Your London New Year’s Eve Agenda | NYE 2018-2019
Going to a party, drinking champagne, and having an incredible time?
That’s the last thing you’ll want to do in 2018.
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 | WOLF OF WALL STREET PARTIES | BOAT RIDES | ROOFTOPS | ALL-OUT INSANITY
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 seven bars, two live acts, twelve DJs, and eight 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 watch the fireworks.
Details: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX | £105
The Candlelight Club
Housed in a secret, candlelit London venue, The Candlelight Club are bringing all their usual finesse to their NYE knees-up, while throwing in vintage DJs, live jazz, Charleston dance routines from the Gatsby Girls, cabaret artists, and a clairvoyant in for good measure. Plus absinthe cocktails, which may not be measured at all.
Details: A Secret Location | From £55
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
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 music, and complimentary bacon butties at midnight.
Details: Bart’s, Chelsea Cloisters, 87 Sloane Avenue, SW3 3DW | From £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 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 £150
The Blitz Party
Celebrate New Year’s Eve… in 1943.
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 | £55-£75
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
New Year’s Eve Cabaret Spectacular at Oriole
Oriole’s New Year’s Eve Cabaret Spectacular will see a veritable menagerie of high class entertainers rotating onto the stage: watch, bubbly cocktail in hand, as bountiful burlesque, caddish comedy, stomping live music & stylish swing dancing is perfumed for your edification, all led by Lili La Scala. There are even swing dance lessons for those who get in early enough.
Details: East Poultry Avenue, EC1A 9LH | £100
Party Animals at the Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is inviting you to ring in the new year at a party underneath a scale model of the largest creature to ever exist.
It’s going to be massive.
You’ll get a complimentary drink on arrival, plus musical bingo, a silent disco, some edible insects, full access to all the exhibitions, animal masks, 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
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 legendary LGBTQ+ collective Sink the Pink are going to turn Somerset House’s beautiful ice rink with flamboyant performers, classic dancefloor hits and wild routines this New Year’s.
Details: Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA | From £50 (£70 + skating)
Winterland NYE Apres Ski Party
On a normal, non-calendar changing day Winterland involves heated winter lodges with fondue & schnitzel, mountain scenes, feasting tables, gondolas and chairlifts, bauble-filled igloos, karaoke, curling lanes, DJs, and mulled wine. And on New Year’s it’s got all that plus fireworks, a hog roast, saxophonist, sparklers and sparkling.
Details: Winterland, Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TY | From £28.50
Northern Lights: New Year’s Eve Party
In the future, having a 40-strong genre-defying musical ensemble sing to you while you bask in the shimmering glow of the aurora borealis will probably seem quite commonplace. But for now, it’s actually quite a rare experience so it might be worth checking out. It’s all happening at Paddington’s Kings Place, and the aforementioned super-choir will be joined by composer Nico Muhly, singer-songwriter Teitur, and Afrofuturist multidisciplinary artist Nwando Ebizie… just in case it wasn’t special enough already.
Details: Hall Two, Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG | £39.50-£72.50
Silent Sounds NYE
When the beautiful, Art Deco-style Banking Hall was first built back in the ’30s, it’s unlikely that the architects would have foreseen that it would ring in New Years quite like this: everyone will get a pair of headphones, and can tune into any of the three DJs playing simultaneous sets. Your ‘phones will change colour according to which set you’re listening to, so you can dance to the right beats with your fellow partygoers, in totally silence.
At least until Auld Langs Syne starts.
Details: Banking Hall, 14 Cornhill, EC3V 3ND | £45
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
The Bassoon Bar at Corinthia London
How about a party in a bar… where the bar is literally a piano? Welcome to Bassoon at the Corinthia. This NYE, they’re going to hand you a glass of Champagne on entry, and furnish you with unlimited snacks throughout the night (fried buttermilk chicken with truffle mayo, tempura prawns, etc.). You’ll also get access to the blue zone along Embankment to watch the fireworks at midnight.
Details: Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, SW1A 2BD | £90
JUST WANT TO DANCE?
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 | £35 (£25 for U26)
Disco Made Me Do It 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 DJs (Joey Negro, Russ Ryan, Fabio Limao) and let people party until 4am. Looks like 2018 will be going out with a bang.
Details: 49 Brixton Station Rd, SW9 8PQ | £15-£20
It’s a time-travelling, taste-defying, eye-popping, mind-blowingly fun journey with a midnight performance from The Beyonce Experience (of Britain’s Got Talent fame) plus “an array of bedazzling dancers, cabaret performers, and plenty more”. I mean if anything is a guilty pleasure, it’s this.
Details: KOKO London, 1A Camden High Street, NW1 7JE | £20-£35
Love Come Down
Taking over the vast Styx warehouse, Love Come Down will be decking the place out with mirrorballs, and spinning ’70s soul & disco tracks with modern edits until 5.30am. There’ll be a hidden Cuban bar, a bubbly bar, an outside bar, and podiums which they promise “you will use”.
Details: STYX, 5 Ashley Road, N17 9LJ | From £5
Jack Solomons Studio 41
A basement cocktail den hidden beneath a butchers is probably the closest thing London has to a Meatpacking district-style bar.
So it’s fitting that Jack Solomons are paying homage to Manhattan’s party scene with a Studio 54-inspired knees-up. They’ll be covering the whole place in leopard print, serving up bacon butties and Bucks Fizz, and bussing in dancers, live musicians and five different DJs to see out the year.
Details: 41 Great Windmill Street, London, W1D 7NB | £35 advance, £50 on the door
NYE at Brigadiers
Brigadiers are requesting that anyone in need of a decent Indian BBQ feast with Bollywood karaoke, a whiskey trolley & vending machine, Bottom’s up dispensers, and party cards report for duty at their Bloomberg Arcade mess hall this New Year’s Eve. Gather the troops.
Details: 1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, Cannon Street, EC4N 8AR | £75 (early sitting) £105 (late sitting)
Nine Lives Nine-Course Cocktail Party
The cats at zero-waste Bermondsey cocktail bar Nine Lives (which, incidentally, has an awesome vintage shuffleboard table) have decided to put on a thoroughly appropriate nine-course menu this New Year’s. Expect a Champagne cocktail & oysters on arrival, followed by nine serves, each paired with some fantastic food. There’s even rumoured to be a Champagne fountain…
Details: 8 Holyrood Street, SE1 2EL | £15-£90
Berber & Q: The MADina
This summer, Berber & Q launched the MADina; their interpretation of the sights, smells and sounds of the Marrakesh Medina. It was a spectacular success and, quite frankly, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it – so they’re bringing it back for New Years. There’s a meat or vegetarian option to choose from, with a welcome cocktail and five courses to feast on (with a DJ in tow).
Details: Berber & Q, Arch 338, Acton Mews, E8 4EA | From £65
New Year’s Eve Royale at Gymkhana
Having recently taken on a new executive chef, Gymkhana are keen to impress. And impress they most certainly shall with their high society social. It includes a 6-course NYE menu (Kerala pepper langoustine dosa, tandoori masala lamb chop, hibiscus falooda, etc) with wine pairings and spirits.
Details: 42 Albemarle Street, W1S 4JH | From £125
Fifteen Colourama Dinner
Jamie Oliver’s charitably driven restaurant Fifteen will be popping the cork on a pretty bright idea this New Years: a four-course dinner in which each dish is inspired by the colour of the Champagne it’s paired with. That means that the Veuve Yellow Label will get some bright yellow heritage beetroot with orange & pickled walnut dressing; the sparkling rosé will be paired with langoustines, etc.
Finding something to drink at midnight should’t be a problem.
Details: Fifteen, 15 Westland Place, N1 7LP | £120
Bombay Glam at Dishoom
Get a few friends, and snag a table at Dishoom this New Year’s, and you’ll get to indulge in one of their new feasting menus (with at least one entirely vegetarian option) accompanied by a specially curated NYE playlist. And as part of the festivities, they’ll offer every table two rolls of their matka dice: roll a six, and you’ll get a free bottle of prosecco. Roll another six, and you’ll all get a free round of drinks.
Details: Dishoom Kensington, Barkers Building, 4 Derry Street, W8 5HR | £7-£75
Blues Kitchen’s Mardi Gras Masquerade
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 Mardi Gras masks.
Details: Blues Kitchen Camden, 111-113 Camden High Street, NW1 7JN | From £25
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.
Details: 113-117 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3BX | From £10
Kansas Smitty’s NYE With Dave Drake
Fans of Smitty’s will already know the score: your tickets gets you a table, a show with three of the best jazz-smiths in the business, and prosecco at midnight.
Details: Under ‘Off Broadway’, 63 Broadway Market, E8 4PH | £40
Piano Works West End – A Black Tie Affair
The live band at Piano Works West End make sure they only play crowd-pleasers by using one simple trick: they only play requests. And this NYE will be no different… except that the aforementioned crowd will be dressed in black tie.
Details: 47 Whitcomb Street, WC2H 7DH | £10-£60
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 putting on Gatsby parties for several months now, and have become dab hands: there’ll be a live nine-piece brass band, Champagne Pong (it’s what Jay Gatsby would have wanted), cocktails, and more…
Details: Gatsby’s Drugstore, 84 Long Lane, SE1 4AU | From £61
The Great Gatsby Party 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 image 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 2019 on the 32nd floor of The Shard, with bubbles on arrival, a free-flowing open bar all night, a live swing orchestra, and a DJ set ’til the early hours.
Trimalchio would have loved it.
Details: Oblix East, The Shard 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY | From £150
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 globe-worth of New Year’s Eves, going country-by-country, with both food & spectacular dance sequences inspired by each. There’ll be Arabic belly dancing, Brazilian samba, Russian Cossack dancing, French Can-Can, and much more, all backed up by acrobats, aerialists, contortionists, singer, and a live band.
Details: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, WC1B 4DA | £105-£495
WOLF OF WALL STREET PARTIES
Wolf of Wall Steet Party at City Social
How many Wolf of Wall Street parties have you been to? Psht, those are rookie numbers. We’ll get those up – and we’re going to start with this little shin dig right here: a 24th floor New Year’s Eve celebration at a Jason Atherton restaurant, with uninterrupted views over the city and its fireworks displays. Come dressed slicker than an oil disaster, there’ll be a prize for the best outfit.
Details: Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1HQ | From £60
Wolf of Wall Street Party at Madison
Upping the considerable ante for a Wolf of Wall Street party, Madison will have dancers and musicians to add to their views of St Pauls. Plus a DJ going until 2am.
No midget tossing though.
Details: Rooftop Terrace, 1 New Change, St. Paul’s, EC4M 9AF | £135
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 moors of Little Venice. This New Year’s they’re putting on a feast with oysters, lobster Thermidor, roasted scallops, char with truffle, clementine sorbet with frozen vodka, salted caramel truffles, and more. Everyone gets half a bottle of Hattingley Valley on arrival, magnums will be opened at midnight.
Details: The Prince Regent Boat, Moored by Sheldon Square, W2 6EP | £120
Le Pont De La Tour
Le Pont De La Tour is a French restaurant just off Tower Bridge, and apparently staring at the river that whole time has inspired them to go out onto it – your New Year’s Eve will include a five-course meal at the restaurant followed by a 90min cruise down the water with free-flowing Champagne on board. It’s not a bad place to see the fireworks from.
Details: 36D Shad Thames, SE1 2YE | £395
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 two course buffet dinner (including the likes of Dover Sole in Champagne sauce), a live band, 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 | £150
Garden Room boasts 10th floor central London views, lush plants throughout the venue, classic Bourne & Hollingsworth decor, delicious food, and – this New Years Eve – unlimited cocktails.
Details: Assembly Hotel, 27-31 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0LS | £180
Given that its on the 10th floor, you’d think you could see London’s fireworks fairly well from Skylight. But they’ve only gone and installed screens throughout the venue to see them closeup anyway. For their NYE party, you’ll 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 | £30
Pergola Olympia will be open this New Year’s, 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 the classic Pergola street food.
Details: Level 5 Rooftop, Olympia Car Park, W14 8UX| £10
The Culpeper doesn’t do things by halves. Except their New Year’s Eve parties, which will be split into two halves: the ground floor pub (which will have welcome glasses of prosecco and a DJ) and the rooftop, where you’ll find fire pits and a giant, illuminated gherkin to watch the fireworks by.
Details: 40 Commercial Street, E1 6LP | From £5
Around the World in 80 Days New Year’s Eve Ball
Okay, this one sounds just spectacular. It’s called the Around the World in 80 Days New Year’s Eve Ball, and it takes place at the gigantic Battersea Evolution which they’ve transformed into, well, the whole damn world, from ornate temples of Japan, to an igloo bar lit by the northern lights, to hot air balloons, to the hanging gardens of Babylon. Entertainment will include Chinese dragons, cirque performers, bumper cars, fireworks, a casino, and DJs. Oh, and tons of food. And unlimited beer & wine. And a free shuttle bus back to Victoria after midnight.
Details: Battersea Evolution, Chelsea Bridge Gate – Battersea Park, Queenstown Road, SW11 4NJ | £185
Club Du Fromage NYE Spectacular
Club du Fromage is so cheesy it’s basically a small dairy. But they do it extremely well, if only by pushing the envelope to absolute bursting: expect a pyrotechnic display, huge confetti cannons, stage shows, giant balloons, a hula hoop contest, some limbo, sing alongs, decade-spanning tunes from the ’60s to the present, and more.
Details: O2 Forum, Kentish Town, 9-17 Highgate Road, Kentsh Town, NW5 1JY | £21-£31
The Carnival of Light
The Carnival of Light is one of those parties whose majestic insanity can’t really be captured in words.
But picture this:
You’re amongst a throng of people, all moving to the hypnotic, bass-heavy beats of Jaguar Skills while gigantic light-soaked creatures roam through the crowd, indoor fireworks detonate above you, dancers flit across the stage in eye-popping light costumes, and a stunning laser show passes through everything in between. And you still have UV displays, acrobats, Chinese Dragons, psychedelic body paint, and a confetti cannon to look forward to…
Details: Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, E1 0HX | £25
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