Your London New Year’s Eve Agenda | NYE 2021 – 2022
The London fireworks may have been cancelled this year…
…but you can still see out 2021 with a bang.
Because we’ve put together a compendium of the most raucous, unusual, and downright entertaining NYE escapades to get up to in London this year, all handily categorised by theme so you can find exactly what you want. There’s live music on a Dutch cargo boat; dinner and dancing in a Clerkenwell townhouse; burlesque beneath an ancient meat market, and much, much more.
Which makes your resolution to be more decisive considerably more difficult…
FANCY DINNERS | RETRO PARTIES | OFFBEAT PARTIES | JUST WANT TO DANCE? | LIVE MUSIC | GREAT GATSBY PARTIES | ROOFTOPS
Big Mamma Group
The Big Mamma Group, who can easily stake a claim to being the city’s funnest, most extravagantly maximalist restaurant group, are putting on an all-night-long 3-course feast for New Years at each of their lavishly bombastic venues (Ave Mario, Gloria and Circolo Popolare). You can expect prosecco & cicchetti on arrival, followed by dishes like truffle carbonara served in a 5kg pecorino wheel, caviar pizzas, and heaps of linguine with langoustines & clams. In fact, the only thing that’s not totally gigantic is the price which, at £64 for a blow-out meal like this, is genuinely great value. If you want a big night out, this is it.
Details: Ave Mario, WC2E 8QG | Gloria, EC2A 3QR | Circolo Popolare, W1T 1HX | £64pp | Book here
B&H House Party
Technically, the ‘fancy dinner’ part of this equation is entirely optional, because if you for some reason don’t wish to start your evening with a delicious banquet, the rest of this Clerkenwell townhouse will still be stuffed with DJs, live musicians, singalongs around the piano, dancing and cocktails.
Details: Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, EC1R 0HU | £45-95
Disappearing Dining Club’s NYE Dinner Dance
The dinner: a four-course extravaganza of indulgence featuring oyster soup; roast duck with port jus; and Champagne jelly. The dance: a late-night jam with sound selectors Nancy Noise, 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 | £15-85
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
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 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
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 London Location | £55-70
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 a Champagne reception, bottomless cocktails, canapés, live lindyhop from the Hotsie Totsies, and retro DJ sets until the wee hours. And if you’re after something a little more wallet-friendly, they’re hosting another party without the bottomless cocktails – but still boasting live music, DJs, and bacon sandwiches at 1am – in the Control Room right next door.
Details: Cahoots, 13 Kingly Court, W1B 5PG | £160/£60 for the Control Room party
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
Bonds and Bullion at Disrepute
A 60’s themed bar demands 60’s themed drinks, which will be served here (after your welcome glass of Moët) alongside the dulcet tones of a live Soho songstress, who you can toast with more Moët at midnight.
Details: Disrepute, 4 Kingly Court, W1B 5PW | £60-80
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. READ MORE
Details: A Secret London Location | £45-60
NYE at the Rivoli
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
If Champagne parties in elegant wine bars named after Faye Dunaway’s character in Chinatown can be considered retro, then this is retro. Step into the Mulwray on New Year’s, and you’ll be able to get flights of some of their favourite Champagne, Crémant and Pet Nats. And the kicker? You can head downstairs to The Blue Posts for a DJ set, too.
Details: Upstairs, 28 Rupert Street, W1D 6DJ | £20pp
Here’s an idea worth floating – a five-course fine dining banquet, prosecco, live jazz and swing music plus DJs till late, all aboard a 120 year old Dutch barge moored up at Hackney Wick.
Details: Barge East, River Lee, Sweetwater Mooring, White Post Lane, London E9 5EN | From £45
Terrifying Tales for an Enchanted Night
If you eschew countdowns, dancing and fizz then here’s a genuinely different way to ring in the new year – storyteller Vanessa Woolf will be leading you into the middle of the woods, where she’ll keep you spellbound with tales from the past, accompanied by live music and candlelight.
Details: A Secret Location | £10
If you’re wondering what a subterranean, neon-soaked ping-pong paradise looks like when it throws an ‘après-ski’ themed NYE party, well – so are we. But what we do know is that it involves table tennis tournaments, DJs and cocktails – and for VIPs, two hours of bottomless pizza, free games of shuffleboard, and a bottle of prosecco. Each.
Details: Bounce Farringdon, 121 Holborn, EC1N 2TD | £15-60
NYE at Winterland: From Russia with Love
Winterland‘s Russian-slash-Bond-themed NYE party encourages you to don Black Tie, velvet and fur, 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 | From £40
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 | £15-20
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 3am.
Note: You can also join them for a similar party at their Islington bar, Little Bat.
Details: 65 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY | £100-150
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 free candy bar.
Details: St Thomas’ Church, Telford Avenue, London, SW2 4XW | £50-60 | In North London? Check out the ceilidh at Cecil Sharp House
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 | £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 4-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 | £10-59.50
Outlandish NYE at Aures
Not having attended an NYE party at Aures before, we can’t truthfully tell you what this is going to be like. But if you’re someone who enjoys hypnotic floor-to-ceiling 270º visuals; DJs playing house & EDM; cocktails; ‘immersive scent delivery’ and subterranean railway arches, then you might just like this.
Details: Aures, 18 Leake Street, SE1 7NN | £41.50-60
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 all you can eat feasting stations, free-flowing booze, live entertainment and a Black Tie dress code. If you prefer something a little more sedate, they’re offering a six-course banquet in the Parlour, where you’ll also be regaled with live performances while tucking into lobster cocktail and caviar.
Details: The Ned, 27 Poultry, EC2R 8AJ | £275/£200
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 their 8-piece house band and the incredible Mary Pearce (she’s sung with Chaka Khan, Lionel Ritchie, Beverley Knight and more) to keep you dancing all night – if you can move after the three-course dinner, that is.
Details: 90 Lots Road, SW10 0QD | £135
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 | £20-30
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 11 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 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 dancing.
Details: Gatsby’s Mansion, Immersive LDN, 56 Davies St, London W1K 5HR | £74.95
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 wowed with eyebrow-raising performances by acrobats, dancers, contortionists, singers, and a live band.
Details: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, WC1B 4DA | £125-£495
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 24 hour bash, 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
Ham Yard Hotel
Soho’s Ham Yard Hotel is keeping things characteristically stylish for New Year’s: a menu of hot & chilled martinis on the roof; live music from the bohemian, 60s-style Carola Duo; seafood platters; and a Champagne toast at midnight.
Details: Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, London, SW6 7LU | £90
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 | £75-250
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 for five hours, plus DJs and street food.
Details: Rooftop of Mercury House, 109-117 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8UL | £175
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 performances from K-Pop to giant dinosaurs. Might do something for that hangover, too.
Find out what else is on in London this month with your Monthly Agenda