If you're looking to do a Christmas lunch somewhere a little different, this is the winter wonderland experience for you. Blending the festive spirit with live performance, fantasy characters and a five-course banquet, it's the ultimate seasonal escape.
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.
For more seasonal ideas? Check out our Christmas party guide to London.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Christmas, London Cabaret Club are taking you back to the glitz and glamour of the 1920s. Be inspired by the razzle dazzle of it all as 'A Gatsby Christmas Lunch' combines performance, theatre and a stunning Christmas dinner for a unique night out.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take a break from turkey and instead enjoy a yuletide feast of lobster and kale salad, charcoal-grilled steak with paprika sides or, if you can't decide, a surf 'n'turf combo. And to top it all off? Warm cookie dough with oven-baked marshmallows, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and chocolate chip cookies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located in South Woodford, Liban Tapas is the east London spot that brings Lebanese cooking to the forefront. This Christmas is no different, as the menu leans towards mixed grills, soujuk and creme brulee, with a vegan menu for meat-free diners.
Part of Gordon Ramsay'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 space also has a delicious set menu, we've got our eye on the Buffalo turkey Milanese, with kale and blue cheese sauce.
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!.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.