Five great restaurants doing Christmas Day lunch in London

Don’t cook this year

Whether you’ve had a particularly stressful build up to the holidays or you simply think you deserve a little rest and relaxation there is no better time to take it easy than on Christmas Day. And with so many great restaurants serving up gorgeous food on the day, there’s no need whatsoever to be knee deep in goose fat this year.

So put those spud recipes away (yes – and the turkey ones and that Christmas cake bowl) and get ringing round these cool restaurants instead.

All that’s left to think about is who to invite…

1.       The Hoxton Grill

81 Great Eastern Street London EC2A 3HU

Select from a choice of two “Bring Me Food” menus, each served family-style for the table to dig in together and enjoy. Choose from a set menu for £78 containing the full traditional Christmas dinner offerings rounded off with mince pies. And if your decision to be hosted for on Christmas Day has gained the eye of others why not book The Restaurant for up to 80 diners this year. Available for hire alongside The Garden, seating 45 or 100 standing and The Apartment Space for larger groups contact the restaurant for details.

2.       The Cinnamon Club

The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, London SWIP 3BU

Enjoy subtly spiced offerings from executive chef Vivek Singh at the Grade II listed award winning Indian restaurant which goes beyond turkey and trimmings. Start with canapés in the Library Bar before a sit-down dinner and after-dinner cocktails at the Cinnamon Club bar – all set against the book lined Old Westminster Library. Choose from one of a selection of exclusive Party Menus starting from £38 per person.

3.       Almeida

30 Almeida Street, London N1 1AD

Head off to the heart of Angel and Islington just off Upper Street to find a great location for Christmas Day lunch. Head chef Tommy Boland has conjured up a festive three-course menu starting at £35 for lunch for three courses and £40, or £45 for dinner. The private dining room can seat up to 18, with the sunken room accommodating up to 30 for a standing reception or 10 seated. Large parties and groups can also be accommodated in the main restaurant.

4.       Orrery

55 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5RB

Fancy an elegant French Christmas dinner? Then you could try the upmarket Orrery restaurant, located in the heart of Marylebone Village and a short walk from Baker Street and Regents Park. The gorgeous converted stable block overlooking Marylebone Church Gardens offers private dining and group offerings for parties between 8 and 18. Lunch menus start from £43 for three courses and dinner menus start from £55. Head chef, Igor Tymchyshyn creates two Christmas menus priced at £65 and £74 as well as a seasonal truffle menu priced at £95.

5.       Little Bay, Farringdon

171 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 3AL

Open Christmas Day from 12 until 6.00pm the Little Bay restaurant in Farringdon will be offering its traditional five-course set lunch menu for £28.95 per person. Accompanying the meal which can be selected from a variety of options including a la carte and Christmas Set menu will be live entertainment and a relaxed vibe.

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