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Where to Eat and Drink on Christmas Day in London

Save on the washing up and maybe knock back some eggnog, too

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A London Christmas is a miraculous thing. It covers, even encourages, all manner of sins including the mandatory sloth and gluttony (as well as inciting the avarice that Santa might view somewhat less favourably). Come Christmas Day, the city offers an array of dining options to entice even the most Grinch-like relatives off the sofa, as long as the right booking is made. So whether it’s wanton luxury, a long-savoured escape from roast poultry, or a curry that will fill loved ones’ hearts with festive bliss, it’s all here — just don’t leave it till the last minute.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell

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49-50 St John's Square, Clerkenwell
London EC1V 4JJ, UK

For anyone that won’t manage to escape home — or other — dining arrangements, but wants a suitably festive haven to escape to post-feasts, or to have a preprandial cocktail at, the Zetter will be open all day and serving up its famed Eggnogg (off menu, so just ask).

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2. Holborn Dining Room

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252 High Holborn
London WC1V 7EN, UK

Calum Franklin’s legendary pies might not be on the menu, but Holborn Dining Room’s opulent central London setting makes good on the promise of Christmas cheer. A baked lobster thermidor tart competes on the starters, while Norfolk Bronze turkey — good words to read next to each other — would make a fitting centrepiece. £175 per person for three courses and some champagne on arrival.

3. Tayyabs

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83-89 Fieldgate St, Whitechapel
London E1 1JU, UK

There’s no law that dictates Christmas Day dining. So if all one desires is to leave the house for a couple hours, without booking ahead, or any additional fuss, head over to cult stalwart Tayyabs for a class curry chosen off a menu that is exactly the same as it is every other day of the year. 

4. Bob Bob Ricard

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1 Upper James St, Soho
London W1F 9DF, UK

The ideal choice for smaller child-free parties — or pairs — that envisage Christmas as an excuse to guzzle distinctly adult treats, let’s say: caviar, oysters, steak tartare, followed by lobster macaroni cheese and truffle fries, all washed down with gallons of champagne (ordered by pressing a button, obviously).

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5. La Dame de Pic London

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Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square, 10 Trinity Square
London EC3N 4AJ, UK

Anne-Sophie Pic’s glam Four Seasons site is serving up a swish five- or seven-course tasting menu. It includes a fragrant chartreuse and lovage chicken, with a black sesame crust; a pasta course that features Pic’s signature dish of Berlingots, here with matcha, Banon cheese, and a watercress sauce; and on the longer menu, a dish devoted to Pic’s father based on sea bass with champagne and caviar.

6. Min Jiang Restaurant

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2-24 Kensington High St, Kensington
London W8 4PT, UK

If a slick, modern Chinese banquet is required to refresh the family’s Christmas spirit, nab a table atop the Royal Garden Hotel and gaze out over Hyde Park while sharing a feast that includes dishes like venison puffs and asparagus rolls in barbecue sauce, steamed crab with black truffle and XO sauce fried rice, and stir-fried garlic sprouts, shimeji and enoki mushrooms. Seeing as it’s Christmas, it’s probably worth going all out by pre-ordering a whole or half Beijing (Peking) duck, too.

7. The Pem

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22-28 Broadway
London SW1H 0BH, UK

Sally Abé’s newest restaurant is serving up a classic three courses in Westminster, for £125 a head. Guests can opt between smoked trout and crab mousse or a glazed ham for a starter, with beef Wellington or a duo of goose (the breast roasted, the legs confit) come mains. A Christmas pudding soufflé sounds a majestic culmination.

8. The Alexandra

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33 Wimbledon Hill Rd, Wimbledon
London SW19 7NE, UK

A special case: The Alexandra in Wimbledon offers a free Christmas dinner to anyone spending Christmas Day alone, under whatever circumstances. A place of spirit, refuge, and generosity.

The Alexandra Pub is a great place to eat on Christmas Day in London The Alexandra

1. The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell

49-50 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JJ, UK
Zetter Townshouse

For anyone that won’t manage to escape home — or other — dining arrangements, but wants a suitably festive haven to escape to post-feasts, or to have a preprandial cocktail at, the Zetter will be open all day and serving up its famed Eggnogg (off menu, so just ask).

49-50 St John's Square, Clerkenwell
London EC1V 4JJ, UK

2. Holborn Dining Room

252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN, UK

Calum Franklin’s legendary pies might not be on the menu, but Holborn Dining Room’s opulent central London setting makes good on the promise of Christmas cheer. A baked lobster thermidor tart competes on the starters, while Norfolk Bronze turkey — good words to read next to each other — would make a fitting centrepiece. £175 per person for three courses and some champagne on arrival.

252 High Holborn
London WC1V 7EN, UK

3. Tayyabs

83-89 Fieldgate St, Whitechapel, London E1 1JU, UK

There’s no law that dictates Christmas Day dining. So if all one desires is to leave the house for a couple hours, without booking ahead, or any additional fuss, head over to cult stalwart Tayyabs for a class curry chosen off a menu that is exactly the same as it is every other day of the year. 

83-89 Fieldgate St, Whitechapel
London E1 1JU, UK

4. Bob Bob Ricard

1 Upper James St, Soho, London W1F 9DF, UK
Courtesy of Bob Bob Ricard

The ideal choice for smaller child-free parties — or pairs — that envisage Christmas as an excuse to guzzle distinctly adult treats, let’s say: caviar, oysters, steak tartare, followed by lobster macaroni cheese and truffle fries, all washed down with gallons of champagne (ordered by pressing a button, obviously).

1 Upper James St, Soho
London W1F 9DF, UK

5. La Dame de Pic London

Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square, 10 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ, UK

Anne-Sophie Pic’s glam Four Seasons site is serving up a swish five- or seven-course tasting menu. It includes a fragrant chartreuse and lovage chicken, with a black sesame crust; a pasta course that features Pic’s signature dish of Berlingots, here with matcha, Banon cheese, and a watercress sauce; and on the longer menu, a dish devoted to Pic’s father based on sea bass with champagne and caviar.

Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square, 10 Trinity Square
London EC3N 4AJ, UK

6. Min Jiang Restaurant

2-24 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 4PT, UK

If a slick, modern Chinese banquet is required to refresh the family’s Christmas spirit, nab a table atop the Royal Garden Hotel and gaze out over Hyde Park while sharing a feast that includes dishes like venison puffs and asparagus rolls in barbecue sauce, steamed crab with black truffle and XO sauce fried rice, and stir-fried garlic sprouts, shimeji and enoki mushrooms. Seeing as it’s Christmas, it’s probably worth going all out by pre-ordering a whole or half Beijing (Peking) duck, too.

2-24 Kensington High St, Kensington
London W8 4PT, UK

7. The Pem

22-28 Broadway, London SW1H 0BH, UK

Sally Abé’s newest restaurant is serving up a classic three courses in Westminster, for £125 a head. Guests can opt between smoked trout and crab mousse or a glazed ham for a starter, with beef Wellington or a duo of goose (the breast roasted, the legs confit) come mains. A Christmas pudding soufflé sounds a majestic culmination.

22-28 Broadway
London SW1H 0BH, UK

8. The Alexandra

33 Wimbledon Hill Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19 7NE, UK
The Alexandra Pub is a great place to eat on Christmas Day in London The Alexandra

A special case: The Alexandra in Wimbledon offers a free Christmas dinner to anyone spending Christmas Day alone, under whatever circumstances. A place of spirit, refuge, and generosity.

33 Wimbledon Hill Rd, Wimbledon
London SW19 7NE, UK

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