Planning on eating out on Christmas Day? Organising a festive meal out with friends? Last-minute office get-together? If you’re not in the mood for hosting this year, fear not: there are an abundance of chefs willing to do the hard work for you…
For a traditional festive feast inside a Narnia-themed wonderland, head to Chelsea haunt Bluebird, where Executive Chef Simon Gregory has created a special menu for the occasion. Christmas flavours run throughout, with dishes such as baked veteran, warm potato and toasted hazelnut salad with truffle; roast Norfolk Bronze turkey with all the trimmings and a Christmas pudding served with brandy custard. £110pp for four courses, available 25 December
For a truly lavish festive affair, head to long-standing celebrity hotspot Chiltern Firehouse. Their Christmas Day offering begins with indulgent snacks for the table (including Firehouse’s signature crab doughnuts), followed by a traditional turkey roast, served with a sausage and sour berry stuffing and a truffle and bread sauce. If you’re not a turkey fan, alternatives will be available such as salt-baked celeriac risotto; or fillet steak with mushroom and peppercorn sauce. Top it all off with a classic Christmas pud and selection of continental cheeses.
There’s something about dining high in the sky that feels extra special, so if you’re opting to eat out this Christmas there’s nowhere better than Duck & Waffle. Located on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, the swanky restaurant will cater for both carnivores and vegetarians on Christmas Day: the first includes the likes of bacon wrapped dates and a traditional roasted leg of lamb, while veggies can feast on crispy polenta and artichoke ravioli. A Christmas feast wouldn’t be complete without a cheese board, which features on both menus, as well as their signature bauble dessert, made up of a Christmas sponge pudding, spiced ice cream and hot brandy sauce. £85pp, available 25 December
Dine amid beautiful theatrical decor at Sofitel London St James’ The Balcon restaurant, where guests are invited on an ‘Enchanted Journey’ inspired by the excitement and travels of the Christmas season. In the run up to the big day, diners can feast on a French-inspired festive three-course menu, featuring dishes like Scottish scallops and braised venison, washed down with a glass of bubbly. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day they’re kicking things up a notch with a show-stopping six-course extravaganza, which includes foie gras to start, Welsh lamb Wellington and butter-basted turkey for mains, and truffle brie and chocolate croquant for dessert. £49 for the festive three-course menu (with a glass of Champagne), £110 for the six-course menu
With its spectacular Christmas tree and roaring fireplaces, The Lanesborough makes the perfect setting for a festive meal. Served in the palatial Michelin-starred Céleste restaurant, groups of four or more will be able to dine on a festive lunch menu until 23 December. Begin with roast chestnut, brown butter sabayon and butternut squash velouté, followed by a traditional roast turkey with sweet potatoes, chestnut purée and winter vegetables, and then a Pecan pie with a crunchy sable, caramelised banana for dessert. On Christmas Day itself, guests are invited to enjoy a lavish five-course Christmas lunch fashioned by Michelin-starred Chefs Eric Frechon and Steeven Gilles. £45pp for the three-course festive lunch, £250 for a five-course meal on Christmas Day
Tucked away on a cosy street next to Clapham Common you’ll find Minnow, an idyllic spot with Parisian-style cafe tables and pretty pastel green frontage. They’ve got an impressive menu to match too, with their festive meal featuring a game roast of hare, winter truffle and roast hazelnuts. Enjoy alongside inventive cocktails, and be sure to get a good Instagram of the beautiful hanging roses window display.
Look out onto the River Thames as you dine on a 5-course Christmas feast at Southbank’s Skylon, a modern British restaurant located on the first floor of the Royal Festival Hall. Head Chef Helena Puolakka’s festive offerings include potato blinis with smoked salmon, roast turkey with all the trimmings, a Christmas pudding with brandy butter for the table, and pistachio soufflé with truffle ice cream. £125pp for five courses, available 25 December
Located in the heart of South Kensington, the recently refurbished CO has a cosy yet sophisticated feel – ideal if you’re looking for a home away from home to enjoy your Christmas meal. Proceedings begin with a selection of tasty starters to choose from such as butternut squash ravioli and pressed terrine of foie gras, followed by dishes like roast venison, celeriac & leek wellington or roast turkey for the traditional among you. Save some space for dessert too: offerings include a traditional Christmas pudding, clementine & ginger bread trifle and apple tart tatin. £95pp, available 25 December
Refined Marylebone eatery is offering up a hearty British menu this Christmas, with a 4-course menu coming in at £110 a head. Begin with dishes like liquorice-cured sea trout or version & black pudding, followed by root vegetable wellington, chestnut & porcini crusted veal or roast turkey with chestnut stuffing. Desserts include gingerbread & eggnog trifle, sticky fig pudding and winter spiced rice pudding, and finish with a selection of La Fromargerie cheeses. £110pp, available 25 December
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