canapés and buffet options or the traditional sit-down lunch, you can expect quality Christmas grub this festive season. Make sure that whatever you've gone for is accompanied by a few festive flutes or some seasonal cocktails - 'tis the season after all!.
If you're looking for some Turkey-smothered goodness to keep the festive spirit stoked then our boy Jamie can sort you out at his Ludgate digs. He'll be putting on a traditional spread plus an array of platters or bowls if you fancy a grazing session. Get ready - it's nearly Turkey day.
Nestled in the heart of the City, yet somehow offering the perfect escape from the hubbub, make your way to the charming floral garden lounge for a stunning spread. There's even a lovely floral garden lounge giving you the ultimare respite from the bustle of London.
This snugly Bethnal Green boozer has bag loads of history, having been built in 1729. Turn up and tuck into two courses for £20 which include delicious plates such as roasted Lincolnshire turkey and Jerusalem artichoke soup.
Family friendly and completely cosy, head to the Royal Oak in Willesden for one of the tastiest Christmas lunch offerings in North London. Cracking out a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings, it's a top pick for festive feasting.
Looking for something special this time around? Craft have got you covered. Head over to this renowned joint for either a tasting menu or three courses, all including fine dining dishes such as monkfish with a parsley crust and beer cured Devon trout.
Housed at the top of the Gherkin, Iris possesses a coveted location and enviable views. One for those looking to impress, head to this stunning spot for classic cocktails and fine dining as you take in the sights of London's iconic skyline.
One for the new age of eaters and drinkers in London; the vegans, pescatarians, vegetarians and bi-omnivores amongst you can rest safe knowing that this Christmas, Zigfrid is cooking us something for all of us to enjoy. Their produce is seasonal, with daily deliveries so you be sure that your lunch is the freshest plate going.
Mix up your lunch at Lazeez Tapas in Central London as they offer you something a little different in the form of delicious Lebanese food. The intimate spot includes a dining room and bar with a wide range of spirits and wines.
Taking you all the way from canapes to coffee this elegant Bloomsbury bistro is a great pick. Whether you're in the mood for traditional turkey and Christmas pudding or looking to go all out with a fillet of beef and foie gras, this restaurant has got your festive food covered.
The Clarence boasts daytime boozing and character in bounds from its location South of the river. Sticking to what the punters love best, their menu is a beacon for British dishes like Fish & Chips or Bangers & Mash. Hire out your own space for a private luncheon with good grub and refreshing beer.
This Covent Garden haunt is steeped in low-lit ambiance and sensual Spanish flare thanks to amorous interiors and a style owed to that of historical Spain. Serving up one heaving fiesta all week round, come here for a spot of sangria, tapas and live entertainment with a little extra sass.
Whether it's an intimate selection of friends or a larger corporate affair, Balls Brothers Mayfair is a great shout for a Christmas lunch in London. Think traditional festive food and a varied selection of ales, wines and spirits in the heart of the West End.
The Elgin represents your quintessential British pub with cosy, comforting interiors to lounge about in and a menu of homely cooked foods to tuck in to. If that wasn't enough, this place is armed with a bar of craft beers as well as a dedicated Gin Palace so you won't be short of spirit... Christmas or not.
Tucked away behind the Tate Modern, this Bankside outpost of Camino is offering you airy interiors, seasonal dishes and even a variety of themed cocktails at its pop-up Winter Sipping Bar. Soak up mulled sloe gin or a hot gin-gerbread along with your food.
Do a proper Christmas Carol style lunch at this Fullers pub which boasts a corking ale selection and a menu that will keep the whole family happy. Just hold off on any family brawls over the last roast tatty - the Old Bailey is just across the street!
Tucked away in the heart of New Cross, this lovely boozer is always full of spirit and Christmas is no exception. Come into the warmth and enjoy delicious food and refreshing drinks with good vibes all around.
For a more contemporary and experimental take on the Christmas dinner, head to Islington where James Cochran is serving up three unique six-course tasting menu at 1251 to suit every taste in your party.
Whoever said a good old steak wasn't festive surely hasn't been to Gillray's, where the staff boast a warm and inviting Christmas spirit all year long. With a Thamesside setting that's the envy of most restaurants in London, you're in for a smashing time.
For that friendly family vibe, make your way to The Jam Tree Chelsea: we're talking good vibes, hearty meals, garden views and a great setting. Obviously though, the most important part is the Christmas menu - these friendly fellows pride themselves on their menu, drawing influence from both colonial influence and traditional British fare.
Sample some luscious Latin-inspired dishes from a traditional sit-down affair, a fork feast and a finger feast (think bounteous buffet for those last two). Pair with a side of South American sparkle and some bold Brazilian stylings.
The Tokenhouse is dedicated to delivering a real British set-up: fairy lights, glasses of belly-warming ale and all. So friendly they're even on first name terms with their turkey farmers Nick and Maria - this is ah aunt that will not disappoint.
The Miller is a great spot if it's space you're after, plus the venue is always throbbing with activity and full of cool arty types. With a whole host of local craft beers and a selection of burgers to please veggies, vegans and carnivores, you won't go hungry.
One Canada Square is, quite simply, stunning in all regards. Delivering only the highest quality ingredients to the good people of Canary Wharf, this is most definitely a top choice of venue to enjoy a delectable feast.
When it comes to punchy interiors and delicious dishes, this sassy spot is doing it all. With a prime location in the heart of Fitzrovia, this is the perfect place to celebrate Christmas, with glitzy drinks spreads, canapes, bowl food and private red leather vaults.
Light and natural flavours reign supreme at The Anthologist. No stodgy fare here; rather a creative take on the traditional, using only the freshest seasonal ingredients available. The cocktails are expertly mixed too - what's not to love? Sit back and enjoy your banquet here.
With a bright interior, excellent service and exclusive winter feasting menu, this Battersea restaurant makes a top choice this Christmas. Tuck into 3 delicious courses, and whatever you do - leave room for the white and dark chocolate mousse. Thank us later.
With three courses of brunch food, rum cocktails and a huge party, The Reggae Brunch is a great choice for an alternative Christmas lunch in South London. Plus, with various dates, you can choose a time that suits you and your party.
If you're looking for a special experience, look no further than The Old Bank of England. Amaze even the most intimidating of in-laws at this truly incredible spot and impress as you share your knowledge of the secret gems of London. Oh, and it will come as no surprise to hear that the grub surpasses expectations.
Let this victoria hangout help to coordinate your party with dinner, drinks and special packages to choose from. There's free-from menus, a finger buffet and a proper spread, complete with dishes like London Porter smoked salmon and Roasted Usk Vale turkey breast.
If it's a festive menu that you're after, then this Victoria based gastropub has a modern and refined menu just for you. Expect stunning interiors, a lively atmosphere and a drinks menu to keep you going long after you've finished eating.
This Botanist has classy pub lunches down to a tee, and their seasonal lunch is no exception. If you want a more sophisticated setting against a backdrop of beautiful natural illustrations, then look no further than this west London favourite.
Stripped back and full of quirky design features, Lokhandwala in Fitzrovia is a great option for something a little different this Christmas. Head to the swanky spot for a modern take on Indian cuisine, including tapas and classic flavours.
A home away from home, The Alice is bringing you a ho ho hot selection of traditional dishes, festive burgers and hot toddies. With mouth-watering menus, comfy decor and great vibes, this City spot has everything you need to cater for your get-together.
Chomp away on Barrio Soho's Christmas menu of picking delights and scrumptious sliders. Their selection of bowls and canapes ooze South American flavour with some traditional Turkey tastings, roasted Salmon and honey glazed ham in there as well. You can even venture across to Barrio Shoreditch or Barrio Angel for some more festive feasting.
Inspired by India, this east London cocktail bar is bringing the heat to Liverpool Street. Unwind after work or head here at the weekend where you'll find a contemporary setting which houses classic cocktails and Asian bar snacks.
Found in the heart of the West End, this modern restaurant boasts an iconic location. Not only are you slap-bang in the middle of central London (hello after-party) but there's contemporary interiors, delicious food and a smashing cocktail list to boot.
Mabel's is a cute Covent Garden den taking on a charming British cafe physique and styled with vintage regalia. Its sophisticated edge makes it more of a refined dining destination. Satisfying all manner of alcoholic delights, you can choose to kick back with a cocktail or tatsy dish at this quaint spot.
Wandsworth's stunning County Arms extends a warm welcome to friends and family this winter. Fronting a range of private dining rooms and event spaces, there's indulgent 5-course meals with all the trimmings. Cosy up by the roaring fireplace and soak in the feel-good yuletide atmosphere.
Just minutes from Liverpool Street Station, Devonshire Terrace delivers a Christmas lunch unlike all others. Tuck into tasty dishes al fresco, with a snugly heated covered terrace. If you don't fancy facing the chill, choose from one of three private rooms or tuck into lunch in the bar area.
Sitting on the banks of the iconic River Thames in Putney, the Duke's Head is one hell of a cosy watering hole. Head here for the warming atmosphere, hearty British grub and fabulous selection of real ales and refreshing wines.
Another hit from Drake & Morgan, this City watering hole is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle and unwind with the crew. Soak up hand-crafted cocktails and dig into a fierce spread, with a Christmas party events team who can help you plan every step of the way.
With a menu catering for private parties, Ask For Janice is an ideal place if you're on the hunt for somewhere with a bit of cool City character and industrial style. From finger foods to a feast fit for Kings, have your lunch served with a bit of finesse this season.
Looking for a cosy space south of the river this year? Look no further than Clapham North. Laden with fairy lights and comfy booth seating, you can enjoy a hearty seasonal supper with all the trimmings, coupled with delicious drinks and a laid back vibe.
You'll probably be sick of roast turkey by the end of December, so get down to Flight Club for bottomless pizza, as well as, a bottle of prosecco and Winter Pimms with DJs, festive treats and great times.
Opt for sweet sophistication in the industrial chic setting of The Refinery. Their mixing table means that everyone can get involved in crafting the perfect Christmas cocktail; ensuring that your party of friends, colleagues or family will remember this gathering for years to come.
Spread across 4 floors, the talented team of chefs at Smith of Smithfield work with the best cuts of meat that Britain's farmers have to offer, butchering, seasoning and grilling each cut on site before serving it to the many guests that walk through the door. Think roasted cuts of meat together with a range of vegetable sides.
Offering a series of great dining packages, this French-accented British restaurant in Shoreditch will be bringing you an interesting and delicious Christmas spread, including curried parsnip soup and butter poached turkey.
Whether you opt for a table in the restaurant, a space at the DRINK bar or the privacy of the Chelsea Prayer Room, one thing is for certain at this west London gem; you're in for a treat. Expect top-notch menus and the vibe to round it all off.
This City bar is ready to have anyone over for Christmas grub. For the traditionalists, there's turkey with all the trimmings but if you'd prefer to mix it up a bit, try the celeriac, truffled mushroom & goat's cheese layered terrine. To add to the full-on feasting, there'll be the customary Christmas Champagne and canapés too.
Already known for its tasty roast dinners, you'd better believe this Tufnell Park pub and eatery knows its trimmings. Head down for a slap-up Christmas lunch of warming winter dishes and indulgent desserts.
Another City dweller, Chiswell Street Dining Rooms is a charming British restaurant with a modern persuasion. This versatile venue offers five different rooms available for private hire, so you can find your fine dining nirvana with all the cocktails and fizz trimmings you could hope for.
Cooler than cool, this Shoreditch hangout sits pretty in London's hip East End. The food is as Christmas food should be; think mammoth portions and big flavours. Don your stretchy trousers and loosen your belt a couple of notches, because Blues Kitchen is gonna show you how to do lunch the Tennessee way.
One of the top spots to grab a Christmas lunch in London, this gorgeous historical Fleet Street pub will serve you up a good old-fashioned festive dinner, complete with all those tasty trimmings and a buzzing atmosphere too.
Leading the wave in cool interiors, you'll find The Sterling tucked at the base of the Gherkin and attracting a City clientele. This iconic location is ideal for a celebratory lunch in the name of Christmas where you can dig into gastronomic pub food with all of the festive trimmings.
The Fable takes its inspiration from the land of fairy tales, making it the perfect destination for a special celebration. Their wonderfully resourceful team will ensure you and all of your guests are made to feel perfectly at home, with an impressive meal washed down by lashings of fizz.
Head to Sway where the lights are bright; the atmosphere is cosy and the food is plentiful. Choose from a multitude of indulgent dining options; from three-course feasts to party spreads. The traditional lunch contains all of your staples; from bacon-wrapped roasted turkey parcels to pudding terrine, whilst the buffet option offers something slightly different.
With a cool but intimate industrial setting, brilliant location and cracking menu, Tanner and Co are a great choice for a festive lunch. The restaurant is a stone's throw from London Bridge, The Shard and Maltby Street Market - perfect for stretching your legs afterwards.
Full to brim with delicious tipples and quirky character, this Hoxton spot is always on hand to deliver a Christmas lunch in London that you won't be forgetting any time soon. The cocktail list is extensive, and the food is finger-lickin' good.
Sister venue to The Refinery, The Parlour boasts the same classy interiors and comprehensive winter offering. Combine hearty, seasonal chow with a cracking cocktail menu and an extensive wine list and you've got yourselves a charming inner City spot this time around.
If you are in south London and on the hunt for somewhere to get your feasty kicks, then make sure this Clapham gem is at the top of your list. With the same feel-good friendly attitude as their big sister in Chelsea, this is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit.
This charming venue in Clerkenwell embarks on a meticulous turkey sourcing procedure, serving only free-range birds from a specially selected farm in Norfolk. Pair with friendly service and delicious drinks. Attention to detail, or what?
There's nothing better than a Christmas lunch... rumour has it that we have scientific evidence to prove it. Rumour also has it this west London hideaway is a great place to grab one. Whether you're heading down with the team or a private event, this is the space for you.
Blues Kitchen has got you covered with a mouthwatering combination of Texan BBQ, Creole and Cajun food matched with an extensive spirits collection. There's even live music and bands through the week. If you'd prefer as east London playground, be sure to check out their Shoreditch locale.
Hailed as one of the best places to eat game in the UK, this City watering hole has the lunch game down. Head to the The Jugged Hare as they tease with stunning meaty plates, a charming British space and the very best in international wines.
The Drift delivers fairy tale service, spectacular chow and masterfully mixed cocktails in a spot only a stones throw from Liverpool Street Station. Something of a retreat from the hubbub of the City, this is a charming spot to bring family, friends and coworkers.