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London Christmas Day 2012 Open Restaurants? First time visitors

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Any suggestions for a family dinner that won't break the bank and will be open Christmas day in London? Also, New Years Eve in Paris? Traveling with 3 teens for first trip to Europe. Any advice appreciated.

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  1. If you Google, 'Christmas Dinner London,' it usually comes up with some links to those restaurants which are open. I'm sure people here will be happy to discuss any of them that appeal to you.. or search the box above on the upper right as I know this has been talked about before. Hotels are usually a good bet but are very expensive and probably all booked by now.

    I think you'll have to go to the Paris section to ask about that city.

    1. If "that won't break the bank" is part of your criteria you're pretty much screwed.

      This recent thread was on the same topic. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/871421

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      1. re: Jon Tseng

        Assuming that London is like my part of the UK, the only reasonably priced places open on Christmas Day are the bog standard Indians - the ones you wouldnt normally eat at. Other than them, everywhere seems to take very full advantage of the prices they can charge.

        1. re: Harters

          st john hotel is doing one for £75 a head (still not cheap)

          1. re: t_g

            It won't be cheap and a lot will be closed. Also you are limited by the lack of public transport from mid afternoon to early evening Christmas Eve through Boxing Day. So best to search near your hotel unless you like walks or very expensive taxis. Also wise to remember many restaurants close over Christmas so many popular choices are not open at all during that period (I know from experience last year).

      2. Here are some options: http://tinyurl.com/bq72qpc