London’s best New Year’s Eve parties

From a dinner with Jane Birkin to the chicest house party in the city – four celebratory hotspots to welcome 2020 with a bang

London’s most sophisticated house party returns to The Lanesborough to thrill revellers on December 31 in collaboration with Moët & Chandon
London’s most sophisticated house party returns to The Lanesborough to thrill revellers on December 31 in collaboration with Moët & Chandon

Celebrate at the city’s chicest soirée – The Lanesborough

London’s most sophisticated house party returns to thrill revellers on December 31 in collaboration with Moët & Chandon. The hotel will be transformed for a fun-filled odyssey – beginning in the opulent Belgravia Ballroom, which will become a Latin-style haven filled with the sounds of reggaeton rhythms, where rum-champagne cocktails and canapés await. Head to the Céleste Dining Room for a nightclub vibe, with well-known DJs spinning club classics as you hit the dancefloor. Cocktail lovers can sample creative libations in the Library Bar, while cigar connoisseurs will find sanctuary in the Garden Room – home to The Lanesborough’s dedicated cigar lounge. Discover a Lebanese lair in the “former” St George’s Room – a place to sip classic cocktails with eastern hints and savour Arabic bites – and for full-on indulgence (before the New Year detox begins), step into The Great Hall for fine cuvées (from Moët & Chandon to Dom Pérignon) and delicacies such as caviar. Prices start from £275 from Clos19 for a single ticket, including two 20cl bottles of champagne, a selection of canapés made by The Lanesborough’s executive chef Steeven Gilles, and access to the lower and ground floors. The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, London SW1. For tickets and information, go to clos19.com.

Celebrate the New Year with singer and fashion icon Jane Birkin, who will take to the stage at the hotel’s Decimo restaurant for an intimate performance with a live band
Celebrate the New Year with singer and fashion icon Jane Birkin, who will take to the stage at the hotel’s Decimo restaurant for an intimate performance with a live band
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Party with Birkin – Decimo at The Standard

Celebrate the New Year with singer and fashion icon Jane Birkin, who will take to the stage at the hotel’s Decimo restaurant for an intimate performance with a live band. Chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, meanwhile, has prepared a multi-course set menu mixing Spanish and Mexican cuisine to mark the end of 2019 in style. At midnight, head to the 11th-floor rooftop for views of London’s dazzling fireworks display with a glass of champagne in hand. Tickets start at £165 per person (including the set menu, rooftop access to watch the pyrotechnic show and a glass of bubbly for the countdown), while those who wish to host a “suite sleepover private party” can book a room on the 8th or 9th floor for the occasion – with the option to add a personal bartender in corner suites. Room rates start at £1,300 (which includes £500 to spend on food and drink) for each guest and five of their friends. Larger gatherings can also be accommodated. The Standard, 10 Argyle Street, London WC1. Tickets for the Birkin event are available at eventbrite.co.uk and for the sleepover at standardhotels.com.

All that jazz – St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne Bar by Searcys

Step back in time to a decadent golden age at this Roaring Twenties-themed celebration (£75 per person), where the bubbly and the sultry sounds of jazz are set to flow. Enjoy a champagne reception with canapés, followed by a three-course dinner, which will include dishes such as line-caught sea bass, and roast venison loin with slow-cooked haunch, rosemary gnocchi, celeriac puree and potato cake. Ring in the New Year to the beats of live music, while the DJ promises to keep the party going until the small hours. St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne Bar by Searcys, Grand Terrace, St Pancras International Station, Kings Cross, London N1. Book tickets at designmynight.com.

Enjoy a champagne reception with canapés, followed by a three-course dinner at the St Pancras Champagne Bar and Brasserie by Searcys
Enjoy a champagne reception with canapés, followed by a three-course dinner at the St Pancras Champagne Bar and Brasserie by Searcys
Drink in the atmosphere on the 40th floor of the Gherkin at the Iris bar, surrounded by 360-degree views of the city lights at night
Drink in the atmosphere on the 40th floor of the Gherkin at the Iris bar, surrounded by 360-degree views of the city lights at night

Hit the heights – The Gherkin

Take your NYE experience to another level at this London landmark while drinking in the atmosphere on the 40th floor at the Iris bar, surrounded by 360-degree views of the city lights at night (£150 per person). Arrive to a glass of vintage Dom Pérignon and a selection of canapés before dancing the night away to the tunes of a live DJ and performances. As the clock strikes the golden hour, raise a glass of Veuve Clicquot Extra Old to acquaintances auld and new. Those who prefer to celebrate in the company of family and friends can book a sky-high private dining room for gatherings of 10 or more, where they will enjoy a cuvée-paired five-course meal with entertainment (£350 per person). The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3. For tickets, email gherkinreception@searcys.co.uk or call 0330-107 0816.

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