Christmas Day In London: Best Restaurants & Things To Do

Mistletoe, mulled wine and meltdowns over an undercooked turkey? Christmas Day is magical but all too often it leads to squabbles over roasted tatties, hours slaving away in a kitchen and moans from hangry uncle Brian. Not this year; we've rounded up the best pubs, restaurants and events in London to celebrate Christmas day. Think all the cheer and none of the fear...

Last updated on 10th December 2021

Say goodbye to festive stress with a trip to The Mayflower pub this Christmas Day. A traditional British boozer in the heart of Rotherhithe, this is one cosy retreat for tucking into seasonal specials, including Dover sole, mushroom Wellington and roast turkey with all of the trimmings.

Head to Cock and Bottle in Notting Hill for a twist on the traditional Christmas Day dinner, complete with mushroom and cashew Wellington, dreamy gin-cured salmon and pan fried halibut. That's not all though, as there's plenty of festive tipples to pair with your feasting.

Add some luxury to your Christmas Day lunch in London with a trip to The Curry Room at The Rubens at The Palace. Located a stone's throw 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. 

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.

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.

A gorgeous Balham favourite (notorious for their booked-out Sunday roasts) The Devonshire are swinging open their doors on Christmas Day in the city for a full blown Christmas feast, complete with crown of English turkey, a mushroom risotto for the vegetarians and a glass of Champagne on arrival.

South African favourite Bbar are putting on an almighty spread for Christmas day diners in London this year. Head over to their Victoria restaurant where adults and children alike will be welcome to try vegetable bunny show, grilled swordfish, BBQ short ribs and more, perfect for those looking to try something different. 

If you're searching for an authentic pub to spend your 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 blankets and slow-braised Devon lamb shoulder.

Celebrate Christmas Day with your nearest and dearest at one of South London's oldest pubs, The White Bear. This cosy haunt will be serving up a special menu of seasonal delights, such as crown of English turkey, pan-roasted duck and a mushroom and truffle risotto.