12 restaurants to celebrate Thanksgiving in London

 

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OCTOBER 2019

Of all the US holidays, Thanksgiving is the one I like, and admire, the most.

It’s a day that remembers and celebrates history, culture, togetherness and, of course, delicious food.

Unfortunately, it’s also one holiday that we don’t have in Europe.

As of yet, I’ve still to experience a traditional Thanksgiving in the US (though I’m open to invites).

Luckily for me, there are many places in London where I can get my turkey and pumpkin pie fix.

Whether you’re an American visiting London, an expat, or a curious foodie, these are the addresses you need to know.

1. Christopher’s — Thanksgiving in London

Housed in a Grade II listed building, Christopher’s is one of the first American restaurants in London. Since its opening in 1991, diners have been coming to Christopher’s for a slice of modern Americana.

The restaurant comprises 3 areas. They include a martini bar on the ground floor and a dining room. There’s also a club room for private events on the lower ground floor.

Christopher’s 3-course Thanksgiving menu embraces flavors from across the US. Starters include the Maryland crab cake, Christopher’s classic cobb salad and the sweet potato and black bean chowder.

No Thanksgiving menu would be complete without the star attraction, the turkey. And at Christopher’s, they’ve a slow-cooked ballotine of organic turkey to tempt you with. If turkey’s not your thing, the Missouri-rub rack of lamb or the USDA rib-eye steak may be more appealing.

The meat-free option for vegetarians comes in the form of a chickpea, eggplant and autumn truffle casserole.

End your Thanksgiving meal on a sweet note with one of their mouthwatering desserts. The classic pumpkin pie’s on the menu as is a Boston cream pie, and a macadamia nut and apple tart.

Christopher’s is in the lively area of Covent Garden in London. It’s a place to shop, eat, drink and watch a show. Covent Garden is Theatreland, and it’s where you’ll also find many of the top shows in town.

The Thanksgiving menu’s only available on Thursday 28 November, and making a reservation is advisable.

Christopher’s, 18 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London

Enjoy a succulent turkey this Thanksgiving in London at Christopher’s

 

2. Rail House Café Victoria

Sit down to a Thanksgiving meal in a modern brasserie with a bright and urban chic décor. Rail House Café is in the central location of Victoria in London. To give you an idea of the area, it’s within walking distance of Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament.

Victoria is also home to the excellent patisserie Dominique Ansel Bakery and royal family favorite restaurant and hotel, The Goring.



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What’s on the menu at Rail House Café Victoria? Thanksgiving in London

For Thanksgiving, they’ve a special sharing menu that embraces the spirit of togetherness. Begin the celebration with The Ginger Pilgrim, a seasonal cocktail called made from bourbon, honey, lemon and ginger.

The main course consists of a juicy roast turkey with a serving of several sides. Dig into cornbread and sausage stuffing, maple-buttered sweet potatoes, mac and cheese and creamed corn casserole. The meal also comes with glazed sprouts with smoky bacon, green beans with praline and Calvados gravy.

Save space for dessert as there’s 2 to choose from. Decide between pumpkin brûlée, or pecan, pie. Both come with hand whipped vanilla cream.

The set meal’s available from 4pm on Thursday 28 November and it’s also advisable to book ahead.

Rail House Café Victoria, 8 Sir Simon Milton Square, Victoria, London

Tuck into a slice of classic pumpkin pie at Rail House Cafe this Thanksgiving in London

 

“It’s a day that remembers and celebrates history, culture, togetherness and, of course, delicious food. “

12 places to celebrate Thanksgiving in London

 

3. CUT at 45 Park Lane

Go all out this Thanksgiving in London at the very refined and elegant CUT at 45 Park Lane. This 5-star luxury hotel’s in one of the most exclusive areas of the capital called Park Lane.

For Thanksgiving, the menu embodies the flavors of fall, by adding an autumnal twist to the classic dishes. Roasted squash soup with chanterelle mushrooms and goats’ cheese and pumpkin and mascarpone agnolotti are 2 of the starters.

The entrée choices are equally tempting. They include roast turkey with wild mushroom stuffing with all the trimmings, and USDA prime black angus beef.

The final course includes a choice of 4 desserts. As well as a spiced pumpkin cake, there’s also a pecan pie with ‘10 year’ chocolate sauce. The name comes from the number of years it took the chefs to perfect it!

Thanksgiving in London — Why should you dine at CUT at 45 Park Lane?

CUT at 45 Park Lane is a modern take on the classic American steak restaurant, set in elegant yet comfortable surroundings.

It was also the first European restaurant of chef Wolfgang Puck.

Along with beef, the restaurant also serves fine meats, poultry and seafood, accompanied by an excellent wine list.

On the walls are works from British artist Damien Hirst, with window views looking onto the gloriously green Hyde Park.

Extend the Thanksgiving experience by spending the night at 45 Park Lane. Their luxury rooms and suites are in one of the best locations in London. What’s more, it’s also close to top attractions such as Marble Arch and the shopping mecca that’s Oxford Street.

CUT at 45 Park Lane, 45 Park Lane, Mayfair, London



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Look forward to roasted squash soup this Thanksgiving in London

 

4. JW Steakhouse

An American steakhouse may not be the first place that comes to mind for Thanksgiving. However, at JW Steakhouse, they’re switching up the menu for the special day, serving up turkey and steak.

There are 3 starters to kick off the 3-course meal. They include a festive roast pumpkin soup with cornbread muffin and a lobster and avocado cobb salad.

A traditional Thanksgiving turkey with apricot stuffing, cranberry and bread sauce is one of 3 main courses. For a Thanksgiving alternative, you may prefer the roast prime Creekstone New York Strip. The steak comes with a traditional English Yorkshire pudding and horseradish sauce.

Last, but by no means least is dessert. At JW Steakhouse, you’ve a hard choice to make, deciding between pumpkin or pecan pie and JW cheesecake.

On most evenings, they also have live jazz and blues entertainment, and Thanksgiving will be no exception.

The lunch hours for the Thanksgiving special run from 12pm to 5pm. Dinner service begins at 6pm and ends at 11pm.

Thanksgiving in London — where is JW Steakhouse located?

Like CUT at 45 Park Lane, JW Steakhouse is also located in the Mayfair / Park Lane area of London. You’ll find the restaurant inside the JW Marriot Grosvenor House London hotel.



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Its rooms and suites bring you close to the heart of London life. A shopping haven for designer brand lovers, Old Bond Street is about a 13-minute walk. Hyde Park is also within walking distance of the hotel, and landmarks like Trafalgar Square are a short bus/cab ride.

JW Steakhouse, 86 Park Lane, Mayfair, London

Freshly baked cornbread muffins await this Thanksgiving in London at JW Steakhouse

 

5. Red Rooster Shoreditch

Blend the cool vibes of Harlem with the hipster energy of East London at Red Rooster this Thanksgiving.

The American restaurant is the brainchild of New York chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson. He brought his Harlem restaurant to Shoreditch, and with it, its passion for southern soul food.

The area in the east end of London is renowned for its edgy feel and uber cool crowd. Indulge in a mouth-smackingly good 3-course Thanksgiving with a southern twist.

Thanksgiving in London at Red Rooster Shoreditch

Starters include devilled eggs with duck crisp and caviar, and Sammy’s chicken ‘n’ waffle with pumpkin waffle and pickled squash. Vegetarians have a chestnut and porcini soup with celery and roasted apple to look forward to.

Mains include roasted turkey breast, bourbon-glazed ham with jalapeño-cheddar cornbread, and butternut squash gnocchi with salsify and Swiss chard.

Complete the Thanksgiving meal with one of 3 desserts: pecan or pumpkin pie, or chocolate fool.

The menu is available at both lunch and dinner and also includes a fragrant pumpkin spice espresso martini.

Red Rooster Shoreditch, 45 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3PT

Who can resist a slice of pecan pie on Thanksgiving?

6. Blues Kitchen Camden

Get your blues on this Thanksgiving at the simply soulful Blues Kitchen in Camden. Its dive bar interior reminds me of several I visited in Chicago, as does its chilled atmosphere.

They’ve 2 separate menus for meat eaters and veggies this Thanksgiving. Carnivores can look forward to a New Orleans style gumbo with smoked sausage, chicken and okra, served with cornbread.

The meaty main is buttermilk fried turkey with a green bean casserole and crispy onions. It also comes with a helping of twice-baked mac and cheese and giblet bacon gravy.

 

Green bean casserole - Thanksgiving in London

Green bean casserole is a Thanksgiving classic

 

The vegetarian alternative starter’s an okra and black bean gumbo with wild rice and hot sauce. For the main event, it’s a broccoli and cheddar pot pie with the same sides listed above.

Everyone can look forward to pumpkin pie with toasted marshmallows and vanilla ice cream for dessert.

Thanksgiving in London and blues

In true Blues Kitchen Camden style, there’ll be plenty of live music with the best Blues, Roots and Americana musicians. The night begins with a set by the Jambalaya House Band and some vintage tunes from Chicago.

If you’re American and happen to be visiting, bring your passport. There’s a free shot of Bourbon with your name on it — if you drink alcohol!

Book ahead to avoid disappointment and have a honky tonk time this Thanksgiving. 

Where is Blues Kitchen Camden?

The clue’s in the name with this one, as the bar and kitchen’s based in Camden, north London. It’s where you’ll also find the grand Camden Market, along with vibrant street art and an eclectic crowd.

In the instance you want to stay around the Camden Town area, Holiday Inn is a good choice. The waterside location’s near the heart of the action, but not too close that you won’t get a good night’s sleep. It’s about a 5 minute-walk to the main high street, bars and restaurants.



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Blues Kitchen Camden, 111—113 Camden High Street

Twice-baked mac and cheese for Thanksgiving in London

7. Balthazar Covent Garden

Stepping into Balthazar makes you feel as though you’re stepping into an era gone by. Its restaurant in Covent Garden is a chic brasserie, complete with red leather booths and waiters in traditional uniforms.

The original Balthazar opened in New York City in 1997, giving its diners an American restaurant with a French-inspired menu. Its London branch also follows suit offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a weekend brunch.

Thanksgiving in London at Balthazar

For Thanksgiving, Balthazar Covent Garden has a 3-course set menu to tempt you with through its double doors. Entrees include a spiced roasted butternut squash soup with cornbread or a winter kale salad.

Choose from a traditional roast turkey with all the fixings, or baked cod with a thyme and parmesan crust. Both mains also come with a choice of either Brussel sprouts and chestnuts or wild rice pilaf with lentils.

Following the Thanksgiving tradition, the menu concludes with a slice of pumpkin or pecan pie. The set menu’s for parties larger than 9, so contact the restaurant to enquire about booking for a smaller group.

Balthazar, 4—6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London

A slice of pumpkin pie is a must on Thanksgiving

8. Jackson + Rye

It’s east coast USA meets French cuisine at popular chain Jackson + Rye. The Franco-American brasserie is known for its laidback style and also for its seriously good brunch.

This Thanksgiving, they’re offering diners a 3 course-meal with a glass of Prosecco. The menu’s a little different from the traditional dishes you associate with Thanksgiving, but different is good.

Thanksgiving in London at Jackson + Rye

Start the meal by sinking your teeth into some juicy appetizers. They include crispy chicken wings, shrimp and bacon chowder, and roasted beetroot, curd and candied pecans.

For the main course, there’s options to suit all diets. There’s a boned and rolled turkey with sweet potato, a roasted squash risotto, and cod fillet.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a choice of 4 desserts. They include pumpkin pie and the awesome sounding salted caramel peanut butter fudge pie.

The Thanksgiving menu’s available at all Jackson + Rye locations from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 November.

Jackson + Rye, various locations

Pumpkin risotto ticks both the fall and Thanksgiving boxes

9. Duke’s Head

How about celebrating Thanksgiving in London in a Victorian grade II listed pub? The Duke’s Head in Putney may not be the first choice for a Thanksgiving meal, but you may be surprised.

The pub in Putney, south-west London, has glorious riverside views, and is a local favorite. While pubs are very much a British institution, the Duke’s Head is putting on a very American Thanksgiving.

Its menu consists of 3 courses and also includes traditional roast turkey and pumpkin pie. On top of this, the dinner also includes 3 glasses of wine that’ll perfectly match the food.

Get in contact with the Duke’s Head for bookings and further information.

Duke’s Head, 8 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London

Spend Thanksgiving in London in a traditional English pub

10. The Savoy Grill

Spend Thanksgiving inside an art deco dining room, which also happens to be a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, in central London. On 28 November, the Savoy Grill is organizing a delicious 4-course Thanksgiving menu.

Dishes include roasted pumpkin soup, traditional roast turkey with stuffing, sweet potato gratin, glazed parsnips and red cabbage. Dessert is a tempting peanut butter parfait with cranberry ripple.

The Savoy Hotel is an elegant art deco building located on the Strand. It’s close to Covent Garden and Theatreland and is also a short walk to the London Eye in Waterloo.

Combining the opulence of Hollywood with British history, it’s easy to feel as though you’re stepping back in time. The Savoy Grill’s menus also take inspiration from its culinary heritage that date to the late 1800s.

Check into The Savoy — Thanksgiving in London

Once the meal is over, why not check in for the night at one of the hotel’s 267 luxury rooms and suites. The décor embraces elegant English Edwardian or art deco style.

For the ultimate luxury experience, enjoy your very own butler service when you book into a suite at The Savoy. A traditional English butler — who may, or may not, be called Jeeves — will ensure your stay’s a memorable one.

If the budget allows, take a room with a river view. After all, it’s not every day that you get to wake up to see the River Thames and top landmarks.



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Savoy Hotel, Strand, London

Enjoy a hearty pumpkin soup at the Savoy Grill for Thanksgiving in London

11. Bodean’s — BBQ Thanksgiving in London

Get stuck into the Thanksgiving feast going down at Bodean’s. This BBQ steakhouse brings Kansas City barbecue goodness to London, while also staying true to its American roots.

For Thanksgiving, they’re enticing diners with a 3-course meal, including starters, a sharing platter and dessert.

Starters include clam chowder or a quesadilla (chicken, pulled pork or vegetables). The sharing platter comes with turkey (breast and drumstick), glazed ham, mashed potato, cornbread stuffing and grilled vegetables.

If you can squeeze it in, dessert’s a choice between key lime, or pumpkin, pie. Bodean’s is serving the Thanksgiving menu all day, but it’s best to book ahead to avoid missing out.

Bodean’s, various London locations

Add another pie to the list, key lime, for Thanksgiving in London

12. Smith & Wollensky

Smith & Wollensky is an American brasserie and diner that, like The Savoy, is also located on the Strand. Thanksgiving is big here, and you can expect no less than a banquet.

To give you an idea of what you can look forward to, the menu includes a free-range bronze turkey. This of course comes with all the trimmings like cranberry sauce and cornbread stuffing.

 

Mashed potatoes and stuffing - Thanksgiving in London

Complete your Thanksgiving in London meal with a helping of tasty sides

 

Family style side dishes like whipped potatoes and bourbon glazed roasted carrots round up the meal. The Thanksgiving banquet ends with a choice of 3 desserts, including traditional pumpkin pie and apple and blueberry cobbler.

Smith & Wollensky, The Adelphi 1—11 John Adam Street, Covent Garden, London

Booking ahead is advisable as tables are sure to fill up quickly with this Thanksgiving.

What do you think about spending Thanksgiving in London? Are you keen to try any of these restaurants? Let me know which one you like most, and which dish/es most catches your eye.

Till next time, happy boutique travels x

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