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Christmas Day 2013: 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 2013 but also have some fantastic Christmas Day lunch special offers to take advantage of.
Asia de Cuba
West End / Bar / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: Latin
For global travellers with a cultured palate and a love of variety, Asia de Cuba restaurant, overseen by renowned international restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow, combines elements of Asian and Cuban cuisine served sharing-style in a high energy London restaurant. Asia de Cuba's will be offering traditional Christmas dishes alongside our highly creative fusion of Asian and Latino favourites (£50 per person). Call 020 7300 5588 to book
City of London / Restaurant / Cuisine: International
Celebrate Christmas Day with 3 festive tasting menus created especially for the season by Executive Chef Cláudio Cardoso, available on 24th and 25th December from £85. Highlights include Brazilian beef fillet with feijoada, farofa, aji panca and purple potato chips; Moriawase sushi with salmon nigiri and foie gras; and Rabanada with roasted pineapple, rum raisins, spiced holly tree chilli chocolate mousse and cranberry pain d?épice sorbet. A vegetarian tasting menu is also available at £70.
Maida Vale & St Johns Wood / Restaurant / Cuisine: Seafood
This cheerful venue remains open during the winter months with lots of cosy and festive additions to the interiors whilst still retaining that holiday feeling. There are free Christmas crackers included with all Christmas menu options and the Christmas Day menu is £75 per person (£35 for kids)
Kensington / Bar / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: Italian
The restaurant at the Baglioni Hotel in Kensington, just across the road from Hyde Park, has a special Christmas Day lunch offer of 6 courses for £145pp. A stroll in the park may be required after such an epic feast.
Mayfair / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: European
Dean Street Townhouse
Soho / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: British
Save yourself the hassle of cooking this Christmas and enjoy a festive feast by the open fire in the charming and chic British dining room at Dean Street Townhouse. Serving a traditional four course set menu with all the trimmings, guests will be able to choose from menu options such as fried duck egg, marinated salmon and rib of Hereford beef, alongside the classic turkey and Christmas pudding favourites. The Christmas Day four course set menu is priced at £95 per person and includes a glass of champagne, tea and coffee.
Duck & Waffle
City of London / Restaurant / Cuisine: European
Whether it?s breakfast, lunch, dinner or even a midnight feast you are after, Duck & Waffle (open 24/7) will cater for all your festive dining needs over the Christmas period. The restaurant will be open on Christmas Day, and Executive Chef Daniel Doherty has created a special Christmas Day menu with signature delights such as Dorset mackerel tartare with pickled cucumber, lime and sour cream; Roast Barbary duck with salt baked turnips, creamed swede and cranberries; and Panettone bread pudding with vanilla ice cream (available at £65 per person).
The Brasserie & Patron Bar
Marylebone / Bar / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: European
Your Christmas Day meal at this swanky hotel next to Marble Arch includes canapés and a glass of champagne on arrival, followed by a 3 course meal for £78 per adult and £30 per child. Book this Christmas Day lunch offer now
West End / Restaurant / Cuisine: French
No need to splash the cash on your Christmas Day lunch. If you're in the West End, this Leicester Square Cafe Rouge is offering a 3-course Christmas Day menu for only £50. Why not have a French Christmas? Book this offer now
Homage Grand Salon
West End / Bar / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: International
This grand setting in the opulent surrounds of the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in Covent Garden is a splendid spot for a West End Christmas lunch or dinner for those who want to treat themselves and their loved ones to something a bit special. 6 courses for only £84 per person is simply too good to be missed.
Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar
Waterloo / Bar / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: Steak House
The 3 course Christmas Day menu at this South Bank steak house and cocktail bar (pictured above) is impressive, hence the asking price is £105 for adults and £50 for children aged 3 - 12. But wow, what quality and what a location right next to the London Eye. Book this offer now.
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
Mayfair / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: French
This 3 Michelin-star restaurant is also open on Christmas Day serving a menu featuring fillet of Denbighshire venison Grand-Veneur with pumpkin, quince and chestnut; farmhouse vacherin with truffled salad; and farmhouse veal fillet with gratinated Swiss chards and tuber melanosporum. The seven course Christmas Day lunch is priced at £295 per person, including wine pairings.
The Truscott Arms
Maida Vale & St Johns Wood / Bar / Cuisine: Gastro
Set over three floors of Victorian splendour, the flexible layout of this stunning venue makes it tailor-made for all manner of festive gatherings. Christmas Day itself sees The Truscott Arms open its doors for a decadent eight-course repast, available for just £60 per head or £95 with matching wines, book here.
Paradise by way of Kensal Green
Ladbroke Grove & Kensal / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Modern European
The restaurant is open on Christmas Day between noon and 4pm with a specially created menu and guests will be greeted with a glass of Champagne or mulled cider. Dishes include Carpaccio of beef with tapenade, air-dried tomatoes, rocket & parmesan, or crab & prawn cocktail with Marie-rose sauce. A choice of main courses includes the classic Roast Goosnargh Turkey, roast potatoes, sage & onion stuffing, pigs in blankets, sprouts tops & chestnuts, cranberry sauce & gravy or choose from a Halibut, beef or vegetarian option. Followed by a dessert of cheese boards and mince pies. Priced at £95 per an adult or £35 per child.
The Brasserie at Charing Cross
West End / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
This Charing Cross hotel is conveniently located on the Strand, only 2 minutes from Trafalgar Square and the river Thames. We suggest booking this Christmas Day buffet deal for £65 per person, filling your belly until it can't take any more, then attempting a stroll in any direction to ease the girth.
Outlaw's at The Capital
Knightsbridge / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: Seafood
If £125 per person for Christmas Day lunch sounds quite steep, consider the fact that Nathan Outlaw and his kitchen recently acquired themselves a Michelin Star, making this one of the best restaurants in the UK. Seems quite reasonable now, right? Also, kids of 10 and under can eat for £35!
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