Dinner in London on December 24th?
Are most restaurants closed on Dec 24th? Can people recommend a place where one can have dinner?
Requirements: great food.
ThingsI do not care for: stuffiness (black tie is a big no-no; suit and tie is my upper bound when it comes to formality, and if I can avoid it I will be happier). Also, I don't want to break the bank, so I don't think I'd like to pay more than, say, 50-75 pounds per person. But if you come up with a less expensive, more casual, homey, restaurant, that'd be fine too. (Atmosphere/service are not particularly important for us).
Thanks for your advice.
It's a family tradition to go out to a "fancy" dinner on Christmas Eve. Last year we ate at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Covent Garden, this year we're eating at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's. GR will be a set menu, more expensive than usual b/c of Xmas eve, but Joel Robuchon was a standard menu last year.
We did find that many of the more mid-range nice restaurants were closed - The Wolsely, J Sheeky, Les Trois Garcons...none were serving when we called last year. This year we were set on GR, so no problems.
Not about dinner so much... Wherever you go, make sure you can get home afterwards. I have (normally) to work on Christmas eve and trains are a nightmare, reduced/sunday service, people with christmas shopping. Pure hell. I can't tell you how glad I am to have the day off this year.
On the restaurant front, the ones I have looked at in the past have been open or closed to private functions. All that said, a couple of my normal haunts are closed on Mondays so I doubt they'll be open on Chrissy eve. I'd find a restaurant first then ring and ask. What sort of food do you like and what are convenient areas?