10 Christmas Dinners You Have to TryChristmas dinner is unquestionably one of the best meals of the year.
However, it’s easy to overdo it if you plan on doing plenty of socialising before the big day.
From work dos, to meetups with friends, to family gatherings...December can be flooded with Christmas dinners that are difficult to say no to. Before you know it, you’ve consumed more turkey than you care for and never want to see a pig wrapped in a blanket again.
Luckily, London has a plethora of restaurants that are doing Christmas dinner a little differently this year. Whatever the occasion, dining at these delightful venues is sure to keep things fresh.
All Star Lanes is known for its nostalgic old-school bowling alley and classic American diner food.
If you decide to take things retro this Christmas, you’ll be able to choose from one of All Star’s Feast Packages which includes a game of bowling and half a bottle of wine per person. We recommend the Christmas dinner burger, pig-in-blanket hotdog or the smoked bean pot pie.
Trapeze Bar & Restaurant is open for private bookings - whether your group is 5 or 200. From the elegant Trapeze bar to the mysterious basement or luxurious Mezzanine, you and your party are sure to be in the right place.
Trapeze offers a choice of Christmas platters or canapes for groups, including mouth-watering options like pastrami, saurkraut and English mustard on sourdough, or broccoli, asparagus and melted feta in yorkshire puddings.
Alternatively, guests can choose one of the ‘hot boxes’ - sweet potato and clove curry or Xmas chilli with rice.
Soho, Holborn, King’s Cross
Belgo’s warm welcoming interiors and cosy laid-back vibe make it the perfect place for an un-official Christmas dinner with friends.
Swap out the usual turkey and gravy for a plate of their steamed mussels or maybe slow-cooked duck confit. Afterwards it’s waffles or crepes for dessert, all washed down with a choice of Belgo’s limited edition festive beers.
The most immersive cocktail experience in London, it’s only expected that ABQ will have a unique concoction brewing for the festive season.
Their Christmas packages involve welcome bubbly, the chance to mix two of your own molecular cocktails, and your choice of canapes, bowl food or Saint pizza.
The bowl food options bring some enticing alternatives to Christmas dinner, from smoked celeriac and apple risotto to slow-braised ox cheek or sweet potato skewers with kimchi slaw. Each package is completed with Xmas hats, mince pies and crackers.
West End, City
If getting competitive at Christmas is your thing, look no further than Swingers. This West End bar takes crazy golf to a whole new level, using impressive lighting and technology to keep you and your comrades on your toes.
Take advantage of the delicious street food on offer in between games. Swingers’ various Christmas packages involve pizzas from Made of Dough and Pizza Pilgrims; burgers and sliders from Patty & Bun and Mexican magic from Breddo’s Tacos.
Be sure to try the mince pie gelato from Hackney’s Gelato, as well as the festive-flavoured doughnuts from Crosstown Doughnuts.
London’s most popular darts bar in Shoreditch is also loved for its fun food, drinks and variety of ever-changing activities.
It’s Christmas packages include bubbly on arrival, a mix of festive Flight Bites and canapes, pizzas, desserts and of course, one or two games of darts. We recommend the teriyaki beef soft tacos, marinated salmon ceviche or buttermilk fried chicken.
Dark and secretive, Burlock is inspired by the 1970s prohibition era and as a result, boasts a unique environment to celebrate the festive season.
Choose from its menu of 200 rums and delicious festive dishes, all with a Cuban twist. We love the look of that grilled chistorra sausage sandwich with pebre sauce, and the plantain boats stuffed with minced beef and melted cheese.
Aviary promises an unforgettable Christmas dining experience, set high up above the city on the 10th floor of the Montcalm Royal London House hotel.
Get comfy in the luxe restaurant and choose from a variety of tailored dining and drinks packages. There are plenty of tempting alternatives to turkey on offer here, from slow braised Longhorn short rib of beef with fondant potato and salt-baked parsnips, to roast fillet of cod with shitaake mushrooms and hazelnut butter. Drool.
This American-inspired dive bar boasts delightful dishes from across the pond and is a popular Shoreditch hangout.
It’s Christmas menu does not disappoint, infusing everything we know and love about American food into some wonderful festive creations. Start with vegan buffalo aubergine or their holiday tacos with hoisin sauce and sriracha. Then move on to either their holiday burger, made with a plant-based patty and hazelnut aioli; their chicken and sweet potato waffles (also available in a vegan version), or their pretty fancy lobster mac & cheese.
Fancy Crab is one of London’s most revered seafood-themed restaurants. It’s known for whipping up luxurious food in warm friendly atmospheres and even won the national 2018 Best Designed Casual Dining Restaurant award.
For Christmas, Fancy Crab are offering the traditional festive dishes such as turkey and gravy and Christmas pudding. However we urge you to do Christmas dinner Fancy Crab style and go for the corn soup with crab beignet, following up with the crab and lobster Thermidor.