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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 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 izzy@stjohnrestaurant.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 Soho New Year

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).


A fancy New Year

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.


And also...

  • Corrigan's in Mayfair has a three course menu for £90 on offer - or there's a tasting menu for £120 too.
  • 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".


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