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 2018 restaurant list has it all. We'll be adding new restaurants up until New Year - so keep checking back. As for us, we'll be heading down to The Barbary where for one night only they'll be accepting bookings. But you'll have to be quick - email them at firstname.lastname@example.org for a 90 minute slot.
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 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 £500If 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 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. The early seating is 6 pm to 8.30 pm for £140, the late seating is at 9 pm followed by a New Year’s Eve party & private fireworks display for £210 (and if you're at the early dinner and want to see the fireworks, it's £75 per person).
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.
Sexy Fish - their second sitting of a 6 course tasting menu featuring a deluxe sashimi platter and grilled Japanese Wagyu is £275 - there's a free first cocktail, early morning (from 1am) snacks and live entertainment and music. Groups of six minimum. Call 020 3764 2000. to book.
Murano has a seven course New Year's Eve feast for £150 including a welcome glass of Prosecco.
Quaglino's will offer a 3 course menu for £100 per person for the early seating 17:30 – 19:30 and for £180 per person from 19:45 to 23:00 when you are invited to keep the table for the rest of the evening and dance the night away with live entertainment,
Enjoy a Spanish New Year's Eve at Sagardi in Shoreditch where seven courses with welcome cocktail, Basque wines and Gin & Tonic will set you back £140 for a minimum of two people.
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 yellow tail carpaccio with aji amarillo chili, guinea fowl with wheat grain, brussels sprout & truffle jus and mont blanc & blackcurrant coulis for £60 - 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 late sitting evening meal, which includes canapes on arrival costs £74.50.
Dishoom King’s Cross, Shoreditch, Carnaby, Covent Garden are hosting a Bombay vintage glam party. For £60 you get a welcome glass of prosecco, a feast of Dishoom’s favourite dishes followed by a DJ to take you into the New Year.
The Marksman are putting on a Best Of 2016 Cookbook Dinners menu for New Year's Eve featuring some of the dishes showcased throughout the series, created exclusively for one night only. Tickets are £75 per person and include an aperitif on arrival. Contact email@example.com to book
An Affordable New Year (£50 and under)
Chicago Rib Shack in Clapham is having a Prohibition-style event. The sitting at 8pm is £35 for three courses including welcome Prosecco and then there’s a sitting from 9:30pm for £45 when you have the table for the night.
Bruno Loubet’s King’s Cross restaurant Grain Store is putting on an Early Evening Menu - three courses are £37.50 and it’s served from 5.45pm till 7.00pm, so you’ll have plenty of time afterwards to head to the river to see the fireworks.
(OK so it's just over but...) Dickie Fitz has a seven-course tasting menu kicking off with fizz and featuring dishes like Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Duck Ragu and Scallop with Smoked Aubergine It’s £55 and runs from 5.30pm – 10pm
If you’re up for street food, head down to Pop Brixton where tickets are £15 on the door on the night. There’ll be live music from the Hackney Colliery Band, as well as a live DJ set plus all manner of food and drink vendors. It kicks off at 7pm, and will run through until 3am
For a quick pitstop bubbledogs are throwing their doors open for party goers to kickstart the evening with two glasses of Grower Champagne plus unlimited sides and a dog for £35.
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.
Over at Absurd Bird on Commercial Street it's £45 for a three-course dinner, a complimentary Moonshine Mary cocktail, bottomless Prosecco between 8-10pm, and night-long access to the party downstairs featuring disco beats from DJ Mark Malle.
New Year's Eve at Tapas Revolution Shoreditch sees chef Omar Allibhoy serving up a three course feast for £29.50, including a glass of cava on arrival. Join in the ‘Nochevieja’ tradition of eating 12 grapes before midnight to ensure good luck for 2017. Bookings are for a minimum of 4 people - email Shoreditch@tapasrevolution.com.
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