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Six London restaurants with great festive menus

From trad turkey to leftfield interpretations of Christmas classics, here’s where to find some of the city’s best Yuletide dining

Leonie Cooper
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Leonie Cooper

Festive food comes in all manner of intriguing guises, so don't worry if the idea of a month-long sprout marathon turns your stomach. From twists on traditional standards to some simply sensational seasonal scran, there's loads of incredible set menu group feasting options in the run-up to Christmas in London this year. From the celebratory taste of Bangkok’s Chinatown at Speedboat Bar to Dishoom's now-legendary festive turkey raan, you and your crew won't go hungry. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Pizza
  • Clapton

Collaboration is one of Yard Sale Pizza's USPs, and this Christmas they're going big and teaming up with one of the city's best gastropubs – The Camberwell Arms. This festive pie will be available at all 11 of Yard Sale's locations (to eat in or order to your sofa) until Jan 1. The ‘Pizza, Actually’ seasonal spesh comes with nduja mascarpone, brussel sprouts and a crispy sage & pancetta sprinkle. The veggie version is topped with porcini mushrooms & confit garlic, brussel sprouts, garlic oil & parmesan. Add £1 to your order and you'll be entered into Choose Love’s humanitarian appeal for Gaza & Israel and be in with the chance of winning a coverted YSP Black Card. 

  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • Chinatown
  • price 2 of 4

A night out at Speedboat Bar is a party whatever the time of year, but this festive season they're really pushing the boat out with their first ever celebration set menu. For £40 a head, you'll get the signature sweetcorn fritters, Thai oysters with chilli jam and seafood sauce as well as prawn chu chee curry, braised pork leg khao moo and loads more. Say hello to your hottest and spiciest ever Christmas.

Don't miss The pickled mustard green salad, which packs a mighty punch.

  • Restaurants
  • Indian
  • Covent Garden

The centrepiece of Dishoom's fabulous take on the festive feast is their whole Turkey leg raan, which comes with some delightfully non-trad trimmings, such as sprouts with lime-chilli dressing, tenderstem broccoli, and spiced cranberry chutney. From £42 a head diners will also get the house black daal (no trip to Dishoom is complete without it), unlimited naan, roti and raita, a chicken ruby curry and jackfruit biryani, murgh malai and gunpowder potatoes from the grill, as well as keema pau, okra fries and bhel to start.

Don't miss The mince pie kulfi pudding (and there are veggie and vegan versions of the whole menu, so nobody misses out). 

  • Restaurants
  • Portuguese
  • Bankside

A posh take on Portuguese piri-piri chicken, Casa Do Frango is offering a £40 a head festive feast at all its London locations; London Bridge, Shoreditch, Piccadilly and Victoria. The centrepiece is, unsurprisingly, grilled piri-piri chicken, but you'll also be served up garlic prawns, fire-roasted green veg, salt cod fritters, grilled chorizo, rice, chips and salad. Think of it as the cheapest group trip to Portugal you'll ever take. 

Don't miss Save space for the almond cake.

  • Restaurants
  • Korean
  • Soho

If you're feeding eight or more, then Korean Dinner Party has two options; the Chimaek Christmas at £32 per person or the Seoulful at £42. The first is fried chicken-friendly, with additional Korean corn dogs, mac and cheese, fried cauliflower, slaw, iceberg wedge salads, crinkle fries and an especially seasonal ice cream cone tree while the latter comes with a Soju Fizz cocktail as well as bacon mochi, kimchi pancakes and a slow roasted bo ssam pork shoulder with lettuce cups and flour tacos. Choose your fighter. 

Don't miss Take a chance on the half hotdog, half mozzarella corn dog, complete with ketchup and mustard.

  • Restaurants
  • Spanish
  • King’s Cross

At £150 a head, the festive set menu at this sky-high Spanish-Mexican spot at the top of The Standard hotel isn't cheap. Is is, however, extremely hearty. You'll be lavished with jamon croquetas, roasted scallops, wood-grilled black cod and, for the main event, a beef fillet served with fried potatoes and aioli as well as roasted veg with cranberry and chutney. A vegan version includes artichoke tostadas, red pepper aguachiles and sweet potato tacos, and is a mere £120 per person.

Don't miss The panoramic views from the loos are priceless – which is handy, seeing as dinner might bankrupt you.

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