New Year's Eve in London isn't traditionally an evening given over to great food. It's more about either hiding yourself away at home whilst drunken revellers fill the streets or joining said revellers and having a very, very quiet New Year's Day as a result.
But if you've had enough of being stuck at home with the relatives and want to head into town for dinner, there are a fair few decent restaurants open for business.
Whether you're looking for bargain basement or black tie - our New Year's Eve restaurant list has it all.
(Indoor) street party
Street food has had another big year in London, so it only seems fitting to celebrate at #StreetFeastNYE, taking place at the night market Hawker House. A whole host of their regulars will be there including Baba G and Rola Wala (Indian), Sweet Tooth Factory (cake), Yum Jungle (Thai chicken), Vinn Goute (creole) and more. Alongside them Ben Spalding will be there with Stripped Back and his best courses of 2013 as well as some forward peeks at 2014.
Tickets for Stripped Back are £66 and include a cocktail on arrival while there's a choice of tickets for the main event. 10 Early Eaters is £10 for those coming in to start their night early, Full Feasters is £15 for those wanting the full Street Feast experience without the rush to get in at midnight and it's £10 for the Late Nighters ticket which is entry after 11pm.
American New Year
Lockhart London is in possession of a new chef, and they're also throwing one hell of a New Year's Eve party to celebrate. The four course menu also features a whiskey welcome and a glass of fizz come midnight. Dishes range from crackling bread, shrimp and grits and cowboy steak and potatoes to key lime pie. The whole thing comes in at £50.
Mexican New Year
Over in Hackney, Climpson's Arch is hosting a special Mexican New Year's Eve party with Mexican street food from Santo Remedio, DJs, lots of cocktails, wine and beer.Tickets are £10 in advance which includes one drink card (and are £15 on the door if they are not sold out). Food and drinks can be bought on the night.
Scottish New Year
At Draft Houses all over the capital, they've chosen New Year's Eve as the perfect time to launch their Scottish craft beer festival. Enjoy A Wee Hauf & Hauf - 2/3 pint of any Scottish Craft beer + a 25ml glass of any of their Scotch Malt Whiskies for £8.50 on the night. It'll also be the last chance to try their awesome Blitzen burger (Turkey Breast in a bun with melted Swiss Cheese, Chestnut Mayo and Cranberry Ketchup. Plus a cute little Pig in Blanket on a Stick.) Walk-ins should be fine - but you can also secure that all important table by booking in advance.
New Year's Eve with a view (south of the river)
Of course one of the big events at New Year is the enormous fireworks display on the Thames and what better way to watch it than up in the sky in the Shard. Now, as this is going to be a much sought after location - it doesn't come cheap. At Hutong it's £245 a head for a five course menu which includes the signature Peking duck and the red lantern soft shell crab. Alternatively, you can grab a space at their bar for £55 (including a glass of Champagne). Downstairs at Aqua Shard the dinner includes a champagne reception and a six course meal for £295 and bar tickets are also available. It'll all stay open until 3am.
New Year's Eve with a view (north of the river)
Duck & Waffle has a champagne reception with canapés by Executive Chef Daniel Doherty, and rock n’roll British tunes.Tickets are from £200 per person. Sushisamba has a party inspired by the Brazilian tradition of Réveillon, the awakening of a New Year in Rio de Janeiro where "white-clad revellers pay homage to Yemenja, the Brazilian goddess of the sea" so the restaurant will follow suit with white décor and staff wearing festive white dress. This will also cost £200 with champagne reception, passed canapés and entertainment including, DJ, samba dancers and drummers. And if you're feeling flush you can book a 'drinking table' at a cost of £100 per person.
See also: Enjoy dinner at Galvin at Windows which may not have river views but still has a pretty London vista. Dinner is £425 per person, or £495 including matching wines and kicks off with canapés and globe artichoke velouté and warm brioche with main courses iincluding cannelloni of Dorset lobster, ginger and persimmon.
New Year's Eve with the TV chefs
Expect culinary fireworks at The Chancery as Great British Menu favourite Johnnie Mountain and Masterchef winners Mat Follas and Tim Anderson join forces to create a tasting menu to see in the New Year. There are two services, starting at 8pm (in The Dining Room at £76.50) and 9pm (one long banquet-style table in the Private Dining Room at £65).Dishes include Lobster Ravioli with pickled clams and miso broth and a Japanese fish course from Tim.
Cabaret and 80s NYC at South Place
In the City, 3 South place has set dinners at both 3 South Place (£55/pp for 3 courses or £80/pp with wine) and Angler (£95/pp). Plus there are special parties at the 3 South Place Bar where the Double R Cabaret will be performing a couple of sets while the resident DJ rules the dance floor and the first floor will be turned into an 80s style NYC club by Road to Nowhere (currently going down well at Night Tales). The party's are free for hotel and dinner guests or it'll cost you £15 for a ticket.
Dinner and a ska orchestra at 11 Pimlico
There's dinner and dancing to be had at over in Pimlico this New Year's Eve. 11 Pimlico is serving up a five course menu upstairs in the restaurant. After you've eaten head downstairs where The London Ska Orchestra will be playing and there'll be bacon butties at the end of the evening.
Dinner and dancing costs £65 or you can just come for a welcome drink and a dance for £30
Cocktail pairing menu at Coal Vaults
Got a group of you that likes to have their own space? Book one of the five secret vaults at Coal Vaults for up to 12 friends and have your own party. On New Year's Eve they're offering five bespoke courses with cocktails and wines to match each dish. Dinner and Drink Pairing is £90 per person while dinner only is £45. The menu sounds ace too - how about Black Velvet paired with Whitstable oyster and Rose Veal liver parfait? Or their piece de resistance - a cocktail made with 24 carat gold leaf to match the final course of Carrageen moss pudding with a Midleton rare and Mirabelle mist
Endless pizza buffet at Forzawin
Forzawin are planning a never-ending neapolitan pizza buffet, with music, dancing and general merriment in their Pickle Factory. They'll have entertainment from Josh Flowers & The Wild & a DJ til 3am. £40 per ticket (inc VAT) gives you: a hot Pulcinella on arrival, as much hot pizza as you can manage, Prosecco to toast in the New Year and after that - a cold pizza buffet. Genius, hey?
Spend the night at the Savoy
If you really want to push the boat out, then how about the Savoy's New Year's eve package, which has a 20’s inspired do in The Savoy’s ballroom including a four-course dinner, dancing to an 11-piece Jazz Orchestra and live band and a room for two. It'll only set you back somewhere in the region of £1300. For more info, see the Savoy website.
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