While not officially a holiday in the UK, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate Thanksgiving in London on Thursday 28 November, not least the veritable feast that Americans rustle up for the occasion. A typical Thanksgiving dinner involves turkey, stuffing and various other trimmings, cranberry sauce, sweet potato pie and mac ‘n’ cheese, followed by a decent helping of pumpkin and/or pecan pie, all of which you can find at the London restaurants we’ve hand-picked below for you you.
We’ve tried to include a variety of settings and price points in our roundup of must-eat Thanksgiving dinners taking place across the capital this year, but there’s one thing you’re going to need regardless of which one you choose: an elasticated waistband. So, whether you’re from America or just hitching a ride on their bandwagon for the day, dust off those Stars and Stripes and get ready to chow down on some Thanksgiving pies.
What: This American fried chicken and waffle restaurant serves up southern US comfort food all year round, but from 25 November, diners can opt for its extra special Thanksgiving menu. Available for an entire week, Sweet Chick’s exclusive offering comprises a whole confit turkey leg complete with sausage stuffing, all the trimmings and a mountain of fluffy pumpkin waffles, followed by a slice of sweet pumpkin pie.
Where: Sweet Chick, 8 Market Place, Fitzrovia, W1W 8AG
How much: £26 per person for two courses
What: Given that you can almost see America from the heady heights of The Shard (pinch of salt required here), it makes sense that it’s decided to serve up a Thanksgiving feast for the very first time this November. Available from 25-29 November, the three-course set dinner involves juniper smoked salmon with pumpkin and black truffle salad to start, either grilled lobster with cornbread crumble or roast turkey with all the trimmings to follow, and not one but two classic pies – pecan and pumpkin – to finish.
Where: Aqua Shard, Level 31 The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, Southwark, SE1 9RY
How much: £75 per person for three courses
What: Wonderfully convivial at the best of times, Darby’s is taking things up a notch for Thanksgiving with a delectable four-course family-style feast curated by head chef Dean Parker. Bring your appetite for an all-American set menu, available on Thanksgiving only, that includes deep-fried truffle mac and cheese, home-baked cornbread with scallion cream cheese, a full turkey feast with all the trimmings and apple pie for afters. And, just as you would in the States, you’ll even get a doggy bag containing a slice of Darby’s addictive burnt honey cake to take home.
Where: Darby’s, 3 Viaduct Gardens, Vauxhall, SW11 7AY
How much: £55 per person for five courses
Bar Boulud at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
What: Celebrate Thanksgiving in style with Bar Boulud’s refined three-course Thanksgiving dinner menu. Available on Thursday 28 November only, it comprises butternut squash soup with truffle marshmallow to start, turkey with all the trimmings and a cornbread basket with truffle honey butter to follow, and pecan tart with vanilla ice cream to finish.
Where: Bar Boulud at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, SW1X 7LA
How much: £45 for three courses
The Potting Shed at Dorset Square Hotel
What: For something a little different, book yourself a place at The Potting Shed’s special Thanksgiving Chef’s Table on Thursday 28 November. Guests will begin the evening with a glass of Chapel Down's Bacchus sparkling wine and a selection of canapés before sitting down to an indulgent three-course meal. Classic Thanksgiving dishes including glazed ham, roast turkey, sweet potato gratin, and apple pie with Chantilly and custard are all on the menu, and the price includes paired wines.
Where: The Potting Shed at Dorset Square Hotel, 39-40 Dorset Square, NW1 6QN
How much: £50 per person
The Game Bird at The Stafford London
What: For one day only, The Game Bird at The Stafford will be serving up an extra special three-course Thanksgiving menu in its sumptuous dining room. If the likes of corn and ham chowder soup to start, a traditional roast Norfolk turkey as a main course, and a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert sound good, be sure to book your place soon.
Where: The Game Bird at The Stafford London, 16-18 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NJ
How much: £49.50 per person
The Jones Family Project
What: The Jones Family Project in Shoreditch will mark Thanksgiving with a three-course feast inspired by four classic US anthems and four classic US harvest fruits. Available on Thanksgiving itself, and on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 November too, the menu will feature dishes such as cream of squash soup topped with truffle shavings, and roast turkey with garlic-buttered breadcrumbs and gravy. Finish up with nougat and cranberry studded pecan pie or a slice of pumpkin pie with cream.
Where: The Jones Family Project, 78 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3JL
How much: £39 per person (or £76 with paired drinks)
Cut at 45 Park Lane
What: Thanksgiving dinners don’t get much fancier than this, so if you’re looking to push the boat out (a lot), this one’s for you. The Thanksgiving menu at Cut is brimming with the hearty, comforting flavours of autumn – sorry, fall – meaning you can look forward to the likes of roasted squash soup with goats’ cheese and sage, roast turkey with all the trimmings, and that all-American favourite, pecan pie.
Where: Cut at 45 Park Lane, 45 Park Lane, London, W1K 1PN
How much: £115 per person
Riding House Café + Rail House Café
What: To get into the spirit of the American tradition, both Riding House Café in Fitzrovia and Rail House Café in Victoria will be putting on a show-stopping feast this Thanksgiving. Available on Thursday 28 November only, the special menu includes a seasonal cocktail, slow-roasted Norfolk Bronze turkey cooked in herb butter, loads of trimmings including cornbread and sausage stuffing, and a choice of two classic desserts: pumpkin brûlée pie or pecan pie.
Where: Riding House Café, 43-51 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PQ and Rail House Café, 8 Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ
How much: £40 per person
Smith & Wollensky
What: As usual, world-famous steakhouse Smith & Wollensky will be hosting a decadent Thanksgiving celebration this year. Patriotic guests will enjoy an indulgent three-course menu featuring the likes of free-range turkey with sausage and cornbread stuffing and drizzled with cranberry sauce and red wine gravy, and traditional pumpkin pie. For those craving something less traditional, S&W’s famous steaks will also be available.
Where: Smith & Wollensky, 1-11 John Adam Street, WC2N 6HT
How much: £69 per person for three courses
Blues Kitchen Camden
What: There’s nothing like a lively New Orleans-style night out to make you thankful for great food and soul music, which is why Blues Kitchen Camden’s Thanksgiving special on 28 November is set to be such a hit. Here you can dig into the likes of buttermilk turkey, twice baked mac and cheese, broccoli and cheddar pot pie, and a generous slice of pumpkin pie with toasted marshmallows, all while soaking up the finest honky-tonk bar room tunes courtesy of the Jambalaya House Band. What’s more, bona fide Americans (with a valid passport) can claim a free shot of bourbon!
Where: The Blues Kitchen Camden, 111-113 Camden High Street, NW1 7JN
How much: £29.95 per person for three courses
What: This year, Sea Containers will provide a home away from home for Americans in London with its traditional three-course set menu. Courses are priced individually and, in the true spirit of the holiday, will see 20% of the cost of every dish donated to The Felix Project, which helps people suffering with food poverty in London.
Where: Sea Containers, 20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD
How much: £46 per person for three courses
Brasserie Max at the Covent Garden Hotel
What: Covent Garden Hotel has celebrated Thanksgiving with a special dinner at Brasserie Max every year for almost 25 years, and this year is no exception. Here you can indulge in a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, with dishes including clam and coconut chowder, thyme-roasted turkey with chilli cornbread stuffing, and maple glazed pumpkin and pecan pie before winding down with a selection of artisanal cheese for the table, tea or coffee and petit fours. Seriously though, that elasticated waistband is a must.
Where: Brasserie Max at the Covent Garden Hotel, 10 Monmouth Street, WC2H 9HB
How much: £55 per person for five courses
Ham Yard at Ham Yard Hotel
What: We’re willing to bet our bottom dollar that one look at Ham Yard’s Thanksgiving menu will be enough to sway you. Featuring a warming sweet potato casserole with pecan crumble and marshmallows to start, roast Norfolk bronze turkey with cornbread stuffing, maple sweet potatoes, creamed corn, cranberries and brown butter roasted sprouts for the main course, and an indulgent pecan pie with Bourbon cream, cranberry and orange to finish, it’s certainly a meal you’ll be thankful for.
Where: Ham Yard at Ham Yard Hotel, One Ham Yard, W1D 7DT
How much: £55 per person for three courses, plus coffee and truffles
Heddon Street Kitchen
What: A number of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants will be serving up an indulgent take on Thanksgiving this year, but we particularly like the sound of the menu on offer at Heddon Street Kitchen. Here you can indulge in the likes of confit turkey leg served with bacon popcorn, green beans, a mushroom bake and Jack Daniel’s gravy, and warm pecan pie with cinnamon spiced ice cream to finish.
Where: Heddon Street Kitchen, 3-9 Heddon Street, W1B 4BN
How much: £50 per person (minimum two people)
HIX Soho + HIX Oyster & Chop House
What: Mark Hix’s patriotic menus might be a beacon of all that is British, but that hasn’t stopped him planning three traditional Thanksgiving dishes to run alongside the a la carte menu for lunch and dinner on Thursday 28 November. Start with crab and sweetcorn chowder before moving on to roast stuffed Swainson House Farm turkey with sweet potato gratin. If you can manage it, try HIX’s twist on classic pumpkin pie, made with Willie’s Peruvian Gold chocolate.
Where: HIX Soho 66-70 Brewer Street, W1F 9UP and HIX Oyster & Chop House, 36-37 Greenhill Rents, EC1M 6BN
How much: £40 per person for three courses
Temper City & Covent Garden
What: The chefs at Neil Rankin’s trendy Temper restaurants in Covent Garden and the City will be switching from South to North American cuisine this Thanksgiving, and everyone’s invited. Promising to be a feast of a meal, guests can look forward to the likes of jalapeno corn bread with whipped butter, slow roasted dark turkey meat pie with sweet potato and a pecan crumb, and pumpkin pie, with cinnamon ice cream. Pre-bookings are essential.
Where: Temper City & Temper Covent Garden
How much: £39 per person for three courses
What: For an elegant and refined Thanksgiving dinner, complete with thoughtfully curated live music and spotless service, reserve your place at Corrigan’s Mayfair. Taking place on Thanksgiving eve (Thursday 28 November), this set four-course feast starts with game sausage rolls and oysters and also features roasted lobster, pumpkin bisque, Waldorf salad, roasted turkey with all the trimmings and pecan pie.
Where: Corrigan’s Mayfair, 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, W1K 7EH
How much: £95 for four courses and a cocktail
Neptune at the Kimpton Fitzroy London
What: Neptune at the Kimpton Fitzroy London is going all-out this Thanksgiving with a menu full of classic American dishes. From clam chowder and stuffed pumpkin to traditional roast turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce, and a choice of pecan and apple pie, it’s set to be a feast worth giving thanks for.
Where: Neptune at the Kimpton Fitzroy London, Corner of Guilford Street and Russell Square, Bloomsbury, WC1B 5BE
How much: £35 per person for three courses
For US-style feasting all year round, check out our list of the best North American restaurants in London