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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 2015. Do you have suggestions for restaurants to eat on Christmas Day? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

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Central London restaurants open on Christmas Day

Bar Boulud

Venue says: On 3 November 2015 Daniel Boulud welcomes Michelin-starred chef Mauro Colagreco for a six-course menu of Lyonnaise and Mediterranean cuisine

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 smoked salmon or truffle risotto, followed by turkey, venison, monkfish or – lucky vegetarians – swiss chard and ricotta ravioli, with celeriac puree and black truffle and parmesan foam. There’s no Xmas pud, but who cares when the likes of blood orange tart is available. Bookings from noon-9.30pm; Christmas meal for £85.

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Cinnamon Club

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 Tandoori pheasant to South Indian-spiced goose breast, and garam masala Christmas pudding. If you prefer to forget it’s Christmas, opt for the slow-braised lamb shoulder with saffron sauce. Christmal meal for £95. 

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Dean Street Townhouse

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.

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Colony Grill Room at The Beaumont

Venue says: Valet parking is offered every night of the week from 6.30pm for dinner, and all day on Saturdays and Sundays.

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.

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Grazing Goat

Venue says: Throughout game season we will be showcasing some delicious specials. To book a table call us on 020 7724 7243.

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, poached pear with ginger mousse, and warm chocolate tart. In between, indulge in the delights of Jerusalem artichoke soup, followed by Bronze turkey with all the extras. Christmas meal for £85.

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Orange Public House & Hotel

Venue says: Watch the Rugby World Cup in our private garden atrium bar, which can host up to 80 guests. To make an enquiry contact us on 020 7034 5422.

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.

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Hubbard & Bell

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.

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North London restaurants open on Christmas Day


This elegant modern French restaurant is going all British for its Christmas Day tasting menu. Start with Isle of Orkney scallop followed by game consomme with baked beetroot. Surprisingly, the main event is venison wellington, while dessert keeps things traditional – Christmas pudding with brandy sauce. Christmas meal for £80.

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Spaniards Inn

What could be more seasonal than a yomp across Hampstead Heath before or after Christmas lunch at one of London’s oldest taverns. The five-course menu offers plenty of choice, including roast turkey breast, roast rib-eye of beef or nut roast for main courses. And there are innovative dishes; from chicken liver and brandy parfait with a spiced plum chutney to start, to lemon tart with raspberry sorbet for pudding. Everyone gets a champagne sorbet amuse bouche and mince pies to finish. This restaurant was fully booked at the time of writing.

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Hampstead Garden Suburb

York & Albany

Housed in a magnificent Victorian pub (and part of the Gordon Ramsay empire), this boutique hotel, bar and restaurant has pulled out the stops with their sparkly festive 5-course menu. Start with canapés before spooning up artichoke soup, followed by perhaps crab and brown shrimp salad, and then the star act of roast turkey and its support cast of accompaniments. Besides Xmas pudding, the Valrhona chocolate delice looks set to fill any gaps.  Bookings from noon-9pm; Christmas meal for £100.

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Camden Town

Queens Pub & Dining Room

The menu at the Queens speaks of posh home cooking, from roast vegetable tian or smoked duck breast for starters, to blue cheese with quince jelly or Xmas pud with brandy crème anglaise to finish. For the main event, veggies are offered roast chestnut and vegetable loaf, while everyone else gets to gorge on free-range Norfolk turkey with pork belly and herb stuffing. And what better place to toast the Queen than in the Queens Pub? Christmas meal for £75.

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South London restaurants open on Christmas Day

Dosa n Chutny

If it’s un-Christmas you’re after, you’ve got it. No turkey, no crackers, no carols. The café seating isn’t conducive to settling into for a post-lunch snooze. But what you get is excellent South Indian cooking at unseasonally low prices. From crisp-edged dosas (savoury ‘crêpes’, plain or stuffed, served with lightly spiced gravies) to street snacks such as vada (dense lentil ‘doughnuts’) and breaded mutton and potato rolls, you can feast on a huge range of full-flavoured vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes without getting yourself into December debt.

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Stepping out for a bracing walk after your Christmas meal is, frankly, genius. Not only can you breathe crisp winter air, but you can convince yourself you'll burn enough calories to justify that extra roast spud. So the Hope pub is ideal, given its location smack-bang opposite Wandsworth Common. The festive menu sticks to simple flavours, from starters of spiced roast carrot soup or duck rillette to main courses of roast rib of beef and sea bass with a champagne sauce, and roast turkey. Bookings from noon-5pm; Christmas meal for £55.

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Blueprint Café

On Christmas Day the Design Museum will be closed, so those of you taking a trip to its rooftop restaurant will get the place all to yourselves – no students  no tourists, no corparate suits. Request a window seat (which costs extra) and drink in the views of Tower Bridge and the Thames. Alongside the more traditional ingredients (salmon, turkey, Xmas pud), you’ll find equally festive options when it comes to dessert - choose from pears poached in red wine or British cheeses if Christmas pudding isn't your thing. Bookings from noon-3.30pm. Christmas menu for £80.

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Chapters All Day Dining

Critics' choice

This popular neighbourhood local plates up a 5-course meal for those wanting to stay out of the kitchen on Christmas Day. After a first course of broccoli soup, savour the likes of crisp pork belly matched with a seared scallop before heading to the big-hitter main courses. Non-turkey choices include grilled Hereford rib-eye with red wine juices, or butternut squash ravioli in parmesan cream. Even the Christmas pudding gets a weighty flourish of marzipan, brandy butter and brandy sauce. Now fully booked

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East London restaurants open on Christmas Day

Duck & Waffle

Sited on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, D&W offers stupendous views 24/7. The 5-course modern European menu begins with crispy parmesan and truffle polenta, followed by mulligatawny or puy lentil ragout. The kitchen bravely gives turkey the swerve and plumps for slow braised ox cheek served with winter-warming pearl barley and tuffles. For vegetarians, Jerusalem artichoke ravioli finished with caramelized cauliflower should do the business. Mysteriously, pudding is listed as a 'sweet surprise'. Bookings from 11.30am-4.30pm, 5.30pm-Midnight. Christmas menu for £85.

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Hoxton Grill

To avoid slaving over a hot oven come Christmas Day, head to the Hoxton Hotel's restaurant. In addition to the usuals (cured salmon, roast turkey plus trimmings), you could lead with pressed ham hock, ahead of fillet of beef with wild mushrooms or halibut with leeks and salsify. Desserts are as inviting, with chocolate and orange parfait alongside mince pies, stilton and Xmas pud options. Veggies are catered for, with jerusalem artichoke and truffle oil soup ahead of roast butternut squash, lentils and chestnuts. Bookings from noon-4pm; 6pm-10pm.

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Want to escape all things Christmas, but still looking to eat well on December 25? Head to Tayyabs. It’s business as usual at this Whitechapel stalwart (whose owners, as you may have guessed, aren’t Christian), with not a whiff of turkey in sight, just the usual roll-call of good Punjabi curries and grills. The kebabs are fiendishly good, as is the chilli-spiked lamb gosht, served simmering in a karahi. In fact, it’s all excellent, and all preposterously cheap. Remember to bring your own booze as it’s unlicensed.

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West London restaurants open on Christmas Day

Chutney Mary

So, you don’t want turkey and trimmings but you still want a sense of occasion? Moments from Chelsea’s Imperial Wharf, Chutney Mary combines an unusual setting (particularly if you sit in the conservatory room, which has a tree growing through the middle) with polite service and a mildly spiced menu with Anglo-Indian tones. Expect the likes of smoky kebabs to start, with several options for your main, including masala roast duck and mustardy lobster gratin. Then cast yourself back to the days of the Raj. Bookings from 12.30pm-2.30pm.

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St James'

Min Jiang

As venues for alternative Christmas meals go, the restaurant on the tenth floor of the Royal Gardens Hotel is a strong option, offering stunning views of neighbouring Kensington Gardens. The standard Christmas Day menu offers four delicious courses that include pan fried Dover sole in XO sauce, winter melon and seafood soup and, to finish, warm honey and ginger cake with lychee and rose water ice cream. But if you’ve got the cash, go deluxe: an extra £32 or £58 buys you an additional course of half or whole Beijing duck.

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The Alice House West Hampstead

A local favourite for Sunday roasts, this West Hampstead staple offers traditional British fare with a twist, amidst a cosy setting of exposed brick, vintage décor and friendly staff. The three course Christmas Day Menu has options such as Jerusalem artichoke & truffle soup; black leg turkey, duck fat potatoes, pigs in blankets; sea bass fillet, lobster mash; Christmas pudding, brandy cream, berry compote. For only £15 more you get craft beer or wine to match each course.

283-285 West End Lane, West Hampstead, NW6 1RD

Christmas meal: £60