Your London New Year’s Eve Agenda | NYE 2017-2018
As celebrations go, we’d give New Year’s Eve a 10.
And, knowing that you’re equally passionate about spending the evening somewhere appropriately magnificent, we’ve rustled together a list of some of our personal favourite shindigs; including retro knees-ups with hidden gambling dens and cocktails in clocks; huge dance parties filled with bouncy castles and indoor fireworks; Studio 54 shakedowns; ceilidhs; ice skating; banquets and much, much more…
It’s your London New Year’s Eve Agenda:
Under the Sea Party
The Natural History Museum are theming this year’s NYE bash around their new resident giant blue whale.
It’s going to be massive.
You can expect a silent disco, craft workshops, musical bingo, Massaoke (a mass sing-a-long feat. live band), DJ sets courtesy of Guilty Pleasures, ocean-themed cocktails, and free run of their exhibition halls….
Details: The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD | £129
A Vintage New Years Eve
New Years Eve.
Just like the South Bank’s retro extravaganza, where they’ve converted all five floors of the Southbank Centre into separate, era-specific and set-dressed nightclubs. Including: a 1930’s ballroom with an 18-piece live band; a 1950’s rock parlour with swing dancing lessons; a 1970’s room of deep funk, classic soul and disco gradually merging with a 1980’s dance warehouse; a 90s pop den complete with Indeedy Musical Bingo; a tiki bar with relentless limbo competitions; and an outdoor terrace, from which you can watch the fireworks.
Details: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX | From £99
Flagrantly flying in the conventions of your typical NYE party, Pop Brixton are partying like it’s the 26th April… the date that Studio 54 opened its gilded doors back in ’77. Expect karaoke with a live gospel backing choir, inordinate amounts of glitter, and an authentic soundtrack courtesy of original Studio 54 DJ, Nicky Siano.
Details: 49 Brixton Station Rd, SW9 8PQ | Free entry before 9pm, £5 from 9-10pm and £15 after 10pm
New Year’s Eve Ceilidh
For a NYE celebration that’ll leave you reeling, look no further than this thigh-slapping, rip-roaring, late-night ceilidh in the Grade II listed Cecil Sharp House overlooking Regent’s Park. 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.
Details: 2 Regent’s Park Road, NW1 7AY | £30 (£20 for U26)
The Candlelight Club
Housed in a ‘long-forgotten’ East London venue, The Candlelight Club are bringing all their usual finesse to their NYE knees-up, while throwing in vintage DJs, live jazz, dancers, burlesque artists, a secluded cabaret bar and a clairvoyant in for good measure. Plus absinthe cocktails, which may not be measured at all.
Details: A Secret Location | From £55
Skate At Somerset House
Rink in the New Year with live music from soul trio LaSharVu, DJs, hot tapas, cocktails, Fortnum’s fondue, champagne and sweeping views of the fireworks; all while ice skating late into the last 2017 night at Somerset House.
Details: Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA | From £50
Dinner & Dance at DDC
Officially your last chance to experience the Disappearing Dining Club for the rest of this year, the cult caterers will be plating up an intimate five course feast, delicious welcome cocktails, and an after-dinner disco knees-up in their low-lit Hoxton archway.
Details: Arch 367, Geffrye Street, E2 8HZ | From £10
It’s time for the annual debate of whether you should throw a house party this year.
Pros: It’s your house, meaning you can drink whatever and however much booze you want; go completely wild; make a mess; and embarrass yourself only in front of people you already know.
Cons: It’s your house.
Luckily, solving the eternal ‘free booze-vs-upholstery cleaner fees the next day’ conundrum are Winterland, the fairy-lit Narnia currently perched on the Fulham riverside. Not only is it BYOB, the barkeeps will be on hand to rustle up cocktails; plus there’ll be fondue, minigolf, curling, prosecco pong and more.
Details: Winterland, Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TY | From £50
Berber & Q: Brooklyn to Beirut
Berber & Q don’t do things by halves. Except, technically, this special NYE menu, which takes inspiration from both New York and the Middle East. They’re laying on a colossal, cocktail-paired feasting menu with dishes like black truffle labneh, grilled porterhouse steak with bone marrow charcoal butter, and a baked tahini New York cheesecake – after which they’ll push the tables to the side and crank up the 90s hip-hop and Middle Eastern beats.
Details: Berber & Q, Arch 338, Acton Mews, E8 4EA | From £65
If a time-travelling journey of pop through the ages, a giant balloon drop and a live midnight set from ten-piece ‘drum ‘n’ brass’ maestros Old Dirty Brasstards sounds like your thing, then hasten towards Koko, where you’ll find everything you could dream of… and probably a bit more.
Details: KOKO London, 1A Camden High Street, NW1 7JE | £18.50
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, silent cinema, and teacup cocktails. You’ll get to shake your tail feathers to live bands and gramophone DJs, rub shoulders with gangsters, 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 | From £55
Love Come Down
The disco denizens will be bringing you all-night fever, spinning 70s soul and disco tracks with modern edits until 5.30am. Plus, it’s all taking place in the vast Styx warehouse, meaning you can also enjoy the heated, fairylit, al fresco prosecco bar and the Cuban rum bar that’s hiding out there as part of the Nuclear Winter pop up.
Details: STYX, 5 Ashley Road, N17 9LJ | From £5
The Great Gatsby
If there’s one thing Gatsby was truly great at, it was underselling his “little parties”. Because this one will see you come face to face with the characters in this critically acclaimed immersive theatre show, before it descends into a raucous jazz-age party with dancing, gin cocktails and general bad behaviour.
Details: Gatsby’s Drugstore, 84 Long Lane, SE1 4AU | From £50
NYE at BAC
Circus-themed parties can be in tents.
But Battersea Arts Centre have to chosen to hold theirs in their very own Victorian former town hall building, into which they’re cramming a motley crew of wandering performers, live music, cabaret acts, DJs, body paint, hula hoops and “adult games”.
Details: Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN | From £18
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 5 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. Ooh, and it’s black tie.
Details: 113-117 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3BX | From £10
Black Cat Ball
If your new year’s resolutions involve spending more time at Champagne-fuelled cabaret parties with promenade circus performances, late-night DJs and live sets from the excellent show-band Tankus the Henge, then you’re going to be off to a flying start at the Black Cat ball.
Details: Underbelly Christmas Spiegeltent, Leicester Square, WC2H 7DE | From £49
Whether you’re merely starting the evening with a decadent meal or settling in for the duration, the Michelin-starred Indian eatery has got you covered; with a six-course bespoke tasting menu, wine pairings, welcome cocktails and complimentary champagne and goodie bags when the clock strikes.
Details: 42 Albemarle Street, W1S 4JH | From £90
Bart’s NYE Chicago Speakeasy
As with all the best vice-riddled speakeasies from the 1930s, knock on Bart’s door this NYE and you’ll find a champagne reception, completely free-flowing booze (including speciality vodka cocktails), live sets from an R&B/soul singer, and complimentary bacon butties at midnight.
Details: Bart’s, Chelsea Cloisters, 87 Sloane Avenue, SW3 3DW | From £80
You might think you’d be skating on thin ice, putting a rink on a rooftop.
But Skylight have pulled it off with aplomb, installing theirs alongside fondue street food stalls and multiple bars – plus there’ll be a DJ to help you see the night through in style.
Details: Penning Street Car Park, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SF | £15
The Blues Kitchen
Camden’s preeminent blues bar are bringing in 2018 in the only way they know how – with a live play-through of all the hits from the Tarantino cinematic catalogue, from Bobby Womack to Bowie, alongside Southern sharing platters, an abundance of whiskeys, and, of course, a twist contest.
Details: Blues Kitchen Camden, 111-113 Camden High Street, NW1 7JN | From £25
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 vodka cocktails, a Moët reception, 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 | From £100
Luckily also taking place before NYE, this decadent, south London New Year’s Eve bash fires on all cylinders, with a four-course dinner served at your group’s own private table, a sparkling reception, canapés, free beer and wine all night, fire pits, acrobats, live musicians, casino tables, alpine dodgems and a free shuttle bus back to Victoria station when you find yourself unable to do anything that doesn’t involve copious amounts of glitter and/or wine.
Details: Battersea Evolution, Chelsea Bridge Gate – Battersea Park, Queenstown Road, SW11 4NJ | £180
Bombay Glam at Dishoom Kensington
Dishoom have a new restaurant themed after India’s Golden Age of Jazz…
It’s pretty offbeat. And so they’re throwing a New Year’s party to match, with welcome glasses of fizz, a ten-course feast, and a live jazz band to help you see in 2018.
Details: Dishoom Kensington, Barkers Building, 4 Derry Street, W8 5HR | £75
They don’t make house parties like they used to.
Except at Bobby Fitzpatrick, the 70s house-styled bar in West Hampstead, where they’ll be ringing in the 21st century with a suitably retro soundtrack, a bell-bottom and platforms costume theme, old-school snacks and punch cocktails.
Details: 8pm-3am | 273 West End Ln, London NW6 1QS | £10 in advance, £15 on the door
The Blitz Party
A gigantic knees up in a makeshift East London bunker, complete with trenches, bunk beds, blacked out windows, DJs and dancing. There’ll be live big bands and swing bands playing wartime classics (and a collection of more modern songs, shaken up and remixed in a suitably ‘40s style). And, of course, there’ll be provisions to snack on and cocktails to make your victory rolls curl.
Details: Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 2PQ | From £55
Club de Fromage’s NYE Spectacular
That’s right, spectacular, which here means “comprising two dance areas soundtracked by hip hop and R’n’B or indie, rock and soul; Auld Lang Syne played on an art deco organ; a giant ball pit; a bouncy castle; confetti cannons and indoor fireworks”.
Details: Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, W6 9QH | From £23.90
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
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