Welcome to our Festive Events Guide 2015

A fabulous round up of events and stunning restaurants to celebrate the festive season and New Year’s Eve!

Sleeping Beauty Grand Hotel de Bordeaux

Sleeping Beauty at the Grand Hotel de Bordeaux

This Christmas, Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa

This Christmas, Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa will be partnering with L’Opéra National de Bordeaux, opposite the hotel in La Place de la Comédie, where they will showcase the ballet performance of ‘Sleeping Beauty’.

An ode to the art and décor of ballet, the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Package at Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa will allow guests to delve into a magical world, which includes: 
 
- Double room accommodation for two, including daily breakfast at ‘The Bordeaux’, the hotel’s 19th-century Belle-Epoque brasserie
- Two tickets to a performance of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the Bordeaux Opera House 
- A cocktail of choice between ‘Evil Maleficent’ or ‘Princess Aurora’
- Spa Access for two people.

Grand Hotel de Bordeaux

L’Opéra National de Bordeaux and Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa were both designed and built on La Place de La Comédie square by the acclaimed architect Victor Louis in the 18th century. The relationship between these two institutions started with an artistic and musical programme, launched in 2011. Today their geographical and cultural heritage brings them together again with ‘Sleeping Beauty’.

The ‘Sleeping Beauty’ package at Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa starts from €444 (approx. £320), including taxes, and is available from 18 to 31 December 2015, welcoming guests for Christmas, New Year’s Eve and festive weekend breaks in Bordeaux.

http://www.ghbordeaux.com/uk/

Brooklands Hotel’s Festive Cocktail ‘Santa’s Treat’ at 1907 restaurant, bar & grill

Weybridge’s Brooklands Hotel has added a brand new Christmas cocktail that’s bursting with festive spirit to the repertoire of excellent drinks available at the chic and contemporary 1907 Restaurant, Bar & Grill http://www.1907restaurant.co.uk/.

Created by the charismatic mixologists at the bar, the creamy and dreamy ‘Santa’s Treat’ is a sumptuous blend of Frangelico, Amaretto Disaronno, chocolate liqueur, espresso, homemade toffee sauce & double cream.

Served in a martini glass dipped in toffee sauce, Santa’s Treat is only available until 30 December 2015.
Santa’s Treat is available in addition to Festive Lunches on most days in December, at the hotel’s double AA Rosette awarded restaurant. Two delectable courses cost just £19.95 per person and three courses are £22.50 per person.

The Boxing Day celebration lunch brings a stress-free way to spend 26 December with family and friends, with the three-course meal costing just £45 per adult and £22.50 per child, with under 3’s complimentary.

New Year’s Eve at Brooklands Hotel is a chance to dress to impress and start 2016 in style with a glamorous night of good times! The festivities start with a glass of champagne and canapés, before five exquisite courses are served and later the dancefloor buzzes with party classics until 2am. Prices start from for £124 per person for the meal and entertainment, with accommodation enhancements starting from £40 per person.

Brooklands Hotel is a contemporary, design-led, four-star property located in the heart of Surrey, on the site of the iconic Brooklands race track. Taking inspiration from its location, the hotel has a 1920s, art deco inspired interior, the contour of the world’s most historic motor racing track running through the reception, a critically acclaimed restaurant and a full service spa, offering the ultimate combination of style and comfort.

For more information about 1907 restaurant, bar & grill, please go to www.1907restaurant.co.uk or call 01932 335710. More information about Brooklands Hotel can be found at www.brooklandshotelsurrey.com.

The Courthouse Hotel Presents Ultimate Christmas Gift for the Festive Season

Standing before the mini-festival of lights along Carnaby Street, The Courthouse Hotel will be celebrating the Christmas period as only they can, as one of Central London’s most reputable and iconic hotels.

Built on a formidable reputation for luxury and elegance, the hotel is a staple of the rich history of the city, and will be offering the perfect Christmas present to those looking to enjoy the holiday in style.

Comprised of two nights’ accommodation in one of the gorgeous, spacious suites, and including a chilled bottle of champagne in your room upon arrival, the new Christmas Break package is designed for indulging in during one of the busiest and most exciting times to soak up the capital.

Also including a traditional breakfast each morning and a sumptuous three-course festive lunch with all the trimmings; guests can also enjoy the recently refurbished, luxurious private cinema, which will be showing an array of seasonal favourites.

Perfect for a mid-shopping getaway or a lovingly decadent seasonal gift, the Christmas Break package from the Courthouse Hotel offers nothing less than an unforgettable experience, in the most beautiful of settings, at the most wonderful time of the year; a welcoming grotto right at the heart of Central London.

From £508 for two nights, please call +44 (0) 207 297 5555 for further booking info.
www.courthouse-hotel.com

Get crafting this Christmas with the National Trust

The National Trust is providing plenty of chances to create some Christmas crafts with a difference this festive season.

Families can choose from a variety of fun activities, from stepping back in time to make Edwardian decorations to exploring the elves’ Christmas workshop. Or, head outdoors to tick off one of your ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ with some wild art or get as messy as you want as you bake up some tasty festive treats in an atmospheric kitchen from another age.

There’s plenty on offer for adults too, with artisan workshops ranging from botanical illustration to wreath making and traditional baking methods. Every one of these workshops will help you take home something inspired by beautiful surroundings.

Every visit to one of these places helps the National Trust’s work as a charity to look after special places, for ever, for everyone. The remaining events include:

National Trust Christmas crafts for kids

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire
The elves’ Christmas workshop, 19 – 23, 26 – 29 December, 1pm – 4pm
The elves have been busy helping Father Christmas at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Walk through the elegant water garden of sparkling ponds and frozen statues to Swanley Grange, where kids can write letters to send off from the twinkly post office. All writing materials will all be provided to write a Christmas wish list, including envelopes and stamps. There will also be the chance to make a glittery snowflake fit for any fir tree. Drop in after Christmas to write a thank you letter to Father Christmas.
Price: Free entry (normal admission fee applies)
For more information, please call 01765 608888
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountains-abbey/

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, North Yorkshire
Festive Artrageous, 19 – 20 December, 1pm – 3pm
Festive family art workshops will be running at Beningbrough Hall throughout the Christmas season. Decorate a Christmas bauble for the tree, make a stocking to hang at the end of the bed for Father Christmas or create a reindeer sock puppet just for fun. Some activities will carry a small charge. See the baroque mansion transformed into a winter wonderland and step inside the richly decorated rooms to get some inspiration for your crafts.
Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)
For more information, please call 01904 472027
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beningbrough-hall/

Allan Bank and Grasmere, Cumbria
Handmade Christmas, 18 and 19 December, 10am – 4pm
This festive season the craft room at Allan Bank will be hosting craft activities for all the family to enjoy. Make tree decorations, gift bags and cards to take home, or create hand-printed wrapping paper. Soak up quintessential Lake District views, in ‘The loveliest spot that man hath ever found’, according to William Wordsworth.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 015394 35143
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/allan-bank-and-grasmere/

The Vyne, Hampshire
Cracker Factory Christmas, 19 – 22 December, call property for times
This former Tudor palace is richly decorated for a country house family Christmas, taking you on a historic journey through Christmas past at The Vyne. The Vyne’s elves are still hard at work with their preparations for Christmas and you’re invited to help them out in the bustling Cracker Factory, where you can make your very own crackers – with a bang – to take home. Customise your crackers with a toy, sweet, hat and joke!
Price: £4 (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01256 883858
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/vyne

Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood, Derbyshire
Children’s chocolate cookie calendar workshop, 3 – 20 December, 10.30am – 3pm
Kids can create a calendar for the New Year at this hands-on workshop. Be sure to explore the Museum of Childhood beforehand to gather inspiration from fun toys and cartoons from the past. Discover something for everyone, from toys that capture the imagination to ones that spark old memories. There’ll be a chance to tuck into warming hot chocolate and cookies during the workshop.
Price: £5 (normal admission fee applies)
For more information, please call 01283 586 800
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sudbury-hall-and-museum-of-childhood/

Edinburgh New Town Cookery School Christmas Ideas
Whether it’s taking the stress out of creating a culinary Christmas, finding a way to keep the kids amused while doing last-minute Christmas shopping, or even a quick and easy gift idea, Edinburgh New Town Cookery School has the answer.

A range of courses with a focus on festive – from Christmas canapé demonstrations to Easy Entertaining – are designed to give everyone the skills they need to be the host with the most and enjoy the party season. Ideally situated in Edinburgh city centre, the school is in a perfect location to combine Christmas shopping with learning new skills, or to bring friends and colleagues together to celebrate the season with an alternative party.

“Christmas can be a stressful time, but our programme has been themed to appeal to beginners and seasoned cooks alike. They are designed to inspire, motivate and instil confidence to make sure that it’s not just the guests that enjoy the party atmosphere; the hosts can join in too knowing that the kitchen is under control.”

In addition to these Christmas themed courses, the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School also offers gift-vouchers. The gift voucher start from £25 and the recipient can choose a course they would like to attend. Alternatively instead of buying a gift voucher they can be booked directly onto a course that the gift giver decides upon. With almost 100 cookery courses planned throughout 2016, there are plenty of ideas for those hard-to-buy foodies in your life. The school also stocks a small selection of kitchen items, aprons, tea towels and books.

The remaining Festive courses this December include:

Childrens Christmas Baking Half Days. Monday 21 December 9.30am – 12 noon or 1.30pm – 4 pm; and Wednesday 23 December, 9.30am – 12 noon

For children who love baking, and for parents who want to amuse their children during the holidays with something a little different these December half day courses are the perfect antidote to winter holiday boredom as children learn how to make delicious cakes and biscuits which they can pack up and take home. They may turn out to be the perfect Christmas Present for Granny! Suitable for children aged 9 – 13 years old who will learn to bake Chocolate Chip Cookies, Lemon Curd Cake and Banana and Toffee Muffins.
Cost: £45

Children’s One Day Course. Monday 22 December, 10.30am – 3pm

During the Christmas holidays why not send your child for a one day cooking course at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School. Designed for ages 9 – 12 , children will be taught cooking skills using the best seasonal ingredients, cooking dishes that they can easily recreate at home. They will be taught, and encouraged, to clear up and wash up as they go – something that every parent will appreciate! They will cook a simple lunch and they will take some of their cooked treats home.
Cost: £65

Full details of the Christmas courses, and a flavour of the 2016 programme, are available on the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School website – http://www.entcs.co.uk/calendar

FOR THE FIRST TIME, MORE ENGLISH HERITAGE PROPERTIES THAN EVER BEFORE WILL BE OPEN THIS TWIXMAS

English Heritage are offering 2 for 1 entry for visitors to celebrate the season

This Twixmas, families looking to escape the house over the holidays will be able to explore more of England’s heritage than ever before. Between Christmas and New Year, English Heritage will be opening the doors to more historic properties than ever before, allowing families across the country to burn off pent-up festive steam in the most incredible of surroundings, from spectacular winter gardens and landscapes, to atmospheric castles and ornately decorated houses.

A total of 22 of England’s most important historic sites will be open between Sunday 27 December and Thursday 31 December, including, Dover Castle in Kent, Eltham Palace in London and Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire. Plus to ensure grandparents, siblings and any extended family can enjoy the day out, English Heritage is also offering two-for-one admission to all visitors throughout this period.

The full list of English Heritage sites open between 27 and 31 December is:

Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Beeston Castle, Cheshire
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Northumberland
Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire
Clifford’s Tower, York
Dover Castle, Kent
Eltham Palace, London
Framlingham Castle, Suffolk
Goodrich Castle, Herefordshire
Housesteads Roman Fort, Northumberland
Home of Charles Darwin: Down House, Kent
Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire
Kenwood, London
Old Sarum, Wiltshire
Orford Castle, Suffolk
Osborne, Isle of Wight
Rievaulx Abbey, North Yorkshire
Stokesay Castle, Shropshire
Stonehenge, Wiltshire
Tintagel Castle, Cornwall
Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire
Witley Court and Gardens, Worcestershire

The two-for-one admission is applicable at all the sites above, excluding Stonehenge, Osborne and Kenwood, and applies to all member and non-member admission tickets from Sunday 27 to Thursday 31 December 2015. Osborne will be running Festive Guided Tours of Queen Victoria’s former home, while families visited Kenwood can enjoy craft activities on site.
www.english-heritage.org.uk

108 Brasserie – 108 will be offering a range of menus and special events over the festive period including a festive advent calendar of treats from December 1st, a Festive Afternoon Tea (that comes in classic, healthy or indulgent) and a heart-warming Christmas Day Feast from executive chef Russell Ford. For New Year’s Eve guests can indulge in a 3 course menu featuring classic seasonal British fare.
http://108brasserie.com

Landseer and TownHouse – The Doyle Collection’s other restaurants (at The Bloomsbury and The Kensington, respectively) will also be offering exceptional festive menus, including a Christmas Gala Dinner (December 25th) Menu at Landseer and two excellent 7 course tasting menus at both sites.
https://www.doylecollection.com/hotels/the-bloomsbury-hotel
https://www.doylecollection.com/hotels/the-kensington-hotel

Holborn Dining Room – As well as three festive menus at varying price points, Holborn Dining Room and head chef Calum Franklin are offering a very special Christmas Day Menu. For New Year’s Eve, Holborn Dining Room will be celebrating with cover-band Beat from 11pm-1am, with DJ’s either side, alongside a private fireworks display at midnight and unlimited access to Holborn’s Delicatessen sweet factory.
http://www.holborndiningroom.com

NEW YEAR EVENTS

Tapas Revolution – Tapas Revolution will be celebrating New Year Eve’s with a delicious Spanish feast. Priced at £45 per person, the meal includes seven tapas dishes, a Platos (sharing dish) and Cafe y Licor. You’ll also have the chance to welcome in the New Year with the Spanish tradition of ‘Las doce uvas de la suerte’ (the 12 lucky grapes) by eating a grape with each chime of midnight. If you manage all of them before the last chime then you’re guaranteed a lucky 2016!
https://www.tapasrevolution.com

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Dirty Bones Carnaby
Dirty Bones Carnaby are inviting guests to join them in celebrating the last few hours of the year before 2016 rolls in. With tickets for early birdies as well as party-all-nighters, on arrival guests of the two ‘DIRTY NYE’ events will receive a signature Top Dog cocktail (Finlandia vodka, fresh strawberry, Chambord, lemon and prosecco) or craft beer, before sharing a selection of starters, such as Hot Wings; Charred Padron Peppers; and Deep Fried Mac Balls. These will be followed by a choice of either The Dirty Eye (Boston rib eye steak, Béarnaise sauce), Dirty Bass (Sea bass, chimichurri) or Get Baked (Smoked aubergine, rich tomato, mozzarella and parmesan skillet), with classic Dirty Bones sides to share. And to finish… The Dirty Bones deconstructed ‘Crunchy’ with white chocolate gelato! The Early Bird dinner starts at 5.30pm (£35.00pp, 2 hour sitting) and the Late Nighter dinner and DJ party starts at 8.30pm (£45.00pp, DJ party until 2am, also includes glass of Prosecco at midnight). Bookings can be made by emailing carnaby@dirty-bones.com or calling 020 7920 6434.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at German Gymnasium
The newly opened German Gymnasium in Kings Cross is inviting guests to celebrate New Year’s Eve with an exclusive ticketed event including food, music and entertainment. Executive Chef Bjoern Wassmuth’s one-off New Year’s Eve menu will include an amuse bouche of Roasted chestnut cream and truffle foam, followed by a three course dinner with starters such as Cured salmon with sourdough croutons, crisp shallot rings, yuzu crème fraiche and dill foam; main courses including Roasted venison loin with butternut squash, Brussels sprouts and spiced chocolate sauce; and for dessert Citrus infused cheesecake with blackberry compote and pistachio ice cream. There will be live music from the five-piece band, Nocturne, and a late-night party with resident DJ Dave Delgado playing Berlin beats until 2am. Tickets for the full event are priced at £145 with bookings in the restaurant from 5.30pm until 2am. The Grand Café will also be open, offering the a la carte menu throughout the day. www.germangymnasium.com

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the newly re-opened Sartoria, Mayfair
This year Chef Patron Francesco Mazzei will be serving a decadent set menu boasting some of his signature dishes for parties of up to eight guests. Those who would like an earlier sitting will be able to indulge in a lovely three course menu priced at £55 per person; and those who would prefer a longer, more sumptuous affair, will be able to choose from a four-course menu priced at £95 or a five-course menu priced at £110. Dishes include Steamed langoustines, slow cooked pork belly, pan fried scallops, n’cantarata sauce; Truffled tagliolini; Wild turbot, artichokes, saffron and clam sauce and a Roasted veal fillet, winter vegetables, sage and pumpkin mash. Sartoria re-opened this December after an extensive refurbishment with chef Francesco Mazzei taking the helm of an all-day dining menu, serving dishes from his native region, Calabria, and surrounding areas of Italy. For more information, or to book a table, please email sartoriareservations@danddlondon.com or call 020 7534 7000.

New Year’s Eve party at Blanchette, Soho
Enjoy an extended New Year’s Eve at Soho favourite, Blanchette with doors open until 6am. The quintessentially Parisian bistro will be serving the usual a la carte menu as well as some delicious specials, including scallops. The kitchen will close at 11pm, while the bar will stay open until 6am. There will also be an appearance on the decks from co-founder, DJ Malik Alary as well as guest, DJ Shade. On 1st January, Blanchette will be open for lunch and dinner. http://www.blanchettesoho.co.uk/

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Soho favourite, Ember Yard
This year, Chef Director Ben Tish and Head Chef Jacques Fourie, have created a delicious menu with matching wine and cocktails. Dishes include Truffled duck liver parfait with picked chestnuts and Grilled Venison haunch with celeriac, walnut and braised kale, followed by Slow roasted beef sirloin/ Beef fore rib with a variety of sides to choose from including, Potato and truffle gratin and Josper roasted Jerusalem artichokes with smoked butter and garlic. To finish, guests will be able to enjoy a Dulce de leche torrijas with white chocolate and plum jam and Smoked chocolate truffles with Vin Santo. The special evening will be accompanied by a live cabaret performance for those who wish to bring in the New Year with Ember Yard. Priced at £150, the menu includes a welcome cocktail, half a bottle of wine and a glass of champagne at midnight. To book a table please email info@emberyard.co.uk or call 0207 439 8057.

New Year’s Eve Masked Ball at Bluebird
Following last year’s success, Chelsea favourite Bluebird will be hosting its second annual Masked Ball. The night will kick off at 7pm with champagne and canape reception in the main bar, followed by a decadent 3-course meal and a delicious cheese station. Guests will then dance until dawn to the fabulous sounds of the Jazz Dynamos and DJ Feliz against the stunning backdrop of the restaurant at Bluebird. Tickets are priced at £150 per person and are limited. To book a table call 020 7559 1000 or email enquiries@bluebird-restaurant.co.uk

Celebrate the end of 2015 in style at Plateau
Plateau’s head chef, Daniel McGarey, has created an incredible 5-course set menu, priced at £65 (early sitting) and £100 per person (late sitting) which includes a glass of champagne and an after dinner cocktail. Plateau will be complimenting guests’ festive dining with the eclectic sounds of a piano singer from 6pm to 12am and a special guest DJ from 12am to 3am. http://www.plateau-restaurant.co.uk/whats-on-canary-wharf/events/new-years-eve-2/

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Le Pont de la Tour
With its fabulous views of the iconic Tower Bridge and a brand new look, Le Pont de la Tour will invite guests to celebrate the New Year in style with a fabulous dinner and a boat cruise. Guests will be treated to an exclusive six-course menu designed by head chef Frederick Forster which includes dishes such as Terrine of foie gras, clementine and toasted brioche; Poached turbot, glazed caulifloers, champagne sauce and Aquitaine caviar and Roasted filler and slow braised beef with Brussel tops, parsnips and red wine sauce. The New Year’s Eve Pont Experience will be priced at £375 per person; alternatively for those staying to dance the night away, the restaurant will offer a late sitting menu at £175 per person. http://www.lepontdelatour.co.uk/menus/restaurant/new-years-eve-menu/

New Year’s Eve fireworks at City Social bar
Located in Tower 42, City Social bar is the perfect place to watch London’s famous firework display on New Year’s Eve. If you fancy toasting in 2016 with something a little different, new Bar Manager Tim Laferla has just launched an innovative cocktail menu. Try Day of the Truffles, made with Tanqueray gin, blackcurrants, beetroot, lemon, truffle honey, champagne, soda and ‘plant venom.’ To book email reservations@citysociallondon.com

New Year’s Eve at Social Eating House
Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House is the ideal venue for a one stop spot this New Year’s Eve. Created by Chef Patron Paul Hood, there will be a special a la carte menu of three courses priced at £95. After dinner, head upstairs to The Blind Pig for one (or two) of their famous cocktails, which will be open late to see you safely into the early hours. www.socialeatinghouse.com

NYE at Social Wine & Tapas
New Year’s Eve is all about spending the evening with those that mean the most and what better way to do this than over food designed to be shared between friends. Jason Atherton’s Social Wine & Tapas provides the perfect sharing menu of Spanish inspired dishes and carefully chosen wines, and with no set menu, the restaurant will be the perfect location to see 2016 in in affordable style. www.socialwineandtapas.com

NYE at Jason Atherton’s Little Social
To pass the final hours of 2015 with refined and French-inspired comfort food classics, look no further than Jason Atherton’s Little Social. This year, alongside the a la carte menu the restaurant will be offering a £95 per person, three course menu with plenty of choices, including Raw hand dived Orkney Isles scallops, dashi jelly, apple, shiso, wasabi & avocado purée, Cottage pie “Bourguignon” with smoked Alsace bacon, Champignons de Paris designed for two to share and Pear & blackberry crumble, mascarpone & cinnamon crème Anglaise. www.littlesocial.co.uk

Taking you into the New Year in Peruvian Style
Lima Floral, located in Covent Garden, will be hosting a special ticketed event to celebrate New Year’s Eve, with menu options including the popular Orkney scallops and Braised venison shoulder. In addition, the Bajo Bar by LIMA Floral, located underneath the restaurant, is open for walk-ins and will be serving its new Pisco cocktail menu. www.limalondongroup.com/floral

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Florence, Herne Hill
This New Year’s Eve, this South East London favourite will cater for everyone! Their seasonal a la carte menu will be served until 7pm for those in search of a family meal while their special feasting menu starts from 8pm for diners on the lookout for more substantial fare. The pub’s own microbrewery on full display, The Florence champions an extensive range of British beers alongside a select list of biodynamic wines. With no entry fee this year and a bar open until 2am, The Florence is the perfect place to welcome in 2016 at this newly refurbished urban country pub. www.florencehernehill.com/events/31-12-2015/new-years-eve

Lobster and fireworks at Fish Market for New Year’s Eve

Located in city, Fish Market will be offering guests a three course New Year’s Eve menu for £45, specially created by Head Chef Barry Macmillan. Starting off with bubbles and oysters, dishes to choose from include Line caught wild sea bass, lobster & lemon grass broth, samphire and new potatoes or Shellfish platter. Fish Market is situated in Old Bengal Warehouse, just a stone throw away from London’s famous fireworks display.
www.fishmarket-restaurant.co.uk/events/christmas-celebrations

Islington’s Almeida celebrates in style
Islington’s neighbourhood restaurant Almeida will be offering a luxurious four course tasting menu priced at £45. The menu will showcase dishes such as Scallop and crab tortellini, Shellfish bisque and Venison wellington, beetroot, creamed cabbage, green peppercorns and picked pear. After dinner, celebrate in Almeida’s bar and enjoy the innovative cocktail list, made with seasonal herbs and infusions grown in Head Chef’s Tommy Boland’s ‘urban garden’.
www.almeida-restaurant.co.uk

Dinner and dancing at New Street Grill for New Year
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the city with New Street Grill’s four course set menu including canapés and bubbles on arrival. The indulgent menu from Head Chef Barry Macmillan includes dishes such as the Chateaubriand to share with sautéed pink fur potatoes, creamed spinach, béarnaise & peppercorn sauce. After dinner the party will continue in the Old Bengal Bar, with swing dancing to welcome in 2016.
www.newstreetgrill.co.uk/events/christmas-celebrations

Six course menu at Avenue this New Year’s Eve
Located in St James, Avenue is be the perfect place for celebrating the New Year offering a six course menu, specially created by Head Chef James Hulme for £55. On the menu will be dishes such as Beef fillet and cheek, Yukon gold potato, cepe and roast artichoke. After dinner, take a short walk to watch the iconic London firework display. www.avenue-restaurant.co.uk

New Year’s Eve masquerade at Great Northern Hotel
Great Northern Hotel, King’s Cross, will be hosting a New Year’s Eve masquerade evening in their wonderful GNH Bar. The evening will include performances from burlesque dancer Miss Betsy Rose, followed by music from a DJ. There will be a New Year’s Eve package for £379 which includes a night’s stay at the hotel on a bed and breakfast basis for two, a complimentary mask and a glass of champagne. Diners at Great Northern’s beautiful restaurant, Plum + Spilt Milk, will also have the chance to attend the party for £20, while normal tickets will be £30. A table at the party will cost £200 and guests will receive a bottle of Belvedere vodka, who will be sponsoring the event.

New Year’s Eve at Kensington Place
Celebrate New Year’s Eve this year at Kensington Place, the ideal setting for a fun and relaxed evening. Head Chef Tim Peirson will create an exclusive menu to enjoy the celebrations, priced at £65 per person. The menu includes 3 courses with an amuse bouche to start and coffee and petit fours to finish. To book a table please call 020 7727 3184 or email Kensingtonplace@danddlondon.com www.kensingtonplace-restaurant.co.uk/events/christmas-celebrations-2/

New Year’s Eve at Orrery
To help celebrate in style Orrery Head Chef, Igor Tymchyshyn, has created an exquisite six-course menu priced at £90pp, it will feature some of his signature dishes such as Tournedos Rossini, caramelised shallot, sauce Périgourdine. For an additional £60 the meal will be paired with a selection of premium 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 orreryreservations@danddlondon.com www.orrery-restaurant.co.uk/events/christmas-celebrations/

Celebrate New Year at Café Royal
At Café Royal this year, the festive season is being celebrated in style with a lavish New Year’s Eve party showcasing Café Royal’s bohemian and hedonistic history. The fabulous New Year’s Eve package includes a champagne reception in the Oscar Wilde Bar followed by a five-course dinner in the Ten Room restaurant. Guests will then retire back to the Oscar Wilde Bar, where they will be bringing in the New Year with champagne, music and dancing. All guests will then receive a complimentary late check out on New Year’s Day. The New Year’s Eve package starts from £645 per night per room.

New Year’s Eve at Big Easy
The newly opened Big Easy in Canary Wharf is now taking bookings for New Year’s Eve. Open until 2am, the restaurant will have live music throughout the evening to ensure there’s never a lull in the party. Big Easy will be serving its full menu of famous dishes, as well as the daily special of steak and half a lobster, slushie cocktail or a schooner of Big Easy Brew – all for just £23.50. Big Easy offers the perfect relaxed dining destination for New Year’s Eve, and guests will be able to drop into the bar for drinks without a reservation. www.bigeasy.co.uk

New Year’s Eve at OXBO Bankside
With live music from Union Blue Motown band, celebrate this New Year’s Eve in style at OXBO Bankside with a three course menu and celebratory champagne. Executive Chef Paul Bates has created a mouth-watering menu including Whole honey roasted gammon ham, cauliflower and piccalilli; Partridge, duck and chicken terrine, truffle infused fruit relish; Grilled OXBO aged fillet of beef with Béarnaise sauce and Ragout of Yorkshire venison, port wine and mushroom gravy. Alternatively, for dishes with a global twist, try the Sashimi of tuna, salmon and halibut with wasabi and ginger; Crayfish and rocket maki rolls or Crisp Wonton baskets of Tandoori prawns, rice noodles and cilantro. The dessert menu offers an indulgent selection of tarts, trifles and pies, including Chocolate torte with black cherries; Baked cheesecake and Lemon tart, orange curd. With a complimentary glass of champagne for each diner, prices start at £65 per person (5-8pm) and £110 from 8pm onwards. To reserve a table, visit the website here: http://www.oxbobankside.co.uk/.
And if guests don’t want to make the journey home, rooms in the Hilton London Bankside hotel are available from £395.

New Year’s Eve at The Distillery
Whatever your tipple of choice, expert mixologists at The Distillery will spend the night conjuring festive cocktails from spirits, bitters, syrups and infusions to welcome in the New Year. Alternatively, guests are invited to choose from their 50-strong gin menu sourced from all over the globe or sample their bespoke craft beer, brewed exclusively for the bar, before seeing in the New Year in style with a glass of bubbly and DJ on site. Bookings are available from 6pm until late with a minimum spend of £25. To book, visit the website here http://www.thedistillerybankside.co.uk/ or call 0207 593 3900
And if guests don’t want to make the journey home, rooms in the Hilton London Bankside hotel are available from £395.

New Year’s Eve at Hilton London Bankside
Only a stone’s throw away from the River Thames, Hilton London Bankside is the perfect place to lay your hat over the New Year festivities. Soak up the electric atmosphere as Big Ben strikes Midnight and fireworks light up the skies over some of London’s most famous landmarks. Stay in one of our contemporary guest rooms available from £395 or treat yourself to a suite experience with views of The Shard and Tate Modern from £459.

New Year’s Eve at Blueprint

Blueprint’s New Year’s Eve menu will be available at two separate seating times; earlier groups (5.30pm-7.30pm) can enjoy a three course dinner for £50 per person (or £65 at a window seat), and for those wishing to part into the night, a second sitting will start from 7.45pm onwards. Guests at the later sitting will be offered the same delicious menu, with an exquisite amuse bouche for £85 per person (or £100 by the window). After dinner at Blueprint, guests also have the option to climb aboard The Erasmus which will head west for an unrivalled view of London’s legendary midnight firework display, whilst enjoying unlimited champagne. Tickets cost £200. To book a table call us on 020 7378 7031 or email blueprintcafe@danddlondon.com

Butlers Wharf Chop House
New Year’s Eve has disappointed all of us far too many times, so BWCH have come up with a fool-proof plan to make sure this one goes with a bang. They have created a decadent three-course menu priced at £100 per person, a three-course children’s menu for £40 and a very special way to count down to midnight. After dinner, guests will climb aboard The Erasmus which will head west for an unrivalled view of London’s legendary midnight firework display, with unlimited champagne. Tickets cost £200. www.chophouse-restaurant.co.uk

Cantina del Ponte New Year’s Eve
Toast the year that was and welcome in the year ahead at Cantina. Their head chef has created two exciting menus of regional Italian classics, a four-course menu, to be enjoyed if you book between 6pm and 8pm, and a five course feast for diners with a later table – the two are priced at £45 and £55, respectively. To book a table call 0203 693 5079 or email cantina@danddlondon.com

A wine lover’s celebration at Les 110 de Taillevent
Recently opened Les 110 Taillevent, located in Cavendish Square, has created a New Year’s Eve six course affair, priced £100 per person. On the menu is crab remoulade with dill and fennel, Beef Rossini with sauce périgueux and truffle brie. With 110 wines served by the glass and matched to each course this is sure to be a celebration for foodies and wine lovers alike.
www.les-110-taillevent-london.com/en

Festive Brunch at Tom’s Kitchen
Tom’s Kitchen is the perfect place to welcome in 2016 and recover from the indulgences of New Year’s Eve, with an extra special festive brunch. Dishes will include Truffled Eggs Benedict with duck egg, truffle hollandaise & crispy parma ham; Cornish Lobster & Crab Benedict with chilli & coriander hollandaise; and a Festive Game Burger with cranberry relish, bacon, gherkins & triple cooked chips. Tom’s Kitchen restaurants in Chelsea, Canary Wharf, St Katharine Docks and Somerset House use the finest British ingredients to create menus that are served in a relaxed and informal environment. The brunch will be available at Chelsea and St Katharine Docks on 26th, 27th and 28th December and 1st, 2nd and 3rd January, and at Canary Wharf on the 2nd and 3rd January. www.tomskitchen.co.uk

Sky Garden
With a choice of two beautiful restaurants and a bar that boasts the best views in town, Sky Garden has NYE all wrapped up. Party atop the Walkie-Talkie with a group of friends in Sky Pod Bar on the 35th floor as energetic, nine-piece live band The Soul Jets provide the soundtrack and Champagne flows. One floor up in Darwin Brasserie, choose between an early or late sitting for a delicious four-course dinner with half a bottle of Champagne per guest. The later sitting also offers guests free access to Sky Pod Bar, whilst groups can alternatively book the Chef’s Table, seating up to 18. Fenchurch, on level 37 offers one of London’s most elegant and exceptional places to dine this New Year’s Eve with two sittings of a sensational five-course menu with half a bottle of Champagne per person. Guests for the later service will gain exclusive access to a viewing balcony for a bird’s eye view of London’s firework display. For all bookings, contact festive@skygarden.london.
www.skygarden.london

Columbia
Channel your inner Bond with an exclusive New Year’s Eve dinner at Columbia Restaurant, part of DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside. Sail into 2016 with Champagne and canapés in your black tie finest before a lavish four-course meal (with half a bottle of wine each), live music and a private river cruise on the Thames for a fireworks front row seat at midnight (full evening package £249 per person). For £339 per person, enjoy the New Year’s Eve Party Night Stay Package, which also includes one night’s B&B accommodation in one of the hotel’s newly renovated luxury rooms and a full English breakfast to ease sore heads on New Year’s Day.
www.columbiarestaurant.co.uk

Savoy Grill
The iconic Savoy Grill on the Strand is offering a late seating seven-course New Year’s Eve set menu (£200 per guest) featuring dishes of roast pumpkin velouté with ricotta dumpling; Cornish crab-stuffed sole; beef Wellington with truffle mash potatoes and Bordelaise sauce; and chestnut, chocolate and coffee Opera cake. After dinner, watch the fireworks out of the cold in one of The Savoy’s top suites.
www.savoy-grill.com

The Cinnamon Club
Set within the Grade II-listed Old Westminster Library, The Cinnamon Club offers a New Year’s celebration away from quintessentially British traditions. For £125 per person, Executive Chef Vivek Singh and Head Chef Rakesh Ravindran have created a five-course menu that will showcase the very best of Indian feasting. Dishes will include spiced crab and mackerel cake with coriander mayonnaise; roast Kentish lamb fillet with nutmeg and caper kachumber; Rajasthani spiced Scottish pheasant breast with pearl barley kedgeree and coriander sauce; and spiced pudding with dried fruits and nuts served with nutmeg custard. The evening will include live entertainment and music from The Cinnamon Club’s in-house DJ before guests can head out to watch the fireworks as Big Ben strikes 12.
www.cinnamonclub.com

Smith & Wollensky
The King is set to entertain diners at the iconic US steakhouse Smith & Wollensky on the Strand. ‘Suspiciously Elvis’ will celebrate the memory of Elvis in his prime – think early Seventies strutting the stage in Vegas – whilst diners enjoy a casino night with an exceptional three-course meal. Dishes will include lobster bisque, USDA prime dry-aged 14oz sirloin with a selection of sides and Advocaat and redcurrant Baked Alaska. Shake the dice and spin the wheel at the pop-up casino with games of blackjack, roulette and a rake of prizes on offer including theatre tickets, private dining packages, grooming experiences and hand-on masterclasses. Tickets for the evening cost £175 per guest.
www.smithandwollensky.co.uk

Indigo at One Aldwych hotel
Nestled within London’s theatreland, Indigo is the relaxed and informal restaurant of the luxury, five-star One Aldwych hotel, Covent Garden. Executive Chef Dominic Teague is the mastermind behind the menu, which is completely gluten and dairy free – though you’d never guess! Spend the last day of December taking in a beautiful performance of the West End hit The Lion King before a five-course meal of Scottish Langoustine; Saddle of highland venison, savoy cabbage, chestnuts and crispy potato; and bitter chocolate tart with pistachio. Package from £95 per person.
www.onealdwych.com/indigo

One Canada Square
Don your tashes and tiaras and descend upon One Canada Square, where a blow-out costume party will mark the end of the year in the heart of Canary Wharf. Starting with pure sophistication, arrive to the sounds of the in-house pianist tinkling the ivories as you sit down to a three-course set menu (£60 each) including two glasses of Champagne per person. Then, things will get real as guests-in-garb party the night away to the sounds of a DJ spinning ‘til 2am.
www.onecanadasquarerestaurant.com

The Gun
Come to The Gun dressed in your finest Victorian fancies – think top hats, moncoles, corsets and lace – and party the night away between 9am and 2am. Entry costs £15 per person, including a glass of Prosecco and midnight snacks. The restaurant will also be serving a six-course tasting menu (£95 per person) including two glasses of Joseph Perrier Champagne with tea, coffee and petit fours to finish.
www.thegundocklands.com

Flemings Mayfair
Located in the heart of Mayfair, the family-owned luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair offers an evening to amaze with a six-course tasting menu (£95 per person). If feeling extra lavish, guests can finish the evening in one of the newly refurbished luxury bedrooms or suites or even splash out on the outstanding Penthouse Suite to watch the fireworks from your very own private rooftop terrace (from £1,125 per night excluding VAT).
www.flemings-mayfair.co.uk

Brasserie Blanc
Promising a real celebration of the roaring 1920s, Brasserie Blanc in Bristol will be hosting a dinner dance that champions the best of yesteryear held in the stunning Cutler’s Hall. Clink festive cocktails before a five-course tasting menu (£85 per guest) with matched wine and finish the night with a bit of a Charleston and a flute of Brasserie Blanc’s own bubbly. In London, Brasserie Blanc branches in Covent Garden and on the Southbank will ring in the new year with style, offering a five-course meal for £65 per guest, whether you’re looking for the perfect post-theatre dinner or a lingering supper on the Southbank before the fireworks.
www.brasserieblanc.com

See in the New Year in style at Mimosa, Chelsea
Where better to celebrate New Year’s Eve than at Mimosa, Chelsea’s newest go-to destination? Housing a much acclaimed restaurant and bar together with a buzzing new club, the whole evening’s festivities can be carried out under one roof! Mimosa is teaming up with Tortuga to host an unmissable event that incorporates fine food, superb cocktails and great entertainment – not to mention a 5am licence!
The night kicks off at 8pm with a stunning three course menu. For just £49.95 per person, guests can feast on standouts such as lobster salad, Asian spiced beef tartare and a Chef’s dessert selection that features a smorgasbord of sweeties, from a glass shot of cheesecake through to mini mango spheres. At 10.30pm it’s time to really get the party started. Some of Tortuga’s favourite artists will be taking to the floor until 5am, among them include HYPE head honcho Cross End, Jimmy’s resident Farouk and Sessions favourite Nicolai.
Early bird tickets cost £10 with main release priced at £20. Numbers are being strictly limited so early booking is essential. Please call 0207 052 0052 for further information.
Mimosa, 86 Fulham Rd, London, SW3 6HR
www.mimosa-chelsea.co.uk

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