London’s Christmas restaurant scene is buzzing. Discover the best with this festive guide.
Whether you’re looking to celebrate the silly season with family and friends or just want to sample some of the best Christmas meals in London, the city’s got you covered.
Tuck into London’s best restaurants for Christmas lunch or dinner.
London Christmas Restaurant Guide: Best Lunches and Dinners
Covent Garden Christmas Village
Popping up in the Christmas Village this year are the Ramsbury Forest Domes – eight luxury festive igloos amidst a bauble covered winter wonderland. Each dome is suitable for 6-8 people and the festive sharing-style menu is paired with drinks by Ramsbury Single Estate Spirits.
Expect to have a very merry time in your private pod as you indulge in succulent rotisserie chicken and pigs in blankets with winter veg and more. Veggie and vegan options are available too.
Heritage Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
Ready to take a trip to the Alps at Christmas with a visit to Heritage Restaurant & Cocktail Bar?
Everyone knows the Alps do the best Christmasses – luckily Heritage bring all the festive vibes right into the heart of Soho.
Step foot into the wooden chalet – I mean restaurant – and it really does feel like you’ve been transported to Switzerland. Warm wood and dim lighting alongside an eclectic mix of art effortlessly balances classy and cool.
What’s more festive than indulging in the salty, cheesy goodness of Raclette, which is poured over slow-cooked pork, potatoes, and roasted vegetables. Or get dipping into some truffle fondue. It’s all delicious.
St Pancras by Searcys
All aboard Europe’s longest Champagne Bar, located under the glazed arched roof of King’s Cross station.
Festive afternoon tea at St Pancras by Searcys includes cranberry and orange eclairs, blackberry macaroons and festive Battenberg, all served in a little suitcase (of course) from £39pp.
Sparkly Bauble is the cocktail of the season featuring Bramble Bombay gin with pear purée, vanilla, topped with Searcys Selected Cuvée Champagne and a dash of edible glitter.
For the full works, the brasserie is offering Norfolk Bronze turkey with all the trimmings and a classic Christmas pudding. Vegans can enjoy butternut squash risotto and a gooey Chocolate brownie with Amarena cherries (£37pp for 3 courses).
Searcys at The Gherkin
Christmas dinner in London is one thing, enjoying it with a fabulous view of the city is the cherry on the cake. You’ll step into a glittering gold paradise at Searcys at the Gherkin, who are partnering with Moët Chandon for the festive season.
Expect a great selection of bubbles and some fabulous seasonal cocktails.
The seasonal menu at the restaurant includes Searcys signature smoked salmon with horseradish crème fraiche, dill pickled cucumber and Exmoor caviar, Norfolk bronze turkey breast with all the trimmings.
For vegetarians, crispy gnocchi, with roast heritage cauliflower, cauliflower, and truffle purée, from £75 per person for 3 courses.
If you’re a Gaucho fan, restaurants across London are joining in the Christmas cheer with a Friendmas menu that started on the 17th November.
Enjoy a welcome glass of Chandon, festive 3-course menu and a selection of games for the table. Sounds like the perfect way to kick off the festive season to us.
Full Christmas menus started on the 22nd November. Seasonal dishes include chestnut and parsnip soup, turkey with red wine cranberry jus and Christmas pudding.
Battersea and City
If you’ve just had it with turkey and stuffing, this is one of our favourite alternative Christmas dinner ideas in London. There are limited edition menus at all restaurants from the Cinnamon Collection this Christmas with bookings also available for Christmas Day.
The Christmas Day 5-course menu at Cinnamon Kitchen includes a choice of modern Indian dishes such as grilled partridge breast, tandoori spiced venison or saffron poached pear and garam masala Christmas pudding.
The Battersea branch is right on the Thames – perfect for walking off your Christmas lunch. Alternatively, head for The City on Christmas Day and you’ll experience London’s busy metropolis at its quietest.
Mere by Monica Galetti
For an ultra special fine dining experience this winter, Mere’s intimate and exclusive feel ticks all the boxes.
Mere is owned by husband and wife team – renowned chef and MasterChef judge Monica Galetti and her husband David who was sommelier at the restaurant where they met – Michel Roux’s two Michelin star Le Gavroche.
The private dining room accommodates 10 guests and offers a menu that blends classical French with South Pacific influences. Their 6-course tasting menu includes beautifully presented signature and seasonal dishes and expertly chosen wine pairings.
N.B. Mere is closed between 24th December – 4th Jan.
Right by the twinkling lights of Covent Garden’s Christmas tree you’ll find Frenchie, the place to enjoy Christmas cuisine French style (and one of our favourite restaurants in central London).
The chicken stuffed with brioche, rosemary and lemon comes with cranberry sauce, brussel sprouts, chestnuts and sage, duck fat roasted potatoes and horseradish creme fraiche. We’re also very much eyeing up the Banoffee pie.
If you’re just swinging by the area, pick up some mulled wine with spiced Madeleines for £12 or boxes of Frenchie’s signature (and très délicieux) bacon scones.
An extra special 7-course menu is available on New Year’s Eve (£170pp) plus a veggie menu (£150pp).
N.B. Frenchie is open Weds-Sunday
The Grill at the Dorchester
Plenty of festivities will take place at The Grill at The Dorchester this season. Head chef Tom Booton has come up with special menus for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s, which will all be enjoyed alongside a programme of live music.
Throughout December there’s a 3-course festive lunch (£50pp) 4-course festive dinner and a 3-course festive Sunday roast (£75pp) – check website for dates and availability.
Norma is a restaurant for Sicilian-inspired feasting. Groups of 6 or more can gather at ‘Etna’, the private dining room, for a choice of three different feasting menus.
The special festive set menu is for two people minimum (£60pp). The Italian banquet includes raised wild boar ravioli, slow-cooked lamb shoulder, turnip tops and pomegranate, not to mention the ‘Norma’ festive tiramisu with gold flakes, cinnamon, orange, chestnuts and cannoli ricotta.
You might be tempted to come back for the 5-course New Year’s Eve dinner menu too (£85pp).
The iconic jazz club Ronnie Scotts are once again putting on their Christmas lunches, a tradition now in its twelfth year. Throughout December lunches are held from 12pm for selected dates between Wednesday 8th – Thursday 23rd December.
You can of course expect some first class music from Ronnie Scott’s All Stars. Listen to all the legendary festive songs of Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles as you enjoy a 3-course Christmas lunch and glass of prosecco (£75pp).
Le Pont de la Tour
Until the 31st of December, admire views of Tower Bridge, whilst snuggled up with blankets on Le Pont de la Tour’s terrace – now a heated winter garden in partnership with Laurent-Perrier.
In addition to the Champagne and caviar menu, the 3-course festive menu offers the finest in French cuisine (£49pp).
On Christmas Day, the 6-course menu includes beetroot and horseradish cured salmon, roast turkey with apricot and thyme stuffing, chocolate marquise, not forgetting the finale – coffee, minced pies and truffles (£120pp).
And how about a NYE knees up on the river? Bien sûr… It’s a magnifique 6-course tasting menu (£150pp). Pescatarian and vegan menus available.
City + Oxford Circus
There are fun times ahead at Swingers crazy golf venues which have a smashing selection of street foods to get you fuelled up for the big game.
Try a festive crispy duck taco from Breddos, a Terry’s Chocolate Orange calzone from Pizza Pilgrims or a spiced apple and miso caramel doughnut from Crosstown.
Remember you don’t have to play crazy golf to enter, so come as a spectator and make the most of the tasty food and drink.
If ambience is just as important as food, look no further than The Petersham. As the sister restaurant to Petersham Nurseries in Richmond, you can expect some stunning natural decor, as well as food made with the freshest locally sourced ingredients, mostly from Haye Farm in Devon.
The Floral Court has been transformed into a winter wonderland by their floristry team, so you can eat amongst the twinkling trees and foliage with heaters and blankets.
The festive tasting menu at The Petersham is £90pp, lunch menu £70pp and although not open for Christmas Day, they have a special NYE menu for £110pp. Try the La Goccia bar next door if you’re in the mood for an aperitivo and some festive Italian ‘cicchetti’.
Madera at Treehouse
Overlooking the London skyline, The Treehouse Hotel is one of our favourite Christmas restaurants in central London. With its proximity to the Christmas lights of Oxford Street and Regent’s Street, you couldn’t get a more festive view from both the Madera restaurant and rooftop terrace – The Nest.
Madera is a beautiful Californian-Mexican restaurant, plant bedecked with huge windows and epic views. An ideal spot for a special festive celebration.
If you fancy a Mexican twist on your traditional turkey, Madera is open for both NYE (£180pp) and Christmas Day (£120pp and a children’s menu for £50pp).
If you’re spending Crimbo in London, then South Bank is a lovely spot for a bracing Christmas Day walk along the river. Consider then, Christmas Day lunch at Skylon with its spectacular views of the Thames.
For Christmas Day, the 5-course tasting menu (£155pp / £77.50 for kids) has all the festive favourites – salmon, turkey and Christmas pudding. You’ll also be treated to tantalizing dishes such as ‘native butter lobster poached, Tokyo turnip and lobster bisque’, ‘Jerusalem artichoke barigoule’ and ‘Heron’s Farm venison wellington.’ You best arrive hungry.
Practical Tips for Booking Christmas Restaurants in London
- Hurry! Book your Christmas dinner in London ASAP because spaces will book up fast.
- If you had your heart set on a restaurant for a specific date but they’re fully booked, ask to be put on a waiting list as they may have some cancellations.
- Talking of cancellations, we’re staying optimistic that Christmas will not be cancelled this year, but… always check a restaurant’s cancellation policy before you book. These vary but often require a deposit (redeemed off the final bill) and particularly for Christmas bookings, you may be charged if cancelling at short notice.