New year new you, and all that, but given it’s New Year’s Eve all that can wait while ‘old you’ stuffs their face and knocks back Champagne. Yes, we’re looking forward to 2020 and making sure that we bring it in in style, which is where The Handbook comes in with more suggestions than ever!
New Year’s Eve is about style: enter DoubleTree by Hilton Docklands. Dine in style with an indulgent, four-course dinner, sip bottomless drink and enjoy live entertainment then head onto the hotel’s private boat and enjoy unlimited fizz, beer and wine as you cruise along the Thames and enjoy London’s legendary firework display.
Quite literally the most iconic place to do New Year in the world. London’s skyline will burst onto the world stage at midnight, and so shall you from one of the terraces of the South Bank Centre, right by all the fun.
This year’s celebration promises to be nothing short of an extravaganza, transformed into a five-floor party destination, with themed rooms taking guests back through the various decades that the Centre has been the focus of celebration. Six bars, live acts and a total of fifteen DJs will set the scene for a New Year’s Eve celebration that promises to offer not only the perfect party, but also an unforgettable display in the form of the UK’s largest annual fireworks display, taking place literally outside on the South Bank.
The piano really does WORK on New Year’s Eve at The Piano Works. Grab your best frock and rock up to the black tie dinner and party with a sheath of song-requests at both their West End and Farringdon venues. The tiered pricing starts at just £20 a head, and the live music will be going throughout the night as the live band play request after request. At 2am the party keeps on going thanks to a DJ whose decks will keep on turning until 4am!
Normally downing five courses before being whisked up to a great height might not be considered a brilliant idea, but at The Athenaeum the feast is courtesy of Michelin Starred Galvin at The Atheneum and the height is the unmissable tenth floor residents’ lounge, The View.
The meal promises to be something to remember, but equally the view, a sweep across St James’s Park and central London beyond just as the entire capital explodes with colour, simply cannot disappoint. And, at £105 per person, nor will the price.
Where: 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.4 miles)
Unless you were strapped to the side of a rocket you’d be unlikely to get a more spectacular front-row seat of London’s NYE celebrations.
Gillray’s overlooks the Houses of Parliament and stands within sparkler-throwing-distance of the London Eye, effectively making it NYE ground zero. So could there be any better place to enjoy the smartest ticket in town, a drinks reception followed by a full-on gala dinner? Prepared by Executive Chef Jamie Welch, expect Gillray’s specialities, perfect wine pairings and, of course, that view…
Where: Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar, Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Waterloo (0.3 miles)
Raise the roof while you dine at The Curtain Hotel and Members signature resto Red Rooster this New Years Eve. This soul food restaurant has rustled up two special set menus featuring signature dishes like Sammy’s chicken and waffles.
Or take the party to the dance floor across both floors of The Curtain. The music will be pumping, drinks flowing and expect to dance to the beat of everything from hip hop and R&B to ’90s and ’00s. Grab your tickets here
Brace the frost and head out this New Year’s to South Place Hotel. This year, Rollplay returns with another fantastic line up fronted by a friendly duo you might recognise… But you’ll have to wait and see. Joining them will be Brawther bringing a solid catalogue of house cuts that secured him alongside some of dance music’s best.
If you’re lucky enough to have a membership at South Kensington Club you can expect to be boogying your way into the New Year, Latino style at their mega NYE ‘Living La Vida Loca!’ party. Two DJs will be dropping the beats as you watch the skyline light up with fireworks over Chelsea.
Lobster al la Romana and beef fillet tournedos Rossini make up just half the four courses at Mercante this New Year’s Eve. And once guests are exquisitely full the celebrations continue in The Palm Court as The Sheraton London Park Lane kicks off an evening of live jazz and big screen fireworks.
Where: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.4 miles)
Slow down and take things easy this New Year’s Eve with a nights stay at the all new Japanese inspired hotel, The Prince Akatoki London. Nuzzled in the heart of London, you can expect five-star luxury, natural elements and the traditions of Japanese hospitality fused together. Wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on 2020.
Where: The Prince Akatoki London, Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London, UK
Nearest station: Marble Arch (0.3 miles)
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)
In Medieval times New Year’s Eve was typically celebrated on March 25th, but at The Ivory Vaults don’t expect to wait nearly four months for the chance to enjoy six courses with drinks, an array of entertainment, including professionally trained knights fighting, acrobats, musicians, singers, dancers and, of course, court jesters.
The spectacle will take over the 10,000 square foot historic venue and fill it with medieval entertainment, food, a six course meal and, in authentic style, a disco to keep the NYE party burning until the early hours.
Kick off 2020 the right way with Sea Containers London. Let the countdown commence as you celebrate with loved ones at Sea Containers Restaurant, 12th Knot and Lyaness and boogie your way into the new year. Over in the Sea Containers Restaurant sample their impeccable set menu, or reside under the stars overlooking London’s twinkling skyline on the rooftop bar 12th Knot, Champers in tow.
Where: Level 33, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)
London Cabaret Club will be embracing F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel ‘The Great Gatsby in the stunning surroundings of the art deco classic Bloomsbury Ballroom. Inspired by the novel, cabaret styles from the ’20s to the present day will be richly represented, not to mention some of the finest costumes ever created for cabaret and some of the West End’s best performers and the UK’s most impressive dance troupes.
From daredevil stunts featuring acrobats, aerialists and contortionists, plus a whole host of other surprises to keep the audience on the edge of their seats this promises to be a New Year’s Eve that Jay Gatsby would surely approve of.
The VIP ‘Diamond’ ticket to The London Cabaret Club’s New Years Eve celebration includes ‘premium’ NYE party bags, a selection of the finest wines and champagnes and entertainment plus an impressive hospitality experience. Continue the celebrations after midnight in The Ballroom’s newly re-launched Rose Bar, where guests will be treated to ‘pop up’ entertainment, bespoke cocktails and DJs until 5am!
Where: The London Cabaret Club The Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square WC1B 4DA
Nearest station: Holborn (0.2 miles)
Dance your way into 2020 with The Perception Bar’s future disco. Expect a whole lotta Champagne, shimmering backdrops and the ultimate dance off with your friends as you party your way into the last and biggest party of the year. If you want to really go all out, indulge in their specially curated NYE dinner complete with a selection of wine and an added sparkle.
Where: 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
Raising the curtain into 2020 is Circus London and their sensational New Year’s Eve party. You’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to Montemartre Paris, so you can guarantee you’ll be partying the night away like a true bohemian. Expect Veuve Clicquot Champagne to be flowing, Pan-Asian dining that packs a punch and cabaret artists taking over the ‘stage table’ in the centre.
Where: 27-29 Endell Street, Westminster, London, WC2H 9BA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Covent Garden (0.1 miles)
Technically one of the first places in London to experience 2020, East London’s InterContinental London – The O2 promises an evening of luxury New Year’s Eve celebrations. The Greenwich Peninsula hotel has a number of packages at their Eighteen Sky Bar and Clipper Bar, with incredible views across London perfect for enjoying views of the fireworks as the clocks strike as well as a special NYE tasting menu at their Michelin-star restaurant, Peninsula.
Where: InterContinental London - The O2, One Waterview Drive, London, SE10 0TW, UK
Nearest station: North Greenwich (0.4 miles)
Truffle lovers, this one’s for you!
Indulge in a five-course truffle-inspired menu courtesy of M Victoria Street. From 8pm, their resident DJ and sax duo will be getting you in the groove and will no doubt have you dancing into 2020 in style. And, to save you from the bitter weather, you can enjoy an indoor fireworks display too, perfect!
Where: Zig Zag Building, 74 Victoria Street, Westminster, SW1E 6SQ
Nearest station: St. James's Park (0.3 miles)
Head back to the ’80s with a New Year’s Eve ball over at Epsom Downs Racecourse. Get your dancing shoes at the ready and groove into 2020 with The Jockey Club’s DJ who’ll be pumping out the disco tunes, alongside a steady flow of two course buffet foods.
If you haven’t got too much of a sore head on New Year’s Day, race on over to Cheltenham Racecourse for a day at the races. Local favourites Tommy and The Fuse will be filling the air with their musical notes, while the kiddies explore the family fun entertainment.
Victorian splendour and one of the most serene views in town make The Petersham ideal for bringing in 2020. The restaurant will be laying on a sophisticated celebration with Head Chef Jean-Didier Gouges creating an incredible seven-course dinner and music courtesy of pianist Gareth Giles.
Where: The Petersham Hotel, Nightingale Lane, Richmond, TW10 6UZ
Nearest station: Richmond (0.8 miles)
Going, going, GONG! It’s going to be 1977 at GŌNG Bar’s Studio 52 New Year’s Eve event, hosted by some of the best-loved drag acts around including Sadie Sinner and Vinegar Strokes! Look forward to a disco extravaganza and dress accordingly. What’s more, the setting, the Shard’s Shangri La hotel promises to wow.
The only way to make the event more memorable would be to travel even further back in time and visit the glamour of the 1950s at TING Restaurant. Six courses including an interactive dessert buffet and paired with fine wines and hosted in ’50s style by drag queen Michael Twaits.
Where: 31 St Thomas Street, London SE1 9QU United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)
Kick off the New Year in style thanks to a little help from STK. Head Chef Dimitrios Niarchos will be working his magic creating a selection of New Year’s specials while the resident DJ’s tunes will see you swinging from chandelier to chandelier come midnight. Y’all definitely won’t want to miss this mega American style celebration.
Where: ME London, 336-337 The Strand, London WC2R 1HA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Temple (0.3 miles)
It’s not really New Year’s Eve if you’re not wearing black tie and listening to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. So says The Chesterfield Mayfair who are throwing an extraordinary evening of exquisite food (seven courses prepared by Executive Chef Nathan Hindmarsh), drink (wines from the hotel’s sister vineyard, Bouchard Finlayson in South Africa) and, most importantly, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra! Dinner will be accompanied by a string quartet of RPO musicians and after dinner guests can head through to a Champagne reception with plenty of Lanson Champagne, until midnight strike and the fireworks are televised.
Balthazar’s New Year’s Eve returns with a five-course feast and Champagne by the Nebuchadnezzar (if we’re not mixing up our biblical kings too much already here).
Menu highlights include seared duck liver with onion, steamed turbot and fillet of beef Rossini and pudding’s yuzu parfait and white chocolate crémeux sounds divine. Chomp away as house DJs will count down to 2020 with some of your favourite songs.
Where: 4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5HZ
Nearest station: Covent Garden (0.2 miles)
Champion the end of 2019 with a bang as you dive into ROBATA’s delicious New Years Eve menu. Locked in the heart of Soho, ROBATA makes for the perfect place to enjoy your final meal of 2019 before you dance into the night in Soho. Expect to be munching through salmon rolls, beef tataki, miso aubergine and spicy black cod.
Dine into the night with Roast and their delectable New Year’s offering. Nuzzled in the heart of Borough Market, begin your evening championing the best produce the British Isles has to offer, from Lindisfarne rock oysters to honey roast Dingley Dell ham. Keep the night rolling by dancing along to the live pianist and singer and becoming in awe of the interactive magic show. Er, has anyone seen my bunny?
One place that’s guaranteed to win you over with their New Year’s Eve party is 8 Northumberland Avenue. Expect an evening of luxury and go all out at their all-inclusive soiree. Begin your night by indulging in a four-course feast before grooving to the live band and fireworks with bottomless drinks flowing throughout. Woohoo!
Where: 8 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5BY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Charing Cross (0.1 miles)
Dancing shoes at the ready, Mews of Mayfair has your New Year’s Eve plans sorted. You’ll be transported back to the fiery 20s as you dance into the early hours to the beat of the live music. They’re offering three ticket options – so whether you’re feeling peckish or you just want the dance the night away under the dazzling lights at the Flapper Cocktail Party, all are catered for at this Gatsby-esque party.
As ever, various goings-on at The Rubens at the Palace for New Year’s Eve! The New York Bar will be offering a sharing platter for two, while the Leopard Bar will be serving Champagne and sushi sharing stands. Meanwhile the English Grill and Curry Room will be offering their usual fare.
London clubbing on New Year’s Eve is famously sweaty and not altogether pleasant. You know what’s not sweaty and is altogether pleasant? Celebrating the New Year in a private booth in Lucky Voice, and with karaoke too. This year Lucky Voice will be celebrating the start of 2020 with a fun Stars In Your Eyes theme, so what could be holding you back?
Where: 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin), Saint Mary Axe, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Fenchurch Street (0.2 miles)
One place you can always count on for throwing a great party is The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane. If you’re a lover of jazz, make your way over to The Palm Court and tap to the beat of the live jazz band trio October Moon. And you’ll be able to enjoy London’s legendary New Year’s Eve fireworks in the comfort of warming surroundings on the big screen.
Where: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, The Palm Court Piccadilly, London W1J 7BX
Nearest station: Green Park (0.4 miles)
Grab your flapper dress because you’re headed to the roaring 20’s this New Year’s Eve thanks the festive three-course menu at Hotel Café Royal. Following the marvellous dinner and Veuve Clicquot, you’ll be tapping away the night to the live jazz performances and DJ at Ziggy’s.
Escape the city for a night in the country this New Year’s Eve with Great Fosters. Indulge in their sensational seasonal dinner and dance the night away in the Tithe Barn. Their breakfast offering on New Year’s Day will no doubt kick away your hazy head, or go all out with their New Year’s Day mega brunch offering – there’s even a dessert buffet table!
Don’t miss out on The LaLiT London’s New Year’s Eve ball with star guest performers strutting their stuff. RuPaul’s Drag Race icon Raja will be bringing in the New Year in style while you tuck into a four-course dinner of tandoori lobster, shrimp khichdi, and wild mushrooms, accompanied by Baluchi’s signature Indian breads fresh from The Naan’ery.
Ring in the New Year with Novikov’s mega New Year’s Eve celebrations spread across its three glorious floors, each inspired by different eras and themes. On one floor expect to be kicking back like Gatsby in the Roaring Twenties, enjoy a tipple or two amidst the Shanghai Nights’ meanwhile downstairs, you’ll be thrown into the glitz and the glamour of 1920’s Chicago. Whatever takes your fancy, you know you’ll have a wild night.
When the clock strikes midnight you’ll be dancing with salsa dancers if you venture on over to the Midnight in Havana party at Zuaya. You’ll be gorging in a six-course Latin American feast, sipping on Cuban cocktails and grooving to the beat this New Year’s.
Enjoy 360-degree views of London’s legendary skyline and watch the fireworks sparkle before your eyes in your very own penthouse party. ME London Hotel is offering up the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration for you and 14 of your friends. The catch? It’s £15,000 for up to 15 guests but boy, is it worth it. You can expect a night of Champagne, canapés and an open bar from the comfort of your very own Penthouse Suite ME, plus your own private terrace at Radio Rooftop. Wowee. I mean, where else would you want to spend it?
Forget about a merry Christmas, we’re obsessing over Bocconcino’s stunning New Year’s Eve packages! Whether you’re looking for an early dinner before you jet off for an evening of dancing under the stars, or you want to soak up the full force of the Italian three course dinner, Bocconcino has two dinner seatings that suit all. The later seating will see you diving into a four-course meal before dancing the night away to the DJs tunes into the early hours.
Where: Bankside Hotel, Autograph Collection, Blackfriars Road, Upper Ground, London, UK
Nearest station: London Blackfriars (0.3 miles)
If you fancy a quieter night away from crowds and the drama, The POLO Bar at The Westbury Mayfair is offering a night brimming with Champagne and oysters to add a splash of luxury and glamour. In real tradition, your very own bagpipe player will be walking throughout the bar.
If you thought that Sky Garden, the nation’s highest public garden couldn’t get any better, pour me a glass of Moët & Chandon. The iconic venue have teamed up with the Champagne marque to see in the New Year with a glass of bubbles, live music and an alpine extravaganza to remember! In the 100th year anniversary of Great Gatsby, the roaring ’20s will hit Sky Garden with a glamorous Gatsby-themed party! Live music, DJs and a view that never gets old. Start off with a dinner package at Darwin Brasserie or fine-dining Fenchurch Restaurant to really get 2020 of to the start it deserves!
Where: Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 8AF, UK
Nearest station: Monument (0.2 miles)
Take a break and head out of the city this New Year’s and party into the night at The Fristral Beach Hotel and Spa. Start out with a drink at the Bay Bar before heading down to the Dune Restaurant to devour a bundle of sharing platters and festive treats. Pop-up performers and their very own DJ and Sax duo will see you party into 2020 in style.
Where: Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa, Esplanade Road, Newquay, UK
Nearest station: Newquay (1.4 miles)
Berkeley Square’s Sexy Fish is guaranteed to be one of London’s sexiest New Year’s Eve parties, and not just because it’s in the name of the venue! Celebrate NYE in true Sexy Fish style. Stay sexy. Stay fish.
Where: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR, UK
Nearest station: Green Park (0.3 miles)
Dreaming of a white New Year? The Montague on the Gardens have you covered thanks to their Winter Lodge. The Lanson Winter Lodge pop-up is the ideal place to enjoy New Year’s Eve. Plenty of Lanson Champagne and a real alpine experience!
Cinderella, you shall go to the ball.
Escape the mayhem of city life and head down to Boringdon Hall Hotel & Spa for their Masquerade Ball. Begin the night with a glass of fizz at the Champagne reception in the Great Hall before diving into a five-course menu created by Head Chef Scott Paton. If you’re not too stuffed, dance into the night and gaze up at the fireworks on the lawn at midnight.
Feeling peckish? Dive into a real Bollywood-style feast this New Year’s. The excellent team have carefully crafted a four-course tasting menu revolving around the evening’s main event – a glorious grand Shahi Lamb Biryani, served with all of the trimmings. Expect free flowing lager and cocktails, yippee!
The Mandrake in Fitzrovia is reigning the New Year in style with a wild party in collaboration with The Birdmilk Collective. For a truly immersive NYE and some incredible secret musical performances from global artists and DJ’s, this will start your New Year off with a bang.