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.
At Bistro Bruno Loubet you can choose between an early sitting at £50 or the main feast for ££90 for four courses with champagne and canapés to start. The menu this year includes smoked salmon mousse and scallop ceviche with horseradish snow and veal loin wellington with mousseline potatoes.
Tunes and Cuban BBQ
On St Martin’s Lane at Asia de Cuba there are also two sittings – 5-7.45 (£40) or from 8pm (£95). This includes a glass of champagne, calamari salad served with sesame orange dressing; Cuban BBQ Chicken served with Thai coconut sticky rice and a selection of desserts. For entertainment DJ Munroe Bergdorf, supported by Kris de Angelis, will be spinning tunes into the early hours of 2013.
Skating and hot cocktails
See in the New Year at Somerset House with a live DJ, champagne at midnight and exclusive access to the River Terrace for a view of the Mayor’s Fireworks on the Thames. There aren’t any skating tickets left but Tom's Skate Lounge will be open throughout the evening serving mulled wine, hot chocolate or a cocktail from our resident mixologist. Food-wise there’s hot soup, or Fernandez & Wells will be open for tapas. Spectator tickets are £40.
Chicken, steak and DJs
Over in Shoreditch, Mark Hix is putting on @ Tramshed where at three course meal and a glass of bubbles costs £50 for an early table and £65 for late. There will be DJs from 10pm until the early hours. If you’re just looking to drink, bar tickets only will cost £20 in advance from 10.30pm onwards and include a glass of something festive.
Burgers and ballrooms
If you dine at Bar Boulud on New Year’s Eve you get a discount on entry to the Mandarin Oriental’s New Year Gala Party. Dinner costs £105 - add another £160 (normally £185) for the party which wil see the hotel’s gilded ballroom transformed into a glowing champagne and cocktail bar with a dance floor, various musical acts, a DJ and late night dim sum.
Bubbles in Fitzrovia
For one night only Bubbledogs will take reservations from 10.30pm on 31st December – until then, it’s the usual walk-in only. They have an extended licence to carry on the party past midnight, with the kitchen closing 12.30am. At the back, at Kitchen Table the 9pm dinner sitting begins with a cocktail on arrival, followed by a 12-course tasting menu, and a glass of Champagne to toast the chimes as we welcome in 2013. It costs £160 with additional wine matching at £80.
Fireworks and late night canapés
Roast restaurant in Borough Market has a five course menu (including a glass of champagne), live music, award-winning entertainment and late night canapés. There will also be a large screen for watching the fireworks and the Big Ben chimes plus a raffle that includes the chance to win a selection of great prizes. There are two sittings – the early sitting is £100 and the late is £150. Children are welcome and their menu costs £40.
Sky High over the City
There can’t be many restaurants in London with a better view of the London skyline than Duck and Waffle and as you’d expect they’re making the most of that. They'll be offering a special New Year's eve a la carte menu, with a rock n' roll Dj till the early hours. You'll need to leave credit card to secure a reservation.
Sushisamba downstairs is a bit pricier for a Brazilian themed party - £275 for a sit-down meal, £150 for a party with canapes. Both include a DJ till 3am.
Newcomer to London's steak restaurant scene, Mash is open on New Year's Eve with its regular a la carte menu. In the bar (which you can buy tickets to on the night for £30 if you don't want to eat) Amber & Lambswool DJ Tony George plays from 6pm to 9pm, before DJ Kharrington takes over from 9pm until 3am. And there'll be a screening of firework spectaculars from around the world at midnight..
Pork belly buns in Holborn
Wabi London is putting on a nine course contemporary Kaiseki Tasting Menu for NEw Year's Eve with warm tea smoked duck tataki with burnt ginger amazu; wood fired Chilean seabass with spicy shiso ponzu and bbq pork belly buns with spicy peanut soy. The dinner kicks off at 7pm and costs £90 per person, which includes a welcome drink and Otsumami snacks.
Table tricks and Lounge DJs
Novikov's two restaurants have special menus for New Year's EVe. Minimum spend in both is £100 per person with a cover charge of £30 per person (or £75 for early diners between 6-8.30pm. In the Asian Restaurant there'll be table entertainers until 11pm before lounge DJs take over. In the Italian Restaurant there will be live rhythm and blues courtesy of The Hustlers before DJs Chris Sullivan and Piers Thompson come on.
Tom Aikens has a special six-course menu with signature dishes such as Roast Foie Gras with thyme sabayon, smoked onions, 72-hour Short Rib Beef and White Chocolate & Black Olive dessert. It’s £130 with matching wines for an additional £80.
Feng Sushi in West Hampstead has a special menu on for £52. It starts with a Champagne Cocktail and moves through deluxe sushi and sashimi, soft shell crab tempura before ending with chestnut Ice Cream with raspberry in sweet vinegar
Sam's Brasserie in Chiswick has a £90 menu which includes dinner, live DJ and dancing until 2.30am. Diishes include Maldon Rock Oysters, Mirin & Coriander, Seared Venison, Spiced Red Cabbage, Chestnut Purée & Spätzle and Banana & Thyme Chocolate Truffles with the coffees.
Also in Chiswick, Charlotte's Bistro is putting on its first-ever New Year's Eve bash. The £70 menu includes champagne on arrival and to see in the New Year and such delights as slow-cooked short rib of beef and warm Cornish sea trout tart.
The Narrow has a four course New Year’s Eve menu for £55 starting off with Mini burgers and arancini balls (shared by the table) and Roast suckling pig to keep you going with Lemon curd rice pudding, ginger snaps as sample dishes to enjoy on the night.
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