Craving a little tropical heat this winter? 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 its various dates, you can choose a time that suits you and your party.
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 cosy place to feast on the best seasonal food and drink that money can buy? Then you've come to the right place. From intimate 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.
For more seasonal ideas? Check out our Christmas party guide to London.
Sister venue to The Refinery, The Parlour boasts the same classy interiors and comprehensive winter offering. Combining hearty Christmas chow with a cracking cocktail menu and an extensive wine list, this is a charming inner City spot to hit up this festive season.
This legendary West End restaurant speaks for itself, but let us tell you about their fantastic festive spread each year. Raise a glass as you tuck into sumptuous starters, roasted bronze turkey and showstopper desserts in Quaglino's sleek festive setting.
Paradise By Way of Kensal Green is one fabulous location for Christmas lunch in London, fronting vintage interiors, a vast buffet and stunning set menus. Have a scan through their private hire options, with plenty of spaces to accommodate all of your festive party needs.
The Botanist has classy pub lunches down to a tee, and their seasonal menu is no exception. If you want your Christmas meal in a more sophisticated setting, against a backdrop of beautiful natural illustrations, then look no further than this West London favourite.
The Elgin represents your quintessential pub with cosy interiors to lounge about in and a menu of homely cooked foods. 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 otherwise.
How about heading to a stunning listed building perched upon the beautiful Thames riverbank? If that wasn't enough to whet your whistle, explore their Christmas menu of seasonal meat dishes, mouthwatering trimmings and decadent desserts to round off the festive feast.
Leading the way in cool interiors, you'll find The Sterling tucked at the base of the Gherkin and attracting 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.
One for the new age of eaters and drinkers in London; vegans, pescatarians and vegetarians can rest safe knowing that Christmas is covered by Gigi's Hoxton. With seasonal produce delivered on the daily, this swish spot for festive feasting is dedicated to affordable fine dining.
If you're after some serious crimbo comfort food, Dirty Bones have done all the hard work for you. Taking cue from the States, their feast includes turkey tacos, chicken n' waffle Christmas burgers, truffled tater tots and of course crispy Brussel sprouts, pimped up with bacon and sweet and sour cranberries.
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 with your closest mates in a community setting.
Home to one of the best Christmas lunches in Central London, Allyu is sure to take you on a tasting journey through modern Nikkei cuisine. Experience South American-meets-Asian flavours at this swish spot where dishes range from sea bass ceviche to signature roast turkey.
Not only can this restaurant host over 100 for private dining, but if you're a smaller crew you can mingle in with the daily folk and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere. St. Bart's is grounded in gastro goods, so you can count on a traditional Christmas set up here.
The Green Room is one of the best places for Christmas lunch in Central London. Nestled in the heart of Southwark, this stylish pavilion offers a menu of elevated festive dishes (including a good glug of brandy custard, yes please) or canapes for a festive soiree, paired with stylish decor and lush foliage.
Nestled in the heart of the City, yet somehow offering the perfect escape from the hubbub, The Folly is a charming floral garden lounge for a stunning Christmas spread. Expect a seasonal menu of classic dishes alongside a few modern extras for the perfect marrying of old and new.
Head to Victoria-based luxury restaurant The Soak for a Christmas dinner with a difference. Specialising in the art of fermentation, their Christmas tasting menus range from casual three-course affairs to sumptuous six-course celebrations, with the option of private hire.
The Drift delivers spectacular chow and masterfully mixed cocktails in a spot that's only a stone's throw from Liverpool Street Station. Something of a retreat from the hubbub of the City, this is a charming restaurant to bring family, friends and co-workers for Christmas lunch.
Sat on the banks of the Union Canal, this fun Paddington bar is one of the best places for Christmas lunch in London. Offering a classic lineup of turkey, trimmings and plenty of fizz, it's as ideal for big bashes as it is for intimate meals with friends and family.
One of the best places for Christmas lunches in London, Smith's Bar & Grill are offering a gorgeous spot for you to enjoy the festive season. Nab a table on their heated terrace, or snuggle up inside with plates of roast turkey and classic Christmas pud.
For crimbo lunch and a merry woofmas, award-winning pub The Black Dog on Vauxhall Walk is just the spot. Serving up Christmas eton mess, their signature seabass fillet and vegan or turkey roast dinner with all the trimmings, you'll be rolling out the door once you've cleaned your plates.
With interactive tabletops, kitchen cams and delicious pan-Asian cuisine, Inamo is the high tech alternative Christmas restaurant you never you knew you needed. Make your way to Covent Garden for a modern take on tradition with innovative sushi dishes, grilled goods and more.
Part of the chef's restaurant empire, Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill is all about well-sourced meat, so you can expect good things when it comes to your Christmas dinner. Along with being open on Christmas day, the restaurant also boasts a delicious set menu for festive feasting.
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 swish festive favourite is cooking up a seasonal storm this Christmas, offering everything from set menus to private dining.
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.
Hailed as one of the best places to eat in London, this City watering hole has the whole Christmas lunch game down. Head to The Jugged Hare as they tease with stunning festive plates, a charming British space and the very best in international wines to warm you up this winter.
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 and a party spirit to match.
Picture a plate of confit duck to start, braised ox cheek for your main and a delicious dark chocolate and brandy lava cake to finish it all off. You'll have to waddle out of the door by the time The White Swan is done with you... but honestly, Christmas lunch shouldn't end any other way.
Located in the heart of the City, Mercer Roof Terrace is a gorgeous rooftop restaurant with stunning views over London's skyline and cosy igloos. Their Christmas menus are always a traditional affair, with roasted turkey, fish dishes and classic pud.
This snuggly Bethnal Green boozer has bag loads of history, having been built in 1729, giving it plenty of rustic charm. Turn up to The Cat and Mutton and you can tuck into two courses for £20, which includes delicious plates such as mushroom Wellington and roasted turkey.
Located on the Thames, The Narrow is a top choice for Christmas dining in Canary Wharf and is even more gorgeous at sunset. Head to this restaurant for Ramsay-led menus that see the kitchen whipping up everything from traditional turkey dinners to Gordon's signature sticky toffee puddings.
Chomp away on Barrio Soho's crimbo menu of picking delights and scrumptious sliders that ooze South American flavour. They even have a special Christmas burger of turkey, stuffing, cheese, pigs in blankets and cranberry ketchup. Oosh. Look out for Barrio Shoreditch or Barrio Angel for even more festive feasting.
The Admiralty is based on the HMS Victory in all its glory with boating paraphernalia decking out the whole establishment. Drop anchor here and experience a classic crimbo pub lunch with all the trimmings, before sneaking off to the gun deck for some cocktails and lounging.
One of the top spots to grab a Christmas lunch in the City of London, The Punch Tavern is a firm choice for festive dining. The historical Fleet Street pub will serve you up a good old-fashioned dinner, complete with all those tasty trimmings and a buzzing atmosphere to boot.
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 an enviable drink selection, perfect for warming you up after a winter walk along the Thames.
This charming venue in Clerkenwell embarks on a meticulous turkey sourcing procedure, serving only free-range birds from a specially selected farm in Norfolk. What's more, The Hat and Tun pair their Christmas lunch with friendly service and delicious drinks to boot.
On the hunt for a festive feast this Christmas? Then head over to one of Barrio Bars themed events at their Soho, Shoreditch and Brixton venues. At their fab Sleigh Me To Bottomless Lunches, you'll get to choose between a platter or burger and wash it down with free-flowing drinks.
This cosy candlelit pub has views of the Thames and wood burning fireplaces, for a very traditional British setting for your Christmas lunch. The Mayflower offers fancy festive treats like foie gras and chicken liver terrine or crème brûlée with cinnamon shortbread and fresh berries.
This chic spot is treating holiday revellers to festive sharing platters, handcrafted cocktails and live entertainment. Situated in the hub of all the action and right by Buckingham Palace, The New York Bar is offering guests a welcome break from the hustle and bustle.
Head over to the gorgeous Martello Hall where their mix of Italian cocktails and delicious regional food has got your festive plans all wrapped up. With pizzas galore and loads of delicious wine and bubbly to get down ya, it's always a merry time at this Hackney hangout.
You'll probably be sick of roast turkey by the end of December, so get down to Flight Club for bottomless pizza and prosecco at one of their famous Brunch Socials. That's not all though, as they're pulling out winter Pimms cocktails, live DJs and plenty of surprises along the way.
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 this Christmas, it's ideal for a spot of sangria, tapas and live entertainment for your festive party.
Do something a little different for Christmas lunch this year and get stuck into festive specials at The Breakfast Club. A haven for American-style feasting with a menu of all-day brunch goodies, it's sure to add a little extra cheer with its tasty plates and diverse cocktail selection.
Head to Sway where the lights are bright, the atmosphere is cosy and the festive food is plentiful. The traditional Christmas lunch contains all of the staples, from camembert and turkey breast roulade to baked vanilla cheesecake, while the buffet option offers all kinds of meaty treats.
The Tokenhouse is dedicated to delivering a real British set-up this Christmas, think twinkling fairy lights, glasses of belly-warming ale and all the festive feasting you can dream of. Delve into their spread of turkey with all the trimmings and pair with a wide choice of bevs.
With bright interiors, excellent service and an 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 their famous chocolatey desserts. Thank us later.