Staying in London for Christmas and don’t fancy cooking up a feast at home? Don’t worry there are lots of restaurants open on Christmas Day in London so you don’t have to lift a finger.
Seabird – Get high this Christmas and spend it at rooftop restaurant Seabird tucking into a sharing feast that includes oysters, crab croquetas, whole turbot with Txakoli sauce, piquillo peppers, roast potatoes and manchego cheesecake with membrillo.
Benares – Michelin-starred Benares is opening on Christmas Day for the first time in 18 years, with a menu featuring dishes like Scottish scallop tartlet, mutton momos with winter vegetables, tawa masala wild halibut& clam moilee, and tandoori muntjac & turkey biryani.
Cafe Biltmore – Jason Atherton’s Cafe Biltmore is open on the big day and will be serving up a five-course menu of classic dishes, including a Bronze turkey with trimmings and a traditional Christmas pudding.
Riding House Cafe – The Fitzrovia restaurant is doing a festive feast featuring steak tartate, hand-dived scallops, truffled portobello & sweet potato wellington, roast turkey with the trimmings, Christmas pud and a sharing cheese board for the table.
Holborn Dining Room – Chef Calum Franklin is cooking up a right proper feast at the beautiful Holborn Dining Room at the Rosewood Hotel on Christmas Day. The menu features a pretty amazing baked lobster thermidor tart and rabbit & bacon en croute as well as roast Norfolk bronze turkey with braised red cabbage and cranberry sauce, and a 35-day dry-aged rib eye with peppercorn sauce. For dessert there’s a Pump Street chocolate brulee and lemon curd slice on offer.
Angler – the Michelin-starred seafood restaurant in the City is open on Christmas Day and there’s not a turkey in sight. The Angler festive menu features Vacherin Mont d’Or gougeres, Dorset crab with green apple & avocado, roast wild turbot with celeriac, roast Challans duck with cranberry & red cabbage, chocolate tart with banana & miso, and Christmas pudding bonbons.
Berners Tavern – The restaurant inside The London EDITION is serving up a family-style feast on Christmas Day, with Jason Atherton’s menu including prawn & lobster cocktail, Buccleuch estate beef tartare, Norfolk bronze turkey with sage & onion stuffing with all the trimmings, and Christmas pudding baked Alaska – because you’ve got to set something alight on the big day.
The Grill at The Dorchester – Tom Booton and team will be cooking up a five course menu, with wine pairings, on Christmas Day at The Grill at The Dorchester, with live music in the afternoon and into the evening to make it even more spesh.
The Cinnamon Collection – If you’re not feeling the traditional Christmas grub, then Vivek Singh has you covered with festive menus at The Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Kitchen and Cinnamon Bazaar. You can expect dishes like Malabar style prawn moilee curry, Keralan style lobster soup, slow-braised lamb shoulder, and garam masala Christmas pudding.
Radici – Francesco Mazzei’s Radici is bringing a little Italian flavour to the traditional Christmas lunch. The menu features antipasti and broccoli soup followed by roast turkey with pumpkin, lentils and homemade sausage with panettone tiramisu for dessert.
Le Pont De La Tour – Do Christmas with a French twist by heading to Le Pont De La Tour; the six course menu includes duck rillettes and comte gougeres, beetroot & horseradish cured salmon with poached native lobster, roast tournedos of turkey & trimmings; chocolate marquise with spiced clementine & Christmas pudding ice cream; and cheese.
The Stafford – Feast on five courses this Christmas at The Game Bird at The Stafford London, kicking off with canapes followed by game pâté with damson chutney; butter poached native lobster with caviar; Essex bronze turkey with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding with brandy sauce.
Kahani – Modern Indian restaurant Kahani is doing a five course Christmas Day menu including grilled black cod with mustard, smoked turkey tikka, spiced lamb cannon, and Christmas pudding with candied ginger glaze.
Tayyabs – If you want to escape all things Christmas then get down to Whitechapel’s Tayyabs. It’s business as usual at the curry house (not even a turkey curry!), and with BYOB you can have a good a proper knees up whether you’re celebrating Christmas or not.