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Guide to festive dining in central London

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The festive season is upon us and it’s time to eat, drink and be merry.

Whether you’re looking for this year’s best Christmas sandwich, a holiday treat, or a delicious Christmas lunch or dinner, we’ve pulled together the best festive feasting spots in central London.

Top festive treats

Ole & Steen: plan a cosy catch up over a coffee and something sweet. Top of our wishlist is the Mince Pie Festival Bun: luscious fresh mince pie cream sandwiched between two halves of a lightly spiced bun, topped with chocolate icing and a golden meringue kiss from London confectionary queens, the Meringue Girls. For a lighter option, try the Jule Tree Marshmallow Whip or Little Polar Bear treat – made from returned pastries, helping to minimising waste without compromising on flavour.

Fortnum & Mason: titan of Christmas, Fortnums have treats in all sizes in its iconic Piccadilly store. Lift the lid on festivities with one of its hampers, packed with goodies to suit all tastes. Pick up a festive fancy from its vast Food Hall or visit another realm of flavour with The Parlour’s Nutcracker menu – the only humbug in sight is in its ice cream.Treat yourself to a festive surprise every day and eat your way through the best of Fortnum & Mason’s Christmas range with its feasting advent calendar, one of our picks for 2021’s best advent calendars.

Top Christmas lunches

Seven Park Place: ever wondered what Christmas could taste like at a Michelin-starred restaurant? Find out on Christmas Day this year with a menu that elevates seasonal ingredients and all your best loved Christmas dishes. Tuck in to three courses for £150.

Ole & Steen: pop into St James’s Market on your lunchbreak or refuel after Christmas shopping with the ultimate Christmas sandwich. You’ll find us in line for its focaccia-filled toasties and vegan options.

Davy’s: settle in under gorgeous, vaulted ceilings and work your way through three delicious courses for £37.50 per person. Expect classic dishes like turkey with all the trimmings or a warming beef bourguignon. £1 from every festive set menu will be donated to the Drinks Trust who help people in hospitality who need support the most.

ikoyi: the new Winter Menu uses the most pristine produce of the season, from custom-aged caviar to the best of the late autumn harvest, showcasing the most exceptional ingredients with African flavours.

Top Christmas dinners

Ginza: experience a Christmas dinner to remember with a special Chef’s Tasting Kaiseki for £150 per person. Journey through Japan with caviar and salmon roe, lobster and prawn tempura, and delectable Wagyu hot pot or buttery black cod. Finish with a matcha blondie, mochi ice cream and a guaranteed smile on your face.

The Game Bird at the Stafford: choose two or three courses from its seasonal Market Menu for £25 or £30. Take the stress off on Christmas Day and sit down to an expertly prepared five-course feast for £250 per person. Why choose between lobster and turkey when they serve both? The beetroot wellington is a real gift for vegan plates.

Café Murano: Enjoy family-style dining at this Italian eatery from 1-24 December. Dine on sage and artichoke fritti, pumpkin with toasted walnuts and venison stew. Choose from three courses for £53 per person, four for £58 or a five-course feast from £63.

Planning your friends’ Christmas drinks? Look no further than our guide to the best Christmas cocktails in St James’s. Or for more festive ideas, follow our social channels @StJamesLondon and @RegentStreetW1 to discover our wonderful array of activity taking place this winter.