Dare we dream of an actual night of partying this New Year? There may not be official London fireworks but if you're planning to go out to celebrate - and we know many of you will do just that - here are some of the best places to party around town.
Restaurants doing special menus
The Cheese Barge (Paddington) - see in the New Year with a cheese-fuelled £55 menu which starts with selected cheese and a wine fligh along with fondue, baked cheese and more.
Bentley's (Piccadilly) - Richard Corrigan's seafood spot has a four-course menu (£140) for an evening kicking off with champagne and canapés along with oysters and Dover Sole. Then head downstairs to their Swallow Street Bar for entertainment and cocktails.
Fenn (Fulham) - if you fancy an early dinner out on NYE then Fenn in Fulham is the place. They're serving up an NYE lunch and dinner. The 10 course tasting menu is £70 with dishes including Turbot with Roasted Cauliflower and Smoked Bone Sauce and Welsh Wagyu Beef with Black Garlic and Glazed Onion.
Kudu Grill (Peckham) - the newly opened restaurant will serve up an £80 menu of treats from the braai including dishes like ex-Dairy Beef Sirloin on the Bone with Sauce Rossini and Winter Truffle.
Fallow (St James) - is putting on a feasting menu (£135) combining signature dishes such as Corn Ribs with Lime alongside special editions like Roast Orkney Scallops, BreXO.
Seabird (Southwark) - head up to this rooftop restaurant for a New Year's Eve party with a bang. The £195 menu includes shared tapas and mains like a Tomahawk steak or whole fish and kicks off with a glass of Nyetimber.
Big Mamma restaurants (Shoreditch, Covent Garden and Fitzrovia) - Big Mamma are opening their restaurants (Gloria, Circolo Popolare, Ave Mario) for an all-night dinner starting from 7.30 until close. There's a three-course meal including a truffle carbonara served in a 6kg wheel of pecorino (£64pp, bookings open 3 December).
Hackney Coterie (Hackney) - If you want to have fun and stay sustainable, this Hackney restaurant is putting on a £50 menu of seasonally focused, minimal waste dishes with live music in the downstairs event space until 3am.
Ombra (Hackney) - Heading east with friends for the night? Down by the canal Ombra is taking bookings for groups of up to 10 for an £80 menu with delights such as Carlingford oysters, lobster risotto and persimmon granita.
Chotto Matte (Soho) - Early birds wanting to kick celebrations off early should head here for the daytime Hikari Brunch (£60). Opt for the bottomless drinks package and for £110 you'll get free flowing Champagne and limited edition cocktails created with The House of Suntory.
Swanky hotel gatherings
Sea Containers (South Bank) - The Bankside hotel has a party in its rooftop bar 12th Knot with a live band, resident DJ and spectacular views of the London skyline. Standard tickets are £65 or £185 for the open bar.
The Ritz (Mayfair) - The New Year's Eve gala in the Ritz restaurant doesn't come cheap (£1500) but the black-tie party includes dinner, a live band, bagpipes AND a marching band. If that's too much for you, there's also a party in the Palm Court (the bands and bagpipes will pop in there too) for £895.
The Dorchester (Mayfair) - All the main restaurants will have a New Year's Eve Dinner. That includes a seven-course meal at The Grill for £380 (with a live band) or one at the three-Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse for £240.
Celeste at the Lanesborough (Belgravia) - The Michelin starred restaurant at this Belgravia hotel will have a live band alongside a five-course meal that includes a beef wellington or Cornish turbot (plus a glass of Champagne) for £325.
Le Nord at The Rooftop (Trafalgar Square) - the rooftop bar at the Trafalgar St James hotel is having quite the party on NYE with sushi and oysters stations, canapes, free flowing drinks and one of the best views of the fireworks. Tickets are £549.
Ting at the Shard (London Bridge) - In The Shangri La at the top of The Shard, Ting is serving up a 3-course dinner starting at 18:00 – 19:30 (from £299) or a 4-course from 19:45 – 21:30 (from £375) with a menu that includes poached lobster salad and a wagyu beef wellington. There's also an "Après Ski Party" at Sky Lounge on floor 34 for an extra £70.
Proper London parties
Brunswick House (Vauxhall) - is having its first ever New Year's Eve party. There's a 5-course dinner with exclusive access afterwards to Jazz in the Cellars with live music played by Mark Kavuma and The Banger Factory. Dinner is £65 with wine pairings optional.
Mama Shelter (Hackney) - Head here for a fun evening's entertainment on NYE. Their ‘It’s Disco Bitch’ is hosted by RuPaul Drag Race alumni Crystal. The £65 ticket gets you a three course meal, welcome drink plus DJ sets and drag queen performances throughout the night.
Pergola Wharf (Canary Wharf) - The £60 VIP ticket gets you a free flowing Champagne reception for an hour, followed by a three course meal, accompanied by a live band and singer Rhianna Abrey
from The Voice UK followed by DJ sets.
Hicce (King's Cross) - This Coal Drops Yard restaurant is having a Studio 54 themed event, running three sittings on the day, lunch, early dinner and the 8pm onwards slot where you have the table for the rest of the night. They'll be serving the Hicce Experience menu and live music is on the cards. Dinner is £55.
Callooh Callay (Shoreditch), Callooh Callay Chelsea, Little Bat (Islington) and Duchess of Dalston are throwing all-inclusive parties at all their bars on the night. There are two options - free-flowing drinks and canapes all night for £150 or just the drinks for £100.
The Searcy's St Pancras Bar and Brasserie (St Pancras) - is turning into a Roaring 1920s Speakeasy with an evening of jazz, canapés and Champagne. There's a Champagne reception with a three-course dinner followed by live entertainment.
Eve Bar (Covent Garden) underneath Frog by Adam Handling is having a NYE party where for £25 you get a glass of bubbles on arrival, a midnight shot and music until the early hours. There's even a cheeky bacon roll service at 3am.
Ham Yard Hotel (Piccadilly) - the rooftop bar here is having an NYE bash. Enjoy an evening of martinis and champagne overlooking the rooftops of Soho with live music. Tickets are £90 including a welcome martini on arrival, a second martini or a glass of Champagne of your choice, a seafood medley and a Champagne toast at midnight.
Duck & Waffle (The City) - with great views over London, this rooftop restaurant is throwing a Polar Express themed party. For the £250 minimum spend you'll get half a bottle of Taittinger, welcome canapes, and truffles and your choice from the restaurant's signature a la carte menu along with NYE specials. There'll also be live performances, DJs, and an epic countdown.
Service as usual
Paradise (Soho) - there's no special set menu at this Sri Lankan spot which will be open till 1am for festive eating and drinking.
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