On 22 November, millions of Americans will sit down at home to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. Over on this side of the pond, a fair few of us will also be indulging in the US holiday, mainly because any celebration that involves dessert pies gets our vote. If slaving away over a turkey in the kitchen doesn’t exactly sound like a holiday to you, swap out home cooking for a top London restaurant. Read on for our roundup of the must-eat Thanksgiving dinners taking place across the capital…and don’t forget to wear your stretchiest jeans.
108 Brasserie, Marylebone
What: This Thanksgiving, 108 Brasserie is providing a home away from home for Americans in London. The restaurant will serve a traditional three-course menu, featuring New England clam chowder with homemade bread, and turkey with chestnut stuffing. Sides include mac ‘n’ cheese, while dessert will see slices of pumpkin pie. Don’t fancy turkey this year? Vegetarian and fish options are also available.
Where: 108 Marylebone Lane, W1G 8DN
How much: Two/three courses, £30/40
Balthazar, Covent Garden
What: It’s no surprise that this London outpost of Keith McNally's upscale NYC brasserie is marking the Thanksgiving holiday. On the day, you’ll find a set menu of all-American classics – think spiced and roasted butternut squash soup to start, a traditional roast turkey (or baked cod with a Parmesan and thyme crust) for your main course, and a pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.
Where: 4-6 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ
How much: £55 per person
Boisdale of Bishopsgate, City
What: If you’re looking for a lively way to give thanks, pay a visit to the City branch of Boisdale, which for one night only, is swapping out its Scottish roots for a taste of America. You can expect a traditional three-course dinner (corn chowder, followed by roast turkey and pumpkin pie) alongside a heavy dose of live music, courtesy of bands performing swinging jazz, moody blues and powerful soul tracks throughout the evening.
Where: Swedeland Court, 202 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4NR
How much: £55 per person (£75 for non-members)
Céleste at The Lanesborough, Belgravia
What: Céleste’s grand interiors might be a beacon of all that is British, but its menu will be inspired by America on 22 November. Guests will start with canapés and a glass of Champagne, before shucking oysters topped with burnt leeks, croutons and mimosa eggs. Next up, there’s turkey with roasted sweet potato and chestnut purée, while the meal will end on a slice of pecan pie with caramelised banana.
Where: The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, SW1X 7TA
How much: £65 per person
Cut at 45 Park Lane, Mayfair
What: Glamorous Cut is offering Londoners two different types of Thanksgiving celebration. Diners can either enjoy a Thanksgiving afternoon tea featuring American craft beers and maple and bacon macarons, or they can sit down to enjoy a more traditional three-course meal. On that menu, you can expect turkey with all the trimmings, alongside tempting desserts such as pumpkin cheesecake and pecan pie.
Where: 45 Park Lane, W1K 1PN
How much: Afternoon tea, £55 per person/Thanksgiving menu, from £110 per person
Hans Bar & Grill, Chelsea
What: You’ll find a five-course Thanksgiving offering which makes use of seasonal ingredients at this smart, Instagram-friendly Chelsea eatery. Start with salt-baked autumnal (or should that be fall?) vegetables, served with whipped goat’s curd and pumpkin seeds. Next, move on to turkey with all the trimmings, before enjoying a slice of pumpkin pie topped with a crème fraiche sorbet. Finish up with coffee and bon bons.
Where: 164 Pavilion Road, SW1X 0BP
How much: £48 per person
What: At Hawksmoor’s Cooks’ Room, you can pledge your allegiance by enjoying a six-course feasting menu. The one-night-only dinner will include classic Thanksgiving dishes with a Hawksmoor spin: expect barbecued brisket nuggets with dill and cucumber ketchup, before turkey is served with sides of lobster mac ‘n’ cheese and sausage stuffing. The best part? You’ll get peanut butter and jelly doughnuts to take home with you.
Where: 16 Winchester Walk, SE1 9AQ
How much: £125 per person (all proceeds go to the Action Against Hunger charity)
Joe Allen, Covent Garden
What: This Theatreland legend is known for its menu of US-style comfort food, and its Thanksgiving offering is no different. Alongside live music from a piano player, the restaurant will serve a run of dishes you’ll be thankful for, including the likes of a sweet potato, sweetcorn and smoked bacon chowder, and truffle mac ‘n’ cheese croquettes. To drink, there are bourbon-spiked cocktails which are sure to get the party going.
Where: 2 Burleigh Street, WC2E 7PX
How much: £40 per person
The Jones Family Kitchen, Belgravia
What: This charming sibling to The Jones Family Project in Shoreditch will mark the US holiday with a three-course feast, with the option to add paired cocktails (£70pp). Once seated, you’ll tuck into a menu which features dishes such as cream of squash soup topped with truffle shavings, and roast turkey with garlic-buttered breadcrumbs and gravy. Finish up with a nougat and cranberry studded pecan pie.
Where: 7-8 Eccleston Yards, SW1W 9NF
How much: £35per person
Savoy Grill, Strand
What: The Gordon Ramsay-fronted Savoy Grill is hosting a decadent Thanksgiving celebration. Patriotic guests will enjoy a four-course menu which will see roasted pumpkin soup followed up with traditional roast turkey alongside stuffing, sweet potato gratin, glazed parsnips and red cabbage. Sweet-toothed diners meanwhile can delight in a peanut butter parfait, complete with a cranberry ripple.
Where: The Savoy, Strand, WC2R 0EU
How much: £68 per person
Smith & Wollensky, Strand
What: World-famous steakhouse Smith & Wollensky is cooking up a dinner that could make the most patriotic of Brits switch allegiance to the US. A three-course set menu has been devised, featuring free-range turkey with sausage and cornbread stuffing that is drizzled with cranberry sauce and red wine gravy, while pudding will feature a classic pumpkin pie. For those craving something less traditional, S&W’s famous steaks will also be available.
Where: 1-11 John Adam Street, WC2N 6HT
How much: £68 per person