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Jason Allen 24/11/22


Your NYE Agenda

Your London New Year’s Eve Agenda | NYE 2022 – 2023

Going to a party, drinking champagne, and having an incredible time?

That’s the last thing you’ll want to do this year.

And to help make sure that’s exactly what happens, we’ve lined up a comprehensive list of the most raucous, fun, mind-blowing, and bubbly-loaded NYE throwdowns taking place in the capital, and organised them into a bunch of handy categories.

Now get ready to inspire a few resolutions…


FANCY DINNERS  | RETRO PARTIES  |  OFFBEAT PARTIES  |  JUST WANT TO DANCE?  |  LIVE MUSIC  |  GREAT GATSBY PARTIES  |  ROOFTOPS 


FANCY DINNERS

Disappearing Dining Club’s NYE Dinner Dance

The dinner: a five-course extravaganza of indulgence featuring smoked duck breast; truffle brie de meaux; and Champagne & elderflower granita. The dance: a late-night jam with sound selectors Itchysoul, Neil Thornton and Dave Rose spinning until 3am. The Disappearing Dining Club: only the crème-de-la-crème of supperclub and party hosts, who have now made their home in this ridiculously cosy North London pub.

Details: The Dartmouth Arms, 35 York Rise, NW5 1SP | Free-£95

Quo Vadis

Quo Vadis will be opening up its elegant private rooms to non-members this NYE for a decadent three-course supper (with a glass of Champagne included), to be followed by DJs and dancing until 2am…

Details: Quo Vadis, 26 Dean Street, London, W1D 3LL£75

Hicce NYE Masked Dinner

hicce masked ball

Hicce’s masked dinner is, thankfully, not a reference to COVID precautions. It is instead an old fashioned masked ball in the style of Truman Capote’s famed shindigs. Only sitting down. With dinner. And DJs. And the chance that there’ll be dancing on the chairs a little later, too.

Details: 102 Stable Street, Coal Drops Yard, N1C 4DQ | £60

PAIRED at Carousel

If you think that New Year’s Eve should be mostly about great food and great music, then you’ll be happy to know that this is an opinion shared by the people at both Carousel (a pop up incubator who produce great food) and AVA (an audiovisual festival who produce great music). And on NYE they’ll be bringing their talents together for PAIRED, an evening in which excellent chefs are coupled up with stellar DJs for an experience unique to that time & place. Head down, and you can expect to feast on a seven-course tasting menu from the likes of Rosio Sanchez and Emme Prieto, while serenaded by tunes from deck maestros Call Super and Yung Singh…

Details: Carousel, 19-23 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1RL | £35-£195

Top of the Gherkin

Gherkin NYE

Jason Purple

If you’re going all out, go up the Gherkin – their top level restaurant will be serving a five-course tasting menu alongside a welcome glass of Champagne. Or, you can head up to the very tip of the skyscraper for cocktails and live entertainment into the small hours…

Details: 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8BF £150-350

RETRO PARTIES

Dance Through the Decades at the Southbank

southbank centre

You want retro? The Southbank Centre will give you so much retro this NYE you’ll be spinning. Quite literally. Their vintage bash will involve five floors of dancing, with each floor themed to a different decade, spanning from the 1920s through to the present day. There’ll be half a dozen different nightclub rooms, plus dance classes (re: that spinning you’ll be doing) plus live bands, DJs, and a full orchestra. And the kicker? You can see the annual fireworks right up close, too.

Details: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX | £130+

Signal Station NYE Bash

Set in the newfangled Signal Station at Cahoots, this thoroughly old fashioned knees up will involve a riotously fun live set from the Midnight Rye Society, cocktails served by “a suspicious scoundrel”, and bacon sandwiches at 1am…

Details: 5 Kingly Street, Soho, W1B 5PF | £80

Scoundrels’ Underground NYE Party

This part is also run by the people at Cahoots. Which means that, gloriously, both parties actually are in cahoots. This one is at the Underground, and will involve bottomless cocktails, plus live lindyhop from the Hotsie Totsies, and retro DJ sets until the wee hours.

Details: 13 Kingly Ct, Carnaby, London W1B 5PW | £80

New Year’s Eve at Oriole

New Year’s Eve at Oriole will see a veritable menagerie of high-class retro entertainers rotating onto the stage: watch, welcome cocktail in hand, as daredevil burlesque, gentlemanly juggling, Charleston dancing, aerial acrobatics, stomping live music & New Orleans jazz is performed for your delectation, all led by Missy Fatale.

Details: East Poultry Avenue, EC1A 9LH | £85-£120

Barts’ NYE 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, speciality vodka cocktails, and DJs until three in the morning.

Details: Bart’s, Chelsea Cloisters, 87 Sloane Avenue, SW3 3DW | £90-130

The Candlelight Club

A decadent, 1920’s-styled soirée, in a secret, candle-lit London location with live music from the Bubbly Boys, cabaret with your host Champagne Charlie, Charleston dancing with the Gatsby Girls, tarot readers, absinthe and gramophone DJs.

Details: A Secret London Location £45-£60

NYE at the Rivoli

New Year's Eve London Rivoli ballroom

There are few 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

OFFBEAT PARTIES

New Year’s Eve at Somerset House

Glide into 2023 at Somerset House, where you can skate on one of London’s finest and most iconic rinks all while listening to DJs (from Soho Radio, and drag race royalty Jonbers Blonde) and trying not to be so capivted by the beat that you awkwardly fall over on the ice …and have to soothe yourself with spiced winter cocktails & fondue from their Swiss pop up restaurant.

Details: Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA | £55-£75

The Burnt City: Remix

punchdrunk the burnt city

The Burnt City is the latest immersive soho from the pioneers of immersive shows, Punchdrunk. It takes place in a kind of modern version of Greek mythology, which is all good and well, but the pertinent information is that they’re putting on a special, one-off version of the show this NYE with an all-new soundtrack, and a post-show party…

Details: One Cartridge Place, Woolwich, London SE18 6ZR | £120+

Jurassic Party at the Natural History Museum

natural history museum

Look forward to the new year by looking a few million years back – the Natural History Museum all clear out their grand Hinze Hall, and putting on a hell of a party. There’ll be live bands, a silent disco, some intriguing sounding “Jurassic-themed performers”, a little musical bingo, and a chance to explore the galleries & exhibition spaces after dark, too.

Details: Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD | £99

Cave Cuvée’s Oyster Party

cave cuvee oysters

If you like wine, oysters, and getting half a dozen of something, then you’ll love Cave Cuvée‘s NYE party. You’ll get a glass of champagne on arrival, then six pre-shucked bivalves with “not-your-average dressings”, and that’s not to mention the snacks, the wine, the party tunes, and the “Top Cuvée surprises” they have lined up too…

Details: 250a Bethnal Green Road, E2 0AA | £30

Vagabond’s NYE Party

vagabond

If the first thing you’d like to do in 2023 is to try a LOT of different wines, then you should get down to Vagabond – their dozens upon dozens of fancy enomatic machines mean that you can take a self-guided wine tour of half the planet while a DJ rings in the new year…

Details: Nova Building 77, Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W OAJ | £10

Josephine’s Glitterbomb NYE

tonight josephine

To some, glitter is the scourge of the crafting cabinet. To others, it’s the perfect theme for an NYE party. And Tonight Josephine is one of those others. Head down to the sassy Waterloo bar on the last day of 2022, and you’ll have to don your sparkliest clothing, drink glitter martinis, take part in lip synch battles, and pay tribute to their cabaret drag host.

Details: 111 Waterloo Road, SE1 8UL | £25-£30

NYE at Winterland: Masquerade Ball

winterland

Winterland‘s masquerade ball NYE party encourages you to don a mask (duh), plus Black Tie, velvet, fur, and smoking jackets, and promises to lavish you with cocktails, fondue, a vodka luge and more. Plus, there are areas you can hire for up to 30 people, meaning you can basically host your own NYE party in a riverside Alpine hideaway.

Details: Winterland, Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TY | £35-£55

NYE at Callooh Callay

Callooh Callay Shoreditch

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 £100-£150

 

JUST WANT TO DANCE?

 

Supa Dupa Fly x New Year’s Eve

Fun Places for Birthday Drinks: Amazing Grace

If you told the vicar at St Thomas’s Church, back when it was first built just under a thousand years ago, that one day it would become a bar called Amazing Grace, and that that bar would host a New Year’s Eve party with a banging musical outfit called Supa Dupa Fly (run by Emily Rawson, resident DJ on BBC Radio 1Extra) with dancing, drinking, and Thai food… he probably would have been happy that people were still having a religiously good time there. As well as being confused about what Thai food was.

Details: Amazing Grace, 9a St Thomas St, SE1 9RY | £30

Paraiso Disco: The Biggest NYE Disco

night tales

Night Tales is a huge (we’re talking 4,000 sq ft) temple of fun, made up of cool al fresco seating areas, cocktails, street food, happy people and a whole lot of dancing – all set amongst a row of beautiful East London railway arches. And this NYE, they’re going to amp all of that up with a night of house, disco, and classics from live DJs in what they’re ambitiously calling ‘The Biggest NYE Disco’.

Details: Night Tales, Arches 14 & 15, Bohemia Place, Mare Street, E8 1DU | £6.50-£28.50

Love Come Down

Love Come Down New Year's Eve London

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 Studios94 Vale Road, Harringay Warehouse District, London N4 1PT | £6-£16.90

Little Blue Door NYE House Party

If you and your friends are tossing round the idea of hosting this year’s NYE house party like a hot potato, the solution is thus: you should all go to the Little Blue Door in Fulham, where you can enjoy a raucous 3-course dinner party, bottles of Champagne, and dancing to DJs in what is essentially a giant living room… without any of the clearing up.

Details: 871-873 Fulham Road, SW6 5HP £25-£59.50

LIVE MUSIC

New Year’s at The Ned

Ring in the New Year in an old marble-clad banking hall (that’s now a glamorous hotel and clubhouse from the Soho House team), with free-flowing booze, cancan dancers, aerial displays, cabaret, live bands, and apparently ‘courtesans’ too, all conspiring to create the sense that you’re in 1890s Paris.

Details: The Ned, 27 Poultry, EC2R 8AJ £325

606 Club’s NYE Extravaganza

Surprisingly for a jazz bar, 606 Club won’t be improvising on New Year’s Eve. They’ve enlisted the help of superlative jazz pianist Neil Angilley and his guest trio, plus soul & groove singers Imaani (incognito) to keep you dancing all night – if you can move after the three-course dinner, that is.

Details: 90 Lots Road, SW10 0QD £145

NYE at the Blues Kitchen

Blues Kitchen New Year's Eve London

Ironically ensuring you don’t get the blues this new year, the Blues Kitchen is going to have three live shows from their house bands, at each of their three locations, filled with “hands in the air” soul music, and funk DJ sets in between.

Details: Blues Kitchen Camden, Brixton & Shoreditch | £20-30

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 9 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

 

GREAT GATSBY PARTIES

 

The London Cabaret Club

New Year's Eve 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 wowed with eyebrow-raising performances by acrobats, dancers, contortionists, singers, and a live band.

Details: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, WC1B 4DA | £325

The Great Gatsby at The Waldorf

waldorf

If Jay Gatsby were non-fictional, still alive in 2022, living in London, organising a New Year’s Eve party, and unable to do so in his own home for some reason (there are a lot of prerequisites there, we know) then he’d probably pick The Waldorf to do it. So it seems appropriate that they’re holding their own Gatsby-style shindig in their iconic palm court, with free-flowing champagne, just as Jay would want.

Details: The Waldorf, Aldwych, WC2B 4DD | £280

ROOFTOPS

Duck & Waffle

Duck & Waffle may not technically be a rooftop, but the views here from the 40th floor of the Heron Tower are basically those of ten other rooftop bars combined. It’s not one to be outdone, and this NYE it’ll be home to a nearly hour bash (with only a short break at 4am) taking you from dinner, to the big countdown, to a morning after-party, to all day brunch.

Details: 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY | From £30pp minimum spend

Sabine

Do you want to tell your grandchildren about the time you didn’t spend NYE on a rooftop bar right next to St. Paul’s Cathedral, sipping bottomless Champagne? Didn’t think so.

Details: 10 Godliman Street, EC4V 5AJ | £220-£260

Bar Elba

Bar Elba NYE

Being on a rooftop in Waterloo on NYE has the advantage of giving you a great view of the annual fireworks display that lights up the river – and being on Bar Elba‘s Waterloo rooftop has the additional benefits of unlimited drinks, a live band, and canapés too.

Details: Rooftop of Mercury House, 109-117 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8UL £155

Skylight Peckham

Skylight in Peckham surveys a large panoramic sweep of South London, and packs enough space for roughly 250 vertigo-immune punters, across both indoor and outdoor spaces – and that makes for a pretty great atmosphere for an NYE party. Particularly when you include the dinner, the DJ, and the champagne.

Details: 120 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JT | £35-£65

Skylight Tobacco Dock

skylight london rooftop ice rink

The other Skylight, and the original Skylight, is over in Wapping, on top of of Tobacco Dock. And this one not only nets you Alpine food, winter cocktails, and covered huts & igloos to enjoy them in, but it also has its own ice rink. On a roof.

Details: Pennington St. Car Park, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SF | £39

 

NOTE: The London New Year’s Day Parade starts at a respectable 1pm on the 1st of January, and will feature an incredible line-up of over 10k performers from across the globe. Might do something for that hangover, too.


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