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Want to get into the spirit of Thanksgiving but can’t squeeze in a trip to the States? Fear not, we’ve got the lowdown on the most sumptuous Thanksgiving feasts in town. Check out our round-up of the best places to celebrate Thanksgiving in London… 

Best Places to Celebrate Thanksgiving in London

Blakes

Blakes Hotel

Will Stanley

Kensington’s Anouska Hempel-designed Blakes Hotel is celebrating Thanksgiving with a characterfully chic menu, highlighting American traditions through British produce. Begin with a butternut squash velouté served with brussel sprouts, chickpeas and sage, followed by Norfolk bronze turkey with seasonal vegetables, cranberry sauce and hazelnut stuffing, and an apple caramel tart with cinnamon ice cream for dessert. Vegetarian and vegan alternatives are also available upon request. 28 November. £49pp. Book by calling 020 7370 6701. blakeshotels.com

Duck & Waffle

Celebrate with friends old and new at Duck & Waffle’s Friendsgiving Feast, served as a family-style, communal experience in their sky-high private dining room. Feast on festive classics like pumpkin soup, maple glazed cornbread and pigs in blankets, alongside the main event: succulent turkey, carved tableside and served with all the trimmings. 28 November. £90pp. duckandwaffle.com

Lutyens Grill at The Ned

There’s a touch of 1920s New York to ever-glamorous members’ club The Ned – felt particularly in Lutyens Grill, once used as the former Bank Manager’s office. As the name suggests it’s all about grills here, with meat carved or fish filleted right at your table: think rib-eyes, pork cutlets and grilled lobster (not one for veggies). Their Thanksgiving offering includes slow-roasted USDA prime rib, roast turkey with creamed sweetcorn, Bourbon tart, and apple and cinnamon cobbler. 28 November. Dishes from £8. thened.com

Aqua Shard

aquashard

Celebrate up high at Aqua Shard, which launches it’s first ever Thanksgiving dinner this November. Executive Chef Anthony Garlando has put together a suitably luxurious feast for the occasion, featuring a selection of traditional American dishes with a luxury spin. Begin with juniper smoked salmon with pumpkin and black truffle salad, followed by either grilled lobster with cornbread crumble or roast turkey with all the trimmings. To finish, guests can enjoy not one but two desserts: a mini pecan pie followed by a bigger pumpkin pie, served with sweet potato ice cream, caramelised pecan nuts and charred marshmallows. £75pp, with wine pairing available for £105. 25-29 November. aquashard.co.uk

Kaspar’s at The Savoy

The Savoy may be quintessentially British, but they serve up a stellar American feast. Their Thanksgiving dinner is a five-course affair, featuring the likes of roasted pumpkin curry, turkey with double corn soufflé and traditional pumpkin pie – made all the better enjoyed amid the restaurant’s beautiful art deco surroundings. £75pp. 28 November. thesavoylondon.com

Sweet Chick

Sweet Chick

Cult chicken and waffle spot Sweet Chick has made its way from Manhattan to London, taking over the Carlucci’s site on Market Place just off Oxford Street. They’ll be spreading the American love this Thanksgiving with a series of seasonal specials, all given a fun Sweet Chick twist: the turkey leg confit is served with a stack of fluffy pumpkin waffles, while the ‘Room for Pie’ cocktail is mixed with wild turkey Bourbon and pecan cardamom oregat. 25 November-1 December. sweetchick.com

Plaquemine Lock

Plaquemine Lock

The Thanksgiving offering at Creole-inspired Islington pub Plaquemine Lock features unique Louisiana twists on American classics. Dine on candied yams, turkey and shrimp gumbo, and turkey kiev, before rounding things off with a traditional pumpkin pie. plaqlock.com

Sea Containers London

This year riverside hotel Sea Containers London will be giving thanks in a different way: by giving back to the local community. They’ve launched a campaign to tie in with Thanksgiving in support of The Felix Project, the UK charity dedicated to improving sustainability by rescuing edible food waste. As part of this, 20 per cent of sales from their Thanksgiving menu will go towards the charity – dishes up for grabs include a butternut squash, manchego, chestnut and chorizo salad; roasted turkey with all the trimmings; and a pecan and apple pie. On 29 November, surplus food from the restaurant will go towards creating a dessert to be donated to some of the charities that The Felix Project work with. £46pp for three courses. seacontainerslondon.com

Red Rooster, The Curtain

Red Rooster

As the London go-to for Southern soul food (think crispy fried chicken, collard greens and other wholesome grub) coupled with exciting live music, Red Rooster is no stranger to good food and a good time – but their Thanksgiving menu takes things to new heights. Diners will begin with Sammy’s Chicken ‘N’ Waffle served with pickles and hot honey, alongside a brussels sprouts salad with truffle dressing. Larger plates, meanwhile, include roasted turkey breast and ricotta and pumpkin gnocchi. Save some space for dessert though: there’s a pear and blackberry crumble, a pumpkin pie, and doughnuts served with bourbon ice-cream. Our advice? Go hungry! 28 November. £55 for three courses. redroosterldn.com

Brown’s Hotel

Brown's Hotel

Janos Grapow

The Thanksgiving dinner at Brown’s Hotel is a time-honoured tradition. This year it’s being served in Charlie’s, the hotel’s new restaurant overseen by Adam Byatt and headed up by Matt Starling. A set menu offers a New England style clam chowder starter, roast turkey with celeriac gratin, roast squash and sweetcorn fritters, and a pumpkin custard tart for dessert. Be sure to stop by The Donovan Bar for a Cider Sidecar cocktail: the perfect winter warmer made with whiskey, Sassy Cidre Brut syrup and bitters. £49pp for three courses. 28 November. roccofortehotels.com

Cut at 45 Park Lane

45 Park Lane

The Dorchester Collection’s 45 Park Lane celebrates Thanksgiving at its modern American restaurant CUT at 45 Park Lane with both a special afternoon tea and a three-course feast. Following the successful launch of American-inspired afternoon tea CUTcakes & Tea in 2018, California-born executive chef David McIntyre has added some Thanksgiving specials to the menu: think roasted maple and bacon macaroons, pumpkin spiced cake pops and New York cheesecake. Meanwhile the three-course Thanksgiving dinner offers festive favourites such as roasted squash soup with chanterelle mushrooms, roast turkey with wild mushroom stuffing and a signature pumpkin cheesecake with cranberry compote and cinnamon ice cream. Thanksgiving CUTcakes & Tea is priced at £55pp. The three-course Thanksgiving Dinner starts at £115pp. To make a reservation contact CUT at 45 Park Lane on [email protected], telephone +44 (0)20 7493 4545 or visit dorchestercollection.com   

Christopher’s

Christopher's Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving offering at Christopher’s Covent Garden balances an understanding of tradition with a contemporary and innovative spin, courtesy of head chef Francis Agyepong. Starters include a carrot and cumin soufflé and seared Orkney scallops, followed by the main event: Christopher’s signature slow-cooked organic turkey cornbread with Michigan chestnut cherry stuffing, buttered beans and creamed potatoes. Alternatively, tuck into a dish of Missouri-rubbed rack of lamb, pulled lamb shoulder, or a butternut squash tamale. Finish with a choice of pumpkin or pecan pie, before heading to the Martini Bar for some American-inspired cocktails. £65pp for three courses. 28 November. christophersgrill.com

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Thanksgiving at Maze Grill

Thanksgiving at Maze Grill

Head to Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen for a special Thanksgiving menu that includes dishes such as wagyu meatballs, polenta croutons and basil to start, confit turkey leg with cornbread for main and pumpkin pie with cinnamon ice cream, peanut butter parfait or chocolate lava cake to finish. Three courses for £50pp with wine pairing from £30. 28 November. gordonramsayrestaurants.com

Corinthia London

The Northall Corinthia London

Corinthia London is hosting an elegant Thanksgiving dinner in The Northall restaurant, specially curated by executive chef André Garrett. Dishes on the menu include Warm Oyster Rockefeller, quail and duck liver press with corn crumpets, and free-range Norfolk Bronze turkey with sage and citrus stuffing, followed by pumpkin pie with spiced custard – all washed down with a glass of Champagne. £75pp. 28 November. corinthia.com

The Blues Kitchen, Camden Town

The Blues Kitchen

For your comfort food fix, head to Deep South specialist The Blues Kitchen in Camden, which is serving up an all-American feast this Thanksgiving. To start, it’s smoked sausage with okra and peppers, followed by the main event: buttermilk fried turkey, crispy onions, cornbread and twice-baked mac’n’cheese. Make sure you save some space for pudding too, which is a tasty pumpkin pie served with toasted marshmallows and ice cream. A vegetarian menu is also available, featuring okra and black bean gumbo for starters and a broccoli and cheddar pot pie with sweet potato mash for the main course. To top it all off, the house band will be playing live blues throughout the evening, with music inspired by our friends from across the pond. And if you’re American, bring your passport along for a free shot of bourbon! £29.95pp. 28 November. Call 02039111367 to book or visit theblueskitchen.com

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The Breakfast Club

Head to your local Breakfast Club for a taste of the American Dream this Thanksgiving. You’ll be starting with a butternut bisque served with warm jalapeño and coriander cornbread – a top secret recipe from the executive chef Matt’s mum. The next course is bacon and beer roasted Norfolk turkey served with hasselback potatoes, pan juices and cranberry relish, or mac ‘n’ cheese with sautéed kale, spiralized sweet potato, beetroot and zucchini for vegetarians. £28 per person. 28 November. thebreakfastclubcafes.com

Rail House Café & Riding House Café

Rail House Cafe

Cosy all-day restaurants Rail House Café and Riding House Café will mark the American holiday with a Thanksgiving Feast to remember. Kick things off with a seasonal cocktail titled The Ginger Pilgrim, mixed with bourbon, honey, lemon and ginger, followed by slow roasted Norfolk Bronze Turkey served with cornbread and sausage stuffing, maple-buttered sweet potatoes, mac & cheese, creamed corn casserole, glazed sprouts with bacon and calvados gravy. (Erm, wow.) Dessert will be a choice of two classic American pies – Pumpkin Brûlée Pie or Pecan Pie, each served with whipped vanilla cream. £40pp. 28 November. railhouse.cafe or riding house.cafe

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