New Year’s Eve. Either you love it, or you put on your pyjamas, go to bed early and pretend it isn’t happening. There is an element of forced fun that seems to creep in, especially as most of us are still recovering from the excesses of Christmas Day. So, this year, why don’t you shake things up by indulging in a delicious meal instead? Here are some of the more decadent options available in the capital on the 31st.
NOPI, 21-22 Warwick Street, Soho, W1B
The Soho venture of famed chef Yotam Ottolenghi, NOPI is offering a NYE menu at £80 a head which features three dishes, an amuse bouche and a tea or coffee – and a glass of champagne, of course. If you’re looking for laid back luxury and seriously good food, this Middle Eastern and Asian-inspired restaurant is the place for you. Guests can look forward to dishes such as clementine burrata and roasted aubergine.
aqua nueva and aqua kyoto, 240 Regent Street, Soho, London W1B
Combine fine dining and partying with dinner and dancing at either the Spanish-inspired aqua nueva or Japanese aqua kyoto. The Regent Street restaurants have dinner tickets for sale for £150 per person; these include a glass of Veuve Clicquot on arrival, live entertainment during dinner and a DJ until 4am. You can also head up to the terrace and watch the fireworks over Soho at midnight.
Sushisamba, 35 The Market, WC2E
The new Covent Garden site is full of lush greenery and chic tiles – ideal for those who wish to ring in the new year in style. Whether you want to eat early then head to the party or eat a little later and make a night of it, there are options: 6pm-7:30pm at £125, or 8:30pm-10:30pm at £185. Regardless of when you dine, you will be greeted with a welcome cocktail before you enjoy a specially-curated sharing menu, all with a live band playing in the background.
Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M
If you are looking for pure decadence, this is the New Year’s Eve spot for you. Choose between Fenchurch’s six-course menu with plates that include wild bream with poached oyster and wild sea bass with truffle, which will set you back £395 and Darwin Brasserie’s four-course feast with delicious dishes including a pressed guinea fowl terrine and a mushroom, ricotta and black truffle strudel, priced at £275 per person. Both feature 360° city views and a prime firework viewing vantage point.
Shangri-La, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1
This London hotel has scaled new heights (pun intended) in terms of New Year’s Eve opulence. Housed in iconic landmark The Shard, Shangri-La will be throwing a gala dinner over 30 floors up that will come to between £420-£520 per person. Guests will enjoy a splendid six-course meal in the stunning Ren Rom, which will feature lobster salad, goose terrine and traditional roast partridge. It goes without saying that the views of the fireworks will be all but unrivalled.
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