Hate cooking, Hate washing up but love Christmas with all the trimmings? We have the answer, here are the restaurants in London that will elegantly stuff your face on Christmas Day? Whether you’re visiting London over the festive period, or are a Londoner wanting to dodge the fuss we’ve put together a guide to eating out in the capital on 25 December.
Christmas Day at Skylon, South Bank
Christmas dinner in a sleek, modern restaurant overlooking the Thames? Don’t mind if we do. The Christmas Day menu at Skylon comprises four courses plus canapés, and although there’s not as much choice as other venues on this list (it’s either turkey, or venison wellington for mains), we’d put money on the food being both classy and delicious.
Holborn Dining Room
You’d think that by lunchtime on Christmas Day, Father Christmas would be ready for a long lie-down. Instead, he pops into Holborn Dining Room to visit the diners. The menu sounds very luxurious, and has plenty of options — anyone for baked lobster thermidor tart or foie gras, followed by traditional roast turkey or wild sea bass? For dessert, we’re eyeing up the chocolate brûlée, but other options include mandarin cheesecake, raspberry and almond trifle, and lemon curd slice. Save some for Santa.
BOOK HERE . £170 per person.
Ham Yard Hotel
Start your meal at Ham Yard Hotel with a selection of canapés and a glass of champagne, followed by seasonal specials — heritage carrot terrine, peppered fillet of beef carpaccio, and roast duck. Or, opt for the traditional turkey followed by Christmas pud. Alas, that gingerbread cheesecake isn’t making a return this year, but console yourself with an eggnog creme brûlée instead. Good, wholesome, festive nosh, very close to Piccadilly Circus
Christmas Day at Ham Yard Hotel. £130 per person.
Sea Containers Restaurant
Sea Containers, by the Thames, serves a rather fancy menu on 25 December. Begin with a glass of champagne and butternut squash amuse bouche, followed by a starter (handpicked crab is one of the options), a main (traditional turkey, sirloin, halibut or gnocchi) and dessert. Tea, coffee and mince pies will follow, if you’ve still got room. Walk it all off on a stroll along the river.