Where To Celebrate Thanksgiving in London
Keen to get into the spirit of Thanksgiving but can’t squeeze in a trip to the States? Fear not, we’ve got the lowdown on the most sumptuous feasts in town, offering all the holiday staples, from roast turkey to pumpkin pie. Check out our round-up of the best places to celebrate Thanksgiving in London this November.
Best Places to Celebrate Thanksgiving in London
BRIX is a multi-faceted, New York-style venue set in an 8,500 square foot warehouse in the heart of London Bridge. Inspired by the smokehouses of the city’s meatpacking district and Brooklyn’s all-day dining scene, it serves up gourmet street food, craft beers and bespoke cocktails – headed up by ex-Soho House chef Radek Nitkowski. This year, there will be a special Thanksgiving menu available on 24 November, offering dishes like oxtail mac ‘n’ cheese, shrimp and crab cake, roasted Norfolk turkey with pork stuffing, and sweet potato pie with toasted marshmallows.
Available 24 November, starters from £7, mains from £18. brixldn.com
With Michelin-starred chef Adam Byatt at the helm, you know Charlie’s will always deliver on the food front – plus it’s got a great atmosphere and stylish interiors. This Thanksgiving, head there for a traditional three-course menu, featuring starters shrimp bisque with bourbon cream, oysters Rockefeller, followed by a turkey roast with all the trimmings (including candied yams and a potato and leek gratin). For dessert, it’s a classic pecan pie, a pumpkin custard tart, or autumnal baked apples.
Available 24 November, from £65pp. opentable.co.uk
Robin and Sarah Gill are the husband-and-wife duo behind some of south London’s best restaurants. One of these is Darby’s in Nine Elms, an oyster bar, bakery and grill inspired by New York, and named after Robin’s late father, who lived life to the full during the ‘50s and ‘60s. The restaurant is getting involved with Thanksgiving festivities with a four-course feasting menu, which includes Stateside dishes like truffled mac ‘n’ cheese croquettes, cornbread with smoked bourbon butter, thyme roast turkey with cranberry sauce, and a pumpkin tart with pecan and tonka bean ice cream.
Available 24 November. darbys-london.com
The Colony Grill Room
The Beaumont‘s resident restaurant, The Colony Grill Room, channels 1920s New York glamour with transatlantic-inspired dishes, maximalist artworks and large-scale murals. This Thanksgiving, it’s paying homage to the American holiday with a special menu designed by executive chef Ben Boeynaems. First up is a pumpkin risotto with smoked ricotta and toasted hazelnuts, followed by a traditional turkey main, complete with an array of Stateside-inspired trimmings. For dessert, it’s pecan pie with spiced chocolate sorbet. There’s also a vegetarian alternative, featuring roasted kohlrabi with sweetcorn velouté, with a nut roast for the main.
Available 24 November 2022, £85pp, wine pairing is an extra £50pp. colonygrillroom.com
Sea Containers London
Riverside hotel Sea Containers is home to a great restaurant, which is getting involved with the Thanksgiving festivities with a three-course lunch. The meal will begin with a buck carpaccio and beetroot starter, followed by roast turkey with corn and cranberry, plus a sweet potato custard tart with marshmallow ice cream for dessert. Some proceeds from the menu will go towards The Felix Project, a UK charity which delivers surplus food to those in need.
Available 24 November 2022, 12pm – 3pm, £25pp. seacontainerslondon.com
Soho restaurant SOLA is the UK’s only Michelin-starred American restaurant, serving Californian cuisine in an elegant dining room. No doubt its Thanksgiving menu, created by chef-patron Victor Garvey, will be one to remember, featuring a whopping nine courses. The offering will stay true to SOLA’s West Coast style, made using high-quality ingredients. It will begin with an array of festive bites, such as a Bloody Mary, cheesesteak and turkey kromeski (similar to a croquette), alongside a trio of canapés, including foie gras and bacon. Also featuring will be a seasonal reworking of one of SOLA’s signature dishes: native lobster (usually langoustine) served with ginger, dashi and wild mushroom. The centrepiece will be Victor’s refined take on a traditional turkey dinner: confit breast of Copas turkey with morcilla stuffing, beetroot, foie gras and elderberry. On the sweet side, head pastry chef Megan Stafford and pastry sous chef Andrea Jimenez have created two desserts: blackberry with sansho, camomile and crème fraîche, and a classic pumpkin pie, served here with Jack Daniel’s crème diplomate and pecans.
Available 24 November 2022, midday – 9.30pm, £179pp. solasoho.com
Sette by Scarpetta
The London outpost of New York’s Scarpetta family, Sette in the Bulgari Hotel serves Italian food with a Manhattan twist. Its Thanksgiving menu will begin with a chestnut and porcini soup, enjoyed alongside a glass of champagne, followed by artichoke walford, served with a Brussell sprout salad with pecorino and hazelnuts. For the secondi, choose between roasted bronze turkey with all the trimmings, or beetroot risotto with goat’s cheese. Dolci, meanwhile, is a classic pecan pie served with rum raisin gelato, or vanilla cheesecake with apple, almond crumble and blackberry sorbet. All this will be accompanied by live music, amid the restaurant’s sleek setting.
Available 24 November 2022, £80pp. settelondon.co.uk
Duck & Waffle
Raise a toast up in the clouds at Duck & Waffle, the sky-high restaurant located on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower. Its Thanksgiving feast will be served as a communal culinary experience, featuring traditional dishes like maple glazed cornbread, bacon wrapped dates, and crispy polenta. For the main event it’s a whole roasted bronze turkey with all the trimmings, alongside classic Thanksgiving sides: think sweet potatoes with marshmallows, green bean casserole, and truffle mac ‘n’ cheese. Last but not least is a bourbon pecan pie, served with homemade clotted cream.
Available 24 November 2022, £75pp or £115 with wine pairing. duckandwaffle.com
Riding House Café
A Thanksgiving menu will be available across all three of the Riding House Cafe branches, which are located in Fitzrovia, Victoria and Bloomsbury. Executive chef Henry Omereye has created a family-style feasting menu, which guests can enjoy for lunch or dinner. Kick off the festivities with a seasonal cocktail: the Kentucky Bucket, mixed with Maker’s Mark Bourbon, cider, mango tea and maple syrup, before getting stuck into the main, a slow roasted Norfolk Bronze turkey served with maple-buttered sweet potatoes and truffled mac ‘n’ cheese. For pudding, there will be two desserts for the table: pumpkin brûlée pie and pecan pie, served with fluffy vanilla cream.
Available 24 and 25 November 2022, £55pp. riding.house
CUT at 45 Park Lane
This glitzy steakhouse is the first London foray for A-list US chef Wolfgang Puck, who rose to fame with Beverley Hills hotspot Spago. It’s part of Art Deco hotel 45 Park Lane, which belongs to the Dorchester Collection, and the décor is fittingly chic – all polished floors and leather banquettes, with Damien Hirst artworks adorning the walls. This Thanksgiving, guests can enjoy a special menu of dishes designed by executive chef Elliott Grover, with input from Puck himself. Highlights will include a lobster ‘Louis’ cocktail with avocado and horseradish panna cotta, Norfolk Bronze turkey with cornbread stuffing, a champagne risotto with parmesan and white truffle, and a key lime pie dessert. Diners will also have the option of dining on the terrace, which is overlooked by the trees of Hyde Park.
Available 24 November 2022. dorchestercollection.com
Long a favoured destination for guests from across the Atlantic, The Stafford London hotel in St James is preparing once again for Thanksgiving across two of its outlets, The Game Bird restaurant and The American Bar. The latter is one of London’s longest-surviving American bars, filled with fascinating memorabilia from across the years, often donated by American guests. The hotel also interestingly played host to many American and Canadian officers during WWII, who sought refuge in the hotel’s centuries old Wine Cellars while stationed overseas and far from home.
With a three-course menu available in both The Game Bird and The American Bar, guests can expect a feast: Butternut squash velouté, crispy garlic mushroom and corn bread; Maple-glazed roast Norfolk turkey with roasted yams, sage and onion stuffing, green bean casserole and sour cream mash; and Pecan pie with maple syrup ice cream to finish.
Available 24 November at £59.50 per person. thestaffordlondon.com
Celebrating all things Ameri-Talian, Bunga Bunga’s immersive Thanksgiving Secret Supperclub Show will bring an all-singing, all-dancing dose of excitement to Covent Garden this Thanksgiving – literally. While entertainers provide thrilling performances all night and into the early hours, sip on a Jacksgiving cocktail (Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple liqueur, honey syrup, topped with soda water and sparkling wine) and tuck into a delicious three course feast, featuring the likes of smoked cheese and speck arancini served with tomato sauce, with Bunga Bunga’s famed Metro Pizzas for mains – a whopping half a metre of pizza per person.
24 November from 7pm, from £65 per person. bungabunga.com
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