New Years Eve 2021: 9 Restaurants to Eat & Get Merry In
Whether you’re looking for an intimate affair, a place to pre-load before the main event or a something that’s not a rave, The Resident picks out London’s best restaurants to dine in on NYE…
Photo: City Social
1 Bancone, Covent Garden & Golden Square
One for a casually stylish NYE date or to fill up at before heading out into the night, Bancone is one of London’s top pasta joints, serving up fresh hand made pasta tangled in indulgent sauces – and dining at the Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded restaurant won’t break the bank either. Popular dishes include courgette, lemon and ricotta ravioli with semi-dried tomato butter; native lobster, confit tomato, chilli and bucatini; as well as the restaurant’s hero dish, silk handkerchiefs, walnut butter and confit egg yolk.
Address: 8-10 Lower James Street, W1F 9EL; 39 William IV Street, WC2N 4DD
2 Pizarro Restaurant, Bermondsey
Another buzzy restaurant that is effortlessly chic, Pizzaro Restaurant from the acclaimed Spanish chef José Pizarro will be serving sharing plates as well as festive platters for New Years Eve. Quaff cava and feast on Spanish treats such as spicy prawn fritters with lemon aioli, Iberico pork, Segovian suckling pig as well as Basque cheesecake with peaches.
Address: 194 Bermondsey St, Bermondsey, SE1 3TQ
3 The Drunken Butler, Clerkenwell
Modern European and Persian fine dining restaurant The Drunken Butler will host an exclusive 20s inspired tasting menu for New Year’s Eve celebrations. It’s an intimate affair with space for just 20 guests, held in the chic dining room which emulates the warmth and character of an Iranian family home. The Drunken Butler prides itself on doing things a little bit differently to other restaurants, so don’t expect a menu at this lavish Gatsby-esque feast, but do expect to enjoy dishes based on Executive Chef Yuma Hashemi’s travels across the globe. The New Year’s Eve dinner is £180pp with champagne on arrival, with optional wine pairing at £140.
Address: 20 Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, EC1R 4SX
4 Paradise, Soho
Sri Lankan restaurant Paradise serves up ingredient-focused cooking with a fiery island accent. Dishes draw on the family recipes of owner Dominic Fernando, and Portuguese, Malay, South Indian and Dutch influences. This year, the restaurant is opening its brutalist doors to guests on NYE until 1am. Start the evening off with a Sri Lankan champagne cocktail, and dine on the likes of southern-style stir-fried kangkun, Cornish sprout tops, rhubarb and kooni, chilli; roasted Violino pumpkin and mustard curry, raw quince and coconut pol sambol; and smoked chicken and ambarella curry, chicken fat confit Roscoff onions with Lion stout glaze.
Address: 61 Rupert Street, W1D 7PW
5 Galvin at Windows at the London Hilton on Park Lane, Mayfair
Found on the 28th floor, Galvin at Windows offers panoramic, stunning views across some of London’s most iconic landmarks and the opportunity to ring in the new year at a dizzying height. The six-course New Year’s Eve menu includes butter poached lobster and heritage carrots served with sauce vadouvan; brie de meaux and truffles with honey and brioche; as well as “The Countdown”- valrhona chocolate, hazelnut and caramel. There will also be a DJ, live entertainment, party boxes and crackers. Tickets at £399 per person.
Address: Galvin at Windows, Hilton on Park Lane, 22 Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1BE
6 City Social, City
Another place with magnificent views, this Michelin starred restaurant by chef patron Jason Atherton has given its menu a festive tweak for the big night. Highlights from the evening’s modern-British tasting menu include Dexter beef tartare with sesame, maitake, mooli and egg jam; dry-aged Hereford fillet with aubergine and miso purée, and confit garlic; and a gin and tonic granita, which sounds like a total hit. In addition, there’s the Social 24 bar that serves up cocktails inspired by the famous London landmarks that can be spotted from the panoramic view. There are two sittings for dinner at 6pm and 8.30pm, and the menu starts from £145pp.
Address: Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1HQ
7 The Cinnamon Collection, Battersea, City, Covent Garden
With venues in the city, Battersea and Covent Garden, The Cinnamon Collection restaurants are putting on bashes with music, and of course, fine contemporary Indian dishes. At The Cinnamon Club (£125pp) and Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea (£75pp) a two-piece band will play soulful tunes from 7:30pm with menus packed full of the restaurants’ most popular dishes including tandoori wild Spencer Gulf king prawns; and slow-braised lamb leg with saffron sauce. In Covent Garden, Cinnamon Bazaar (£65pp) is offering a five-course set menu and sharing sides for the table. At Cinnamon Kitchen City (£75pp), sip cocktails under the stars on the all-weather terrace in Devonshire Square before feasting on dishes such as tandoori spiced venison; and pan seared cod with Kerali sauce with DJs and dancing from 9:30pm-1:30am.
Address: The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU
4 Arches Lane, Nine Elms, SW11 8AB
28 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden WC2E 7JS
9 Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YL
8 Coq d’Argent, City
French rooftop restaurant Coq d’Argent is offering guests a private fireworks display, DJs, a luxury six-course dinner and panoramic views of the London skyline. The New Year’s Eve Menu, created by Executive Head Chef, Damien Rigollet features delicately prepared dishes such as cauliflower velouté with smoked haddock and Espelette chilli; and seared fillet of sea bass with wilted leeks, white crab meat, fish velouté & Oscitra caviar; served alongside wines from Coq d’Argent’s 600-bottle strong wine cave. Coq d’Argent is also hosting a party in the bar, which diners can opt in to attend after dinner. The menu is £140 pp and the party is an additional £50 which includes entry into the bar and a welcome glass of bubbles.
Address: No.1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ
9 Somerset House with Dipna Anand
Dipna Anand’s new restaurant at Somerset House will celebrate its first New Year’s Eve amidst the stunning interiors of Somerset House overlooking the River Thames.Dipna champions authentic Punjabi and South Indian cuisine and signature dishes include samosa chaat blast, Delhi makhani chicken and dynamite wings. Vegetarian and classic thali plates will be available alongside a wider selection of traditional dishes on the a la carte menu such as south Indian prawn curry. Drinks include fragrant Indian wines such as Maharashtra, Sangiovese/Cabernet Franc/Shiraz; classic Indian beverages such as refreshing mango lassi; and a wide selection of contemporary cocktails including Passionfruit mojito.
Address: Strand, WC2R 1LA