ew Year's Eve in London comes with certain expectations. In fact, it is probably the night of the year where expectations are at their highest – which can be a recipe for a seriously disappointing night out. Don’t bother shivering on the South Bank this year, as London's traditional firework display has been cancelled. Instead, for a night you won’t forget, here's our guide to the best New Year’s Eve 2021 parties in London, promising haute cuisine and an epic view to boot.
The Lanesborough, Knightsbridge
The Lanesborough will once again be throwing open its doors on 31 December to welcome guests to a special evening at its Michelin-starred restaurant, Céleste. Taking the form of a traditional dinner and dance, the five-course menu features champagne on arrival followed by Dorset crab tartlet, Orkney scallops, beef Wellington, chocolate delice, and more. After dinner, swing and sashay your way into 2022 with live music from jazz band Victoria & The Foxes.
Decimo at The Standard King's Cross
Peter Sanchez-Iglesias' restaurant Decimo, atop The Standard King’s Cross, is the place to see and be seen year-round. Offering views of pretty much every sight that London has to offer, this year will see the restaurant welcome BBC Radio 1’s Benji B to the decks for what will undoubtedly be a wild night to ring in the New Year. Early booking is strongly advised.
With its rainforest-inspired interiors and a menu that straddles Europe, Asia and South America, celebrity-magnet Amazonico is one of Mayfair’s hottest tickets. For NYE 2021, the restaurant will be throwing a Studio 54-inspired extravaganza, transforming into a jungle disco wonderland replete with mirror balls, lush foliage and guests encouraged to don their most outlandish sequins. Tropical feasting menus, vibrant cocktails and a house band and DJ will be on hand to keep the party going until 3am.
Sushisamba, Liverpool Street
Take New Year’s Eve to the next level – the 38th floor of the Heron Tower to be exact. Sushisamba has a sturdy reputation for throwing some of the wildest parties in town and this year is no exception. Dubbed Sambazonia, the restaurant will be transformed into an immersive experience channeling influences from Rio and Tokyo, with themed cocktails, colourful performers, live entertainment and DJs. Two dinner seating options are available, as well as a late-night Casa de Samba party-only ticket.
The London Cabaret Club at the Bloomsbury Ballroom, Bloomsbury
You’ve seen the film, now live the experience. Inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel, the London Cabaret Club will be putting on a Great Gatsby extravaganza this New Year’s Eve at the appropriately Art Deco Bloomsbury Ballroom. Channel your inner Jay Gatsby or Daisy Buchanan during a five- or three-course dinner, while stars from the West End perform a diverse range of acts, alongside routines by acrobats, aerialists and contortionists. After the show, entertainment continues in The Ballroom’s Rose Bar, where a DJ will keep the party going until 5am – ensuring that New Year’s Day might be something of a struggle.
The Savoy, The Strand
Renowned for hosting some of the best parties in the capital for more than 130 years, The Savoy will be ringing in 2022 with its New Year’s Eve bash, Revelry, which begins with a champagne reception, followed by a five-course dinner with paired wines, live music and dancing in the majestic Lancaster Ballroom.
Aqua Shard, London Bridge
Ascend to the rarefied height of the Shard’s 31st floor on 31 December, when Aqua Shard hosts its famous New Year’s Eve shindig in one of the city’s most famous skyscrapers. You can treat yourself to an elegant seven-course dinner in the restaurant, with highlights including native lobster with champagne sauce, Wagyu beef fillet and dark chocolate soufflé. If you’d rather focus on liquid sustenance, opt for the celebration bar, where you’ll be plied with champagne, canapés and entertainment by The Spinettes.
12th Knot at Sea Containers London, Southbank
Perched atop Sea Containers London on the South Bank, 12th Knot offers peerless views of the London skyline. Start your evening downstairs at the Sea Containers restaurant with a five-course fine-dining menu of British classics accompanied by a glass of Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée champagne, before heading upstairs for an open bar and live music followed by the venue's resident DJ, who will provide the soundtrack to the start of the New Year.
Shangri-La The Shard, London Bridge
The Shangri-La at The Shard is offering a whole host of ways to see out 2021, so there’s something for every kind of reveller. Looking to start the party early? The Last Sunset of 2021 promises guaranteed window seats in the GŎNG restaurant, alongside bento boxes and cocktails, while TĪNG will be hosting a three- or four-course alpine-themed dinner with champagne. Afterward, head to the 34th floor Sky Lounge for an apres-ski party complete with live music, champagne and an East-meets-West buffet.
The Cinnamon Club, Westminster
If you’re looking for somewhere decadent to dine before hitting the town, Westminster’s The Cinnamon Club is offering a lavish five-course Indian feast with a fine-dining spin. Housed in the glorious surrounds of The Old Westminster Library, you’ll be greeted with a special Scrumped Pear aperitif (Grey Goose La Poire, spiced syrup and champagne) and a host of elegant canapés before sitting down to a menu featuring Keralan-style lobster bisque, slow-braised lamb leg with saffron sauce and the restaurant’s famed garam masala pudding with nutmeg custard.
Coq d’Argent, The City
City party hotspot Coq d’Argent knows a thing or two about pulling out all the stops when it comes to a great special occasion – as its stellar winter terrace will attest. In lieu of the usual Thames fireworks, which have been cancelled due to Covid, Coq d’Argent will be hosting its own private rooftop display accompanied by a DJ who will keep the party going until the early hours. Before then, guests will enjoy a sumptuous six-course meal devised by executive chef Damien Rigollet, with dishes including cauliflower veloute, sea bass with crab and caviar, and chocolate fondant.
Ice Rink Canary Wharf
Whether it’s to get you in the festive spirit for the night ahead or to dust off the cobwebs the morning after, if you’ve yet to squeeze in a skating session this winter, New Year’s Eve is the perfect opportunity. Ice Rink Canary Wharf is one of the largest in London and, thanks to its transparent canopy covered in twinkling fairy lights, you’ll feel like you’re skating beneath the stars without any chance of rain cancelling the party.
Duck & Waffle, The City
Where better than London's original 24/7 restaurant for an all-night party? This year, Duck & Waffle will be taking guests into 2022 aboard its very own Polar Express, with the sky-high restaurant transformed with the fixtures and fittings of an old-fashioned locomotive. The festivities start at 7pm with an early dinner seating offering champagne and dishes from the a la carte menu, with a second seating at 9pm, while the restaurant's bar will be hosting its own dance party with live performances and DJs until 1am. But the party doesn’t end there. From 2am until 6am, a vibrant breakfast party with live DJ will keep spirits high before the restaurant rolls right into a lavish New Year’s Day brunch.
Above at Hide, Mayfair
Ollie Dabbous’ Michelin-starred Mayfair restaurant Hide offers one of the capital’s most rarified dining experiences every day of the week – so, of course it’s taking things to the next level for New Year’s Eve. As well as the best people-watching in London, courtesy of vast windows overlooking Piccadilly, Above at Hide will be serving up a decadent 10-course menu featuring signature dishes such as roast Cornish lobster with black truffle, and barbecued glazed venison loin. Diners will also have the option of a classic wine pairing or a special wine flight chosen by head sommelier Julien Sarrasin from the vast cellars of nearby Hedonism Wines.
Le Pont de la Tour, Tower Bridge
Romantic Parisian New Year’s Eve getaway cancelled? Le Pont de la Tour is the next best thing. This pretty, Thames-side restaurant overlooking Tower Bridge offers a cosy indoor space and one of the chicest jardins d’hiver (that's winter gardens) in the city. Don your couture-inspired finery and sit down to a lavish five-course dinner, featuring Yellow Fin tuna tartare, roast rib of Cumbrian beef, and orange cake with grapefruit curd.
Sexy Fish, Mayfair
If you’ve ever been to Mayfair uber-restaurant Sexy Fish you’ll know that, when it comes to parties, it doesn’t do things by halves – so don’t go expecting a quiet dinner and bed before the ball drops. Instead, Sexy Fish is inviting guests to see in 2022 with Love Sexy Magic, an evening of immersive performances soundtracked by a live orchestra and electronic band and accompanied by chef director Bjoern Weissgerber’s Asian signature dishes and special cocktails created in collaboration with The House of Suntory. It promises to be a party to remember.
The Dorchester, Mayfair
Prefer your New Year's Eve parties to be black-tie affairs? The Dorchester won’t disappoint. This year the luxury hotel will be welcoming revellers into its ballroom for an old-fashioned good night out with champagne, canapés and a five-course meal featuring heavy hitters including Balik salmon, caviar, blue lobster, and Highland wagyu. Those with a sweet tooth are also impeccably catered for thanks to a dessert bar with no fewer than seven options, plus a crepe station, choux bun bar, Valrhona chocolate cigar bar, ice cream station and British cheese market. If you can still move after all the decadence, a live band and DJ will carry things through until 2am.