by Rachel Cranshaw, The Telegraph, December 28, 2018
London's hotels are home to some of the best bars and restaurants in the world - so it's no surprise that come December 31, these are also where you'll find some of the capital's most vibrant New Year's Eve parties. From river views of the fireworks and top DJs to burlesque shows, Moulin Rouge themed soirées and black-tie dinner galas, these are the places to be for NYE 2018/19 – the icing on the festive cake being, of course, that if you can't face the journey home after, you can spend the night.
All the events listed below still had availability at time of publication.
Red Rooster at The Curtain, Shoreditch
The Curtain 's Red Rooster, where Harlem meets Shoreditch, is transforming into 'Beat Easy' for NYE 2018 - a 1950s-style speakeasy, with dress from this era actively encouraged. Dine on southern American fare with an upmarket twist, such as devilled eggs with caviar, or chicken and waffles with Rooster sauce, before partying to a live performance by Kamaal Williams and DJ sets. £125, including three courses, a glass of Veuve Clicquot and entrance to the party; redroosterldn.com .
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The Lanesborough, Knightsbridge
If you want to really make this New Year's Eve a night to remember, head to The Lanesborough, which will be hosting its own 'House Party' throughout the whole hotel. There'll be no warm wine in paper cups here - the event is in collaboration with Moët & Chandon, and there will be live music and DJs across public spaces including the Belgravia Ballroom, Library Room bar and Michelin-starred Céleste restaurant, which be transformed into a nightclub. The dress code? 'Fabulous'. Tickets from £250, including food and a glass of Moët; oetkercollection.com .
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Ham Yard Hotel, Soho
Rooftop you're seeking? Ham Yard Hotel is for you. Guests at the secret garden on high will be welcomed with a hot cocktail and canapes, accompanied by live music from Carola Duo. Then move onto mulled wine and sharing platters before heading downstairs for more entertainment. Ring in midnight with a Portobello Gin martini, and watch the fireworks in the hotel's screening room. The 9pm sitting is sold out but there is still availability for 7pm. £50; firmdalehotels.com .
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Blakes Hotel, Kensington
The original boutique hotel is taking Parisian boudoir as its theme for New Year's Eve this year, with a Moulin Rouge-themed party. Proceedings will commence in the stylish restaurant with canapés and a five-course dinner, featuring the likes of tempura Maldon oysters and lobster thermidor, before guests head downstairs to Blakes Below. Don your best fishnets and get practising that can-can. £185; blakeshotels.com .
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The Ned, Bank
The cavernous space at City playground The Ned will be hosting a bottomless fiesta, including free-flowing drinks (beer; wine; fizz and cocktails) and an all-you-can-eat feasting menu in the form of a buffet spread across Nickel Bar, Cecconi’s and Millie’s Lounge. There will be live entertainment on the Nickel Stage, and dressing to impress is advised. If you want to ensure you don't go hungry or thirsty, without having to keep reaching for your wallet, this one's for you. £250; thened.com .
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Rumpus Room at Mondrian Sea Containers, Southbank
Enjoy spectacular views of the fireworks from the Mondrian 12th-floor bar Rumpus Room, right on the river. Start the evening in style with a champagne reception, before tucking into an open bar for the rest of the night seranaded by a live band, as well as DJs. Bacon sandwiches will be served at 1am, but no food before that, so stomach-lining is advised - you have been warned. £185 including two glasses of Laurent-Perrier; tables including half a bottle of Laurent-Perrier from £235 per person; rumpusroomlondon.com .
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Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
London's Ace Hotel, in Shoreditch, is hosting a 'Breakfast can Wait' party as part of its New Year's Eve celebrations. A four-course meal will be served on long, communal tables, during which guests can feast on salmon tian with quail Scotch egg and caviar, beef fillet with bone marrow sauce (and vegetarian and vegan options), before heading to the rooftop for DJs, dancing and vistas. £80; eventbrite.co.uk .
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The Culpeper, Spitalfields
The Culpeper 's NYE offering this year is not only affordable, but proceeds from all ticket sales are going to Cardboard Citizens, which makes theatre with homeless people. The roof terrace is full, but separate tickets are available for the ground-floor pub, where DJs will be playing disco, and you'll get a welcome glass of prosecco. £5 before 9pm; £10 after.
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