New Year’s Eve

Looking for a restaurant with all the right ingredients for a special and memorable New Year’s Eve celebration? Then make sure you read on and find out what’s on offer.

Le Vacherin (020 8742 212), a French newcomer in Chiswick, is sure to do the trick for foodies on New Year’s Eve. Here, diners can indulge in a seven-course meal washed down with a glass of Champagne for £59. Dishes include breast of Barbary duck with a black pepper and orange sauce and warm chocolate cake with amaretto ice cream.

At Racine (020 7584 4477) in Knightsbridge, meanwhile, a delicious menu for £65 per person is available. Expect ‘spectacular, beautifully presented food’.

The capital’s most exciting French newcomer, Le Cercle (020 7901 9999), is definitely worth a visit on New Year’s Eve. A nine-course dinner, which includes tasty treats like smoked foie gras, roast lobster with fennel and fillet of beef with truffled artichoke gratin, will set you back £150 per person, which also includes glass of bubbly, mineral water, service charge and live jazz.

If you really want to treat yourself, make a booking at the Gallery at Sketch (0870 777 4488), which offers a festive menu, which costs £48 for two courses and £55 for three (a glass of Champagne is also included). To start, you can kick off with lemon and ginger marinated veal, ahead of sautéed lobster with butternut puree, hazelnut mousse and purple Romanesco salad.

Bibendum (020 7581 5817) and Bibendum Oyster Bar (020 7589 1480) are also offering some excellent menus on New Year’s Eve. For £80 per person, diners can enjoy a four-course meal with coffee, truffles and live piano music, while at the oyster bar, a three-course meal will only set you back £35 per person.

North Londoners should be pleased to hear that Almeida (020 7354 4777) is offering great-value meals on the 31st. From 6-7.30pm, a three-course meal costs just £30, while from 7.30-10.30pm, three courses, a glass of Champagne and coffee is priced at £58 per person. Tasty treats include oysters, terrine of foie gras, a selection of charcuterie and grilled halibut with Hollandaise sauce.

At Orrery (020 7616 8000), meanwhile, New Year’s Eve guests can kick the evening off with a glass of Champagne, followed by an amouse bouche and a starter of frog’s legs with garlic and herb butter with a white onion soup. For main, choose between a salad of Cornish crab or red wine poached halibut. The meal will set you back £100 per person.

At the Landmark’s Winter Garden (020 7631 8000) restaurant, guests can get into the New Year spirit with a tasty buffet from noon to 3pm with complimentary Taittinger Champagne and live jazz for £65 per person.

For an exclusive New Year’s Eve celebration with a Latin feel, head to the Lanesborough (020 7259 5599). The party kicks off at 7.30pm with a glass of Caipirinha, followed by a four-course South African gourmet dinner, Champagne at midnight, magnificent fireworks and dancing under the stars till 2am. Tickets costs £395.

Fish lovers should head to Knightsbridge’s One-O-One (020 7290 7101) on New Year’s Eve, where they can enjoy a five-course dinner with coffee for £134 per person. It promises to be a memorable party, with hats, balloons and a live DJ throughout the whole evening. Dishes include lobster risotto, smoked salmon tartar with caviar and truffle pumpkin velouté and tangerine-vodka slush.

The Gun (020 7515 5222) gastropub, meanwhile, provides a cosy and informal backdrop for New Year’s Eve parties, and offers a tasty degustation menu for £75 per person. After a glass of bubbly and canapés, guests can tuck into the likes of a truffled egg with Jerusalem artichoke velouté and Melba toast, followed by grilled oyster with chorizo, lobster terrine and seared scallops with fennel pollen and sauce Nero. A glass of bubbly is also included at midnight.

The lovely Middle Eastern restaurants Levant (0870 780 8173) and Levantine (0870 780 8254) are both offering an evening of feasting with belly dancers and excellent Arabic cuisine. At Levantine near Paddington, the first sitting, which begins at 6.30pm, costs £35 per person, while the second sitting, which also includes dancing, costs £55 per person and lasts until 4am (last orders at 12.30am). At Levant in Wigmore Street, meanwhile, the first sitting costs £50 per person and the second £100 per person.

Alternatively, head to the funky Harlem (020 7985 0900), where you can enjoy great soul food while listening to some of the capital’s hottest DJs. A three-course dinner package costs £45 for the first sitting and £75 for the second (which also includes half a bottle of bubbly at midnight). To start, try the roasted king scallops with Trinidadian curry sauce, ahead of steak and oysters or a rack of lamb with black bean chilli. Round it all off with a tasty pecan pie with Champagne ice cream.

New Year’s Eve parties with an Asian twist can be held at Matsuri St James’s (020 7839 1101) and Matsuri High Holborn (020 7430 1970). Here, guests can choose between a six-course meal for £25 or a seven-course meal for £50. Dishes include traditional Japanese starters, sashimi and sushi, cod teriyaki and lobster tail and seafood combo.

If you want to escape the city, the Michelin-starred Chapter One (01689 854848) is a great place to welcome the New Year with friends or family. A five-course meal followed by dancing until 2am is priced at £97.50. Guests can feast on dishes like ravioli of blue crab with shellfish bisque and baked sea bass served with roasted cauliflower and lobster potato fondant.