Roaring fireplaces, cosy dining rooms and classic dishes: these spots come ready-made for Christmas celebrations

Words Heather Steele 

Bentley's Oyster Bar - lobster

11-15 Swallow St, W1B 4DG | Private dining 60

This smart townhouse comes into its own in the festive season. It’s a fact that certainly hasn’t escaped Richard Corrigan and his team, who will serve up a range of appealing set menus for celebrations in 2017.

Clos Maggiore dining flowers

33 King St, WC2E 8JD | Private dining 23

It’s often referred to as ‘London’s most romantic restaurant’, and the abundance of foliage, fairy lights and fireplaces help make Clos Maggiore one of the most festive too. Classic French dishes add a touch of class to proceedings.

Daphne's long table

112 Draycott Avenue, SW3 3AE | Private dining 40

The private dining room at this Italian local might be in a conservatory (complete with a pink-marble bar and 1950s Murano glass chandeliers), but an open fire helps create a properly cosy atmosphere in the winter.

Ice Bar London

31-33 Heddon St, W1B 4BN | Exclusive use 115

With the temperature set at -5°C, everything at this venue is made of ice: it’s been used to build a space that can host up to 60 guests in 40-minute slots. Ice-sculpting classes and huskies can be added to the experience.

Mac and Wild Fitzrovia london restaurants where to eat festive fun

Mac & Wild Fitzrovia

65 Great Titchfield St, W1W 7PS | Exclusive use 60

It’s the thistle-motif crockery and abundance of antlers that lend this Scottish haunt a Christmassy feel. Dishes include winter warmers such as haggis pops with whisky sauce and steamed Scottish mussels.

London’s had plenty of restaurant openings this year. Discover our top ten favourites for Christmas parties here.

This article was first published in SquareMeal Christmas 2017