If you are opting to have a Montcalm Christmas this year once seeing all the London Hotels Special Offers available from The Montcalm, then a few seasonal preparations are in order but most importantly – where you are going to have your Christmas dinner. Whether you want something traditional, experimental or outright alternative, here are the best spreads across the city.
Top tip: London restaurants are busy all year, so you can only imagine what it gets like when the festive season is well underway. Add to that the fact that it is a Christmas meal you are after and you will find there is absolutely nowhere to eat in the city that won’t require you to make a booking. Luckily, most restaurants employ online booking methods so the process has never been so easy.
Alternatively, head to the concierge at your Montcalm hotel and they can help you arrange a table.
Dishoom is one of London’s finest Indian restaurants – their catchphrase “from Bombay with love” perfectly encapsulates the food they serve up. They are known for their Bombay feast menus, which is Christmas themed for the festive season. This is not traditional but it is not something you want to miss either. This cultural experience involves Chai EggNog, traditional raan style turkey leg and spicy cranberry chutney.
Address: Kensington: 4 Derry Street, Kensington, W8 5SE
Shoreditch: 7 Boundary Street, Hackney, E2 7JE
King’s Cross: 5 Stable Street, Kings Cross, N1C 4AB
Carnaby: 22 Kingly Street, Soho, W1B 5QP
Covent Garden: 12 Upper St Martin’s Lane, WC2H
Christmas dinner at Hogwarts anyone? While you have to be a witch or wizard to make it to the real Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the Warner Bros Studios Harry Potter Experience in Watford is recreating the beautiful Christmas scenes from the picturesque Hogwarts in the Snow. Though Christmas Dinner In The Great Hall is fairly pricey, it is an all-inclusive experience that offers up every magical dinner food you could want for Christmas time.
Address: Studio Tour Drive, Watford WD25 7LR
This contemporary British restaurant on Shoreditch High Street is doing Christmas this year, but with their own fine dining twists thrown into the menu. So, after a morning enjoying the facilities of The Montcalm Shoreditch Spa, head to Lyle’s with an empty belly and prepare to be dazzled with a Christmas meal you won’t be quick to forget. Though the menus are subject to change because they are so heavily orientated around what seasonal ingredients are available to them, the sort of things you can expect to see are pheasant broths and pumpkin-infused delights.
Address: Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, Hackney, E1 6JJ
Why not enjoy dinner on Christmas Eve from a height? The Aqua Shard has a Christmas Eve menu which will be served on the 24th to very grateful diners. You will be enjoying five Christmas courses, with the option of champagne pairing thrown into the mix. Menu items include roasted turkey for the main course and a Salted caramel yule log for dessert. A vegetarian meal is available, too, but requires you to request it individually.
Address: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, SE1 9RY
Bread Street Kitchen
Chef Gordan Ramsey’s lively restaurant in St Paul’s is not the type to go skipping Christmas celebrations. Similarly to Lyle’s, they are doing a modern-twist sort of Christmas meal, though Bread Street Kitchen is keeping it slightly more traditional with a five-course, five-star meal on offer. The fare includes the likes of roast turkey and Christmas pudding, as well as additions like curried spiced scallops. Make sure you time your schedule so that you can tuck into Montcalm Afternoon Tea as well as one of these incredible Christmas spreads.
Address: 10 Bread Street, London EC4M 9AJ
Imperial China is one of Chinatown’s top-end dining experiences and Christmas is being taken very seriously from their kitchen with a set Christmas menu which is specialised for the season while retaining all the authentic Chinese flavours you would expect. You have the option to book a table in the restaurant, as well as being able to book rooms if you want to celebrate in private. Tuck into a delicious tempura prawn this Christmas.
Address: White Bear Yard, 25A Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA
The Ladbroke Arms
The Ladbroke Arms in Notting Hill is the perfect gastropub to head to if you want a traditional festive spread this Christmas. Their Christmas set menu is mouthwateringly extensive and involves three courses and drinks packages. Think roasted Yorkshire turkey, chestnut stuffing, pigs in blankets, Christmas pudding, Cognac custard and a whole menu’s worth of exciting yuletide flavours to enjoy. The whole restaurant is perfect for Christmas celebrations – cosy but light and wood-ornate decor that make you feel like you are in a luxurious living room rather than a restaurant.
Address: 54 Ladbroke Road, Notting Hill, London W11 3NW
Dinner by Heston
World-renowned chef Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant, Dinner by Heston, is a modern gastronomical experience of note and they are not shying away from the limelight this Christmas. Their Christmas Day lunch menu is one of the most incredible spreads in the city, with optional wine pairing to go with it. From Grilled langoustine to Christmas Tipsy Cake, you can expect a full range of options as well as a fantastic hybrid between traditional and modern fine dining flair.
Address: 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA
There are a number of places to get your Christmas dinner fix, but these are the top options. They are guaranteed success stories. The flavours are about as Christmassy as they come, though the methods of cooking and presentation vary. So, decide whether you want something traditional or quirky and then get ready for a mind-blowingly delicious meal.