Whether you are in the mood for fireworks, hip hop karaoke or reliving the Blitz, we have put together our list of the Top 10 New Year’s Eve events in London.
London is a city that is known for it’s fireworks displays, but the fireworks on New Year’s Eve simply put the rest of the year to shame. Instead of crowding onto the banks of the Thames this year, why not watch them in style from the River Terrace of Somerset House? £50 will book you some time on their iceskating rink (versus £35 if you’d rather skip out on any possible drunken ice disasters) with live DJ sets from The Jinks, a champagne toast at midnight and a view of the fireworks as they are set off from the London Eye.
The Disappearing Dining Club is cooking up a special New Year’s Eve feast complete with Devon Lobster, Red Ruby Beef Wellington, Truffled Brie Wheels and Apple & Calvados Creme Caramel. The £80 ticket includes all food and a welcome drink, music and entertainment until the wee hours of the morning at Factory 7 (located between Old Street and Liverpool Street). If you prefer to dine elsewhere, you can also just come for the dancing at 11 pm for £10.
For something a little…hairier…why not try The Animal Party? In a secret warehouse in E2, The Last Tuesday Society is asking partygoers to dress up as animals (with prizes for the best costumes, for course) and dance to musical entertainment provided by DJs Penny Metal and The Delinquent Dandy. Plus! There will be a chocolate fountain, cheese boards and a midnight feast “of yesterday’s cakes”. Tickets cost £25. Expect it to air on the side of debaucherous.
Step into the 40s with The Blitz Party at The Arches, a soiree themed around an underground air raid shelter. Blackout curtains, searchlights, oil lamps, military bunkbeds and ration books set the scene, with six rooms of live big bands, cabaret acts, original newsreels, wartime films and swing dancing. Attire is strictly 1940s (civilian or Allied military attire) and tickets will cost you £50. They are almost sold out so book now before it’s too late.
Following on the success of their Halloween Party, The Big Ten Inch are back with The Spirit of New Orleans at the The Book Club in Shoreditch. They are joining up with Disco Shed to present an evening featuring DJs Format, Ninja Tune’s Wrongtom, The Congo Faith Healers and The Special’s founder Jerry Dammers spinning boogie woogie, brass, jug bands, funk and dirty rock n’ roll. You are encouraged to come dressed up in Mardi Gras attire (think jesters masquerade, purple, green and gold), with the best dressed being crowned the King and Queen of Mardi Gras. Tickets are £20 in advance or £10 after 1 am.
The guys behind Hip Hop Karaoke at The Social on Little Portland Street are teaming up with Southern Hospitality for a full-on New Year’s Eve hip hop shindig. The night will feature tunes from the likes of Rick Ross, Three 6 Mafia, Outkast and more. Tickets are £15 in advance or £20 at the door.
If perms and power chords are more your thing, try Scala for Ultimate Power. Expect a healthy mix of glam rock and 80s power ballads. Tickets are £20 and they promise to play “the greatest songs ever written”. How could you turn an evening of the greatest songs ever written?!
Bugged Out is teaming up with XOYO at Old Street for a night of house, acid trax and future garage from The 2 Bears (Joe Goddard from Hot Chip & Raf Daddy), L-Vis 1990 (Night Slugs), Nathan Detroit, Disco Bloodbath’s Ben Pistor and Legendary Children. Tickets will cost you £20. Dress sharp.
For something a little more risque, head to The Tassle Club for their vaudeville-style Victorian party at Hoxton Hall. Burlesque will reign supreme with a special live can can show at midnight and homemade cocktails behind the bar. Tickets are £40.
Lastly, Urban Nerds are back with a night of underground electronic, bass and dubstep kicking off in a car park in Shoreditch. DJs battling it out include Loefah, Zinc, Redlight and Dread MC among others. Tickets cost £35 with a limited number available at the door.