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Christmas Day 2014: the kids hurriedly open Christmas gifts from Santa, Mum & Dad busy themselves in the kitchen with a behemoth turkey, and Grandad sits in the corner, slightly sloshed on sherry, attempting a 2000-piece jigsaw of a very pebbly beach. By the time everyone has worked their way through mountains of peanuts, turkey, stuffing, roast potatoes, brussels sprouts, Christmas pudding, mince pies, and chocolates, the idea of washing up seems a daunting task. Which is exactly why you should let someone else worry about the texture of the gravy for a change. Sit back, relax, get merry and allow the professionals to work their festive magic.
Here are some great restaurants in London that are not only open on Christmas Day 2014 but also have some fantastic Christmas Day lunch special offers to take advantage of.
Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar
Waterloo / Bar / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: Steak House
Celebrate Christmas Day with family and friends over a sumptuous Christmas menu in Gillray's with views of the River Thames, Houses of Parliament and London Eye. After a leisurely walk along the Southbank, pop into Gillray's for a delicious Christmas lunch or dinner. You will be in for a treat on Christmas too. Entrance is located above the London Aquarium. Table reservations between 12 noon and 10pm. Adults £110, or children aged 3-12 years £55. To check availability or make a reservation, email Alexandra.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 902 8047
Shoreditch / Restaurant / Cuisine: Eclectic
If the sight of pound shop crackers and Paxo stuffing send you spiraling into a style crisis, get yourself to Hoi Polloi at the Ace Hotel. There's still turkey (Norfolk Bronze with the timmings) and Christmas pudding but you can also escape traditional family arguments over who carves over a plate of salmon ceviche with avocado and grapefruit. The warm wood panelled room, cocktails and East London location is a fusion of hip but warm and traditional. Hoi Polloi will make Christmas Day feel effortless and cool - not easy on a day where it's acceptable to drink advocaat in a onesie.
The Cinnamon Club Restaurant by Vivek Singh
Westminster / Restaurant / Cuisine: Indian
Don't allow leftovers doused in curry powder on Boxing Day to fuse Indian cuisine and Christmas. The elegant Cinnamon Club (which has a tree in the dining room all year round) serves beautiful food in sumptuous surroundings. South Indian style stir-fry of goose breast with red onion and curry leaf, layered paratha is served with Masala mash potatoes; a true escape from potentially bland gravy and overcooked meat. The expert spicing really is Christmassy, after all we have richly flavoured puddings which is why the Cinnamon Club's Garam masala Christmas pudding with nutmeg custard is going to be a big hit.
Skylon Restaurant & Bar
South Bank / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: European
Skylon?s huge windows mean that Christmas lunch can be accompanied by evocative views of London and the Thames powered with snow (OK we can't guarantee that). High ceilings, architectural decoration and the finer things in life like nice linens and glass wear make Skylon the destination for a very special lunch. The menu is full of foodie superlatives; Brixham crab (the best in the land), seasonal wild mushrooms, free range turkey and beef fillet with truffle mash are all present. After the champagne and picks from the cheese trolley the Southbank is right outside for a winter stroll - urban perfection.
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