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Best For 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 as the city gets stuffing with turkey, cranberry sauce and more.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for a Christmas lunch that will truly impress? Whether you're organising a meal with mates or rounding up your colleagues from the office, take them to this Marylebone restaurant for gorgeous dishes, contemporary cocktails and airy interiors.
If you're after some serious Christmas comfort food, Dirty Bones have done all the hard work for you. Taking cue from the holiday season over the pond, their feast offering includes turkey tacos, fried chicken waffles, truffled tater tots and of course crispy Brussel sprouts, pimped up with bacon and sweet and sour cranberries to tempt even the most ardent of haters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!.
Iconic Shoreditch restaurant Tramshed is known for serving up the very best carnivorous dishes in the biz (as well as boasting some pretty impressive Damien Hirst artwork). This Christmas they will be keeping things simple with family-style festive feasts, complete with all the trimmings and mouth-watering puds such as the cranberry and white chocolate cheesecake.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located on the Thames, The Narrow is a top choice for Christmas dining in east London. Head to Limehouse for Gordon Ramsay-led menus that see the kitchen whipping up everything from traditional turkey ballotine and pan-fried gnocchi to sticky toffee puddings.
Head to new Victoria-based luxury restaurant The Soak for a dinner with a difference. The dishes here focus on a special process of pickling and fermenting, using the finest high-quality ingredients. Their Christmas tasting menus range from casual three-course affairs to sumptuous six-course celebrations, with the option of private hire for larger dinners.
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.
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.
In the sleek surroundings of Nova in Victoria, Timmy Green is a paradise of contemporary design, live music and Aussie hospitality. Pay them a visit this Christmas and experience the best of festive eating with exquisite cocktails to match.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One for the new age of eaters and drinkers in London; the vegans, pescatarians, vegetarians and bi-omnivores among you can rest safe knowing that this Christmas. Gigi's is cooking us something for all of us to enjoy with is seasonal produce delivered on the daily.
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.
Whether you're out for a client lunch or dining with friends, this City restaurant should be on your list. Situated just minutes from St Paul's, the Gordon Ramsay favourite is cooking up a seasonal storm, with set menus and private dining available.
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.