If you don’t fancy partying this New Year’s, wave goodbye to 2016 in style with food and fizz in luxurious surroundings. From rustic tapas sharing plates to blow-the-budget gourmet feasts, we’ve searched high and low to bring you the best New Year’s Eve dining experiences. To avoid disappointment, make sure you book in advance, as most of the city’s hotspots are already filling up fast…
For a truly spectacular New Year’s Eve dining experience, Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester will be serving up a Michelin starred feast paired with a selection of sumptuous wines and Champagnes. Indulge in elegant plates of hand-dived scallops with lettuce cream and caviar; duck foie gras in a delicate gelée; and roasted turbot, pumpkin and tartufi di Alba.
New Year’s Eve Menu, five courses for £205, £105 for additional wine pairing; Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair
A popular haunt for theatre goers, this slick Covent Garden hotel will open its Edwardian doors this New Year’s Eve to offer diners a glorious festive menu, brimming with decadent gourmet delights. Look forward to: game terrine with winter fruit compote; duo of Scottish beef with pumpkin and thyme-infused crispy potatoes; and pistachio and potato cake with sweet almond ice cream.
Indigo Festive set menu, two courses £22 or three courses £27; One Aldwych, Covent Garden
Duck & Waffle
London’s sky high restaurant will be hosting a speakeasy-inspired celebration this New Year’s Eve, with a 1920’s Prohibition-themed dining experience. Of course, fancy dress is required – think flapper dresses, fringes and feathers – at this vintage food fest, where you will be greeted by a welcome cocktail, a festive five or six-course menu and top-notch entertainment. Prepare for night of fabulous food, live music and DJ sets that will run well into the night.
New Year’s Eve Celebration, tickets from £125; Duck & Waffle, 110 Bishopgate, City of London
8 Northumberland Avenue
In London, when it comes to dinner and dancing on New Year’s Eve, nothing is more lavish than a night at 8 Northumberland Avenue. This year’s theme is ‘enchanted forest’, so expect all kinds of magical, fairytale delights. A gastronomic four-course feast will be served by AlchemyLive followed by a spectacular firework display, to welcome the New Year with a bang.
New Year’s Eve Party, standard table from £195; 8 Northumberland Avenue, Westminster
The B&H NYE House Party
Happy Instagram snappers will have a field day at Bourne & Hollingsworth’s tropical-themed soirée. The beautiful townhouse will be filled with New Year party revellers, and promises a delicious banquet, cocktails and plenty of dancing, in the most opulent of surroundings.
New Year’s Eve Banquet, £80; B&H Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell
In the grand setting of the glamorous London Edition hotel, Berner’s Tavern – Jason Atherton’s cool dining spot – will be offering two sittings this New Year’s; the first between 6pm and 9pm, and the second at 9:30pm, complete with cocktails, countdowns and DJs to bring in 2017. Highlights on the menu include: lobster cocktail with avocado, baby gem salad, chive oil and caviar; Creedy Carver duck with pickled beetroot purée, crispy thigh and roasted salsify; and flaming Alaska, cocoa nib and almond crumble.
Early dinner: four courses for £95; late dinner: five courses for £200; 10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia
For an evening of fine dining, little beats the iconic grandeur of the Savoy Grill. Hosting a sumptuous seven-course feast, look forward to delights including foie gras ballotine with mead jelly and toasted brioche, and braised halibut with Dorset crab, curly kale and pumpkin velouté. Once the feasting is over, watch the fireworks from the comfort of the River Room in the Savoy Hotel.
Fine Dining & Fireworks Savoy Grill, £220 for seven courses or early four-course dinner for £60; Savoy Hotel, 1 Savoy Court, Strand
Réveillon at SUSHISAMBA
Fusing the allure and energy of Brazil’s Réveillon with a glamourous all-white dress code, SUSHISAMBA’s New Year spread will include six and eight-course sharing menus filled with a fusion of Brazilian, Japanese and Peruvian-inspired delights. Look forward to live music by The Rockets as well as DJ sets, cocktails and sushi platters at the bar.
New Year’s Eve packages start from £200 per person for a six-course sharing menu with welcome cocktail; 110 Bishopgate, City of London
Bocca di Lupo
If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, Bocca di Lupo’s Italian eatery is the place to be this New Year’s Eve. Set in the heart of Soho, Bocca di Lupo’s delicious Italian creations promise a more laid-back dining affair. Choose from a selection of seasonal small and sharing plates including burrata with chilli and olive oil, ox cheek braised with chocolate and spices, gnocchi with a spicy sausage ragu and tajarin with raw duck egg yolk and parmesan. Pull up a stool at the bar, watch the chefs in action and wile away the evening with friends, family and loved ones for a relaxed start to 2017.
12 Archer Street, Soho
For luxury and decadence, Aqua Shard’s opulent New Year’s offering is one to have on your radar. With soaring views of the city skyline, the restaurant is the perfect viewing platform for London’s legendary fireworks, but it’s the exquisite British-inspired menu to really get excited about. Prepare for an extravagant five-course feast featuring the likes of roasted halibut with native lobster hollandaise and wild sea greens, and grilled Hereford beef fillet with woodland mushroom salad and black truffle. Pop the cork on your half a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, hit the dance floor and get ready for the countdown.
New Year’s Eve at Aqua Shard, £395 for five courses and Champagne; Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London Bridge
Berber & Q
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with an exotic Arabian twist, as Josh Katz and Mattia Bianchi take the smoky, late-night drinking sessions of Beirut to their cool Hoxton hangout, Berber & Q. Look forward to a Middle Eastern feast of oysters, grilled merguez and mezze sharing platters brimming with blackened baba ganoush, delicata squash tahini and grilled marinated peppers. Meat will come slow-cooked over embers for a signature smoky finish, and the evening will end with a dramatic saffron-glazed pistachio croque en bouche tower, adorned with sparklers – because it is New Year’s Eve, after all.
Berber & Q One Night Stand, £69; Arch 338, Acton Mews, Hoxton
Searcy’s Champagne and Diamonds
With soaring views of the city in luxurious surroundings, New Year’s Eve at the Gherkin will be one to remember. Feast on an extravagant festive menu carefully prepared by head chef, Barry Tonks – think indulgent foie gras, melt-in-the-mouth scallops and crispy, golden beef wellington – then watch the fireworks from one of the highest points in London. This end of year celebration will be fuelled by Champagne, canapés and a five-course feast, followed by live music and entertainment until the early hours.
Searcy’s in the Sky with Diamonds, £290; The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, City of London
Bob Bob Ricard
With ‘Press for Champagne’ buttons on every table, Bob Bob Ricard guarantees a night of unadulterated, outlandish fun. Start with oysters and caviar followed by chateaubriand or crispy pork belly, then finish on a high with a rich chocolate fondant served with milk ice cream, brandy snap and mint crème anglaise.
1 Upper James Street, Soho