IN THE DIARYMEN'SWOMEN'S
As much as we love Christmas dinners, sometimes nothing beats the joy of dining and leaving both the preparation and aftermath in much more capable hands. In our Reiss Guide: Where to Eat Christmas Dinner, we’re talking turkey, puddings and all the trimmings lovingly prepared with remnants subsequently swept away by some of London’s finest eateries.
All that’s required to enjoy this Christmas culinary trip is an expecting palate.
CHRISTMAS AT ROUX IN THE LANDOU, THE LANGHAM
We can think of few occasions that call for more culinary extravagance than Christmas day, so if it is truly fine dining that you crave, head down to Christmas at Roux in The Landou at The Langham Hotel. Priced from £225 per person, this meal offers a three course traditional Christmas lunch, and with everything from butter-braised turbot to mince pies on the menu, there’s a plethora of haute cuisine and simple culinary pleasures to be found here.
The Langham, 1c Portland Place, London W1B 1JA
CHRISTMAS AT DEAN STREET TOWNHOUSE
Slap bang in the middle of buzzing Soho, Dean Street Townhouse is one of the city’s best-loved hotels. On and around Christmas, this Georgian townhouse offers up a delectable festive feast. The set menu is a four course lavish dinner which – of course – includes all of the trimmings. If you’re erring towards the traditional opt for the turkey and Christmas pudding, but if you’re feeling more adventurous, instead choose fried duck egg, marinated salmon or rib of Hereford beef. Prices start from £95.
Dean Street Townhouse, 69 – 71 Dean Street, London W1D 3SE
CHRISTMAS AT GYMKHANA
As London’s upmarket Indian restaurant du jour, Gymkhana is sure to be popular come Christmas time. Look past the hype however, and you’ll find plenty of reason for taking a culinary trip east during the festive season. At £65 for a seven course taster menu, it’s both wallet-friendly and comprehensive in its scope of different dishes. Although not open on Christmas day itself, there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy everything from tikka tikka turkey to suckling pig cheek vindaloo on the surrounding days. Traditional it may not be, but this Raj-inspired menu promises a tasty twist on Christmas dinner.
Gymkhana, 42 Albemarle St, London W1S 4JH
CHRISTMAS AT ASIA DE CUBA
A mere stone’s throw away from Trafalgar Square’s Christmas tree, Asia De Cuba – as the name suggests – will offer diners a Christmas dinner which draws on both Asian and Cuban cuisine as references. Housed inside London’s renowned St Martin’s Lane Hotel, it’s sure to offer an old-meets-new Christmas dinner experience.
Asia de Cuba, 45 St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4HX
CHRISTMAS AT THE ONLY RUNNING FOOTMAN
For our final recommendation of places to eat Christmas dinner in London, we’re going back-to-basics, championing a traditional approach to Christmas dinner – because sometimes it pays to stick to trusty classics. Over three sumptuous courses you’ll find familiar favourites such as roast turkey and Christmas pudding nestled alongside delectable alternatives such as fillet of sea bass and baked vanilla cheesecake. Oh, and there are Christmas crackers too for those looking to celebrate in classic style.
The Only Running Footman, 5 Charles St, Mayfair, London W1J 5DF
For more location recommendations see the Reiss Guide.