London restaurants open on Christmas Day

Don't fancy stuffing that turkey? Then leave it to the professionals



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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.

Duck & Waffle

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Sited on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, D&W offers stupendous views 24/7. The 5-course modern European menu begins with devilled quail’s eggs, followed by parsnip soup topped with toffee apples. The kitchen bravely gives turkey the swerve and plumps for roast Barbary duck served with winter-warming pearl barley, pumpkin purée and trompettes. For vegetarians, Jerusalem artichoke ravioli finished with hazelnuts and turnip tops should do the business. Boozy Christmas pudding ice cream provides a fitting finale. Bookings from 11.30am-4.30pm, 5.30pm-Midnight.

  1. 40th Floor, 110 Bishopsgate, (Heron Tower), EC2N 4AY
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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.

  1. 81 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HU
  2. Christmas meal: £78
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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.

  1. 83 Fieldgate Street, E1 1JU
  2. A la carte meal: around £25 for food
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