Celebrating Thanksgiving in London

Although Thanksgiving is traditionally considered an American holiday, if you are an expat living over in London, an American on vacation here or you simply feel like joining in with the holiday spirit, there are a number of ways you can do that in London this November.  Thanksgiving generally takes place on the fourth Thursday of November so in 2016 that will be the 24th and is a holiday all about families and friends getting together to enjoy some great food and company.  It’s a time for people to consider and reflect on the good things that they have in their lives and to ‘give thanks’ for those things and the people around them.  In America there are lots of different celebrations which take place including Thanksgiving Day Parades, the start of the Christmas shopping season and a four-day weekend which sees lots of people returning home for the break.

So whilst Thanksgiving is not a traditional British holiday there are still lots of ways that you can celebrate Thanksgiving this November in London and if you don’t fancy taking on all the work of cooking for yourself then why not visit one of the following restaurants who will be hosting All-American and Thanksgiving themed menus as a nod to our friends over the pond:-

Blues Kitchen, Shoreditch
Blues Kitchen can generally be relied upon to celebrate Thanksgiving in style and this year is no different.  On the 24th November head down to join in with the celebration feast which will consist of roast turkey and all the trimmings: chestnut stuffing, candided yams and cornbread being just a few of the side dishes.  Entry to Blues Kitchen is free and there will be live music starting at around 9.45pm until 1am when the bar closes.  At 10.30pm there will be music from New Orleans artist Dom Pipkin and a special midnight performance from Jocee and the Ways will round the evening off.  This event is always very popular so we suggest booking a table in advance if you want guaranteed entry.

Honky Tonk, Clapham Common
Honky Tonk is an American inspired bar and restaurant and they combine their Thanksgiving menu with their Christmas one to offer a selection which is truly divine.  From mains such as a festive turkey burger to desserts such as homemade Pecan Pie, you will find all the delight of the USA combined with the refinement of the British.  They don’t host a specific celebration for the Thanksgiving period but if you want a restaurant which offers great and authentic American food, not too far from decent luxury hotel rooms in London then you can’t go far wrong with Honky Tonk.

The Jones Family Project
Another Shoreditch offering now and one which we think will delight both expats and locals alike.  They have created a three course Thanksgiving menu which is available from the 24th November until the 26th and features dishes such as chestnut soup followed by a traditional turkey dinner with Pumpkin Pie to round it off.  On top of this they have also created a Thanksgiving themed cocktail which consists of pumpkin, cinnamon and some Wild Turkey bourbon for a little extra fire.  Anyone wanting to enjoy the Thanksgiving menu must book in advance.

The Roof Gardens, Kensington
Not too far from the Marble Arch Hotel London you will find the very refined Roof Gardens.  This year they will be hosting an American themed evening to coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday which will feature a menu of traditional American dishes such a pumpkin pie, themed cocktails including a ‘Peanut Butter Cup’ and more.  Add into this the stunning view which comes from The Roof Gardens themselves and you are pretty much onto a winner.

The Breakfast Club, various
The Breakfast Club has seven locations across London including Soho, Hoxton, Canary Wharf and London Bridge and they will all be holding a special Thanksgiving themed evening on Thursday 24th November.  From £28 a head guests can enjoy a three course meal with Butternut bisque for starters, a choice of Bacon and beer roasted turkey or Mac n cheese for main followed by warm pumpkin pie and ice cream for dessert.  Each year The Breakfast Club hosts a Thanksgiving themed celebration and they are always worth enjoying so do make sure you book yourself a table if this sounds like the kind of event which would be up your alley.

The Duke’s Head, Putney
The Duke’s Head is a pub in Putney which is well known for its gastro-pub atmosphere and this year they will be pulling out all the stops with their Thanksgiving themed celebration.  This option is much more family-friendly than some of the other ones on our list, perfect if you have smaller people to take into consideration when planning your Thanksgiving holiday.  Tickets are £40 a head which might seem steep but with this you will get a delicious three course meal along with three glasses of wine (for adults only of course) which have been chosen specifically to complement the dishes being served.

Other American Restaurants
Of course alongside the few bars and restaurants that we have suggested above, there are a number of other American-themed restaurants in the city who will all, no doubt, have their own take on the Thanksgiving celebration at the end of November.  Some of the more popular restaurants and diners include Joe Allen, Hotbox, Ma’ Plucker, Sophie’s Steakhouse, 65 & King, Roadhouse and Absurd Bird although there are plenty of other options if you can’t book a table at any of the ones we have suggested.  These restaurants tend to serve American inspired cuisine all year round but as Thanksgiving is such an important holiday in the USA we are sure that the restaurants will pull out all the stops to ensure that anyone dining on Thursday 24th November is given the full All-American treatment.

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