Sweep up the stairs from the grand entrance and indulge in a decadent dinner fit for a maharaja in the book-lined interiors of the Grade II-listed Old Westminster library. Delectable dishes include slow-braised baby back ribs with honey and chili canapés; Kerala-style lobster soup flamed with brandy; a middle course of Jerusalem artichoke and salsify tikki with pomegranate sauce; and slow-roasted Pyrenean milk-fed lamb with green chili and mint.
Finish off with delicious desserts such as rich fruit and nut pudding with nutmeg custard. But that’s just the start of the night. Following coffee and petit fours, diners make their way to the riverbank to watch fireworks explode in the sky as the clock strikes midnight from nearby Big Ben. Toasting 2012 with a chilled glass of champagne, the evening moves back inside where live entertainment and an in-house DJ ensures late-night celebrations unfold in glamorous Cinnamon style for £125pp. See CinnamonClub.com to learn more.
Decadent Delights At Cinnamon Kitchen
Cinnamon Kitchen in Devonshire Square is conveniently located for celebrations just a briefcase’s throw from the city. Diners will indulge in a rich, Indian-style feast courtesy of Head Chef Abdul Yaseen. A chic Cinnamon Bellini and amuse bouche will be followed by four fabulous courses served up in the restaurant’s sleek interiors.
Highly recommended is the steamed lobster ‘momos’ and spiced tomato broth for starter; a middle course of Bengali-spiced vegetable cake, grilled goose breast, vindaloo spices and chilli fondant potatoes; and spiced fruit pudding, prune and Armagnac ice-cream for dessert. And with adjacent bar Anise for after-dinner cocktailing come midnight — during which you’ll receive a glass of champagne to toast with — Cinnamon Kitchen has all the makings of a cool, city-based New Year’s Eve for £55pp. Visit Cinnamon-Kitchen.com for more information.
Vintage Bombay Glamour
Inspired by the original Bombay cafés popular in India during the 50s and 60s, Dishroom is hosting a chic ‘Bombay Vintage Glam Party’. For £85, guests arriving at 8 p.m. will be greeted with a delicious Chocolate Cherry Champagne cocktail followed by a lavish, five-course feast that showcases some of Dishoom’s best-loved dishes. There’s calamari and bhel; succulent grilled lobster tail with coriander, chili and ginger; and slow-cooked lamb raan.
Accompanied by hypnotic performers, entertainment will be both eclectic and exciting. Once dinner is done, dancing commences until late with a Bombay-London DJ set from legendary British indie rock outfit, Cornershop. And with everything taking place from Dishoom’s prime location in Covent Garden, guests can enjoy all the buzz of a Central London New Year mixed up with the exoticism of a far-flung place. The dress code? ‘Bombay Glam' or 'Vintage Glam' of course! Let your imagination run riot. Go to Dishoom.com to see more.
Let the countdown begin!
Carol Driver is a journalist with more than 13 years' experience writing, subbing and editing at national and regional publications and websites in the UK. Carol is currently the group editor at TNT Multimedia, which has magazines in London, Australia and New Zealand. She previously worked at national newspaper website the Mail Online well as writing for a host of other publications. She has also ...(Read More)