The festive season is a time of merriment, often accompanied by delicious food. If you find yourself wandering the streets of the city (or perhaps snuggled up on the sofa scouring the web) on the search for some excellent fare, we suggest trying out one of the following restaurants – we believe they’re some of the best restaurants in London for a Christmas meal.
Do something a little different this Christmastime and head to Outlaw’s at the Capital. Begin your experience with a lovely warming winter cocktail, before taking part in a whisky and cheese pairing masterclass at the bar. The session will see guests introduced to three British and French cheeses and three complementary whiskies. To finish, relax with a whisky cocktail in the bar, or head to Outlaw’s for an outstanding festive feast.
Whisky and Cheese Pairing £45
Winter Menu £62
In a room illuminated by a splendid crystal Baccarat chandelier is The Lobby Lounge. This Christmastime, a Swan Lake-themed afternoon tea will be served – accompanied by live ballerinas on the 24th and 25th between 3pm and 5pm. Delights include chocolate mousse filled with mulled wine-infused plums and a choux pastry with cranberry compote. The offering is completed by Laurent-Perrier Champagne. What more could you ask for?
Laurent-Perrier Champagne Festive Afternoon Tea £60
Laurent-Perrier Rosé Champagne Festive Afternoon Tea £65
Alyn Williams’ abundance of accolades stands testament to the high-quality dining experience the restaurant offers. Visit for an exquisite meal on Christmas day, and be treated to an eight-course feast. Courses include pumpkin veloute with Scottish langoustine and Parmesan, fillet of Galloway beef matched with foie gras, truffled beef chips and ponzu-glazed carrots, and a flavoursome dessert of gingerbread parfait with clementine, jam crisps and meringue – yum.
Eight courses for £180 per person
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city in this cosy, uniquely decorated eatery. The restaurant boasts plenty of nooks and crannies, offering diners an intimate meal. Over the festive period, Little Bay’s à la carte menu will continue to run as normal, at exceptional value. There’s also a three-course set menu for parties of 12 or more, which features dishes like duck two ways, jerk chicken and the traditional turkey roast with all of the expected trimmings.
Two courses for £9.90
Three courses for £12.95
For a quintessentially British meal, look no further than Corrigan’s. Begin your visit with canapés, before indulging in the likes of foie gras with celeriac and quince, and then steamed Dover sole accompanied by black winter truffles. Corrigan’s can excellently cater for private events, thanks to its four stylishly decorated private rooms – yet another reason this is one of the best restaurants in London for a Christmas meal.
Menus start at £50 per person
Having occupied the same quaint spot in Putney for over 25 years, Emile’s has built a reputation for offering delicious fare in an informal setting. The menu combines French traditional cooking techniques with British flair, to excellent effect. Visit over the festive period and enjoy pan-fried filled of trout with a salted hazelnut crumble to begin, or perhaps shoulder of pork enhanced by pickled Jerusalem artichoke and truffle mayonnaise. Next, choose from tempting options like wild duck with pickled grapes and beet purée, and saddle of wild boar accompanied by pig’s cheek sausage and a fermented black radish.
Two courses £29.50
Three courses £34
Why not pop along to The Dorchester this Christmas for a spot of afternoon tea? It includes the expected selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream, festive cakes and pastries, and a choice of teas. Visit at the weekend and your afternoon delight will be complemented by a children’s school choir performance, with accompaniments from the resident pianist. If you’re after something heartier, The Dorchester is also home to Alain Ducasse, one of the county’s only restaurants with three Michelin stars – there’s no wonder it’s among the best restaurants in London for a Christmas meal.
Christmas Carols Afternoon Tea £75
Festive Champagne Afternoon Tea £65