New Year's Eve in London for many folk isn't an evening given over to great food. It's often 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 plenty of 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.
Dinner tickets are available in both Aqua Nueva & Aqua Kyoto for £150 per person and that includes a glass of Veuve Clicquot on arrival, live entertainment during dinner and a DJ until 4am. And up on the roof terrace overlooking Regent Street you’ll be able to see the fireworks at midnight.
Balthazar’s NYE party includes a Champagne reception, four-course menu with Wild Seabass Ceviche, Steamed Turbot & Roast Langoustine, and Hazelnut Praline Tart, plus DJs playing party tunes until 2am.
As per last year, The Barbary will take reservations for New Year's Eve (we went last year and it was GREAT). Bookings for parties of up to four will be taken from 5.30pm through to 11pm and they'll be serving their usual menu. Reserve online at email@example.com
The Palomar will be putting on a £65 menu on the night. They'll also be taking bookings for up to two at the bar (which they don't normally do) or up to six in the dining room.
See the new year in with HIX Soho which is putting on a seasonal set menu from 8pm with DJs and dancing in Mark’s Bar from 10pm till 3am. It's £95 for a 4 course meal with a HIX Fix on arrival and access to Mark’s bar till 3am or you can come to the bar only for £20 with a HIX Fix.
St. John will be hosting its regular New Year’s Eve feast, with long tables piled high with dishes such as smoked eel, pickled prunes and horseradish before the centerpiece of Pig’s Head and Potato pie. If you can move after all that, you’ll be heading downstairs for negronis and dancing until 2am. Tickets are £155 per person.
Noble Rot will be open for its first (and only) Sunday of the year with a classic roast in the day and a la carte in the evening, plus lots and lots of wine.
If you’re looking for bottomless booze and food at a price that won’t break the bank (£50) with dancing included then the Great Gatsby-themed party at The Localist in Clerkenwell ticks all the boxes.
Gymkhana will offer a six-course set menu of Michelin-starred Indian dishes, champagne, a welcome cocktail and a gift bag to take form for £110 per person.
You can get seriously sexy at Sexy Fish’s “Sexy Disco” which includes a cocktail on arrival, champagne at midnight, a set menu of Asian dishes, and entertainment all night long for £295 – you might even spot the odd celeb in there too.
A pricey but luxurious night can be had at the Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows, with a £495 six-course menu including lobster and truffled brie, plus entertainment from the Blue Planet Orchestra and views of the fireworks.
Another place to seriously splash the cash is at The Ritz’s six-course black-tie gala dinner which includes dishes such as lobster and partridge and half a bottle of Krug, live marching band, bagpipe players, and a private fireworks display in the garden. Tickets are £1,500 per adult and £750 for children.
Kensington Roof Gardens may be the only place offering a BBQ in London on NYE, with a Tinseltown-themed party including a mini bottle of Moet and breakfast canapes at 2am for £160 per person.
Berners Tavern at the Edition Hotel will offer a five-course New Year’s Eve menu including a champagne cocktail with an earlier seating priced at £100 and the later seating at £185. Expect dishes such as Slow-Cooked Forman’s London Cure Salmon with Foie GrasFlaming Alaska plus DJs to accompany.
Shoreditch / City
Aside from the views and Brazilian-Japanese dishes that SushiSamba is well known for, the NYE party will also feature 9-piece band The Rockets, a host of DJs, and Samba dancers.
One floor up at Duck & Waffle meanwhile, there’s a variety of dining packages available starting at £125, plus a live band and DJs and panoramic views out over the city.
The Jugged Hare have picked five of their best dishes from 2017 to serve in one NYE feast, including Wild Suffolk Venison and game dishes for £75 per person.
At the top of the ‘Walkie Talkie’ skyscraper there’s another Gatsby party going on at Sky Garden with DJs, cocktails, dining options at the Darwin Brasserie or Fenchurch restaurant and, of course, pretty special views of the Thames and the fireworks.
Daarbar will be throwing a banquet fit for kings, with a menu inspired by the traditions of India’s Royal Courts for £60 per person. Alongside dishes such as Tandoori-grilled wild prawns and Mewari baked leg of rabbit there’ll be DJs playing crowd pleasers until late.
All Star Lanesis taking you back to the Roaring Twenties with a 1927-themed party at its Bayswater location, while at Brick Lane it’s Britpop and glowsticks for a 1997 bash. Tickets start from £20 and include a menu of American diner classics and bowling too.
Sky Bar’s New Year’s Eve party will have a series of live cooking stations offering food from around the world, plus DJs and a prime position for the fireworks at midnight.
Pizza East will be open until 1am and serving up a £30 sharing menu, which sounds like excellent value.
South of the River
Wahaca Southbank’s big bash includes a live DJ until 3am, a 5 course Mexican Feast with a tequila tasting introduction, a freshly shaken cocktail on arrival, champagne at midnight and all beer and wine for the evening. Plus, you’re in a prime spot for when the fireworks start. Tickets are £250 per person.
There’s a variety of dining packages at Las Iguanas’ annual NYE bash but all will give the chance to join the party, with samba dancers, live bands, DJs and views of the fireworks from the private terrace.
If your credit limit’s as high as the Shard there’s a variety of packages at aqua Shard ranging from £395 to £450 that include a five-course menu, varying amounts of champagne, live band The Spinettes and DJs until 3:30. Alternatively, you can have dinner at Hutong, including the signature Peking duck for £345 and then join the party at aqua for views of the fireworks.
Butler’s Wharf Chophouse will offer a set menu of seasonal meaty dishes followed by a boat cruise along the Thames for £275, or just £75 if you want to stay on dry land after dinner.
Stoke Newington’s newly-opened pub Be Bop A Lula, from the team behind The Alma, will offer a 50s rock ‘n’ roll party with, classic American diner food, live bands, and DJS until 4am.
If an evening eating Comte and drinking Champagne sounds like your ideal New Year’s Eve, then Ms Marmite Lover will be offering exactly that for £60 at her one-off supperclub in Kilburn.
Camino King’s Cross will be offering guests a cava reception, a set menu of Camino classics with some festive specialities on the side, plus DJs and dancing into the small hours.
Dead Dolls House Islington will be throwing a NYE ball with a sit-down banquet followed by music and dancing until the early hours for £90
Food pop-up pros Disappearing Dining Club know how to put on a good party and their NYE bash will have a dinner including oyster and champagne soup and roast duck with truffle bread and butter pudding for just £80, with after dinner dancing included.