Let’s hear it for the ‘special relationship’! With a huge number of US expats living in London, it’s no wonder many London restaurants choose to celebrate the main culinary festival of the States. Falling on the fourth Thursday of November – this year Thursday 26 November – Thanksgiving is your chance to have a pre-Christmas turkey dinner with our top pick of places to celebrate in London. Do you have a favourite restaurant that will be celebrating Thanksgiving this year? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.
Thanksgiving meals in London restaurants
Balthazar was born and raised in New York, so a Thanksgiving dinner at its London branch should transport you back to the States. This year’s set menu kicks off with a gingerbread-spiced cocktail, followed by three courses – highlights include traditional roast turkey with orange-and-chestnut stuffing and corn fritters, and pumpkin cheesecake. £55 a head.Read more
Serving roast turkey roulade with buttery mash, grilled sweet potatoes and a choice of stuffing, sauces and vegetables, Bea’s of Bloomsbury is celebrating Thanksgiving in style. Dessert is a choice of pies (pumpkin or mince) chocolate and peanut butter cheesecake, or triple chocolate cake. Prices start at £23.95 per person, and there is even a Thanksgiving delivery service available. Lazy, right? Count us in.Read more
A choice of two all-American feasts: either a pit-smoked turkey served with stuffing, cornbread, candied sweet potatoes and creamed spinach, or a self-styled 'lobster fest' featuring whole lobster, lobster roll or lobster mac n cheese. It's all served family style, and bookended by pumpkin and squash soup, and freshly baked pumpkin pie. A three-course meal costs £30 (Please note: there's a different Thanksgiving menu at the Chelsea branch).Read more
Venue says: Rib Night - every Monday from 5pm. Enjoy a stack of slow smoked pork and beef ribs for just £10.
This year’s Thanksgiving feast at Deep South specialist the Blues Kitchen centres, naturally, on roast turkey, but don’t forget the sides: roast potatoes, cornbread, cranberry jelly, steamed greens, mac n cheese, and corn on the cob. Book £29.95 tickets and you'll be treated to live blues from The Untouchables followed by DJ sets until 1am.Read more
Book ahead for a smoky taste of Americana. These barbecue outposts (in Soho, Clapham, Fulham, Balham and Tower Hill) are charging £23.95 per person for a meal that includes a choice of clam chowder, a quesadilla (with a chicken, pulled pork or veggie filling) or caesar salad to start, a main platter for two filled with turkey and glazed ham with mash, cornbread stuffing and grilled veg, followed by key lime or pumpkin pie. You'll be as stuffed as a traditional Thanksgiving turkey.Read more
Get a taste of the American dream with the Breakfast Club’s three-course feast of US comfort food and Thanksgiving classics. The meal starts with spicy pumpkin soup, served with maple and pecan cornbread, followed by roasted Suffolk turkey with all the trimmings, and finished with pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream. £28 per person. Available at all branches, with 6pm and 8.30pm sittings (plus 3pm at the Canary Wharf branch only).Read more
If you want to really push the boat out this Thanksgiving, London’s original American restaurant, Christopher’s, always puts on a good banquet. For 2015, the all-day set menu features blackened shrimps with shaved truffle and pistachio crumbs, followed by slow-cooked ballotine of turkey with corn bread, hazelnut and cherry stuffing, and all the trimmings, and a dessert of pear and almond cobbler with blackberry compote and salted caramel ice cream, for £55 per person. Or, if you want to toast Thanksgiving without carb-loading, hit up Christopher’s beautiful art-deco bar and order one of three Thanksgiving-themed cocktails.Read more
It’s only fitting that US celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s Mayfair restaurant should do something special for Thanksgiving and at £90 (£130 with wine), we hope they’ve pulled it off. Heading up the restaurant's usual evening menu of luxury steaks is a roast turkey dish with all the trimmings - including wild-mushroom stuffing, potato purée, cranberry compote and gravy. Desserts include spiced pumpkin baked alaska and bourbon pecan pie. The diet can start in January.Read more
Mark Hix’s other London restaurants are resolutely British, but at Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair, Thanksgiving dinner is a proud fixture. This year, the three-course meal will include crab and sweetcorn broth, roast turkey with autumn greens and cranberry sauce, and chocolate-laced pumpkin pie. £59.50 per person. Telephone booking essential.Read more
Belushi's Bar Camden
Venue says: Check out our epic happy hour from 5pm-8pm every day!
A popular late-night bar in Camden, just down from Camden Lock Market. It's one of several Belushi's in London, with a fair few across Europe, too. It's pretty much all about the party here, with DJs, open-mic nights, live music and a fair few special events keeping the crowds drawn. Large screens show many of the big sporting events, too. There's a solid selection of drinks, with classic cocktails, sharers and shooters alongside a few wines and plenty of beers on draught. Keep an eye out for happy hours, too. Burgers feature prominently on a food menu influenced by dishes from the States. Expect nachos, quesadillas and potato wedges to share, alongside wings, BBQ racks of ribs, tacos, wraps and indulgent desserts such as the 'whoa black betty' - a slice of chocolate brownie covered in chocolate cookie crumbs. You can add a shot of Kahlua to it too, if you like.
Find more great American feasts in London
American restaurants in London bring out the best in the sought-after cuisine of the US. Think burgers, barbecue, hot dogs, ribs and other delicious forms of meaty goodness and you're on the right track. But read our list below and you'll discover there's so much more to US cuisine, especially when it's done to a tee in London restaurants.Read more