What will New Year’s Eve 2020 look like? At this stage, who knows, but you can put money on it involving a lot less dancing and a lot more sitting down to dinner. Here’s where to make the most of NYE in London…
Note: With government guidelines changing, events may need to adapt. Please contact your chosen venue before travelling to any events
Lead image: Sky Garden
1 New Year’s Eve with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at The Chesterfield, Mayfair
The Chesterfield Mayfair is partnering with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Lanson Champagne for an exclusive New Year’s Eve celebration. Set within the rich setting of Butler’s Restaurant, you’ll dine to the music of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra quartet as you toast to 2021. Executive Head Chef Nathan Hindmarsh has created an exquisite seven-course tasting menu featuring the finest seasonal ingredients, served alongside Lanson Champagne and wine from the hotel’s sister vineyard, Bouchard Finlayson. Tables will be appropriately distanced and are limited to two, four or six people only. From 7.45pm. Priced £250pp.
35 Charles Street, Mayfair W1J 5EB; chesterfieldmayfair.com
2 New Year’s Eve at The Ritz
If you really want to make New year’s Eve 2020 count, The Ritz’s black tie gala dinner is hard to beat. Set in the splendid opulence of the Michelin-starred Ritz Restaurant, the evening features an outstanding six-course dinner with a glass of champagne and entertainment on the night from The New Atlantics 10-piece band, bagpipes from The Lone Piper, a 14-piece military marching band and a live midnight countdown. Priced £1,500 per adult and £800 per child (up to age of 15). You can also opt to stay at the hotel after the festivities, with room rates from £652 on 31 December, and enjoy a New year’s Day dinner for £175pp.
150 Piccadilly W1J 9BR; theritzlondon.com
3 New Year’s Eve at Sky Garden, the City
Toast farewell (and good riddance!) to 2020 at one of the highest spots in London. The ‘midnight’ toast will be brought forward this year in line with the current 11pm curfew, so make the most of your evening and reserve your spot for dinner and drinks. A Fenchurch Restaurant, you can enjoy a three-course New Year’s Eve Lunch (12pm-2pm) with a glass of Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage for £75, or a six-course NYE Dinner with a glass of Moët Grand Vintage for £225. At Darwin Brasserie, you can enjoy a three course Music Brunch with a DJ on both 31 December and 1 January with a glass of Moët for £85pp, or a five-course NYE menu with a glass of Moët for £165pp. You can also book a spot at Sky Pod Bar for £125pp, including a glass of Moët on arrival, a selection of canapes, a choice of main course and dessert or cheese board.
20 Fenchurch Street EC3M 8AF; skygarden.london
4 New Year’s Eve at Bateaux London
Don your finest garb and ring in the New Year like never before while sailing past some of London’s most iconic landmarks on board Bateaux London. Enjoy free-flowing bubbles and live entertainment while sailing the Thames, dining in either the Glass Room or River Room. Enjoy a five-course contemporary dining experience including the likes of Cornish oyster Rockefeller, Scottish scallop raviole and 28 day-aged West Country beef fillet, all matched with premium wines. Priced £289pp with a glass of Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé at midnight when the boat will pull up in front of Big Ben for the new year bongs.
5 The Rubens at The Palace, Westminster
The Rubens at The Palace has a number of restaurants and often offers multiple irresistible dining options for New Year’s Eve. There’s the vibrant red New York Bar, The Leopard Bar, The English Grill and The Curry Rooms. We’re still waiting for confirmation of the details, but rest assured NYE at The Rubens will be special! In the meantime, why not book the hotel’s Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea experience?
39 Buckingham Palace Road, Westminster SW1W 0PS; rubenshotel.com
6 Proud Cabaret’s NYE Show at Proud Embankment
Proud Embankment is one of London’s most glittering venues, and it’s New Year’s Eve Cabaret Show promises to be a corker. Enjoy a decadent seven-course Asian-fusion menu plus entertainment from an exclusive line-up of celebrities, West End performers and some of Cirque du Soleil’s best! Running from 6pm-3pm, tickets start from the £200 Gold Ticket, including a glass of prosecco on arrival, three-course meal, half a bottle of prosecco and half a bottle of water, with £250 Platinum Tickets including a glass of champagne on arrival, seven-course set menu, half a bottle of prosecco, half a bottle of water, VIP entry and seats on the main floor, and £500 Premium Black Tickets including a glass of champagne on arrival, seven-course set menu, unlimited premium drinks, half a bottle of water, VIP entry and seats on the main floor.
Waterloo Bridge, 8 Victoria Embankment WC2R 2AB; proudcabaret.com
7 New Year’s Eve at Duck & Waffle, the City
Take your New Year’s Eve to new heights with Duck & Waffle’s sky-high celebration with DJs, live performances, champagne and one-of-a-kind menu specials. Choose from Early Dining (5pm-7pm) for £50 including half a bottle of Taittinger Champagne per guest, Celebration Dining (7pm till close) for £100 including half a bottle of Taittinger per guest and entertainment, or a spot in the bar (5pm till close for £50 including a half bottle of Taittinger per guest. if you wish to dine, an à la carte NYE menu featuring festive specials will be served on the night. Duck & Waffle is also serving a three-course prix-fixe New Year’s Day brunch in the sky available from 7am-5pm priced £49pp with a complimentary glass of sparkling (£30pp for kids under 11).
110 Bishopsgate EC2N 4AY; duckandwaffle.com
8 New Year’s Eve at 100 Wardour St, Soho
100 Wardour St is serving a fine three-course menu this New Year’s Eve. Choose from the early seating (6pm-7pm) for £100pp or the late seating (7.15pm-9pm) for £150pp. Starters include the likes of poached native lobster, duck liver terrine and seared scallops, while mains include braised beef cheek & fillet, carnaroli risotto with autumn black truffles and Atlantic halibut. For dessert, choose from spiced genoise with dulce cremeux, vanilla mousse with Sable Breton, cheese and biscuits and more. 100 Wardour St is also hosting a New Year’s Eve Rhythm & Brunch, with three courses for £70, unlimited bubbles for an additional £30pp and the best 90s and 00s hip hop and R&B (12p-5pm).
100 Wardour Street, Soho W1F 0TL; 100wardourst.com
9 The Milestone Hotel, Kensington
Celebrate the New Year in style with us in Cheneston’s Restaurant with a special five-course menu, plus petit fours, crafted by Executive Chef Daniel Putz. Start with the likes of seared yellowfin tuna tartare or wild mushroom tartlet, before a Jerusalem artichoke veloute, and then mains like fillet of Dedham Vale beef Wellington, pan-seared halibut and roasted squash with goats cheese and basil pithivier. Next is a delicate palate cleanser of champagne granita, before desserts such as duck egg custard tart, Black Forest cheesecake or a selection of artisan cheese. Sittings from 6pm-8pm. £225pp (£112.50 for kids under 12).
1 Kensington Court, Kensington W8 5DL; milestonehotel.com
10 New Year’s Eve at SUSHISAMBA, Covent Garden & Heron Tower
SUSHISAMBA is ringing in 2021 with celebration at both its Heron Tower and Covent Garden venues. Over at Heron Tower in the City, you can enjoy breathtaking views of London with live entertainment, DJs, Champagne, and chef-curated specials in addition to the signature menu. Choose from Early Dining (5pm-7pm) for £50 including half a bottle of Taittinger Champagne per guest, Celebration Dining (7pm till close) for £100 including half a bottle of Taittinger per guest and entertainment, or a spot in the bar (5pm till close for £50 including a half bottle of Taittinger per guest. An à la carte NYE menu featuring festive specials will be served on the night. Costs and timings are the same over in Covent Garden.
11 The Montague on the Gardens, Bloomsbury
Make a resolution to see in the New Year in style at The Montague on the Gardens this year. Enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival, followed by a four-course meal in the hotel’s Blue Door Bistro, before toasting in the New Year. Enjoy starters like Jerusalem artichoke and parsnip soup with pumpkin seeds or H Forman and Son smoked salmon and avocado tower with Bloody Mary dressing, followed by mains such as Dessert options include Bea Tollman’s cheesecake with honeycomb ice cream and baked Alaska, before coffee and petit fours. Sittings from 6.30pm-9pm. Priced £96pp. You can also enjoy a festive afternoon tea on 31 December at 12pm or 2.30pm, priced £50pp.
15 Montague Street, Bloomsbury WC1B 5BJ; montaguehotel.com
12 Brigadiers New Year’s Eve Feast, the City
Brigadiers, the barbecue, beer and whisky venue inspired by the army mess bars of India, is ringing in 2021 with a celebratory four-course feast. The high-end Indian BBQ menu features appetisers like Masala Chicken Skins and Mangalorean Crab Samosas, starters like BBQ Butter Chicken Wings and mains of Shahi Chengezi Chicken, Achaari Beef Short Rib or Tawa Prawn & Pork Cheek Biryani. For dessert, it’s Gulab Jamun Trifle. Priced £60pp with the option of free-flowing champagne for £40pp.
1-5 Bloomberg Arcade EC4N 8AR; brigadierslondon.com
13 Quaglino’s Presents All That Glitters is Gold, St James’s
Where better to ring in the new year than Quaglino’s – the first public restaurant to host the Queen for dinner following her coronation, and where a table was permanently reserved for Princess Margaret? This year, kiss goodbye to what has been an annus horribilis for everyone, with All That Glitters is Gold, a night of live music and feasting at Quaglino’s. Enjoy an exquisite three-course menu from Executive Head Chef Jack Smith, designed especially for the evening, accompanied by live music from BELAIR. The early sitting (7.3pm-2.30pm, is priced £100pp, while the later sitting (9pm-10.30pm) is £150pp. You can also opt for the NYE Q brunch, running from 11.30am-4pm with two courses for £60 or three courses for £70 and a blazing DJ set with a live band from the ALR Live Experience.
16 Bury Street, St James’s SW1Y 6AJ; quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk
14 Sounds of Motown at Archer Street, Battersea
Archer Street Battersea is going all Motown for New Year’s Eve. Duane Lamonte, Nathan Lorainey-Dineen, David Albury and Natalie Kassanga from the cast of Motown The Musical will be performing, alongside Archer Street’s talented team of performers. The evening kicks off with a complimentary glass of bubbles, followed by canapés served at 8pm and a slightly premature ringing in of the new year at 9pm so as to comply with the current government guidelines. Tickets £40pp. 6pm-11pm. To book call 020 3887 4435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3-7 Northcote Road, Battersea SW11 1NG; archerstreet.co.uk
15 A Silver Screen New Year’s Eve at The Ned, the City
Walk down the red carpet for a dining experience and live music from the orchestra playing songs from classic movies, as well as entertainment inspired by cinema’s golden age. Millie’s Lounge is serving a five-course meal, including cep and Montgomery Cheddar soufflé, whole native lobster Thermidor, Lemon meringue cheesecake and a glass of Thiénot Champagne (from £85pp), while Cecconi’s is serving a five-course meal including Alba white truffle risotto, lobster linguine, tiramisu and a Bellini on arrival (from £100pp). Sittings are 2pm-5pm or 7pm–10pm. The dress code for lunch is smart, while black tie is encouraged for dinner. To book (tables up to six) call 020 3828 2000 and hit option 2.
27 Poultry, the City EC2R 8AJ; thened.com
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16 New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at Archer Street, Soho
Archer Street is ringing in the new year with champagne and, um, masks! West End stars Andrew Darbyshire and Brenda Edwards will be hosting and performing throughout the evening, alongside Archer Street’s talented team of performers. The evening kicks off with a complimentary glass of bubbles, followed by canapés served at 8pm and a slightly premature ringing in of the new year at 9pm so as to comply with the current government guidelines. Tickets £40pp. 6pm-11pm. To book call 020 7734 3342 or email email@example.com.
3-4 Archer Street, Soho W1D 7AP; archerstreet.co.uk
17 The New Year’s Bunga Bunga Party, Covent Garden
Prepare to be blown away as Don Silvio and his gangsters throw you the ultimate New Year’s Eve bash with the whole famiglia (within Tier 2 guidelines, of course!). Take your seats and sip on a welcome glass of Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial Blanc N.V before a five-course Italiano feast, as well as spectacular entertainment including comedy, singing, games and circus acts. Tickets £80pp with additional drinks packages available. 7pm-12.30am. Click here to book.
167 Drury Lane, Covent Garden WC2B 5PG; bungabunga.com
18 NYE at Shaka Zulu, Camden
If you want to really dazzle your party guests, the intricate wood carvings, tiger print upholstery and giant Zulu statues that decorate Shaka Zulu should do the trick. The spectacular venue, situated in the heart of Camden Market, presents a New Year’s Eve menu with a South African twist, featuring the likes of rooibos smoked salmon, chermoula sea bass and vegetable potjie. Live music, dancers, acrobats and fire performers will keep you entertained as you dine from one of the special New Year’s Eve special packages, from a three-course sated dinner with a champagne cocktail on arrival (£50pp) to a dinner and club package (£85pp).
1 Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden NW1 8AB; shaka-zulu.com
19 Bunga’s Countdown to 2021 Feast, Battersea
Celebrate Italy’s New Year’s Eve in Battersea at Bunga’s Countdown to 2021 Feast. The clock strikes midnight one hour earlier in Italy, so step into the New Year at Bunga Bunga Battersea as the clock strikes 11pm local time! Enjoy a welcome glass of Pink Fizz and a five-course Italian banquette, followed by a mash-up of live entertainment and Bunga’s infamous Kara-Soaky. Tickets from £70pp. 6pm-11pm. Click here to book.
37 Battersea Bridge Road SW11 3BA; bungabunga.com