A fabulous round up of events and stunning restaurants to celebrate the festive season and New Year’s Eve!
Private Dining at Theo Randall at the InterContinental
Theo Randall at the InterContinental offers a variety of flexible dining solutions, ideally suited to intimate dinners, private events, and large group bookings. The main private dining room can seat up to 24 people or 55 when connected to a second room, and can accommodate up to 100 for a standing drinks reception. Additionally, guests have the option to hire the entire restaurant for up to 180 people. In-keeping with Theo’s philosophy of seasonality and flexibility, private bookings are able to have a completely customised menu. Guests are welcomed to speak with Theo prior to their event so that he can create a bespoke selection of dishes suited to their preference. Head Sommerlier, Vittorio Gentile will then design wine and cocktails pairings to match to make for a completely unique Christmas celebration. http://www.theorandall.com/private-dining
Private dining at Veneta’s beautiful mezzanine
Reflecting the opulent glamour of the Italian city, the newly opened Veneta by the Salt Yard Group, is an enchanting space seating 110 covers and comprising of classic bar-counter seating, banquette booths and intimate tables. An elegant stairway with intricate detailing leads guests on to the mezzanine floor of the restaurant; a 40 cover space that provides a vantage point over the bustling floor below, and that is also available for exclusive hire and private parties. http://www.veneta-stjames.co.uk/
The Stafford Wine Cellars
A compelling history lies beneath The Stafford in its 380-year-old wine cellars, built in the 17th century by Lord Francis Godolphin, and used as an air-raid shelter in WWII. Today, along with a fascinating informal “museum” of artefacts left behind in wartimes, the working cellars house up to 8,000 bottles of the finest wines, including many rare and precious vintages; and can also be hired for private dining groups for up to 44 with the atmospheric candlelit surroundings proving particularly popular for intimate wedding parties as well as standing canapé receptions for up to 60 people for larger events. http://thestaffordlondon.com/
Manchester House is a handsome yet welcoming restaurant that provides the perfect back drop for any festive occasion. The space incorporates an impressive semi-private dining room accommodating up to eight guests, that offers privacy whilst also retaining the ambience of the main restaurant. Chef Patron of Manchester House, Aiden Byrne creates dishes that are based on classical flavour combinations delivered with great imagination, flair and technical skill, his menus constantly evolving as dictated by the British seasons. http://www.manchesterhouse.uk.com
Private dining at Galvin Bistrot de Luxe
Situated on Baker Street, Galvin Bistrot de Luxe is typical of the traditional Bistrot Modernes of Paris, and offers a selection of private dining options. Le Cellar, an intimate space below the restaurant, is available for up to 22 guests seated, and 30 standing. Alternatively, situated in the heart of the restaurant, the Salon Privé is separated by a glass partition and can offer a bespoke dining experience for up to 12 guests. For further information please visit http://www.privatediningbygalvin.com/section/8/1/fitzrovia-marylebone-london
The Jungle Room and Cote d’Azur at Blanchette
French sharing plates restaurant Blanchette has a choice of two locations and two stunning private dining rooms for those looking for a more intimate setting this Christmas. Blanchette Soho’s Jungle Room features a spectacular exotic mural, while Blanchette East’s Cote d’Azur Room boasts a beautiful replica of a Picasso sketch, both created by artist Aldo Gigli. Each private dining room seats up to 14 guests and are available to book for both lunch and dinner. Blanchette’s Executive Chef Tam Storrar has also created unique set menus priced at £40 and £45. Offering seasonal and comforting dishes such as Pigs in “Blanchette”; Chicken ‘Basquaise’ with Lardons; and Almond and honey filo pastry with orange blossom milk. http://www.blanchettelondon.co.uk/
Arabica Bar & Kitchen invites you to come celebrate the holidays in the heart of Borough Market. Echoing the bustling vibes of the market outside, Arabica Bar & Kitchen’s open plan kitchen and bar provides an atmospheric and lively location for a private hire or a get-together with friends, offering smashing cocktails and the ultimate Levantine sharing feasts to get you in the festive spirit! When it comes to feasting, countries in the Levant have this mastered; their cuisines and culinary styles are the ultimate for sharing. Arabica Bar & kitchen has crafted six seasonal Levantine inspired festive menus to capture the richness of the region. There are three set meze menus suitable for groups of any size or choose from one of three seasonal feasting menus for parties of eight guests or more. Guests will enjoy six seasonal meze to share, followed by a main course and dessert. Nestled under the railway arches, Arabica Bar & Kitchen can accommodate any variety of booking. The obliging Arabica team will be happy to tailor the night to your needs; they are on hand to advise on wine matchings, adjust menus to accommodate dietary requirements and if you’re looking for something a little less formal, there is the option to hire an area in the bar for drinks and canapés. For more information visit http://www.arabicabarandkitchen.com/
Private dining at the Galvin Green Man in Chelmsford
The recently opened Galvin Green Man pub, from Michelin-starred chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin, hosts four private rooms on the first floor, for up to 16 guests each, in collaboration and celebration of local businesses Adnams Southwold, Marriage’s Millers, Essex County Cricket Club, and Countryside Properties. Each room has a unique identity, showcasing the company’s individual styles. As a community led pub, the private dining rooms serve to highlight the importance of locality and celebrate the heritage and success of these homegrown brands. On Sunday’s the private rooms at Green Man also offer a ‘Host a Roast’ menu, allowing diners to customise their roast dinner with a variety of meat options according to party size. Served with traditional accompaniments, main dishes include: Wood roast corn-fed Norfolk black chicken; Stuffed saddle of lamb; and Slow roast beef brisket. https://www.galvinrestaurants.com/article/20/the-green-man-best-pub-essex
Big Easy Canary Wharf’s “Captain’s Table”
Big Easy Canary Wharf’s “Captain’s Table” private dining room is designed to be reminiscent of the panelled dining room of the tall ships and officer’s cabins of the East and West India Trading Companies. Featuring an eight metre long solid oak dining table and 17th century style hand-carved oak chairs that seat 26 people, the unique room also features vintage chandeliers, oak panelling and impressive display cabinets of vintage rums and spirits. Private dinners can choose from a menu featuring the finest Bar.B.Q pork and beef cuts and a selection of the freshest Nova Scotian lobsters and local seafood. To find out more about private dining at Big Easy Canary Wharf please visit http://bigeasy.co.uk/#canary-wharf-events-private-dining
Galvin HOP Pilsner Urquell Winter Garden
Spitalfields pub deluxe, Galvin HOP has launched a Winter Garden in partnership with the original golden pilsner, Pilsner Urquell. Running throughout the festive season and into the New Year, the Pilsner Urquell Winter Garden is available for private hire. Adjacent to the restaurant, the Bavarian-style beer tent can accommodate 30 people seated, 40 people standing, and up to 80 people with the addition of its own private terrace, the perfect space for an after-work drink or exclusive Christmas party. The beer tent also features its own bar comprising of a 250 litre copper Pilsner tank serving 440 pints! For larger parties, sharing platters and a three course menu are available.
Mayfair’s Sartoria private dining room and wine cellar
Stylish Italian restaurant Sartoria has a choice of two stunning private dining rooms for those looking for a glamorous setting this Christmas. Each room can accommodate up to 20 guests for lunch and dinner and up to 40 for a cocktail party. The two rooms can be co-joined for larger parties of 40 (seating) and 80 (standing). The restaurant also boasts a heated terrace, destination bar, cicchetti counter and a 250-bin wine cellar, where sommelier Michael Simms will host dinners and wine tastings. http://www.sartoria-restaurant.co.uk
Private dining at Tom’s Kitchen
Founded by chef Tom Aikens, Tom’s Kitchen restaurants offer a selection of private dining options. Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea offers two rooms for private dining, drinks parties and canapé receptions on its first and second floors; the restaurant in St Katharine Docks is perfect for private, semi-private and exclusive hire – great for celebrations, corporate meetings and canapé receptions; and Tom’s Kitchen Canary Wharf, offers both private and semi-private dining options available throughout the building. www.tomskitchen.co.uk
Celebrate the festive season with Peckham favourite, The Victoria Inn
Newly refurbished Peckham pub with rooms, The Victoria Inn, will be open throughout the festive season offering a range of menu options and packages to help make Christmas a cracker. Priced at £28 for two courses and £32 for three courses, the festive menus include dishes such as Roasted Norfolk turkey, pigs in blankets, stuffing, roast potatoes, chestnut sautéed sprouts, glazed carrots, roast parsnips, roast gravy; Pan fried sea bass, Jerusalem artichokes & pink firs, wilted spinach, lemon butter; and Slow cooked Norfolk lamb shoulder, potato cake, buttered kale, tarragon jus. The Victoria Inn will also offer a range of Christmas sharing boards, featuring scotch eggs and mini Yorkshire puddings & dipping gravy, and festive drinks. Exclusive private dining for up to 15 guests will also be available. For more information: http://www.victoriainnpeckham.com/
Continue the Christmas celebrations with Gaucho’s Big Boxing Day Brunch
Traditionally, Boxing Day is a time to use up unwanted leftovers from the indulgence of the day before. This year, however, Gaucho Piccadilly and Gaucho Tower Bridge are continuing the Christmas feast with the Big Boxing Day Brunch. http://www.gauchorestaurants.com/events/event/big-boxing-day-brunch/
The brunch menu has been designed so that guests are able to order any dish, as many times as they would like. The menu will feature delicious brunch classics served up with a festive Gaucho twist – think bubble and squeak with chimichurri, and oven baked pigs in blankets roasted in a pan with plum tomatoes, egg and mushrooms.
Gaucho have transformed the humble bacon and sausage butties into something spectacular, with a juicy smoked bacon sandwich and a succulent sausagemeat stuffing sandwich on the menu. The perfect ending to the feast comes in the form of an oozing Panettone pudding, served with whipped cream.
The brunch menu will be served at Gaucho Piccadilly and Gaucho Tower Bridge from 11am-3pm on the 26th of December. The menu is all inclusive and will cost £65 per person.
Start the night right this NYE!
Start the night as you mean to go on by dining in style before hitting the town for NYE celebrations. See below for our top pre-dining choices to fuel you for a night of partying!
Dickie Fitz – Set up your night with a seven-course tasting menu with bubbles in the art deco dining area – highlight dishes include Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Duck Ragu, Scallop with Smoked Aubergine and Chocolate Cremeux. Full menu attached.
Time: 5.30pm – 10pm Price: £55pp
Ormer Mayfair – With a complimentary glass of champagne upon arrival, wine and dine with loved ones at Ormer Mayfair this New Year’s Eve with a special eight-course tasting menu. Starting with a warming Artichoke Velouté served with Confit Chicken Wing, the menu will feature Rankin’s signature Jersey Lobster Ravioli as well as dishes of Dover Sole, Scottish Venison and British Camembert with orange Marmalade.
Time: 6.30pm – 10.30pm Price: £145pp
KuPP – Delve into a Bottomless Smorgasbord Brunch before the festivities begin! The Scandi-inspired casual dining restaurant brings a nuance of the Nordics with brilliant bords, beer and cocktails aplenty. Choose from The Fiske Bord, The Kupp Bord, The Smonin’ Roast Bord. With 90 mins of unlimited Smorgasbord refills alongside bottomless Czech Pilsner Krusovice, or a choice of deliciously herbal and spice infused Aquavit cocktails. You can’t go wrong!
Time: 12noon Price: £30pp
Christmas and New Year across London at one of the city’s Revolution bars
Get into the Christmas and New Years spirit across London at one of the city’s Revolution bars (Clapham, Tower Hill, Richmond, Leadenhall Street) with their festive canapés, party packages and Yuletide cocktails, including The North Polaroid (complete with edible glitter and a polaroid selfie to take home), the orange and cinnamon-fuelled Scroodge Driver and creamy Black Forest Frappé.
NYE celebrations at Revolution bars will also not go amiss, with DJs spinning the decks, exploding confetti cannons and forever-flowing fizz on offer throughout NYE, continuing into a New Year’s Day blow-out with 40% off food and drink with a Revolution Card.
Fly Back To The 1960s This New Year’s Eve
This New Years Eve opt for some 1960s in-flight entertainment at Hong Kong inspired restaurant Cha Chaan Teng. Tickets are priced from £40pp and include a glass of fizz, a four-course meal and all-night-long entertainment.
The time-travelling party will take off in the bar at 7pm with dinner bookings taken up until 9.30pm. Tickets, which translate into passports once on board, are priced at £40 per person for early bird bookings taken made by 23rd December (to also include a £50 gift card to use in 2017), or £50 afterwards and include a sparkling glass of fizz, a four-course in-flight dinner complete with trolleys of treats, and access to the night-long party with your fellow passengers.
End your night with a magical midnight countdown party, complete with disco hits from the 1960s and 1970s, plus a few modern remixes for good measure. Don’t forget to get your Instasnaps in front of the restaurant’s signature DAIN graffiti wall before the flight lands.
Deliberately inauthentic, deliberately unique and deliberately cheeky – only Cha Chaan Teng will be transporting you to the swinging 1960s this New Year’s Eve.
Tickets can be booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plateau launches Off-Piste winter terrace
This winter Plateau will be bringing Alpine chic to Plateau Bar & Grill with a winter pop-up, Off-Piste at Plateau. Located atop Canada Place, the terrace offers fantastic views over the Canada Square ice rink and will be decorated specially for the festive season with snug furry blankets and wreaths to set the scene for a Christmas cocktail or two.
Head Chef Jeremy Trehout has created indulgent bar snacks including Comte Cheese croque monsieur, Cod croquettes and Raclette crostini to be served alongside winter warming cocktails in collaboration with Appleton Estate Rum and Wild Turkey Bourbon. Themed cocktails include the Avalanche (Appleton Estate Rare Blend, Campari and Mandarine Napoleon, smoked with orange, cloves and anise), Thyme to hit the Slopes (Wild Turkey 101, Amaro Averna, fresh orange, lemon juice and thyme) or The Fire Place (Appleton Estate Reserve Blend, Kings Ginger Liqueur, Grahams Six Grapes Port & Wray & Newphew Overproof rum) and SkiMono (Wild Turkey 101, hot Camomile tea, cinnamon syrup, Gingerbread Spread & Whisky Aged Bitters) – both served hot.
Available until end February 2017, Off-Piste at Plateau is the perfect place to celebrate the festive season with winter warming drinks and Alpine style dishes, with stunning views over the Capital.
WHAT’S ON IN COVENT GARDEN THIS CHRISTMAS
This festive season, families wanting to immerse themselves in some Christmas magic should look no further than Covent Garden. While parents do their Christmas shopping around London’s most beautiful Christmas shopping district adorned with 45 sparkling mistletoe garlands, children have the chance to step into an alternate festive land, meet Santa and join his LEGO production line, digitally enhanced by augmented reality and visual discovery app Blippar.
Visitors can meet Santa in an interactive rooftop experience before embarking on an enchanted journey through the district to help Santa find his missing reindeer. Powered by the Blippar app, the experience and quest for reindeer unlock digitally enhanced magical experiences along the way, with a chance of offers and daily prizes to be won.
Located at 3, The Market Building, Covent Garden (London, WC2E 8RA), visitors can book a place free of charge with one of Santa’s helpers from now through to 24th December 2016. Visitors can also book their place in advance on http://blippar.com/coventgarden.
The annual LEGO® Christmas build has arrived in Covent Garden’s Piazza for the festive season. Made with over 700,000 LEGO bricks, visitors are invited to join the elves on the ‘production line’ of Santa’s Workshop and decorate their own LEGO selfie. The Blippar app can also be used to bring Santa’s Sleigh to life in front of your eyes with different LEGO experiences to discover.
Santa’s Workshop is on the Piazza until 29th December 2016.
Future of Retail
In between admiring the city’s biggest hand-picked Christmas tree and the magnificent mistletoe light scheme, shoppers in Covent Garden this festive season can experience the shopping spree of the future. Over 140 participating stores and restaurants across the district have created digitally enriched shopping experiences in partnership with Blippar, including beauty and fashion gift guides curated by style editors from Cosmopolitan, Elle and Esquire, entirely bespoke to Covent Garden.
AR applications enriching the Covent Garden experience this Christmas include:
· Swing tags on select items in-store unlocking ‘gift picks’, rewards and offers from top fashion editors
· “Blippable” stickers on restaurant fronts enabling people to explore different menu items, online reviews and even book a table
· An interactive AR map of Covent Garden which will come alive with events happening during the festive season, and unlock seasonal offers
· A digitally enhanced Christmas tree and an AR Grotto, showcasing the magic of the technology
· A digital treasure hunt, where people can collect eight reindeer to enter a daily draw and win cash prizes
Blippar is available on iOS and Android. Visit http://get.blippar.com.
Ring in 2017 with Galvin La Chapelle
Galvin La Chapelle’s New Year’s Eve menu offers the chance to celebrate the festive period in style. Set in a Grade II listed building, there will be both an early and a late sitting, with live music by the Ray Rich Band until 1am. The grandeur of this former Victorian chapel with 30-metre vaulted ceiling will be sure to heighten the sense of occasion. Alongside this, Chef Patron Jeff Galvin’s Michelin-starred modern French cuisine will perfectly compliment a night of New Year merriment. (Early sitting: 5.30pm-6.30pm 3 courses £58 per person.
Late sitting: 8.30pm-9.30pm 6 courses including a glass of Champagne on arrival, coffee and petit fours £185 per person). www.galvinrestaurants.com/section/132/1/new-years-eve-at-galvin
Get your groove on at Bistrot de Luxe
On 31 December, Bistrot de Luxe will be hosting a disco-themed evening with a live DJ and prizes on offer for the best dressed diners. Set in the vibrant and intimate Baker Street location, Chef Patron Chris Galvin and Head Chef Tom Duffill will create a celebratory mood with their classic French menu. (Early sitting: 5.30pm-6.30pm, 3 courses £55 per person. Late sitting: 8.30pm-9.30pm, 6 courses including a glass of Champagne and canapes on arrival £95 per person). http://www.galvinrestaurants.com/section/132/1/new-years-eve-at-galvin
Galvin HOP celebrates New Year’s Eve like they did it in the 90’s
This NYE, Galvin HOP is inviting guests to ring in 2017 with a specially created menu of signature dishes alongside seasonal specials, all set to the sound of a 1990’s playlist. Galvin HOP is a Pub Deluxe where the craft beer rubs shoulders with simple but innovative pub food of the highest quality in a relaxed and vibrant environment. (Early sitting: 5.30pm – 6.30pm 3 courses £40 per person. Late sitting: 8.30pm-9.30pm 3 courses £80 per person). www.galvinrestaurants.com/section/132/1/new-years-eve-at-galvin
Pale Hall New Year’s package
One of Wales’ most exciting openings this year, Palé Hall is this year offering guests a fantastic New Year’s package. Steeped in rich history and surrounded by the stunning Welsh valleys on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, the hotel is the perfect location for a luxurious New Year’s Eve celebration. Michelin starred chef, Michael Caines will be hosting the night, alongside owners Alan and Angela Harper, and wine expert Steve Edwards. A celebration for up to 70 people, attendees can expect fireworks, a live band, and a banquet style gala dinner,. Dress code will be black tie and evening dresses, with celebrations going on into the early morning when guests will also be treated by bacon butties. www.palehall.co.uk
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Blanchette East
Blanchette East will be serving up delicious festive specials for New Year’s Eve, including their signature Croque Monsieur and Lamb tagine with apricot, almonds and lebna. There will be no set menus and no minimum spend, just a fabulous a la carte menu and a great playlist selected by their very own DJ Malik Alary. Open from 6pm till 1am, their beautifully designed private dining room, Cote d’Azur, is also available for up to 14 guests. Tables can be booked online or on 020 7729 7939 http://www.blanchettebricklane.co.uk/
Party at Blanchette Soho this New Year’s Eve
Blanchette Soho will be opening its doors from 6pm to 6am this New Year’s Eve. Nestled in the heart of Soho, the restaurant invites guests to see in the New Year in style with no minimum spend, deposit or set menus. After dinner, DJ Malik Alary will play a live set of NU-disco and early house music including classics from the 80’s and 90’s. As the party takes full swing guests can soak up the electric atmosphere as tables are cleared to the side. The Jungle Room private dining room is available for booking, seating up to 14 guests. For further information please visit http://www.blanchettesoho.co.uk/
Hogmanay celebrations with Jude’s Hot Toddy ice cream
See in the final hours of 2016 in true Scottish style with an indulgent pot of Jude’s Hot Toddy ice cream. This festive season, Jude’s have collaborated with legendary whisky distillers from Laphroaig to create a scrumptious treat for ice cream smitten grown-ups and whisky lovers alike. Taste the delight of a Hot Toddy in an ice cream, combining smooth, creamy ice cream, honey, cinnamon and award-winning Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Scotch whisky for a dash of smooth, peaty, smoky elegance. This ice cream is a must-have at any Hogmanay celebration!
Available exclusively on Ocado in 2016. RRP £4.79 per 500ml tub.
A boat cruise New Year with D&D Wharf restaurants
Sail into the New Year with D&D’s Wharf restaurants on an exclusive two hour boat trip down the River Thames to see the fireworks. Leaving Butlers Wharf Chop House at 10.30pm the trip costs £200 per person including unlimited Champagne. Each of the Wharf restaurants will be offering their own unique New Year’s Eve menu to enjoy before the trip. Guests can enjoy a four-course menu and amuse bouche at £75 per person (or £100 at a window seat) at Blueprint Café. Head chef Frederick Forster will create a five-course festive feast at Le Pont de la Tour for £175 per person. Butlers Wharf Chop House will be serving a decadent three-course menu priced at £100 per person and a three-course children’s menu for £40. Finally Cantina del Ponte has created two exciting menus of regional Italian classics, a three-course menu, for bookings between 6pm and 7pm, and a four-course feast for diners with a later table – the two are priced at £50 and £60 respectively.
Four-course menu at Kensington Place
Celebrate New Year’s Eve this year at Kensington Place, the ideal setting for a fun and relaxed evening. New Head Chef Ian Waghorn will create an exclusive four-course menu to enjoy the celebrations, priced at £55 per person. The menu includes four-courses including a glass of Moet on arrival and petit fours. To book a table please call 020 7727 3184 or email Kensingtonplace@danddlondon.com
An exquisite six-course menu at Orrery
To help celebrate in style Orrery Head Chef, Igor Tymchyshyn, has created an exquisite six-course menu priced at £100pp. For an additional £120 the meal will be paired with a selection of Coravin wines meticulously selected by Orrery’s Head Sommelier Gaetano Giangaspero. This luxurious menu also includes an amuse bouche and pre-dessert. For more information or to make a reservation please call 020 7616 8000 or email email@example.com
New Year’s Eve at Big Easy
Open until 2am, Big Easy Covent Garden, Kings Road and Canary Wharf will have live music throughout the evening to ensure 2017 starts with a bang. Big Easy will be serving its full menu of famous dishes including Bar.B.Q Blow Out and Crabshack Combo. Big Easy offers the perfect party destination for New Year’s Eve, especially from the dramatic terrace overlooking the spectacular skyscrapers of Canary Wharf. Their Unlimited Boozy Brunch has been extended to run every day from 26thDecember to 2nd January. Available from 11am-4pm, the Boozy Brunch costs £29.50 per person, including two hours of unlimited prosecco, Big Easy Brew, frozen Bacardi Mojitos or House Wine Please see further information at http://bigeasy.co.uk/#christmas
New Year’s Eve Party at Great Northern Hotel
Situated in the heart of the Kings Cross regeneration, Great Northern Hotel offers an ideal location for a party. Guests can be expected to be spoiled this New Year’s Eve at the hotel, where upon arrival on the 31st they will be treated with a complimentary bottle of Billecart-Salmon Champagne in the GNH bar. Dinner will take place at the hotel’s award winning restaurant, Plum + Spilt Milk, where visitors will be afforded some of London’s finest cuisine from Michelin starred chef, Mark Sargeant. Following an indulgent dinner, guests are invited to attend the ‘GNH Bar New Year’s Eve Party’, with a live DJ playing until the early morning, as well as a Live Burlesque performance from Betsy Rose. After a good night’s partying, guests can enjoy a hearty breakfast at Plum + Spilt Milk, a great way to kick-start their New Year. www.gnhlondon.com
Penthouse package at Hilton Bankside
For a new year’s eve in the heart of the action, stay in the glamorous Penthouse suite at Hilton London Bankside. With an expansive roof terrace overlooking the Tate Modern and The Shard, enjoy unspoilt views of London’s famed firework display without any of the queues or crowds. Toast 2017 with a chilled bottle of Dom Pérignon, keeping cozy under a warming rug, while tucking into a picnic hamper of delicious treats created by Chef Paul Bates – a truly memorable way to see in the new year. The next day indulge in a restoring spa treatment, from the privacy of the Penthouse, before tucking into bottomless brunch at OXBO Bankside. www.londonbankside.hilton.com
Dirty Bones: NYE in NYC Style
This NYE, Dirty Bones will be ringing in 2017 with house parties in Shoreditch, Kensington and Carnaby, with playful cocktails, New York style feast menus and old school beats to keep the party going until 2am. From 5pm in Shoreditch and Kensington, guests will be welcomed with a Lexy cocktail before indulging in a 3-course meal and moving on to late-night party tunes from resident Dirty DJs for just £42pp. Dishes on the special NYE menu will include Salt & pepper squid with chipotle aioli; Beef short rib with salted caramel and burnt onion BBQ sauce; and Dirty macarons stuffed with raspberries, maple syrup coulis and cheesecake mousse. Meanwhile, for those just looking for cocktails and tunes you can’t not dance to, there will be a guest list granting access to the bar and DJ party for just £10pp after 10pm. www.dirty-bones.com/nye
New Year’s Eve in St Katharine Docks with Tom’s Kitchen and London Rib Voyages
To celebrate the start of 2017, Tom’s Kitchen St Katharine Docks has teamed up with London Rib Voyages to provide an unforgettable New Year’s Eve experience. Avoiding the hustle and bustle of the city crowds, the night will begin with a three-course meal at Tom’s Kitchen St Katharine Docks, with exquisite British dishes such as Treacle cured salmon with Cornish crab salad and lemon puree; Rack of Herdwick lamb with fermented barley, bacon and shallots; and to finish, Cinnamon and whiskey crème brûlée with warm doughnuts. Guests will then board the awaiting speedboats at St Katharine Pier, seeing out 2016 in speedy style with a 30 minute ride to The 02 Arena and back. Boats will then take a more leisurely cruise through the lights of London, with guests able to enjoy a glass of Champagne under the fireworks and Big Ben chiming in 2017. (Dinner and boat ride: £699 per couple, Charter for max. 12 adults: £3999). www.tomskitchen.co.uk/news/new-years-eve-on-the-thames
A Venetian New Year in St James’s Market
On 31 December, Veneta will be bidding arrivederci to 2016 with a spectacular evening of Venetian cuisine and merriment. Located in the stunning new St James’s Market redevelopment, the restaurant will be serving the full al a carte menu, as well as a range of decadent New Year’s Eve specials. Guests do not need to buy tickets, rather just book in for dinner anytime from 5pm onwards, and for those wishing to stay to bring in the New Year, there will be music and free-flowing Champagne at midnight. Specials on the night will include White Alba truffle with handmade pasta; Wild turbot with spiced butter; and Deep-fried oysters with blood orange, and to drink, Veneta’s talented bartenders will be shaking up Venetian cocktails until the early hours of 2017. www.saltyardgroup.co.uk/events/ring-new-year-veneta
Aquavit London: A Nordic New Year’s Eve
Aquavit London, the newly opened Nordic restaurant in St James’s Market, will be celebrating New Year’s Eve in style with exquisite set menus, designed by Executive Chef Henrik Ritzén, and live music all in the glamourous surroundings of the new restaurant. From 5.30-7.30pm, early birds will be offered a three-course meal including a glass of Champagne, all for £100pp. Meanwhile, for those wishing to bring in the New Year at the restaurant, from 7.45pm guests will be greeted with a glass of Champagne before enjoying a four-course meal and live music from Between the Lines Jazz Quartet, all for £180pp. Celebrating the very finest Nordic cuisine, menus will include a smörgåsbord of small sharing plates, followed by starters such as Venison tartare with pickled blueberries, juniper and sorrel, main courses including Halibut with Sandefjord sauce, trout roe and fennel, and to finish, the decadent Arctic bird’s nest dessert. Furthermore, Aquavit’s impressive private space, the Stockholm Room, is available for a truly memorable New Year’s Eve party for up to 60 guests. www.aquavitrestaurants.com/london
Sartoria: New Year’s Eve on Savile Row
On 31 December, Sartoria will be inviting guests to celebrate the close of 2016 with the finest Italian food, wine, festive cocktails, and entertainment. Chef Patron Francesco Mazzei, has created bespoke New Year’s Eve three and four-course set menus, including dishes such as Crudo di pesce; Ravioli baccalà mantecato; Roasted wild turbot and langoustines with cotechino and saffron; and to finish, a Bergamot cream and Pasticcini. Head Sommelier Michael Simms will also be on hand to recommend the best matching wines for the table, signature and festive cocktails will be available from resident mixologist, Simone Caporale, and the talented pianist, Owen Farr, will be providing entertainment. Tables are available from 7pm, with menus priced at £95 for three courses and £110 for four courses (a la carte menu will also be available). www.sartoria-restaurant.co.uk/whats-on-mayfair/events/new-years-eve-on-savile-row
New Year’s Eve at The Stafford London
On 31 December, The Stafford London in St James’s is inviting guests to herald the start of 2017 with a magnificent New Year’s Eve celebration, beginning with champagne and canapés, followed by a delicious four-course dinner, and the opportunity to count down to the New Year before dancing the night away with a four-piece band in the hotel’s stunning Wine Cellars. Menus for the evening, designed by newly-appointed Executive Chef James Durrant, will include delicacies such as Smoked Wiltshire ham hock with foie gras, sweet wine caramel and pickled pear; Poached Scottish langoustine with langoustine consommé, roasted cauliflower and caviar; Roasted English veal loin with cheek blanquette, beans and toast; and to finish, Vahlrona chocolate mousse with mandarin sorbet and burnt orange gel. (Priced at £195pp, tickets will also include bubbles to welcome in the New Year). www.thestaffordlondon.com/christmas-at-the-stafford/new-years-eve-at-the-stafford-hotel-london
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at City Social with unparalleled views of the fireworks and Michelin-starred cuisine
Situated on the 24th floor of Tower 42, Jason Atherton’s City Social restaurant and bar is offering Michelin-starred cuisine against unparalleled views of the stunning London skyline, and the London New Year’s Eve Fireworks. Head Chef Paul Walsh has created a decadent five course menu which includes a glass of champagne on arrival. Costing £180 per person, dishes include Orkney scallops to start, Lake District beef fillet, 4 years old Comte and to complete the meal, hazelnut plaisir sucré. http://citysociallondon.com/
‘Midnight in Madrid’ New Year’s Eve celebration at Brindisa Tapas Kitchens
This New Year’s Eve, Brindisa Tapas Kitchens are bringing Spanish alegria (warmth) to celebrations with a series of seasonal sharing menus created by Chef Director Josep Carbonell. Brimming with Spain’s finest, festive delicacies, dishes range from a selection of classic tapas and cured meat boards to large pans of sharing rice and slow-cooked suckling pig. Guests at flagship restaurant, Brindisa London Bridge can welcome the new year in the Spanish way by eating 12 grapes, one at each stroke of midnight, celebrated as ‘midnight in Madrid’ according to the Spanish time zone, at 11pm UK time. Stemming from the Spanish word “Brindis”, meaning to raise your glass to toast, Brindisa is the perfect setting for a Spanish New Year celebration. http://www.brindisa.com/
A Peruvian New Year’s Eve celebration at LIMA Fitzrovia and LIMA Floral
Michelin-starred Peruvian restaurant LIMA Fitzrovia and sister restaurant LIMA Floral in Covent Garden are both offering three course Peruvian menus in celebration of the new year. Priced at £65 the menu at LIMA Fitzrovia includes dishes such as lobster ceviche, loin of lamb and milhojas or golosinas for dessert. Guests at LIMA Floral can enjoy an abre boca of Pisco, paico and grapefruit, followed by scallop tiradito or buck breast algarrobo to start. Mains include fillet of halibut or loin of venison with an avocado and chocolate mousse, for something a little out of the ordinary this New Year’s Eve. http://www.limalondongroup.com/
Japanese-inspired New Year’s Eve at Sosharu restaurant and 7 Tales Bar
For a Japanese-inspired New Year’s Eve celebration, guests at Jason Atherton’s izakaya style restaurant, Sosharu, can enjoy Head Chef Alex Craciun’s menu of casual yet refined Japanese cuisine. Divided into sections dedicated to different Japanese specialities, the menu offers stunningly crafted dishes ranging from temaki, sashimi and tempura to hibachi and yaki grill. For guests wishing to continue celebrations, the basement cocktail bar, 7 Tales, will be offering playful drinks such as the Champagne Papi (served with a coin to access a bespoke vending machine within the bar) in an ambiance that captures the buzz and debauchery of Tokyo after dark. http://sosharulondon.com/
A glamorous new year celebration at Margot, Covent Garden
One of 2016’s most exciting newcomers, Margot, is offering guests an authentic taste of Italy this New Year’s Eve with a special four course menu designed by Executive Chef Maurizio Morelli. Paired with a glass of Champagne, the menu costs £100 per person and showcases dishes from the various gastronomic regions of Italy. With impeccable service at the heart of this establishment, Margot offers a luxurious and relaxing destination to welcome the new year in style. http://www.margotrestaurant.com/
Manhattan-inspired menu at Avenue, St James’s
This New Year’s Eve Avenue restaurant and bar will bring a touch of New York glamour to St James’s with a six course tasting menu executed by Head Chef Dominic South. Starting with a rich artichoke and truffle soup, the menu also features beef fillet and glazed cheek with truffle sauce, roast seabass with crushed potato and seaweed and for dessert, a fresh and zingy lemon parfait with blueberry and thyme and a decadent Avenue chocolate bar, for £55 a per person. Adding to the experience, Head Sommelier Agustin Trapero will be on hand to recommend perfectly matched wines for each course, for a Manhattan-inspired New Year celebration. http://www.avenue-restaurant.co.uk/
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