If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving in the British capital, you’ll be happy to know that so are a number of high-end hotels. Whether you choose to dine at a long-held royal favorite, a former papier-mâché factory with views of the Thames or a top Hyde Park haunt, you’ll be sure to get your fill of festive feasts at these lovely London eateries.
CUT at 45 Park Lane
Where there is Wolfgang Puck, there is the promise of prime steak and seafood, and the selection being served up for Thanksgiving at Puck’s London outpost inside Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star 45 Park Lane is no exception.
On November 23, California-born executive chef David McIntyre offers a taste of the States with a selection of succulent starters such as heirloom apple salad and beef carpaccio with black truffle.
While you may be tempted to fill up on roasted turkey and wild mushroom stuffing, be sure to save room for decadent desserts like pecan pie with 10-year chocolate sauce and maple ice cream.
Work off your fine feast with a stroll through nearby Hyde Park or simply pop upstairs to Bar 45 for a special Thanksgiving-themed Gobble Gobble cocktail, a classically American concoction of bourbon, pale ale, maple syrup and barrel-aged bitters.
This family-run Five-Star London landmark may be steeped in English tradition, but it still whips up a mean Thanksgiving menu each year — with a British twist, of course. For 2017, executive chef Shay Cooper has pulled together a six-course meal fit for the royals who frequent the hotel. Seafood starters (lobster, crab salad and cured organic salmon) keep things fun and light before the main event.
After the turkey makes an appearance, you’ll be rewarded with caramelized-pear-and-walnut cheesecake before finishing with a selection of local cheese.
Hunter 486 at The Arch London
The in-house restaurant at this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended London hotel, named after the 1950s dialing code for Marylebone, is extending the Thanksgiving celebration by offering its special set menu all day long from November 23 to 26.
Start off with your choice of clam chowder or spiced pumpkin soup before tucking into roasted turkey with all the trimmings. Vegetarians won’t feel left out here with an equally festive meat-free entrée of butternut squash with apple and sage risotto.
Either way, you’ll enjoy a sweet finale of classic apple pie and cinnamon custard.
A fireside seat in the Martini Library down the hall is a prime place to enjoy a digestif after.
The Zetter Hotel
This Victorian warehouse-turned-boutique-hotel, located on St John’s Square, serves up a four-course dinner for the big day. Inspired by East Coast cooking, the menu features New England favorites like poached native lobster chowder and Southern barbecue glazed pork cheek. Of course, roasted turkey and pecan pie grace the menu as well, albeit with a delightfully English twist — clotted cream ice cream tops the signature dessert.
Even if you don’t book one of the hotel’s 59 quirky-chic bedrooms to sleep it off after, be sure to treat yourself to a nightcap at the property’s Club Zetter, which specializes in wine on tap and vino-based cocktails, like the London Sour made with Beefeater gin, bordeaux, red grape syrup and lemon juice.
Covent Garden’s iconic restaurant Christopher’s has enjoyed several previous incarnations, including a stint as a papier-mâché factory and London’s first licensed casino. The popular eatery now channels a modern American aesthetic, both in style and service, with a dash of London charm from its scenic views overlooking the Thames.
It goes without saying then that this British slice of Americana crafts a Thanksgiving menu on November 23. Served all day long, the three-course feast features twists on holiday classics, such as caramelized scallops with maple-roasted parsnip cream, slow-cooked organic turkey with hazelnut and Michigan cherry stuffing and Missouri-rubbed rack of lamb with butternut squash.
You won’t want to skip dessert here, where the perfectly Instagrammable choices include pumpkin pie with honey bourbon crème Chantilly and pecan pie cheesecake with graham cracker ice cream.