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What’s not to love about a pre-Christmas feast? And to The Handbook, that’s just what Thanksgiving is – a fantastic Christmas rehearsal dinner filled to the brim with our favourite American foods. But when we don’t fancy prepping, cooking and clearing away a whole turkey plus all the trimmings (and we usually don’t!) we venture elsewhere to fill our bellies and celebrate. Here’s our round-up of where to go and be thankful (and full) this Thanksgiving:

CUT at 45 Park Lane

It is said that 1 in 7 Londoners now celebrate Thanksgiving so 45 Park Lane is going all out with three different ways to get involved. First up the CUTcakes  & Tea has been updated so that the afternoon tea now includes fried turkey and buttermilk bisquets with cranberry chutney; maple and bacon macarons; cola cake and caramel corn and graham cracker s’mores. Then on actual Thanksgiving they have a special three day feast with plenty of turkey and pumpkin including a pumpkin cheesecake with crushed oats and candied ginger ice cream and a pecan pie with ’10’ year chocolate sauce and maple ice cream. Looking for an American tipple? Then head upstairs to BAR 45 where they’ll be serving American craft beers and cocktails from the Negroni Trolley that have been kept in an American oak barrel for eight weeks.

Where: CUT at 45 Park Lane, W1K 1PN
Website: www.dorchestercollection.com

The Jones Family Project Restaurant & Bar

Spanning their Thanksgiving celebrations across both locations in Shoreditch and Belgravia, The Jones Family will be offering up their thanks with a three-course dinner, paired with cocktails inspired by US anthems. However, the biggest thank you goes to the venue for choosing to span the celebrations across three evenings as, historically, Thanksgiving was a three-day celebration. In light of this, guests can enjoy turkey (of course) with all the trimmings; buttermilk mash, greens, sprouts, garlic buttered breadcrumbs, lashings of gravy, Jones’ Thanksgiving stuffing, and not forgetting a side of cranberry sauce.

Following from this there will be a American Pie (no, not the outlandish movie series), but pumpkin or pecan flavoured. The Jones Family decided to do both to avert any squabbling over which one’s better. So now you can have your cake and eat it! The drinks incorporate four classic US harvest fruits; apple, blueberry, grape and cranberry. You’ll enjoy the likes of Bad Apples: a cocktail made with Wild Turkey Straight Rye, Laird’s applejack, pumpkin butter, lemon, sugar and bitters, or delight in a 2014 Truchard Chardonnay, from Carneros, Napa Valley, California, paired with the turkey. It looks like we’re going to have to buy a bigger pair of trousers after this meal!

Where: 78 Great Eastern Street Shoreditch EC2A 3JL
Nearest station: Old Street (0.2 miles)
Website: www.jonesfamilyproject.co.uk

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden

Bunga Bunga has got Covent Garden covered this Thanksgiving, going all stars and stripes with their Italian style offerings. Revamping their sumptuous Burlesquoni dinner in aid of the celebrations, there will be Italian favourites and good ol’ fashioned cocktails on the table. Drinks with an American twist will include Maple Bacon Old Fashioned, the Gold Rush made using Jack Daniels Tennessee Rye, and the Burnt Tennessee, a flaming mix of Jack Daniel’s Rye combined with Orange Curaçao and a dash of Orange Bitters, served, as rumour has it, quite literally on fire!

Bunga Bunga will also be throwing some Thanksgiving over Battersea with a menu of seasonal staples.

On the 22nd of November

Where: 167 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, WC2B 5PG
Website: www.covent-garden.bungabunga-london.com

Sea Containers London

If going across the pond wasn’t on this year’s to-do list, fear not – The Mondrian has got you covered. The restaurant and its nautical elegance overlooks the River Thames, ticking boxes on the views and food front. So, what’s on offer? Well, this Turkey Day (as it’s often called) Sea Containers restaurant will triumph the cornucopia of culinary traditions America has to offer, such as creamy chestnut mac & cheese with aged parmesan and white truffle oil and a sharing style roasted Herefordshire turkey with all the trimmings including pork stuffing, root vegetables, cranberry compote and turkey gravy. For dessert, in keeping with tradition, it’s sweet potato pie.

Where: 20 Upper Ground, London, UK
Nearest station: London Waterloo East (0.3 miles)
Website: www.seacontainerslondon.com

Town House

To celebrate Thanksgiving, Town House has refined their menu to celebrate our favourite American holiday. With tradition at the helm, food on offer includes butternut squash sage soup, roast bronze Turkey confit leg beignet and pumpkin tart. What’s more, there’s over 100 wines on offer by the glass so boozy lunch doesn’t even cut it. Bottoms up!

On the 22nd of November 

Where: Town House Kensington 109-113 Queen’s Gate, SW7 5LP
Website: www.townhousekensington.com

The Arch London

Named after the 1950s Marylebone dialling code, Hunter 486 is a small yet cosy restaurant which features dishes that would please any traveller with their British charm. This year for Thanksgiving, the staple boutique will be offering up a traditional feast featuring spiced pumpkin salads, clam chowder and a main course of Norfolk turkey with bacon, sweet potato mash and cranberry. For dessert there’s tangy Blueberry and lime cheesecake on offer. Sounds like we’ll be rolling out of The Arch straight onto Hyde Park for a lie down!

Where: 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London, W1H 7FD, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Marble Arch (0.3 miles)
Website: www.thearchlondon.com

The Rubens at the Palace

Enjoy Thanksgiving at The Rubens at the Palace, more specifically at The English Grill, rather humorously. The restaurant, oh so regal in nature, actually overlooks Buckingham Palace and we can imagine the interiors closely replicate that of The English Grill. The waiters are in waistcoats, and there’s no shortage of polished silver. The curated menu includes three dishes that can be enjoyed a fixed price, including sweet corn chowder with Cornish crab and chilli croquettes, free range black leg turkey for main and pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream for dessert. We’ll give this menu 5* (and stripes). Delicious!

Where: 39 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 0PS
Nearest station: London Victoria (0.2 miles)
Website: www.rubenshotel.com

Corinthia London

Five courses of Thanksgiving, phwoar – Corinthia Hotel, this really is something to be thankful about. Celebrating with a moreish five-course menu offering, guests will enjoy a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champers to boot, alongside various food offerings. The menu is striking with American influence, with vegetarian options available throughout. Starting off proceedings, pick from Maryland soft shell crab southern spices, roast pumpkin soup or roast quail hash. For main, there’s a mix of English and American influence, from free range Norfolk turkey, to macaroni with Wisconsin cheddar. The menu peters out with petit fours and tea and coffee, oh and Pumpkin pie is available in abundance!

On the 22nd of November

Where: Whitehall Place, Westminster, SW1A 2BD
Nearest station: London Charing Cross (0.1 miles)
Website: www.corinthia.com

The Lanesborough

The Lanesborough’s Thanksgiving Menu sounds so delicious it’s hard to write about without grabbing our coat and heading straight there (somewhat early!) The spellbinding Céleste restaurant that oozes glam, will offer guests Thanksgiving favourites such as stuffed turkey farce, roast sweet potatoes, chestnut purée and roasted juice and a pecan pie with crunchy sablé, caramelized banana and pecan Chantilly. Book now, before we eat everything!

On the 22nd of November

Where: The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, SW1X 7TA
Website: www.oetkercollection.com

Clutch Chicken

Official Thanksgiving might be happening out west (by a couple thousand miles) but instead head out east (by a more manageable couple of miles) to Clutch, the home of ‘guilt free’ fried food for a partnership with American bourbon makers Bulleit. Thanks Be Givin’ at Clutch sees the restaurant providing the feast and music (foodwise expect a pear and thyme brined turkey with herb and onion stuffing, a course of butter mashed potatoes, roasted squash with maple drizzle turkey bacon, French green beans with almond breadcrumbs, garlic roasted new potatoes and a pudding of pumpkin pie. And for their part, Bulleit will be keeping diners dosed up on their cocktails, including a brown butter Old Fashioned with salt caramel and a Kenturkey Highabll.

Thursday 22nd November

Where: 4 Ravenscroft Street, Hoxton, E2 7QG
Website: Get tickets here...

Homemade Roasted Thanksgiving Day Turkey with all the Sides

Smith & Wollensky

Celebrating their roots, Smith & Wollensky – one of London’s premier American steakhouses – has the white picket fence of Thanksgiving meals planned. The three course set menu offers free-range bronze turkey with sausage and cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce and red wine gravy, and, they claim, the best pumpkin pie in London. Well, challenge accepted Smith & Wollensky, we’ll just have to come down and try it out for ourselves! The cocktail of the moment will be the Pecan Old Fashioned, infused with bourbon such as Makers Mark, with pecans to fit in with the traditions

On the 22nd of November

Where: The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam Street, Covent Garden Riverside, London WC2N 6HT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Charing Cross (0.1 miles)
Website: www.smithandwollensky.co.uk

108 Brasserie at The Marylebone

108 Brasserie at The Marylebone are laying a right old feast this Thanksgiving, with a menu that includes winter-warmer favourites new England clam chowder, roasted Caldecott Farm bronze turkey’ and pumpkin pie. The restaurant which oozes Britishness with its simple collection of dishes prides itself on producing the best of seasonal produce, so be prepared to lap up deliciousness.

On the 22nd of November

Where: 108 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, W1U 2QE
Website: www.108brasserie.com

The Arch London

If there’s one thing we know about Americans it’s that they love to ‘hunt’ (shooting, in English, not the mounted vermin chasing sort of hunting we’re used to in the UK). So how appropriate to head to Hunter 486, the restaurant at The Arch London over at Marble Arch for some Thanksgiving favourites? Starting out with spiced pumpkin salad with sweet and sour dressing, everything stays very much American with a clam chowder,  followed by a main course of Norfolk Bronze Turkey which has been cooked in a stone oven with bacon, sweet potato mash and cranberry sauce. Finish off with a blueberry and lime cheesecake.

Where: 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London, W1H 7FD, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Marble Arch (0.3 miles)
Website: www.thearchlondon.com

Balthazar

We’re off to ‘Nuw Yoik’ for Thankgiving now, over at Balthazar London, Covent Garden’s New York style brasserie. The All American Thanksgiving features a gingerbread cocktail, spiced roasted butternut squash soup and a main of turkey roast with ‘all the trimmings’ (and they mean ALL). Topped out with pecan pie, you’ll not have any room left for anything, not even the Big Apple.

Where: 4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5HZ
Nearest station: Covent Garden (0.2 miles)
Website: www.balthazarlondon.com

South Place Hotel

South Place Chop House, at South Place Hotel, are doing what they do best, offering up copious amounts of delicious meat all in the name of Thanksgiving (and boy, are we giving thanks). Under the expert leadership of Head Chef Guy Betteridge, the chop house takes the best of America, but adds a (much needed) British twist, offering a three course Thanksgiving feast served with all the trimmings.

Where: 3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Moorgate (Great Northern) (0.2 miles)
Website: www.southplacehotel.com

Andaz London Liverpool Street

Head to Lady Abercorn’s Pub & Kitchen at Andaz London Liverpool Street where there’s a feast of a massive turkey, replete with all the trimmings (non meat eaters don’t worry – there’s also a vegetarian wellington on offer. Enjoy pumpkin side dishes and bottomless Yorkshire puds (of all the bottomlesses, has to be one of the best), plus Bulleit Ice Cream for dessert and bottomless Bulleit Cocktails.Available

Available on Thursday 22nd and Friday 24th November

Where: 40 Liverpool Street, The City, EC2M 7QN
Website: www.londonliverpoolstreet.andaz.hyatt.com

Where The Pancakes Are

Where are the pancakes? Is a question you never need to ask in Borough. The answer is, go to Where The Pancake Are. Which is never truer than Thanksgiving where we suspect you’ll find some of London’s only Thanksgiving pancakes! The menu includes pumpkin-pecan pancakes, served with caramelised pumpkin and pecans, gently poached whole cranberries, orange zest, nut-orange brittle and house cream. Meanwhile their A Winter’s Tale is oven-baked and stuffed with pulled turkey, roasted brussels sprouts, pumpkin and sage, and served with cranberry sauce. While we suspect these Thanksgiving pancakes will be swiftly re-branded as Christmas pancakes come this Friday, we still think it’s worth toddling down to Borough to get a taste of them, not least for the pumpkin and egg nog lattes on offer to chase them with!

Where: Arch 35a, 85a Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 0NQ
Website: www.wherethepancakesare.com

Ace Hotel, London

What could possibly be ace-er than a rooftop Thanksgiving atop Ace Hotel? Breaking Bread: A Modern Thanksgiving is now in its fourth year and the immersive Thanksgiving event is something a little different. Rather than just eating a meal out, the experience adds in guest speakers. Ace Hotel’s Executive Chef Matthew Marshall has created a menu relevant to the American national holiday, with all the dishes you’d expect (see pretty much every single other post here!), but also including freshly baked cornbread with  hemp oil and amaranth dip, along with corn on the cob on edible soil. The roast turkey comes with with American black rice. Pudding is the obligatory pumpkin and pecan pie.

Thursday 22nd November

Where: 100 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JQ
Website: Get tickets here...

Farmacy

When you think of Thanksgiving you think of meat, not a plant-based menu, but then when you think of Farmacy you probably don’t think of supperclubs. Thanksgiving at Farmacy is the first supperclub the restaurant has ever held and will celebrate the American festival with all manner of non-meat alternatives, not to mention rare biodynamic American wines.

Thursday 22nd November

Where: 74-76 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W2 5SH
Website: Get tickets here...