Top five London restaurants for Christmas Day lunch

Fancy getting someone else to do all the hard work this Christmas? Why not have a look at our recommendations for lunch on the 25th.

The mere mention of Christmas Day leaves many of us salivating at the prospect of a big juicy turkey, surrounded by crispy roast potatoes and cranberry stuffing.

But while the promise of spending a day eating through delicious plates of food appeals to most, the idea of slaving over the oven and tirelessly peeling a seemingly endless mountain of veg might not.

So if you fancy spending your Christmas Day being waited on rather than put upon, we’ve put together the definitive list of the best London restaurants for Christmas lunch.

From traditional to slightly more exotic options this varied cluster of Christmas Day destinations should please anyone in London over the holiday.

1.       Butler’s Wharf Chop House, 36e Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YE

If you want to go down the traditional route you can’t go far wrong with this Terrance Conran’s champion of British fare. Head chef Martin Kroon sources home-grown produce that leaves you glowing in the best of British.

There’s a choice of whole grilled lemon sole or roast Goosnargh turkey with all the trimmings for main course.

The riverside location provides delightful views out onto Tower Bridge, its bright blue supports and familiar turrets reminding you that you’re in London. Having Christmas lunch. Hurrah.

2.     L’Etranger, 36 Gloucester Rd,  London SW7 4QT

Voted Best London Restaurant in 2009/10 by the Good Food Guide and Which Magazine, this South Kensington favourite blends French and Japanese cuisine to great effect.

Sophisticated minimalist décor of grey, oak flooring and subtle lilacs provide the perfect stage for Head Chef Jerome Tauvron’s dishes.

The mouth-watering Christmas lunch menu is a seven course feast featuring such delights as “Roasted Hokkaido Scallop, Parmesan Curd and Truffle Foam” and “Hertfordshire Turkey, Sage & Sesame Stuffing, Stir Fried Vegetables and Cranberry Sauce”.

It’s not a complete departure from a traditional menu but has just enough of a twist to make you glad you’re not at home crossing sprouts.

3.     The Cinnamon Club, The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU

Ten years ago, the Old Westminster Library (first opening in 1893), was converted into The Cinnamon Club, a restaurant dedicated to providing modern Indian cuisine.

You can spend your Christmas lunch in the rooms of this Grade II listed building sampling the contemporary Indian dishes from the extensive menu.  Clove roasted goose breast with ‘kadhai’ sauce, pilau rice, might be right up your street.

Maze

Maze

4.       Bistrotheque, 23-27 Wadeson Street, London, E2 9DR

For those of you who fancy having a hip East London Christmas affair, dipped in skinny jeans and laced with interesting haircuts, you’ll be happy to hear that Bistrotheque is opening its industrial doors for Christmas lunch.

For those unfamiliar, this utilitarian-chic restaurant complex fuses cabaret and decadent dining to great effect, and their festive lunch promises to be no different.

Starting with drinks at one and the meal at two, the menu promises to be a social affair with two “sharing courses” for the table. No doubt the baby grand piano will be tinkling with the sweet sounds of Christmas.

5.       Maze, 10-13 Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP

For those of you that won’t be following Gordon Ramsey’s Live Cook-Along on Channel 4 this Christmas Day, you can still get a taste of the cantankerous chef’s festive food with a trip to Maze.

Smack bang in the middle of Mayfair, this Ramsey bolt hold will be serving a six course lunch that would appeal to the most traditional of souls.

A choice of roasted Norfolk bronze turkey, roasted loin of Angus beef and pan-fried fillet of Loch Duart salmon would be music to many a purist’s ears.

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