With New Year’s Eve, the jolly old Christmas season is really done, taking its shopping and wrapping and cooking with it and leaving in its place an evening of lighthearted fun or mad partying — whatever you fancy to see in 2012. Hadn’t thought that far ahead? toptable is here to fill in the blanks.
If you like to be near Trafalgar Square for the madness at midnight, then Watatsumi in Northumberland Avenue has your name all over it. With a former Nobu chef at the helm, Watatsumi offers classic and modern classic Japanese sushi, sashimi and cuisine in a grand 19th century building. The five-course New Year’s Eve menu for £69.50 includes a glass of champagne.
The flagship Thai Square restaurant in Trafalgar Square has a delicious Thai menu that’s sure to please every palate and it puts you right in the heart of the West End action with three courses and a glass of champagne or a cocktail from £50. The setting in the former Norwegian Embassy is impressive. Vegetarians can eat well here without no stress at all.
If you’re after a very civilised time and fine cuisine, but still want to rock up to the river for the midnight fireworks, The Northall in the new Corinithia Hotel is for you. Top diner rated — 8.4 — The Northall celebrates the diversity and flavour of British cooking in a stunning setting. The six course New Year’s Eve menu at £200 starts the year as you mean to go on.
For food and music, The Cinnamon Club has a five-course new Indian menu with canapes and aperitif with live entertainment and music from an in-house DJ from £75 depending at what hour you dine. This would be a great night out in any context, but in The Cinnamon’s Club’s glorious former library surroundings, it’s one for the books.
Sister restaurant Cinnamon Kitchen in the City has three courses, a cocktail and a DJ from £35 depending on the hour you dine.
‘Glamorous’ is the only word to describe New Year’s Eve at Quaglino’s: this iconic restaurant tucked away in St James’s is offering a four-course meal with champagne at midnight and a live swing band so you can dance the night away, all for £125 for the main sitting.
Add the romance of international rail travel to the joys of a stylish New Year’s Eve and you’ve described St Pancras Grand restaurant in one. This New Year’s join in the Jazz Age celebration with DJ and live band and five courses from £75 for an unforgettable journey into 2012.
Lena Italian restaurant in Shoreditch also has four courses, an aperitif and live music for £75, less if you only want the table for a couple of hours before you go on somewhere else.
And if you’re up for the ultimate New Year’s Eve treat, triple Michelin starred Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester has seven luxurious courses with matching wines from its amazing cellars for £495. Blinding.
For these and all other New Year’s Eve plans, just click to book on toptable’s late booking Christmas and New Year’s Eve page, or ring our dedicated team on 020 7299 2949 and we’ll help you find exactly what you want.