Visiting a foreign city during the Christmas period can be rather intimidating. Without the home comforts of cooking and living rooms, no one would blame you for feeling at a loss when it comes to hosting a family get together. The festive season is usually seen as a time of family reunions and creature comforts. That isn’t to say that tourists in London can’t enjoy their Christmas break when away from home. Hotels like the Grand Park Hotel Hounslow offer up a broad variety of versatile rooms and festive treats that promise not only a slice of home life but a holiday season you’ll never forget.
With the broad range of attractions and dazzling Christmas lights, it’s hard to believe that a city so thriving with life can actually shut down over the Christmas weekend. With many high street shops and services often taking a break on Christmas Day, you can still find some restaurants that remain open. These top of the range establishments understand that sometimes cooking is just too much effort, especially with larger groups and so offer up their services on the 25th of December. For these restaurants, there’s always room at the inn.
Chelsea’s Bluebird is a trendy cafe and eatery which promises a fusion of classy fine dining tasters and classic mains. This makes it the perfect spot for a stylish Christmas dinner, and with its stylish Kings Road location offering plenty of festive shopping choice and tourist attractions, offers a West London festive season like no other.
For a move away from the classic Christmas menu, this Indian eatery in Whitechapel promises Indian curries like no other. With lassis, kebab grills and succulent rice dishes, this Punjabi restaurant is sure to spice up your festive season. With a BYOB policy, this informal curry house offers a true seasonal alternative.
Park Grand Heathrow Restaurant
Why leave the comfort of your Christmas accommodation when great food is just downstairs? A home away from home, the Park Grand Heathrow Restaurantis more than just a nifty hotel for international travellers. With a Christmas dinner menu to rival the best in central London, the Park Grand Heathrow offers all the festive cheer you need, with fine dining service oozing with chic and a festive cocktail and wine menu that’ll be sure to lift your spirits.
Mimmo La Bufala
Based in Hampstead, the Mimmo La Bufala is an Italian restaurant that bucks the trend of Christmas set menus. Instead, you can enjoy Mediterranean meats and salads and hearty Italian pizzas. With pasta dishes and not a Christmas turkey in sight, this is another true alternative nestled in the heart of an idyllic, leafy London neighbourhood.
Park Grand Paddington Court
Another hotel based treat, the Park Grand Paddington promises all the delights of the Park Grand Heathrow Hotel deals,but in the bustling, festive heart of West London. With Hyde Park just around the corner, you can walk off the gourmet Christmas menu with a walk through both the literal and figurative winter wonderland just a stone’s throw away.
For a French tinged Christmas, this charming, classy Chiswick based restaurant is kitted out with classic French decor and a refined atmosphere that’s very hard to beat. A more grown-up affair than your usual rowdy Christmas restaurants, Le Vacherin promises a menu of delicate suckling pig and brioche bread and butter puddings, among many other lovingly prepared treats.
Duck & Waffle
The Duck & Waffle is a popular Liverpool Street joint that whizzes you up to the 40th floor of Heron Tower, gifting you with breathtaking views over the city. With its seasonal festive 5-course menu offering everything from lamb legs to mince pies, a trip to the Duck & Waffle this Christmas will make for a festive feast to remember.
Park Grand Lancaster Gate
Nestled in the heart of Bayswater, the Park Grand Lancaster Gate promises more tantalising Christmas tasters from the tables of its Craven Lounge. With Christmas breakfasts and beautiful West London views, the Park Grand Lancaster Gate is another slice of the home comforts, but with an added touch of class.
Dean Street Townhouse
Dean Street Townhouse provides a vibrant atmosphere during the festive period. Located in a stunning Georgian Townhouse, the Norfolk Turkey serving bistro promises a vibrant festive experience, complete with champagne, smoked salmon and trifle. To make it an even more magical Christmas, this is all nestled deep in the central and stylish Soho area.
The creme de la creme of festive fine dining, the Chiltern Firehouse is famous for being a celebrity hot spot. With their signature crab doughnuts served as starters, this Marylebone based restaurant is located close to the West London hotspots of Carnaby Street and Hyde Park.
Park Grand London Kensington
Another West London classic, the Park Grand London Kensington’s K-Lounge offers breakfast and dinner menus, and a relaxed informal environment in which to enjoy your Christmas break. With nearby West London attractions, the Park Grand London Kensington is another example of hotels going beyond for your festive happiness.
Overlooking the River Thames, the Blueprint Cafe is a Tower Bridge-based cafe that provides a traditional Christmas menu. Whether you go for the stilton nuggets or the herring roes, this mixture of the traditional and the downright quirky, promises a unique Christmas menu and a beautiful view to match.
The Hoxton Grill is a lavish East London restaurant that offers large plates at great prices. With a glorious mix of desserts to choose from, this Christmas delight is a true gem of the East London festive food scene. With the nearby Brick Lane, you’ll find a wealth of attractions to follow up your feat with.
Le Pont de la Tour
With even more River Thames views, this restaurant comes equipped with a breathtaking terrace balcony. With French-inspired festive menus, Le Pont de la Tour offers gourmet treats with accessible and versatile dining options. A must for families on the lookout for a festive alternative to home cooking.