Planning a Christmas dinner for friends, family or colleagues? Some of London’s top restaurant are offering festive menus with all the trimmings for stress-free Christmas dining. We’ve even listed them in price order for you, from the most to least expensive…
Lead image: Christmas at Cannizaro House in Wimbledon
1 Roux at Parliament Square
Head Chef Steve Groves and his team at Roux at Parliament Square have developed a unique Christmas Family Feast menu intended for groups of eight or more. The feast will be served in large tureens and dishes in one of the restaurant’s beautiful private dining rooms so that everyone can dive in to create that cosy, convivial home-style Christmas without any of the hard work. The four-course menu of French celebration dishes includes saucisson Lyonnais en brioche, whole salt-baked Chalk Stream trout and a whole roast Goosnargh duck, carved tableside, with Brussels sprouts, marmalade stuffing and roast potatoes. For dessert, a festive Spiced pear and mincemeat dartois with brandy crème anglaise. Priced £75pp, or add a show-stopping croquembouche for an additional £195. Served throughout November and December. To book call 020 7334 3737.
RICS, Parliament Square SW1P 3AD; rouxatparliamentsquare.co.uk
2 Sofitel London St James
Sofitel London St James transforms itself into a festive paradise every December, and this year the theme is Enchanted Journey, inspired by the travels and excitement of the Christmas holidays. Expertly crafted menus reflect the 5-star hotel’s elegant French style of cooking, using local British ingredients, the Festive three-course menu includes mouth-watering dishes such as grilled Scottish scallops, braised venison and Bûche de Noël, priced at £39pp or £49 with a glass of champagne. Sofitel London St James provides event and banqueting facilities for up to 180 guests and a boardroom with its own private dining room for 12 people. The full Dinner Party package (£110pp), includes a glass of champagne, nuts and olives, two canapés, the three-course festive menu, coffee and assortment of petits fours, a half bottle of wine, mineral water, Christmas novelties, festive table centre piece, Christmas tree, and, if your party is of 100 or more, a DJ and dancefloor. Other packages are available, as is a Magnifique Christmas Planner to ensure you enjoy a seamless service and a stress-free experience.
The Balcon, 8 Pall Mall SW1Y 5NG; sofitelstjames.com
3 Ella Canta, Mayfair
Since Mexico is one of the largest mining countries in the world, Ella Canta has used the precious metal as the inspiration for its decadent seven-course festive menu. You’ll start with a corn and cheese gordita with pickled radish, oregano and burnt avocado, followed by a refreshing shrimp aguachile with green mango, pineapple and kiwi, and then a corn soup with crispy shallots, popcorn and chives. Then comes pan-fried seabass with red and green pipian mole, roasted courgettes and chayote, followed by a meaty dish of pork belly, black bean sauce, pickles chiles and pork crackling. For dessert, it’s raspberry and blackberry sorbet and caramalised golden pumpkin seeds, followed by cacao churros with festive eggnog ice-cream. The Into the Gold menu is priced £80pp and available from 24 November until 23 December.
One Hamilton Place Park Lane, Mayfair W1J 7QY; ellacanta.com
4 Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington
Royal Garden Hotel is a five-star hotel in Kensington with a range of private event suites for up to 430 guests, with award-winning cuisine and five-star service. The group lunch menu, available 1-24 December, will offer Yuletide delights such as cured-ham-wrapped Norfolk bronze turkey tournedos with chestnut stuffing, ham croquette, roast ratte potatoes and root vegetables, as well as Christmas pudding with brandy sauce or a festive maple and pecan tart with spiced pumpkin dome. Available for £38pp or £54 with drinks. Host an intimate celebration in one of the hotel’s private dining rooms, choosing from one of three Christmas packages priced from £38pp. Park Terrace offers a unique style, attentive service and seasonal British cuisine. Choose from the Feature Room, a friendly setting for up to 10, or for a larger Christmas gathering, the Private Dining Room accommodates up to 40. The Royal Garden Hotel offers several packages with a banquet full of seasonal favourites from £110pp. Available from 1 November 2018 until 1 March 2019.
2-24 Kensington High Street W8 4PT; royalgardenhotel.co.uk
5 Min Jiang at Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington
For something a little different, why not feast on legendary wood-fired Beijing duck for Christmas lunch or dinner at Min Jiang, Royal Garden Hotel’s 10th floor authentic Chinese restaurant? As well as the Beijing duck, there’s also sautéed gong bao corn-fed chicken, sautéed rib-eye beef in barbeque sauce, seasonal vegetables stir fried with garlic and fried rice with diced duck on offer. Available from 1-24 December for £55pp, including a glass of Louis Roederer Brut Premier, Christmas crackers and novelties. Alternatively, opt for Min Jiang’s private dining room, which has breath-taking views of Hyde Park and the London skyline, where you can dine on a crafted eight-course dinner for £80pp. Enjoy favourites such as pan-fried Alaskan black cod fillet in XO sauce with asparagus, minced duck with lettuce wrap and Min Jiang Sichuan pancake with Cornish vanilla ice cream.
2-24 Kensington High Street W8 4PT; royalgardenhotel.co.uk
6 Swingers, City & West End
Swingers City and Swingers West End offer crazy golf, street food and cocktails – all the ingredients for a great Christmas party! Forget the turkey and crackers, and instead step into Swingers’ festively adorned world of crazy golf, with private hire spaces and DJs, as well as two crazy golf courses to get the competitive juices flowing. Tuck into delicious pizzas from Made of Dough and Pizza Pilgrims, burgers and sliders from Patty&Bun and Mexican magic from Breddos Tacos, followed by Hackney Gelato’s new Mince Pie Gelato. You can also add a personalised twist to your party with branded Crosstown donuts, available to pre-order in a selection of festive flavours. Choose from a variety of Christmas packages for groups of six to 600, ranging from the low-key Sprout Set, from £32pp with crazy golf and two deluxe drinks to the elaborate Turkey Set, from £105pp, with crazy golf, a reserved area, unlimited drinks, street food and a Christmas cocktail reception.
Swingers West End, 15 John Prince’s Street W1G 0AB; WestEndEvents@SwingersLDN.com
Swingers City, 8 Brown’s Building EC3A 8AL; CityEvents@SwingersLDN.com
7 The Crystal, Royal Victoria Docks
The Crystal, overlooking London’s historic Royal Victoria Dock, not only houses exhibitions illustrating pioneering ecological advances, but is also one of the capital’s most innovative event spaces. Parties of 80 or more can enjoy a Taste of Christmas banquet, with exclusive use of a private dining room decorated to a White Christmas theme. You’ll then be served a three-course meal specially created by the venue’s catering and events partner, Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, featuring roast turkey or salt-baked celeriac. You can also choose from enhancements such as an after-dinner cheese board or mulled wine or cider and canapés on arrival. Alternatively, parties of 150 or more can opt for a Taste of Christmas drinks reception in a private event space with a 16ft Christmas tree, hot and cold bowl food and Bucks Fizz on arrival. Extras such as a dance floor, DJ, LED furniture and a photo booth can be added. Prices start at £75pp for banquets and £57pp receptions.
One Siemens Brothers Way E16 1GB. To book call 020 7055 6400, email Enquiries.TheCrystal.SLT.UK@Sodexo.com or see prestigevenuesandevents.sodexo.com
8 Fiume, Battersea Power Station
Francesco Mazzei’s Battersea restaurant is serving a four-course feast overlooking the River Thames, starting with cotechino, lentils and shrimps, followed by marsala broth tortellini. For the main event, choose between roast sea bass, artichoke romana and smoked potato mash, or veal chop with sage butter and winter truffle, all rounded off with Delizia al limone (£65pp). Open on Christmas Day.
Circus West, Battersea Power Station SW8 5BN; fiume-restaurant.co.uk
9 Bryn Williams at Somerset House
Veggies rejoice! Bryn Williams’ veg-centric restaurant at Somerset House is offering a set menu for £55pp, including a three-course meal with half a bottle of wine, coffee or tea and petits fours. Dishes include the likes of celeriac soup with blue cheese, roasted cauliflower with cranberries and creamed polenta, and a poached mulled wine pear dessert with buttermilk panna-cotta. Traditional Christmas dishes such as ham hock terrine, turkey with trimmings and Christmas pudding are also on offer. Available from 20 November to 30 December for groups of nine or more.
Somerset House, Strand WC2R 1LA; bryn-somersethouse.co.uk
10 Radici, Islington
Radici, chef Francesco Mazzei’s Islington trattoria, will be serving up five hearty courses with a glass of prosecco for £55pp. Start with the signature pumpkin and mascarpone soup, followed by sharing dishes of antipasti and a bucatini and aubergine timballo. For mains, the traditional turkey will be given an Italian makeover with pumpkin, lentils, cotechino and candied fruit. For dessert? A grilled panettone with cinnamon ice cream, of course! Open on Christmas Day.
30 Almeida Street, Islington N1 1AD; radici.uk
11 Odette’s, Primrose Hill
Bryn Williams’ Primrose Hill restaurant, Odette’s, celebrated its 10-year anniversary this year, so you know you’re in good hands for a festive gathering. Two three-course menus, priced at £45 and £60, feature dishes like citrus-cured salmon, roast bronze turkey with duck fat potatoes and pigs in blankets, Cornish crab lasagne bisque and treacle-cured Welsh black beef. For dessert, choices include Christmas pudding, cranberry sorbet, bay leaf custard or the signature Odette’s Jaffa cake with Clementine and orange curd. Odette’s can cater for a table of up to 10 guests in the Private Dining Room, 6-8 in the Snug Room, or larger parties of 14-20 in the Library area. Available from 20 November until 23 December.
130 Regent’s Park Road, Primrose Hill NW1 8XL; odettesprimrosehill.com
12 Percy & Founders, Fitzrovia
Percy & Founders in Fitzrovia is offering a Christmas set menu for groups of 10-100 for £55pp. The menu offers options of roasted wild mushroom soup with truffle cream, mulled cider-cured trout, duck leg pâté and chicory and apple salad to start, followed by roast turkey, venison loin, roasted Chalk Stream trout and roast pumpkin dumplings for the main course. For dessert, choose from mulled wine poached pear with mascarpone ice cream, Christmas pudding with brandy custard and warm chocolate tart with brown butter ice cream. Available from 22 November to Friday 21 December.
1 Pearson Square, Fitzrovia W1W 7EY; percyandfounders.co.uk. To book email email@example.com
13 Gaucho, various locations
Steak expert Gaucho is offering a fantastic alternative to turkey across all venues, with a three-course festive menu and welcome drink available for £48pp. Enjoy a signature juicy sirloin or fillet steak, served with the favourite Christmas trimmings of pigs in blankets, maple and chestnut stuffing, thyme and garlic potatoes, Brussels sprouts with onion and chestnuts and red wine and cranberry jus. Turkey lovers can still get their fix, with the option of a turkey Milanese with pickled red cabbage and celeriac puree. The menu is offered as an a la carte option for anyone from 26 November to 24 December, as well as for group Christmas bookings at Gaucho’s 12 sites across London.
14 Blanchette Brick Lane
Blanchette Brick Lane offers two set menus priced at £40 and £45, including a selection of chef Tam Storrar’s North African-inspired French sharing plates. Think truffle-stuffed baked camembert, steamed Cornish mussels with smoked bacon and cream, honey-glazed ham hock with Lyonnaise potatoes, mustard and caper sauce, crab claws with lemon and harrisa mayonnaise, and crispy duck leg. Desserts include croissant and vanilla pudding with Crème Anglaise or Christmas pudding and dark chocolate jalousie with eggnog ice cream. The Cote D’Azur private dining room seats up to 14 guests with no minimum spend or deposit required.
204 Brick Lane E1 6SA; blanchettebricklane.co.uk
15 The Garden Café, Lambeth
The Garden Museum’s award-winning restaurant, The Garden Café, is celebrating Christmas with two bespoke set menus, which focus on modern dishes, seasonal produce and classic festive flavours. The Signature Christmas Menu, priced £20 for two courses or £25 for three, features roast carrots with fromage blanc or mackerel, fennel, orange and pomegranate salad to start, with pollock, braised ox cheek and crispy celeriac with creamed wild mushrooms to follow. The more decadent Gourmet Christmas Menu, priced £45 for three courses and sharing starters, begins with oysters, charcuterie and celeriac croquettes. Starters include game terrine and purple sprouting broccoli, while mains include turbot, ricotta gnudi or saddle of venison and boulangère potatoes. Both menus will be served in the restaurant, which seats up to 50, and the museum’s private events, which seats up to 36, space from 19 November to 22 December. Restaurant tables for up to 8 can be booked via the website. For larger bookings email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5 Lambeth Palace Road SE1 7LB; gardenmuseum.org.uk
16 Plum + Spilt Milk, King’s Cross
Plum + Spilt Milk at Great Northern Hotel is serving a luxurious four-course menu priced at £43.50pp. Dishes include starters like crispy pork belly with black pudding and baby spinach and festive main courses like roast Norfolk Bronze turkey with chestnut stuffing and pigs in blankets, parsley-crusted fillet of cod with woodland mushroom, or pan-fried gnocchi with baked squash – all served with duck fat roast potatoes and seasonal veg. Desserts include Christmas pudding iced parfait with brandy snaps, Pedro Xiemenez jelly and frosted cranberries, or lemon, olive oil and almond cake, followed by mince pie crumble tartlets Available from 26 November until 30 December.
Pancras Road N1C 4TB; plumandspiltmilk.com
17 Smoke & Salt, Brixton
Smoke & Salt’s cosy POP Brixton home is offering exclusive packages available for both lunch and dinner this Christmas. Winners of Best Newcomer award at the prestigious 2018 Caterer Awards, Smoke & Salt’s Christmas menus reflect their critically-acclaimed cooking and the restaurant’s ethos of modern dining; ancient technique. Delight in exclusive dishes like smoked Chalk Stream trout and a homemade Christmas Pudding with ginger, mace, oats and Clementine, alongside traditional Christmas favourites. Co-founders Remi Williams and Aaron Webster will also merrily craft a bespoke event to matches your requirements. Prices from £40pp. Available for private hire throughout the festive season for lunch (minimum spend of £600) and dinner (minimum spend of £1,000 Mon-Weds, or £1,500 Thurs-Sat).
49 Brixton Station Road SW9 8PQ; smokeandsalt.com
18 Salt Yard, Fitzrovia
Salt Yard’s recently spruced up dining room is available for groups of eight or more this Christmas, with £35 and £45 tapas-style menu options. Tapas will include the likes of squid croqueta with squid ink aioli and lemon oil, pork belly with chestnut and pancetta, confit goose arancini with spiced orange and thyme, and butternut squash and sage tortilla. Dessert, however, isn’t for sharing! Choose between pear and apple crumble with calvados custard, or a palate-cleansing blood orange sorbet with cinnamon spiced sable.
54 Goodge Street, Fitzrovia W1T 4NA; saltyardgroup.co.uk
19 Coal Rooms, Peckham
Coal Rooms in Peckham has launched a Christmas feasting menu exclusively for the new private dining room that showcases the restaurant’s signature dishes. Housed in the former ticket office of Peckham Rye train station, the restaurant, which recently appeared in the 2019 Good Food Guide as one of this year’s best new entrants, serves dishes prepared in the custom-built meat smoker and robata grill. The private dining room, kookily located in what used to be station’s ladies’ bathroom, can be booked for groups up to 12, offering a cosy setting for a festive feast. The menu, served banquet-style for the table to share, includes torched mackerel with Douglas fir ponzu, radish Croque Monsiuer and Bermondsey Frier to start, a main course of beer brined chicken with lingonberry jam and crispy hens eggs, plus chocolate Gluhwein tart. £40pp.
11a Station Way, Peckham SE15 4RX; coalroomspeckham.com
20 Margot, Covent Garden
Enjoy a sophisticated festive feast with seamless service from Covent Garden’s much-loved Italian restaurant, Margot. The festive set menu includes starters such as beef carpaccio with pickled mushrooms, parmesan rocket salad and crispy pecorino, as well as warm winter root vegetable salad with Brazil nuts, mustard and honey dressing. From the main course, choose from a traditional turkey feast with chestnut and sage stuffing, cranberry sauce and trimmings, or Italian winter classics such as pumpkin gnocchi with Taleggio and walnuts, or risotto with Italian sausage and chicory. For dessert, try Margot’s trifle combining Italian panettone with crème anglaise and marsala jelly, or tiramisu with a chocolate heart and a rich Amaretto sauce. The Festive Menu is £35pp for two courses or £39pp for three. Available from 3-23 December.
45 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden WC2B 5AA; margotrestaurant.com
21 Cannizaro House by Hotel du Vin, Wimbledon
Hotel du Vin has created a Festive Menu full of classic favourites such as succulent turkey ballotine and cured smoked salmon with cranberry toast and truffle crème fraiche, as well as desserts like Christmas pudding dripping with brandy sauce and chocolate and chestnut pavlova served with crisp meringue. Whether you’re celebrating with friends, family or colleagues, book one of Hotel du Vin’s unique private dining rooms and sip on a glass of champagne on arrival before dining on three Christmas courses with expertly paired wine. Available from 27 November until 24 December from £27.95pp, or £39.95pp for private dining.
West Side Common, Wimbleon SW19 4UE; hotelduvin.com