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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The Oystermen's NYE menu is available on both Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st December. The five course dinner with top champagne to start includes Brixham sea bass with truffled creamed potato.
XU will be celebrating its first NYE with a feast of its signature dishes plus some one-off specials. Tickets are £65 and include a welcome drink and dishes such as Sweet and Sour Eel; Wild Pheasant, Pickled Quince and Hazlenut; Egg Drop Crab; and Ma Lai Cake. Bookings for the main restaurant or private Mah Jong Rooms can be made at xulondon.com or by emailing email@example.com.
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.
A bargain for Mayfair - Michelin starred Jamavar has a 7 course New Year’s Eve menu at £85, with dishes including Tellicherry Pepper & Garlic Soft Shell Crab and Quail Kempu.
It's all about the show at Park Chinois which will have tableside performances from jesters, illusionists and musicians. The three course menu includes Australian abalone and Chilean Wagyu beef. It's £300 per person for three courses, late dining (from 9pm) and live entertainment or £120 for three courses for early dining. Book on 020 3327 8888.
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.
Go large at The Berkeley where they're throwing one hell of a party for £495. Start with a seven-course culinary fest, journeying from coast to coast of the British Isles, accompanied by jugglers, musicians and dancers, moving seamlessly around the Ballroom and Belgravia Room. There's champagne toasts for the New Year then cocktails from their Blue Bar team and dancing into the night.
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.
If you're looking for somewhere for a quickish bite on the night, head for bubbledogs. Grab one of their gourmet dogs plus two glasses of Grower Champagne and unlimited sides for £35 which gets you 1.5 hours at the table - runs until 12.30am.
At Yosma on Baker Street from 9pm - 3am they'll be running a buffet-style menu featuring some of executive chef Hus Vedat’s favourite dishes, as well as plying guests with Raki sours until midnight. There will be DJs playing live music through the night - advance tickets are £50.
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. Ticketsstart from £20 and include a menu of American diner classics and bowling too.
Sky Bar’sNew 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.
Nobu Shoreditch is putting on a seven course Omakase menu and restaurant after party for £150 or £185 (later seating). Or celebrate with the whole Nobu New Year’s Eve: Dine, Dance & Stay room package which includes a night’s stay, a table in the restaurant and entry to the New Year’s Party from £515.
Som saa are throwing New Year’s party where the menu includes betel leaf wraps, a cooling central plains noodle dish with Dorset crab, and a rich massaman curry. The tasting menu, wine choice and DJ until 2am are all included for £55 per person.
South of the River
If your credit limit’s as high as the Shard book a banquette at aqua Shard for £350 per person (you'll need a group of between 5-7 of you). That includes 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.
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.
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.
Based in the old station office, Coal Rooms in Peckham run a nose-to-tail menu based around cooking from the on-site butchery over an open fire. Their NYE menu is £60 and includes a 100 day aged Shorthorn tartare with beef dripping toast. Add a wine flight for an additional £25. The fun kicks off from 6pm and runs all the way till 1am.
Duddell’s are going back in time with their ‘One Night in Shanghai’ party on New Year’s Eve. Beginning at 8.30pm with a 10 course dinner accompanied by a jazz band and live jazz vocalist, Georgia Mancio there'll also be a welcome cocktail and Perrier-Jouet champagne to toast at midnight for £275.
Duck Duck Goose at Pop Brixton has a NYE feast for £38 (two seatings - 7pm and 9pm). You get entry to Pop Brixton’s 1970’s New York disco and a selection of small plates for dinner which kicks off with a ginger & plum sour martini. Dishes include seared scallops with XO butter and their amazing peanut butter French toast.
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.