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. We're concentrating on restaurants that are staying open past midnight - but there are always earlier options available.
Whether you're looking for bargain basement or black tie - our New Year's Eve 2015 restaurant list has it all. We'll be adding new restaurants up until New Year - so keep checking back.
A new Year first
This is the first year that Fergus Henderson's St John is open for New Year, so expect that to be a hot ticket. It'll be a meal served family style full of St John hits. So expect bone marrow toast, snails and bacon, pheasant and trotter pie, eccles cake and lancashire cheese among other delights. It's £145 per person and runs from 7pm to 2 in the morning. To book a table, email email@example.com
A riverside New Year
This first one is actually a river-bound New Year as Columbia restaurant in Docklands will have a four course meal (dishes include "Scottish smoked salmon with cucumber pickle and fennel salad" and "herb-crusted Scotch fillet with parsnip purée and beef cheek bonbon"). And after dinner you'll be led to the private pier onto a river cruise bound for the fireworks. It's not cheap at £249 each - but you'll get a good view of those fireworks. To book call 020 7064 4515.
There another closer option too at the newly refurbed Le Pont De la Tour. They have a six course menu followed by a trip down the thames from their boat on Butlers Wharf to check out the fireworks. That comes in at £375 (or stay at the restaurant for £175) and you can book on 020 7403 8403.
A high-rise New Year
Given the multitude of high-rise (and good) dining options now available in London - it's no wonder that a table with a view (ideally of the fireworks) is what people are after this year.
As usual, Duck & Waffle and Sushisamba are putting on a New Year party that should give you an amazing view of those fireworks throughout London. This year, Duck & Waffle are hosting a 1930s themes party (with associated dress code) so expect it to be transformed into a high-rise speakeasy. You'll have various options from an early dining five course menu up to 7pm (£195) a late dining table from 8.30pm with six courses and canapes through the night (£325). Alternatively, you can grab a space at the bar for £125, or a booth for £225.
As for Sushisamba, their party is inspired by the Brazilian tradition of Réveillon - expect a band, DJs and samba dancers through the night. There's a six course early dining session (£200), while dinner and into the night there's an 8 course menu (£325 in the lounge, £375 in the restaurant) while it's £150 to get into the bar or £250 for a bar booth.
South of the river, there's Aqua Shard and Hutong for another party and a closer look at the Royal Mayor's fireworks. Hutong has a five course sharing menu and a bottle of Veuve (£345) and you'll be able to join the party at Aqua Shard too. Alternatively you can grab a table at the bar for £95 including a dim-sum platter. As for Aqua Shard, they've a British five course menu plus the party at the bar for £395 or just the bar (plus a glass of champagne) for £125.
If you fancy some Jason Atherton high-rise food for New Year, then City Social is for you. For the restaurant it's £180 for a five course menu (but you're not facing the fireworks). The bar has two options - a booth for six with a view of the fireworks for £750 or a restricted view for £500.
Across town, another high rise where you're sure to be looked after well, with Fred in charge of things, is Galvin at Windows. Their New Year's Eve menu is a six course affair - plus canapes and champagne - for £495 per person.
A fancy New Year - over £100
Gordon Ramsay lots of New Year options with his restaurant but the one that sticks out is the Savoy Grill. There is a more affordable early supper (£55 between 5.30 and 6.30) but it's the into-the-night affair that you'll want to be part of. That's £200 for a seven course menu including dishes like "Cured foie gras, William pear purée and brioche", "Beef Wellington with truffle mash potatoes and Bordelaise sauce" and "Chestnut, chocolate and coffee Opera Cake". But one of the biggest draws is that you'll be able to decamp to one of the Savoy's suites for a view of the fireworks. You can book here.
If you fancy a three Michelin starred dinner for New Year, try Alain Ducasse with two options. First up is a five course menu for £195, but if you want to push the boat out, there's a seven course menu with matched wines and midnight champagne for £460.
Corrigan's in Mayfair has a three course menu for £90 on offer - or there's a tasting menu for £120 too.
The Cinnamon Club has a five course meal for £125 which includes "spiced crab and mackerel cake with coriander mayonnaise" and "Rajasthani spiced Scottish pheasant breast with pearl barley kedgeree and coriander sauce" and they'll have live music and a DJ too.
Smith and Wollensky is having an Elvis themed New Year's Eve party. There will be a casino and a three course meal including "obster bisque, USDA prime dry-aged 14oz sirloin with a selection of sides and "Advocaat and redcurrant Baked Alaska". It's £175 each.
Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels have a special Champagne matching menu for £150 including scallops with black truffle, rack of lamb and more.
A mid-range New Year - £51 to £100
At Quo Vadis you can get a combination of Jeremy Lee's food in the main restaurant followed by partying until late with a DJ in the club upstairs. It's £65 for the three course meal, including sides.
At Antidote, they're celebrating the tradition of la Saint-Sylvestre (i.e. French New Year). There's a four course set menu featuring welcome canapés and a glass of Champagne on arrival and dishes including Warm Crab, Endive & Truffle, Line caught Cod, Radishes & Mussel Butter, for the main event Pheasant, Wild Mushrooms & Creamed Potatoes and Salted Chocolate, Coffee & Chestnuts to finish. It's five courses for £60 with a wine pairing for an extra £40 (Antidote’s sommelier will also be pulling some special bottles from their cellar for New Year).
Hush Mayfair are holding a Wolf of Wall Street themed night of debauchery with a "Morgan Stanley" priced menu at £80 per person or a Goldman Sachs version (£100) which gives you money to play in the Casino. Or you can go with the cut-prices Lehman Bros ticket (£20) which gets you a martini and a go on the tables too.
South of the river, Ramsay's London House will have a 5 course meal for £100 with dishes like "smoked eel, queen scallops, Cox pippin purée", "pheasant croquette with fried lollipop kale" and "Beef bourguignon and carved fillet with swede purée".
The Greek Larder in King's Cross has an £80 menu on and they promise to "close when the last person leaves." Dishes include "Lamb pastourma made in Kings Cross, taramokeftedes (tarama risoles) & cured apple" and "Cold smoked Aylesbury duck, grilled sprouting broccoli, truffle strained yoghurt cheese".
Village East is having a Cluedo themed New Year party which will see clues doled out throughout the evening to help you solve the murder. The four course meal is £55 including "grilled fillet of beef, black pudding and potato dauphinoise with wild mushroom sauce & crispy shallots" and "apple roses with rum & raisin ice cream". Plus there are Cluedo themed cocktails throughout the evening too.
Percy and Founders has a three course set menu for £80 with dishes including "Cured Halibut with Shaved Fennel, Spiced Orange Dressing & Dill" and "Beef Fillet & Braised Ox Cheek with Horseradish Mash, Truffle Jus". They'll have a Dj on hand from 10pm onwards too.
If you fancy a few more vegetables in your New Year's Eve dinner, Grain Store have a Main Event menu with 4 courses + aperitif on arrival for £69 from 8pm onwards.
Ceviche Old Street will be hosting a NYE Fiesta with a selection of shared plates, a pisco cocktail competition and they are promising an exciting DJ line-up. Tickets are £52.80 and include a a pisco punch cocktail on arrival.
In Spitalfields, Hotbox have a £60 menu starting at 8.30 (it's £45 at 6pm) with five courses including Jumbo BBQ Prawn, Mutton Barbecoa and 8 hour smoked giant beef short-rib, and a bottle of wine to share for two.
On the borders of Islington/Stoke Newington, Primeur has a menu at £55 including 2 glasses of champagne and dishes including Chicken and Foie Gras terrine and Mallard, endive and orange. To book call 0207 226 5271.
An Affordable New Year (£50 and under)
Blacklock is open for New Year's Eve with its usual menu AND you can make a reservation too.
Bubbledogs are having a Champagne Pit Stop party. Tickets are £35 per person for a 1.5 hour time slot from 6pm until 12am. You'll get two glasses of champagne, a hot dog and unlimited sides. Call 020 7637 7770 to book.
The Exhibit in Balham is having a Quentin Tarantino themed New Year. As well as a three course menu for £50, the venue will be transformed into Jack Rabbit Slims (The Gallery) for a dance off, dodging the yakuza in The House of Blue Leaves (The Studio) with burgers and hard shakes in Big Kahuna Burger (The Balcony Bar). They'll be showing back-to-back Tarantino movies throughout the evening too.
Verden in Hackney has a five course menu for £50 including "deep fried oysters and kimchi ketchup" and "king prawns, green mango and lardo" and will kick off with a glss of fizz too.
London Fields newcomer Wringer and Mangle has a three course meal including haunch of venison and vanilla panna cotta with poached rhubard and churros. Plus there will be music and a heated terrace for their New Year party - tickets are £34 per person.
Mimosa in Chelsea has a three course menu from 8pm for £49.95 per person including lobster salad, Asian spiced beef tartare and a Chef’s dessert selection including a glass shot of cheesecake through to mini mango spheres. There'll be dancing till 5am after that.
All of the Polpo restaurants will be taking bookings for New Year's Eve if you fancy some Venetian small plates.
Dishoom have a £50 menu including a glass of Prosecco and a selection of Dishoom favourites such as Prawn Koliwada and Lamb Raan and a DJ spinning Bombay beats from 10pm. You can also just go for drinks after 10pm but reservations are essential at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blixen in Spitalfields has a 3 course set menu at £45 per person which will include a glass of Prosecco and the bar after dinner has a specially extended licence for the evening.
Dirty Bones in Carbaby has a Late Nighter dinner and DJ party starting at 8.30pm for £45 including Hot Wings, Charred Padron Peppers, Deep Fried Mac Balls, Dirty Eye (Boston rib eye steak, Béarnaise sauce), and Dirty Bones deconstructed ‘Crunchy’ with white chocolate gelato. The DJ party until 2am and includes glass of Prosecco at midnight. Book by emailing email@example.com or calling 020 7920 6434.
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