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 2013. Do you have suggestions for restaurants to eat on Christmas Day? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.
If it’s un-Christmas you’re after, you’ve got it. No turkey, no crackers, no carols. The lighting is set to ‘interrogation-bright’ (as if to ensure there’s no hanky-panky between courting couples), while 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.
- 68 Tooting High Street, SW17 0RN
- A la carte meal: around £20 for food
As cunning plans go, stepping out for a bracing walk after your Christmas meal is, frankly, genius. Not only can you breathe that crisp winter air, but if it’s planned in advance, you can convince yourself that you’re about to burn off enough calories to justify that extra roast potato. So the Hope pub is ideal, given its location smack-bang opposite Wandsworth Common and a cosy yet casual ambience that means you can go wearing mud-friendly comfy shoes. The Christmas Day menu sticks to simple festive flavours, from starters of carrot, ginger and honey soup or Severn & Wye smoked salmon to main courses that include the likes of roast rib of West Country beef and sea beam with caper butter as well as roast turkey breast. Puds are equally homely (Xmas pud, choc brownie), though the spiced winter fruit tart with a kirsch and cherry coulis sounds most tempting of all.
- 1 Bellevue Road, SW17 7EG
- Christmas meal: £55
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 corporate suits. Request a window seat (which costs extra) and drink in the views of Tower Bridge and the Thames, before lunching in style on an upmarket modern British menu. Alongside the more traditional ingredients (turkey, Christmas pud), you’ll find celeriac and apple soup with black truffle shavings or native lobster and crayfish cocktail to start, and Hereford beef wellington or French farmed turbot with smoked pommes purée as alternative main courses. Puds are equally appealing – witness clementine jelly with nutmeg custard and star anis ice-cream.
- Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, SE1 2YD