2018 has hardly been a quiet year; we’ve had two royal weddings, arrived at a (potential) deal on Brexit, watched Richard Madden be all moody in the BBC’s Bodyguard, and have tried our hardest to keep up with the Ariana/Pete drama. It’s only right then, that we reward ourselves for getting through the year with a tasty meal out. Read on for our London guide on where to eat, drink and party this New Year’s Eve. Be sure to keep an eye on this page too, as we’ll be updating it regularly.
For great views
Aqua Shard, London Bridge
Why: If you want to spend your night appreciating London’s gorgeous skyline (as well as the Mayor’s fireworks), take the lift up to level 31 of The Shard. Aqua is offering various packages for guests, ranging from drinks at the bar, to a sumptuous five-course meal complete with a glass of Champagne on arrival. Highlights from the menu include Wagyu beef and Orkney scallops, while there will also be live music from swing band The Spinettes.
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
How much: Five-course dinner and Champagne on arrival, £395 per person
Bōkan, Canary Wharf
Why: Offering 360-degree views of London’s skyline, three-level Bōkan is worth climbing the stairs up to the 37th floor for (just kidding – there’s a lift.) To celebrate New Year’s Eve, the restaurant is serving a six-course tasting menu, which will feature dishes such as Scottish langoustine ravioli, and a dessert of black forest manjari chocolate, with a black cherry sorbet. The tasting menu also includes a glass of Champagne at midnight – cheers to that!
Where: Novotel Canary Wharf, 40 Marsh Wall, E14 9TP
How much: £190 per person
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City Social, City
Why: Channel your inner Jordan Belfort at City Social’s Wolf of Wall Street-themed party, which will feature a DJ, dance floor and photo booth. Guests will sip on cocktails and Champagne, while a food menu will also be served until 9pm, including the likes of linguine with parmesan velouté and Alba white truffle, and braised ox cheeks in a red wine sauce. 100 tickets are also available for standing room-only guests.
Where: 24th Floor, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1HQ
How much: From £250 per person
Hutong at The Shard, London Bridge
Why: With its stunning 33rd-floor location in The Shard, Hutong is the ideal spot for firework watching, as well as great food. The NYE menu includes four-courses of northern Chinese dishes designed to share, as well as a glass of Champagne on arrival. Tempting dishes will include the likes of king crab topped with grilled green pepper dressing, and Wagyu beef hotpot with bean curd and Sichuan pepper sauce.
Where: Level 33, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
How much: From £120 per person
Oblix at The Shard, London Bridge
Why: For a night of live music, Oblix is the place to be. The sky-high restaurant will host a Great Gatsby-themed party to ring in the New Year. The evening will see a swing orchestra accompanying guests throughout their dinner, before a DJ takes over for the countdown and to see guests through to the early hours. Champagne and wine is available throughout the meal too, as part of the dinner package.
Where: Level 32, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
How much: £450 per person
For an elegant New Year’s
Bryn Williams at Somerset House, South Bank
Why: If you want to don your finest outfit to celebrate the end of the year, we’d recommend joining Bryn Williams’ sophisticated evening at Somerset House. The evening will see a Champagne and canapé reception from 8pm, before guests sit down to indulge in a seven-course dinner. Dishes to try will include celeriac velouté with apple and truffle, as well as roast squab pigeon with caramelised cauliflower and pickled blackberries.
Where: Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA
How much: £295 per person
Frog by Adam Handling, Covent Garden
Why: If you want to ring in 2019 with a decadent tasting menu, rather than spending three hours queuing to get into a nightclub, head to Adam Handling’s Covent Garden flagship. On the big night, the kitchen will serve a seven-course feast, with the option to add matching wines. You’ll tuck in to the likes of scallops with caviar and chives, while the basement-level Eve Bar will be open well into the early hours with bubbles aplenty (and no queuing – score!)
Where: 34-38 Southampton Street, WC2E 7HF
How much: From £120 per person
Kaspar’s at The Savoy, Covent Garden
Why: It doesn’t get much classier than The Savoy, so where better to celebrate in style? Guests can tuck into a four-course meal, complete with a welcome glass of Louis Roederer Brut Champagne. To eat, there will be the luxury likes of lobster ravioli with vanilla foam and a lobster and crab bisque, and black Angus beef filet and truffle foie gras with black garlic whipped potato and bone marrow.
Where: 195 Hackney Road, E2 8JL
How much: £350 per person
The Northall at Corinthia, Whitehall
Why: The glamorous Northall restaurant, complete with double-height ceilings and no-expense-spared chandeliers, will be tempting guests this year with a three-course dinner which includes a glass of Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne. There will be two sitting (5.30pm and 8.30pm), and guests will enjoy dishes including Goosnargh duck and foie gras terrine, and roast seabass with mussels, scallops, baby squid and a courgette purée.
Where: Corinthia Hotel, 10a Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5AE
How much: £195 per person
Number Five, City
Why: This sophisticated brasserie is opening its doors on 31 December to serve up a tempting menu of British dishes, alongside a DJ spinning tunes until 2am. Before dancing your socks off, you can tuck in to dishes such as baked cod in a sweetcorn and potato chowder, and warm chocolate pudding with marmalade ice cream. Complimentary Champagne will be served at the turn of the New Year.
Where: 5 Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YD
How much: Mains from £15 per person
Why: For an elegant New Year’s Eve, head to Mayfair’s Flemings hotel, to enjoy a sumptuous dinner at Ormer. Guests on the night will sit down to enjoy a five-course feast, accompanied by a glass of Champagne. Adding an extra touch of festive fun, the dinner will be accompanied by live music from a harpist.
Where: Flemings Mayfair Hotel, Half Moon Street, W1J 7BH
How much: From £149 per person
Park Chinois, Mayfair
Why: Unashamedly over-the-top Park Chinois is inviting guests to reveal the Secrets of Shanghai this New Year’s Eve. The event will see guests enjoying a three-course meal, while watching a lively cabaret show, before the party rumbles on until 3am. Expect the likes of a scampi and salmon roe salad with shiso dressing, alongside grilled black cod and stir-fried Chilean Wagyu beef.
Where: 17 Berkeley Street, W1J 8EA
How much: Secrets of Shanghai experience, £285 per person
For a quirky night out
Casa do Frango, Borough
Why: This sizzling Portuguese joint is going all out for NYE, hosting a party until 4am. Guests will begin the evening with a glass of Portuguese sparkling wine, before feasting on the likes of grilled chorizo with black olive mayonnaise, and free-range chicken brushed with piri piri. Post-dinner, you’ll head to The Green Room speakeasy bar for cocktails, dancing and a raffle-style game in which the lucky winner bags a bottle of sparkling wine.
Where: 32 Southwark Street, SE1 1TU
How much: Early bird ticket, £80
London Shell Co, Paddington
Why: For a New Year’s with a difference, hop aboard The Prince Regent, which will be departing Paddington for a night of delicious food and foot-tapping tunes. Setting sail at 8pm, shipmates will dine from a five-course menu of feasting dishes, before returning to the dock around 1am. While on board, you can expect to take shots with the chefs, crack open magnums at midnight, and boogie to DJ sets courtesy of the ship’s crew.
Where: The Prince Regent, Sheldon Square, W2 6EP
How much: £120 per person
Street XO, Mayfair
Why: At this quirky Mayfair joint, where cocktails are served in glasses bigger than your head and the soundtrack is thumping, you can expect a five- or seven-course tasting menu complete with Champagne. Options to choose from include a foie gras and barbecue guinea fowl ramen with black trompette mushrooms, and a chocolate and Mexican molé coolant, with corn, vanilla and cereal milk ice cream to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Where: 15 Old Burlington Street, W1S 2JL
How much: From £70 per person
For a taste of international flavour
Berber & Q, Haggerston
Why: To mark the end of 2018, Berber & Q is opening its doors for the mad-ina, a party inspired by the hectic Medina of Marrakech. Chef and co-founder Josh Katz has gone all out with his five-course celebratory feasting menu, serving up dishes such as red mullet ceviche, and a saffron rice pudding completed with caramelised blood orange. A DJ will be on hand to ensure maximum foot tapping too.
Where: Arch 338, Acton Mews, E8 4EA
How much: Tickets from £44
Frenchie, Covent Garden
Why: Opening on New Year’s Eve for the first time ever, Frenchie will be serving a one-off seven-course tasting menu, including a glass of Champagne. The menu kicks off with Scottish scallop carpaccio and mushroom ravioli with black truffle, before moving on to carrot-wrapped venison with lentils and parsnip, and hot-smoked trout topped with crème fraiche and caviar.
Where: 16 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8QH
How much: £140 per person
Hoppers, Soho and Marylebone
Why: Hoppers will be ringing in the New Year at both of its locations with a dinner inspired by Baila, the celebratory music of Sri Lankan parties and weddings. Both restaurants will be decorated with colourful hanging lanterns, coconut shells and tea lights, while serving up dishes such as devilled venison with pickled chillis, stone bass grilled in banana leaf, and smoked goat chop biryani with offal acharu and beetroot yoghurt.
Where: 49 Frith Street, W1D 4SG; 77 Wigmore Street, W1U 1QE
How much: £45 per person
Why: This American-styled restaurant’s name is based on the acronym for the serving US president. Inside you will find a striking bar at the centre of the room serving beer, wines and cocktails, crucial to any New Year’s do. Subtle influences from the ‘good ol’ US of A’ can be found throughout their 5-course New Year’s Eve menu including salmon cured in Brooklyn gin, New England clam chowder and pear and pecan pie.
Where: 10 Albert Embankment, SE1 7SP
How much: £99 per person
For live entertainment
Blue Door Bistro, Fitzrovia
Why: If your New Year’s resolution is to eat out more (it definitely should be), then get started early with an NYE dinner at Blue Door Bistro. You can sit down to enjoy a four-course candlelit meal, including the likes of cream of artichoke soup with truffle oil, and grilled turbot with tiger prawn risotto, crispy fried leeks and shellfish dressing. What’s more, you can end the night listening to a live pianist playing in the venue’s Leopard Bar.
Where: The Montague on the Gardens, 15 Montague Street, WC1B 5BJ
How much: £88 per person
Why: Travel back in time with the scoundrels of Cahoots to enjoy a vintage-style New Year’s. Guests will enjoy a welcome glass of Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial NV to kick-start their night, before getting down to the tunes of live band Hotsie Totsies, who will perform a mix of vintage classics. If you turn up in a group of eight or more, you’ll also be offered a complimentary Station Clock sharer cocktail.
Where: 13 Kingly Court, W1B 5PW
How much: From £100 per person
The Ivy Soho Brasserie, Soho
Why: It will be business as usual for the Soho outpost of The Ivy Collection on 31 December. Guests can dine from the à la carte, enjoying winter dishes such as baked truffle pasta with sautéed girolles mushrooms, or grilled whole lobster with garlic parsley butter, watercress and chips. Alternatively, keep it simple with the signature hamburger. Live DJs will get the party started, as will cocktails including Negronis and shaved ice margaritas.
Where: 26-28 Broadwick Street, W1F 8JB
How much: The Ivy hamburger, £14.25
The Lighterman, King’s Cross
Why: King’s Cross is also decked out for the festive season with twinkly lights and decorations, so why not spend your New Year’s Eve here? The Lighterman is serving up a three-course set menu which includes a glass of NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve Champagne on arrival. A guest DJ is also on hand to help you get in the party spirit, playing until 1am.
Where: 3 Granary Square, N1C 4BH
How much: Three-course set menu, £65 per person
Why: Borough Market favourite Roast is serving up a festive New Year’s Eve menu which includes a glass of Champagne per person. On the menu, you’ll find the delicious likes of roasted breast of guinea fowl with fondant potato, winter truffle and tarragon, as well as puddings including chocolate mousse with raspberry sorbet. Alongside your meal, you and your guests can enjoy live music from 8.30pm and an interactive show with a magician.
Where: Floral Hall, Stoney Street, SE1 1TL
How much: Mains from £21 per person
Sushisamba, Covent Garden
Why: Inspired by the Brazilian tradition of Réveillon, Sushisamba’s Covent Garden outpost will be hosting a raucous party to mark the end the year. The night will feature Carnival Samba dancers and DJs, while guests will indulge with luxe dishes such as wagyu taquitos with lime mayonnaise and avocado purée, and a dessert of chocolate and banana cake with vanilla rum ice cream.
Where: Opera Terrace, The Piazza, WC2E 8RF
How much: From £125 per person
For more ideas, check out our full list of London restaurants with New Year’s Eve menus. Not ready to plan so far ahead? Then deal with more pressing matters via our pick of London restaurants with festive menus.