See out 2023 in style with local feasting menus, indulgent overnight stays and unique party venues: This is New Years Eve in Knightsbridge
Where to celebrate New Years Eve in Knightsbridge
Go all out at The Lanesborough
There are numerous ways to raise a toast to the New Year at London’s pre-eminent five-star hotel. For foodies, there’s the option of booking a table at the fabulous Lanesborough Grill, where executive chef Shay Cooper has devised a sumptuous seven-course feast complete with signature dishes such as Orkney scallop, grilled native lobster and Hereford beef fillet. The seven courses will fly by with entertainment provided by a pianist, resident singer and four-piece band until 1am.
Or why not head to the hotel’s resplendent Library Bar for the night, where at a cost of £200 per person, you can enjoy canapés and a bottle of Moët & Chandon for two, with a DJ set from 9pm – 2am? Or, to really push the boat out, book yourself into the hotel for an overnight stay to remember. The New Year’s Eve in Residence package includes the seven-course dinner at The Lanesborough Grill, plus a welcome bottle of champagne on arrival. And not only do you not have to worry about getting a taxi home on the busiest night of the year, but late check-out (6pm!), breakfast in bed and a visit to The Lanesborough Club & Spa ensures you start 2024 in the most luxurious way possible.
Big Apple-style celebrations at Sette and Nolita Social
Sette is bringing its signature Italian flavours, by way of New York City, to Knightsbridge with a New Year’s Eve blow-out. Choose from an early or late sitting with bountiful menus (including vegetarian and kids’) loaded with canapés, pasta dishes, antipasti, cheese boards and sweet treats. There’ll be live performances all night long, plus the option of free-flowing Dom Perignon champagne. Once you’ve had your fill of delicious food, why not waddle downstairs to Nolita Social, an underground cocktail lounge ensconced beneath The Bulgari Hotel for a slice of New York nightlife in the heart of Knightsbridge. On New Year’s Eve, Nolita will be open until 3am, with an arrival glass of champagne for guests and DJ sets and live performances. Dress to impress with extra glitz and glamour encouraged.
Rooftop revelry at Studio Frantzén
There’s nothing quite like watching a fireworks display from a rooftop terrace on New Year’s Eve. And at Studio Frantzén, diners will have the opportunity to ring in 2024 in spectacular fashion with one of the finest vistas in the city. Located on the top floor of Harrods, the debut UK opening from Michelin-starred chef Björn Frantzén will see out its first year with a dedicated New Year’s Eve feast and fiesta. There are two set menus to choose from, including a vegetarian option, featuring the chef’s innovative and critically acclaimed Nordic gastronomy. Diners can choose to take an early supper from 5pm or opt for a late-night soirée, with entertainment provided by a DJ and saxophonist, followed by champagne on the terrace at the stroke of midnight.
Prices start from £125; Studio Frantzén, 87-135 Brompton Road, Fifth Floor, Harrods, SW1X 7XL
A Michelin-starred feast at Mandarin Oriental
For some, food at a New Year’s Eve party may consist of a few bowls of crisps and a slice of pizza. But if the idea of cheap party food has you breaking out in hives, why not treat yourself to one of the most ostentatious gastronomic ways to see in 2024? Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is an unforgettable two Michelin-starred feast. The 31 December menu features many of the celebrity chef’s most iconic dishes, such as the Meat Fruit (mandarin, chicken liver parfait and grilled bread), as well as indulgent seasonal dishes including salmon dressed in champagne, served with asparagus, caviar and seaweed butter.
From £220 per person. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA
A prehistoric party at the Natural History Museum
Fancy dancing the night away directly underneath Hope the blue whale at the Natural History Museum? Following last year’s sold-out shindig, New Year’s Eve at the Natural History Museum is back for 2023 and promises to be bigger and better than ever. This year’s theme is centred around the four elements – earth, water, air and fire – and fancy dress is encouraged. Not only will you get the chance to explore the world-famous museum’s storied halls after dark but there will also be a silent disco and live music, plus limited-edition VIP tickets that give you access to a private bar and complimentary drink.
Tickets cost £120 (Members £108) and can be booked here. Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD
©Trustees of the Natural History Museum
Dine in style at The Berkeley
Another Knightsbridge hotel pulling out all the stops for New Year’s Eve is The Berkeley, where guests can pull up a pew in the elegant Collins Room for a delicious set menu. Starting with a welcome cocktail – and ending with a glass of champagne at midnight – the four-course menu includes an amuse bouche, starter, main and dessert with decadent choices such as roast squab pigeon breast, pan-fried stone bass, langoustine with Oscietra Caviar and a rich chocolate éclair. Divine.
Prices start from £195 per person, The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge SW1X 7RL