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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. 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.

2. 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 2019 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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3. Kerridge's Bar & Grill

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10 Northumberland Ave, Westminster
London WC2N 5AE, UK

Tom Kerridge’s first London restaurant will serve up six courses for £250 per person, following the unapologetic-luxe formula that has won it accolades to date. Expect Cornish crab vol-au-vent, rotisserie turkey, and ‘Kerridge’s Christmas Pudding,’ whatever that may entail.

Rotisserie at Kerridge’s Bar and Grill Kerridge’s Bar and Grill [Official Photo]

4. Simpson's in the Strand

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100 Strand
London WC2R 0EW, UK

Looking for the epitome of traditional English festivities? Book in at the refurbished Simpson’s where Christmas Day dining entails three courses, each with a trio of options including, for starter, a foie gras roulade or pork and Exmoor smoked salmon. Traditionalist carnivores will delight at picks from roast Norfolk bronze turkey with all the trimmings, or roast rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding for the main course. A festive, boozy, mulled and poached pear Eton Mess will suffice for afters. (One starter, one dish from the trolley and one dessert is £205 per person.)

5. 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 with Tom Kerridge on the starters, while Norfolk Bronze turkey — good words to read next to each other — would make a fitting centrepiece. £145 per person for three courses and some champagne on arrival.

6. 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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7. Radici

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30 Almeida St
London N1 1AD, UK

Francesco Mazzei’s Islington trattoria is dishing up an Italian Christmas featuring antipasti, bucatini and aubergine timballo pasta, and roast breast of turkey served with pumpkin, lentils, cotechino and candied fruit. With strong children’s and vegetarian menus, it’s a fine choice for any family that fancies getting nostalgic for Italian holidays past.

8. Duck & Waffle

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110 Bishopsgate
London EC2N 4AY, UK

The top of the Heron Tower makes the perfect hideaway for those who’d rather ditch the family, erase all thoughts of poultry and linger over a festive-lite lunch of beef carpaccio or lobster cocktail, turbot of Bronze turkey, stilton and Christmas pudding soufflé, spiced ice cream and hot brandy sauce. 

9. Red Rooster Shoreditch

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Suite 1, 45 Curtain Rd
London EC2A 3PT, UK

NY don Marcus Samuelsson’s Swedish-Ethiopian heritage as parlayed through Red Rooster’s southern-style cooking ensures a Christmas menu like no other. If Sammy’s chicken and waffle or devilled eggs with chicken skin aioli preceding a Christmas ham or prime rib sounds like a Christmas to get on board with, it’s time to book. Unlike 99 percent of London restaurants, it’s a safe bet the music will be cracking, too.

10. 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 six-course tasting menu. It includes capon, marinated in genmaicha and tonka bean tea, served with pumpkin parcels, chestnut, and yuzu as the main course. A pasta course before that features Pic’s signature dish of Berlingots: Gruyère and Vacherin cheese, with wild mushrooms, woodruff, barley, and roasted hazelnut consommé. (£168 pp to be taken by the entire table.)

11. Tayyabs

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

There’s no law that dictates Christmas Day dining be done in salubrious surrounds. 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. 

12. 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. 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

2. 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 2019 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

3. Kerridge's Bar & Grill

10 Northumberland Ave, Westminster, London WC2N 5AE, UK
Rotisserie at Kerridge’s Bar and Grill Kerridge’s Bar and Grill [Official Photo]

Tom Kerridge’s first London restaurant will serve up six courses for £250 per person, following the unapologetic-luxe formula that has won it accolades to date. Expect Cornish crab vol-au-vent, rotisserie turkey, and ‘Kerridge’s Christmas Pudding,’ whatever that may entail.

10 Northumberland Ave, Westminster
London WC2N 5AE, UK

4. Simpson's in the Strand

100 Strand, London WC2R 0EW, UK

Looking for the epitome of traditional English festivities? Book in at the refurbished Simpson’s where Christmas Day dining entails three courses, each with a trio of options including, for starter, a foie gras roulade or pork and Exmoor smoked salmon. Traditionalist carnivores will delight at picks from roast Norfolk bronze turkey with all the trimmings, or roast rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding for the main course. A festive, boozy, mulled and poached pear Eton Mess will suffice for afters. (One starter, one dish from the trolley and one dessert is £205 per person.)

100 Strand
London WC2R 0EW, UK

5. 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 with Tom Kerridge on the starters, while Norfolk Bronze turkey — good words to read next to each other — would make a fitting centrepiece. £145 per person for three courses and some champagne on arrival.

252 High Holborn
London WC1V 7EN, UK

6. The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell

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

7. Radici

30 Almeida St, London N1 1AD, UK

Francesco Mazzei’s Islington trattoria is dishing up an Italian Christmas featuring antipasti, bucatini and aubergine timballo pasta, and roast breast of turkey served with pumpkin, lentils, cotechino and candied fruit. With strong children’s and vegetarian menus, it’s a fine choice for any family that fancies getting nostalgic for Italian holidays past.

30 Almeida St
London N1 1AD, UK

8. Duck & Waffle

110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY, UK

The top of the Heron Tower makes the perfect hideaway for those who’d rather ditch the family, erase all thoughts of poultry and linger over a festive-lite lunch of beef carpaccio or lobster cocktail, turbot of Bronze turkey, stilton and Christmas pudding soufflé, spiced ice cream and hot brandy sauce. 

110 Bishopsgate
London EC2N 4AY, UK

9. Red Rooster Shoreditch

Suite 1, 45 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3PT, UK

NY don Marcus Samuelsson’s Swedish-Ethiopian heritage as parlayed through Red Rooster’s southern-style cooking ensures a Christmas menu like no other. If Sammy’s chicken and waffle or devilled eggs with chicken skin aioli preceding a Christmas ham or prime rib sounds like a Christmas to get on board with, it’s time to book. Unlike 99 percent of London restaurants, it’s a safe bet the music will be cracking, too.

Suite 1, 45 Curtain Rd
London EC2A 3PT, UK

10. 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 six-course tasting menu. It includes capon, marinated in genmaicha and tonka bean tea, served with pumpkin parcels, chestnut, and yuzu as the main course. A pasta course before that features Pic’s signature dish of Berlingots: Gruyère and Vacherin cheese, with wild mushrooms, woodruff, barley, and roasted hazelnut consommé. (£168 pp to be taken by the entire table.)

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

11. Tayyabs

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

There’s no law that dictates Christmas Day dining be done in salubrious surrounds. 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

12. 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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