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15 Rad Places to Celebrate Thanksgiving in London

Find turkey, pumpkin pie, marshmallows and more on this side of the Atlantic — or, just eat modern American food

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There’s a school of thought that says that Londoners shouldn’t be celebrating American holidays; that Halloween and Thanksgiving — Thursday 28 November — and all the rest have just been transplanted here by cultural imperialists and retailers looking to capitalise on the sort of FOMO-driven mania that surrounds end-of-year festivities.

While there’s certainly an element of truth to that argument, London is a city of expats, and there’s nothing that expats like more than the sense of comfort that comes with celebrating an abandoned, somewhat problematic national holiday under a veil of irony. Thanksgiving, luckily, is also just a good excuse to get friends and family around the table for a party, so here are 15 great places around London to do just that.

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CUT at 45 Park Lane

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For Thanksgiving this year, Wolfgang Puck’s CUT at 45 Park Lane is offering a traditional three-course feast as well as a twist to its American-themed afternoon tea. Expect classic Thanksgiving flavours to dominate such as pumpkin in the form of cake pops, along with maple and bacon macaron and more, at £55 per person.

Thanksgiving meal at CUT CUT at 45 Park Lane [Official Photo]

Rail House Café

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Rail House Cafe, the Victoria sibling of Fitzrovia’s Riding House Cafe, is celebrating Thanksgiving with a feast menu, served “sharing style”. At £40 per head, the main event includes a roasted Norfolk bronze turkey, cornbread and sausage stuffing, mac and cheese, glazed sprouts and bacon, and finishes with pecan pie and a pumpkin brulee pie. Of course, start with a ginger pilgrim.

Thanksgiving spread at Rail House Cafe
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Pitt Cue @ Maison Bab

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The seminal London barbecue restaurant will return some time in the new year, but will be resurrected briefly for a one-off Thanksgiving dinner in the basement of Maison Bab Basement, Mercer Walk in Covent Garden. With only 50 tickets on sale, priced at £75, expect picklebacks, scratchings, pulled pork bun served with bread and butter pickles, bone marrow mash, and free-flowing wine.

Mangalitza at Pitt Cue Ola Smit/Eater London

Neptune

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The Bloomsbury hotel restaurant’s Thanksgiving menu kicks off with a charred corn, crispy onion and smoked tomato salad, clam chowder and chicken terrine before proceeding to the pièce de résistance of roast turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, slow cooked ox cheek, along with plenty of sides, and two desserts of pecan pie and apple tarte tatin, all at £35 per person.

Smith & Wollensky

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The Covent Garden steakhouse will keep it traditional this Thanksgiving with free-range bronze turkey with cranberry sauce, stuffing, whipped potatoes and a pumpkin pie for dessert. For a truly American twist, opt for the peanut butter and chocolate old fashioned. £69 for three courses, 28 November only.

An American Thanksgiving feast at Smith & Wollensky
Smith & Wollensky [Official Photo]

Balthazar

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Balthazar was born in New York 20 years ago, and it’s pulling out the stops for Thanksgiving, with a traditional feast for lunch or dinner on 28 November in London. Settle into the brasserie seating and start out with a gingerbread fizz before getting stuck into the £55 three-course menu of Thanksgiving classics. Spiced roasted butternut squash soup with corn bread from last year is the same, and precedes the required roast turkey with orange and chestnut stuffing and all the trimmings. Finish things with a pumpkin cheesecake.

Watch NFL Super Bowl 2019 in London’s restaurants and bars: Balthazar Covent Garden Balthazar [Official Photo]

Kaspar's at The Savoy

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Kaspar’s promises a decadent Thanksgiving feast — both as dinner on the 28 November and as brunch on 1 December. Priced at £75, start with breadsticks and chestnut mayonnaise, corn-based amuse bouches and cured Scottish salmon and work your way to the centerpiece that is the turkey with all the traditional accompaniments. Finish off with a classic pumpkin pie.

Kaspar’s at The Savoy
Kaspar’s at The Savoy [Official Photo]

Christopher's

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Christopher’s isn’t holding back this Thanksgiving. A £65 per head three-course menu warrants some serious consideration — sweet potato and blackbean chowder or carrot and cumin souffle or seared Orkney scallops? More choices are in the form of slow-cooked ballotine of organic turkey or Missouri-rubbed rack of lamb or chickpea, eggplant and autumn truffle casserole? Whichever way one goes, chocolate pecan pie sounds like the right way to finish. Or perhaps pumpkin pie?

Thanksgiving feast at Christopher’s
Christopher’s [Official Photo]

Sea Containers London

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Another glam hotel restaurant taking on the Thanksgiving feast, Sea Containers is keeping things simple with a three-course menu of dishes like butternut squash with manchego, chestnut, chorizo salad; roast bronze turkey with apricot stuffing, Thanksgiving trimmings; and pecan and apple pie with cinnamon ice cream and maple jus. £46 for three courses and a vegetarian menu is available on request.

Red Rooster Shoreditch

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Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster is one of London’s most interesting American restaurants, and this year’s Thanksgiving menu offers chicken and waffles first up — or break the mould with yellowtail ceviche. Turkey looks to be the shout on the mains even if stone bass is a noble alternative, and at dessert it’s all crumbles, pies, and doughnuts. £55 all-in for three courses.

Thanksgiving 2019 at Red Rooster in Shoreditch Red Rooster [Official Photo]

Two Lights

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Two Lights’ Thanksgiving menu is a fitting representation of chef Chase Lovecky’s approach to American cuisine — trad with a touch of rad. Herb-roasted turkey takes a straightforward look at the centrepiece, but smoked butter carrots and miso creamed potatoes take things in a fresher direction. Pies — served to share — are likely to be formidable.

Thanksgiving pies at Two Lights
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Plaquemine Lock

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Plaquemine Lock’s Thanksgiving menu features a Louisiana/Creole flavour, with turkey and shrimp gumbo, turkey kiev with cavolo nero, stuffed root vegetable po’boy, along with the usual pecan pie.

Turkey kiev with cavolo nero
Plaquemine Lock [Official Photo]

Goodman Mayfair

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It’s no surprise that Goodman, one of London’s biggest steak restaurants, offers a choice between ribeye and sirloin for its Thanksgiving mains instead of the customary turkey, with a choice of two sides — between roasted pumpkin, bacon, mashed potato, green beans and hand cut chips — and ends with a Bourbon pecan pie, at £55 per person across all sites.

Thanksgiving with steak at Goodman
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The Cleveland Arms

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Thanksgiving is one day only at The Cleveland Arms in Paddington, with a three-course set menu including an intriguing honey mustard sprout slaw with quail’s eggs, roasted turkey (duh) with caramelised apples (okay), and a pecan pie at dessert (fair enough). £30 per person sounds like good value.

The Cleveland Arms
The Cleveland Arms [Official Photo]

Elliot Cunningham is building a reputation for serious barbecue cooking in Hackney, and a Thanksgiving slate of whole, slow-smoked turkey and sweet potato pies should be a serious showcase for his skills. Either sit down to feast with friends, or take away, reheat in the oven, and tell the world that barbecue is a cinch. Maybe not the last part.

CUT at 45 Park Lane

Thanksgiving meal at CUT CUT at 45 Park Lane [Official Photo]

For Thanksgiving this year, Wolfgang Puck’s CUT at 45 Park Lane is offering a traditional three-course feast as well as a twist to its American-themed afternoon tea. Expect classic Thanksgiving flavours to dominate such as pumpkin in the form of cake pops, along with maple and bacon macaron and more, at £55 per person.

Thanksgiving meal at CUT CUT at 45 Park Lane [Official Photo]

Rail House Café

Thanksgiving spread at Rail House Cafe
Rail House Cafe [Official Picture]

Rail House Cafe, the Victoria sibling of Fitzrovia’s Riding House Cafe, is celebrating Thanksgiving with a feast menu, served “sharing style”. At £40 per head, the main event includes a roasted Norfolk bronze turkey, cornbread and sausage stuffing, mac and cheese, glazed sprouts and bacon, and finishes with pecan pie and a pumpkin brulee pie. Of course, start with a ginger pilgrim.

Thanksgiving spread at Rail House Cafe
Rail House Cafe [Official Picture]

Pitt Cue @ Maison Bab

Mangalitza at Pitt Cue Ola Smit/Eater London

The seminal London barbecue restaurant will return some time in the new year, but will be resurrected briefly for a one-off Thanksgiving dinner in the basement of Maison Bab Basement, Mercer Walk in Covent Garden. With only 50 tickets on sale, priced at £75, expect picklebacks, scratchings, pulled pork bun served with bread and butter pickles, bone marrow mash, and free-flowing wine.

Mangalitza at Pitt Cue Ola Smit/Eater London

Neptune

The Bloomsbury hotel restaurant’s Thanksgiving menu kicks off with a charred corn, crispy onion and smoked tomato salad, clam chowder and chicken terrine before proceeding to the pièce de résistance of roast turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, slow cooked ox cheek, along with plenty of sides, and two desserts of pecan pie and apple tarte tatin, all at £35 per person.

Smith & Wollensky

An American Thanksgiving feast at Smith & Wollensky
Smith & Wollensky [Official Photo]

The Covent Garden steakhouse will keep it traditional this Thanksgiving with free-range bronze turkey with cranberry sauce, stuffing, whipped potatoes and a pumpkin pie for dessert. For a truly American twist, opt for the peanut butter and chocolate old fashioned. £69 for three courses, 28 November only.

An American Thanksgiving feast at Smith & Wollensky
Smith & Wollensky [Official Photo]

Balthazar

Watch NFL Super Bowl 2019 in London’s restaurants and bars: Balthazar Covent Garden Balthazar [Official Photo]

Balthazar was born in New York 20 years ago, and it’s pulling out the stops for Thanksgiving, with a traditional feast for lunch or dinner on 28 November in London. Settle into the brasserie seating and start out with a gingerbread fizz before getting stuck into the £55 three-course menu of Thanksgiving classics. Spiced roasted butternut squash soup with corn bread from last year is the same, and precedes the required roast turkey with orange and chestnut stuffing and all the trimmings. Finish things with a pumpkin cheesecake.

Watch NFL Super Bowl 2019 in London’s restaurants and bars: Balthazar Covent Garden Balthazar [Official Photo]

Kaspar's at The Savoy

Kaspar’s at The Savoy
Kaspar’s at The Savoy [Official Photo]

Kaspar’s promises a decadent Thanksgiving feast — both as dinner on the 28 November and as brunch on 1 December. Priced at £75, start with breadsticks and chestnut mayonnaise, corn-based amuse bouches and cured Scottish salmon and work your way to the centerpiece that is the turkey with all the traditional accompaniments. Finish off with a classic pumpkin pie.

Kaspar’s at The Savoy
Kaspar’s at The Savoy [Official Photo]

Christopher's

Thanksgiving feast at Christopher’s
Christopher’s [Official Photo]

Christopher’s isn’t holding back this Thanksgiving. A £65 per head three-course menu warrants some serious consideration — sweet potato and blackbean chowder or carrot and cumin souffle or seared Orkney scallops? More choices are in the form of slow-cooked ballotine of organic turkey or Missouri-rubbed rack of lamb or chickpea, eggplant and autumn truffle casserole? Whichever way one goes, chocolate pecan pie sounds like the right way to finish. Or perhaps pumpkin pie?

Thanksgiving feast at Christopher’s
Christopher’s [Official Photo]

Sea Containers London

Another glam hotel restaurant taking on the Thanksgiving feast, Sea Containers is keeping things simple with a three-course menu of dishes like butternut squash with manchego, chestnut, chorizo salad; roast bronze turkey with apricot stuffing, Thanksgiving trimmings; and pecan and apple pie with cinnamon ice cream and maple jus. £46 for three courses and a vegetarian menu is available on request.

Red Rooster Shoreditch

Thanksgiving 2019 at Red Rooster in Shoreditch Red Rooster [Official Photo]

Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster is one of London’s most interesting American restaurants, and this year’s Thanksgiving menu offers chicken and waffles first up — or break the mould with yellowtail ceviche. Turkey looks to be the shout on the mains even if stone bass is a noble alternative, and at dessert it’s all crumbles, pies, and doughnuts. £55 all-in for three courses.

Thanksgiving 2019 at Red Rooster in Shoreditch Red Rooster [Official Photo]

Two Lights

Thanksgiving pies at Two Lights
Two Lights/Instagram

Two Lights’ Thanksgiving menu is a fitting representation of chef Chase Lovecky’s approach to American cuisine — trad with a touch of rad. Herb-roasted turkey takes a straightforward look at the centrepiece, but smoked butter carrots and miso creamed potatoes take things in a fresher direction. Pies — served to share — are likely to be formidable.

Thanksgiving pies at Two Lights
Two Lights/Instagram

Plaquemine Lock

Turkey kiev with cavolo nero
Plaquemine Lock [Official Photo]

Plaquemine Lock’s Thanksgiving menu features a Louisiana/Creole flavour, with turkey and shrimp gumbo, turkey kiev with cavolo nero, stuffed root vegetable po’boy, along with the usual pecan pie.

Turkey kiev with cavolo nero
Plaquemine Lock [Official Photo]

Goodman Mayfair

Thanksgiving with steak at Goodman
Goodman/Facebook

It’s no surprise that Goodman, one of London’s biggest steak restaurants, offers a choice between ribeye and sirloin for its Thanksgiving mains instead of the customary turkey, with a choice of two sides — between roasted pumpkin, bacon, mashed potato, green beans and hand cut chips — and ends with a Bourbon pecan pie, at £55 per person across all sites.

Thanksgiving with steak at Goodman
Goodman/Facebook

The Cleveland Arms

The Cleveland Arms
The Cleveland Arms [Official Photo]

Thanksgiving is one day only at The Cleveland Arms in Paddington, with a three-course set menu including an intriguing honey mustard sprout slaw with quail’s eggs, roasted turkey (duh) with caramelised apples (okay), and a pecan pie at dessert (fair enough). £30 per person sounds like good value.

The Cleveland Arms
The Cleveland Arms [Official Photo]

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Elliot Cunningham is building a reputation for serious barbecue cooking in Hackney, and a Thanksgiving slate of whole, slow-smoked turkey and sweet potato pies should be a serious showcase for his skills. Either sit down to feast with friends, or take away, reheat in the oven, and tell the world that barbecue is a cinch. Maybe not the last part.

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