Where to eat Christmas lunch in London

Make it a Christmas Day in London to remember with a fabulously festive meal, including roast turkey and Christmas pudding, or quirkier alternatives.
A golden roast turkey sits on a table alongside bowls of crispy roast potatoes, cabbage, broccoli. roast parsnips, stuffing balls and pigs in blankets.
Roast turkey and all the trimmings at Brumus Restaurant & Bar. Image courtesy of Firmdale Hotels.

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

A golden roast turkey sits on the top tier of a two-tiered silver platter, surrounded by garlic, redcurrants, pigs in blankets and vegetables, at Simpson's in the Strand. The bottom tier includes brussels sprouts and chestnuts.
Roast turkey and all the trimmings at Simpson's in the Strand. Image courtesy of Kapranos PR.
You’ll realise this isn’t just any old Christmas lunch in London as soon as that golden turkey or succulent rib of beef is revealed from a silver platter at Simpson's in the Strand. Full of British elegance, the long-running restaurant certainly puts on a show, with four indulgent courses including the likes of foie gras, truffle and wild mushroom pithivier, and Christmas pudding.

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.

Book now for Christmas Day at Holborn Dining Room.

The Goring Dining Room

A butler, dressed in a red coat and black trousers, decorates a Christmas tree in the lobby at The Goring, featuring a chandelier and black and white-tiled floor. Another butler walks past, carrying a present.
The Goring at Christmas. Image courtesy of The Goring.

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

The Kitchens' beef Wellington, served rare, and long-stemmed broccoli sit on a plate with a dark red wine reduction sauce. The plate rests on a wooden surface surrounded by raw ingredients such as carrots, pomegranate and carrots.
Aged beef Wellington with charred greens and red wine reduction at The Kitchens. Image courtesy of Edwardian Hotels London.

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.

Book now for Christmas Day Luncheon at Leicester Square 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

Get Christmas Day off to a cracking start at The Montagu Kitchen, which hosts a Christmas Day brunch in London to remember. Sing along to Christmas classics from the live band as you take trips to the buffet for winter salads, oysters and a carvery choice of beef, turkey or salmon. Make sure to leave room for the many festive desserts on offer, including a chance to finish your own gingerbread creations.

Brumus Bar & Restaurant

A pink tranche of smoked salmon lays on a slate platter, with slices of smoked salmon and lemon alongside.
Smoked salmon at Brumus Restaurant & Bar. Image courtesy of Firmdale Hotels.

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.

North Pole

Venture to the North Pole this Christmas without leaving London. Lively Greenwich spot, North Pole, is serving up three courses of seasonal grub, including smoked salmon and prosecco parfait, and turkey with all the trimmings. After you've had your fill, continue the celebrations in its shisha lounge and terrace.

Devour Christmas Day feasts in London

Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

Shards of milk chocolate, chocolate ice cream and yellow fruit, assembled creatively in a bowl at Hélène Darroze at The Connaught.
"Chocolate" dessert at Hélène Darroze at The Connaught. Images courtesy of 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.

Book now for Christmas Day at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.

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.

Pétrus

A fillet of venison, cooked pink, sits alongside a salad including black truffle at Pétrus.
Venison Rossini at Pétrus. Image courtesy of Gordon Ramsay Restaurants.
Not to be outdone by fellow celebrity chefs, Gordon Ramsay has created one of the most indulgent Christmas Day menus in London, at Pétrus. This classy Knightsbridge venue is offering venison Rossini and Christmas pudding soufflé as part of its four-course feast. Don’t worry about your waistline; you can always walk it off afterwards with a stroll through nearby Hyde Park.

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.

Book now for Christmas Day at Roux at The Landau.

The Bingham Riverhouse

Take in the river views in this pretty part of London on Christmas Day. The Bingham Riverhouse, perched on the riverbank at Richmond, serves up a decadent five-course tasting menu for Christmas lunch, including foie gras and duck rillettes, scallops, cauliflower risotto and roast goose. Top it off with a festive Christmas pudding crème brûlée.

Pick an Insta-worthy Christmas Day lunch in 2019

City Cruises Christmas lunch cruise

Two people in red Santa hats gaze out at the river Thames, the Shard and Tower Bridge from aboard one of City Cruises' boats.
City Cruises Christmas lunch cruise. Image courtesy of Finn Partners.

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.

Berners Tavern

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.

Skylon

Gaze at river views from the floor-to-ceiling windows of Skylon, on the South Bank, while you enjoy a Christmas lunch that will linger long in the memory. Its four courses include Jerusalem artichoke soup, Scottish langoustine cocktail, roast turkey or venison Wellington, and Christmas pudding or crème brûlée. Make sure to take a bracing stroll along the pretty South Bank to work off those extra calories.

Sea Containers Restaurant

Sliced turkey breast sits on a plate with gravy and redcurrants, alongside two plates of vegetables and a glass and bottle of wine., at Sea Containers London.
Christmas Day lunch at Sea Containers Restaurant. Photo: Lucy Richards. Image courtesy of Sea Containers London.

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.

Book now for Christmas Day at Sea Containers Restaurant.

Bateaux London

Make memories aboard Bateaux London’s Glass Room this Christmas, as you cruise along the Thames accompanied by a band playing festive tunes. Spot London icons as you gorge on five courses and take in the river views on the three-hour sail. You’ll even receive a Christmas present for an extra special treat!

London Christmas Day lunch with a difference

Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay

A leg of roast duck, four slices of cucumber and a ball of shredded spring onion sit on a plate at Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay.
Duck and bao buns at Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay. Image courtesy of Gordon Ramsay Restaurants.

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.

Chinatown

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

Four plates of food from the festive menu at Cinnamon Kitchen City sit on a table decorated with frosted foliage and stars.
Plates from the festive menu at Cinnamon Kitchen City. Image courtesy of Roche Communications.

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.

Royal China

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. 

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