8 Of The Best Alternative Christmas Dinners in London

Going mad at the thought of another turkey lunch? Fear not...

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Even the most hardcore traditionals can get tired at the sight of another Christmas roast.

Luckily several London restaurants have created original set menus that offer guests something other than turkey, cranberry sauce and roast potatoes.

Here's our pick of the best.

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1 | Pizza East (above)
Famed for their ten-inch base pizza with homemade tomato sauce, head over to Pizza East for a slap-up family meal. Its trio of locations will also be offering different menus across its three eateries, with a varied selection of antipasto, salads and sides, desserts and of course – pizza. So whether you’re in the mood for a spicy sausage, broccoli, and mozzarella pizza (from the Portobello branch), smoked swordfish and salmoriglio (an Italian condiment made with olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and oregano) (Kentish Town) or a rib of beef with baked vanilla cheesecake for dessert (Shoreditch) – Pizza East has you covered. Elasticated Santa outfits at the ready.

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£30 per guest, pizzaeast.com

2 | Flat Iron

Dangerously close to our offices, Flat Iron serves great chargrilled steak (and even comes with its own mini-cleaver). The restaurant fleshes out its December menu with bone in rib-eye steak with dripping cooked chips and crispy brisket sprouts. End on a merry note with the orange and cinnamon brownie (from Soho chocolatier Paul A. Young) with vanilla bean and Mount Gay rum sauce.

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17 Beak Street, W1F 9RW, flatironsteak.co.uk

3 | Gymkhana


Now a firm Mayfair favourite, this upscale Indian restaurant has put together a generous six course menu which includes their popular kid goat methi keema (kid goat mince with Indian bread buns, onion, fried chilli and lemon juice). Also featuring potato chat, chickpeas and tamarind (above), Gilafi pheasant seekh kebab and wild boar vindaloo, this is not your local curry house. So don’t expect tinsel and inflatable Santas.

6 courses £75 or £130 with wine pairing from the Christmas Tasting Menu. 42 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S 4JH, gymkhanalondon.com
 

4 | Jones at Trip
Chef Andy Jones of Dalston’s Jones & Sons sets up shop this Haggerston space, which will be serving up starters such as parsnip soup with truffle oil and a lobster and crayfish cocktail. Along with a choice of four main courses including venison with red cabbage and potato gratin, why not end the evening with chocolate and orange soufflé (with chocolate and orange ice cream) or a pear tarte tatin?

3 Course £35 or 3 Course & Cheese £40. 339-340 Acton Mews, E8 4EA, tripspace.co.uk/food

5 | Hakkasan

This Cantonese foodie favourite offers five different Christmas menus at its original Hanway Place branch. It’s here that you’ll find Chilean sea bass in Beijing consommé, Seared wagyu beef with white wine asparagus and Braised hericium mushroom and beancurd. Easy to see why it's still regarded as one of London's finest Chinese restaurants.

Menu options from £58.88 per person. 8 Hanway Place, London, W1T 1HD hakkasan.com

6 | Duck & Waffle

Take in dishes such as the coal-charred aubergine with grilled naan and the spicy ox cheek doughnut while looking out over the 40th floor of East London’s Heron Tower. Crafted by executive Chef Daniel Doherty (no relation to Pete) Duck & Waffle is also open on Christmas Day – with a menu that includes roast barbary duck and maple glazed apples with Christmas pudding ice cream. Perfect for those who want to leave the holiday dinner prep in the hands of a professional this year.

Winter sharing menu £75 per person. Chrismas Day menu £85 per person. Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY duckandwaffle.com


7 | Babbo
Another popular Mayfair haunt, this restaurant serves authentic Italian. Offering an alternative to the traditional Christmas meal, guests can feast on dishes such as Roasted beef fillet with watercress puree, Fagottino (a parcel-come-floral-looking pasta) stuffed with arrabiata sauce and fondue, or roasted John Dory fish with red & yellow pepper stew.

From £65 per person. 39 Albemarle St, Westminster, London W1S 4JQbabborestaurant.co.uk
 

8 | Kopapa

Maori for “the place that food is stored” and located in Covent Garden’s Seven Dials, Kopapa’s kitchen will be home to pork & pistachio terrine, 28-day aged sirloin steak with oyster mushrooms and a warm apple and quince compote with oaty ginger crumble and cider ice cream. Also hosting an optional 4th cheese course, all large plate options come with duck fat potatoes, buttered carrots and broccolini (broccoli’s leafier, longer and thinner cousin) – so you’re sure to be stuffed.

From 39.50 for 3 courses. 32-34 Monmouth St, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9HA kopapa.co.uk

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