To some people, having Christmas dinner away from home is unthinkable. Where will all the family sit? Will other diners complain about the noise that is sure to come from your table? And, after eating everything, where will you sleep?
To others, traditional, gourmet Christmas dinner in a cozy restaurant with panoramic views is just what they need. Especially since nobody has to clean up afterwards!
Here we take a look at the smaller pubs and restaurants around London - tucked away in the warm city atmosphere or sitting alongside the majestic Thames River - that make Christmas feel like a whole new adventure.
When you walk into the Founders Arms, you order at the bar and take a seat at a table of your choice, in true pub style. But there is something very different about this pub - it’s not the location on the banks of the River Thames or even the iconic view of the London skyline - it’s the fact that this Christmas, these qualities will be complemented with a delicious Christmas meal. While dining on roasted butternut squash and sage soup, Crown of English Rose turkey with seasonal stuffing and of course, Christmas pudding, you can take in the views of St. Paul's and the city. Really, what more could you ask for this Christmas?
Step into the Caxton Grill on Christmas Day and you’ll be handed a glass of bubbly on your arrival. Decorated beautifully using neutral, warm colours and with an atmosphere enhanced by subtle lighting, Caxton is the perfect place to be if you’re looking for a little relaxation. Their three-course Christmas meal allows you to choose from a number of starters, main courses and desserts, including Serrano ham, grilled oyster mushrooms and hen’s egg, roast venison loin, sautéed beetroot leaves, pumpkin purée, juniper jus or apple and blackberry pie and custard for dessert.
In 1997 after years of neglect, the Burtons Stable Building was revamped into a restaurant that catered to style, design and elegance. The view through the arched windows is unrivalled and the restaurant is a mix of vibrant colours and subtle pastels. You can enjoy a Christmas dinner in the privacy of their dining room that caters for between 8 and 18 people. Dine on poached supreme of ‘Norfolk Black’ turkey, roast leg ballottine or grilled lobster and soft herbs while sitting on comfortable couches - almost as if you were in your own home.
Just above the Design Museum, you’ll find a chic cafe with a view over Tower Bridge and sites stretching from Canary Wharf to the West. For Christmas Day, chefs offer the opportunity to roast whole pheasants, turkeys and goose, which will be presented to the tables for the host to carve and serve. Christmas puddings will be accompanied by dashes of brandy cream, cinnamon panna cotta and clementines. Blueprint Cafe is a mixture of understated elegance and a laid back, relaxed atmosphere.
Stepping away from the traditional roast of London and moving towards the popular grills of America, Hoxton Grill combines tasteful cuisine with a lively ambiance. Their Christmas Day menu has roast turkey with all the trimmings, but if you want something different, try their smoked salmon, fillet of beef and fondant potato, and caramelised pear cheesecake. Their four-course menu even has mince pies and pistachio ice cream!more blog posts