Bamboozled by the sheer choice of where to choose for your Christmas party in London this year? Whether you're booking for a group of friends or looking for somewhere to hold your office Christmas dinner, we've got some excellent ideas for you.
Marylebone, Swallow Street and Covent Garden
What makes this special: Tired of turkey? FishWorks is mixing up the traditional Christmas spread with a menu celebrating fresh fish and seafood, all responsibly sourced from Brixham Market, Devon. The set menu includes three-courses with the likes of gin and beetroot cured salmon and south coast hake fillet served on black ink risotto as well as vegan options. Alternatively, celebrate the best of British seafood with the sharing menu and delve into a towering fruits de mer or day boat fish to share, served whole and filleted at the table. Drinks are covered too with wine pairing for £25.
Book for both small gatherings in the main restaurant and larger parties in The Cove, FishWorks Covent Garden’s private dining room seating up to 40 guests. FishWorks’ Christmas menus are available from 19 November to 24 December.
Price: £49 per person set menu, £69 per person sharing menu, Add wine pairing to either menu for £25.
Starts at Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, WC2N 6NU
What makes this special: The stunning boat from Bateaux London, Glass Room provides an elegant and contemporary backdrop for Christmas parties; with luxurious finishes and an all glass structure, the unparalleled views of the river are the perfect backdrop for events of all sizes this season. The kitchen team prepare all the food onboard with a focus on fresh produce – dishes include caramelised leek, chestnut and thyme tartlet with winter leaves; followed by a choice of turkey with all the trimmings or butternut, almond and pecan nut roast with sautéed wild mushroom for main course. Finish with a dessert of a spiced cheesecake topped with mulled winter fruits.
A three-course lunch includes half a bottle of wine per person, prosecco on arrival, crackers at the table and live music whilst a dinner cruise under the stars is a five-course affair with an added amuse bouche and luxe dishes such as lobster tortellini and aged fillet of beef.
Price: lunch from £39pp, dinner from £59pp
Shoreditch - 32 Rivington St, London EC2A 3LX
What makes this special: Head below Tramshed which houses the iconic Damien Hirst ‘Cock ‘n’ Bull installation and discover the unique event space of HIX ART gallery. The latest exhibition Starts Over The Storm brings together six reputable and award-winning visual artists, marrying traditional printmaking techniques with photography, drawing and collage. This show will be your backdrop from mid-November with the option to book a standing reception, seated lunch or dinner. Book your event in December and you and your guests will enjoy a complimentary drinks reception on arrival.
Seasonal feast menus created by Mark Hix add an extra bit of theatre to your event, showcasing the best of British ingredients including Goosnargh turkey, Swainson House Farm Chicken, Cock ‘n’ Bull or a Glenarm Estate Meat feast.
Price: menus start at £40 per person
Belgravia - 20 Chesham Pl, London SW1X 8HQ
What makes this special: Celebrate the most wonderful time of year at Belgravia’s hidden gem, il Pampero. Surrounded by gold and green festive interiors, enjoy a sumptuous set menu with a complimentary glass of bubbles. Highlights include venison bresaola with roasted pumpkin, pomegranate and rocket, turkey ballotine stuffed with chestnuts and cranberries, and a Panettone mousse with caramelised clementine.
Price: £35 per person for two courses or £45 per person for three courses.
To make a booking please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)20 3189 4850.
Fitzrovia - 65 Great Titchfield St, London W1W 7PS and The City - 9A Devonshire Square, Spitalfields, London EC2M 4YN
What makes this special: Mac & Wild’s 3-course festive set menu will take diners on a wild journey through the flavours of Scotland. This also means whisky galore in the form of delicious whisky cocktails, hot toddies and smoked whisky flights. For an extra treat, diners also receive a free glass of bubbles per person for any new Monday to Wednesday bookings.
Their Fitzrovia site is offering diners a free glass of bubbles for any new Monday to Wednesday bookings while their city site really went off-road with the launch of their new Landrover Gunbus. Belting up for this wild winter adventure, guests should prepare to be transported to the heather moor of Scotland as Mac & Wild cooks up a festive feast, served in the back of the Land Rover. Decked out in festive festoon lighting, winter pines and plenty of fur blankets, guests can enjoy a three-course Christmas set menu with delights such as Santa’s Scotch Egg, with Cranberry Ketchup & Pine Salt and of course their infamous Christmas Burger with Pork Stuffing, Venison Patty, Melted Morangie Brie, Red Cabbage, Shredded Sprout Tops and Festive Fries.
The City - 12 Angel Court, London EC2R 7HB
What makes this special: Mint Leaf have curated an impressive selection of dishes to celebrate this Christmas in grand style. Whether you are looking for a private gathering with colleagues or a night of celebrations with your friends or family, their dedicated events team will ensure your time with Mint Leaf is unforgettable and gets you fully in the Christmas spirit! Their venue boasts a number of private and semi-private dining areas, which are ideal for drink & canapés receptions or private functions
When: The menus are available from 2 - 23 December
Price: Choose from their Vegetarian Sharing Menu £47.50pp or Christmas Sharing Menus for £70pp, £62.50pp or £52.50pp. See full menus here.
Victoria - 39 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 0PS
What makes this special: With intimate dining and exceptional experiences for small groups and large parties, The Rubens at the Palace in Victoria offers creative ideas for standing receptions, private dining, and sit-down lunches and dinners. Discover delicious street food menus, festive curries, seasonal lunches, unlimited drinks packages, Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea and Champagne parties with live music.
Price: From £45 per person
The City - 1 Devonshire Square, London, (former Pitt Cue site)
What makes this special: There’s no season like winter to experience the magic of a Highland Shooting lodge. This Festive, Mac & Wild’s little sister, Smoky Barrels, will take over the space at 1 Devonshire Square turning it into the perfect Highland festive retreat. The temporary space emulates the magic of a cosy weekend in the Scottish Highlands with close pals, fine whisky, filthy good food and a healthy dose of competition on the open hill! Expect open fires for toasting whisky marshmallows, deep wing backed chairs, smoked cocktails, mulled wines and the all-new Whisky Wall. Think Vagabond for Whisky… oh yes.
For those yet to try their shot at SB, grab the team, prepare for competition and hone your shot! Smoky Barrels is the World’s first Virtual Hunting & Bar concept, brought to London by the creators of Mac & Wild, the City’s preeminent Scottish restaurants.
Price: Hunting lodge is £90 per hour for 6-15 people. Festive Lunch Hunt packages available to include festive lunch and glass of bubbles/Harviestoun lager at £29 PP (Mon to Sat 12pm-5pm)
Wandsworth - 345 Trinity Road, Wandsworth, London, SW18 3SH
What makes this special: Experience the magic of the holidays at The County Arms' enchanted winter garden. Inspired by the classic tales, this charming local pub has been transformed into a snow-filled winter wonderland with frost-covered pine trees, snow-topped tables, woodland features, fairy lights plus an outdoor hot toddy bar to keep Jack Frost at bay.
Experience the Chronicles with a welcome Hayman's hot mulled apple gin, followed by a gooey cheese fondue and British charcuterie board or pastry snowflake topped slow braised rib of beef hot pot, all finished off with a signature hot chocolate with Frangelico or a bottle of beer.
Price: £30 per person.
Mayfair - 16 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4HW
What makes this special: Those feeling tired of a turkey and looking for an alternative way to celebrate Christmas should head to Indian Accent in Mayfair. A sophisticated and stylish setting, Chef Manish Mehrotra has created a series of exciting festive menus sure to impress the most discerning of foodies. Suitable for small intimate gatherings through to larger events for up to 70, exciting dishes on the menu include tandoori bacon prawns, wasabi cream; partridge musallam, almond korma; and tamarind glazed brussels sprouts.
Price: from £45 per person.
Book online or call 0207 629 9802
Kensington - 101-111 Kensington High St, London W8 5SA
What makes this special: Located in London’s iconic Japan House, Akira, the eponymous restaurant from acclaimed Executive Chef Akira Shimizu invites guests to experience a unique five-course Christmas menu. Delight in the visual feast of Akira’s refined and minimalist interiors, whilst enjoying dishes such as seared wagyu sirloin & sea urchin served with yuzu flavour rice, natural salt and wasabi, and kombu pressed & soy sauce marinated salmon served with truffle and matured cheese. The menu also includes a seasonal sashimi box, in which the jewel-like individual hand-painted pots and bowls perfectly showcase the harmony of traditional Japanese cuisine and modern European elements. With exquisite food and impeccable, authentic omotenashi
Price: £100 pp
Hoxton - 153 Hoxton St, London N1 6PJ
What makes this special: Cub is the innovative restaurant from internationally renowned bartender Mr Lyan and famed zero-waste chef Doug McMaster, making it a sustainably-minded option for Christmas dining. Demonstrating that luxury doesn't have to be wasteful, a set menu leads guests on a journey of cocktails and dishes. Ever-changing and using the produce which is available, it's set to be full of seasonally festive flavours. Typically more plant-based, Cub can easily accommodate vegetarian and vegan options, as well as dietary requirements.
Price: The set menu is £67 pp
Soho - 2 Ham Yard, London W1D 7DT
What makes this special: Bringing a unique modern Japanese dining experience to the capital, Executive chef Akira Shimizu has created a delightfully decadent Christmas menu – an exclusive and extravagant thirteen course Kobe beef tasting menu. Set within Soho’s The Ham Yard hotel, Engawa’s intimate dining room will serve their special menu for four sittings only from 21 – 24 December. The gastronomic experience begins with a raspberry & yuzu champagne cocktail upon arrival and delicate starters such as grilled, thinly sliced Kobe sirloin with Tamaru-Ya wasabi and thin noodles in stock with sliced beef. Seasonal sushi-style plates follow, including Kobe beef thigh, foie gras, Kobe beef stock, teriyaki sauce; Kobe sirloin with sea urchin, cheese and truffle cream sauce; the ultimate melt-in-the-mouth Kobe beef burger; and 20-day aged Kobe beef with Nori seaweed.
Dates: 21 - 23 December - Dinner only and 24 December - Lunch only
Price: £235, with suggested drinks starting from £85
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