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Christmas Dinner in London
So you've been tasked with planning the get-together this year? Look no further, because we've searched far and wide to bring you the very best of the city's festive feasting. We know how difficult it is trying to please your fussy friends and colleagues, so let the DMN elves give you a hand. From swanky all-inclusive events to easy-going buffets, this lot is sure to get your mouth watering when it comes to planning the perfect Christmas dinner in London.
From chic canapé receptions to fully-fledged banquets, this St. Paul's watering hole passes the Christmas party test with flying colours. Ideally located in the City, guests sit down to a 2 or 3-course feasts all washed down with a winter-warming choice of cocktails.
This charming gastropub is showing Balham how it's done this year. Head down to find delightful decor filled with olive hues, quaint dining tables and strewn fairy lights. Tuck into a traditional Christmas lunch and wash it all down with a delectable cocktail or two.
Marrying an industrial style with a laid-back vibe, The Clapham North is a south London gem and the perfect place for your celebrations. Offering a range of packages, you can dig into a delicious Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, sans the price tag.
Cosy, cute and with loads of character, The Cat and Mutton is the perfect place for a Christmas dinner in London. The East London boozer is offering up mounds of turkey, veggie roasts and other festive goodies, with 2 courses from as little as £20.
With an enchanting hall, slinky Director's Observatory, stylish Archives and a subterranean cocktail bar, Grace Hall can cater to any party. Whether you're in a small group of friends or huge office party, you'll be catered for from the food, to drinks and decor.
An evening spent at one of these glamorous establishments isn't like your usual. Alongside quirky interiors and attentive service, you'll find a mouth-watering menu of delicious seasonal food and a cracking selection of speciality cocktails.
This Victorian boozer is located just off Edgware Road and boasts a stunning menu filled with its infamous roasts and an impressive choice of cask ale, keg beer and whiskey, perfect for your Christmas festivities.
Minutes away from The Shard and London Bridge, Tanner and Co is a brilliant restaurant to enjoy a Christmas feast this December. The restaurant uses the best quality British produce to bring you hearty dishes all in an intimate and relaxed setting.
Situated only minutes from Clapham Common, this much-loved restaurant bar is the perfect choice for festive feasting. Keep it traditional with Norfolk turkey, or go for something a little alternative like pumpkin gnocchi. Whatever you do, save room for the chestnut and orange cheesecake.
Why not head to this edgy city bar for your Christmas lunch this year? From three course meals to help-yourself fork buffets; cocktail receptions to coffee and mince pies… there are a multitude of dining options here to make sure you're super full with festive foodage this holiday season.
As tradition goes, gorge to the point of bursting on this lip-smacking three-course feast for £32.95 or two-course spread of £27.95. Sumptuous starters, delicious desserts and a mega mains include ribeye steak and duck breast, as well as, seabass, accompanied by buttered vegetables and roast potatoes.
With a bespoke party planning service that is as hassle-free as it is personal, Devonshire Terrace represents a fantastic option if you're looking to party close to the City. The venue's 4 private dining rooms play host to a delicious 3-course Christmas feast.
A sleek and sophisticated location close to London Bridge, Heeltap are whipping up a delicious range of menus this time around. There's a choice of options to suit the needs of your party and guests will be able to enjoy either 2or 3-course dinners or pick their way through a specially created sharing platter.
Drop in on Southwark Street's landmark Blue Fin building where a delicious 3-course banquet awaits. Fancy something lighter? Not an issue; The Refinery also offers canapé receptions and winter buffets to provide that bit of seasonal cheer. Don't miss their winter-warming cocktails!
McQueen offers a traditional three-course Christmas banquet in relaxed yet chic surroundings. The set menu comes in at £40 per person and offers a variety of meaty and veggie options for your perusal. If you're after the perfect east London spot, this could be it.
A relaxing haven from the bustle of the City, The Anthologist is a sure-fire candidate for a delicious meal come December. Make one of their quirky private spaces your own and enjoy some fabulous fare washed down with winter-warming tipples.
This botanically-inspired haven is arguably one of the most striking restaurants in London. It's an ideal candidate for Christmas, with guests able to enjoy anything from a canapé reception to a winter buffet via a sumptuous 3-course set-up. There's cocktails aplenty throughout, and a devoted event planning team to see you through every step of the way.
Boasting a lavish and extensive set menu, you'll find dishes like beef fillet carpaccio, courgette cream, lemon and rocket to start, seafood, prawns and salmon pastry, creamy white wine, dill and cheddar sauce, baby potatoes and vegetables for your main, followed by banana, pecan and honey slice with espresso ice cream... *A pool of drool emerges*
A boutique venue mixing modern elegance with a personal approach, The Driver has 3 private spaces perfect for staging a Christmas shindig. Each has its own private bar and Martin Audio sound system, so if you want to take advantage of the late licence and go all out once the plates have been cleared, you're more than welcome.
Swanky West End bar, Sway, will be serving up a traditional Christmas lunch this year. Plough through your pigs in blankets and tuck into turkey before seeing off with a trio of chocolate mousse. Of course, you won't be able to go home without hitting the dancefloor first.
Forget the traditional festive meal and go for something a bit more futuristic at Inamo. Using the world's first interactive ordering system ,you can make thing's all the more exciting, with a lovely range of Asian dishes to tuck into.
A decadent dining destination in the heart of central London, this charming spot is serving up a happily affordable spread this year. Boasting three-course Christmas lunch and dinners options alongside and cosy coffee and mince pies, Ruby Bar Blue promise to do feasting the right way.
Nestled in the heart of Wimbledon, this west London favourite is a top pick all through the year, though wintertime is extra special. Make your way through 3 festive courses, including turkey, salmon gravadlax and beef short rib.
Instead of your traditional Christmas dinner, go for a more elegantly Italian affair at Gatti's. Spread across two floors – with a wine bar upstairs and a luxurious restaurant below – you'll be treated to an evening of exemplary service and delicious Italian food.
Offering a festive set menu in both the main restaurant and their 6 private dining rooms - this City spot is the place to be this festive season. Choose between dreamy dishes such as roast breast of Gressingham duck, 12-hour slow braised Cumbrian ox cheek and pan-fried fillet of Peterhead cod.
This gorgeous Victorian public house is renowned for its lovely roast dinner, so if you're searching for somewhere to eat this Christmas, look no further. With a lovely traditional setup on offer, as well as, plenty of superb sips behind the bar, it definitely takes away all the hassle of cooking at home.
Still searching for a swanky private dining spot? Located in the heart of London,The Studio at the Andaz Hotel is the perfect option for any special event. Guests can choose menu options from any of the hotel's 5 restaurants.
For a smart and stylish Christmas dinner this year, make sure your destination is Goat in Chelsea. A real slice of New York in south London, this restaurant bar is bright and spacious, plus the Italian food is to die for! With smart cocktail bar Goat DRINK upstairs, this is the place to be for first-class fare this winter.
Offering a blend of vintage charm and contemporary style, this stunning Wandsworth gastropub is a cosy place to keep warm. Fitted with a variety of private dining rooms and event spaces, tackle a seasonal spread laden with English Rose turkey, 8oz British sirloin and figgy pudding. An ideal space for a relaxing festive meal with your nearest and dearest.
Charming, luxe and found in the heart of Canada Square, those of you looking to organise a Christmas dinner East of the river can't go far wrong with One Canada Square. From international wines to stunning plates, give the festive season a sophisticated twist right here.
Create your own bespoke event at this luxurious space and cocktail bar housed in a Grade II listed building. With lavish interiors and cosy alcoves, you can hide away with a sumptuous spread of food and drink for up to 150 or your nearest and dearest.
Bringing you slap up dinners and festive celebrations join The Flatmates behind Chelsea favourite The Little Blue Door for their first Christmas at the flat. Think tasty meals, cute decor and a good old boogie to some classics tunes.
Casual and happily affordable, Charlotte's Bistro ticks all your Christmas dinner in London needs. Located in Chiswick, head to the restaurant for locally sourced dishes and a delicious range of vegetarian options.
Mabel's is an exceptionally charming, super-cute Covent garden cafe that would make for an ideal venue for a Christmas dinner date. Expect a traditional lunch, as well as, festive buffet options too. On top of that, they're offering a seasonal drinks packages too.
Tuck into a scrumptious Christmas lunch at this slick city restaurant. Abbey bar will be putting on cracking Christmas spread, and with an extensive range of options, there really is something for everyone here. From 'roasted parsnip soup' to 'bacon wrapped duck and apricot terrine', the starter section alone is brimming with variety.
Enjoy your feast from the comfort of this prized Canary Wharf location. Fancy something light? You can pick between a 7-item canapé menu for just £17 per person, or work your way through a delicious three-course banquet for £45 if you're seeking something more indulgent.
If you'd rather leave the cooking to the professionals, then head to the Sanderson for one of the best winter lunches in London. Enjoy a 5-course meal with all the trimmings and naturally, there'll be a glass of Laurent-Perrier on arrival... because what's Christmas without a bit of the sparkly stuff?