With December in full swing, it’s time to start planning one of the biggest days of the month – New Year’s Eve.
London has some great parties in the works for 31 December. So whether you prefer a formal dinner or a more casual party, there’s something to suit every taste and budget.
Here are some of the best New Year events in the capital – just be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Somerset House will be seeing in 2020 will some soulful celebrations. The famous London venue will welcome the capital’s 18-stong House Gospel Choir – who are known for fusing house and gospel hits – complete with a live brass band, percussion and keys. The courtyard is set to be transformed into an enormous dancefloor – perfect for those who want a break from ice skating. At midnight, guests can enjoy views of the fireworks from Somerset House’s River Terrace.
Strand, WC2R 1LA
Fitzrovia’s Norma is celebrating all things Sicialian this New Year’s Eve, with dinner, drinks and dancing. In terms of food, the party is set to offer a selection of seafood including clams, oysters, red prawns, alongside antipasti, generous helpings of pasta and meaty dishes such as pork chops in marsala sauce. There are dinner sittings between 5.30-8pm or 9pm-2am – depending on what your plans are for the rest of the evening – and a DJ and live band will see in 2020 in musical fashion. There’s even a dress code – anything red – to pay homage to the Italian tradition which suggests colourful clothing will bring luck and happiness in the new year.
8 Charlotte St, W1T 2LS
The London Shell Co. and the Grand Duchess
Ring in 2020 on board the the Prince Regent. The boat’s floating restaurant-bar London Shell Co. will be hosting a dinner event on New Year’s Eve, where guests can feast on a six-course tasting menu. The nautical theme extends to the food too, with a selection of fresh fish and seafood plates including oysters, monkfish and stone bass. During the course of the evening the boat will cruise down Regent’s Canal, finishing up in Camden for the midnight fireworks.
For those who prefer a more stationary affair, the Prince Regent’s sister boat – the Grand Duchess – will be offering a similar experience (but moored). The five-course set menu is similar to the London Shell Co, with smoked salmon and Cornish cod on the cards. The refurbished barge has glass panels on the side of the boat, so guests can look onto the canal whilst dining.
Sheldon Square, W2 6DL
The Dorchester London
If you like your New Year’s party packed full of champagne, canapés and live music then The Dorchester is offering just that. In terms of entertainment, the evening will see a jazz pianist and vocalist take to the stage, a six-piece vintage jazz ensemble as well as a seven-piece party band and a DJ to round things off.
The five-star hotel’s restaurant The Grill at The Dorchester is getting in on the action, too. Executive chef Stefan Trepp is putting together a five-course tasting menu which will offer a modern twist on traditional British dishes as well as a glass of bubbles at midnight. The menu is set to be made up of decadent dishes to match the lavish surroundings – expect plates such as sweet wine and rosemary-marinated foie gras and wagyu beef tenderloin. Just be prepared to part with the contents of your purse as this tasting menu comes in at £350 per head, or £445 with wine pairings. But it is five-star quality, after all.
53 Park Lane, W1K 1QA
Bubbledogs X Two Lights
Fitzrovia hotspot Bubbledogs is teaming up with Shoreditch restaurant Two Lights for a champagne and fried chicken party. On the food side of things, the Two Lights team will be serving their signature buttermilk fried chicken with biscuits, gravy and jalapeno mayonnaise and the Bubbledogs chefs will be offering a handful of their popular hot dog classics. Award-winning sommelier Sandia Chang will be on hand with drinks, with champagnes behind the bar. But it’s not just food and drink this party offers – as midnight approaches, Bubbledogs’ resident DJ will take to the decks for some party anthems.
Charlotte Street, W1T 4QG
For those craving another extravagant dinner shortly after Christmas, Borough Market’s Roast will be offering just what it says on the tin – with some truffles thrown in for food measure. The venue will serve up dishes such as beef wellington and rack of welsh lamb to share, alongside seafood favourites such as oysters and Orkney scallops. Any dish has the option to be topped
with Perigord truffles, too. Those looking for some entertainment can enjoy live music, a magic show from 8.30pm and a screening of the fireworks at midnight.
Stoney St, SE1 1TL
12th Knot at Sea Containers
This rooftop bar with great views of the Thames and St Pauls is a great spot to see in the new year. Guests will be treated to a rosé reception on arrival, followed by free-flowing drinks all night. A live band and 12t h Knot’s resident DJ will be taking attendees through to the early hours. The venue will also be serving bacon sandwiches at 1am – perfect for any dancers looking for an energy boost.
South Bank, SE1 9PD
West London has recently welcomed a new drinking spot to its family – in the form of Bloom. The Kensington bar will be hosting a New Year’s party packed with plenty of music and dancing – not to mention fizz on arrival. The bar has a hearty cocktail menu, which features classics with a botanical twist. Like many other New Year events in the city, the site will be screening the capital’s fireworks at midnight. What’s more, Bloom’s party goes on until 3am – so is great for those looking to stay out until the early hours.
2a Kensington High St, W8 4PT