Whether you’re Ebenezer Scrooge reincarnated or love a good Christmas hit, Christmas in London is one of the most magical places to be over the festive season, but it doesn’t have the cost the earth. Here are a list of restaurants that offer an affordable and tasty Christmas dinner in London.

Cheap eats

The Clapham North

Inside The Clapham North Restaurant

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(£) £22.00 for 2 courses

✓ Vegan options available
✓ Vegetarian options available
✓ Gluten-free options available
✗ Open on Christmas day

Whether you’re down for bottomless Prosecco and festive nibbles, or prefer to keep it traditional with a hearty 3 course meal – The Clapham North tops our list of Christmas dinner restaurants in London.

What’s more, The Clapham North offer some incredible vegan Christmas dinner options, from a roast butternut squash, caramelised onion, olive & cheddar wellington, to a banana, almond & dulce de leche cake with chocolate ice cream.

The Regent

Inside The Regent London

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(£) £22.00 for 2 courses

✓ Vegan options available
✓ Vegetarian options available
✓ Gluten-free options available
✗ Open on Christmas day

If you’re searching for a more affordable Christmas dinner in London, The Regent is the perfect place for festive feasting. Keep it traditional with a Roast Norfolk Bronze Turkey Breast & Stuffed Leg, or take a walk on the wild side and opt for something a little different on their menu. Whatever you indulge in, make sure you leave room for the Ultimate Sticky Toffee Pudding – it’s TO DIE for.

Vanilla Black

Vanilla Black vegetarian food

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(£) £23.00 for 2 courses

✓ Vegan options available
✓ Vegetarian options available
✓ Gluten-free options available
✗ Open on Christmas day

Considering going all veggie this Christmas? Vanilla Black are serving up a storm with their vegan Christmas dinner in London – promising that no dish relies on pasta, meat substitutes or heavy spicing – straying from the ‘norm’ of vegan and vegetarian meals.

Vanilla Black is the perfect place for the health-conscious to enjoy a vegetarian Christmas dinner in London this festive season.

View their a la carte menu here.

Pssst, we recommend the Nutmeg Custard, Burnt Kohlrabi and Cured Yolk dish.

Mid-range meals

Kerridge’s Bar & Grill

Kerridge's bar and grill table

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(££) £34.00 for 2 courses

✓ Vegan options available
✓ Vegetarian options available
✓ Gluten-free options available
✓ Open on Christmas day

It may be a little more on the pricey side, but completely worth it. Michelin star chef, Tom Kerridge, opened his first London restaurant not too long ago; which has quickly become one of London’s best places to eat.

Although the Christmas day menu may be a little out of reach, priced at a whopping £250.00 per person, their festive set menu is (a LOT) more affordable at £34.00. The festive set menu includes Honey Glazed Bacon with Turnip and Marmalade Puree, Brussel Sprouts and Roasted Chestnuts, alongside Slow Cooked Beef with Honey Roast Parsnip and Grated Horseradish.

*Wipes drool from mouth*. See their full menu here.

Jamies Tudor Street

Christmas at Jamies Tudor Street

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(££) £34.95 for 3 courses

✓ Vegan options available
✓ Vegetarian options available
✓ Gluten-free options available
✓ Open on Christmas day

Not to be confused with Jamie Oliver’s chain of restaurants (RIP), Jamies Tudor Street are offering hearty portions of 3 course meals, to help-yourself Christmas buffets and breakfasts. See their full Christmas brochure here.

The Duke’s Head Putney

Christmas dinner at The Dukes Head Putney

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(££) £37.00 for 3 courses

✓ Vegan options available
✓ Vegetarian options available
✓ Can serve gluten-free dishes on request
✓ Open on Christmas day

The Duke’s Head Putney are serving a traditional dinner with ALL of the trimmings this festive season (loose trousers are recommended for the impending arrival of a food baby). If you’re looking for a homely restaurant, paired with an abundance of tasty food, then The Duke’s Head Putney is the place to go this Christmas.

View their 3 course feast here.

Fancy feasts

Inamo Igloos & Winter Garden

Inamo christmas pods

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(£££) £39.95 for 4 courses

✓ Vegan options available
✓ Vegetarian options available
✗ Gluten-free options available
✗ Open on Christmas day

Voted winner of Timeout Love London award for Best Restaurant & Best Outside Bar in Camden, Inamo is the most aesthetically striking location to enjoy a romantic Christmas dinner in London.

Forget the traditional Christmas dinner and enjoy a taste of Asian culture with Inamo’s tasting menu – furnished with sheepskin rugs, floral decorations, fairy lights and, of course, HEATERS to battle the cold weather.

Why not really get the party started in their onyx room with a game of beer pong and 3.5 litres of beer? Read more here.

Bread Street Kitchen

Inside Bread Street Kitchen restaurant

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(£££) £75.00 for 3 courses

✓ Vegan options available
✓ Vegetarian options available
✓ Gluten-free options available
✓ Open on Christmas day

Bread Street Kitchen, owned by potty-mouthed celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, is the perfect place to wine, dine and …spend your time, this Christmas. Whether you’re down for a traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings, or prefer to take a walk on the wide side with a mushroom, truffle and ricotta tortelloni – each dish is lovingly prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients at its heart.

Duck & Waffle

Christmas at Duck and Waffle

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(£££) £80.00 for 3 courses

✗ Vegan options available
✓ Vegetarian options available
✗ Gluten-free options available
✓ Open on Christmas day

Snow-covered trees, glistening icicles and a beautiful view of London from the 40th floor – experience Christmas in the clouds in Duck & Waffle’s whimsical winter wonderland.

What’s on the Duck & Waffle menu, you may ask? Here’s just a taste of their specially curated menu:

  • Smoked Aberdeen Angus Beef Carpaccio, winter truffle, wood sorrel
  • Suffolk Bronze Roast Turkey, cornbread stuffing, maple baked sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and all the trimmings
  • Wellington Nut Roast, maple baked sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and all the trimmings
  • Christmas Pudding Souffle, spiced ice cream, hot brandy sauce

…have we left you wanting more? Read their full menu here.

Group get-togethers

The Cat & Mutton

Cat and Mutton restaurant London

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(£) £23.50 for 2 courses

✓ Vegan options available
✓ Vegetarian options available
✓ Gluten-free options available
✓ Open on Christmas day

If nothing sounds better than pub grub and a fine selection of beer, wine and cocktails with your nearest and dearest, then this pub is for you. Situated at the top of Broadway market – The Cat & Mutton has been an East End favourite since the 17th Century.

Dubbed by some as one of the best places to eat an affordable Christmas dinner in London, The Cat & Mutton is the great place to drag your friends for some good grub and a knees up. View the Christmas menu here.

Santo Remedio

Santa Remedio inside restaurant

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✓ Vegan options available
✓ Vegetarian options available
✓ Gluten-free options available
✗ Open on Christmas day

(£££) £42.00 for 3 courses

Christmas is one of the most important festivities of the year in Mexico, and is spent celebrating with family and friends over food and a barrel of tequila (or two). This Christmas, Santo Remedio have created a menu to share some of the country’s most iconic and festive dishes, accompanied by music, cocktails and much-loved Mexican hospitality.

From traditional enchiladas and tacos to a whole roasted turkey with a twist, their festive menu is the perfect feast to enjoy with friends this festive season. View the full menu here.

Dishoom King’s Cross

Dishoom Kings Cross London

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(£££) £42.00 for 3 courses

✓ Vegan options available
✓ Vegetarian options available
✓ Gluten-free options available
✗ Open on Christmas day

Each and every community share one common trait: eating brings us together, and Christmas is a fantastic example of that. In fact, according to Dishoom, Bombay’s Bohra community gather around one very large plate to share food, symbolising precious family and community bonds.

Dishoom’s festive feast is no different than its roots. Large plates (or Thaals) of food will be placed on the table for guests to help themselves to, enhancing the warmth that brings together old friends, or a family for a meal.

P.S. apparently, burping is considered a courteous gesture…

Wherever you choose to enjoy a festive feast this Christmas, it is important to remember that Christmas is a time to spend time with friends and family – forget fancy, expensive restaurants – instead, there are many other places to eat, such as the above, that can offer a Christmas extravaganza without the price tag.

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