Christmas Day In London: Things To Do & Dinners
Mistletoe, mulled wine and meltdowns over an undercooked turkey? Christmas day is great but all too often it leads to squabbles over mashed tatties, hours slaving away in a kitchen, and moans from hangry uncle Brian. Not this year, we've rounded up the best pubs and restaurant in London to celebrate Christmas day - think all the cheer and none of the fear.
Charming and honest, the Mulberry Bush never disappoints with its beautiful interiors and menus that burst with flavour. This Christmas, to rid you of the anger-inducing cooking and cleaning process, the venue's team of chefs are plating up a Christmas dinner that's sure to put a smile on your face.
Add some luxury to your day with a trip to The Curry Room at The Rubens at The Palace. Located just a hop, skip and a jump from Buckingham Palace, the Indian restaurant is serving up a four-course feast, including petit fours, within a luxury setting. Or, if you fancy something a little more relaxed, check out The New York Bar for live music in a chilled atmosphere.
Offering a decadent Christmas lunch perfect for a true festive feast, The Chesterfield is serving up a slick selection of smoked salmon, Norfolk quail, Salisbury venison and roasted black leg turkey with all the trimmings. Book in for a warm welcome and a relaxing Christmas Day experience at this charming Mayfair hotel.
Stunning Quaglino's has entertained everyone, from royalty through to celebrities, and is perfect for something a little different come Christmas day. Descend down the stairs to find a unique Art Deco-inspired space, with a three-course set menu to keep you fed and watered.
Putney's The Duke's Head is serving up all sorts of festive treats come Christmas day in London. Nab a space in the bright and airy dining room for views over The Thames and whopping plates of food, as all mains are served with goose fat potatoes, honey roasted carrots and parsnips.
This gorgeous gastro-pub is the perfect spot for Christmas dinner if you're looking for a homely feel with contemporary edge. With its fresh food, fine wine and delightful selection of beer, it's a quaint, all-round lovely place packed with yuletide spirit. Dinner includes four courses and a glass of bubbles.
Start your day with a glass of Laurent-Perrier at the swish, ocean-themed Sea Containers, before moving onto the full feast. The smart restaurant is catering for large groups with a traditional dinner that includes turkey, salmon and a whipped brie starter that sounds all sorts of dreamy.
Sit back and relax at this charming gastro pub in West London; The Orange has got your Christmas Day sorted with a simple and effective menu. Tuck into the likes of Castlemead turkey with fondant potato, pan-fried monk fish, and Lyons Hill venison.
With stunning restaurants in Oxford Street, Canary Wharf and Bloomsbury offering up delicious seasonal dishes, Scoff & Banter is a top pick this winter. With beautifully decorated interiors and plush fittings in a listed building, this Kensington location makes for an ideal Christmas day venue.
For an indulgent Christmas feast in an opulent, classically British setting, look no further than Kensington's Cheneston's Restaurant at the Milestone Hotel. Serving up a five-course meal, you can expect delicious dishes such as duck liver parfait and spiced orange marmalade, wild mushroom ravioli with Madeira and truffle, fillet of beef wellington in red wine jus and clementine truffle with sherry ice cream.
With a whopping 5-course spread this Christmas Day, The Rubens at The Palace Hotel is looking like a top choice if you're after a luxury lunch. With pumpkin soup, black leg turkey and apply strudel, this will be one mouthwatering feast.
Shake things up with a bespoke Afternoon Tea at Mayfair's The Chesterfield Hotel. Sip on mulled wine and loose leaf teas alongside festive finger sandwiches and sweet treats including a vanilla bavarois with apple jelly snowball, clementine macaroon and gingerbread man cupcake.
For something a little different this Christmas day, head to Steak & Lobster where you'll enjoy a turkey-free lunch of surf and turf croquettes, charcoal-grilled lobster with garlic butter and key lime pie within one of the restaurant's stylish venues.
Make yours a Christmas to remember and get down to this swish West End spot, where you'll find a menu packed with Peruvian and Mexican sharing plates. Think soft shell tacos filled with tiger prawns to pisco-glazed smoked paprika ribs and equally intriguing cocktails to soak it all up.
If you're searching for an authentic pub to spend you Christmas Day in, look no further. This beautiful Victorian public house has superb sips behind the bar, that will perfectly complement your traditional Christmas dinner, alongside British staples such as pigs in a blanket and slow-braised Devon lamb shoulder.
One of the best restaurants in London, the Savoy Grill will be serving up a very special festive feast this Christmas Day. Book yourself in for a menu of smoked beef consomme with chestnut tortellini, classic roast turkey and trimmings and an indulgent chocolate and orange yule log.
Bermondsey boozer, The Grange will be hosting a sumptuous feast to celebrate Christmas Day this year. For only £65 diners will be treated to three courses of traditional dishes as well as a glass of fizz and canapes on arrival. The best bit? You can leave your marigolds at home.
Don't even think about lifting a finger this Christmas, because St Martins Lane Kitchen has you covered. Sip on themed bellinis and tuck into an incredible 3-course feast that includes butter-toasted turkey, pan-fried salmon and traditional puddings.
Traditional maple roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing and steamed turbot with Champagne cream are coming up trumps at Blue Door Bistro. The swish restaurant will be wining and dining you this Christmas with a multi-course menu coming in at £130.
Spend your Christmas taking in the magical views of London and tucking into exquisite food at Mercer Roof Terrace. The gorgeous sky-high restaurant is serving up a traditional three-course meal, including a juicy Norfolk black turkey and all the trimmings.
Located in the heart of Marylebone, TOKii is bringing a slice of elegance to your Christmas Day proceedings. Their festive menu offers something a little different from the norm; with spicy honey-glazed gammon and yuzu-marinated salmon stealing the show.