Another 12 months has whizzed by and it’s time to close the book on 2021 with a New Year’s Eve celebration.
With the government imposing restrictions to curb the spread of new covid variant Omicron, there’s uncertainty whether plans made for the end of this month will still go ahead.
However, those in the know understand that the best way to celebrate New Year’s Eve is at home: why splash out eye-watering sums on a countdown and then the long, joy-sapping slog home when you can have your cake and eat it with a good old fashioned knees up in your own pad?
Think about it: a well stocked fridge, total supremacy over the soundtrack, a few celebratory sparklers in the garden, a comfy place to sit and zero waiting for the loo - beats a freezing night out any day.
But the perks don’t end there. With the rise in popularity of New Year’s Eve boxes (aka hampers/recipe kits), you can sit down to a slap-up meal without driving yourself crazy trying to get a reservation on Dec 31.
Filled with special treats, gourmet food and champagne, these boxes are designed to help you usher in 2022 in style.
Order from our favourites below and let the countdown begin!
Gymkhana Tandoori Chicken Feast
Your last meal of the year should be a joyous one. You may not be able to get a table at famous Indian restaurant Gymkhana, but no matter - this year the feast will come to you.
Choose from the Lamb Raan Feast, Tandoori Chicken Feast and the Vegetarian Experience. We're suckers for a grill, so the Tandoori option has our vote: it comes with starters in poppadoms with mango chutney and samosa chaat plus sides of daal, naan, rice, salads, raita and a paneer curry alongside perfectly marinated and charred tandoori chicken.
Happy New Year!
Also available at Restokit, which offers a selection of NYE-worthy options from some of London’s best eateries (think Iberica, Chick’n’Sours and Kolamba amongst others).
Buy now, Ambassador General Store
Rick Stein Christmas & New Year Celebration Hamper
More of a nibbler? Get your NYE party started with the help of one of TV’s favourite chefs, Rick Stein.
His heaving wicker box is packed with luxury fare to help the night kick off with a bang, from smoked salmon, coppa ham, panettone, cheese and, of course, fish, to bottles of red wine and Champagne. There’s plenty to unpack here so it would be wise to have a couple of hungry friends to help.
Buy now £299.00, Rick Stein
Dirty Bones The Ultimate Holiday Kit
Sometimes there’s nothing for it but a big, juicy burger and Dirty Bones has one of the tastiest around.
This Ultimate Kit is aptly named, with ingredients to make two gullet-busting Mac Daddy burgers spiked with truffle as well as tater tots to dip into bread sauce aioli, a brussel sprout salad and chilli-spiked ketchup. Drinks are included too: a prewashed cocktail called Rum Baby Rum and two lagers. Three, two, one - happy new year!
Veggie versions and alcohol-free options are also available.
Buy now £58.00, Dirty Bones
Cinnamon Club New Year’s Eve meal kit
Knock on Cinnamon Club’s digital shop front to find kits that will help you recreate Vivek Singh’s legendary dishes at home. There are three menus available, all ready and raring to go for home delivery.
Ring in New Year’s with the dedicated meal kit, a five-course feast for two which includes street food-style starters, a medley of curries accompanied with biryani rice and daal and a curious garam masala Christmas pudding with a warm nutmeg-spiced custard to finish. Prepare to be stuffed to the gills.
Buy now £130.00, Cinnamon Club
M&S Smoked Salmon, Champagne & Caviar Gift
Want a no-cook option that's lavish on luxe?
Trusty old Marks & Sparks has your back with this gift hamper, packed with silky smoked salmon, caviar and champagne as well as creme fraiche, cocktail blinis and even a lemon for a fresh citrus squeeze. Delivered in a large cool bag, it's a decadent treat to see out the end of the year.
Buy now £120.00, Marks & Spencer
Bloody Drinks x Burger & Lobster Hangover DIY kit
Best saved for the morning after the night before, this two-person kit is packed with the pre-measured ingredients (including a chive garnish!) needed to create B&L’s legendary lobster rolls but fries to accompany and croquettes to start too.
Aside from heating up some of the sauces and toasting the brioche buns there’s not much else to do except sit down and stuff your face. Wash it all down with canned Bloody Marys from Bloody Drinks, one of the best pre-made cocktails of this ilk that we’ve ever wrapped our lips around.
The cut off for NYE delivery is Sunday, Dec 26 at 1pm.
Buy now £55.00, Burger & Lobster
Dishoom Bacon Naan Roll Kit
New year resolutions are all good and well, but if you want to start the year as you mean to go on, put in an order for Dishoom’s Bacon Naan Roll Kit.
The delicious breakfast bite is the best way to start 2022, and there’s even a vegan version available so offers something for everyone. With instructions simple enough to follow even with a hangover from hell, this is one of the best acts of self-love we can think of to begin the year.
The kit comes with enough dough for three naans, bacon, spiced tomato chutney and ingredients to make steaming hot cups of masala chai. If you subscribe to the notion of ‘hair of the dog’, there are kits with Bloody Marys or mimosas available also. Serves two.
Buy now £16.00, Dishoom
Panzer's Ultimate Breakfast Box
High-end deli Panzer's has whipped up a delicious breakfast box that's ideal for your first, or last, breakfast of the year. We can personally attest to the quality of the smoked salmon, which feels silken on the tongue. A 15g pot of caviar, some caramel truffles and champagne elevate the rest of the box, making this an extra special treat.
Buy now £80.00, Panzer's
SUPPER London Post Party Survival Kit
A good breakfast is one of the quickest ways to vanquish a hangover (also try eye drops and a steaming hot shower to feel as good as new). Rebalance after your New Year's Eve celebrations with SUPPER x Deli Robuchon's Post Party Survival Kit. From ginger shots to help settle the stomach, Champagne for hair of the dog, and a comforting dose of carbs in the form of brioche bakes, plus plenty more, ordering one is an act of self-love in 2022 that we can get on board with.
£85 for two
Buy now £85.00, SUPPER