2017 has been quite the year; we’ve seen (well, not literally) Beyoncé give birth to twins, Brexit rumbling on, and Taylor Swift reinventing herself beyond recognition – there’s even a royal engagement in the mix. It’s only right then, that you see out this exciting year in the tastiest way possible. Read on for our London guide on where to eat, party and generally regret your lifestyle choices this New Year’s Eve.
Aqua Shard, London Bridge
With its impressive views of the capital, where better to ring in 2018 than at Aqua Shard? Guests will be treated to a five-course contemporary British menu and half a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. There will also be a swing band and other entertainment until 3am.
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
How much: £395
Aulis London, Soho
Simon Rogan’s newly opened Aulis London will be available to book on New Year’s Eve for a group that’s looking for a luxe way to enter 2018. Priced at £2,000, guests can book the eight-seater restaurant and enjoy an epic fifteen-course tasting menu from head chef Rafael Cagali, alongside a wine pairing.
Where: Soho (exact location revealed upon booking)
How much: £2,000
Bar Boulud, Knightsbridge
At The Mandarin Oriental, guests can see out the year with a three-course menu including the likes of home-made spaghetti with mushrooms, spinach, black truffle and parmesan, and a roasted venison fillet, with seared foie gras and potato dauphinoise. To finish, there’s apple tatin with toffee curd and vanilla ice cream.
Where: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, SW1X 7LA
How much: £95
Bubbledogs is bringing back its New Year’s Eve Pit Stop Champagne Party to mark the big night. The venue will be serving up its usual mix of cocktails and grower Champagnes perfectly paired with the signature hotdogs. Tickets include two glasses of Champagne per person, a hotdog of your choice and unlimited sides.
Where: 70 Charlotte Street, W1T 4QG
How much: £35
Casa di Stefano, Mayfair
This straightforward Mayfair Italian will delight guests with a glass of Franciacorta 1701 Brut NV, before sitting them down for a four-course feast including the likes of slow-cooked octopus with sweet potato mash, paprika and red pepper sauce, and home-made ravioli filled with foie gras, mushrooms and fine black truffle in a beef jus.
Where: 19-20 Dover Street, W1S 4LU
How much: £120
Catch Bar & Lounge at Andaz, City
Ring in the New Year in the heart of the City at Andaz hotel. It's offering a 'Dining and Drinking' package starting in Catch Bar & Lounge. Guests can enjoy an aperitif and an amuse bouche, before moving on to a five-course dinner in Eastway Brasserie. They'll then round off the evening with a live stream of the fireworks, a DJ and unlimited drinks until 2am.
Where: Andaz, 40 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7QN
How much: £199
Duck & Waffle, City
Dan Doherty’s sky-high restaurant is offering a NYE feast to drool over. You’ll dine and drink stage-side, where you’ll enjoy a live band playing a blend of funk and soul, alongside a welcome cocktail, six-course tasting menu, a bottle of Champagne and a selection of post-dining canapés.
Where: 40th floor, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
How much: £325
Eve Bar, Covent Garden
Adam Handling’s basement bar (beneath his Frog in Covent Garden) is throwing an all-night party from 9pm to 7am. With its Garden of Eden theme, diners will most likely fail to resist temptation when it comes to the cocktails, with names including Paradise Lost and Good & Evil. Guests will also enjoy a complimentary glass of fizz when the clock strikes twelve, while getting down to live DJs.
Where: 34-38 Southampton Street, WC2E 7HF
How much: £30
Galvin Hop, City
Throw it back with Galvin Hop this New Year, with its 70s and 80s themed party. On the menu, you’ll find a five-course feast comprising chestnut and smoked bacon soup, confit duck leg with buttered white bean and garlic sausage cassoulet, and chocolate pudding with a chocolate ora nge sauce. Prizes are on offer for the best dressed diners.
Where: 35 Spital Square, E1 6DY
How much: £65
Galvin La Chapelle, City
Those looking for a more traditional New Year's Eve dinner can find just that at Galvin La Chapelle. Guests can pick from an early or late dinner setting, enjoying six courses and a glass of Champagne on arrival, before listening to The Ray Rich band belting out tunes until 1am.
Where: St Botolphs Hall, 35 Spital Square, E1 6DY
How much: £165
Why not end the year in a food coma? The Cook’s Room at Hawksmoor Borough is offering guests a gut-busting five-course Beef Feasting menu alongside a wine pairing, which is normally exclusive to large groups. To add to the fun, the evening will begin with a cocktail reception and a glass of Champagne will be served when the clock strikes twelve.
Where: 16 Winchester Walk, SE1 9AQ
How much: £145
Hoppers, Soho and St Christopher’s Place
Crowd favourite Hoppers is hosting a Sri Lanka themed Masquerade ball at both of its locations. On the night, there will be Sri Lankan cocktails, Baila music and a feasting menu featuring the likes of ox cheek rolls, pork rib with Jerusalem artichoke chips, and stone bass biryani with yoghurt and fish pickle. Dress code is saris and sarongs, with Hoppers providing the masks.
Where: 49 Frith Street, W1D 4SG; 77 Wigmore Street, W1U 1QE
How much: Soho £50, St Christopher’s Place £45
Say goodbye to 2017 and enter…1927? That’s right, Hush is throwing an interactive secret speakeasy-themed evening, with live entertainment and actors telling a story of a vengeful gangster throughout the night. Enjoy complimentary bubbles and hot dogs after the clock strikes 12 and a DJ until 3am.
Where: 8 Lancashire Court, W1S 1EY
How much: £75
This Michelin-starred Mayfair Indian is serving an epic seven-course menu for the occasion, so you’re guaranteed not to leave hungry. Dishes on the night will include pepper and garlic soft shell crab, damson chutney and garlic chips, and carrot halwa tart, with heritage carrots, rabri and pistachios.
Where: 8 Mount Street, W1K 3NF
How much: £85
Londrino, London Bridge
Newly-open Londrino is serving a series of sharing menus to ring in 2018. Guests will enjoy snacks of grilled prawns, duck hearts and shitake mushrooms, before moving on to the likes of poached lobster with roasted amazake, and butternut squash with miso dressing and salsify.
Where: 36 Snowfields, SE1 3SU
How much: £55
Mews of Mayfair, Mayfair
Settle in for the evening at Mews of Mayfair, which will be serving up a four-course dinner in its first-floor Brasserie. The set menu is served from 9pm and features the likes of eight-ounce fillet steak with chunky chips and wild mushroom sauce, steamed halibut with an orange and caviar dressing, and treacle tart with Guinness ice cream.
Where: 10 Lancashire Court, New Bond Street, W1S 1EY
How much: £55
M Victoria Street, Victoria
Cabaret and burlesque are the order of the night at M Victoria Street. The celebrations kick off at 9pm with a four-course menu which includes caviar, truffle, wagyu and pannacotta. Live burlesque and theatrical performances continue all the way until midnight, and as it’s only five minutes from Big Ben, you can pop out to see the fireworks.
Where: Zig Zag Building, Victoria Street, SW1E 6SQ
How much: £150
Park Chinois, Mayfair
For a truly decadent New Year’s Eve, Park Chinois is offering its usual mix of live entertainment and three courses of top-drawer Chinese fare. The show on the night will be themed around fairy tales, while the menu sees dishes such as Chilean Wagyu beef with choi sum, pak choi, and Bergamot and almond perfume for dessert.
Where: 17 Berkeley Street, W1J 8EA
How much: £300
If you’re heading Shoreditch way this NYE, stop off for a four-course wine-paired feast at Sagardi. Alongside live music from jazz band The John Martin Trio, guests will be tucking into dishes such as octopus with a Red Sea prawn salad, and grilled Basque-style beef tenderloin, with foie gras and black truffle sauce.
Where: Cordy House, 95 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BS
How much: £140 (with wine pairings)
Brazil, Japan and Peru all fuse into one tasty package at Sushisamba, which will be offering killer views of London’s skyline for its NYE celebrations. Revellers can enjoy a welcome cocktail, an eight-course sharing menu, a bottle of Champagne and post-midnight canapés to snack on.
Where: Floors 38 and 39, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
How much: £395
Union Street Café, South Bank
Forget 2018, and head back to the Roman times at Union Street Café with this themed evening. Guests will enjoy a special menu featuring dishes such as ox cheek served with Borettane onions and pioppini, as well as a dessert of meringue with a Campari kick. From 10pm, the downstairs bar will host a DJ and a Blues Band to really get the party started.
Where: 47-51 Great Suffolk Street, SE1 0BS
How much: £85
And two more for the next day…
Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, Mayfair
After an end-of-year celebration, you’re bound to be in need of some comfort food. Hélène Darroze at The Connaught is open for brunch on New Year’s Day, serving a four course menu with dishes including a beef cheek and fois gras burger, and lobster mac ‘n’ cheese. The Connaught is a fancy place mind, so don’t show up in your onesie.
Where: The Connaught Hotel, Carlos Place, W1K 2AL
How much: £95
Six Storeys, Soho
Combat your end-of-year hangover with Six Storey’s New Year’s Day survival brunch; this bottomless option features free-flowing Bloody Marys, Mimosas, Espresso Martinis, beers, wine or Prosecco. Food meanwhile, includes a mighty bacon and cheese burger, or Scottish salmon with scrambled eggs.
Where: 11 Soho Square, W1D 3QE
How much: £35
For more ideas, check out our full list of London restaurants with New Year’s Eve menus here. Not really in the mood for planning? Then deal with more pressing matters via our food-centric guide to Christmas in London.