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Written by Luke Bull - 09 October 2023

The 5 best Christmas dinner venues in Covent Garden

Much like festive lights at night, the crisp sheets of snow early in the morning and the faint smell of spiced mulled wines in the evening, Christmas dinners are another perk that come with the season. What with the roasted meats, crispy potatoes and the sweet and savoury tang of stuffing and cranberry sauces, it’s no wonder.

Whether you’re in the mood for a classic meal or something a little different, Covent Garden’s cobbled streets have more than enough options for a festive feast, or two. Keep reading to discover some of our favourite Christmas dinner venues in and around Covent Garden.

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1. A classic Christmas dinner venue in Covent Garden: STK Steakhouse

Covent Garden, London

Located in Covent Garden’s ME London hotel is the popular steakhouse, STK. With its high ceilings, and sleek interiors (thanks to the wood dining tables and stylised centrepieces and chandeliers), it’s a modern dining destination that’s suitable year-round. Head to their Strand-based restaurant for a Christmas dinner that’s a delight to the eyes, and stomach.

Guests can expect a private dining experience in either their 150-person bistro restaurant or their smaller 40-person private dining room. On the menu? Roasted turkey or prime rib, mac and cheese, green beans, truffle chips, Yorkshire pudding, chestnut stuffing and cranberry sauce plus a few festive cocktails (and mocktails) to top it all off.

2. An Italian Christmas dinner venue in Covent Garden: Luciano by Gino D'Acampo

Covent Garden, London

If my grandmother had tinsel, she’d be a Christmas tree or something like that…

Luciano, the Italian restaurant owned by beloved chef (of This Morning fame), Gino D'Acampo, has found its home in the swanky Covent Garden hotel, ME London.

Host Christmas dinners in the restaurant for parties of up to 60 (or semi-private hire for up to 35). Guests can look forward to festive dishes including turkey in masala sauce, green beans, butter and sage, black truffle gnocchi with wild mushrooms and Christmas cocktails like their ‘There’s something about rosemary’ (pear vodka, elderflower, blackberries and apple) and Blackberry Nohito.

Buon Natale!

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3. A new Christmas dinner venue in Covent Garden: Penelope's, Amano Covent Garden

Covent Garden, London

Having only opened its doors in 2022, Covent Garden’s Amano is a hotel that’s equal parts style and substance – as are the culinary options on offer.

Take their signature restaurant, Penelope’s, a fusion of Spanish and Israeli cuisine. Serving up the likes of Israeli chicken sofrito, and mezze, alongside paella and seafood, it’s a culinary collision that works, set against an ultra-stylised backdrop. And what’s more is that their 20-person private dining room is up for grabs – for all feasts, festive or otherwise.

Christmas dinner has never looked so exciting.

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4. A barbecue Christmas dinner in Covent Garden: Temper

Covent Garden, London

Tomato, tomato, roast dinner or barbecue, in the words of the multi-branch smokehouse, Temper, ‘it’s all f****** delicious’. Bringing an elevated barbecue experience to Covent Garden’s Mercer Walk across 2 floors, the restaurant focuses on rare breed, grass-fed, aged beef that is butchered in-house and smoked in an open fire pit.

While their open kitchen sits centre stage on the first floor, their ground floor The Den space offers a semi-private room for up to 22 guests. Come Christmas, diners can look forward to two set festive menus, the aptly named Festive Feast (£59) and the Fancy Festive Feast (£79) with steak, brisket, cheeseburgers, wood-roasted fish and smoked lamb shoulder to choose from. A selection of wines, spirits and Mexican-inspired cocktails (¿Un Grande Humo, alguien?) are also available for the inevitable festive cheers.

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5. A Christmas dinner venue for dim sum and cocktails: Ping Pong Covent Garden

Covent Garden, London

One of the best things about Christmas dinners is sharing. Passing dishes, bottles of bubbly and the bits of conversation that come along with it are essential to any festive feast, no matter your choice of cuisine.

Tapping into this feeling are the Chinese chain restaurant Ping Pong. Across three floors, their Covent Garden branch offer a reliably satisfying alternative to your usual Christmas dinner. At £35 per person, their parcels of joy set menu gives diners a festive twist on the restaurant’s much-loved dumplings and cocktails offering. Think dumplings of the crab and champagne, leek and mushroom variety, black and gold custard buns and popcorn old fashioneds, prosecco and lychee and roses martinis. That’s your meat-eater, veggie, vegan and GF crowd covered, then.

Check out the most popular Christmas lunch and dinner venues in Covent Garden for the festive season

Get into the Christmas spirit with this sublime selection of Covent Garden Christmas dinner and lunch venues. Everyone loves a traditional Xmas dinner, so for a festive celebration everyone will enjoy, these Covent Garden venues will keep all your guests happy. Take the office out for a festive private dining experience or enjoy a meal over the holidays with your family and friends. Pass the brussel sprouts, please.

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How to hire a Christmas dinner venue in Covent Garden

Christmas is one of the most important events of the year. Whether you're hosting a family gathering, a corporate event, or a festive get-together with friends, choosing the right venue is key. And when it comes to venues, Covent Garden has plenty to offer. In this guide, we'll share tips for finding the perfect Christmas dinner venue in Covent Garden.

Location One of the first things to consider when looking for a Christmas dinner venue in Covent Garden is the location. Covent Garden is a popular area of London with plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from. Consider the proximity to public transport, as well as any parking options, to ensure your guests can easily get to and from the venue.

Capacity The next thing to consider is the capacity of the venue. Make sure to choose a venue that can comfortably accommodate your guest list, while also leaving enough space for any entertainment or activities you have planned.

Ambience The ambience of the venue is also important. Do you want a traditional, cosy setting, or something more modern and sleek? Consider the decor, lighting, and overall vibe of the venue to ensure it matches the tone of your event.

Menu The menu is another crucial factor to consider when choosing a Christmas dinner venue in Covent Garden. Make sure the venue offers a menu that suits your preferences and dietary requirements. Some venues may offer a set menu for Christmas, while others may allow you to create a customised menu.

Service The service provided by the venue is also important. Make sure to choose a venue with a good reputation for service and hospitality. Look for reviews from previous customers and ask the venue for references if necessary.

Cost Finally, consider the cost of the venue. Some venues may require a deposit to secure the booking, while others may have a minimum spend. Make sure to factor in any additional costs, such as decorations, entertainment, or staffing, when budgeting for your event.

Choosing the perfect Christmas dinner venue in Covent Garden requires careful consideration of several factors. By following these tips, you can ensure your Christmas dinner event is a success and create lasting memories with your guests.

Frequently asked questions

For Christmas dinner venues in Covent Garden, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:

The Ivy Market Grill - Known for its classic British cuisine and stylish decor, The Ivy Market Grill's festive menu features traditional dishes with a modern twist, and the venue offers a range of private dining options.

The Petersham - This elegant restaurant offers a unique and luxe dining experience, with a focus on seasonal and sustainable ingredients. Their Christmas menu offers a selection of dishes that are inspired by traditional festive flavours.

Balthazar - The popular French brasserie is known for its lively atmosphere and chic decor. The festive menu includes classic French dishes and festive favourites, and the venue offers private dining options for groups of all sizes.

Rules - This Covent Garden restaurant is one of the oldest in London and is known for its classic British cuisine and traditional decor. Their Christmas menu features seasonal dishes and festive treats, and the venue offers private dining options for groups of up to 90 people.

Clos Maggiore - This romantic restaurant is known for its cosy, candlelit atmosphere and award-winning wine list. The Christmas menu features classic French cuisine and festive favourites, and the venue offers private dining options for groups of up to 42 people.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a Christmas dinner venue. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon, or the night? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.

There are lots of ways to book a Covent Garden Christmas dinner venue. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best Christmas dinner venues in Covent Garden and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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