Before the resolutions kick in, it’s time to have one last bender, a send off for 2018. And we live in THE city for the ultimate New Year’s Eve party. Here are just 40.
They say that how you spend New Year’s Eve is a sign of how you’ll spend the next year, so spend it partying with your best friends at M Restaurants. Both restaurants (Victoria and Threadneedle Street) will be putting on parties with Champagne on arrival, indoor fireworks, live music DJs and a special five-course menu from Executive Head Chef Michael Reid (Celebrity MasterChef Judge, Great British Menu Finalist and Sunday Brunch Regular).
Bring to 2019 in style at The LaLiT London’s exclusive New Year’s party, which will pair mind-bending burlesque from Claudia Contortionist with a formal five-course dinner. Start the night right with festive fizz on arrival, before dining on oysters with cucumber and gin foam; tandoori monkfish with coriander and coconut chutney; and Sula spiced roast saddle of red deer with yoghurt sauce. As the clock strikes midnight, DJ Carly Foxx will take to the decks as you dance into the small hours.
Where to start at The Lanesborough? The Hyde Park Corner hotel is pretty much all things to all party goers this New Year’s Eve. Their ‘house party’ will unite all parts of the iconic venue, with dinner at restaurant Céleste or Michelin star joint St. Georges & Withdrawing Room, take cocktails in The Library Bar, swing, jazz and socialising in the Belgravia Ballroom and then pop to The Garden Room for a quick cigar before heading back to the fun upstairs. It’s one great big party in one of the glitziest hotels in town.
What better way to start the New Year than with good food, music and magic? Chokhi Dhani will have Magic Junior performing from 8pm, a DJ playing from until 1am and a special menu with dishes including Moët et Chandon sticky mango chicken with jumbo prawn malabar pan grilled; chicken guldasta biryani, tandoori bater, quail egg and raita and for pudding chocolate breeze with sweet trimmings.
Roast will be in ringing in the New Year with a special A la carte menu which includes dishes such as hand-dived scallops with cherry wood smoked saddleback, pickled celeriac and rhubarb and roasted breast of guinea fowl with a fondant potato, winter truffle and tarragon and for pudding, a preserved cherry Bakewell tart with clotted cream ice cream. There’ll also be a complimentary glass of Champagne per person, live music from 8:30pm and an interactive show with a magician.
Looking for the most glamorous way to start 2019? Park Chinois is hosting a post midnight party with DJs playing on both floors until 3am. There are a limited number of tickets available so get booking quickly.
Where: Park Chinois, 17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8EA
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
27 Restaurant & Bar is swapping London for NYC as they entertain revellers with well-known and spectacular Broadway hits throughout the evening. Start with champagne and canapés on arrival before sitting down to a four-course supper and watching the entertainment as you sing your way into the New Year.
Where: 27 Restaurant & Bar at Crown London Aspinalls, 27 Curzon Street, Mayfair W1J 7TJ
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.4 miles)
The Montague On The Gardens be welcoming in 2019 with a decadent four-course meal and a live pianist in The Leopard Bar. The menu includes marbled foie gras and green peppercorn terrine with toasted brioche, rack of lamb with a black olive crust, courgette Provençale, carrot and horseradish sauce and chocolate crème brûlée with orange shortbread.
Smith & Wollensky is welcoming in the New Year with a special menu which includes USDA prime sirloin carpaccio with truffle and parmesan, Irish beef fillet Wellington and Sauternes caramel with Armagnac prunes and artisanal cheeses. Open until 2am and close to Embankment it’s the perfect place for pre or post firework celebrations away from the crowds.
Where: The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam Street, Covent Garden Riverside, London WC2N 6HT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Charing Cross (0.1 miles)
If you’re all about this year’s John Lewis ad then it’s a little bit funny, but The Piano Works, West End might be your thing. The club that’s led by some superb piano-ing, audience requests and a house band that’s second to not many, is a great way to spend a weekend (check it out) but an even better shout for a NYE party. The event will be a black tie affair and the live music will continue until 2am (having started at 5pm!), at which point a DJ will take to the decks until 6am.
Where: 47 Whitcomb Street, London WC2H 7DH, UK (Off Leicester Square)
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
Storm clouds may gather and stars may collide, but we will love you Blakes, until the end of time… No we’re not getting incredibly soppy but are in fact quoting Moulin Rouge, which will be the theme at Blakes marvellous New Year’s Eve soiree this time around. Offering the whole package, you’ll be able to stay for two nights with breakfast and dinner included in the Blakes Restaurant, and don your best Burlesque-style outfits. Ooo la la!
It’s already one of London’s most sought-after rooftops, but come New Year the world goes mad for Radio Rooftop. And well they might, the view of the official fireworks should be splendid, located just a short walk from the riverside, and as well as the best views there’l be a chocolate fountain, hot and cold canapés, artisan cheese, sweet treats and an open bar (you had me at chocolate fountain) all accompanied by live DJs.
We bang on throughout this guide about the official Mayor of London’s New Year fireworks, and how various venues have front row seats. Well even they can’t beat the Marriott County Hall Hotel, which is so close to the launch they’ll probably ban cigarettes in case they set off the touch paper. Right on the bank of The Thames, immediately adjacent to the London Eye, traditionally the centrepiece of the display, the hotel will be throwing a full-on Gala Dinner. Either dine in the historic Library or at Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar and wolf down a four-course menu including a Champagne receptoin and wines with all courses, see in New Year and enjoy live music. You literally couldn’t be closer unless you were strapped onto a rocket.
Berkeley Street has been hosting some of the most exclusive New Year’s parties since time immemorial, from the Victorians to the roaring 20s, the swinging ’60s, the brash ’80s, and so it’s only right that the Mayfair street remains at the top of its game as the home of glitz and glamour with a little help from Bocconcino. The restaurant invites you to ‘ring in’ 2019 with two Italian dinner options, created by Executive Head Chef Marco Corsica. Guests at the late sitting (that is, after 9pm) will enjoy a four course meal and a DJ into the early hours, plus (of course) Prosecco!
Could it get any grander than The Savoy? The hotel that has hosted literally hosts of luminaries for New Years past, will be once again throwing themselves open for one of the grandest bashes in town. Not only the hotel’s commanding Thames-side location a huge bonus from a fireworks point of view (they’re basically opposite!) but the figurative fireworks inside on the plates, in the ballroom and the various bars. Like the Beaufort Bar, with its dark opulence, and unlimited canapés and Champagne. Or for the more peckish, try dinner at Kaspar’s at The Savoy and Thames Foyer who will be offering guests a four course menu along with a welcome glass of Louis Roederer Brut. The menu includes a first plate of lobster ravioli with vanilla foam and lobster and a crab bisque. Mains are Irish black Angus beef filet and Perigord truffle foie gras with black garlic whipped potato and bone marrow or line caught turbot supreme with langoustine and clams with Irish dulse and caviar velour. And the big party will take place at the Savoy’s ballroom, the perfect after dinner experience.
Start New Year off with a glass of Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve before tucking into a three-course set menu as the ideal way to say farewell to 2018. We’ve got our eye on the venison loin with potato fondant, broccoli and red currant jus; the pan-roasted scallops with black pudding and golden raisins and for pudding the chocolate and armagnac fondant with salted caramel ice cream. The bar will remain open until 1am, backed by a live DJ.
Start with a glass of NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve Champagne before tucking into a three course menu with dishes such as pork and pistachio terrine and spiced chutney and fillet steak with fries, stuffed Portobello mushroom and bone marrow gravy and for pudding, buttermilk panna cotta with blackberries and gingerbread biscuit. Then dance it all off to the DJ who will be playing until 1am.
Perrier-Jouet have joined forces with the Intercontinental London Park Lane to present their New Year’s Eve Champagne Lounge; a perfect combination of jazz and Champagne (and if you’re not a jazz fan, the Champagne will at least take the edge off). The location, the hotel’s Arch Bar and Wellington Lounge, is a great setting and ideal for seeing in the new year! With Champagne and canapés free-flowing, this should be a great evening.
Where: One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London, W1J 7QY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.2 miles)
The dazzling Sky Garden which towers 155 metres over London streets will be throwing a Studio 54 party for NYE, giving you a chance to indulge in nine-piece party band beats and get a truly splendid view of the pop and crackles of fireworks. If you’re done with awkward dinner parties or spending the evening in with your cat, it’s time to go full blown New Year; think sparkles, sequins and disco dancing in something we imagine to be on par with the Friends episode where Monica and Ross whack out their famed NYE dance. Guests will receive a welcome drink upon arrival and dine on snacks and sharing boards which are available to purchase, as are dining packages.
Where: Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 8AF, UK
Nearest station: Monument (0.2 miles)
Look familiar? Studio 88 is the sister club to The Piano Works and takes the perfect formula of a band and pianist, audience requests and an evening of Champagne, merriment, music to its logical New Yearsy conclusion.
Where: 47 Whitcomb Street, London WC2H 7DH, UK (Off Leicester Square)
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
A night of mystery and magic awaits you at Mews of Mayfair as they have arranged for you quite the New Year’s Eve spectacle. You’ll be able to select from a menu that includes poached chalk stream trout, aylesbury duck rillette, backed gnocchi and more with all ingredients being totally organic and free range. And as the clock strikes twelve you’ll don a mask and join in on a Masquerade Party, laden with Dom Perignon, Veuve Clicquot and Belvedere to ring in the New Year. Essentially, it’s one big party with great food and you can’t go far wrong with that!
Dig under the Crowne Plaza London – The City and you’ll find a special ancient hideaway, welcome to Voltaire Bar & Vaults. Ideally located close to Blackfriars Bridge (perfect for the fireworks) Voltaire Bar & Vaults is hosting a New Year’s Eve party that promises a buzzing crowd, live music and tables for four to ten guests, or single tickets if you’re feeling friendly (midnight stranger kiss not guaranteed). But, frankly, quite likely.
If it’s good enough for the Spice Girls then who are we to say zig-a-zig-nah? The hotel’s famous staircase was the backdrop for the Wannabe video, but the imposing gothic hotel is the perfect backdrop for your new year party. Head on a journey through history and location as you embrace the diversity and lifestyle of four separate European cities in St Pancras Renaissance’s novel New Year party. Held in the Booking Office Restaurant and Bar, the station hotel will whisk guests to Venice, Vienna, Paris and London, with food and cocktails from each city along the way.
St Martin’s Lane was always going to be keepin’ it classy for New Year’s Eve and their restaurant, Asia de Cuba, is doing just that with a five-course dinner. Arrive to a glass of Champagne alongside canapes, cocktails, spirits and mixers oh and did we mention the 5-course dinner? Yep, you’ll indulge in one of those too. Favouring the re-fuel method, St Martin’s Lane are offering up sandwiches after the clock strikes midnight, in a bid to keep those feet dancing to the DJ spinning you into next year. Well, sounds like the full package!
Where: 45 St. Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4HX, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Leicester Square (0.2 miles)
Morgan’s Hotel Group strike again, this time at The Sanderson where hand-dived scallops and pressed foie gras are order of the evening, along with Champagne for a hearty meal in the restaurant. Meanwhile New Year’s Eve in the Long Bar will involve a resident DJ and the chance to dance into 2019 in style.
Where: 50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Goodge Street (0.4 miles)
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One of London’s most elegant hotels, perched overlooking the Thames as it flows serenely toward the big smoke. The Victorian splendour is perfect for hosting New Year, where they’re putting on a five-course blowout dinner before welcoming the new year with Champagne and (and the mechanics of this are a little unclear) guaranteed real snowfall!
Where: The Petersham Hotel, Nightingale Lane, Richmond, TW10 6UZ
Nearest station: Richmond (0.8 miles)
Just a stone’s throw from all the New Year’s excitement on Trafalgar Square, and about two stone’s throws from the river where one of the biggest fireworks displays in the world will be taking place come midnight. And inside it’s pretty impressive too, with an all-inclusive New Year’s Eve party in the ball room. Enjoy Champagne and a four-course dinner, followed by a unique view of the fireworks before heading back indoors and out of the cold with late-night snacks and dancing until the party comes to an end at 2am.
Where: 8 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5BY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Charing Cross (0.1 miles)
Sitting, as it does, opposite the BBC, you can bet that the DJs at The Langham for their New Year’s Party are going to be more than up to the challenge of bringing in the New Year The Wigmore within the hotel. Grab a bite first at Palm Court, where dishes will be served to the backdrop of a smooth jazz trio, or choose between a three and five course meal at Roux at The Landau.
Where: 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London, W1B 1JA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Oxford Circus (0.3 miles)
Bring in 2019 in dazzling style at Aqua Shard with spellbinding views from one of London’s most iconic restos, with the opportunity to indulge in the Mayor of London fireworks, exploding against the city skyline. The last supper at the coveted New Year hot spot will include a sensational dining experience featuring English wagyu and scallops, with wine accompaniment. Think five-course best of British offerings, Champagne to see in the New Year and throughout and party filled to the brim with glamour for dessert. The Spinettes harmony band will lead you into the countdown and then DJs will take it from there, booming into 2019 until 3:30am. Who said nothing good ever happened after midnight?
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)
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Everyone loves a rooftop party, more so at New Year when it’s serious #viewgoals time as the pops and bangs of fireworks steal away with the night. This is why aqua, the rooftop venue in London’s west end, is the coveted NYE destination and undeniably the place to be seen come countdown. What’s more, there are two restos to pick from. Enjoy Spanish cuisine in aqua nueva or Japanese in aqua Kyoto. Either way, you’ll be well fed with stomach’s lined for the rest of the glitz and glam the evening holds.
Aqua Nueva– this restaurant that thrives off Spanish influence will be supplying a curated menu boasting dishes synonymous to the country. On offer there’s Jamón Ibérico, cod ceviche, violet artichokes, fillets of Galician beef and an ending of dark chocolate hemisphere mousse on offer.
Aqua Kyoto– Renowned for their contemporary take on Japanese cuisine, kyoto will be offering a curated menu of staple dishes from edamame, to a New Year’s innovative nigiri sushi with caviar and wagyu beef sirloin. For dessert, revellers can choose from yuzu mousse and petit fours.
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Whilst New Year’s resolutions might be things that go in one year and out the other (get it?) Hutong are keeping it real and sticking to their word that they’ll continue to throw epic parties. Situated on the 33rdfloor of The Shard, guests will enjoy a four-course sharing menu littered with delectable Chinese dishes and washed down Champagne on arrival, and to toast in the New Year. Going out with a bang, you’ll watch the fireworks then party up in aqua shard until 3.30am.
Where: Level 33, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)
How about a NYE with a difference as W London toast to not only a brand-new year but all of the bright sparks that have made this one oh, so rambunctious! The Bright Young Things New Year event invites you to grab that outrageously sparkly outfit from your wardrobe and don it to an event that will have your feet aching come morning. There will be a mix of acid-tone club-glam, live performances and resident DJs blasting you into 2019. Attendees will feast on a luxe and playful eight-course tasting menu by chef, Ben Murphy, with dishes taking influence from his childhood. Guests can choose from wine pairing or free-flowing Champagne to boot… wow, it’s a hard life!
Last year saw Annie Lennox getting the restaurant up and dancing and now The Wolseley is back for NYE 2018 to see if they can top it! The suave event will see guests donning their flashiest outfits and feast on a five-course menu alongside a booming London Dance Orchestra, in what we can only imagine to be like a scene from Bond. Then, as the night progresses and the hair starts to progressively get let down, the seven-piece band will usher guests onto the dance floor for a rip-roaring repertoire of 1930s and 402 swing until 1am. The Champagne fuelled event is an unmissable way to get involved with New Year’s Eve shenanigans.
If, like me, you don’t consider it New Year unless you’re dressed in chainmail, then head to The Ivory Vaults for a NYE party with rather a big difference. The St Katharine Docks venue are throwing a full-on mediaeval banquet. The six course meal will be accompanied by entertainment including professionally trained fighting knights, acrobats, musicians, singers, dancers and court jesters. As well as dinner there’ll be Champagne and a disco (I think by this point they’ll have dropped the Mediaeval thing) until the small hours of 2019.
Where: Ivory Vaults Ivory House St Katharine Docks London, E1W 1BP
Nearest station: Tower Hill (0.4 miles)
Right at the top of the Mondrian London sits one of London’s most enjoyable bars. Welcome to Rumpus Room and look forward to a New Year’s Eve to remember. Not only is the view one of the best in town (you’re on the edge of the Thames so should get a prime view of the official display, but Rumpus Room is high enough to see out across London at the various pyrotechnics happening across the capital. The format for the night will be a Champagne reception followed by an open bar all evening with entertainment from a live band as well as live DJ set.
If you’re planning to eat out this New Year’s Eve then you might want to consider Bulgari Hotel and their restaurant Rivea London. Inspired by Italian and Provencal food markets, Rivea London offers French and Italian cuisine, and if you’ve not yet made it down then they’re running a four or seven (yes, seven) course New Year’s Eve menu. Perfect pre-party scoff.
Where: Bulgari Hotel London, 171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DW, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Knightsbridge (0.2 miles)
Wherever you dine this New Year’s Eve, it’ll be worth stopping into The New York Bar at The Rubens at the Palace for a spot of post dinner grub and Champagne. Their sharing platter should give you more than enough to fill a nosebag while the hotel, right next to Buckingham Palace couldn’t be more convenient (especially if you’re The Queen).
Mews of Mayfair will be masquerading as a Masked Party this New Year’s Eve, bringing a spot more glamour to Mayfair (were such a thing possible). Pop on your best mask, grab your free glass of Veuve Clicquot on arrival and enjoy the night. There’s a prize for the best dressed and this promises to be one of the cheapest New Year’s parties in down, with tickets starting at just £20.
One member of The Handbook team is convinced that Madison has the best view of any restaurant in London (it’s unclear what Galvin at Windows, Skygarden or any of The Shard restaurants have done to her), and she has a point; looking out over St Paul’s gives Madison one of the most enviable roof terraces in town. So much so that it’s difficult not to see how this wouldn’t make the most ideal place to celebrate anything, let alone New Year’s Eve. And this NYE they’ll be holding a Wolf of Wall Street themed party. Given their location right in the centre of the Square Mile, plus their New Yoik-ey vibes, this couldn’t be more appropriate, or promising..
Where: Rooftop Terrace, 1 New Change, St Pauls, London, EC4M 9AF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Mansion House (0.2 miles)
Cuban vibes down at 100 Wardour Street. And while there mightn’t be torpedo shaped hand rolled cigars on hand, nor rampant Marxist–Leninist Communism, there will be a Havana-inspired evening with a Cuban band, dancers, and entertainment in the bar as well as a live band, The Fellas, in the restaurant. Welcome to “Fiesta del Soho”.
Where: 100 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 0TN, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road (0.4 miles)
A great opening for 2018 was Jin Bo Law and as if things couldn’t get any better than this sky bar in The City, they’ve only gone and brought in a snow machine for New Year’s Eve! Obviously this could backfire if it actually snows, I don’t think we’d mind. Watch the final sunset of 2018 before getting to work celebrating the final midnight, with live DJs, canapés, Champagne at midnight and ‘one special appearance you won’t forget’ (beats us but sounds intriguing).
Where: 14th Floor Dorsett City, 9 Aldgate High Street, London EC3N 1AH
Nearest station: Aldgate (0.1 miles)
If there’s one time of year that it’s possibly appropriate to slur the words to Wonderwall while downing another glass of Prosecco it’s New Year at Lucky Voice. Their *extreme* karaoke, with extreme props and Prosecco. “By now you should’ve somehow realised what you gotta do…”
We tried to go to Chinese Whispers Club but think the address got confused somehow along the way. So instead we’re heading to Chinese Cricket Club at the Crowne Plaza London The City where they’re serving up a nine course (scrolling up, I think that’s a record) dinner for New Year’s Eve for a medley of the AA Rosette winning restaurant’s favourite hits.
Where: Chinese Cricket Club Restaurant, New Bridge Street, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Blackfriars (0.1 miles)
It’s Capodanno at Diciannove! The Italian New Year feast will kick off with a glass of Prosecco on arrival followed by a 4 course dinner and, of course, live entertainment. Under the eye of Executive Chef Alessandro Bay, who trained under Michelin star chef Georgio Locatelli, guests will enjoy freshly made pasta, Italian wines served in carafes, sit down to a sophisticated Italian meal this NYE.
Where: Diciannove Italian Restaurant, New Bridge Street, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Blackfriars (0.3 miles)
How about New Year round Jamie Oliver’s place? Specifically, his restaurant Fifteen where their NYE Colourama dinner will provide plenty of fizz (they’re partnering with Veuve Clicquot – after all, what’s New Year without bubbles?), paired with a feast of the sensations from the naked chef.