Eating Out on Christmas Day

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If cooking a Christmas family feast doesn’t appeal and you would prefer someone else to do the hard work on Christmas Day, have a look at our guide to London restaurants opening on 25th December.  If one of them takes your fancy, remember to act quickly and book your place.

Bar Boulud

Daniel Boulud’s restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is offering a three course Christmas dinner for £70 per person.  Starting with an amuse bouche, the menu includes salad nantaise, glazed turkey leg and tuna carpaccio, followed by a selection of mouth-watering desserts. Despite its location within one of London’s grandest hotels, Bar Boulud has a relaxing, informal atmosphere, which will lend itself perfectly to a cosy festive meal.

66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA Telephone: 020 7201 3899



If even choosing from a menu seems like too much effort but you still want a fantastic Christmas meal, Orrery in Marylebone could be the perfect place for you this Christmas Day. Rather than offering a selection of dishes, diners at Orrery will be served with a six-course tasting menu, consisting of delights such as shaved black winter truffle, poached supreme of Norfolk Black Turkey, grilled lobster and traditional Christmas pudding.  The Christmas menu costs £80 per person.

55 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5RB Telephone: 020 7616 8000

Blueprint Café

While London’s Design Museum may be closed on Christmas Day, the Blueprint Café on the premises will be open for business, serving traditional Christmas dinner to festive diners. Doors open at noon for those who have booked a table and are keen to tuck in to their pumpkin soup, crab cocktail, Norfolk turkey or beetroot tartin.  The Blueprint Café is offering a four-course Christmas menu, with four options per course, for £80 per person.

Design Museum, London, SE1 2YD Telephone: 020 7378 7031

Christmas Day Traditional Lunch Cruise

If you want to do something completely different on Christmas Day, how about having your meal on-board a cruise boat on the Thames? Departing from Westminster Pier at 12.30pm and returning for 3.15pm, the City Cruises boat will become a  festive restaurant serving a four-course Christmas meal to all those on-board. The menu includes a starter of roast butternut squash soup, main of roast turkey with all the trimmings and a vegetarian option of baked wild mushroom, spinach, cranberry, hazelnut and brie pastry. The Christmas Day Traditional Lunch Cruise is priced at £120 per adult.

To book, telephone City Cruises on 020 7740 0400

The Cinnamon Club

Not everyone likes a traditional Christmas dinner so an amazing Indian meal in The Cinnamon Club could be the answer.  Carefully selected cocktails and spice-friendly wines are included alongside the Christmas menu. Choose from the likes of Keralan lobster soup flamed with brandy, Bombay style winter vegetables, clove-roasted goose breast and tandoori Portobello mushroom.  Although the fare is a far cry from turkey with all the trimmings, there are some nods to festive traditions throughout the menu. Christmas Day at The Cinnamon Club costs £75 per person.

The Old Westminster Library,  30-32 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU Telephone: 020 3603 0428

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