Carnaby is glistening this Christmas. The destination has once again transformed into a winter wonderland, with this year’s theme celebrating 25 years of bringing joy to shoppers through their magical light displays. 

Complete with a medley of 14 themed displays from the past 25 years, from a giant snowman to an underwater seascape, it’s earnt its place as London’s most colourful display this winter. And there’s plenty to do and see this Christmas, from exploring Carnaby’s over 100+ retailers and their exclusive offers to refuelling at one of the more than 60+ restaurants and bars, which span across 30 different cuisines.

Wondering how best to explore the iconic destination this Christmas? The London destination is made up of 14 streets which include the famed foodie courtyard Kingly Court and creative hub; the Newburgh Quarter. We’ve put together a guide to Carnaby’s top restaurants and bars worth visiting, whether you’re after a breather between shops or the ultimate place for a Friendsmas.


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Everyone’s favourite Indian restaurant, Dishoom brings the smells, sights and streets of Bombay to London.  

The restaurant group pays homage to the Irani cafés that were once a vibrant part of the city’s culture. At its prime over 400 existed, serving out hearty meals and glasses of chai to the neighbourhood dwellers, and now less than 30 cafés remain. 

Head down this Christmas and experience the restaurant in all its glory, whether you’re after one of their legendary breakfast naan rolls or a warming curry to fuel you through the winter afternoon.

22 Kingly Street, Carnaby, W1B 5QP

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Dirty Bones

The ultimate hangover cure, Dirty Bones serves up some of London’s filthiest burgers and indulgent sides. 

Located inside Kingly Court, the NYC-inspired menu features the brand’s fan favourites, from chicken and waffles to cheeseburger dumplings. Of course, the Mac Daddy, a double dry-aged steak burger topped with pulled beef short rib, mac & cheese and espresso-spiked BBQ sauce on seeded brioche, features too.

Ground Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby, W1B 5PW

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Imad’s Syrian Kitchen

Opening up to much acclaim last year, Imad’s Syrian Kitchen is a must-visit for anyone who wants to try an authentic taste of Syrian cuisine. 

Imad arrived in London in 2015 after fleeing his war-stricken home country of Syria. Having worked in many jobs just to get by, with the help of his friends Imad was able to keep his passion for food alive and started hosting charity events and supper clubs. Fast forward to 2022 and he now boasts his first London restaurant, serving out traditional Syrian fare. 

Head here for dishes such as shish tawook, grilled chicken strips, paprika crisps garlic and tomato mayo; vegan Hindi, a mix of grilled squash, mushroom, chopped tomatoes, mixed spices and pine nuts; and shaqaf, grilled lamb skewers marinated in sumac, olive and orange oil served with roasted veg mash and sautéed greens.

Second Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, W1B 5PW

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With a passion for minimising food waste, Marsha shows Londoners how cooking can be done right and well, utilising every part of a chicken. 

Using higher-welfare, free-roaming chickens from the Soanes family farm in Yorkshire, expect plenty of unique and innovative dishes to present themselves before you. From buttermilk-fried crispy chicken thigh burgers to chicken souvlaki, this is the restaurant to take your chicken-loving friends.

Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, W1B 5PW 

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Tapas Brindisa

Bringing Carnaby shoppers a taste of regional Spain is Tapas Brindisa. As the name suggests, you can look forward to sampling a selection of sensational tapas, great bar snacks and traditional Spanish comfort food. 

Throughout the festive season, they will be serving up a dedicated Christmas menu, including a Brindis menu, banquette feast, Christmas canapés and party extras, all great for Friendsmas and work-dos.

46 Broadwick Street, W1F 7AF

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Wanting an exciting speakeasy spot? Nightjar Carnaby is the sister bar of the iconic Shoreditch cocktail spot, and they serve up some of London’s finest innovative tipples.

This Christmas, they are celebrating with a special seasonal number. The Hot Walnut Buttered Rum Cocktail, priced at £12, will take your tastebuds on a journey. Expert a dessert-style flavour with a creamy texture that will warm your cockles.

Kingly Court, Carnaby, W1B 5PH

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A favourite among any Sri Lankan food lover, Kolamba is the perfect spot for festive feasting. They’ve launched a group seasonal menu, featuring dishes such as Ceylon chicken curry; beans with coconut; pol sambal; and dhal, as well as a vegetarian feasting option too. 

Don’t fancy the festive menu? Expect an endless selection of dishes designed with sharing in mind, from mutton rolls to black pepper prawn fry. 

Home-cooked and hearty, just what winter calls for.

21 Kingly Street, Carnaby, W1B 5PP 

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Korean Dinner Party

Inspired by LA’s Koreatown, Korean Dinner Party brings East-meets-West dishes, kitsch cocktails, craft cake and Korean hip-hop to London. 

Throughout the festive season, they have a dedicated Christmas menu on offer. Priced at £32pp, expect everything from corn dogs to bubbling mac & cheese, a basket of fried chicken and cauliflower to chilli trees and their famous ice cream tree. 

Or, go the extra mile and try their K-Town Kristmas menu featuring a massive pork shoulder that’s slow-roasted for 12 hours and served with kimchi, apples and lettuce cups.

Second Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby, W1B 5BW

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Specialising in the Greek culinary tradition of cooking over charcoal, INO transports you to the sunny islands in an instant. 

Over the festive season, the restaurant will be offering a seasonal menu, featuring its special Christmas dishes. Expect plenty of Greek favourites and a few festive treats thrown in for good measure. This is Christmas done the Greek way.

4 Newburgh Street, Carnaby, W1F 7RF

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Buns from Home

Looking for something sweet to get you through your festive shopping? Stop by Buns from Home, the small bakery specialising in flakey croissant buns. 

Born out of lockdown, this small brand has transformed from cooking out of founder Barney’s mum’s home kitchen in the first lockdown to now boasting five shops across London. 

Throughout the festive season, you’ll find their Carnaby joint serving Christmas-themed weekend specials and a mince pie special. Perfect for those wanting to add a little sweetness to their day – after all, who doesn’t love a buttery croissant now and then?

63 Broadwick Street, Carnaby, W1F 9QS

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And don’t forget the retail therapy incoming…

In the lead-up to Christmas, Carnaby’s retailers will be offering special discounts, offers and plenty of gifting inspo. In between drinking and dining, spend your day exploring the best of the area, from new brand openings such as Stine Goya, RIXO, Ksubi, and Dickies to visiting premium French fashion brand IKKS Paris, GANNI or NICCE for those perfect Christmas party outfits. Discover more here.


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