Thanksgiving 2023 falls on Thursday 23 November. While it's an American holiday, there are plenty of opportunities for American expats, former USA residents and foodies in general to celebrate Thanksgiving here in London.
Thanksgiving meals and special menus across town
All available on 23 November only, unless otherwise stated. Most require advance booking — check with individual venues for details.
Thanksgiving Feast at Duck & Waffle
Duck may be its signature dish, but it's turkey all the way at sky-high City restaurant Duck & Waffle for Thanksgiving.
Choose between the lunch and dinner sittings for the special Thanksgiving menu, which is served family-style and includes dishes such as buttermilk cornbread with whipped honey butter, and bacon-wrapped dates followed by a whole roasted bronze turkey with all the traditional trimmings (sweet potatoes with marshmallows and candied peanuts; green bean casserole with crispy shallots and mushroom gravy; truffle mac and cheese; sprouts).
Round things off with bourbon pecan pie served with clotted cream as you ogle the views over the London skyline.
Thanksgiving 2023 at Duck & Waffle. Lunch £55 per person/dinner £90 per person. Wine pairings £45 extra.
Thanksgiving at Oblix at The Shard
For another Thanksgiving meal with a side of skyline views, try Oblix at The Shard. Here, the special menu is designed to divvy up, including four sharing starters such as smoked salmon, and beef carpaccio. These are followed by the main event; roasted turkey breast with chestnuts, brussels sprouts and a black truffle sauce, served alongside side dishes including green beans wrapped in pancetta, baked sweet potatoes and roasted pumpkin.
A caramelised pecan pie served with bourbon ice cream brings things to a sweet close.
Thanksgiving 2023 at Oblix at The Shard. £97 per person. The Thanksgiving menu is the only menu available for dinner on 23 November, but it's also offered as a tasting menu at dinner on 24-26 November, alongside the usual a la carte menu.
Thanksgiving at the Cadogan Arms and The George
Sister pubs The Cadogan Arms in Chelsea and The George on Great Portland Street have identical Thanksgiving offerings this year, in the form of a three-course meal. Prawn cocktail is the starter followed by a turkey main course, and a bourbon and pecan pie dessert.
Thanksgiving at The Colony Grill Room
The Beaumont Hotel in Mayfair celebrates with a transatlantic-inspired Thanksgiving menu in its art deco restaurant, The Colony Grill Room.
Cured sea bass with sweetcorn, lime and ginger, and Pumpkin risotto with smoked ricotta and toasted hazelnuts,are just some of the starter options. Follow that up with a traditional turkey course with all the trimmings, leaving room for tea, coffee, and a pumpkin pie with spiced coffee ice cream.
If you feel like pushing the boat out, add on an American wine flight, expertly paired by The Colony's sommelier team.
Thanksgiving 2023 at The Beaumont. £85 per person. American Wine Flight an additional £65-£95 per person.
Thanksgiving at Galvin Bar & Grill, Russell Square
Galvin Bar & Grill, housed in the glamorous dining room of Kimpton Fitzroy London Hotel, showcases British ingredients with an American twist with its Thanksgiving menu, with the likes of beets salad, followed by clam chowder. The all-important turkey is served with smoked bacon and sweet potato fondant as well as all the trimmings. The feast is rounded off with an apple and pecan tart, served with bourbon cream. A sommelier will pair wines with your meal, if you're feeling extra swish.
Thanksgiving 2023 at Galvin Bar & Grill. £68 per person, with optional wine pairing +£27.
Thanksgiving 2023 events in London
Not looking for a waistband-stretching meal, but still want to mark Thanksgiving? Try one of these events.
The Americans of Mayfair walking tour
Though it's not specifically marketed as a Thanksgiving event, anyone with an interest in all things American may enjoy this Footprints of London walking tour around Mayfair, focusing on the Americans who have lived there, including presidents, music stars and Hollywood icons.
The Americans of Mayfair walking tour, £15. Saturday 18 November 2023.
Americans in the City: Bring Your Baby walk
The Bring Your Baby guide walks team offer a Thanksgiving special around the City, starting at Bank and finishing at Temple. Visit sites linked to Americans in London and learn some history including how 18th century businessmen got news from America, King Kong's creator's links to Fleet Street, and what a Lord Mayor of London and a president's assassin have in common.
As with all Bring Your Baby walks, it's aimed at parents and carers with young babies, with plenty of stops for feeding and changing built in along the route.
Bring Your Baby Thanksgiving walk, £20 per adult (kids free). 23 November 2023.