A guide to festive feasts with traditional turkey and Christmas pudding. Plus, find out where you can have dinner on Christmas Day itself.
Celebrate Christmas Day with a visit to one of the capital’s great restaurants that are serving a traditional lunch with all the trimmings, says Sam Rogg
It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas, everywhere you… eat! From traditional turkey to more modern fare, we’ve selected the best spots to eat, drink and be merry.
On the iconic King’s Road in Chelsea, the oh-so-stylish London Steakhouse Co. from celebrity chef Marco Pierre White is the ideal place to break up your Christmas shopping. Choose from two festive menus (from £35; to 24 Dec), featuring traditional favourites such as Scottish smoked salmon and crème fraîche blinis, roast Holly Farm turkey breast with chestnut stuffing and plum pudding with brandy custard ( 386King’sRd,SW35UZ).
‘ Too much of a good thing is a good thing,’ says Balans Soho Society and it’s hard not to agree with its joyous dishes such as truffled chicken liver parfait, roast Norfolk turkey and clementine cheesecake (to 24 Dec; from £30) on the seasonal menu. Christmas Day offerings include twice-baked soufflé and Christmas pud, naturally (from £70; 60-62Old ComptonSt,W1D4UG). HarryPotter fans will recognise Leadenhall
Market as Diagon Alley from the film franchise. Managed by the City since 1411, this beautiful covered market with a spectacular Victorian roof houses Chamberlain’s, one of the best places for fish and seafood in the capital. Festive highlights range from crab salad to half-lobster Thermidor, plus Christmas pudding with brandy sauce (28 Nov-23 Dec; from £43.50;23-25 Leadenhall Market, EC 3 V1 L R ).
You can tell from the elegant presentation and ingenious flavours at Picture Fitzrovia that the owners have a background in Michelinstarred restaurants. Try the six-course seasonal tasting menu that won’t break the bank: think winter vegetable velouté, grilled sea bass fillet and ravioli of mushroom and chestnut for just £40(110 Great Portland St, W1 W 6 P Q ).
If turkey’s not your thing, dive mouth first into Antipodean fusion food at The Providores in beautiful Marylebone. Starters of pheasant terrine or baked mackerel pave the way for showstoppers such as duck breast with orange cinnamon-spiced polenta, or pan-fried fish with pumpkin, on the Christmas lunch menu (from £38; to 23 Dec; 109MaryleboneHighSt, W1U4RX). Happy Christmas!
Clockwise from this image: Picture Fitzrovia; The Providores; London Steakhouse Co.