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Written by Luke Bull
October 15, 2022
The best Christmas dinner venues in London
Past the presents, tinsel, and long-awaited Christmas ads, Christmas is all about community. That’s what it’s really all about – sharing, time to reflect and celebrate with loved ones, and there’s never been a better time to do that than at a dinner party.
Cheers and quite literally break bread this Christmas at venues all across London.
We’ve picked and packed these Christmas dinner venues in London – cosy, chic, tropical, you name it. Eat well this Christmas – and while you’re at it, could you pass the bread?
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1. Dine at this exclusive Christmas dinner venue: Queenie Watts Private Dining Room, Hawksmoor Wood Wharf
What’s Christmas without a dinner (or three)? Not much. Step into Hawksmoors’ Queenie Watts private dining room at Wood Wharf for a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.
Named after the multi-hyphenate actress-singer-pub owner (and local legend) Queenie Watts, this room is fit for royalty (or at least, some very special guests).
Take in the mahogany interiors, dark walls, low lighting, the pictures of Queenie herself, and the pièce de résistance, the dining table, where you and 20 other guests can swap gossip as easily as you can pass the salt and pepper.
Next on the menu – an amazing Christmas dinner.
2. Visit this venue for a Michelin-star Christmas dinner: The Gallery, Galvin La Chapelle
High ceilings. Grand windows. Intricate floral arrangements. A table setting to rival the latest Architectural Digest spread.
Michelin-star French restaurant Galvin La Chapelle is certainly familiar with the finer things. Dine above it all (literally) from Galvin La Chapelle’s private dining room, The Gallery.
Choose from dishes like roast of chesnut stuffed pheasant, Wild Cornish halibut and a medley of puddings, tartes or crème brûlée.
The Gallery has a seating capacity of up to 16 people so it looks like this will be a more intimate affair this Christmas.
3. Get cosy at this Christmas dinner venue: Winter Garden, Haugen
If you haven’t been in Haugen, it’s likely you’ve walked past it. If not, visit Stratford’s Endeavour Square to see the building in all its Bauhaus-inspired glory.
Inspired by the Olympic ski jumper Anders Haugen, who competed in the 1924 Winter Olympics, and a menu that’s inspired by Alpine dining, this Christmas dinner venue already has an affinity for the colder months.
Their cosy winter garden couldn’t be more inviting. Sit by the roaring fire and take your pick of fondue, cold cuts, grilled meats and strudels.
Take to the slopes – metaphorically at least, you’ll definitely still be in London.
4. Have Christmas dinner over London: Fenchurch, Sky Garden
Picture this. You and a handful of guests are through the second course of your Christmas dinner, there is a gentle lull and the sun is beginning to set over London. Oh – and you’re 37 floors above the busy London streets.
It’d be easy to say that the best thing Fenchurch has going for it is the view of the city. The food definitely does put up a fight for that spot. Think modern British dishes with a few touches of individuality – Yorkshire goose, smoked potato, and red gooseberry chutney.
It’s Christmas dinner but not like you know it.
5. Dine in the sky at this Christmas venue: Searcys at The Gherkin
Glasses clinking. The lively chatter amongst dinner guests. The snap, crack and pop of your Christmas cracker. And another. All against a backdrop of the city – thousands of presents light up as you celebrate another Christmas.
Up on the 38th floor of The Gherkin, you’ll find Searcys. Dine with the city at your fingertips with a selection of canapes, drinks and a festive three-course meal. As the venue can seat up to 50 people, we guess the most difficult thing would be to decide who to invite.
Suddenly, Christmas dinner is looking a whole lot better.
6. The best venue for a grand Christmas dinner: German Gymnasium
You’d be mistaken for thinking you’re at Grand Central Station. Alas, you’re only in King’s Cross.
German Gymnasium has a pretty cool bit of history. It’s a Grade II building but the real kicker is that it has one of two remaining laminated timber roofs in London. You’ll find German Gymnasium – and its roof smack bang between St. Pancras and King’s Cross stations.
Hire the whole venue or just the upper floor. Whatever you’re up for, take your pick of their festive delights – that’s smoked ham, seared cod fillet, strudel or a praline pot.
More of the best Christmas dinner venues in London
Get into the Christmas spirit with this sublime selection of London Christmas dinner and lunch venues. Planning a winter ball, Xmas dinner dance or just a cosy winter event in a pub? We have the best selection of Christmas dinner venues in London, with all the lights, snow, mistletoe and trimmings you can imagine. For a festive private dining experience with the team or a meal over the holidays with family and friends, take a look at all of our Christmas dinner venues near you. Alternatively, tell us exactly what you need and we'll make sure the very best London venues respond to your enquiry.
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The best Christmas dinner venues in London
Farzi Cafe London - Ground Floor
The Rembrandt Hotel - Victoria Suite
Baranis - Whole Venue
Stationers' Hall and Garden - Christmas at Stationers' Hall
Searcys at The Gherkin - Christmas Private Dining at The Gherkin
Exhibition London (curated by Venue Lab) - Whole Venue
Urban Golf - Urban Golf Christmas Party
Kings Head - Restaurant
Jenius Social - In Person Christmas Cooking Experience
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How to hire a Christmas dinner venue in London
We know that finding a venue the old-fashioned way (where you trawl the internet, contact 10 venues or set your heart on one, only to find that they're out of your price range and not even available on your dates) is a pain, and there are a few pitfalls between you and booking your perfect Christmas dinner venue. Getting the venue-finding process down to a professional art is what we’ve made our mission ever since we took on the events industry. We often get asked the same questions, so here's what we recommend to quickly and easily hire a space in London.
For Christmas dinner venues in London, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:
Fenchurch, Sky Garden – For a cosy and classic Christmas dinner, Fenchurch offers up great food and amazing views.
The Gallery, Galvin La Chapelle – A Michelin-star Christmas dinner that's well worth a visit.
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 London 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 London and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.