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In many ways, it’s overshadowed largely by Christmas festivities, hidden behind a smokescreen of tinsel and turkey until bam – it's December 31 and you realise you’ve forgotten to make plans. Let this year be different! We’ve rounded up all the best places to celebrate New Year's Eve in London in 2023, to ensure you’re ahead of the game with  your pick of the coolest parties the city has to offer, of course.

Where you choose to spend New Year's is all the more crucial after a few years of repressed celebrations. We’re not pointing fingers or anything, but someone (cough covid cough) has put a bit of a dampener on gatherings over the last few years, and we’re feeling more ready than ever to party like it’s 2019.

London's New Year celebrations range from VIP parties to quirky bashes and we have got the scoop on the very best of the bunch. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a big-budget NYE dinner in a restaurant that overlooks the fireworks or if you want to keep things cheap and cheerful in a local pub, there will be a New Year’s celebration that’s just right for you.

We understand that the cost-of-living crisis has made 2023 a tricky year for many, but we do have a section dedicated to cheap and free events happening in the capital if you’re eager to join in the fun without breaking the bank.

With that being said, read on for our guide on where to eat, drink and party this New Year’s Eve in London, and be sure to keep an eye on this page too, as we will be updating it regularly in the lead up to the big event.

Traditionally, the New Year’s Eve fireworks in the capital are a staple of 31 December, complete with thousands of spectators all crammed together along the South Bank. In both 2020 and 2021 though, things looked a little different, with celebrations cancelled due to the pandemic and concerns about how the event would be able to take place without risking exposure to the virus.

Plans for the London NYE fireworks 2023 are back with a bang (pardon the pun) this year with 100,000 tickets having gone on sale between October and December. Event-goers paid £15 each for their spot, but if you didn't manage to get a ticket there should be places you can still wander to get a view of the London fireworks for free. Head up Primrose Hill or Parliament Hill, or secure yourself a spot at Greenwich Park or Vauxhall Bridge. Wherever you choose to stand, wrap up warm and expect the show to be concentrated around the usual area - The London Eye - from around midnight.

With multiple celebrations taking place all over London, why not bag yourself one of the best seats in the house and view them all from above? Choose from one of these New Year's Eve dinners in London, all of which boast stunning views of the capital's landmarks.

Why: Ring in the New Year at the top of one of London’s most iconic skyscrapers, The Gherkin, where there are bound to be celebrations galore this December. Last year, New Year's festivites were held in its main restaurant, Helix, where guests were welcomed with a glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne before indulging in a five-course dinner. We expect big things again for 2023. Where: 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EPBook now: Helix at The Gherkin

Why: There are two parties going on here this New Year. One upstairs on the rooftop and one downstairs in the pub. The former is an all-singing, all-dancing party with gorgeous views of London from its White City perch, live DJs, surprise performances and musicians. If you book in for the set menu (which costs £55 per person) at the restaurant you get access to the rooftop afterparty as well. Downstairs in the pub you’ll find an a la carte menu and a cosy atmosphere. Dishes are still celebratory though – think oysters and Tomahawk steak.Where: 89 Wood Lane, W12 7FABook now: The Broadcaster & Aerial Rooftop

Why: Part of the appeal of City Social is that it sits among London’s taller buildings, instead of looming over them – which means you can actually make out what’s happening on the streets below. Fantastic views don’t always guarantee great food, but City Social boasts Michelin recognition, serving a fine-dining menu which makes the most of seasonal ingredients. On New Year's Eve this year, its offering two tasting menus of four or five courses, depending on whether you prefer to dine early or late. It features dishes such as alba white truffle risotto with aged parmesan and arbequina olive oil, beef wellington with braised shallots and black truffle sauce, and bitter chocolate and mandarin mousse with mandarin sorbet, crystalised chocolate and chocolate sauce. Meanwhile, over at the Social 24 bar, its serving up Champagne and canapes all night to those who choose to hire a booth or table for the evening. Where: 25 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1HQBook now: City Social

Why: There’s a reason SUSHISAMBA has maintained its draw over the years and that’s the combination of killer views and top-class cookery. We don't doubt they'll come up with something brilliant for New Year's, with previous years seeing live performers, high-energy DJ beats, colourful light installations and a late night dance party all making their way to the sky-high restaurant. Expect to dine on the team’s signature plates of Japanese and South American plates – think sushi, ceviche and robata-grilled meat, fish and veggies. Where: SUSHISAMBA Heron Tower, EC2N 4AYBook now: SUSHISAMBA Heron Tower

Why: Of The Shard’s trio of restaurants, Aqua Shard is undoubtedly home to the best view. The floor-to-ceiling windows ensure a jaw-dropping sweep across the capital, while the modern British menu features accomplished, hyper-seasonal dishes which prove that there’s more to Aqua than just its view. Of course, such great views come at a (rather high) price, but as the old saying goes – you get what you pay for.  Where: Level 31 The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RYBook now: Aqua Shard

Why: A bustling (but not chaotic) atmosphere and sweet-natured staff are just a couple of reasons why Skylon has long been a favourite among discerning Londoners. The restaurant also benefits from views across the Thames thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, while the bar is often home to eye-catching floral installations. Chow down on the classically British menu as you wave goodbye to 2023.Where: Belvedere Road, SE1 8XXBook now: Skylon

Why: 28 floors high and with sweeping views of the capital, Galvin at Windows is a London staple for a reason. Sadly, you won’t spy Fred Sirieix of First Dates fame putting a shift in on NYE (he left his position as GM of the restaurant in 2019), but the kitchen’s Michelin-starred French food with the occasional Asian flourish will keep you more than entertained. The best part is you can ring in 2023 above London’s twinkling skyline, and we're sure there will be smaller displays a-plenty to watch from this hot spot.Where: 22 Park Lane, W1K 1BEBook now: Galvin at Windows

Why: Hutong, one of the The Shard’s highest restaurants, lures diners in with its carved wood interiors and seductive low-lighting, while a menu that showcases premium Chinese regional cooking is more than enough to keep their interest. Fantastic views across the capital’s skyline are reason enough to spend NYE here, while an in-house DJ, sleek service and a charming list of innovative Asian-style cocktails seal the deal.Where: 31 St. Thomas Street, SE1 9RYBook now: Hutong

Why: The seductive interiors and high-quality Japanese fare are enough to lure the crowds into Aqua Kyoto any day of the week, but the restaurant makes for a particularly attractive New Year’s Eve venue. Typical dishes might include wagyu sirloin beef, soft-shell crab tempura and robata dishes, and it usually hosts a DJ for guests to party the night away to. If you're planning on going all-out this year, try to secure one of the limited tables on the heated, covered outside terrace for views of London's best unofficial fireworks displays that pop up all over the place. Where: 30 Argyll Street, W1B 3BRBook now: Aqua Kyoto

Why: For unbeatable views of the capital in all its festive glory, it is hard to beat Gong, the bar at the top of The Shard which is a part of the Shangri-La hotel. Tickets to its New Year’s Eve party last year included a guaranteed window seat, a cocktail, a Bento Box for two, a glass of Champagne at midnight and a GONG in a Bottle gift box featuring three signature cocktails for the table to take home. Where: 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 90UBook now: Gong at The Shard

Why: Home to cracking views of the City, Mercer Roof Terrace is an enticing option when it comes to picking an NYE London venue. This year, its offering a sumptuous five-course feast, which includes a glass of Champagne plus dishes such as a raspberry macaron with Irish goat's cheese, black olive and basil oil; pan roasted Gressingham duck with confit leg, caramelized carrot, fig and red wine jus; and a chocolate and clementine mousse with clementine sorbet to finish.Where: 19-20 Garlick Hill, EC4V 2AUBook now: Mercer Roof Terrace

Why: Offering 360-degree views of London’s skyline, three-level Bokan is worth climbing the stairs up to the 37th floor for (just kidding – there’s a lift.) In the restaurant, you can enjoy a seasonally-aware menu of modern European fare that champions British produce, while floor 38 is the place to head for after-dinner cocktails and floor 39 (home to the stunning roof terrace) is the place to soak up views of the capital when the sun sets.  Where: 40 Marsh Wall, E14 9TPBook now: Bokan

Why: Don’t be confused by the reception desk that sits in almost total darkness at the entrance, as once you step foot into the dining room at Oblix, you’ll be greeted by breath-taking vistas of the capital. The restaurant is split into East and West, with the former being a cocktail bar and relaxed dining area and the latter a more sophisticated dining experience featuring an open kitchen. Prices are punchy, but those views of London will almost make you forget about the bill. Where: 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RYBook now: Oblix

Why: Plenty of sky-high restaurants have opened in London in recent years, but OXO Tower still boasts one of the best views in London. The eighth-floor restaurant features glass panelled walls and a terrace for some spectacular views of London below, while the menu comprises plenty of sophisticated modern dishes, with dedicated vegetarian and vegan menus available too. We recommend the neighbouring Oxo Bar for some post-prandial drinking.  Where: Barge House Street, SE1 9PH  020Book now: OXO Tower

Why: 35 floors above the streets of London, TING Restaurant & Lounge at the Shangri-La hotel holds the title of the highest restaurant in The Shard. The restaurant’s epic views make it an ideal spot to take in views across the capital and NYE here is set to be a night to remember featuring great food and booze. If you prefer early nights though, you could always pop in to try TING’s famous afternoon tea instead.Where: 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9QUBook now: TING Restaurant & Lounge

What better way to ring in 2024 than with a delicious meal in a London restaurant? If you’re looking for a NYE set menu to thrill you and your family or friends on 31 December, our pick of New Year’s Eve restaurants serving special menus should have what you are looking for.

Why: Promising an evening of jazz, Champagne and caviar, the celebrations at St Pancras - Europe’s longest Champagne bar – are bound to impress even the fussiest of dates. There are a couple of different packages so that you can tailor the evening to your preferences, but the least expensive one comes in at £75 and sill includes lobster and fizz to toast the New Year with. Other packages include Veuve Clicquot and seafood platters plus some of the best caviar in the world – so if you’re feeling like one final blowout in 2023, you know where to head. All of the above is served to the background notes of live jazz and a merry crowd.Where: St Pancras International Station, N1C 4QLBook now: St Pancras

Why: Celebrate New Year's Eve a little differently this year with a traditional Italian feast! This smart Italian restaurant in Marylebone is serving a multi-course extravaganza this year, followed by post-dinner cocktails in the bar downstairs. Choose between the early sitting (5-7pm) or the late sitting (7pm-late) and tuck into the likes of truffled cacio e pepe arancini, burrata with grilled crassane pear and toasted walnuts, and pappardelle with duck ragu, Brussels sprout tops and toasted macadamia. Where: 62 Seymour Street, W1H 5BNBook now: The Italian Greyhound

Why: Modern European cafe, bar and restaurant the Lalee is inviting guests to dine in its vintage dining room on New Year's Eve, with two sittings to choose from (6-9pm and 9pm-2am). Whether you book the early or late shift, you can expect to enjoy the likes of a gougere and Jerusalem artichoke tart, roasted Aylesbury duck with confit leg parmentier and spiced port reduction, and baked Alaska to finish.Where: 75 Sloane Street, SW1X 9SGBook now: The Lalee

Why: Cosy British pub The Ganton Arms serves up seasonal dishes, craft beers and premium wines on any other normal week, but for New Year's it's levelling up with signature cocktails, plenty of Prosecco and a DJ to count you down to midnight. Where: 18-20 Ganton Street, W1F 7BUBook now: The Ganton Arms

Why: Al Mare might be situated inside a hotel (The Carlton Tower Jumeirah on Cadogan Place) but it's a restaurant that's worthy of recognition in its own right. At the helm is Italian chef Marco Calenzo, who's worked in a string of Michelin-starred restaurants and brings a wealth of knowledge to the kitchen team. Last year for New Year's Eve, he cooked up a seven-course menu speckled with plenty of Italian and Mediterranean influences, with dishes such as carbonara ravioli with salsify and white truffle; tempura langoustine with shiso and yuzu; and Kagoshima Japanese Wagyu sirloin with padrón peppers and juniper emulsion. Stay tuned for its 2023 menu.Where: 1 Cadogan Place, SW1X 9PYBook now: Al Mare

Why: If there’s a group that knows how to make a celebration feel special it’s the Petersham Nursery gang. Well-versed in creating magical surrounds, the team tends to offer celebrations across all of its sites: Richmond and Covent Garden well as its city centre Italian bar, La Goccia. Keep your eyes peeled for its plans this year.Where: Church Lane, Petersham Road, Richmond TW10 7AB, 27 King Street, WC2E 9DS, 1 Floral Street, WC2E 9FBBook now: Petersham Nurseries Cafe in Richmond, The Petersham Covent Garden, La Goccia

Why: With a rooftop overlooking London’s expansive West End, Aqua Nueva benefits from having some of the best views of the capital. We expect these guys to ring in the New Year in classic Spanish style with a selection of the restaurant’s most-loved tapas dishes. Last year, the menu kicked things off with sharing plates before moving onto a three-course meal finished off perfectly with petits fours. There might even be a DJ to see you through to the wee hours of the morning, too! Where: 5th Floor 240 Regent Street, (Entrance 30 Argyll Street), W1B 3BRBook now: Aqua Nueva

Why: To wave goodbye to 2023 in glamorous style, head to Hakkasan Hanway Place. The high-end Japanese restaurant offers a selection of signature menus (vegetarian and vegan alternatives are available) with featured dishes including dim sum, roasted silver cod with Champagne and honey, and Wok-fried lamb cannon with black garlic sauce.Where: 8 Hanway Place, W1T 1HDBook now: Hakkasan Hanway Place

Why: Cinnamon Club is the flagship restaurant of Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Collection and comes with a built-in sense of occasion thanks to the grand surrounds of the Old Westminster Library and expertly prepared food – surely a perfect fit for News Year's then? Book a table to enjoy signature dishes such as char grilled venison with chutney potatoes and Kashmiri lamb shank roganjosh with pilau rice.Where: The Old Westminster Library, SW1P 3BUBook now: Cinnamon Club

Why: If you’re looking for a slightly more casual New Year’s restaurant, head to Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Club spin-off under the arches at Battersea Power Station. At Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea, you can tuck into an array of tempting dishes, including Old Delhi style butter chicken with pilau rice, and tandoori king prawns in a tomato sauce. Don’t miss the ginger toffee pudding for dessert either.Where: Battersea Power Station, SW8 5BNBook now: Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea

Why: Planning an epic Soho night out for NYE? You’ll need to fuel up first. We suggest paying a visit to Japanese restaurant Robata, where you’ll find a menu that features sushi and small plates to share, plus regular main courses. Choose from the likes of black cod slicked with miso or barbecued free range chicken served with pickled daikon, while you can toast to 2023 with a glass of sake from Robata’s impressive selection.Where: 56 Old Compton Street, W1D 4UEBook now: Robata

Why: If you’re serious about your Indian food, we’d suggest dining at this Atul Kochhar restaurant, as he was the first Indian chef ever to win a Michelin star. Kanishka’s New Year’s Eve menu invites guests to choose three courses from its a la carte menu for a fixed price of £90 per person. Our choice? We'd start with crispy fried crab with passion fruit, papaya, mango, peanuts, gundruk chutney and baby octopus. For mains it would be the traditional old Delhi style biryani with lamb, aromatic rice and pineapple raita, while the peanut butter parfait with caramelised banana, 24-carat gold and marshmallow is calling our name for pud. Where: 17-19 Maddox Street, W1S 2QHBook now: Kanishka

Why: Spend the last day of 2023 at Michelin-starred Gymkhana for an evening of high society and fine dining. It's set to be a special night with the acclaimed restaurant offering an exclusive tasting menu featuring a selection of Gymkhana classics. Highlights include dill and honey salmon tikka with mint and mustard chutney, truffle masala bhaji and the restaurant's iconic chicken butter masala. The price tag is slightly eye-watering at £130 per person (not including wine), but that's a problem 2024 you can deal with. Where: 42 Albemarle Street, W1S 4JH Book now: Gymkhana

Why: Whether it's an early evening dinner before you head to a NYE party or you fancy staying the whole night, a good time is bound to be had at Trishna which is serving a six-course tasting menu in the heart of Marylebone Village this year. Dishes include Nandu Varuval (soft shell crab, green chilli, white crab, tomato chutney), Tandoori lamb chops with Kashmiri chilli, ginger, crushed onion and kasundi mooli and a pear and saffron mousse to finish. A vegetarian menu is available, too, as well as the option to pair the entire meal with a selection of fine wines. Where: 15-17 Blandford Street, W1U 3DGBook now: Trishna

Why: This seafood restaurant was so popular when it first opened a few years back, that the dining room has since doubled in size. Last year, The Oystermen opened especially for New Year’s Eve, serving a delicious menu that kicked off with Champagne, canapés and cooked oysters on arrival. Once you had shucked to your heart’s content, you were able to tuck into dishes such as truffled celeriac veloute with brown shrimp, and spiced potted Dorset crab. The team haven't confirmed their plans for this NYE yet, but let's hope it will be something as equally delicious.Where: 32 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8NABook now: The Oystermen

If going to a nightclub without having a table is an unthinkable prospect, these VIP New Year’s Eve London events are tailor-made for you. Expect to pop bottles of the finest Champagne, dress up in your finery and jump those long queues, as these NYE parties are the height of glamour and sophistication.

Why: New Year's Eve spent aboard one of Thames Luxury Charters' stunning vessels is sure to be an event to remember! Guests are welcomed with Prosecco and canapes on arrival, followed by a three-course dinner with wine pairing, live entertainment, a band set and dancing. Besides, the best type of party is a boat party - right? Where: 2-7 Brewery Square, SE1 2LFBook now: Thames Luxury Charters

Why: New Year's Eve is guaranteed to be a stylish event at Pan Pacific's stunning Silverleaf bar. Guests can opt to book tickets for the early seating or late entry, but whichever time you choose, prepare for a fun-filled evening of fantastic cocktails, tasty nibbles and an epic DJ!Where: 80 Houndsditch, EC3A 7ABBook now: Silverleaf

Why: Wave goodbye to 2023 with the ultimate boat party! Witness London's most spectacular landmarks - including the Tower of London, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben - and book yourself a ticket to London Boat Party's New Year's Eve Party Boat Cruise. Tickets include a five-hour cruise, complimentary fizz on arrival, unlimited drinks, a buffet, DJ and more! You don't want to miss out.Where: Festival Pier, SE1 8XZBook now: London Party Boats

Why: Madison's annual New Year's Eve bash is always an impressive affair, and we're not surprised given the restaurant and bar's reputation as a party palace for City slickers and the glamorous girls from Made In Chelsea. This year, you can expect electric performances from Dave Silcox and Megan Fernandez on the decks, while you take in its memorable Hublot installation which sees the terrace transformed into a Swiss alpine retreat. Tickets start from £149 per person, with options to enjoy canapes and cocktails, or even a full three-course dinner.Where: One New Change, EC4M 9AFBook now: Madison

Why: With enviable views of the City and a party atmosphere, Jin Bo Law (part of the Dorsett hotel) is an attractive option for NYE. There are various drinks and canape packages for guests to take advantage of, while there’s always the option to beat the curfew too by booking yourself a room at the hotel and ordering some room service after hours.Where: 9 Aldgate High Street, EC3N 1AHBook now: Jin Bo Law

Why: Found on the upper floors of the Millbank Tower, London Sky Bar boasts views across the capital, overlooking the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and plenty of other famous landmarks. To say goodbye to 2023, London Sky Bar promises an epic event this year although details about what exactly that entails have yet to be released. Where: 30 Millbank, SW1P 4QP

Sick and tired of all the usual London New Year activities? Want to do something a bit more exciting than your mate’s house party or dinner with the family? Well, our pick of quirky NYE London parties and events should have everything you’re looking for.

Why: Venues don’t come much cooler than the Natural History Museum. On 31 December, the museum typically opens its doors to welcome revellers and we’re hoping that will be the case again this year, although this is yet to be confirmed. Previous years have seen the fun likes of silent discos, musical bingos and mass karaoke, all taking place under the famous life-sized blue whale skeleton which hangs from the ceiling. We can’t wait to see what the museum has up its sleeve for this year.Where: Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD

Why: Having a party in a ball pit might be a popular choice of night out for toddlers, but now grown-ups can join in the fun too thanks to Ballie Ballerson, a cocktail bar featuring an adult-sized ball pit. It's already got a comprehensive Christmas line-up in the pipe line, including a Three Kings Party and Sleigh Sundays, so you can bet that its New Year's plans will be just as raucous.Where: 97-113 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BSBook now: Ballie Ballerson

Why: Spending New Year’s Eve behind bars is probably not what you envisioned for seeing out 2023, but that’s exactly what this controversial immersive experience is all about. Guests will don orange prison jumpsuits and have to sneak contraband cocktails past the watchful eye of the prison warden. There’s even the chance to get your own faux mugshot. Do note that Alcotraz moved locations in 2023 and you can now find it on Hackney Road.Where: Unit 3B, Rosewood Building, Hackney Road, E2 8GY

Why: There are few landmarks in the capital more famous than the London Eye, which has been spinning for 20 years now. Typically on New Year's Eve, the London Eye is open during the day for guests to enjoy, with the last rotation at 3pm. We're expecting the Eye to close to make way for the official London firework display - one of the city's finest spectacles - on 31 December - but get in beforehand to soak up scenes of the city.Where: Riverside Building, SE1 7PB

New Year’s in the capital is notoriously pricey, but a night out on 31 December doesn’t have to break the bank if you’re smart about it. Although most of the New Year’s Eve tickets London has to offer will set you back a pretty penny, there are a few venues out there that are cheap and cheerful – and still plenty of fun!

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