Thanksgiving in London 2017
While we may not traditionally celebrate Thanksgiving this side of the Atlantic, any excuse to have turkey more than once a year looks like a good excuse to us. Not only that, most capital dwellers have at least one American or Canadian friend, so it’s always good to know where’s best to get your pumpkin pie on this time of year. To make things easy, we’ve picked out the best venues in London where they’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving 2017 in style.
Location: 4-6 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ.
Nearest Tube: Covent Garden
Balthazar was born and bred in New York City, so it would therefore seem to be a more than appropriate venue to spend your Thanksgiving. For £55 a head, the menu at the Covent Garden branch is bursting with traditional fare – spiced butternut squash soup, winter kale salad, traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings, and of course, the compulsory pecan or pumpkin pie. Balthazar are always keen to celebrate American traditions having regularly hosted Super Bowl parties, so we’ve no doubt they’ll put on a feast fit for the occasion.
Joe’s Southern Table & Bar
Location: 34 King Street, WC2E 8JD.
Nearest Tube: Covent Garden
For some authentic Southern-style nosh, Joe’s Southern Table & Bar is always a winner. The menu this Thanksgiving will feature some of Joe’s Mama’s favourite home-made recipes, including clam chowder, shrimp and grits, and freshly roasted turkey with all the best trimmings. That means, sage and bacon stuffing, chipolatas in bacon, pumpkin and sage mash, Texas BBQ beans and honey roast carrots. They’ve also partnered up with Jim Beam – and as it’s the 396th American Thanksgiving – Joe’s will be giving away 396 prizes. Vouchers, drinks, Jim Beam Cocktails, over-night stay in hotels, Jim Beam bottles and wings.
Heliot Steak House
Location: Hippodrome, 14 Cranbourn Street, WC2H 7JH.
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square
The Hippodrome’s Heliot Steak House are going all out this Thanksgiving with the mighty ‘Turducken’ – a three-bird roast which weighs in at a whopping 12.6kg. The succulent Turducken features a whole deboned duck layered inside a whole deboned chicken, layered inside a whole deboned turkey. Each bird is then layered with deliciously seasoned festive stuffing and roasted. Sides include mashed potato, roast butternut squash, green beans and gravy, followed by a slice of classic Thanksgiving homemade pumpkin pie. There’ll also be a host of American beers on tap to wash it all down. The menu is priced from £12 and will be available to order only on Thursday (23rd November) only, from 5pm until midnight.
Rail House Café
Location: Nova Victoria, 8 Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ.
Nearest Tube: Victoria
If you’re a homesick American and want to spend your Thanksgiving with others, the Rail House Cafe is the perfect place to head. It’s all about the community here, so whether you’re flying solo, in a pair, or in a small group, the RHC is putting on some sharing tables where you can mingle with old friends as well as make some new ones. Priced at £40 per head, the menu platter comes with a roast Norfolk turkey, cornbread and sausage stuffing, mac ’n’ cheese, glazed sprouts and bacon, maple-butter sweet potato and green beans with praline. You’ll also get a cinnamon old-fashioned as a welcome and pecan or pumpkin brûlée pie for afters.
GOAT and The Chelsea Prayer Room
Location: 333 Fulham Road, SW10 9QL.
Nearest Tube: Fulham Broadway
For those in trendy West London, GOAT is always a great place to be on Thanksgiving. Celebrating things in style, the Chelsea restaurant/bar will be putting on a good old fashion Country and Western Barn Dance! Yes, after you’ve gorged on your Thanksgiving set menu (£35), consisting of turkey with green chilli cornbread stuffing, bourbon-glazed carrots, pan-fried Brussels sprouts with guanciale, and pumpkin pie, the upstairs Saloon bar will be opening its doors for a traditional hoedown. Expect hay bales, picklebacks, and Wild Turkey cocktails!
Location: 205 City Road, EC1V 1JT.
Nearest Tube: Old Street
True to their all-American ethos, London stalwart Boondocks will be partying USA style this Thanksgiving. The all-you-can-eat menu is £45 per head and will include the likes of a spiced and roasted turkey, green bean casserole, buttermilk biscuits, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and wild mushroom stuffing. Naturally, there’ll also serving egg nog, mulled wine, and hot buttered cider to wash things down too.
The Blues Kitchen
Location: 111-113 Camden High Street, NW1 7JN.
Nearest Tube: Camden Town
Another taste of the Deep South offering for your Thanksgiving meal, The Blues Kitchen is always a great place to head if you’re after some live music and a bit of a dance after your feast. This year’s Thanksgiving menu centres on a southern feast of gumbo, cornbread, buttermilk fried turkey and a delicious sounding twice-baked mac ’n’ cheese. And don’t forget there’ll be some sweet pumpkin pie and marshmallow to finish things off. Tickets are £29.95 and you’ll be treated to live blues from the Camden restaurant house band, The Beekays until 1am. The Blues Kitchen’s Shoreditch and Brixton venues will also be celebrating the occasion in similar fashion too.