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
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
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
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.
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
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.