Five London restaurants open for Christmas Day lunch 2012

Don’t fancy slaving in the kitchen all day this Christmas? Book yourself into one of these yulefeasteries on Christmas Day

Chestnuts roasting on the open fire, the laugh of chocolate-coin gorged kids escaping from the playroom, Home Alone on the box…and potato grit embedded into your finger nails as you grapple with a sink full of sprouts.

The thought of cooking an epic Christmas lunch from the entire family can sometimes seem like a bridge-too-far on a day that you should be enjoying.

So why not hang-up the holly adorned apron for a change and head to one of London’s top restaurants for a festive lunch, chopped and roasted by someone else.

Oh the decadence.

From the traditional to the downright exotic – here’s our pick of restaurants opening their doors on December 25th.

The Gilbert Scott, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, NW1

The Gilbert Scott, St Pancras Hotel

The Gilbert Scott, St Pancras Hotel

Well if you really are going all out, why not spend Christmas Day in one of London most decadent venues, steeped in history, with a menu designed by his royal foodiness, Marcus Wareing. Let one of Britain’s top chefs do all of the work (well – I doubt he’ll be in the kitchen but you catch my drift).

You can chose between brunch (smoked salmon royale or Full English amid pastries and mince pie chocolates), served until 12.30 and Christmas lunch served from 12pm. Lunch takes the form of a festively delightful tasting menu including a choice of traditional roasts.

Could there be a more charming setting than George Gilbert Scott’s Victorian red-brick masterpiece? I’d wager not.

The Boundary, 2-4 Boundary Street, E2

The Boundary restaurant

The Boundary restaurant

Fancy an uber-cool Christmas lunch with a light sprinkling of celebrity spotting and a good dose of trendy French cuisine? Look no further than Shoreditch’s foodie emporium come boutique hotel, The Boundary Project.

Lunch will be served in the basement restaurant with classic French options like twice-baked gruyère soufflé and foie gras for starter and roast venison or honey glazed duck for the main event.

You can even pop up to the rooftop for a chilly post lunch cocktail and enjoy looking out over east London’s wintery skyline.

Tayyabs, 83-89 Fieldgate Street, E1

Tayyabs, east London's favourite Punjab restaurant

Tayyabs, east London’s favourite Punjab restaurant

If you really feel like throwing tradition into the wintery winds, why not go to one of London’s most loved Punjabi eateries.

Tayyabs is known for its queues almost as much as its spectacular curries and kebabs so you may need to don your winter woollies but you can be sure the spicy food will warm you up in no time. The thrifty prices certainly won’t give you the chills either.

Orrery, 55 Marylebone High St, W1U

Orrery, Marylebone High Street

Orrery, Marylebone High Street

Wondering down Marylebone High Street on Christmas Day would be quite the treat. It may be a stone’s throw from Oxford Street but it feels like a chic, wee village a million miles away from the horrendous bustle.

Orrery sits in a converted stable looking down over Marylebone Church Gardens, a beautiful setting and a French-inspired tasting menu.

Dean Street Townhouse, 69 - 71 Dean Street, W1D

Dean Street Townhouse

Dean Street Townhouse

This hotel and restaurant combo sits in the centre of Soho in what was once the infamous Gargoyle Club. The Georgian, cream façade with black wrought iron railings could set the scene for your own period drama on Christmas Day. Very English, very elegant.

The restaurant will be serving up a four course “traditional” set menu which could satisfy the stalwart turkey fans and those seeking something a little different (baked cep and truffle tart anyone?)

Early booking is advisable for these venues

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