Does the idea of roasting a turkey fill you with dread? Would your Christmas pudding have a soggier bottom than even Prue Leith could handle? Then you need to take serious action this winter. Save yourself and your loved ones by ditching the DIY dinner and booking one of these great restaurants: here’s our pick of where to eat in London on Christmas Day.

Hotels

For those who like to watch the Queen’s speech in suitably regal surroundings

Alain Ducasse Christmas day menu yule log chocolate

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Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Mayfair (above)

What’s on offer: six courses for £295
Christmas cracker: Christmas Yule log

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Angler, City

What’s on offer: seven courses for £150
Christmas cracker: barbequed black Angus beef, glazed rib, truffled cream potatoes

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Bar Boulud, Knightsbridge

What’s on offer: three courses for £88
Christmas cracker: roasted beef fillet, braised short rib shallot, potato fondant, carrot puree, beef jus

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Fera at Claridges, Mayfair

What’s on offer: three courses for £295

Christmas cracker: Norfolk Bronze turkey, with carrots, chestnut and sage

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The Gilbert Scott, King’s Cross

What’s on offer: six courses for £129
Christmas cracker: scallops with pumpkin and truffle

Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, Mayfair 

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What’s on offer: five courses for £195
Christmas cracker:
Turbot with Oscietra caviar, leek, potatoes and oysters

Dinner with a view

For those who just have to Instagram their Christmas feast

Christmas day menu Skylon restaurant scallops

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Duck & Waffle, City

What’s on offer: four courses for £85
Christmas cracker: chocolate fondant with peanut butter ganache and praline crunch

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Galvin at Windows, Mayfair

What’s on offer: three courses for £269
Christmas cracker: Seared fillet of Norwegian halibut, with broccoli purée, black rice, seafood and vanilla velouté

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Skylon, South Bank (above)

What’s on offer: four courses for £110
Christmas cracker: pumpkin seed crusted scallops with sweet potato purée and roasted chestnuts

Informal

For those who struggle to get out of their onesies on Christmas Day

Christmas day menu Bluebird Chelsea restaurant fish sauce

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Bluebird, Chelsea (above)

What’s on offer: four courses for £95
Christmas cracker: roasted cod, lobster and lemon caper butter sauce

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The Narrow, Docklands

What’s on offer: three courses for £90
Christmas cracker: Chicken liver pâté with hazelnut dressing and toasted brioche

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The Ship, Battersea

What’s on offer: four courses for £85
Christmas cracker: Spiced cider braised pork belly, Bramley apple purée, red cabbage and cranberries

International

For those who like their Christmas dinner with a twist

Christmas day London restaurant dining experiences

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Cinnamon Club, Westminster (above)

What’s on offer: four courses and a Christmas Punch aperitif for £115

Christmas cracker: Garam masala Christmas pudding

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Min Jiang, Kensington

What’s on offer: seven courses for £95

Christmas cracker: pan-fried black cod with XO sauce

If you’re staying in on the big day but still want to be part of the action, check out this list of London restaurants with Christmas menus.