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Top Ten VIP Places For Thanksgiving Dinner

Hands up if you like roast turkey and all the trimmings? Thanksgiving is on 28 November so you really need to start thinking about it now. All the best places are going to get booked up early and you wouldn’t want to compromise with second best, would you? If you don’t act quick, you may end up having to cook it yourself and just think of all that washing up – eek!

The 10 places I have listed below are all taking bookings at the time of writing this and I know from personal experience that they are all fabulous. I have been to each and every one of the places I recommend below with the exception of the London Wall Grill (but it is part of the Benugo group, which never fails to disappoint). Some of the venues are formal and posh (and a fab excuse to dress up) while some are more suited to a rowdier night. Take your pick from:

Christopher’s

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This is a glamorous, decadent and visually captivating dining room and the menu is equally lovely. Christopher’s are renowned for creating a menu that reflects the true American thanksgiving spirit in London. Priced at £48 per person, an extensive set menu offers the likes of Grand Central Oyster Pan Roast, Slow-Cooked Ballotine of Organic Turkey, and Pumpkin Pie. Open all day for nonstop service on Thanksgiving (Thursday 28th November) from 12pm – 11.30pmSee full details on the website

18 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7DD // 020 7240 4222

Village East

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A signature dish created by executive chef Toby Stewart showcases the impressive ‘Confit turkey leg with wild rice crispies and jus’ (£16), which you can see in the photo above. YUM!!!! Fast becoming one of the most talked about dishes in the area, due to its size and original presentation, the question is, ‘are you man enough to take it on?’ Guests can pick from a variety of inventive side dishes such as ‘Smashed potatoes with crispy chicken skin and chicken gravy’. In place of the traditional pumpkin pie, why not tuck into a delicious American style ‘Blueberry Cheesecake Sundae’ to wind up this thanksgiving feast.

See full details on the website

171-173 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UW // 020 7357 6082

Bea’s of Bloomsbury

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Sweet potato with marshmallow anyone? Bea’s is THE PLACE for anyone with a sweet tooth. I LOVE IT!  Roast Turkey, Mash, Sausage Stuffins, Sweet Potato with Marshmallow, Buttermilk Biscuits, Pumpkin Pie…..yes please!

Bea does Thanksgiving with ALL the trimmings. Family style, eat until you fall into a turkey coma. Big tables, lots of friends and LOTS of food. Softdrinks and juice included. Locally sourced beer, wine and mulled wine available with a cash bar – or there’s an all you can drink option too! It’s £45 for eat as much as you like food or £65 for eat and drink until they carry you home.

Buy Tickets on the website. Bea’s is located near London Bridge train station at Arch 76, Druid Street, SE1 2HQ

Sophie’s Steakhouse

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Sophie’s Steakhouse & Bar has been celebrated for years as being one of London’s best loved steakhouses. The 220-cover flagship restaurant is situated in the heart of Covent Garden, ideal for business lunches or for those visiting the shops and neighbouring theatres. In addition to this, the original outpost of Sophie’s, is on the Fulham Road in Chelsea and has recently celebrated their 10th year of continued success. Both restaurants include separate cocktail bars, well known for their oversized 10oz martinis, inspired by the great cocktail bars and steakhouses of Paris and New York. To celebrate Thanksgiving the specials board will feature Peacan Pie and a Turkey Dinner.

See full details on the website

31 Wellington Street, The Opera Quarter, London WC2E 7DB // 020 7836 8836

Cafe Anglais

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The menu – £55 inc coffee – features bib lettuce salad with pears and walnuts, ham and corn fritters, oyster po’boys, pickled squash and shrimp cocktail, not forgetting the trad turkey (halibut with clams for dissenters) pecan or pumpkin pie – and rip roaring music from their very own house bluegrass band, the good ol’ café boys.

This is another glam dining room with a fantastic atmosphere and I saw Elle Macpherson in here once.

LE CAFÉ ANGLAIS, 8 PORCHESTER GARDENS, LONDON W2//020 7221 1415

See full details on the website

Bodean’s

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Bodean’s is classic American BBQ at its BEST and it’s offering one of the cheapest Thanksgiving menus. You will be stuffed for just £22.95 for three courses – starters (their pulled pork quaesadilla or clam chowder), turkey main and key lime pie or pumpkin pie for afters. You probably will need to ask for a doggy bag but that’s never a bad thing…you’ll be ‘thankful’ for it the next day too. I’ve visited (and enjoyed) the Bodean’s in Soho and Fulham but there are venues across London.

See full details on the website

Blues Kitchen

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Camden’s The Blues Kitchen offers a taste of the Deep South on home soil, The Blues Kitchen dishes up hearty BBQ dishes, authentic creole cuisine, jaw-stopping burgers and naughty fried chicken. This November they will be hosting a Thanksgiving Feast of roast turkey with all the trimmings you could imagine, roast potatoes, vegetables, cranberry jelly, cornbread, steamed greens, mac & cheese and corn on the cob. Dessert will be a classic pumpkin pie (£16 per a person, booking required). Well known for an extensive selection of drinks, the bar is fully-stocked with rare bourbon and rye (over 100 varieties). This year’s drinks special will be pumpkin ale. Looking for any excuse for a party, enjoy live music throughout the evening from The Untouchables from 7pm and Djs till late.

111 Camden High Street, London NW1 7JN // 020 7387 5277

See full details on the website

Ridinghouse Cafe

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In keeping with the thanksgiving tradition of bringing together the community, this Thanksgiving The Riding House Café will be inviting guests to come to together and celebrate with a sharing feast. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted with a complimentary cocktail, followed by a two course set menu, which includes a Norfolk Bronze Roast Turkey, served with delicious Calvados Gravy and Cornbread & Sausage Stuffing. Side dishes include Cranberry & Orange Relish, Maple Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Creamed Corn Casserole, Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Truffled Mac & Cheese and Green Beans Almondine. Seasonal desserts include Pumpkin Brûlée Pie or Chocolate Pecan Pie.

 Priced at £35 per person but reservations are selling out quickly. Book on the  website now. The sitting is at 330pm.

43-51 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7PQ // 020 7260 2560 /

 

London Wall Grill

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Celebrate Thanksgiving Holiday at London Wall Bar & Kitchen with a set menu priced £25 featuring a starter of Roast pumpkin soup. The main event will be a Pecan & maple stuffed turkey, orange & cranberry jelly. Side dishes include Sweet potato mash, Brussels sprouts with crispy pancetta and Cornbread. Traditional dessert will be pie with classic flavours such as pumpkin and apple, with ice cream.  Often considered a rare find in The City of London, this superb restaurant offers a great getaway from the chaos of the City. When the sun is shining, guests can enjoy the outside terrace and enjoy stunning views overlooking the public gardens.

 London Wall Bar & Kitchen is a welcoming, family-friendly restaurant, located right next to the Museum of London. Guests can enjoy their meal knowing that a portion of your bill will be contributed to the Museum of London to support its work.

150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN // 0207 600 7340 //

Hix

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Pumpkin soup, turkey and pecan and boubon pie with coffee and truffles for £55 – this is not cheap compared to Bodean’s but probably the cheapest way you will ever experience Hix. Located in the heart of Mayfair in Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel, this is one of the poshest places in London. If you want to treat yourself to a stylish, sophisticated night then this is the place for you.

See full details on the website

Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BP // 020 7518 4004 

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