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 (American-specific joints or otherwise) choose to celebrate the main culinary festival of the States. Falling on the fourth Thursday of November – this year it’s Thursday November 23 – Thanksgiving is your chance to have a pre-Christmas turkey dinner with our top pick of places to celebrate in London.
Thanksgiving meals in London restaurants
Caprice Holdings’ luxe Grosvenor Square grill is embellishing its regular menu with a few Thanksgiving classics this year. Yankophiles can fill up on New England shellfish chowder; roast turkey with cranberry stuffing and buttered sprout tops; and caramel pumpkin pie with maple ice cream.
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 all the trimmings (plus winter kale salad), and pecan pudding. £55 a head.
Serving roast turkey or oven-baked squash for the veggies with buttery mash, roasted sweet potatoes and sage and onion stuffing, Bea’s of Bloomsbury is celebrating Thanksgiving in style. Choose from pumpkin pie or berry and passion fruit cheesecake for afters. £35.50 per person.
A choice of two all-American feasts: either a pit-smoked turkey served with stuffing, cornbread, mashed sweet potatoes and green bean casserole, or a self-styled ‘lobster fest’ (£10 supplement) featuring whole lobster, lobster roll or lobster mac ’n’ cheese. It’s all served family-style and bookended by squash soup or caesar salad, and banana cream or pumpkin pie. A three-course meal costs £35 (Please note: there’s a different Thanksgiving menu also available at Canary Wharf and Chelsea branches).
Venue says: “Get down this Bank Holiday weekend to Rhythm Division on the 29th, The Spirit of Woodstock on the 30th and The 27 Club on the 1st!”
This year’s Thanksgiving feast at Deep South specialist the Blues Kitchen centres on a southern feast of gumbo, cornbread, buttermilk fried turkey (very 2017) and twice-baked mac ’n’ cheese. And don't forget some New Orleans gumbo to start and sweet pumpkin pie and marshmallow to finish. Book £29.95 tickets and you’ll be treated to live blues from house band The Beekays until 1am. The Shoreditch and Brixton venues will also be celebrating.
Book ahead for a smoky taste of Americana. These city-wide barbecue outposts are charging £27.95 per person for a meal that includes a choice of clam chowder or a quesadilla (with a chicken, pulled pork or veggie filling) to start, followed by traditional turkey and then pumpkin pie for pud. You'll be as stuffed as a traditional Thanksgiving turkey.
From November 23-25, this all-American joint in the City will be partying U-S-A style, with Thanksgiving feasting in the evenings. The set menu (£45 per head) focuses on spiced and roasted turkey, green bean casserole, buttermilk biscuits, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and wild mushroom sourdough stuffing. Have it all covered with ‘super awesome’ gravy and then wash it down with eggnog and hot buttered cider.
Gordon Ramsay’s City restaurant is serving up a three-course Thanksgiving menu, including a sharing platter of bacon-wrapped pickles, brie-stuffed mushrooms and spiced wings to start, and peanut butter parfait with doughnut sticks to finish. For the main course, chow down on a confit turkey leg served with bacon popcorn and a white bean and clam bake. £50 a head.
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 a butternut bisque, served with jalapeño and coriander cornbread, followed by Norfolk turkey roasted in beer and bacon along with hasselback potatoes (or mac ’n’ cheese for the meat-averse), and finished with pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream. £28 per person. Available at all branches in the evening (though tickets are required).
For a country chic Thanksgiving, head to South Ken’s branch of Bumpkin. It’s a cosy setting complete with a comforting three-course menu with pumpkin and sage soup to start and apple pie to finish. The middle is the serious bit though, with roast turkey joined by sausage and chestnut stuffing, corn on the cob, mashed spuds and cranberry sauce. Amp it up even more with a potent Thanksgiving cocktail of bourbon, red wine and apple juice. £30 a head.
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.