Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with London’s best events; from cabaret to five-course feasts, there is something for everyone
Words Jada De Cinque
New Year’s Eve in London
London’s Sky Bar
To say farewell to 2018, London’s Sky Bar will be serving Champagne cocktails all evening alongside exceptional views of the iconic Thames-side fireworks display. Situated on the upper floors of the Millbank Tower, guests to Sky Bar will start the evening with a glass of bubbly and canapés before tucking into a feast of culinary delights from around the globe. There’ll also be live musical entertainment, incredible DJ’s and performances. For anyone still going at 6am there’ll be a Champagne breakfast and a secret after party included in the ticket price.
Tickets from £295; londonskybar.com
Le Pont de la Tour Boat Cruise on the River Thames
Le Pont de la Tour is offering the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration with an indulgent five-course tasting menu and a brilliant boat cruise down the River Thames. Expect a sensational dinner designed to astound, free-flowing Champagne and an exceptional view of the London skyline.
£395 per person got a 5-course tasting menu and 1½ hour boat cruise with unlimited champagne. Dinner only option at £195 per person – 5-course tasting menu and late night music. lepontdelatour.co.uk
B&H Garden Room
Sitting high above the West End with unbeatable panoramic views of the capital, Bourne & Hollingsworth’s Garden Room will be celebrating the New Year with one of London’s most lavish parties. The night begins with a classy cocktail reception where guests can explore the venue and marvel at the stunning views from the 10th floor while tucking into an array of delicious canapés and free-flowing drinks.
Tickets £180 per person; bandhgardenroom.com
Browns Hotel in Mayfair
Join Mayfair’s Brown’s Hotel for a sophisticated 1920’s-themed soiree. They’ve partnered with Ruinart this New Year to deliver an enviable list of cocktails curated by cocktail maestro, Salvatore Calabrese. There’ll also be live music from Brown’s Hotel’s jazz duo, who will be playing well into the early hours.
Jack Solomons Bar
For one night only, Soho speakeasy, Jack Solomons will transport party-goers back to Studio 41 and the notorious 70’s New York party scene. Expect live music performances, dancers and five different DJs, while London’s firework display is live-screened alongside copious servings of Champagne.
Advanced tickets £35 or £50 on the door; jacksolomons.com
Nine Lives is bringing a touch of luxury to New Year’s Eve in London with a tropical-themed party to beat all others. Guests will enjoy a mouth-watering nine-course menu of cocktails and small plates, a Champagne fountain and DJs playing into the early hours.
£90 per person; ninelivesbar.com
With its breath-taking views and 1950’s charm, Skylon is the perfect place to spend New Year’s Eve in London. Tuck into a five-course tasting menu and swig Champagne as you watch London’s spectacular midnight fireworks display. Created by Executive Chef Helena Puolakka, the luxurious menu showcases the best in seasonal produce. Highlights include fallow deer venison carpaccio with smoked juniper cream, lobster boudin and a ‘Wonder Pear’ creation of praline encrusted poached pear with a black tea cremeux.
£325 for a 5-course menu for adults and £50 for a 3-course meal for kids; skylonrestaurant.co.uk
Nobu Hotel Shoreditch
Nobu Hotel Shoreditch is getting into the party spirit with an exclusive seven-course Omakase feast to showcase the restaurant’s signature Japanese cuisine. Live entertainment from talented singer Kate Stewart will kick off celebrations while diners enjoy a glass of champagne upon arrival.
Quaglino’s Hollywood Glamour New Year’s Eve party invites Londoners to celebrate in style as a Hollywood star. They’re rolling out the red carpet and recreating the elegance of a Hollywood Awards Night with paparazzi and glamorous hostesses, an outstanding three-course menu and a spectacular line-up of music.
Dinner will be served in style at Blakes Restaurant where diners can indulge in a delicious menu created by head chefs Peter Del Campo and Mariano Russo before heading downstairs to ring in the New Year at a Moulin Rouge-themed party.
£185 per person; blakeshotel.com
Swing into the New Year at Cahoots where dapper chaps and dazzling dames are encouraged to dress for the occasion as they are transported back to the glamorous 1940’s. Start the evening with a glass of fizz, delight in scrumptious canapés and slurp bottomless cocktails made with Grey Goose L’original and Bombay Sapphire. Jive the night away with the astounding Hotsie Totsies who will perform a mix of vintage classics.
Table tickets: Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV Champagne and canapé reception and bottomless cocktails £150per person. Bar tickets: Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV Champagne and canapé reception and bottomless cocktails £100 per person; cahoots-london.com
To ring in the New Year both Hoppers Soho and Hoppers St. Christopher’s Place will be in full party mode, each hosting an NYE Baila Dinner Party. Baila, the Calypso-esque sound of Sri Lanka, will be the upbeat soundtrack to a Sri Lankan feast, while colourful lanterns and coconut shell candles illuminate each table.