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.
So, you don’t want turkey and trimmings but you still want a sense of occasion? How about some comfy seats and cosseting staff? This old girl may have the answer. 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 and dwarf palms fringing its sides) with polite service and a mildly spiced menu with Anglo-Indian tones. Expect the likes of spiced soup or vegetable kebabs to start, with several options for your main, including beautifully seasoned meat and fish. Then cast yourself back to the days of the Raj.
- 535 King's Road, SW10 0SZ
- Christmas meal: £85
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, along with well-mannered service and delicate Cantonese cooking of the highest order. The standard Christmas Day menu offers five delicious courses: grilled lobster dumpling, wood-fired beijing duck, double-boiled winter melon soup with morels, cumin-spiced fillet of beef with foie gras and, to finish, chilled ginger and orange soup with cranberry ice-cream. But if you’ve got the cash, go deluxe: an extra £20 buys you an additional course of honey and soy roast black cod.
- 10th floor, Royal Garden Hotel, (2-24 Kensington High Street), W8 4PT
- Christmas meal: £90/£110
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