Christmas Day In London: Things To Do & Best Restaurants
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...
Traditional maple roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing and grilled halibut with king prawn tempura in a ginger butter sauce are coming up trumps at The Montague on The Gardens Hotel. The swish hotel restaurant will be wining and dining you this Christmas with a multi-course menu coming in at £135 and a complimentary glass of Champagne on arrival.
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.
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.
This one's for all you Aussies and Kiwis this Christmas Day in London... Join your fellow countrymen at the Hope & Anchor in Brixton for an Australian family BBQ, live music and plenty of festive booze. With tickets starting at just a fiver and a Bunnings style sausage included, you'll want to head down for a day of guaranteed festive fun.
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.
One of the best restaurants open on Christmas Day in London, the Savoy Grill will be serving up a very special festive feast. 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.
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.
Can't be fussed to cook a fancy Christmas dinner but still craving one? Sitting in Knightsbridge is Michelin starred restaurant Marcus. Expect a six-course tasting menu with savoury eats such as black truffle risotto, venison, dill cured salmon and turkey with crispy sprouts.
Can't be bothered with the cooking this year? Let Aviary lighten the load. Not only is the gorgeous City spot fronting a special menu with festive amuse bouche, wild venison tartare and a glazed lemon tart, but it's the perfect pick whether you're booking as a couple, family or alone.
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.
Fancy a feast fit for a king? The Milestone Hotel and Residences in Kensington offers the ultimate fine dining experience this Christmas Day. From hand dived scallops with pickled sprout shells to a double baked cheese souffle with all the trimmings, the multi-course menu delivers maximum indulgence.
The Windmill are putting on a Christmas day meal in Clapham with all (and we mean all) of the trimmings. A gorgeous dining spot with hotel rooms to boot, it promises a full feast of crab and lobster tortellini, Aberdeen angus fillet, crown of English turkey, maple roasted veggies and more.
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.
Head down to The Red Back in Fulham this Christmas Day, so you can work off that turkey and all its trimmings with a stint on the dance floor. The trendy sports bar boasts beer, cider and spirits aplenty, should you possible be in need of anymore booze to tide you over.
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.
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.
For an indulgent Christmas feast in an opulent setting, look no further than Cheneston's Restaurant at the Milestone Hotel in Kensington. Serving up a five-course meal, you can expect delicious dishes such as hand dived scallops, pear and goat's curd tartlet, wild mushroom ravioli with Madeira and truffle, fillet of Dedham Vale beef and coconut pavlova.
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 king scallops, black leg turkey and baked Alaska, this will be one mouthwatering feast.
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.
Offering a decadent Christmas lunch perfect for a true festive feast, The Chesterfield is serving up a slick selection of the finest British produce, roasted to perfection and with all the trimmings. Book in for a warm welcome and a relaxing Christmas Day experience at this charming Mayfair hotel.
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.
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.
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 Yorkshire puddings, maple roasted carrots and parsnips, goose fat roast potatoes and Brussels sprouts with bacon.
Save yourself the effort on Christmas Day and leave everything to the gorgeous Bull & Gate in Kentish Town. This rustic pub is the cosy venue you've been searching for and with a 5 course Champagne dinner for £80 a head, it's bound to deliver on the food front too. Let us tell you, these desserts are to die for.
Tired of cooking on Christmas Day? We've got just the spot for you and your family to settle into this season. The Boathouse in Putney offers up British classics, along with delicious wine and beer. And best of all? You can admire stunning views of the Thames River.
Start your day with a glass of Laurent-Perrier and views of the river Thames at the swish, ocean-themed Sea Containers, before moving onto the full feast. The stylish restaurant is catering for large groups with a traditional dinner of festive favourites.
Want to keep those snug and homely vibes for your Christmas day? Head over to Knightsbridge's The Alfred Tennyson for a traditional meal in charming pub surrounds. You'll get four festive courses with options including succulent corn-fed Somerset turkey, family sharing sides and cosy Christmas pud.
Located in Greenwich, the Oystercatcher is the restaurant of your dreams if you're looking for a feast with a view this Christmas. You can enjoy a three course meal filled with festive classics such as roast turkey, oak smoked salmon and a decadent sticky toffee pudding.