restaurants open on christmas day in london
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. Check out our favourites here and if you’re on the hunt for pressies, check our our Christmas gift guide.
Duck and Waffle
If you want to make your Christmas extra special, THAT view from Duck & Waffle combined with their festive menu should do the trick. Dishes include Aberdeen Angus beef carpaccio, lobster cocktail, roast turkey with cornbread stuffing and maple sweet potatoes, and Christmas pudding souffle.
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 three course lunch features a pretty amazing baked lobster thermidor tart 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.
Simpson’s in the Strand
Landmark restaurant Simpson’s in the Strand has seen a fair few Christmases and 2019 will mark the restaurant’s 191st festive season. On Christmas Day you can choose from a three course set menu with starters including Scottish smoked salmon with caviar and mulled wine foie gras roulade. For the main event, there’s roast Norfolk Bronze turkey and roast rib of beef served with traditional theatrics from the antique silver-domed carving trolley. Mains are all accompanied by roast potatoes, brussels sprouts and all the festive accoutrements.
Dean St Townhouse
As usual, Soho stalwart Dean St Townhouse will be knocking out their famous Christmas lunch. This year you can expect dishes to include langoustine bisque; roast Norfolk turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce; and wild mushroom Wellington with truffle vinaigrette. There’s also a apple pie with cinnamon ice cream to finish, plus Christmas pudding with whiskey sauce.
The Cinnamon Club
If you’re not feeling the traditional Christmas grub, then The Cinnamon Club is for you. On the menu you will find Keralan lobster soup, green spiced pheasant breast, clove goose breast with brussel sprout poriyal, Hyderabadi style root vegetable biryani, and slow-braised Herdwick milk-fed lamb shoulder with nutmeg and fennel sauce. For dessert there’s a baked Jalandhar, that’s made from Thandai, saffron and carrot halwa ice cream with spiced meringue.
Francesco Mazzei’s Radici is bringing a little Italian flavour to the traditional Christmas lunch. The menu features antipasti and pumpkin soup followed by roast breast of Italian turkey with pumpkin, lentils and dumplings, with panetonne tiramisu for dessert.
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.