The 10 Most Instagrammable Christmas Restaurants In The UK

The festive period is fabulous for many reasons: the food (obviously), yuletide parties, catching up with friends, and? The fact that venues across the nation transform into magical winter wonderlands. From Mediterranean-inspired caverns flaunting twinkling lights in Glasgow to atmospheric private dining igloos in Bournemouth, here are the most Instagrammable Christmas restaurants in the UK.


London: Daphne

Let's be honest, you've probably already seen pictures of this stunner plastered all across the 'Gram. Found in Chelsea, Daphne is a drop-dead gorgeous Italian restaurant that dresses up to the nines when Christmas strikes. Its already radiant interiors become bedazzled with impressive installations, including multi-coloured baubles, festive foliage and hanging ribbons.

Daphne London Instagram Restaurant | DesignMyNight

For Insta-worthy interiors and enticing Italian eats, give this joint a whirl.

Glasgow: Arta

Once a former cheese market, Glasgow’s Arta is now a Mediterranean-inspired haven that’s quite the looker. It’s a magical location every day of the year, but when Christmas comes around, it really goes above and beyond; the winding staircase boasts cascading ivy while an enchanting pine tree glows in the corner – plus the tables are illuminated by warm candlelight for that extra special touch.

Arta Pretty Glasgow Christmas Restaurant | DesignMyNight

Wander on over to this pretty Christmas restaurant for festive menus, cabaret and cocktail masterclasses.

Cardiff: The Ivy

Though The Ivy has outposts across the UK, including in BirminghamLeeds and Dublin, we’ve got our eyes on the Cardiff branch. Why? Well, just look at it. Nestled in the city centre, this luxury dining destination is as picturesque as they get; think glimmering lights, pine trees covered in golden ornaments and flickering candles. Pop over for festive afternoon teas or seasonal menus.

The Ivy Pretty Christmas Restaurant Cardiff | DesignMyNight

It doesn't get more magical than The Ivy during Christmas time.

London: 100 Wardour Street

A bustling London location that’s bringing the festive cheer by the bucketload, 100 Wardour Street is certainly one of the most gorgeous winter-themed restaurants in the UK. Last year, the Soho spot came adorned with snowy, forest fixtures and a giant wreath, as well as glittering baubles. It’s ideal for celebratory meals with the nearest and dearest, all before partying ‘til the wee hours, of course.

100 Wardour Street Christmas Restaurant London | DesignMyNight

If you're on the hunt for Instagram Christmas restaurants in London, this place blows it out of the water.

Bournemouth: 1812 Bar and Restaurant

Always a pumping party palace, with live music sessions and marvellous cocktails, this Bournemouth babe really comes to life during the wintertime. 1812 Bar and Restaurant busts out the big guns with cosy, glowing igloos surrounded by Christmas trees, where you can enjoy private dining like never before. Grab one this winter to munch on mouthwatering Asian tapas alongside sushi plates.

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Fill up your Instagram feed with snaps of this beautiful Christmas igloo pop-up.

Manchester: 20 Stories

Found mingling with the clouds in Spinningfields, 20 Stories is one of the most Instagrammable Christmas restaurants in Manchester. It’s not just the stunning sky-high views that the rooftop provides, but also it's cute furnishings, from the wooden reindeer decorations to the pine trees and furry blankets. Make your way over to chomp on scrumptious roast dinners and afternoon teas.

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Add a little extra pizzazz to your yuletide shenanigans with this lovely Christmas rooftop restaurant.

Glasgow: Bothy

Oof, now here's a beaut. Situated in Glasgow’s West End, this pretty perch was meant for Christmas feasting. The private dining room at Bothy flaunts a living wall, hanging greenery and atmospheric pendant lighting. If you snap this space up, you’ll also be treated to perfectly prepared fare, from juicy turkey with all the trimmings to a moreish chestnut and porcini mushroom nut roast.

Bothy Pretty Glasgow Christmas Restaurant | DesignMyNight

If you're looking for pretty Christmas party venues, this majestic location certainly packs the wow factor.

London: Balthazar

Luxury is the name of the game over at London hotspot Balthazar. The fabulous French bistro pulls in the crowds with its slinky aesthetic, sporting rounded leather booths, flowing white tablecloths and romantic candlelight. When Santa comes to town, it also features Christmas trees and twinkling sculptures, as well as beautiful dishes and cocktails that would look lovely on your Instagram.

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Balthazar is set to go all out this winter.

Birmingham: Tattu

Renowned across the UK, Tattu combines tradition with contemporary touches, making for a totally opulent dining experience, whether in Birmingham, EdinburghLeeds or beyond. So if you’re looking for Christmas-decorated restaurants in the UK, don't miss out on this one - the usual blossom that cascades from the ceiling will transform into a frosty snow cloud, paired with frozen trees featuring detailed baubles. 

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Get stuck into snazzy Chinese fare and theatrical cocktails at this one.

London: The Montague On The Gardens Ski Lodge

Ever wanted to dine in a winter wonderland? Now’s your chance. London’s The Montague On The Gardens Ski Lodge is hands down one of the best Christmas-themed restaurants in the UK. The Alpine alcove is only available for private hire, so you can throw an exclusive festive foray surrounded by snow, reindeer, sparkling trees, ski racks and plenty of tartan throws to keep you extra cosy.

Montague On The Gardens London Christmas Pop-Up | DesignMyNight

Baby, it's cold outside - so make sure to check out this snuggly ski lodge next time you're in London.

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