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.

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 pumpkin soup or beetroot-cured smoked salmon, followed by turkey, venison, monkfish or – lucky vegetarians – wild mushroom raviolo with celeriac puree, swiss chard, black truffle and parmesan foam. There’s no Xmas pud, but who cares when the likes of a red velvet yule log is available. Bookings from noon-9.30pm.

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Hyde Park

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 chargrilled Scottish salmon with ginger and tarragon to southern-style goose breast stir-fry, and garam masala Christmas pudding. If you prefer to forget it’s Christmas, opt for the slow-braised lamb shoulder with saffron sauce. Now fully booked

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Westminster

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. Now fully booked

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Soho

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 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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Mayfair

Grazing Goat

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, chocolate and orange fondant with candied chestnuts, and mulled wine-poached quince. In between, indulge in the delights of spiced pumpkin and ginger soup, followed by free-range Bronze turkey with all the extras. Now fully booked

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Marble Arch

Orange Public House & Hotel

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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London

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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Holborn

Almeida

This elegant modern French restaurant is going all British for its Christmas Day lunch. A glass of bucks fizz will get things going nicely, followed by a choice of butternut squash soup, foie gras terrine or poached Loch Duart salmon. The main event is, as you might expect, Norfolk Bronze turkey with all the trimmings, while desserts run from the traditional – ‘flamed’ Christmas pudding with rum custard – to the exotic – dark chocolate fondant with kumquat compote and orange yogurt ice-cream. Now fully booked

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Islington

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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London

York & Albany

Critics' choice

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 beetroot terrine, and then the star act of roast turkey and its support cast of accompaniments. Besides Xmas pudding, the Baileys mocha cheesecake looks set to fill any gaps.  Bookings from noon- 4pm for lunch, and between 6pm and 9pm.

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Camden

Queens Pub & Dining Room

The menu at the Queens speaks of posh home cooking, from pan-fried gnocchi and wild mushrooms or smoked duck terrine for starters, to Cropwell Bishop stilton 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? This restaurant was fully booked at the time of writing.

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Stroud Green

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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Tooting

Hope

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 roast parsnip and honey soup or Severn & Wye smoked salmon to main courses of roast rib-eye of beef and sea beam with caper and herb sauce, and roast turkey. Bookings from noon-5pm.

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London

Skylon

The views across the river from the Royal Festival Hall make this a spectacular destination for a cracker-pulling 3-course lunch.  Start with a glass of champagne before enjoying a meal which may well feature roast turkey or seared beef fillet in the starring role. Fish and seafood feature prominently – check out the crab risotto to begin with, or a main course of monkfish partnered with wild mushrooms and smoky bacon. An iced lemon pudding with cranberries will, no doubt, lighten the load. Now fully booked

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Southbank

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 (smoked salmon, turkey, Xmas pud), you’ll find equally festive options when it comes to dessert - choose from chocolate yule log or mini clementine trifle if Christmas pudding isn't your thing. Bookings from noon-3.30pm.

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Tower Bridge

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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Blackheath

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 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.

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City

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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Old Street

Tayyabs

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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Whitechapel

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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Chelsea

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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Hyde Park

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