FOOD & BOOZE NEWS

NEW YEAR’S AT PARAMOUNT
For a decadent New Year’s Eve with the best possible views of London, head to Paramount, the former members’ club at the top of Centre Point. A champagne reception, five-course meal and a DJ from 11pm should ensure a stylish way to ring in 2011. £160 per person. Top of Centre Point, 101-103 New Oxford Street. To book, call 020 7420 2900.

CONNAUGHT’S COOL COBURG EXTENDED
One of London’s finest and smartest drinking venues has just got bigger and even smarter. The speakeasy-cool Coburg bar at Mayfair’s Connaught hotel – a huge hit since its opening a couple of years ago – has been extended, with the addition of a beautiful new veranda section housing what will be some of the most desirable seating for cocktails to be found in London.
Carlos Place, W1K, 020 7499 7070.

NEW YEAR’S AT PARAMOUNT
Quo Vadis, the private members’ club on Dean Street, will introduce a new bar on the ground floor in January. Behind the attractive copper-topped bar will lurk an impressive assortment of cocktails made in one-off silver shakers, along with snacks such as smoked trealy ham toasted sandwich and salt cod fritters with tartare sauce. Opens 5 Jan. 26-29 Dean Street. 020 7437 9585.