New Year's eve

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 high-rise New Year

sushi samba

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 going for a Prohibition theme (with associated dress code) so expect it to be transformed into a high-rise speakeasy. Early dining is £195 (but you have to return the table within 2 hours). A standing ticket for the bar is £125 (includes cocktails and canapese) and a premium ticket starts at £225 for champagne, canapes and dinner plus entertainment.

As for Sushisamba, their party is inspired by the Brazilian tradition of Réveillon - expect a band, DJs and samba dancers through the night - the dress code is all white. Early dining starts at £200 in the lounge - but for the eight course sharing menu later it'll start at £325. A standing only ticket is £150.

At aqua shard dinner is £395 for five courses, half a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, live entertainment and a DJ from midnight (you can also get bar tickets for £150 which gets you a welcome glass of Champagne and canapes. The party goes on to 3.30am.
At Hutong, a five course Chinese dinner with champagne is £345 - after the fireworks you can linger at your table or join the party at aqua shard. Bar tickets are £120 for a glass of Champagne on arrival and a dim sum platter.

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 festivities are £495.00 per person for a five-course meal which kicks off with canapes and a glass of champagne and also features an amuse-bouche and coffee and petit fours. Live music is courtesy of the Blue Planet Orchestra


A sod-the-budget New Year - over £500

You can't get much more swanky than The Ritz. Bringing in the New Year there will cost you £795 per adult (£300 per child up to age 15) but then it does have a regimental marching band bringing you into dinner and a fireworks display over the terrace. 

A high end New Year - between £100 and £500

If you fancy a three Michelin starred dinner for New Year, try Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester. Their seven course menu with matched fine wines and champagne is £495. 

Corrigan's in Mayfair has a 3 course menu £90 or a fabulous 6 course tasting menu featuring dover sole with black truffles and a prune and Armagnac souffle for £120. 

In the shadow of the Gherkin, Swingers Crazy Golf has a New Year's Eve package for £175 that gets you a table for your group, unlimited house drinks, dinner from a street food vendor, cava at midnight AND a round of golf. Or go for the cheaper option at £75 which gets you same but with £25 of drinks rather than unlimited. 

In Mayfair, Bocconcino is going for a Great Gatsby theme. Their £250 ticket includes a four course meal, unlimited drinks and live entertainment and they want you to dress the part. 

Rosewood London in Holborn has a rather lovely sounding menu for £205 including John Dory Aiguillettes, Caviar Butter, Crescent Moon Potatoes and a Kir Royal Sorbet palate cleanser. They also have a special tasting menu for vegetarians including Smoked Salsify, Onion Crisps, Egg Yolk and Sautéed Roots and Black Truffle Butter. 

Over in Moorgate, Angler restaurant has a good terrace to see the firework around London from. Their £200 menu features dishes like Cornish turbot with line caught squid and bonito dashi and a dessert of warm baked chocolate with banana milk and Jersey cream. 

The Gordon Ramsay Group has lots of New Year options with his restaurants but the one that sticks out is The Savoy Grill. Their seven-course New Year’s Eve menu at £220 features dishes of lobster linguine pasta with black winter truffles and Beef Wellington with parsley mashed potatoes, bone marrow and red wine jus. Best of all you get to head into The River Room of the Savoy Hotel to watch the fireworks over the river in total comfort. 


A mid-range New Year - £51 to £100 

Percy & Founders is putting on a three-course set menu with dishes like Beetroot-Cured & Smoked Salmon with Trout Caviar, Mustard Mayo & Watercress. The party continues with cocktails in the bar and a DJ until 1am - £65 which includes a glass of chilled NV Billecart-Salmon, Brut Réserve Champagne on arrival.

Expect the champagne to be top notch at Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels New Year’s Eve celebrations. Their tasting menu features oysters, foie gras mi-cuit, rack of lamb and New Year’s tiramisu for £85 - push the boat out by adding the wine selection from their sommelier Julia Oudill. 

There are three Cubitt House gastropubs opening on New Year's Eve The Orange, The Thomas Cubitt and The Grazing Goat and all have set menus for £65. 

There's a divine, vegetable-led menu for New Year's Eve over at Grain Store in King's Cross. how about meat-free onion soup with chopped truffle and Parmesan or egg yolk raviolo in a watercress and Jerusalem artichoke veloute? The four course meal, which includes canapes on arrival costs £74.50. 


An Affordable New Year (£50 and under)

Pizzabuzz in Finsbury Square has a pretty amazing deal for NYE - they're offering pizza, bottomless booze (for 90 minutes) plus a side and dessert for £34.95. Oh and they've got a dance floor too and will be open till 2am. 


The food and drink Christmas round up

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