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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 2016. Do you have suggestions for restaurants to eat on Christmas Day? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

Check back soon for Christmas 2016 info and find last year's restaurant offerings below

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Central London restaurants open on Christmas Day

Bar Boulud

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. Christmas meal for £95. 

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Darbaar Restaurant

This new Indian restaurant in the City opens its doors on Christmas Day, turning out a far-from-traditional four-course menu of spicy meats and treats. Guests will be greeted with a Christmassy cocktail and the festivities will continue with chilli crab and coconut soup, kebabs and - the main attraction - Goan-spiced goose. Finish things off with Christmas cake with an Indian twist. Christmas meal for £45.

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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. Finish the meal with a choice of either Cropwell Bishop Stilton or Lancashire Cheese.

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Colony Grill Room at The Beaumont

Upmarket Beaumont Hotel sighs with art deco elegance and is another addition to Corbin & King’s business interests (which include The Wolseley and Delaunay). Diners can expect to find the full a la carte menu on offer for Christmas Day, alongside a 'special' which includes turkey. Expect too a delicious variety of 'plats du jour' as well as American sandwiches and side dishes.
Booking open 9am-6pm, 7 days a week.

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Grazing Goat

Venue says: As it's chocolate week, why not whet your appetite with our 'one week only' special chocolate cocktail.

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: Have you tried our autumn menu yet?

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 duck liver and chestnut brulee, blackberries and hazelnuts to free-range Bronze turkey with pumpkin and baby carrots. Vegetarian options are no less ambitious: there’s beetroot and chard filo pie with shallot puree, ahead of sweet potato gnocchi and mulled pear. Bookings from noon-6pm.

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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 crudo with rocket and parmesan, or diver scallops with celeriac and samphire. Main courses do include a twist on the classic roast turkey, accompanied by sprouts and pickled cranberries but if that isn't really your thing, try monkfish with chanterelle and butter foam. Brandy pudding with custard is the most festive dessert on the menu but the orange, chocolate and cherry trifle is equally traditional. Bookings from noon-4.30pm.

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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 three course menu offers a variety of both festive and non-traditional options with starters including a spiced carrot soup and a confit of duck with shallot and thyme rillet. Separated from the starters with a champagne sorbet to cleanse the palate, the mains are no less extravagant: choose between roast turkey breast with all the trimmings and pan fried sea bass with a lobster croquette. Those who aren't a fan of Christmas pud have a variety of more exotic options such as a lime and coconut cheescake. At the time of writing, Christmas Day bookings hadalready been filled, however you can call to check for cancellations.

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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


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

Venue says: Enjoy our set menu offer for lunch and dinner – two courses at £20, three courses at £25.

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


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 goose croquant with spiced plum sauce, savour the likes of carpaccio of venison before heading to the big-hitter main courses. Non-turkey choices include a roast fillet of beef with truffle butter or, for the vegetarians among us, a shallot tart tatin with roast salsify. Even the Christmas pudding gets a weighty flourish brandy sauce and vanilla ice-cream whilst the dark chocolate mousse and cherry sorbet provides a less festive alternative. Bookings noon-6.30pm.

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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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Heathcote Arms

The Heathcote Arms has reopened as a community asset, so celebrate with them during the season of goodwill. The pub will be serving traditional Christmas fare at great prices across its three-course menu. Roast turkey comes with stuffing and all the classic accompaniments, while veggies can tuck into mushroom wellington instead. Christmas meal for £25. Served from 12-3pm.

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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 (smoked salmon, roast turkey plus trimmings), you could lead with pressed ham hock, ahead of fillet of beef with sprouts and pancetta or hake with celeriac puree. Desserts are as inviting, with poached pears and mascarpone alongside mince pies, stilton and Xmas pud options. Veggies are catered for, with spiced parsnip and curry oil soup ahead of grilled halloumi, chickpeas and pepper. Bookings from noon-3.30pm; 6pm-9pm.

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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 served simmering in a karahi. In fact, it’s all excellent, and all preposterously cheap: for supplement of £3, a delicious selection of lassis and kulfi is also available. Remember to bring your own booze as it’s unlicensed.

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West London restaurants open on Christmas Day

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 Bollo House

The wood-panelled dining room and mismatched chairs give a cosy feel, and on Christmas Day there’s a four-course menu. To start, choose between a smoked salmon ballotine, spiced parsnip and madeira soup and chicory, pear and stilton salad. If you don’t want the roast turkey next, there’s roasted cod fillet with salsify and red wine butter sauce. Desserts are a choice between Christmas pud and eggnog brûlée. Sittings are at 1pm or 2pm, and the cost is £60 or £20 for children under 10.

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Le Vacherin

A popular neighbourhood bistro, with its retro prints and mirrors, Le Vacherin is filled with Chiswick’s spruce and moneyed troisième âge and is definitely a pricier destination for those looking for an elegant affair on Christmas Day. The offerings include salmon, turkey with all the trimmings and Xmas pud with brandy custard for traditionalists. Alternative mains include pan-fried sea bass with crab ravioli and confit of duck with puy lentils. Finish with sweet or sour with chocolate and caramel fondant or grapefruit sorbet. Bookings noon-4pm.

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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