We know we say it every year, but didn’t the last 12 months fly by? Without wanting to sound like a broken record, we can never quite believe it when New Year’s Eve rolls around for another year.
In many ways, it’s overshadowed largely by Christmas festivities, hidden behind a smokescreen of tinsel and turkey until bam – it's December 31 and you realise you’ve forgotten to make plans. Let this year be different! We’ve rounded up all the best places to celebrate New Year's Eve in London in 2024, to ensure you’re ahead of the game with your pick of the coolest parties the city has to offer, of course.
London's New Year celebrations range from VIP parties to quirky bashes and we have got the scoop on the very best of the bunch. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a big-budget NYE dinner in a restaurant that overlooks the fireworks or if you want to keep things cheap and cheerful in a local pub, there will be a New Year’s celebration that’s just right for you.
We understand that the cost-of-living crisis has made 2024 a tricky year for many, but we do have a section dedicated to cheap and free events happening in the capital if you’re eager to join in the fun without breaking the bank.
With that being said, read on for our guide on where to eat, drink and party this New Year’s Eve in London, and be sure to keep an eye on this page too, as we will be updating it regularly in the lead up to the big event.
Where to watch the New Year's Eve London fireworks
Traditionally, the New Year’s Eve fireworks in the capital are a staple of 31 December, complete with thousands of spectators all crammed together along the South Bank. Although there were a few years where the fireworks were put on hold due to covid, last year they came back with a bang (pardon the pun), with 100,000 tickets released for the big show.
Although tickets for the fireworks this year haven't yet gone on sale, we're expecting another firework fiesta for 2024. Usually, these go on sale from October to December.
Even if you don't manage to get a ticket, there should still be places where you can enjoy a view of the London fireworks for free. Head up Primrose Hill or Parliament Hill, or secure yourself a spot at Greenwich Park or Vauxhall Bridge. Wherever you choose to stand, wrap up warm and expect the show to be concentrated around the usual area - The London Eye - from around midnight.
Where to go for a New Year's Eve London dinner with epic views
With multiple celebrations taking place all over London, why not bag yourself one of the best seats in the house and view them all from above? Choose from one of these New Year's Eve dinners in London, all of which boast stunning views of the capital's landmarks.
GONG Shangri La, London Bridge
What: GONG’s NYE bash is perfect for those looking to really splash out on the 31 December. Located on the 52nd floor of The Shard, awesome views are already a given, but the team at this swish bar are taking things to new heights with cabaret performances, classic tunes, Champagne, a resident DJ and plenty of Japanese dishes. Priced at £450 per person, the menu kicks off with canapes and Champagne, while sharing dishes include Carlingford oysters, crab California rolls, chicken karaage, chilli prawns and pumpkin korokke.
Where: 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 90U
Book now: GONG by Shangri La The Shard
TING Restaurant & Lounge, London Bridge
What: Another glamorous offering from the Shangri La Hotel, this time perched on the 35th floor of The Shard, pan-Asian restaurant TING is serving up a special menu for New Year’s Eve. Guests can select one of two sittings – the first being at 6pm and the second at 7:30pm – where they can tuck into a four-course meal along with half a bottle of Champagne each. Dishes include native lobster with coconut and lime sabayon and daikon salad, and char siu scallops with white soy and scallop broth. Of course, all diners are privy to spectacular views of London’s skyline.
Where: 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9QU
Book now: TING
Tattershall Castle, Embankment
Why: You’ll be hard pushed to find somewhere with better views of the fireworks this New Years Eve than Tattershall Castle, with the venue boasting front row seats directly opposite the London Eye. This year, it's hosting a party to remember, canapes, free-flowing Champagne, a bespoke menu and spectacular views of the London Eye. Get your glad rags on - guests are encouraged to dress up at this celebration to see in the New Year in style.
Where: Victoria Embankment, SW1A 2HR
Book now: Tattershall Castle
Searcys at The Gherkin, The City
Why: Ring in the New Year at the top of one of London’s most iconic skyscrapers, The Gherkin, which is throwing a dazzling party this year. DJ Tom Diesel will be on the decks all night, while unlimited food and drink ensures no one ever goes hungry. From 8pm to 3am, you can dance, chat, eat, drink and relax in one of London's most impressive settings - all set against London's sparkling cityscape. It doesn't get much better than that!
Where: 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP
Book now: Helix at The Gherkin
City Social, City
Why: Part of the appeal of City Social is that it sits among London’s taller buildings, instead of looming over them – which means you can actually make out what’s happening on the streets below. Fantastic views don’t always guarantee great food, but City Social boasts Michelin recognition, serving a fine-dining menu which makes the most of seasonal ingredients. It usually creates a host of special Michelin menus for the 31 December, with dishes last year featuring the likes of alba white truffle risotto with aged parmesan and arbequina olive oil, beef wellington with braised shallots and black truffle sauce, and bitter chocolate and mandarin mousse with mandarin sorbet, crystalised chocolate and chocolate sauce.
Where: 25 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1HQ
Book now: City Social
Aqua Shard, London Bridge
Why: Of The Shard’s trio of restaurants, Aqua Shard is undoubtedly home to the best view. The floor-to-ceiling windows ensure a jaw-dropping sweep across the capital, while the modern British menu features accomplished, hyper-seasonal dishes which prove that there’s more to Aqua than just its view. Of course, such great views come at a (rather high) price, but as the old saying goes – you get what you pay for.
Where: Level 31 The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
Book now: Aqua Shard
Skylon, South Bank
Why: A bustling (but not chaotic) atmosphere and sweet-natured staff are just a couple of reasons why Skylon has long been a favourite among discerning Londoners. The restaurant also benefits from views across the Thames thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, while the bar is often home to eye-catching floral installations. Chow down on the classically British menu as you wave goodbye to 2024.
Where: Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
Book now: Skylon
Aqua Kyoto, Soho
Why: The seductive interiors and high-quality Japanese fare are enough to lure the crowds into Aqua Kyoto any day of the week, but the restaurant makes for a particularly attractive New Year’s Eve venue. Typical dishes might include wagyu sirloin beef, soft-shell crab tempura and robata dishes, and it usually hosts a DJ for guests to party the night away to. If you're planning on going all-out this year, try to secure one of the limited tables on the heated, covered outside terrace for views of London's best unofficial fireworks displays that pop up all over the place.
Where: 30 Argyll Street, W1B 3BR
Book now: Aqua Kyoto
Mercer Roof Terrace, City
Why: Home to cracking views of the City, Mercer Roof Terrace is an enticing option when it comes to picking a NYE London venue. This year, it's offering a sumptuous five-course feast, including a glass of Champagne, with dishes such as a Hereford beef fillet with lobster croquette, caramelized parsnip and port jus, Somerset brie with panettoni and fig chutney, and chocolate and clementine gateau with clementine sorbet.
Where: 19-20 Garlick Hill, EC4V 2AU
Book now: Mercer Roof Terrace
Bokan, Canary Wharf
Why: Offering 360-degree views of London’s skyline, three-level Bokan is worth climbing the stairs up to the 37th floor for (just kidding – there’s a lift.) On New Year's Eve, there are two sittings available, in which diners can enjoy a tantalising six or seven-course menu with a glass of Champers. Dishes include King salmon sushi with dashi broth, foie gras brioche with berry chutney, and chicken supreme with carrots and onions.
Where: 40 Marsh Wall, E14 9TP
Book now: Bokan
OXO Tower, South Bank
Why: Plenty of sky-high restaurants have opened in London in recent years, but OXO Tower still boasts one of the best views in London. The eighth-floor restaurant features glass panelled walls and a terrace for some spectacular views of London below, while the menu comprises plenty of sophisticated modern dishes, with dedicated vegetarian and vegan menus available too. We recommend the neighbouring Oxo Bar for some post-prandial drinking.
Where: Barge House Street, SE1 9PH 020
Book now: OXO Tower
New Year's Eve restaurants
What better way to ring in 2024 than with a delicious meal in a London restaurant? If you’re looking for a NYE set menu to thrill you and your family or friends on 31 December, our pick of New Year’s Eve restaurants serving special menus should have what you are looking for.
Frenchie, Covent Garden
What: Travelling into central London on NYE might seem a tad unappealing, but just wait until you hear what’s on the menu at Frenchie. Head chef Gregory Marchand and his brilliant team have created a seven-course tasting menu using the season’s freshest, and most luxurious, produce. Think scallops with shellfish beurre blanc and caviar, foie gras presse with mulled wine and almonds, and a mighty venison Wellington. Need we go on?
Where: 16 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8QH
Book now: Frenchie
Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill, Mayfair
What: Celebrate the end of the year with crisp Champagne, freshly shucked Oysters and style aplenty at Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill. Expect luxury on every corner, whether you opt for the full dinner menu complete with seafood specials, oysters, caviar and shellfish, or you simply fancy nipping in for a pre-party drink from the Champagne trolley in the Swallow Street Rooms. There’s something to suit everyone.
Where: 11-15 Swallow Street, W1B 4DG
Book now: Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill
Straits Kitchen at Pan Pacific London, Liverpool Street
Why: For a not-so-traditional New Year's Eve dinner, we recommend booking Straits Kitchen at Pan Pacific London, one of our favourite spots for pan-Asian cuisine. Start with a glass of rose Champagne and canapes, followed by five luxurious courses spanning scallops with supreme veloute and paprika sauce, hot and sour lobster and prawn soup, and A5 Japanese wagyu with kosho yuzu, edamame, padron peppers and saffron rice.
Where: 80 Houndsditch, EC3A 7AB
Book now: Straits Kitchen at Pan Pacific London
Barge East, Hackney
Why: All aboard Barge East's floating bar and restaurant! This unique dining destination on a 118 year-old Dutch barge is gearing up for NYE with a seven-course tasting menu, all made from home-grown, sustainable produce. Available for £80 per person, the menu starts with the likes of buckwheat crackers with onion Lyonnaise and chives, followed by a hot pear, thyme and goat's cheese tart, pan fried skate with langoustine shell oil and romanesco, and braised ox cheek with beetroot, hispi cabbage and brown butter.
Where: White Post Lane, E9 5EN
Book now: Barge East
Gouqi, St James’s
What: Gouqi arrived in Trafalgar Square this year and quickly earned a name for itself thanks to its glossy Peking duck served tableside. The good news is that its signature dish features on its New Year’s Eve menu, along with plenty more tastebud tickling dishes that are sure to bring joy on the last day of 2024. Kick things off with a dim sum platter, followed by its ‘legendary’ duck pancakes, beef with black pepper sauce, silver cod with yellow bean sauce and passion fruit, and dark chocolate with matcha and goji berry to finish.
Where: 25-34 Cockspur Street, SW1Y 5BN
Book now: Gouqi
London Stock, Mayfair
What: Having upped sticks and moved from Wandsworth to Piccadilly in 2024, London Stock feels like a brand-new addition to London’s restaurant scene – and in many ways it is. With a whole new look and plenty of exciting menus, there are plenty of reasons to pay it a visit. We’re about to give you another; it’s offering an incredible eight-course tasting menu on NYE complete with Champagne on arrival, and a few surprises along the way. For those who want to keep things a little more reserved this year, you’ll also find a four-course set dinner on offer, available earlier in the evening.
Where: 6 Sackville Street, W1S 3DD
Book now: London Stock
The Wharf, Teddington
What: Venture a little further out into London’s leafy suburbs to The Wharf, a bright all-day restaurant perched on the banks of Teddington Lock serving seasonal menus with a focus on fresh fish and seafood. It’s serving a special New Year’s Eve menu to toast the end of the year (and the start of a new one) kicking off with a glass of Champagne and a selection of canapes. Follow it up with a three-course dinner, featuring the likes of sea scallops with crushed peas and Chablis cream sauce and black truffle crisp, roasted bread of duck with caramelised onions and pommes fondant, and Black Forest delice with kirsch bavarois and sour cherry sorbet. Round all of that off with petit fours for the ultimate end-of-year feast!
Where: 22 Manor Road, TW11 8BG
Book now: The Wharf
Hard Rock Café, Mayfair
What: Surrounded by rock videos and raucous fun, head down to Hard Rock Café on 31 December for a night of live music and American fare. There are a couple of packages to choose from – either two or three courses – both of which include a glass of Prosecco on arrival.
Where: 150 Old Park Lane, W1K 1QZ
Book now: Hard Rock Café
Los Mochis, Notting Hill
What: Mexican-Japanese fusion food, a first-class tequila list and some of the most creative cocktails in London isn’t a bad combo when it comes to laying the foundations for a killer party. This year, Los Mochis is one-upping its standard offering with a 10-course, blow-out menu featuring truffle guacamole on crispy rice, spicy hiramasa makis and red snapper tiradito with mango salsa. Guests are also treated to a glass of Champagne, plus a live DJ to dance the night away to!
Where: 2 Farmer Street, W8 7SN
Book now: Los Mochis
Sale e Pepe, Westminster
What: This elegant Italian in the heart of town is wrapping 2024 up in style! Sip on complimentary Champagne on arrival, before tucking into a four-course menu featuring tagliatelle al ragu bianco, herb butter crusted black cod with lemon butter sauce, and salted caramel cheesecake with white chocolate mousse. Finally, ring in the new year as you dance along to a live band playing classic Italian tunes.
Where: 9-15 Pavilion Road, SW1X 0HD
Book now: Sale e Pepe
Nipa Thai, Paddington
Why: Authentic Thai restaurant Nipa Thai is capturing the magic of the season with a New Year's Eve feast in 2024! Rather than serving a set menu this year, it's opening up its a la carte offering to diners on the 31 December, allowing guests to pick and choose their favourite Thai dishes. Each diner will also receive a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne on arrival, to get the party going. A minimum spend of £135 per person is required.
Where: Lancaster Terrace, W2 2TY
Book now: Nipa Thai
St Pancras Brasserie & Champagne Bar by Searcys
Why: St Pancras Brasserie & Champagne Bar is arguably at its very best during the festive season, when free-flowing Champagne and oysters form the basis of celebrations. Head over to this iconic destination in the heart of St Pancras International, and ring in the New Year at Europe’s longest Champagne bar.
Where: St Pancras International Station, N1C 4QL
Book now: St Pancras
What: Fine dining restaurant Yaatra finds its home in a grade II-listed Edwardian fire station – how about that for a backdrop to NYE 2024? This year, it’s inviting guests to book tickets for its special New Year’s Eve menu, which includes four delicious courses and a glass of Champagne on arrival. Kick off with canapes such as Koliwada shrimp croquettes, followed by saffron goose tikka with mint and garlic chutney, and roasted venison with artichoke puree and a spiced red wine jus. Dessert rounds things off on an eclectic note – think chocolate and orange mousse with a coffee spiral, chocolate soil and raspberry sorbet.
Where: 4 Greycoat Place, W1P 1SB
Book now: Yaatra
Cinnamon Club, Westminster
Why: Cinnamon Club is the flagship restaurant of Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Collection and comes with a built-in sense of occasion thanks to the grand surrounds of the Old Westminster Library and expertly prepared food – surely a perfect fit for News Year's then? Book a table to enjoy a five-course dinner with live entertainment and music from in-house DJ. Examples of dishes include sprouted green mung pancake with sunchoke podimas and lentil gunpowder, and Keralan style lobster bisque flamed with Cognac.
Where: The Old Westminster Library, SW1P 3BU
Book now: Cinnamon Club
Why: If you’re serious about your Indian food, we’d suggest dining at this Atul Kochhar restaurant, as he was the first Indian chef ever to win a Michelin star. Kanishka’s New Year’s Eve menu invites guests to choose three courses from its a la carte menu for a fixed price of £75 per person. Our choice? We'd start with its signature chicken tikka pie, followed by Kashmiri Rogan Josh. For dessert, everyone gets a trio of sweets, including a hazelnut and dark chocolate mousse, passion fruit semifredo and rasmali with saffron poached pear.
Where: 17-19 Maddox Street, W1S 2QH
Book now: Kanishka
Why: Spend the last day of 2024 at Michelin-starred Gymkhana for an evening of high society and fine dining. It's set to be a special night with the acclaimed restaurant offering an exclusive tasting menu featuring a selection of Gymkhana classics. Highlights include dill and black pepper salmon tikka with mint and mustard chutney, truffle masala bhaji and a guinea fowl korma. The price tag is slightly eye-watering at £155 per person (not including wine), but that's a problem 2024 you can deal with. Where: 42 Albemarle Street, W1S 4JH
Book now: Gymkhana
VIP New Year's Eve parties in London
If going to a nightclub without having a table is an unthinkable prospect, these VIP New Year’s Eve London events are tailor-made for you. Expect to pop bottles of the finest Champagne, dress up in your finery and jump those long queues, as these NYE parties are the height of glamour and sophistication.
The Waldorf Hilton, Covent Garden
What: Enjoy a New Year’s celebration at The Waldorf Hilton - hosting not just one but two different events. Welcome in the New Year at The Wild Monkey - the hotel’s impressive immersive bar. For just £49 per ticket, guests can enjoy two cocktails, a live DJ and nibbles all night. Alternatively, those looking for a feast can head to the ‘Be Our Guest’ dinner at Homage Restaurant and enjoy an evening packed full of entertainment and a decadent menu, all for £119 per ticket.
Where: The Waldorf Hilton, WC2B 4DD
Book now: The Wild Monkey or Homage
What: We hate to have favourites, but Boundary’s ‘Back to the 80s’ party would have to make our top five in this list. Dust off your leg warmers and dig out your best neon attire because you’re about to party like it’s 1989! Hosted in its basement Below Boundary, boogie on down to a line-up of 80s best hits, from Madonna to Whitney Houston and Prince, and stay hydrated (or not!) with plenty of delicious drinks all evening.
Where: 2-4 Boundary Street, E2 7DD
Book now: Boundary
Origin Kensington, Kensington
What: Royal Garden Hotel is offering a luxury package to ring in the New Year, including a gourmet three course dinner at its fine dining restaurant Origin Kensington, a lively after party at the Piano Bar and an overnight stay! Indulge in dishes such as oat crumbed Cornish mackerel with burnt onion, buttermilk and horseradish, and Welsh lamb rump with leeks, carrot puree, onion and lamb ragu, before moving on to drinks, dancing and a toast at midnight in the Piano Bar.
Where: 2- 24 Kensington High Street, W8 4PT
Book now: Origin Kensington
Brasserie Zedel, Piccadilly Circus
What: An evening of cabaret is on the line-up at Brasserie Zedel, which this year will be transformed into Paris’ infamous Folies Bergère. There's a whole host of entertainment to keep diners enthralled, including jazz, magic, and acrobats, and culminating with The Gatsby Girls performing the Can-Can at midnight. Book an early ticket to enjoy dinner before the show, or just turn up for the party from 9pm. Tickets are £80 per person.
Where: 20 Sherwood Street, W1F 7ED
Book now: Brasserie Zédel
Hithe & Seek, City of London
What: Grab yourself a ticket to this riverside party! Indulge in seriously tasty sharing dishes, dance along to groovy live music and wash it all down with half a bottle of Champagne EACH at Hithe & Seek. Guests also receive an extra glass of Taittinger for a midnight toast – this party is bursting with festive sparkle.
Where: 60 Upper Thames Street, EC4V 3AD
Book now: Hithe & Seek
F1 Arcade, St. Pauls
What: It’s party time at F1 Arcade! Bringing together next-level simulator racing with cracking food and drink, this unique experience is one for the adrenaline junkies out there. When you book a ticket to its New Year’s Eve party this year, you’ll gain access to a welcome drink, unlimited simulator racing, as well as some of London’s hottest DJs - all for £39 per person.
Where: 1 New Change, EC4M 9AF
Book now: F1 Arcade
L'oscar Restaurant, Holborn
Why: Celebrate the event of the year at L'oscar's 'Hollywood: The Golden Age New Year’s Eve Party'. This is a place where all things glitz and glamour abound, with it's New Year's bash bringing live entertainment and luxurious dining to Holborn. It's not cheap, with tickets starting from £295, but we expect these guys to put on a night to remember.
Where: 2-6 Southampton Row, WC1B 4AA
Book now: L'oscar Restaurant
Madison, St Paul’s
Why: Madison's annual New Year's Eve bash is always an impressive affair, and we're not surprised given the restaurant and bar's reputation as a party palace for City slickers and the glamorous girls from Made In Chelsea. This year, you can expect more electric performances from London's hottest entertainment, while you take in the jaw-dropping views from its heated terrace. For those wishing to join for a full evening of entertainment, it will be serving a three-course dinner at 5pm, featuring the likes of Margarita lobster tacos, teriyaki stone bass and a Porn Star Martini sphere for dessert. Of course, you can skip the meal if you like and head straight to the party, which kicks off from 9pm. Tickets start from £199 per person, and include a glass of bubbles and canapes.
Where: One New Change, EC4M 9AF
Book now: Madison
Quirky New Year's Eve parties in London
Sick and tired of all the usual London New Year activities? Want to do something a bit more exciting than your mate’s house party or dinner with the family? Well, our pick of quirky NYE London parties and events should have everything you’re looking for.
Lucky Voice, Various London locations
Why: Karaoke venue Lucky Voice is rounding off the year the best way it knows how: with two hours of private karaoke and complimentary bubbles! Sing your way into 2024 and book a ticket at one of its sites across London. You'll also receive a golden ticket to come back again in the new year for free.
Where: Various London locations
Book now: Lucky Voice Liverpool Street, Lucky Voice Soho, Lucky Voice Holborn, Lucky Voice Islington
Ballie Ballerson, Shoreditch
Why: Having a party in a ball pit might be a popular choice of night out for toddlers, but now grown-ups can join in the fun too thanks to Ballie Ballerson, a cocktail bar featuring an adult-sized ball pit. It's already got a comprehensive Christmas line-up in the pipe line, including a Jingle Baller Party Brunch, so we expect its New Year's plans will be just as raucous.
Where: 97-113 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BS
Book now: Ballie Ballerson
New Year's Eve London Eye, South Bank
Why: There are few landmarks in the capital more famous than the London Eye, which has been spinning for 20 years now. Typically on New Year's Eve, the London Eye is open during the day for guests to enjoy, with the last rotation at 3pm. We're expecting the Eye to close to make way for the official London firework display - one of the city's finest spectacles - on 31 December - but get in beforehand to soak up scenes of the city.
Where: Riverside Building, SE1 7PB
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