So you’ve decided to venture outside for NYE 2017. It’s just as well, with this fabulous selection of feasts, parties and dances.
New Years Eve Grand Feast, St John Smithfield || Fergus Henderson
It couldn’t be a St John celebration without a pig’s head (Hint: This time it comes en croute – in the Pig’s Head and Potato Pie). Expect no restraint, obviously – this is the annual Grand Feast regulars have come to love for it’s decadence. Alongside the champagne there’ll be Roast Bone Marrow salad, smoked eel with pickled prunes and horseradish, copious cheese, rum and raisin parfait and warm madeleines and vieille prune to round off processings. Don’t sleep on booking tickets.
New Years Eve – Feasting and Mahjong, XU || Erchen Chang, Shing Tat Chung & Wai Ting Chung
New Years Eve celebrations ought not to be rushed. So linger over the late-night feasting menu and a game of Mahjong in XU’s newly opened Mahjong Rooms, which has space for 4 guests. With meticulous hand-painted murals of mountain scenes and marble chandeliers, this velvet-curtain shrouded corner of Chinatown is a terribly chic place to ring in the New Year. Take your pick of an early sitting (£65pp) or the late-night option (£100pp). Booking essential. More information.
An Indulgent Night Of Dining, Drinking & Dancing, Spiritland || Paul Noble, Owen Kenworthy, Adventures in Paradise & Leonidas
It’s not often that Spiritland, much-loved by audiophiles for it’s huge Klipschorn speakers and regular album listening parties, moves the tables back to make room for dancing. So don’t miss the chance to throw shapes to what will undoubtedly be a seamless night of both obscure and much-loved floorfillers. Adventures In Paradise (Katie Barber, Michelle Kelly) and Leonidas are on the decks. Chef Owen Kenworthy’s cooking a special four-course NYE menu for prior, and delectable stomach lining. Book here.
New Years Eve at Spring, Spring || Skye Gyngell
Sometimes all you want from December 31 is fireworks, as classic as a night in with Jools Holland’s Hootenanny, or sitting in gridlocked traffic at the strike of midnight. Make a night of it, with dinner at Skye Gyngell’s Spring followed by a glass of champagne on the terrace and a view over Somerset House’s fireworks show. (Tickets for fireworks and a drink are £40) As ever, grab a ticket.
Oval Space x The Pickle Factory NYE with Move D, Andrew Weatherall, Prosumer, Maurice Fulton, Oval Space and The Pickle Factory || Andrew Weatherall & More
Oval Space and The Pickle Factory, two dance-centric east London clubs, are joining forces to offer a two-in-one house and disco extravaganza. It’s a mean line-up but of the two, you’d find us at The Pickle Factory where the formidable Andrew Weatherall (A Love From Outer Space, The Lone Swordsmen) leads an All Nighter set. Overseeing festivities in Oval Space are Move D, Prosumer and lord of techno-disco Maurice Fulton. Find tickets here.
Words by Stevie Mackenzie-Smith | Feature image via XU