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 welcoming staff, this subterranean spot would be a classy place to dine on Christmas Day. Kick off with pumpkin soup or beetroot-cured smoked salmon, followed by 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. Bookings from noon-9.30pm.
- Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA
- Christmas meal: £78
When Parliament is in recess, this smart pan-Indian restaurant, a politicians’ favourite, can seem starched. 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 southern-style goose breast stir-fry, and garam masala Christmas pudding. If you prefer to forget it’s Christmas, opt for the slow-braised lamb shoulder with saffron sauce. Bookings from noon-1.30pm; 2.30-4.30pm
- Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, (30-32 Great Smith Street), SW1P 3BU
- Christmas meal: £85
This Soho all-dayer is always pretty buzzy, but its Georgian rooms are particularly suited for twinkly festive gatherings. It’s at the pricier end of Christmas Day meals, but this includes a glass of champagne, and coffee, mince pies and truffles to finish. In between there’s a spread of classic British dishes – from pressed ham with piccalilli, to tipsy sherry trifle, via roast rib of Hereford beef. Turkey and Christmas pud are on offer for traditionalists. Please note that this restaurant was fully booked at the time of writing.
- 69-71 Dean Street, W1D 3SE
- Christmas meal: £95
- Price band: 3/4
Upmarket Beaumont Hotel sighs with art deco elegance and is another addition to Corbin & King’s business interests (which include The Wolseley and Delauney). You'll need deep pockets to enjoy seasonal celebrations here. Alongside à la carte choices, the festive menu includes such sparkles as an assorted seafood platter to begin with, followed by classic Norfolk-reared turkey or roast venison plus sides. Xmas pud with gingerbread ice cream promise an extra hit of warming spice. Bookings from 11.30am-midnight.
- Brown Hart Gardens, Balderton Street, Mayfair, W1K 6TF
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, their slap-up Christmas meal starts with a glass of champers and concludes with a seasonal array of desserts: Xmas pud, chocolate and orange fondant with candied chestnuts, and mulled wine-poached quince. In between, indulge in the delights of spiced pumpkin and ginger soup, followed by free-range Bronze turkey with all the extras. Bookings from noon-3.30pm.
- 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. 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. Bookings from noon-3.30pm.
- 37 Pimlico Road, SW1W 8NE
- Christmas meal: £80
If you are looking to break with tradition, this trendy bar-grill and coffee shop should tick the box. Run by the Soho House Group, it is housed within the Holborn branch of the Hoxton Hotel. Their Christmas Day menu gives mainly Italian-style dishes a makeover with such numbers as beef carpaccio scattered with pickled mushrooms, or pumpkin-filled pasta parcels partnered with honey-poached cranberries. Main courses of say, carbonara made with spaghetti squash, or smoked turkey leg matched with brussel sprouts and pickled cranberries are just as ambitious in intent. Bookings from noon-4.30pm.
- 199-206 High Holborn, WC1V 7BD