10 All-American Spots To Celebrate Thanksgiving In London | sheerluxe.com
With one in seven Londoners now celebrating Thanksgiving, it’s time to join expats and our friends over the pond in celebrating America’s biggest holiday. Taking place on Thursday 22nd November, some of the capital’s best all-American restaurants are getting in on the action, serving up a traditional US-inspired feast. Pretend you’re in the States with these 10 top-notch celebrations…
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Ace Hotel London

For the fourth edition of its ‘Breaking Bread’ events, Ace Hotel London will be holding an immersive evening in conjunction with meaningful experiences experts The POP, celebrating the multicultural city that is London. Taking place on the seventh-floor rooftop, guests will be welcomed with a pumpkin martini garnished with a burnt marshmallow. Alongside guest speakers unveiled on the evening, Ace Hotel’s Executive Chef Matthew Marshall has created a menu that celebrates the American national holiday as well as the food and drink synonymous with the third Thursday in November. Dishes will include cornbread with hemp oil and amaranth dip; corn on the cob on edible soil; and roast turkey with American black rice. To finish, guests will be treated to the ultimate Thanksgiving treat: pumpkin and pecan pie.

100 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JQ

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Christopher’s

Established in 1991, London’s original American restaurant has created another of its award-winning Thanksgiving feasts. The menu has been devised by head chef Francis Agyepong, who has been serving up his Thanksgiving dinners at Christopher’s for over 25 years. Guests will start with seared Orkney scallops, blue corn cream, fennel crisps and hazelnut praline; or Maryland crab cakes; before moving on to slow-cooked ballotine of organic turkey with cornbread, chestnut-cherry stuffing, cranberry relish, buttered beans and creamed potatoes. Dessert includes baked peanut butter and graham cracker cheesecake accompanied with an indulgent salted caramel ice cream sandwich – not to be missed. The Martini Bar is taking part in the action too, serving a pumpkin pie martini and non-alcoholic ‘Mapletini’.

18 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7DD

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The Hero of Maida

Thursday 22nd November sees Thanksgiving come to Maida Vale, with festive menus created by critically-acclaimed Chef-Director Henry Harris (formerly of Racine). The Hero of Maida will be serving up a range of classic starters including endive and duck confit salad with roquefort dressing; or devilled prawns with garlic butter croutons. Turkey from local butcher H.G. Walter will be served sharing style alongside all the trimmings, including homemade stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, sprouts, mashed potatoes, sweet potato and marshmallow gratin and french bean casserole. The feast will conclude with an autumnal dessert: sweet potato pie and bourbon cream.

55 Shirland Road, Maida Vale, W9 2JD

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The Jones Family Project

Both The Jones Family Project in Shoreditch and the newer Jones Family Kitchen in Eccleston Yards will celebrate Thanksgiving family style. Known for their great selection of steaks and cuts of meat (all sourced from The Ginger Pig and finished on a josper grill), Thanksgiving is an opportunity for the team to have a little fun. This year, the Jones family will be serving a three-course, paired dinner from 22nd through 24th November. The kitchen has looked to iconic US musicians and classic US harvest fruits to inspire their paired drinks, and there’ll be a 'pie off' for dessert: with Anna’s pumpkin pie vs Lizzy's pecan pie.

78 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3JL

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Riding House Cafe

Riding House Cafe’s Thanksgiving meal is starting things right, with a festive cinnamon old fashioned, served with bourbon-soaked cranberries. The main event will feature slow-roasted Norfolk Bronze turkey cooked in herb butter served family style. Accompanying the turkey will be indulgent sides of cornbread and sausage stuffing; maple-buttered sweet potatoes; mac and cheese; creamed corn casserole; glazed sprouts with smoky bacon; and green beans with praline. Calvados gravy and cranberry and confit orange relish will also be served alongside this all-American feast. Dessert will be a choice of two American pies – pumpkin brûlée pie or pecan pie, each served with whipped vanilla cream.

43-51 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 7PQ

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Town House Kensington

The stylish Town House at The Kensington hotel is inviting guests to relax and enjoy its Thanksgiving festivities in a home-away-from-home environment. Offering a slice of the States with a refined menu, the team will celebrate the historical American holiday with a menu which includes traditional dishes such as butternut squash and sage soup, roast Norfolk Bronze turkey with confit leg beignet and all the trimmings, plus a pumpkin tart.

109-113 Queen's Gate, Kensington, SW7 5LP

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The Little Blue Door

This Thanksgiving, join the housemates at The Little Blue Door for an all-American cocktail masterclass at ‘The Flatmates Sipperclub’, a Thanksgiving twist in collaboration with Hudson whiskey. The late-night neighbourhood bar and restaurant will take guests on a masterclass experience, offering a back-to-basics, no-nonsense approach to classic cocktail making. Prepare for an evening filled with creative cocktails as guests learn how to make old fashioneds, manhattans and other easy-to-make-at-home cocktails. Cheers!

871-873 Fulham Road, Fulham, SW6 5HP

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Bunga Bunga Covent Garden

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden is bringing a slice of the USA to the UK, celebrating Thanksgiving in true American-Italian style. Surrounded by a flurry of dancers, guests can dine on feast of Italian favourites and sip on Jack Daniels aperitifs including maple-bacon old fashioneds (a concoction of Jack Daniels Old No. 7, infused Angostura bitters and maple syrup, garnished with a strip of maple-glazed bacon) and the ‘Gold Rush’ (Jack Daniels Tennessee Rye, lemon, sugar and egg white, finished with an orange slice and edible gold dust). No Thanksgiving meal would be complete without copious amounts of food: here, guests will delve in to ‘The American’, Bunga Bunga’s metre-long smoky BBQ pizzas. Check out its Battersea site for all-American fun south of the river.

167 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, WC2B 5PG

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Balthazar

This year give thanks at New York import Balthazar London. The US-style brasserie located in Covent Garden will be putting on another of its delicious annual dinners, where guests can feast on a three-course set menu complete with all the American Thanksgiving classics. Highlights from the menu include a ‘Gingerbread Fizz’ cocktail; spiced roasted butternut squash soup; a traditional turkey roast with all the trimmings; and, of course, pecan pie (also available to purchase at the on-site Balthazar Boulangerie).

4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5HZ

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Dirty Bones

For one night only, Dirty Bones Kensington will be hosting a Thanksgiving special. The main event will feature the kitchen’s Thanksgiving turkey bun – a cranberry-glazed crackling bread, filled with turkey, sage and cornbread stuffing, crispy brussels sprouts, smoked bacon, pickled cranberries and butternut squash ‘holiday sauce’. A live band and DJ will play classic soul and party gems – make sure to bring a gang.

20 Kensington Church Street, Kensington, W8 4EP

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