Your London New Year’s Eve Agenda | NYE 2019-2020
Last Updated: 5th December 2019 | Main image: Kevin Hackert
Going to a party, drinking champagne, and having an incredible time?
That’s the last thing you’ll want to do in 2019.
And to help make sure that’s exactly what happens, we’ve lined up a comprehensive list of all the most raucous, fun, mind-blowing, and bubbly-loaded NYE throwdowns taking place in the capital, and organised them into handy categories.
Now get ready to inspire a few resolutions…
VINTAGE PARTIES | OFFBEAT PARTIES | JUST WANT TO DANCE? | FANCY DINNERS | LIVE MUSIC | GREAT GATSBY PARTIES | BOAT RIDES | ROOFTOPS
The Southbank Centre’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular
There’s no better way to celebrate the sort of time-travelling aspect of New Years than with a little time-travelling.
So the Royal Festival Hall is going to be transformed into a retro extravaganza, where they’ve converted all five floors of the building into separate, era-specific and set-dressed nightclubs, with six bars, live acts, fifteen DJs, and ‘continuous’ time-jumping dance lessons. Expect a 1930’s ballroom with a live band; a 1950’s rock parlour with swing dancing lessons; a 1970’s room of deep funk, classic soul & disco gradually merging with a 1980’s dance warehouse; a 90’s pop den complete with Indeedy Musical Bingo; a tiki bar with relentless limbo competitions; and an outdoor terrace, from which you can look right onto the fireworks.
Details: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX | £115
The Prohibition Party
If you were at all concerned that your NYE might be a tad on the bauched side, allow us to introduce The Prohibition Party – the quintessential London New Year’s Eve bash, replete with flappers, gangsters and teacup cocktails. You’ll get to shake your tail feathers to live bands and gramophone DJs, learn the Charleston, and even try your luck at the gambling tables.
That’s when you’ll know a really good night’s on the cards.
Details: Secret Central London Ballroom | £55-80
A Vintage New Years at Cahoots
If a few of your friends have got plans to spend NYE in head-to-toe ’40s gear, swigging cocktails in a replica Blitz-era Underground carriage…
You can guarantee they’re in Cahoots.
And you should join them, because their shindig will involve bottomless cocktails, food rations, live lindyhop from the Hotsie Totsies, a retro DJ set by The Roustabouts, and, for groups over 8, a sharing cocktail served in a clock.
A clocktail, if you will.
Details: Cahoots, 13 Kingly Court, W1B 5PG | £100-150
New Year’s Eve at Oriole
New Year’s Eve at Oriole will see a veritable menagerie of high-class vintage entertainers rotating onto the stage: watch, welcome cocktail in hand, as daredevil burlesque, caddish cabaret, stomping live music & New Orleans jazz is performed for your delectation, all led by Missy Fatale.
Details: East Poultry Avenue, EC1A 9LH | £85
Barts’ NYE Chicago Speakeasy
As with all the best vice-riddled speakeasies from the 1930s, knock on Barts’ door this NYE and you’ll find a champagne reception, completely free-flowing booze (including speciality vodka cocktails), and DJs until four in the morning.
Details: Bart’s, Chelsea Cloisters, 87 Sloane Avenue, SW3 3DW | £85-120
NYE at the Rivoli
There are fewer places more picturesque to spend a London New Years’s Eve than the capital’s oldest intact ballroom, the Rivoli. There’ll be two well-stocked bars, retro party poppers, and a DJ spinning jive, swing, and more modern hits, too…
So it’s not all strictly ballroom.
Details: Rivoli Ballroom, 350 Brockley Road, Crofton Park, SE4 2BY | £25
The 2019 London New Year’s Eve Ball
Okay, this one sounds just spectacular. It’s called the 2019 London New Year’s Eve Ball, which would be pretty punchy were they not totally owning it with superb live entertainment, dancing, live-streaming of the fireworks, dodgems, and a late-night casino. Oh, and tons of food. And unlimited beer & wine. And a free shuttle bus back to Victoria after midnight.
Details: Evolution London, Chelsea Bridge Gate, Battersea Park, Queenstown Road, SW8 4NW | £190 – 10% off with code NUDGE19
Creatures of the Night at the Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is inviting you to ring in the new year at a party underneath a huge, glowing model of the moon.
It’s going to be massive.
You’ll get a complimentary drink on arrival, plus musical bingo, a silent disco, full access to all the exhibitions, UV body painting, DJs, and a session of Massaoke (that’s ‘mass karaoke’, and it’s exactly as fun as it sounds).
Details: The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD | £99
Getting Pingy With It
What exactly does ‘getting pingy’ involve? Well, since you ask, donning strictly 90s attire, descending into the subterranean playroom that is Bounce Farringdon, and seeing in the new decade with DJs, free ping pong, games tournaments, cocktails, and unlimited beer pong.
Details: Bounce Farringdon, 121 Holborn, EC1N 2TD | £20-60
Skate at Somerset House
If you think dancing on normal, non-slippery, room-temperature ground is difficult, then this one might not be for you: because festival stalwarts House Gospel Choir are going to bring the rink alive with house and gospel tunes, backed by a full live band. Plus, you’ll have access to the exclusive riverside terrace to watch the fireworks, before retreating to the Fortnum & Mason lodge for fondue and Baileys.
Details: Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA | From £50 (£70 to skate)
Winterland NYE Party
On a normal, non-calendar changing day Winterland involves private winter lodges, feasting tables, bauble-filled igloos, shuffleboard lanes, DJs, and hot cocktails. And on New Year’s Eve, it’s got all that plus fireworks, a hog roast, and sparkling.
Details: Winterland, Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TY | From £20
Soho 2020: New Year’s Eve
If you haven’t yet been into Soho’s new theatre, Boulevard, then this is your chance. They’re holding a party across the whole venue, with cocktails and drag acts in the Lounge, cheese with live jazz in the salon, and roaming contortionists, burlesque dancers and hula hoopers drifting from room to room.
Details: Boulevard, 6 Walker’s Court, W1F 0BT | From £49
The New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball
A Curious Invitation – the party series from the subversive minds behind The Last Tuesday Society – doesn’t just put on your average, run-of-the-mill New Year’s Eve bash. It’s taking place at The Century Club in Covent Garden, taking over four floors (and a rooftop) with bands, DJs, and cabaret performers. And while this year’s line-up is still under wraps, last year it involved Balkan ska bands; acrobats; contortionists; reptiles; fire-breathing burlesque dancers; and both a dominatrix and a professional flatterer.
Details: The Century Club, 61 – 63 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho W1 | £50
Ballie Ballerson Shoreditch
Fresh from a huge refurb – in which they’ve more than doubled the size of their ball pits – Ballie Ballerson are throwing the NYE party to end all NYE parties. There’ll be kitsch cocktails served in flashing Capri Sun pouches; glitter artists; drag queens; fizz at midnight; DJs till 4am; and, of course, the opportunity to spend 2 hours neck-deep in balls.
Details: 97 – 113 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BS | £5-495
Ultimate Power NYE
Karaoke is fun. Karaoke with hundreds of other people simultaneously singing power ballads at the top of their lungs is closer to a religious experience. And this Ultimate Power event is going to have all the Bon Jovi, Bonnie Tyler, Whitney Houston, Whitesnake, Journey, and Phil Collins you can shake a cassette at. Bring your air instruments and throat sweets.
Details: Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High Street, NW1 8QP | £16.50
NYE at Callooh Callay
If you’re going to pick anywhere to have bottomless cocktails (and canapés, and bubbles) all night long, it may as well be the multi award-winning Callooh Callay, a Shoreditch bar drenched in eccentric, retro glamour. Plus, there’ll be DJs until 2am.
Details: 65 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY | £50-125
JUST WANT TO DANCE?
For a NYE celebration that’ll leave you reeling, look no further than this thigh-slapping, rip-roaring, late-night ceilidh in a Balham church, with the seasoned Fiddle Paradiddle. They’ll call out the moves before each dance, so don’t panic if you’re not overly well acquainted with the Dashing White Sergeant. Plus, there’s a drinks bar and a candy bar.
Details: St Thomas’ Church, Telford Avenue, London, SW2 4XW | £50-60 | In North London? Check out the ceilidh at Cecil Sharp House
So Fresh & So Clean at POP Brixton
POP Brixton are going to keep things simple this year: open all their street food spots & bars, get in some top shelf 90’s & 00’s R&B DJs, and let people party until 3am. Looks like 2019 will be going out with a bang.
Details: 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ | £5-15
Trevor Nelson at Omeara
Legendary DJ Trevor Nelson will be taking to the decks at the beautiful, unusual music venue that is Omeara this year. And if at any point you don’t want to be dancing to an incredible mix of funk, house and soul, you can score street food outside in Flat Iron Square and festive drinks from their pop up Alpine lodge.
Details: Omeara, 6 O’meara Street, London, SE1 1TE | £20-45
Sundown Countdown at Tropicana Beach Club
If you’re looking for a refined, sophisticated way to bring in 2020… this isn’t it. Instead, it’s a raucous new year’s eve party held in a fluorescent tropical island-themed nightclub with a virtual lagoon for a dancefloor and shots served on surfboards. And this year, they’re throwing fire-breathing dancers, acrobats, singers and topless lifeguards into the mix, with DJs playing cheese until 4am.
Details: New London Theatre, Parker Street, WC2B 5PW | £35-75
Love Come Down
Taking over an inconspicuous warehouse for the night, Love Come Down will be spinning ’70s soul & disco tracks with modern edits until 5am. Nothing less, nothing more – especially no pretentiousness.
Details: Low Profile Studios, 94 Vale Road, Harringay Warehouse District, London N4 1PT | £8-15–
Bombay Glam at Dishoom
Bizarrely for the busiest night of the year, New Year’s Eve is the one time you can guarantee yourself a dinner table at Dishoom. Grab a few friends, and you’ll get to indulge in one of the special feasting menus (including an entirely vegetarian option), accompanied by the dulcet tones of Fini Bearman and hot jazz sextet, Marine Liners. Best of all, that table’s yours for the whole evening, so you can dance and sip Permit Room cocktails till 1am.
Details: Dishoom Kensington, Barkers Building, 4 Derry Street, W8 5HR | £75-£80
Top of the Gherkin
If you’re going all out, go up the Gherkin – their top level restaurant will be serving a five-course tasting menu alongside vintage Champagne. And as the clock strikes midnight, you’ll head up to the very tip of the dome to dance the night away with ‘surprise circus-inspired entertainment’. Hopefully no surprise lion taming.
Details: 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8BF | £150-350
Champagne & Fried Chicken at Bubbledogs
Yep. The title pretty much says it all. Although, it should be pointed out that the fried chicken half of this equation comes from vaunted restaurant Two Lights. And that the champagne is a bottomless supply of grower bottles selected by Bubbledogs‘ sommelier Sandia Chang. And there’ll be DJs. You know what, the title doesn’t say it all.
Details: 70 Charlotte Street, W1T 4QG
Studio 54 at City Social
When there’s a view like this on the outside, they’re going to have to do something pretty special inside to match. So while you’re already guaranteed a 24th floor New Year’s Eve celebration at a Jason Atherton restaurant, with uninterrupted views over the city and its fireworks displays, City Social are also packing in a dancefloor, cocktails, and Studio 54-style DJs into the early hours.
Details: Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1HQ | From £50
NYE at the Blues Kitchen
Ironically ensuring you don’t get the blues this new year, the Blues Kitchen is going to have two live shows from their house band, filled with “hands in the air” soul music, and funk DJ sets in between.
Details: Blues Kitchen Camden, Brixton & Shoreditch | £20-40
The Piano Works
When considering your plans for NYE, it’s always important to check The Piano Works.
Because if it does, they’ll be using it to play audience requests for a marathon 7 hours of non-stop live music in their former Victorian warehouse; after which a DJ will take over to keep the party going till 6am. And speaking of DJs, you’ll need to dust yours off – it’s a black tie event.
Details: 113-117 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3BX | £10-65 | Want to be more central? They’re doing the same thing there, too
Kansas Smitty’s NYE
Fans of Smitty’s will already know the score: your tickets get you a table, live music till ‘super duper late’, and prosecco at midnight.
Details: Under ‘Off Broadway’, 63 Broadway Market, E8 4PH | £40
GREAT GATSBY PARTIES
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby is about as immersive as parties get: you’ll be inside the world of the book, surrounded by its characters, its style, and above all its decadence. They’ve been running this show for years now, and have become dab hands: there’ll be fabulous costumes, cocktails, and – if you really want to be decadent – a three course meal.
Details: Gatsby’s Mansion, Immersive LDN, 56 Davies St, London W1K 5HR | £49.95-87.45
All That Glitters at Oblix East
Fun fact: the original title of The Great Gatsby was “Trimalchio in West Egg”. We only mention it because we find it hard to imagine a world in which there would be a ‘Trimalchio in West Egg Party’ At Oblix East on New Year’s Eve, if ever. But thankfully history did not chose that path, and instead here we are ready to see in 2020 on the 32nd floor of The Shard, with a free-flowing open bar all night, a live hot jazz band, and a DJ set ’til the early hours.
Trimalchio would have loved it.
Details: Oblix East, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY | £250
The London Cabaret Club
The London Cabaret Club’s NYE bash claims to be inspired by the decadence of Jay Gatsby’s parties, but then they’ve made it so spectacular, it almost makes his look tame by comparison. Expect to be taken through a century of cabaret history, with eyebrow-raising performances by acrobats, aerialists, contortionists, singers, and a live band.
Details: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, WC1B 4DA | £105-£445
London Shell Co NYE Cruise
Despite sounding like an elaborate tax-dodging scheme, the London Shell Co is actually a cozy, intimate seafood restaurant housed in a refurbed canal boat named The Prince Regent, which you’ll find floating off the moorings of Little Venice. This New Year’s they’re putting on a six-course feast with oysters, lobster Thermidor, monkfish, sea bass, clementine sorbet with frozen vodka, bitter chocolate mousse, and more. While you dine, the boat’ll wend its way along London’s canals, arriving in Camden for fireworks (and magnums of fizz) at midnight.
Details: The Prince Regent Boat, Moored by Sheldon Square, W2 6EP | £120
NYE on the Dixie Queen
The Dixie Queen is a glorious paddle steamer-style riverboat, and this NYE it’ll rule the Thames thanks to a three course buffet dinner, complimentary welcome bubbles, a live band, a DJ, and a spacious deck to watch the fireworks from. And it’s large enough so that Tower Bridge will raise specifically for it when it passes under.
Details: Butler’s Wharf Pier, Queen’s Walkway (East of Tower Bridge) on the South Shore, SE1 2YE | £155
Ham Yard Hotel
Soho’s Ham Yard Hotel are keeping things characteristically stylish for New Year’s: martini masterclasses on the roof, live music from the bohemian, 60s-style Carola Duo, and Champagne in their luxurious private screening room at midnight to watch the fireworks.
Details: Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, London, SW6 7LU | £25-60
With all the wood and fairy-lights, a trip to Bar Elba is like sitting inside a Christmas tree. And things are no less festive for NYE – they’re holding a lock-in on the roof with an open bar, food, dancing, ice skating, and views of the fireworks at midnight.
Details: Rooftop of Mercury House, 109-117 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8UL | £175-300
Despite being up on the 10th floor, Skylight isn’t quite at the right angle to see the Southbank fireworks – so they’ve only gone and installed screens throughout the venue to see them closeup. For their NYE party, you’ll also get a glass of Champagne on arrival, a DJ, a skating rink, and party favours all night long.
Details: Penning Street Car Park, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SF | £40-800
Pergola Olympia will be open this New Year’s Eve, and ready to exploit its rooftop views to watch other people’s fireworks show from. A lot of them. There’ll be a DJ all night, English sparkling wine on arrival, and all the classic Pergola street food.
Details: Level 5 Rooftop, Olympia Car Park, W14 8UX| £20-25
Garden Room boasts 10th floor central London views, classic Bourne & Hollingsworth decor, delicious food, and – this New Year’s Eve – six hours of live music, Champagne at midnight, and unlimited cocktails.
Details: Assembly Hotel, 27-31 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0LS | £220
NOTE: The London New Year’s Day Parade starts at a respectable 12 noon (from Piccadilly) on the 1st of January, and will feature 10,000 performers from across the UK and the world. Might do something for that hangover, too.
Find out what else is on in London this month with your December Agenda