6 Iconic Places in the World to Have Christmas Lunch

Why battle with a turkey when you could dine in style at some of the most iconic locations in the world? These are the best places for Christmas lunch around the world.
Tuesday 18 December 2018
'Tis the season for feasting. Photo: iStock

Nowhere does Christmas like Claridge’s. Even a quick dip into their foyer can help to raise faltering Christmas spirits – imagine what a five-course meal at the legendary French Salon could do.

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You’ll start with a glass of Laurent-Perrier, naturally, before working your way through the most refined Christmas lunch menu, peaking at the Roasted Cambridge Bronze turkey with chipolatas wrapped in bacon, parsnip, Brussels sprouts, carrots and bread sauce, and winding down with the traditional Claridge’s Christmas pudding. £295 per adult, £150 per child.

Rosewood is a grande dame in the London heritage hotel scene, and Christmas lunch at this institution is a very special thing indeed. Dine in the beautiful Mirror Room on a four-course spread, including seared Scottish scallops, organic roast Norfolk turkey, and Christmas pudding with cognac custard. £195 per person.

Head to Cafe Boulud for a feast with French flair. You’ll start with oysters with champagne sauce and caviar and chestnut soup, before moving on to seared foie gras, Ontario venison or traditional heritage turkey with bacon and chipolata stuffing. C$107 per person.

A landmark in downtown Vancouver, the castle-like Fairmont Hotel serves an incredible Christmas brunch buffet. All the brunch classics will be there (with an excellent pastry station), platters stacked high with fresh seafood and Vancouver Island mussels and of course, Fraser Valley roasted turkey, ham and carved pork loin. C$99 per person.

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For a modern take on a classic Christmas feast, book a spot at award-winning chef David Burke’s Tavern62. The warm, masculine interiors make for a cosy festive day, and the team will be serving a prix-fixe menu starring a special Christmas spiced beef and roasted lobster steak. US$85 per person.

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Christmas is a time to go iconic, and it doesn’t get more iconic than the Plaza New York. The hotel’s stunning Palm Court will be serving a Grand Buffet on Christmas day, with a spread that will see you through the day. We’re talking smoked pit ham, cabernet-braised beef short rib and lashings of lobster and truffle. US$190 per person, US$75 per child.

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