What better way to celebrate Christmas Day itself than by enjoying your festive feast in one of London’s gastropubs or swish restaurants. Leave the cooking to the experts, minimise the risk of family squabbles, and, in case we need to remind you, this is the easiest way to get out of the dreaded washing up!
There are plenty of places serving the classic roast turkey, with lashings of gravy and cranberry sauce. If you’re looking for something less traditional, our round-up has you covered.
Remember, if you book a hotels package at Paddington this season you receive complimentary mince pies plus some Christmas cookies to decorate yourself to take home! Read on to get the lowdown on where you can find turkey, sprouts and yuletide puddings.
1) Blue Print Cafe
28 Shad Thames, SE1 2YD
Enjoy a casual Christmas lunch at this Thameside cafe, where you can savour a three-course meal with a panoramic view of The City through to Canary Wharf. Starters include artichoke soup, chicken terrine and smoked salmon. For your main, you can opt for the classic turkey with all the trimmings, Beef Wellington, roast cod or mushroom risotto. All for a very reasonable price!
£55 per person
55 Marylebone High Street, Marylebone W1U 5RB
For something a little different, and turkey-free, you might want to consider the 8-course set menu at the elegant French restaurant, Orrery. Beginning with an amuse bouche, this culinary adventure takes you through salmon gravadlax, roasted cauliflower florets, sea bass, beef Wellington, gorgonzola and lemon posset. Cleanse your palette with that nostalgic stocking filler, the satsuma. Choose to add a wine pairing and you’ll be glowing by the time you make it back to your room at the Park Grand Paddington Court.
£139 per person, add £79 for the regular wine pairing or £105 for the premium wine pairing
3) Bread Street Kitchen
10 Bread Street, St Paul’s EC4M 9AJ
If you want to make your friends jealous, book a table at the restaurant of TV personality and famed chef Gordon Ramsey. The Bread Street Kitchen Christmas Day menu includes canapés and four delectable courses. For your main, choose between the classic turkey dinner as well as halibut, beef Wellington and mushroom and ricotta tortelloni for vegetarians. We urge you to try Ramsay’s traditional Christmas pudding, soaked in brandy ice cream.
£140 per adult, £35 per child
4) Riding House Cafe
43-51 Great Titchfield Street, Mayfair W1W 7PQ
Expect to see a fusion of traditional Christmas fare with delicate international flavours on the set menu at this Mayfair joint. If you don’t fancy turkey, opt for the chermoula-blackened bream plated up with kohlrabi, watercress, yoghurt and sumac. The Riding House Cafe caters particularly well to vegans, with a barbecued cauliflower or truffled sweet potato and spinach Wellington main each ticking the boxes. The menu also includes a special welcome cocktail and is in a prime location for those staying in accommodation near Paddington London.
£75 per person
5) Loyal Tavern
171-173 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, SE1 3UW
Formerly Village East, the Loyal Tavern is a popular watering hole and foodie destination year-round and to the local community’s relief, they’re opening their doors for Christmas Day. The rate includes an arrival cocktail to get into the party spirit. Grilled flatbread with hummus will be served to warm up your stomach before tucking into a starter, main and dessert of your choice, with cheese, mince pies and coffee to conclude.
£75 per person
6) Duck and Waffle
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, The City EC2N 4AY
As well as a spine-tingling view of London from the 40th floor, the Christmas menu includes a welcome drink of Woodford Reserve blended with pumpkin ‘eggnog’ and spiced cream. Be enticed by their lobster cocktail paired with caviar to warm up your palette, before moving onto either turkey, Cornish turbot or Wellington nut roast. Dessert includes the option of the delicious campfire snack, s’mores. Your mince pie will be paired with steaming hot chocolate.
£110 per adult, £45 per child
7) Leicester Square Kitchen
31-36 Leicester Square, Soho WC2H 7LH
The Christmas Day luncheon at this central restaurant blends stylish presentation with home comforts, and it’s only a short taxi ride from the Park Grand Paddington Court. You have a choice between three starters, including a marinated crispy duck teamed with grapefruit, pine nut and shallot salad topped with a plum dressing sauce. Champagne and mint jelly with organic lemon sorbet will cleanse the palate before moving onto your choice of four mains. Make sure you save room for dessert – cinnamon crème brûlée, chocolate fondant or blackberry and vanilla cheesecake.
£95 per person
16 Bury Street, Mayfair SW1Y 6AJ
The 3-course menu at this swanky, European restaurant in Mayfair adds a flavoursome twist to the classic Christmas dinner. Choose between lobster and scallop raviolo, tuna tartare or goat’s cheese mousse for starters. A roast ballotine of cod, roast turkey or beetroot will fill you up for your main course, served with a hearty vegetable, potatoes and chestnuts for your side. If you don’t fancy the yule log you can enjoy a selection of artisan cheeses for your dessert before sitting back with a mince pie and hot drink. As you dine you will be serenaded by a live performance by the Totem Choir. Now that’s a classy way to spend the holiday!
£120 per adult, £50 per child
9) Sea Containers
20 Upper Ground, South Bank SE1 9PD
You’ll be welcomed in from the chilly riverside with a fizzing glass of Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée and butternut squash velouté appetiser at the swanky Sea Containers Restaurant. Starters include handpicked crab dressed with avocado purée and whipped brie served with roasted grapes. Sirloin steak, roasted turkey, halibut and sweet potato gnocchi are on the agenda for your main, and we particularly like the sound of the mulled wine poached pears for dessert.
£115 per person
Just like these Christmas dinners will be booked up quickly, so will rooms at Park Grand Paddington Court! If you’re hoping to spend Christmas in London, make sure to book your stay soon.
Bonus: Save money and get in the spirit of the season by taking advantage of our All I Want For Christmas package!