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.
Vegan Gobble Gobble Thanksgiving burger at by Chloe
Plant-based restaurant by CHLOE is getting in on the Thanksgiving action, offering the Gobble Gobble burger. It's got all the traditional American flavours, but is meat and dairy-free, made with lemon-caper seitan, sautéed kale, rosemary gravy, harvest stuffing and cranberry sauce, in a potato bun. Plus, for every Gobble Gobble burger bought here in London, a donation is made to dog rescue and rehoming charity All Dogs Matter.
Gobble Gobble vegan Thanksgiving burger at by CHLOE (Covent Garden and Tower Bridge). £10.95, available throughout November.
Thanksgiving pies at Dominique Ansel Bakery
Dominique Ansel Bakery in Belgravia offers not one, not two, but three Thanksgiving treats this year. Extra Silky Pumpkin Pie has a triple-strained custard filling, making for a super smooth and silky texture, with a crunchy gingerbread crust. The Bourbon Pecan Pie has a caramelised flavour and a creamy, decadent base, with crispy whole toasted pecans and light vanilla sablé crust. Finally the Salted Caramel Apple Pie pairs ripe apples with a velvety salted caramel base with a buttery flaky crust, topped with a lattice and dusted with icing sugar. The only problem is... which one to pick?
Thanksgiving menu at Dominique Ansel Bakery (Belgravia). Each £35 whole/£6.50 per slice/eat-in £7.80, available 9-23 November 2018
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 CUT, 45 Park Lane
CUT at 45 Park Lane 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, CUT at 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.
Thanksgiving 2018 at Neptune, Bloomsbury
Neptune in Russell Square offers a three course Thanksgiving menu, with a starter of clam and smoked bacon showder, followed by Norfolk Bronze turkey with cranberry & redcurrant sauce, chestnut & sausage stuffing, and braised red cabbage as the main. Sides include sweet potato & marshmallows, corn & cheddar biscuits, and creamed kale. For dessert, tuck into pumpkin custard tart with maple pecans & sour cream.
Neptune, £35 per person, booking required, available 22 November.
Thanksgiving 2018 at South Place Chop House
South Place Chop House's three-course Thanksgiving menu by Head Chef Guy Betteridge brings you the best of America with a British twist, with all the trimmings. Expect pumpkin soup, roasted turkey with orange and cranberry stuffing, pigs in blankets, parsnips, potatoes and red wine sauce, and finish off with pecan pie.
South Place Chop House, £30, book ahead, available 22 November 2018
Thanksgiving 2018 at Jones Family Kitchen and Jones Family Project
These sister restaurants in Shoreditch and Belgravia both have a Thanksgiving feast going on. The three-course dinner is paired with cocktails inspired by the four classic US harvest fruits: apple, blueberry, grape and cranberry.
Keeping with tradition, roast turkey is served for the main course, and for dessert, there's a North vs. South debate going on, with pecan pie taking on pumpkin pie.