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 tasting menu should do the trick (although there’s not a turkey in sight!). Dishes include bacon-wrapped dates with chestnuts, linguiça, and Manchego; hay and rosemary roasted leg of lamb; and Christmas sponge pudding served with spiced ice cream, and hot brandy sauce.
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 pepper sauce and crispy onions”. For dessert there’s a hot Valrhona chocolate fondant served with sour cherries and vanilla ice cream.
Simpson’s in the Strand
Landmark restaurant Simpson’s in the Strand has seen a fair few Christmases and 2018 will mark the restaurant’s 190th festive season. On Christmas Day you can choose from a four course set menu with starters including Pork & Bacon Pate en Croute with crispy bath chaps and red onion marmalade. For the main event, there’s Roast Norfolk Bronze Turkey, Roast Rib of Beef and Vegetarian Wellington served with traditional theatrics from the antique silver-domed carving trolley. Mains are all accompanied by roast potatoes, brussels sprouts, pigs in blankets, chestnut stuffing 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 roast Norfolk turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce; grilled halibut with razor clams, broccoli & sherry; wild mushroom Wellington with truffle vinaigrette; and fillet of beef, celeriac, port, and oxtail croquettes. There’s also a chocolate pudding, with Champagne ice cream to finish, plus Christmas pudding with brandy butter.
The Drapers Arms
The Drapers Arms is one of our favourite pubs in London and its Christmas Day feast delivers the goods. We’re loving the sound of the goose rillettes, with toast and pickles, the turkey and bacon pie, and the roast pheasant with braised red cabbage and bread sauce. .
If you’re not feeling the traditional Christmas grub, then The Cinnamon Club is for you. On the menu you will find a stir-fry of shrimps with cracked black pepper and curry leaf on rice pancake, tandoori breast of Scottish pheasant with soola masala, coriander chutney, 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 feature pumpkin soup and mascarpon, followed by bucatini and aubergine timballo, roast breast of Italian turkey with pumpkin, lentils, cotechino and candied fruit, and grilled panettone with cinnamon ice-cream 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.