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Best French Restaurants Open On Christmas Day

By Matthieu Boisseau

Bar Boulud at The Mandarin Oriental

Daniel Boulud is renowned for his soulful interpretation of traditional French cuisine recently gaining three Michelin stars in his New York restaurant. The essence of Bar Boulud London’s menu is authentic French charcuterie served alongside seasonal bistro cooking.

House made terrines, pâtés, hams and saucissons are produced under the guidance of Gilles Verot, one of France’s finest charcutiers. The menu includes traditional dishes such as coq au vin and moules, while the cellar is dedicated to Daniel Boulud’s native city of Lyon and its surrounding wine making regions, Burgundy and the Rhône Valley.

This smart Knightsbridge restaurant has a menu of French Christmas classics. For £55 you can indulge in a three-course set menu.

Private dining rooms are available for up to 16 guests. There is still a few tables left for dinner !

Restaurant detail

Address: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 66 Knightsbridge
Town: London
Postcode: SW1X 7LA
Telephone: 020 7201 3899
Closest tube: Knightsbridge


Koffmann's is the highly anticipated next step from legendary French chef Pierre Koffmann, whose name has for 35 years been synonymous with some of the finest French food in the country.

Assured, attentive service from manager Eric Garnier and his team creates an atmosphere of convivial bonhomie. The restaurant attracts both local customers who may visit several times a week and culinary pilgrims visiting one of the grand masters of cooking.

The menu offers hearty, robust, seasonal food, influenced by Pierre’s Gascon heritage. On Christmas day, lunch is sold out, but there are still places for dinner at £95 per head. The four-course menu lists all the classic dishes of a French Christmas : foie gras, roast turkey with chesnut stuffing and a traditional Christmas log.

Restaurant detail

Addres: The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge
Town: London
Postcode: SW1X 7RL
Telephone: 020 7107 8844
Closest tube: Knightbridge

Brasserie Joël

Acclaimed Chef Joël Antunes has returned to London to put his signature touch on the flavourful cuisine at Brasserie Joël. Having personally sourced only the highest quality, freshest ingredients, Antunes’ and his team create classic brasserie dishes to delight the palate.
Indulge a French Christmas lunch in this new hotel restaurant inside Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London, near the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, National Theatre and Royal Festival Hall. For £95 you get a four-course menu including one drink. In the evening, it's back to regular à la carte menu.

Restaurant detail

Address: First Floor, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
Town: London
Postcode: SE1 7UT
Telephone: 020 7620 7272
Closest tube: Westminster or Waterloo.


L'Etranger is a unique Kensington French restaurant. Traditional Gallic ingredients are given a Japanese twist so this year's Christmas menu (£65 for three courses plus a glass of Champagne) contains unusual offerings such as a mussel-and-lemongrass soup with a puff pastry shell, and miso-glazed turkey with sage and sesame stuffing. It's open noon-3pm, and you'll need to book.

Restaurant detail

Address: 36 Gloucester Road
Town: London
Postcode: SW7 4QT
Telephone: 020 7584 1118
Closest tube: Gloucester Road


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