London restaurants open on Christmas Day
Don't fancy stuffing that turkey? Then leave it to the professionals
Looking for a traditional Christmas meal, but without all the faff? Or perhaps turkey isn’t your thing, but you’d still like to dine out on 25 December? The Time Out Food Editors round up the best places to eat on Christmas Day 2014. Do you have suggestions for restaurants to eat on Christmas Day? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.
Don’t expect to see Père Noël here, but between the warm tones of the dining room and the warmth of the ultra-professional staff, this subterranean spot would be a classy place to dine on Christmas Day. Kick off with pumpkin soup or beetroot cured smoked salmon. For the main course, there’s turkey, venison, monkfish or – lucky vegetarians – wild mushroom raviolo with celeriac puree, swiss chard, black truffle and parmesan foam. There’s no Xmas pud, but who cares when the likes of a red velvet yule log is available.
- Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA
- Christmas meal: £78
On off-peak nights or when Parliament is in recess, this smart pan-Indian restaurant, a politicians’ favourite, can seem starched and soulless. But come Christmas, the large Grade-II listed Victorian edifice comes alive. This year, the range of dishes includes classic yuletide ingredients, from chargrilled Scottish salmon with ginger and tarragon to South Indian-style goose breast stir-fry, and garam masala Christmas pudding with nutmeg custard. If you prefer to forget it’s Christmas, opt for the slow-braised lamb shoulder with saffron sauce.
- Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, (30-32 Great Smith Street), SW1P 3BU
- Christmas meal: £85
This Soho all-dayer (with bedrooms upstairs), is always pretty buzzy, but its Georgian rooms are particularly suited for twinkly festive gatherings. At £95, it’s at the pricier end of Christmas Day meals, but this includes an introductory glass of champagne, and coffee, mince pies and truffles to finish. In between there’s a delicious-sounding spread of classic British dishes – from pressed ham with piccalilli, to tipsy sherry trifle, via roast rib of Hereford beef with yorkshire pudding. Turkey and Christmas pud are on offer for traditionalists.
- 69-71 Dean Street, W1D 3SE
- Christmas meal: £95
Part of the Thomas Cubitt Group (like the Orange Public House & Hotel), the Grazing Goat is a similarly upmarket gastropub. Located in posh Portman Village, it’s providing a slap-up meal for Christmas Day, starting with a glass of champers on arrival and concluding with a seasonal array of desserts: Xmas pud, chocolate and orange fondant with candied chestnuts and quince poached in mulled wine. In between, indulge in the delights of spiced pumpkin and ginger soup, followed by free-range Bronze turkey with all the extras you’d expect.
- 6 New Quebec Street, W1H 7RQ
- Christmas meal: £80
It’s hard to say which is more attractive at this gastropub-hotel overlooking a pretty square a short walk from the King’s Road: the airy series of rooms or the impeccably groomed regulars. In keeping with its posh-pub manners, Christmas Day here kicks off with a menu that shows serious intent: from foie gras parfait with trufle brioche to free-range Bronze turkey with fig and chestnut stuffing. Vegetarian options are no less ambitious: there’s horseradish gnocchi with pickled kohlrabi, ahead of wellington of butternut squash.
- 37 Pimlico Road, SW1W 8NE
- Christmas meal: £80