Top Sunday roasts in London

Want to experience one of London's top Sunday lunches? Head to one of these venues for a Sunday roast.

Choose from many delicious options, from a traditional meat-filled roast dinner, to a mouth-watering vegetarian Sunday lunch.

Best for traditional roasts

Simpson's in the Strand

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Indulge yourself with Sunday lunch at Simpson’s in the Strand, a London carvery that’s been serving roasts since 1848. Scottish beef and Welsh lamb are carved on the trolley by your table. Finish with a traditional dessert such as sticky toffee pudding or set custard.

Roast

Take comfort from the name. Roast is serious about aiming for the best Sunday roast in London. Its location in Borough Market means fabulous ingredients are right on the doorstep:  lamb, beef and pork are all available, served with beef dripping roast potatoes. Vegetarian and vegan options are also offered, but this is really one for the meat-lovers.

Rules

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Sit back and soak in the history of this spot - only three families have owned Rules restaurant in Covent Garden since it opened its doors in 1798. You might want to study the menu in advance to save time - the choices are mouth-watering and extensive, and the crowd of weekly regulars is always a good sign.

Best for mixing with the locals

The Holly Bush

Wander in and lose yourself at The Holly Bush, which is much more like a cosy village pub than a busy London spot – you'll find an open fire, stripped wood floors, excellent ales and very popular Sunday roast lunches. Take a long walk on Hampstead Heath beforehand to work up your appetite.

The Albion

Cast your mind back to when Islington was fields and farmland, as it once was, believe it or not! With its wisteria-covered facade and log fires, The Albion provides the perfect location to relax and forget the stresses of modern life, combining a central Islington location with a picturesque walled garden.

The Harwood Arms

Try a roast at the only Michelin-starred pub in London. The Harwood Arms, which sits quietly in the back streets of Fulham, champions wild food and game, so expect some alternatives to traditional Sunday fare of beef, pork, lamb and chicken.

Best for beef-lovers

Hawksmoor Seven Dials

Be prepared to be amazed as Hawksmoor Seven Dials takes Sunday very seriously – and so should you if you come here. A favourite roast in London for locals and visitors alike, Hawksmoor's meat is first cooked on a barbeque over charcoal before being finished in the oven. Stave off any post-lunch lethargy with its signature Clearwater espresso cocktail.

The Admiral Codrington

Get to the “Cod” before 4pm on Sunday for a chance to try its slow-cooked Scottish beef. This traditional London pub has had a makeover in recent years with sympathetic modern decor, but its food is the main draw to its quiet Chelsea location.

The Jugged Hare

Enjoy the theatre of your Sunday lunch cooked on The Jugged Hare's rotisseries - it doesn't get more back-to-basics in the art of roasting that. Chicken, mutton and beef are all cooked on the spit; or you can opt for steaks from the grill, seasonal game, or fresh fish sourced daily from Billingsgate Market.

Best Sunday lunches for vegetarians 

Bull & Gate

Join the crowd at Bull & Gate, which serves up a variety of roasts every Sunday. Choose from the traditional chicken, lamb shoulder, sirloin of shorthorn beef or roast pork belly – or try out one of its vegetarian options, such as regularly changing and inventive nut roasts and Wellingtons. Every roast comes with Yorkshire or vegan puddings, plus meat or veggie gravy.

The Old Queen's Head

Snap up a bargain Sunday lunch at Islington’s Old Queen’s Head pub, featuring a lively vibe in a traditional setting. Longhorn beef, lamb, chicken or mushroom Wellington are all tempting options for a lazy afternoon with Bloody Marys, board games and Sunday newspapers. You’ll also be treated to sets from the house band playing folk and bluegrass into the evening.

Bull & Last

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Choose this old coaching house for your London Sunday roast, which boasts a separate menu just for Sunday lunch. It doesn’t just take meat seriously – it goes far beyond the usual nut roast with its vegetarian options, including gnocchi, roast squash, burrata and pumpkin seed dukkah.

Best for a boozy Sunday lunch

Percy & Founders

Start off by sampling a Purple Reign, Bloody Bull or rhubarb and raspberry Bellini before tucking into its pork, lamb, beef or chicken. The team at Percy & Founders certainly love their roasts and drinks in equal measure. For a true Sunday “session” with friends, upgrade to the bottomless wine.

The Smokehouse

Choose from rare-breed pork rib eye, lamb, beef, or roasted pumpkin with wild rice, sage pesto and pecorino, and then take your time over the amazing beer and ale menu at Smokehouse Islington. Whatever you do, finish off with a glass of one of its carefully selected dessert wines for the perfect end to the weekend.

Best Sunday lunch for a special occasion

The Dining Room at The Goring Hotel

Get dressed in your Sunday best and book a table at The Dining Room at the Goring. Members of the Royal Family have been known to stay and dine here, so if you want to feel like a king or queen during your Sunday roast lunch, this is the spot for you.

The Ritz

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Head to The Ritz when only the most fabulous Sunday roast will do. This is British roast lunch at its most elegant with roast sirloin, rib of beef or seasonal specials carved at your table. Remember to order the crêpes Suzette ahead of time for that final touch of theatre.

Best for Sunday entertainment

The Swan at the Globe Theatre

Come to The Swan for “the Great British roast that needs no introduction” according to the venue itself. Beef and other locally sourced meats, plus all the trimmings and mouth-watering puddings, are all present on the menu. Then, head to the home of Shakespeare in London at the connecting Globe Theatre.

Boisdale Canary Wharf

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Get into the swing of things  with a three-course Sunday lunch plus live jazz at Boisdale Canary Wharf. Full of tempting Scottish produce, this menu features the likes of haggis and oak-smoked salmon; followed by roast chicken, pork or beef.  End with a choice of desserts or a selection from its extensive cheese board. Sister restaurant Boisdale of Mayfair  serves a pork Sunday roast.