Whether you’re craving a traditional turkey Christmas lunch, seeking a laid-back Christmas dinner in London or are keen to take in the sights on a lunchtime river cruise, there are many restaurants open on Christmas Day in London for that extra special meal.
Once you’ve decided on the best Christmas lunch in London, make sure to book in advance, as most spots at the top places to eat on Christmas Day in London 2019 will fill up quickly.
Dine at traditional Christmas restaurants in London
Simpson's in the Strand
Holborn Dining Room
It’s not every day you dine alongside Santa, particularly on the busiest day of his year. But the cheerful chap takes some time out of his busy schedule to see diners at Holborn Dining Room on Christmas Day. Enjoy the likes of cauliflower soup with roast chestnuts and winter truffle, Suffolk bronze turkey, 35-day dry-aged rib-eye and raspberry and almond trifle.
The Goring Dining Room
Follow in the fork-marks of royalty at The Goring Dining Room, a venue of choice for the locals from the “big house across the road”. It’s only fitting then that the likes of native lobster omelette, venison Wellington and, of course, roast turkey feature on the tantalising Christmas Day lunch menu fit for a queen.
Find relaxed Christmas Day meals in London
Leicester Square Kitchen
Delve into a Christmas Day Luncheon in the West End, at Leicester Square Kitchen. Pick from Dover sole, roast chicken, beef Wellington or portobello mushroom, and end with marc de champagne truffles as part of a four-course menu. Afterwards, wander through the festively decorated streets to catch some of the capital’s famous Christmas lights. The lunch is also available at sibling restaurants: May Fair Kitchen, Monmouth Kitchen and Bloomsbury Street Kitchen.
Percy & Founders
A great option for vegans, vegetarians and carnivores alike, Percy & Founders serves up a three-course menu with a glass of bubbly on arrival. Savour wintry flavours such as glazed parsnip tarte tatin; chestnut, pumpkin and cranberry Wellington; and fruity winter orchard tart, alongside the staples of roast turkey and Christmas pud.
The Montagu Kitchen
Brumus Bar & Restaurant
Put on your finery and head to Brumus Bar & Restaurant for champagne and canapes, before tucking into four courses of festive fare: think confit duck terrine with poached fig chutney, roast New Forest Marque turkey and artisanal cheese. When you’re almost too full to move, take a stroll in nearby St James’s Park or visit Body Worlds, which is one of the few London attractions open on Christmas Day.
Devour Christmas Day feasts in London
Hélène Darroze at The Connaught
Savour French flavours at two Michelin-starred Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, which offers a six-course feast in luxurious surroundings to mark Christmas Day in London. The menu changes between lunch and dinner, including foie gras, turbot and chestnut at lunch; or lobster, black truffle and chocolate in the evening.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
For a truly memorable Christmas lunch in London, head to Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. Delve into six creative courses with a choice of two wine pairings, as you start with savouries and end with sweetmeats. The dishes in between mix tradition with modern techniques, including a Christmas tipsy cake and Sambocade, a truffle, honey and walnut fusion adapted from a 14th-century recipe.
La Dame de Pic
Enjoy something a little bit different to the omnipresent turkey and Christmas pudding at Anne Sophie Pic’s La Dame de Pic. The two Michelin-starred chef has crafted a contemporary eight-course menu featuring signature dishes such as berlingots (pasta parcels with cheese and wild mushrooms) alongside wild sea bass, capon, and brie served with black truffle and rum jelly.
Roux at The Landau
Enjoy a French-style Christmas at Roux at The Landau, as gallic classics are given a festive twist in a five-course Christmas lunch menu overseen by Michel Roux Jr. Canapes, gavadlax with caviar, and foie gras are followed by a choice of Buccleuch beef, turbot with lobster bisque, and roast turkey, plus a choice of sweet treats.
The Bingham Riverhouse
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City Cruises Christmas lunch cruise
See some of London’s most iconic sights on Christmas Day with City Cruises during a Christmas Day lunch cruise along the river Thames. Sit down to a traditional four-course Christmas meal featuring roast turkey or wild mushroom, cranberry and brie pastry, while listening to carols and passing the Coca-Cola London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge.
Snap away at the hundreds of framed paintings at Berners Tavern, as you savour your four-course Christmas Day London lunch. Starters include quail, crab, or lobster soup; while mains feature venison Wellington, beef fillet, halibut and Norfolk Bronze turkey. To end, British cheeses vie for your attention alongside chocolate and orange tart, and Christmas pudding.
Sea Containers Restaurant
Devour inventive takes on seasonal flavours at Sea Containers Restaurant, which boasts sweeping river views from its location on the South Bank. Sides of chestnut mash and maple roasted brussels sprouts make the perfect match for roast turkey, halibut or dry-aged sirloin; while the likes of whipped brie or salmon crudo kick off the four-course menu with festive flair.
London Christmas Day lunch with a difference
Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay
While Pétrus may be going all out with classic flavours for its Christmas Day lunch in London 2019, another of Gordon Ramsay’s eateries is serving up Asian-inspired bites on 25 December. Let your tastebuds go wild at Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay with the likes of weeping tiger sirloin, padron peppers with Thai basil, and ginger miso smoked salmon at this Mayfair hotspot.
Enjoy a tasty lunch on Christmas Day in Chinatown, where barbecued duck replaces turkey, and dumplings stand in for roast potatoes. Many of the vibrant area's restaurants are open as usual, serving up a selection of warming dishes from Asia and beyond. Check out these top tips on where to eat in Chinatown on Christmas Day.
The Cinnamon Collection
If you don’t fancy the traditional roast turkey, treat yourself to some Indian fine dining on Christmas Day within The Cinnamon Club’s historic library. Enjoy five courses, including plenty of vegetarian delights, after a seasonal cocktail. Or opt for a more laid-back experience at sibling venues Cinnamon Bazaar, Cinnamon Kitchen City and Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea, each serving up five flavour-packed dishes for less.
Be transported to Canton this Christmas Day, as Royal China puts on a festive feast in Baker Street. Cantonese classics, such as aromatic crispy duck and sweet and sour fillet of fish, sit alongside seasonal specials including lobster with ginger and spring onion, and turkey fillet with cranberry sauce. Christmas Day menus are also available at its other London venues in Canary Wharf, Fulham, Harrow and Queensway.