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

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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.

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