Where to Celebrate Thanksgiving in London
If you're in London and in search of pumpkin pie come November 26, we've got you covered.
Thanksgiving might be a U.S. holiday, but just as most things tend to travel across the pond, its celebrations have, too, with more and more London restaurants giving nod to this one with dedicated Thanksgiving menus full of all-American flavors. Come November 26, no Londoner will struggle to get a slice of pumpkin pie. Pleasing both expats and keen adopters of the holiday alike, we've rounded up a guide to the very best places to celebrate the holiday in London this year.
Big Easy, Covent Garden
Big Easy is somewhere you go hungry and leave stuffed. This Thanksgiving, it's going to be doing itself proud. The relaxed venue is the perfect place to with a group, to indulge in what it's calling "the ultimate Thanksgiving feast." The $46 menu includes butternut squash soup, farm-to-table herb-roasted turkey with southern slow cooked gravy, Grandma Emma's apple cranberry chutney, sweet potato mash, green bean casserole, and coleslaw. Save room for dessert though, for it's the American favorite: key lime pie.
The Blues Kitchen, Camden
The Blues Kitchen feels admirably American at the best of times, with a menu full of Texan barbecue and a bourbon collection of size, but it's really amping things up by hosting an all-singing, all-dancing Thanksgiving party. From 12 p.m. to 1 a.m., a traditional three-course meal with all the trimmings ($46) will be served, alongside free-flowing pumpkin ale and bourbon cocktails, and live rhythm 'n' blues that'll have you on your feet all night.
Hotel Chantelle, Marylebone
It would be wrong for London's newest New York import to let the holiday go by without a bang. Whilst the Marylebone restaurant is keeping its Thanksgiving offering under wraps for now, we know it will be family-style dining, where there's sure to be turkey, yams, and of course, plenty of bourbon cocktails rolling right through to close at 3 a.m.
Hubbard and Bell, Holborn
Hubbard and Bell, the Brooklyn-esque diner in The Hoxton Holborn, will be serving family-style fare this year, with its shareable Bring Me Food menu. Starters include venison carpaccio and kale Caesar salad; mains feature smoked turkey with sprouts and pickled cranberry, and roast beef with baby beets. Come dessert, it's all about the pumpkin and pecan pie (though proud Brits can show some love to their turf with a classic British cheese plate).
Melt Room, Soho
Melt Room (pictured, above) is offering nostalgic New York expats a taste of home with a specially crafted Thanksgiving cheese melt. The gourmet sourdough sandwich packs a punch, with pulled turkey, roast sweet potato, stuffing, and Monterey jack cheese, and is served with a side of cranberry sauce.
Mount Street Deli, Mayfair
Serving up an array of American delights for those on-the-go, on November 26 Mount Street Deli will be getting in on the action. Swing by to pick up some creamy crab chowder, a turkey ballotine sandwich, or roasted Brussels sprout salad with sweet potato, green beans, cranberries, and a maple-pecan dressing. Similarly, home-baked pumpkin pie will be the perfect 4 p.m. refuel.
The Narrow, Limehouse
The Narrow (pictured, top), a restaurant that offers quintessential views of London's Thames, is putting on a classic American spread. A $54 three-course menu features herb-stuffed turkey with honey roasted root vegetables, pigs in blankets, cornbread, and cranberry sauce. For dessert, it's pecan pie, served with boozy bourbon vanilla ice cream.
The Richmond, London Fields
If you're not planning on going all out for Thanksgiving but want to give a nod to the holiday, make that nod a slice of pumpkin pie at The Richmond. The oyster bar and restaurant is one of East London's most stylish new eateries, and speaking from experience, we can say with confidence that its pumpkin pie is as good as its tuna tartare.
Sea Containers at Mondrian London, South Bank
Sea Containers at Mondrian London on the South Bank is dishing up a delight this with a $100 tasting menu, devised by New York chef Seamus Mullen. It features autumnal American flavors, with the likes of roasted celeriac soup with winter truffles, maple glazed ham, roasted norfolk turkey, and pumpkin pie cheesecake. Soak up the spirit while overlooking the beauty of the Thames.