It’s official! Boris has a-OK’d New Year’s celebrations after a marathon cabinet meeting attended by Sir Patrick Vallance and the newly knighted Chris Whitty. Which means that we’re reaching for our party shoes and frocks and heading to one or more of the following brilliant New Year’s Eve parties.
And so should you. There are so many glorious options out there for NYE and with parties not only allowed but still encouraged by the government it would be churlish to not take a lateral flow and grab a hat. Here’s some of the places we’ll be heading…
Step into the golden Inca Empire and celebrate the arrival of 2022 in true Latin American style.
With exciting performances and backed by resident DJs, the bespoke menu comes with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and two sittings, 6pm and 9pm, priced at £150 and £220 per person respectively.
Celebrate the arrival of 2022 in true Latin American style...
The incredibly popular ‘finish at home’ series may be sold out, but if, for whatever reason, you’ve decided to celebrate New Year’s Eve at home then you can still enjoy COYA en Casa, with COYA deliveries from Supper London, Deliveroo or Uber Eats (and if you’re out of range then they’re doing collections too).
Where: 118 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7NW
Shangri-La London The Shard
There won’t be any official London fireworks this year. But it doesn’t mean there won’t be a celebration in the sky above central London, thanks to the efforts of Shangri-La London The Shard.
52 stories above street level, 34 Sky Lounge, TĪNG and GŎNG will be chiming in the New Year with special events.
Restaurant TĪNG will be serving a special dinner menu including oysters, poached lobster salad and wagyu beef wellington, all topped with the obligatory glass of Champagne at midnight. Priced at £299, see here for more details.
GŎNG will be chiming in the New Year with special events...
Meanwhile, Western Europe’s highest hotel bar, GŎNG, on level 52 of the Shard, offers punters the best chance to watch 2021’s final sunset. Their special New Year’s Eve experience includes new winter drinks from Russian vodka brand Beluga, and a delicious Asian-inspired bento box for two at £150 for two.
Finally, head to Sky Lounge for an apres-ski style New Year’s Eve party, with live music and a gourmet late night buffet. Tickets are priced from £70 per person for guests dining at TĪNG beforehand, or from £250 per person when purchased separately.
And why not book into a room and see in New Year’s Day properly too?
Where: 31 St Thomas Street, Borough, SE1 9QU
At upmarket Chinese restaurant Park Chinois the festive spirit takes the form of live king crab in Cantonese XO sauce; crispy label rouge chicken with crispy hokkaido scallop; and A5 gumma Wagyu short ribs, with rice with onsen tamago.
The special New Year’s Eve menu is part of the Night of Fantasy, a decedent evening of delicious food along with music and entertainment.
A decedent evening of delicious food along with music and entertainment.
If you can’t make the celebrations, then you could always opt for the Park Chinois at Home, with everything delivered to enjoy with friends or family.
Where: 17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8EA
Skylight Tobacco Dock
Skate your way into 2022 at East London’s Skylight. Skylight Tobacco Dock has everything for a memorable end to a relatively tumultuous year. Along with rooftop ice skating (the only full-sized rooftop rink in Europe), there’s an array of options like their igloo village, a spacious Après Ski Lodge bar, Off-Piste Speakeasy bar and the Christmas Cocktail Cinema Experience.
Skate your way into 2022 at East London's Skylight...
The igloos come with a long-reaching view and the experience comes with warming winter drinks and blankets.
Expect festive classics on the big screen too!
Where: Tobacco Dock, Wapping, E1W 2SF
Aqua Kyoto & Aqua Nueva
Head to these Regent Street restaurants for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve!
Aqua Kyoto and Aqua Nueva will be kicking off 200 with an evening filled with fine dining, live music and performances. Dine in the respective restaurants before joining forces on the outdoor terrace courtesy of Aqua Spirit!
Look forward to Mirror Dancers and Electric Showgirls as well as incredible food.
Look forward to Mirror Dancers and Electric Showgirls as well as incredible food.
Ideal for a glamorous evening with friends, an intimate setting with family or a chance to dance the night away this New Year’s Eve!
Where: 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street (Entrance 30 Argyll Street), Soho, W1B 3BR
Like in my kitchen-diner, there are actually two Skylights. The Tobacco Dock Skylight has a buddy in the form of Skylight Peckham.
The party is certainly headed to South London this New Year’s Eve, with live DJs, fizz, friends, fine food and fabulous fireworks..
Enjoy bottomless brunches throughout the day before a party that'll last until 3am...
Take in the panoramic view and enjoy bottomless brunches throughout the day before a party that’ll last until 3am on New Year’s Day.
Where: 120 Peckham Hill Street Theatre Walk (in between Peckham Library and Mountview College), Peckham, SE15 5JT
London’s riverside meat mecca Gillray’s is the ideal place for protein and partying.
The New Year Gala Dinner has been specially created by Executive Chef Jamie Welch and forms a bespoke menu to enjoy while watching the Big Ben clock that will be beamed around the world come midnight.
A Black Tie Champagne reception with canapés will give way to starters of steak Tartare, Confit Duck Egg Yolk, Pickle Mayonnaise and Beef Dripping Croutons, followed by Lobster and Crayfish Cocktail, Bloody Mary Sauce, Avocado Espuma.
A bespoke menu to enjoy while watching the Big Ben clock that will be beamed around the world come midnight...
The main course consists of Pan Fried Venison Medallion, Slow Braised Haunch, Roasted Red Onion, Gratin Potato all in its own Jus.
End with Champagne White Chocolate Panna Cotta, Strawberry Custard Creams and wash it down with coffee and truffles before ringing in the new year. Worth every penny of the £350 price tag.
Where: Westminster Bridge Road, Waterloo, SE1 7PB
They’re rumbling in the jungle down at Berkeley Square’s Amazonico this New Year’s Eve! Their ‘Jungle Fever’ party starts 2022 in true disco style.
'Tropical disco attire ' is strongly encouraged!
For one night only, the rainforest will transform into a Studio 54 haven, dazzling with shimmering mirror balls, neon lights and all things glitter.
Starting off at 5pm, the fun continues until 3am! ‘Tropical disco attire ‘ is strongly encouraged!
Piano Works and SingEasy
Piano Works are singing in 2022. Both their audience-requested, non-stop live music venues in Farringdon and the West End will be partying until 6am on New Year’s Day with a medley of food, drink and music.
Bottomless brunches start at 1pm, giving way to a three-course dinner and followed by an almighty party into the small hours.
You'll be able to request all of your favourite songs from the extraordinary musicians, then dance the night away...
Of course, and as you’d expect, you’ll be able to request all of your favourite songs from the extraordinary musicians, then dance the night away with your favourite cocktail in hand!
The dress is black tie (natch), adding even more glamour. Expect a roaring night of non-stop live music, followed by a DJ and a jumping dance floor throughout the night.
Como Garden, just off Kensington High Street, will be bringing traditional Italian style to this New Year.
Starting at 8pm enjoy a meal including complimentary glass of champagne and dessert to all guests dining while the musicians play Italian music in the background.
Bringing traditional Italian style to this New Year...
The a la carte menu is packed with brilliant choices, as though you were on the banks of Lake Como itself.
Where: 37-45 Kensington High Street, Kensington, W8 5ED
DJs at NYX in NYC-style this NYE are A-OK.
The hotel will be transformed into Studio 54 for Eat, Drink & Play and transform Holborn into an ode to this ’80s icon.
DJs at NYX in NYC-style this NYE are A-OK...
Enjoy the venue’s most popular dishes, including starters, mains, desserts as well as retro cocktails and a special menu of sparkling wines and champagne to let you celebrate.
Six hours of non-stop music and dancing until 1am make this an ideal NYE at NYX.
Where: 50-60 Southampton Row, Holborn, WC1B 4AR
Who wouldn’t want to celebrate 2022 from a Grade II listed Georgian mansion? Assuming the answer isn’t you, then hail an Uber and head straight to Kindred this New Year’s Eve.
A masked ball featuring a Prosecco and canapé reception and spilling over two floors...
The grand members’ club will be hosting a masked ball featuring a Prosecco and canapé reception and spilling over two floors of entertainment and interactive performances throughout the night, not to mention a DJ and dancing to lead into the midnight countdown.
Where: Bradmore House, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, W6 9BW
Searcys at The Gherkin
London is home to a select handful of buildings which are instantly recognisable the world over. They include Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace and The Gherkin. So what could be more iconic for a NYE party than one of the most iconic venues in the entire world?
Enjoy 360° panoramic views and a culinary feast as part of Searcys at The Gherkin’s ‘Together is a wonderful place to be’ pop-up, in partnership with Moët & Chandon.
What could be more iconic for a NYE party than one of the most iconic venues in the entire world?
Welcomed with a glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne, visitors will then enjoy a five-course dinner in the Helix restaurant featuring Hand-picked Portland crab rillette, and mains of Saffron & lobster bouillabaisse with Parloude clams, mussels and Atlantic prawns, and a 45-day aged Beef fillet with Potato Dauphinoise, braised red cabbage and foie gras.
Afterwards party into 2022 at level 40’s Iris Bar.
Where: 30 St Mary Axe, The City, EC3A 8BF
Hutong at The Shard are seeing in 2022 in teandem with aqua shard.
Enjoy a four-course dinner of northern Chinese dishes, including pan-seared ma la chilli lobster bao and iconic roasted Peking duck, alongside entertainment put on by the restaurant throughout the evening.
After dinner, guests are invited to join the party in aqua shard...
After dinner, guests are invited to join the party in aqua shard where a DJ will be playing until 3am or are welcome to stay at their table for after dinner drinks.
Where: 33 St Thomas Street, Borough, SE1 9RY
Pancras Brasserie & Champagne Bar by Searcys
Beneath the iconic Victorian arches of St Pancras Station you could be in any time period. So no wonder St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne Bar have chosen to party like it’s the 1920s.
Arrive dressed to impress for a Champagne and canapé reception at the art-deco brasserie and enjoy a three-course feast featuring Seared scallop with curried lentils, Indian-spiced broccoli fritter, cucumber, apple, and coriander salad; Lake District beef with bone marrow, pressed potato cake, heritage carrot and wild mushroom; and Chestnut parfait with Baileys truffle and praline ice-cream.
After, there’s live entertainment and dancing Great-Gatsby style until 2am.
Where: St Pancras International Station, St Pancras, N1C 4QL
It’s glam glam glam at Bocconcino this New Year’s Eve. The Mayfair Italian restaurant will be transformed into a glittery white and gold wonderland,
A four course menu will offer guests a choice of dishes curated by head chef Marco Corsica.
DJs will be keeping the vibrant atmosphere alive before the countdown to 2022 begins...
Alongside the meal, enjoy spectacular performances from dancing trios to saxophonists and electric violinists. DJs will be keeping the vibrant atmosphere alive before the countdown to 2022 begins, and into the night where diners can continue to party until 4am.
Where: 19 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8ED
Expect a spectacle this New Year at Circus London.
Circus will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Masquerade for guests to dress up and run away with the circus. See everything, from head-spinning aerial acts to fire-breathing, burlesque, hand-balancing and hula-hoopers, all along with a DJ from 9pm until closing.
On arrival, guests will be served a drink and enjoy a three-course sharing menu of Pan-Asian food, designed by Executive Chef Andrew Larsson.
Where: 27-29 Endell Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9BA
Fancy a jaunt outside of London? You should if Great Fosters is on the cards.
The hotel’s Tithe Barn plays is hosting the most glamorous occasion of their festive season, best enjoyed as a hotel resident with their two-night package, or just as an evening guest.
The party will involve a Nyetimber & canapé reception in the Painted Hall followed by a five-course banquet in the ancient Tithe Barn or, for a little extra, a seven-course tasting menu at Michelin starred Tony Parkin at The Tudor Room.
Then dance the rest of the night and year away to the live band in the Orangery until 1am.
Where: Stroude Road, Egham, TW20 9UR
The Rubens at the Palace Hotel
Curry or roast? That’s the only decision you need to make at The Rubens this New Year, they’ll take care of the rest.
The English Grill are putting on live music, canapés and champagne followed by an eight-course menu paired with Champagne and wine.
The Curry Room will be raising the temperature with a six-course Indian menu...
Meanwhile The Curry Room will be raising the temperature with a six-course Indian menu.
Then celebrate the Big Ben ‘bongs’ with Champagne in the New York Bar.
Where: 39 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 0PS
New Year’s bookings are going through the roof! No, hang on, they’re going TO the roof.
Sabine is one of London’s newest rooftop additions and the sky-high venue, with its fabulous views, is the prefect place for ‘Sabine’s NYE Flight’ to 2022.
Dance the night away against the backdrop of London’s skyline and expect free-flowing wine, champagne, beer and signature cocktails, as well as limitless light bites and sharing dishes!
Where: 7th Floor, Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul’s, 10 Godliman Street, The City, EC4V 5AJ
The Milestone Hotel and Residences
What you really need this New Year’s Eve is a slap-up-dinner. And the place to get it is Kensington’s Milestone Hotel.
Surrounded by rich mahogany and warm wood panelling, the NYE meal has been devised by chef Daniel Putz and promises to be as spectacular as the surroundings with six courses as well as Champagne, canapés and live music.
Where: 1-3 Kensington Court, Kensington, W8 5DL
Hotel nnow London
nhow this is how to spend your New Year’s Eve.
The achingly cool hotel is laying on a five course tasting extravaganza (with bubbles on arrival) to see in the New Year.
Then it’s all to the bar for the countdown, accompanied by special canapés available to to order at the bar.
Where: 2 Macclesfield Road, Clerkenwell, EC1V 8DG
Whoever doesn’t see themselves playing ping pong as the bongs go is dead to me.
Table tennis specialists Bounce Farringdon are throwing an almighty Val d’Isere style New Year’s Eve Après Ski Party and it promises to be great fun.
Ping pong, Games Gurus, copious amounts of pizza, cocktails and dancing to DJs makes this an ideal ticket (as does the £15 early-bird price tag!)
Where: 121 Holborn, Holborn, EC1N 2TD
If you’re going to do ‘alpine’ then you’re going to need altitude… *checks notes*. Not a problem.
Sky Garden, London’s highest public space (and also highest alpine bar, courtesy of Moët & Chandon), will see in the new year with a live 9-piece band, DJs playing until the early hours and 360-degree views of the city and fireworks.
There are various packages, though our ideal is the six-course tasting menu at fine-dining Fenchurch Restaurant but also including a four-course dinner at Darwin Brasserie and drinks packages across Sky Garden’s bars.
It’ll be as memorable as the view.
Where: 20 Fenchurch Street, The City, EC3M 8AF
Website: Book tickets here…
Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill
This is shucking amazing! What could be more decadent than Champagne and Oysters at midnight?
Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill are offering a five course menu, including Champagne on arrival, in an evening of fine food, impeccable service and live music.
This is shucking amazing!
Once you’ve finished every last morsel then continue the celebration with fun and entertainment (and cocktails) in their Private Swallow Street Bar.
Where: 11-15 Swallow Street, Mayfair, W1B 4DG
The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences
Head Chef Ian Howard has ensured that The Athenaeum will be a must-visit this New Year’s Eve.
The hotel’s restaurant will create a special five course feast specially for the event, featuring seasonal dishes such as herb-crusted fillets of beef, butternut squash tarts and wild mushroom and hazelnut soup.
The exclusive menu is available to both hotel and non-hotel guests, but why wouldn’t you want to treat yourself to a night’s stay at one of the West End’s best hotels?
Where: 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BJ
The London Cabaret Club
Putting the ‘great’ into Great Gatsby, The London Cabaret Club are hosing an extravaganza like no other this New Year’s.
Emulating Jay Gatsby’s infamous parties in the era of bootleg liquor, red hot jazz, and hedonistic pleasures, the club are inviting guests to their grand Art Deco Ballroom for a night of luxury and entertainment.
Created for those who wish to immerse themselves in the tantalising world of mystery, scandal, and riches, there’s also an opulent set menu in case that wasn’t enticement enough.
Where: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, Bloomsbury, WC1B 4DA
Corrigan’s Bar & Restaurant
Straight speaking Richard Corrigan is a firm Handbook favourite and with so many New Year’s parties to choose from (over 40 on this list alone) we are loathe to have favourites. But if we did, it might be this.
Splendid food guaranteed...
A refined seven chef’s tasting menu, accompanied by music, as 2021 gives way to 2022 and (surely?) better things to come.
Start the evening off at Dickie’s Bar, then end it there too. Splendid food guaranteed…
Where: 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, W1K 7EH
Hithe + Seek
Help celebrate Hithe + Seek’s very first New Year’s Eve!
The riverside restaurant is brand spanking new and you can be sure that they’ll be putting every effort into making this party one to remember.
Alongside the fantastic panoramic view over London, enjoy a menu of small plates by Executive Chef Jorge Colazo.
After raising a glass at midnight continue revelling at Hithe + Seek until 2am.
Where: 60 Upper Thames Street., The City, EC4V 3AD
Gordon Ramsay Bread Street Kitchen & Bar
Southwark’s Gordon Ramsay outpost will be ringing in the New Year with a menu from the sweary TV favourite.
The New Year’s Eve menu includes a glass of Champagne followed by canapés (smoked salmon, blinis, Tamarind spiced chicken wing and Wild mushroom and truffle arancini balls).
The starter of potted salt beef brisket or else a choice of Spicy tuna tartare or Stracciatella gives way to a main of
Dry aged rib eye with Koffmann’s fries or Roasted halibut or, for the veggies, a Wild mushroom risotto. Or, if you want to go at it with a friend or better half, why not try the Beef Wellington served with truffled mash?
If you’ve room finish off with a Pre dessert (Passion fruit sorbet) and a pudding of Chocolate fondant,
Pineapple and kiwi carpaccio, or keep it trad with
Sticky toffee pudding.
Kick start your January diet by filling up enough to last you a week; what could be better?
Where: 47-51 Great Suffolk Street, Southwark, SE1 0BS
It’s the roaring ’20s (and we mean 1920s) over at Barnett Hill this New Year’s Eve.
They’ll be donning flapper dresses and breaking out the champagne coupes for an evening of decadence and style (dress code: Finery of the time)
From the ‘red carpet’ champagne reception head to the Garden Suite for a four course menu along with new or old friends on the tables of eight to 12.
Then afterwards party until 1am to live DJ entertainment, stopping only for a Champagne toast at midnight.
Where: Blackheath Lane, Guildford, GU5 0RF
The Last Talisman
Magic, mystery and New Year’s Eve, The Last Talisman, Drinking House & Asian Grill on Bermondsey Street are putting on a New Year like no other.
Starting with a welcome cocktail and nibbles, expect to be wined and dined like gods and goddesses, with an Asian-Inspired Dining Experience and a steady flow of food and drink.
But the entertainment, thanks to Magician & Mindreader Edwin make this stand out as a unique experience.
Dress in black and gold, the colours of mystery and magic, for full effect. And then dance to cheesy classics as the silent disco gets underway.
Where: 171-173 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, SE1 3UW
With the weather at its wintry coldest, a wood-fired feast sounds like the perfect way to warm up for one last time in 2021.
Enjoy true Irish hospitality as you feast on Daffy’s favourites including Wood Fire Scallop with Smoked Prawn Head Sauce and their signature Sugar Pit Pork, with Nam Jim Dressing.
New Year’s Eve will be accompanied by live music and after dinner head downstairs to Gibney’s to ring in the New Year in true style.
Where: 70-74 City Road, Barbican, EC1Y 2BJ
New Year’s Eve at Aqua Shard is accompanied by harmony band The Spinettes.
The fun continues as a DJ takes over until 3am!
Feast your eyes on the view, and yourself on a sumptuous five course contemporary British menu at this sky high restaurant. Stunning inside as well as out (the triple height ceilings create genuine drama) it’s a memorable night out and a great way to see in 2022.
After midnight the fun continues as a DJ takes over until 3am!
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, Borough, SE1 9RY
From brunch to midnight and beyond! Madison’s NYE party is backdropped with St Paul’s and The City’s skyline but you’ll be too busy enjoying the live music, food and drink to notice as you count in 2022.
The party will kick into gear after a bottomless brunch, with sparkling gold decorations throughout and a menu of fizz and cocktails
The night will combine some of London’s hottest DJ’s and performers with bubbles, canapés and partying.
Where: New Change, St Paul’s, EC4M 9AF
Website: Get tickets here…
Putt 2022 on track for success down at Bank’s Puttshack this NYE.
Putting the club into club, the mini-golf extravaganza will throwing a party headlined by M-22, best known for their club hit ‘First time ft Medina’, bringing together deep house and mini golf, potentially for the first time ever.
Great food, drink and a fantastic time pretty much guaranteed!
Where: 1 Poultry, Queen Victoria Street, The City, EC2R 8EJ
The Relais, Henley
Why not ditch London altogether and head to nearby Henley? This New Year’s Eve The Relais, a 16th century coaching inn, will be laying on a candle-lit dinner to celebrate 2022.
And, of course, why not make a night of it and stay over?
The hotel is laying on a four course dinner along with glass of Champagne on arrival and live music throughout plus dancing.
And, of course, why not make a night of it and stay over?
Where: Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2AR