Can’t stand the heat? Get out of the kitchen and check out these restaurants open on Christmas Day in London…
Lead image: Riding House Cafe
1 Hotel Café Royal, Soho
The Ten Room at the Hotel Café Royal will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in order to make all of your Christmas dreams come true. The set menu consists of festive dishes like the Bresse duck ‘ham’ with green beans to start. The mains include an option of the Slow cook ed fillet and haunch of venison or the Roast Norfolk Bronze Turkey with Chestnut stuffing. The Ten Room Christmas menu is priced at £85pp. The Domino room at Hotel Café Royal will offer a more intimate setting, with a five-course lunch created by Head Chef Armand Sablon, serving traditional British festive dishes such as the Roast Norfolk Bronze turkey with Chestnut stuffing as well as the Slow Cooked fillet and Haunch of Venison. Complete with assorted cheese, Christmas pudding and coffee with mince pies, the meal could not be more perfect. The Christmas lunch menu at the Domino room is priced £175pp.
68 Regent Street W1B 4DY; hotelcaferoyal.com
2 Duck and Waffle, the City
On Christmas Day from 11.30am to 4 pm, Duck and Waffle is opening its doors to serve up a festive feast to those who’ve eschewed a day slaving away in a hot kitchen. At £85pp, the set menu consists of bacon wrapped dates and celeriac and truffle soup to start before moving onto braised short rib with turnip and green sauce. To further ensure the guest won’t leave hungry, the chocolate fondant with peanut butter ganache ends the meal on a sweet and satisfying note. In addition, the vegetarian menu provides a tasty meal enticing both vegetarians and meat eaters alike. With options such as crispy polenta and Jerusalem artichoke ravioli with caramelized cauliflower, Christmas feast is reinvented to be so much more than turkey and stuffing.
110 Bishopsgate EC2N 4AY; duckandwaffle.com
3 Rosewood London, Holborn
Head over to the Holborn Dining Room at the Rosewood this Christmas Day and enjoy starters such as the potted foie gras, baked lobster thermidor tart and the wild smoked salmon with devon crab. Classic mains include the roast Norfolk bronze turkey with all the fixings, the wild sea bass or the 35 day dry aged ribeye ‘club cut’. Desserts include options like spiced custard tart with eggnog ice cream and the Valrhona chocolate fondant. Head Chef Calum Franklin has also cultivated a special addition to the menu; a pate en croute made up of turkey, smoked back bacon, Madeira, dried cranberries, and pistachios. The Christmas Day menu is priced £135pp.
252 High Holborn WC1V 7EN; rosewoodhotels.com
4 Tozi, Victoria
Head to Tozi in Victoria for a Venetian-Italian themed Christmas dinner. Specialising in small plates created for sharing, Tozi’s Christmas Day menu puts a fun twist on the traditional Christmas meal. The set menu, priced £60pp, has features small dishes such as artichokes with prawns and squid fritto, and buffalo ricotta ravioli with black truffle, as well as impressive main courses like the roasted cod in a basil crust with parsnip purée and grilled radicchio, and the duck breast with cavalo nero and pomegranite jus. For dessert, choose from warm panettone with mascarpone cream, Bufala camembert with tomato jam or a sorbet selection.
8 Gillingham Street, Victoria SW1V 1HJ; tozirestaurant.co.uk
5 Lanes of London, Mayfair
Lanes of London, located in Mayfair, is providing two menus to choose from this Christmas season. The first being their three-course Carvery menu (£39pp) consisting of favorites like the smoked salmon roulade, chicken liver parfait and the traditional Christmas turkey. The Premium Carvery menu (£50pp) is offering crab tartar, beetroot gravlox salmon and monkfish fricassee in addition. Dessert options for both menus include Christmas pudding with brandy sauce, Valrhona 70% dark and milk chocolate dome with passion fruit coulis, blackberry sorbet or poached pear in red wine star anise whisky ice cream for dessert. Both are available throughout December and on Christmas Day.
140 Park Lane W1K 7AA; lanesoflondon.co.uk
6 Hunter 486 The Arch London, Marble Arch
The Arch London’s restaurant, Hunter 486, is serving a series of seasonal dishes on its dedicated Festive Menu priced £35pp. Starters will include starters like Warm Salt Beef Salad with Caper Dressing and Burford Brown Egg, as well as Salt Baked Heritage Beets with Whipped Goat’s Curdhes. Mains include Fillet of Stone Bass, Sesame Greens, Lemongrass and Ginger Broth, as well as Roast Norfolk Turkey, Chestnut Stuffing, Roast Potatoes and all the trimming, plus a vegetarian option of Wild Mushroom and Truffle Tortellini. On Christmas Day itself, you can enjoy traditional favourites such as Lobster, Prawn and Crab Cocktail followed by a Taittinger Prestige Brut Rosé Sorbet and then a Roast Norfolk Turkey with all the trimmings, plus Christmas Pudding and Truffled Tunworth Brie with Walnut Bread and mince pies. £90pp (vegetarian menu also available).
50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch W1H 7FD; thearchlondon.com
7 Percy & Founders, Fitzrovia
This Christmas Percy & Founders is pulling out all the stops, from festive cocktails and a DJ to a decadent four course meal. Available on Christmas Day from 12pm-8pm, the menu includes rich starters like the Dressed lobster and prawn on toast and mains like the Roast Free Range Turkey Breast and Confit Leg and the Roasted Stone Bass. Choose from an array of puddings and cheeses if you have any room left after this great feast. The Christmas Day menu is priced at £85 per person and includes a glass of NV Billecart-Salmon, Brut Réserve Champagne on arrival. The Christmas set menu, which is available for group bookings from Wednesday 22 November to Sunday 24 December, includes starters such as Duck Leg Pâté and Mulled Cider Cured Trout. Mouth watering mains include the Roast Pumpkin Spelt Risotto and the Venison Loin. Finally finish the meal with a choice of decadent puddings. The Christmas Set Menu is priced at £52.
1 Pearson Square, Fitzrovia W1W 7EY; percyandfounders.co.uk
8 Min Jiang, Kensington
Why not swap the traditional turkey for some exotic Beijing Duck on Christmas Day? Located on the 10th floor of the five-star Royal Garden Hotel, Min Jiang offers authentic Chinese cuisine with a view spectacular view of Kensington Palace Gardens and the city skyline. The restaurant is offering a seven-course festive feast with a mix of traditional and contemporary dishes from £95pp. Diners can also pre-order Min Jiang’s legendary Beijing Duck, prepared by chefs from Beijing according to an ancient recipe and cooked in a wood-fired oven. The traditional dish is presented in two servings and diners are treated to a culinary display as specially-trained chefs carve it at the table (an additional £35 for a half duck, £65 whole). Available on Christmas Day for lunch (12pm-3pm) and dinner 6pm-10.30pm).
2-24 Kensington High Street W8 4PT; minjiang.co.uk
9 Riding House Café, Fitzrovia & Village East, Bermondsey
Sister restaurants Riding House Café and Village East will be open all day on Christmas Day, welcoming merry-goes from noon until 6pm. Priced at £75, both restaurants are offering Christmas Feast menus including the likes of London-cured salmon with confit lemon, pickled cucumber, radish and chive vinagerette to start, and roast turkey with all the trimmings for the main affair (or roast Brixham cod with clams, creamed cabbage and red wine sauce, if you fancy something different). For dessert, try the sticky toffee pudding with banana ice cream and candied chips, or opt for a more traditional offering. The menus are also available during December priced at £50, and at Riding House Cafe, you can also enjoy a Christmas Eve or Boxing Day brunch (see the website for details).
43-51 Great Tichfield Street W1W 7PQ; ridinghouse.cafe
171-173 Bermondsey Street SE1 3UW; villageeast.co.uk
10 Town House at The Kensington
Town House at The Kensington is spread across three classically designed drawing rooms, serving locally-sourced, seasonal modern British cuisine. Town House is celebrating the festive season with a three-course Christmas Day menu prepared by Executive Chef Steve Gibbs at £95 per person. Enjoy a glass of Ridgeview Cavendish Brut on arrival for £11.50 per person then, to start choose with the likes of Devonshire sirloin steak tagliata and potted crab, with a roast Bronze turkey option for the main, as well as fillet of halibut with artichoke tortellini, and a truffled celeriac and cep wellington. Decadent desserts and mince pies will also be served. Available on Saturday 25 December from 12noon-10.30pm. There’s also a Christmas party menu available throughout the festive period for £50-£60pp.
109-113 Queen’s Gate SW7 5LR; 020 7589 6300; townhousekensington.com
11 108 Brasserie, Marylebone
108 Brasserie in Marylebone is celebrating the holidays with a decadent five-course Christmas Day menu for £105pp. Choose from a selection of classic British dishes and seasonal delights including a crab and spring onion risotto and a burrata. Main courses such as the Caldecott farm free range bronze turkey are served with traditional Christmas sides. Decadent desserts and cheese will also be served as a part of the meal. The Christmas Day Menu is available on Saturday 25 December from 12noon-10.30pm. You can also enjoy the Festive Afternoon Tea up until Christmas Eve for just £28pp.
108 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone W1U 2QE; 108brasserie.com
12 Dean Street Townhouse, Soho
Dean Street Townhouse, located in a beautiful hotel in Soho, is offering a Christmas Day menu for £100pp. Kick off the festivities with a glass of champagne before enjoying delicacies like lobster bisque, duck and smoked eel terrine or the veggie friendly squash, walnut, Berkswell and pumpkin seed. The main course options are Organic Norfolk bronze turkey, wild halibut with shrimp, broccoli and sherry, fillet of beef or a wild mushroom Wellington. For dessert, it’s Christmas pudding with brandy butter, tipsy trifle, chocolate pudding with champagne ice cream or Bramley apple Bakewell tart, followed by a cheese plate or mince pies and truffles. There’s also a variety of champagnes and ports to buy by the glass or bottle.
69-71 Dean Street, Soho W1D 3SE; deanstreettownhouse.com
13 Bluebird, Chelsea
Bluebird Chelsea’s Christmas Day menu offers up a traditional festive meal with a creative spin on. Choose from the likes of a roasted pumpkin velouté, foie gras and the ham hock terrine or roasted Jerusalem artichoke and salt-baked beetroot to start. The feast continues with choices from land and sea, including sea bass with shellfish and tarragon veloute, a vegetarian friendly creamed polenta with roasted ceps, buttered sprouts and black truffle, roast Norfolk bronze turkey or a fillet of roast beef. Dessert options include Christmas pudding with brandy custard, vanilla crème brûlée and profiteroles with salted caramel and cinnamon ice cream. The menu is priced at £100pp (£45 for children).
350 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5UU; bluebird-restaurant.co.uk
14 Annie’s Restaurant, Chiswick & Barnes
Annie’s Restaurant, which has branches in Chiswick & Barnes, is offering a set Christmas party menu for £34.95 per person for three courses. The menu features delicious starters like Roast Sweet Potato & Thai Coconut Curry Soup and Smoked Salmon & Avocado Tartare, and mains that are just as innovative, including Seared Turkey Escalope and vegetarian friendly Herb Gnocchi & Roast Butternut Squash. There’s also a Christmas Day menu at £70pp for three courses. This bobby-dazzler of a menu offers Provencal Fish Soup, Goat’s Cheese Salad and Chicken Liver Parfait to start, followed by mains like roast Norfolk turkey, lamb three ways, pan-fried sea bass or a veggie nut roast. Available throughout December except Boxing Day.
162 Thames Road, Chiswick W4 3QS & 36-38 White Hart Lane, Barnes SW13 0PZ; anniesrestaurant.co.uk