Struggling for NYE
I will be in London at the end of the month and I am stuck for a good NYE restaurant. We are staying near Cromwell and Queen's Gate (South Kensington) but we are more than willing to walk for 30 or 45 minutes in each direction. A tube or cab ride is also okay. We are looking for a place where we can sit down sometime after 21:30 and where we can kiss in the new year and finish up sometime after midnight. We would also like a lively place where we can bring up the average age a bit (we're in our mid-forties). Price is generally not an issue but we already passed on the Duck and Waffle at 275.00 GBP per person without drinks (We are going another night instead).
Most importantly we are looking for great food. Hopefully based on British ingredients and we prefer creative tip-to-tail or fin-to-gill style cooking. We are happy with a la carte dining or tasting menus. Finally, we much prefer wine over beer when we are eating.
Basically we are looking for a fun evening with some good food and wine.
I have a friend who is fond of La Bouchée, which is on Old Brompton. I've never eaten there, but maybe it's a bit off the radar and won't charge the exorbitant fees that suddenly spring into action on NYE.
It's fairly unrealistic to try and find the best of London available on such a night when it's only a few weeks away. I liked the atmosphere at Pearl - another name a bit less popular and the food was quite good..
re: abby d
Hi abby d, thanks for the link. I have been through this list already as well as some others. I am finding it difficult to get a sense of the places on these lists even after researching further. I guess I can assume that the food is good although when I click through to "Tom Aikens" the reviews are mostly negative. The criteria for getting on these lists appears to be that they are open and that they have a party and or a DJ.
London appears to have a huge number of great restaurants and this it makes it very hard for me to narrow it down based on my ideal criteria. I was hoping for a "foodie" recommendation.