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Party On: London NYE 2016

2016 has been a tumultuous year of many ups and downs for us all, but on New Year’s Eve, one is allowed to bid it all farewell and gird one’s loins for a brand New Year. As the noted diarist Samuel Pepys once said, it’s ‘strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.’ The following London venues are some suggestions of where you might want to celebrate the act of reconciliation with your fellow Londoners. Each one is very different, encapsulating the individual spirit of London’s most iconic and diverse destinations.

The Nightjar

The City’s Nightjar will feast you with an all-inclusive champagne, cocktails, and canapés experience, plus the musical stylings of TJ Johnson – one of the UK’s finest jazz and blues singers – who is also a respected bandleader and accomplished pianist and drummer. Hailed as an ambassador of soul in the most heartfelt sense, TJ is backed by top musicians and will be channelling the likes of Ray Charles, Nina Simone and Johnny Cash, amongst others. His unique charisma will beguile you.
Tickets are £150.

The Nightjar
129 City Road


The sumptuous Oriole in Smithfield bids you join them for a night with Miss Hoodoo and the Delta Boys, seeing in the New Year with their distinctive horn and rhythm sections. The band has played with such distinguished performers as Paloma Faith and Kylie Minogue, in iconic venues Ronnie Scott’s and the Jazz Café. So you’re in for a treat. Guest will enjoy champagne, canapés and a cocktail tasting menu of five Oriole favourites. Champagne at midnight, of course…
Tickets are £150. Dust off your sharp suits and cocktail dresses.

East Poultry Avenue
Smithfield Markets

aqua shard

SEEN favourite Aqua Shard surely boasts the best views of the city, the River Thames and the fireworks at midnight. But get your reservations made quickly as tables for two are already sold out. Tables for larger parties are still available, where you and your guests can enjoy a delicious 5-course British menu and a half-bottle of Veuve Clicquot champage. As you dine, you will be entertained by The Dinettes, a glamorous swing band, and there will be a DJ on the decks after midnight.
Tickets cost £395.

aqua shard
Level 31
The Shard
31 St Thomas Street

Bocca Di Lupo

Soho’s Bocca di Lupo is the place for you on New Year’s Eve if you are indeed, hungry like the wolf, but don’t want to party the night away. With an extensive range of obscure but delicious regional Italian cuisine, much of which is made on the premises such as breads, sausages, salame, pickles, mostarda, pasta and of course the gelati for which Italy is rightly famous. Seasonal and sharing plates will be available for NYE. With an award-winning wine list, this traditional Italian trattoria is a homely place to see in the New Year, if you prefer a more low-key intimate evening.

Bocca Di Lupo
12 Archer Street

Park Chinois

Mayfair’s spectacular vintage dining and dancing venue Chinese restaurant, Park Chinois promises a ‘theatre spectacular’ with performances, music and dancing from 6.30pm until 3am. The Early dinner is £120 and they open at 5.30pm. Later dining is at 8pm with champagne and a multi-course sharing menu for £300 a ticket.

Park Chinois
17 Berkeley Street

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Sculpture in the City, Art for Everyone

SEEN thoroughly enjoyed a preview of the 18 new artworks around the financial district’s square mile. Set up by The City of London in 2010, this excellent initiative expands its footprint every year, improving the area and proving that when people are happy, they work better.

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Alex Evans at the Foundry Gallery, Chelsea Quarter: LDF17

The astute reader will have noticed that SEEN loves art about London. There are many artists in this city who draw (pun intended) their inspiration from it, none more so than Alex Evans whose fractal renderings hint at the entropic nature of urban life and perhaps also our anxieties and isolation in the 21st century. His latest exhibition ‘Invisible Systems’ can be seen at the Foundry Gallery, tucked away off the King’s Road until 26th October.