Christmas cooking is always a mission (let’s not even talk about the dishes afterwards), so leave out the stress and ring a restaurant instead. After the presents have all been unwrapped and the carols have been sung, round up the troops and head to a fantastic Christmas lunch in London whether you’re looking for tradition or something a little quirkier.
Not much for tradition? Head over to the gorgeous former Westminster Library for a meal with its new inhabitants, modern Indian restaurant Cinnamon Club. Drawing upon festive culinary elements to bring a spin to their usual menu, expect exciting dishes such as tandoori pheasant, goose breast rubbed with South Indian spices and a cheeky bit of garam masala Christmas pudding served with nutmeg custard. They also offer a children’s menu for little ones still developing a tolerance for spice and all adults get a complimentary glass of Christmas Punch, see the whole menu here.
American comfort food at its finest, Dirty Bones is one of the freshest places to spend Christmas lunch with interiors straight out of a Brooklyn loft and an old school playlist to die for. Think macaroni and cheese festive baubles, a dirty and decadent Christmas burger and even a hot buttery lobster roll to start your afternoon off right. Make sure to wash it all down with a Mince Pie Bramble gin cocktail from their creative selection and save room for dessert – bourbon salted caramel brownie, anyone?
As one of our favourite attractions at London Pass, it’s a thrill to see that the Thames River Boat Cruise is pulling out all the stops this holiday season. Expect traditional turkey with all the trimmings in a decadent three course meal, including a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and after dinner tea and coffee. Departing from Westminster Pier, the three hour and fifteen minute journey will take you through some of London’s most beautiful sights to the tune of Christmas carols.
As one of the restaurants at the top of every food tourist’s list, Duck and Waffle not only boasts fantastic British cuisine but also an unbeatable view. Housed on the 40th floor of one of London’s tallest buildings, their team has created an exclusive Christmas Day menu for both meat eaters and vegetarians including bacon wrapped dates with manchego cheese, roasted parsnip soup and a chocolate fondant filled with a peanut butter ganache.
2016 hasn’t been a great year, so slip back into the roaring twenties with The Manhattan Club‘s new banquet pop up Christmas in Harlem. Inspired by the rebellious spirit of 1920’s New York City speakeasies, Head Chef Adam Rawson has done his homework and crafted a menu based on a real meal served to President Calvin Coolidge at the Waldorf Astoria. With turbot, duck breast and smoked aubergine on the menu, it’s a slight deviation from standard Christmas fare and naturally, there’ll be cocktails to spare. Perfect for those that love an experience with their meal, music, magic, photo booths and more are in store for all those who come along.