In my town (San Francisco) New Year's eve is a good night to stay home with a good bottle of bubbly in front of the fireplace: restaurants tend to have expensive and limited set menus and the food is often not up to par. So when I am home, I usually stay home.
This year, however, hubby and I will be in London for New Year's eve, staying in the Bloomsbury area. This will be our first trip to London, and we will have a total of only four nights in town, on a stopover on a trip to North Africa. Will be in a hotel, so staying home in front of the fire isn't that practical.
So, how would hounds recommend we spend the evening? Do restaurants in England tend to make the big production of NYE that many do here, with set menus and all of that? I am open to the possibility of spending a lot of money on a very good dinner, at least one night of our trip, but is NYE the night to do it? If not, what are some tasty low-end alternatives, particularly in Bloomsbury? Or should we just get a bottle of bubbly, some good cheese and crackers, and stay 'home' in our hotel room? (Alas, but we won't be able to afford a room with a fireplace)
Thanks for your suggestions!