Thanksgiving 2018 falls on Thursday 22 November. While it's an American holiday, there are plenty of opportunities for American ex-pats, former USA residents and general food lovers to celebrate Thanksgiving here in London. There are plenty of London restaurants serving great American food year round, and for an extra dose of Americana, head to one of the capital's best diners.
Otherwise, get yourself booked into to sample these special Thanksgiving menus, and celebrate at these special events around the capital.
Thanksgiving 2018 at Big Easy
BBQ and lobster shack Big Easy has a Thanksgiving menu at its locations in King's Road, Canary Wharf and Covent Garden. The three-course set menu includes BBQ chicken wings, butternut squash soup, pit smoked turkey with all the trimmings, and a choice of banana cream pie or pumpkin pie to finish.
Big Easy Thanksgiving 2018 menu [pdf], £29.50 per person for three course set menu, booking required. Available 22 November 2018.
American afternoon tea at The Dorchester
The Dorchester always has its CUTcakes and Tea menu available. It's an indulgent, American-style afternoon tea featuring Wagyu beef sliders and grilled cheese toasties in place of the traditional sandwiches, followed up by strawberry milkshakes, smores and other Americana-themed treats.
The menu's having a bit of a makeover for Thanksgiving 2018, with fried turkey and buttermilk bisquets, maple and bacon macarons, and caramel apple and candied pecan cake pops.
Thanksgiving CUTcakes & Tea, The Dorchester, 45 Park Lane. £55 per person, book ahead, 22-30 November 2018
Thanksgiving 2018 at Christopher's, Covent Garden
If it's finer dining you're after, American bar and grill Christopher's offers a more sophisticated Thanksgiving menu [pdf]. Starters include Maryland crab cake or butternut squash & sage soufflé, while lamb, rib-eye steak and wild seabass offer alternatives to a turkey main. Finish off with pumpkin pie, apple pie, cheesecake or chocolate fudge brownie.
Christopher's, 18 Wellington Street, Covent Garden. 3 course-menu is £65 per person, booking required, available 22 November 2018.
Thanksgiving feast at Red Rooster, Shoreditch
It's an all-American blowout at comfort food restaurant Red Rooster. Tuck into a sharing range of starters including chicken and waffles, and devilled eggs, followed by a traditional roast turkey, and a selection of American desserts. Pumpkin spice espresso martinis are being whipped up especially for the event, and a brass band provide a live soundtrack to the proceedings.
Thanksgiving feast at Red Rooster, The Curtain, Curtain Road, Shoreditch. £55 per person, booking required, 22 November 2018.
Thanksgiving food and music at Blues Kitchen
All three branches of Blues Kitchen have a rather appealing blend of food and music. Buttermilk fried turkey, mac 'n' cheese, pumpkin pie and toasted marshmallows feature on the special Thanksgiving menu available at all three branches. It's just a case of picking your preferred soundtrack: soul in Shoreditch, country and western honky tonk in Camden, or soul and Motown in Brixton.
Blues Kitchen, free entry, booking recommended. Various menu prices. 22 November 2018.