London’s Best Festive Menus
by Ellie Smith
Yes, it’s happening: the Christmas season has arrived– which means our diaries, and our stomachs, are about to start filling up. If you’ve been put in charge of booking the Christmas meal for your friends, family or colleagues, we’ve got you covered with a guide to the best festive menus in London. From traditional roasts to more alternative seasonal feasts, there’s something for everyone.
Best Festive Menus in London 2022
HIVE at Selfridges
Honey-based restaurant HIVE, found within Selfridges, has partnered with Parisian beauty house Guerlain on a new festive menu. Dishes are made using organic ingredients, including fresh honey produced by the restaurants 10,000 in-house bees – think smoked salmon tartlet with Comté cheese, lobster poached with garlic butter and spinach. There will also be some impressive desserts, like the ‘Bee-autiful Christmas pudding’, and the ‘Snow Man’, made with honey chestnut mousse and spiced pears. Diners will also have the chance to buy beauty products from Guerlain’s Abeille Royale line. The perfect pit-stop after some Christmas shopping in Selfridges.
Price: Dishes from £10
Dates: Available until 2 January 2023
Selfridges & Co, 400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB, hiverestaurant.uk
Upstairs at Trinity
Clapham’s only Michelin-starred restaurant is Trinity, a neighbourhood favourite spearheaded by Adam Byatt. There are two parts to the restaurant: the more formal dining room downstairs, and above it, Upstairs at Trinity, which is a more casual affair. Across both, though, the food is second-to-none. This Christmas, Upstairs has brought back its goose menu, which was a big hit last year. Designed to be shared between groups of four or more, the three-course feast features starters like whole baked vacherin Mont D’Or, followed by a roast goose to share for the main, served with all the trimmings. For dessert, diners can enjoy the special Trinity yule log.
Dates: Available from 1 December 2022
4 The Polygon, London SW4 0JG, trinity-upstairs.co.uk
Mortimer House Kitchen
Located just off Oxford Street, Mortimer House Kitchen is prime location for some post-Christmas shopping dining. Its newly launched Christmas menu offering includes a three-course lunch feast, featuring dishes like pancetta ham terrine with pistachio and caramelised peach jam, pumpkin and sage tortellini, and corn fed chicken with brown butter bread sauce. Alternatively, go for the sharing option (available for tables of eight or more) which includes roast porchetta with caramelised apple, roast potatoes and heritage smoked carrots, or a vegetarian option of celeriac dauphinoise pie with mushroom sauce. For a sweet treat, choose between a classic lemon tart, crème brûlée or panettone bread and butter pudding with salted caramel cream.
Dates: Available from 30 November 2022
37-41 Mortimer St, London W1T 3JH, mortimerhousekitchen.com
La Dame de Pic at Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square
Michelin-starred chef Anne-Sophie Pic brings her culinary finesse to Four Seasons Trinity Square, serving a French-inspired menu amid glamorous surroundings. The restaurant’s Christmas menu is suitably decadent, featuring seasonal dishes like Poulette de la cour d’armoise, seasoned with melilot; and tonka accompanied with an artichoke and dill tart. For pudding, guests can enjoy the Bûche de Noël, a French Christmas classic, reinvented by the restaurant’s pastry team and flavoured with Tahitian vanilla mousse, pink grapefruit and Damascus rose. Fancy an extra slice of luxury? Add two additional dishes: barbecued Scottish langoustine, and Chausson aux Truffes, delicate pastry parcels filled with seasonal black truffles and complemented with a saffron and amaretto sabayon.
Price: From £198pp
Dates: Available until 26 December 2022
Four Seasons Hotel at Ten, 10 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ, ladamedepiclondon.co.uk
Who says Indian food can’t be festive? Mayfair’s beloved restaurant Gymkhana is serving up a festive tasting menu this winter, featuring seasonal twists on its signature dishes. There’s turkey seekh kebab with mint and mustard chutney, and tandoori lamb chop with walnut chutney – or, from the vegetarian menu, truffle pilau, and paneer tikka with fig and cashew nut. On the sweet side, diners can enjoy poached pears with saffron pistachio, or a cardamom rice kheer with fresh figs. Wine pairing is also available. Within the restaurant’s hidden vaults, there are various spaces bookable for private dining too.
Price: £110pp for the Festive Tasting Menu, £100 for the Vegetarian Tasting Menu, £95 extra for wine pairing
Dates: Available from 31 October 2022
42 Albemarle St, London W1S 4JH, gymkhanalondon.com
10 Greek Street
You can book the private dining room at 10 Greek Street in Soho for a festive feasting menu for up to 12 guests. Focused around seasonal, top-quality ingredients, the offering includes starters of trout and burrata followed by mains like pheasant with duck fat potatoes, and celeriac with smoked pancetta. For pudding, enjoy spiced ginger cake with roast pears or warm chocolate mousse with dulce de leche ice cream. Enjoy alongside wines from the restaurant’s award-winning list. Perfect for a small office celebration or festive meal out with friends.
Dates: Available throughout December 2022
10 Greek St, London W1D 4DH, 10greekstreet.com
Ravinder Bhogal’s Marylebone restaurant is always a cosy spot for winter – but there’s even more reason to visit over the next couple of months thanks to a special festive menu. The restaurant champions a ‘cooking without borders’ ethos, inspired by different cuisines around the world, including South Asia and the Far East, the Middle East and East Africa. Ravinder’s Christmas menu reflects this, with dishes packed with interesting flavours and served sharing-style. The feast will kick off with chickpea chips and charred Brussels sprouts, followed by bigger plates of butternut squash moilee and marinated tofu schnitzel. And for dessert, Ravinder’s famous banana cake with miso butterscotch will be on offer, alongside a seasonal meringue roulade.
Price: From £62pp or £82pp with a glass of champagne
19-21 Blandford St, London W1U 3DJ, jikoni.com
Traditional Christmas food gets a Peruvian twist at Soho hotspot Señor Ceviche, found in Kingly Court. Well-suited to groups, the festive menu includes three courses of sharing dishes: Para Picar, Ceviche, Peruvian BBQ, plus sides and dessert. Begin with some bites like Peruvian popped corn and quinoa croquetas, followed by Nikkei Ceviche (yellowfin tuna, sea bass, ponzu tiger’s milk, yuzu tobiko and langoustine cracker) and El Clasico (sea bass ceviche with aji limo tiger’s milk, sweet potato puree. BBQ dishes, meanwhile, include seared Atlantic cod and Cordero a la Brasa (slow cooked lamb shank in aji panca paste and Peruvian gravy), or, on the vegetarian menu, BBQ Jerusalem artichoke ceviche. Enjoy alongside winter drinks like the Marry Berry, a mix of sloe gin, red vermouth and Christmas spices, and the hot Pisco Toddy, a mix of pisco, cloves, star anise, orange and cinnamon.
Kingly Court, Carnaby, London W1B 5PW, senor-ceviche.com
The Spread Eagle
Spend your Christmas cosying it up in London’s first 100 per cent vegan pub, The Spread Eagle. The kitchen remains a seasonal hotspot, working directly with foragers and local producers to bring a fresh (and minimal waste) menu. For the festivities, the pub has curated a menu of British classics – all vegan, of course – that would surely convert even the most adamant of meat-eaters. Expect to find savoury delights like deep fried shamembert, Jerusalem and artichoke soup, nut roast and beet wellington, as well as sweet highlights such as sticky toffee pudding and apple and ginger crumble. Hearty and delicious.
Price: £39pp for three courses plus a glass of prosecco
Dates: Available from 21 November 2022
69 Wandsworth High St, London SW18 2PT, thespreadeaglelondon.co.uk
Korean Dinner Party
Swap turkey for fried chicken at Soho restaurant Korean Dinner Party. There are two feasting menus available this season, the first being the KFC Korean Fried Christmas, which celebrates all those guilty pleasures: buckets of fried chicken and fried cauliflower, mac & cheese, and corn dogs. Alternatively, there’s the K-Town Kristmas, which features a slow-roasted pork shoulder, served with kimchi, apples and lettuce cups, alongside oysters and beef tartare. The restaurant has also created its own Soju Citron Hot Toddy made with grapefruit soju (a Korean spirit made with rice, barley and tapioca), served in its own teapot. Although the dishes don’t scream Christmas, the décor will ensure you’re feeling festive.
Price: £32pp for the KFC Korean Fried Christmas menu or £42pp for the K-Town Kristmas menu
Dates: From 25 November 2022
Top Floor, Kingly Ct, Carnaby, London W1B 5PW, koreandinnerparty.com
The Cadogan Arms
King’s Road institution The Cadogan Arms reopened last year following a big refurb, complete with an impressive new food offering. Its set festive menu includes dishes like smoked salmon and rye bread to begin, followed by Beef Wellington or a classic roast turkey (both with all the trimmings) – ahead of a classic Christmas pudding with brandy butter sauce. The pub’s snug interiors make for the perfect roast setting too, with stylish velvet chairs and garland-bedecked fireplaces. Going with a big group? Consider opting for the feast menu, which has more of a sharing format.
Price: £90pp for three courses
298 King’s Rd, London SW3 5UG, thecadoganarms.london
Spice up your Christmas dinner at Dishoom, which is serving up an Indian feast this season inspired by the sharing culture of Bombay’s Irani cafes. Available across all of its branches, the menu features Indian twists on festive classics: turkey raan – or a vegan alternative – alongside Bombay potatoes, chilli Brussel sprouts and cranberry chutney. Can’t imagine a trip to Dishoom without tucking into some black daal? Fear not: it features too, alongside a number of other house classics, finishing off with a mince pie kulfi.
Various locations, dishoom.com
Le Pont de la Tour
This long-standing riverside restaurant always pulls out the stops for the festive season, with its garden transforming into a glittering winter wonderland. It’s the perfect spot for a Christmas meal with friends, with a number of special festive dishes on offer such as ballotine of turkey with mushroom duxelle and truffle mash, and spiced dark chocolate mousse with mandarin macaroons.
Price: £39.50 for three courses
Dates: Available 19 November – 24 December 2022
36D Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE, lepontdelatour.co.uk
Whitcomb’s at The Londoner
Looking for somewhere to dine out on Christmas Day? Head to The Londoner’s stylish restaurant Whitcomb’s for a five-course menu of seasonal dishes accompanied by a glass of champagne. For starters it’s burrata with green harissa, hazelnuts and sorrel, plus seared scallops, followed by larger plates like roasted duck breast with pommes mousseline, candy kumquats, winter black truffled and sautéed girolle mushrooms. Finish off on a sweet note with desserts like yule log and Petit Fours including bahibe milk chocolate truffle with raspberry and spiced ginger.
Price: £175pp for five courses
38 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7DX, thelondoner.com
The Ivy Chelsea Garden
The Chelsea branch of The Ivy is a delight year-round, but it’s particularly good come Christmas time, when its façade is transformed into a magical festive display. Inside, guests can enjoy twists on Ivy signatures, like a festive shepherd’s pie with confit goose and turkey, and pigs in blankets, alongside sweet treats such as a limited-edition Santa’s On His Way dessert made with red velvet sponge, cream cheese frosting and dark chocolate. A three-course set menu is also available.
Price: Set menu from £55pp for three courses
Dates: Available from 16 November 2022
195-197 King’s Rd, London SW3 5EQ, theivychelseagarden.com
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