Welcome to our guide to the best New Year’s Eve parties in London. It’s going to be a corker.
There’s a lot of pressure on New Year’s Eve isn’t there? Often thought of as the biggest night of the year, when the clock strikes midnight, most of us consider it an essential requirement to be raising a glass somewhere special.
But with literally hundreds of New Year’s Eve parties and events all over London, it could take hours of research to find the most fabulous happenings out there – and we know you’re far too busy for that.
Which is exactly why we’ve consulted our favourite bars and restaurants, searching high and low for New Year’s Eve parties that will take you out of 2018 with a bang, whatever your budget.
From speakeasy-themed nights in secret locations and a Cuban-inspired bonanza to a boat party, floating underneath the dazzling lights of the Mayor’s fireworks (which you can also see from these sky-high New Year’s Eve events) – this is going to be the best NYE on record.
Themed New Year’s Eve Parties
Last Nights of Havana, Shadwell
Themed to capture the vibrant opulence of 1950s Cuba, Last Nights of Havana is all about cocktails, cigars and Cadillacs – so not the most festive of venues you might think. But nevertheless, this Tobacco Docks pop-up is throwing a New Year’s Eve event that will entice all those looking for a glimmer of tropical sun in December.
The lofty, wooden space will come alive with a live Cuban Jazz band, salsa dancing, Cuban street food, a DJ and ‘party favours’ all night.
Where is it? Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane Gate Entrance, East London, E1W 2SF
How much? From £35
Speakeasy-style bar Cahoots on Carnaby Street is a show stopper from the moment you’re greeted at the door, and asked mysteriously if you’re ‘here to see the Captain’. From the vintage train carriages used as seats, the 1940s music and the authentic outfits donned by the staff, the entire place is so successfully themed you’ll feel like you’ve just boarded a train back in time.
For New Year, Cahoots is offering both bar tickets (£100) and table tickets (£150) with a welcome glass of Moet & Chandon, canapés and bottomless cocktails.
Later on, guests can enjoy the bedazzling Hotsie Totsies perform a mix of vintage classics, so you can get up and jive the night away. Tickets include entry from 8pm to 3am and dapper chaps and dazzling dames are encouraged to dress up.
Where is it? 13 Kingly St, Soho, Central London W1B 5PW
How much? From £100
Situated on Sloane Avenue in West London, Barts is an adorably tiny prohibition-style bar, which is inviting Londoners for a night of Twenties revelry for the New Year. Enter through the secret black door and descend into a Gatsby-inspired Chicago speakeasy with live music, a fancy dress box, free flowing wines, cocktails, spirits and beers and complimentary bacon sandwiches at midnight.
Where is it? Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Ave, West London SW3 3DW
How much? Tickets start at £85 for bar standing, £100 for a table and £150 for a table of four or more with a bottle of champagne.
The Prohibition Party
Unique events organisers Bourne and Hollingsworth will be putting on their prohibition-themed party once again this year in a secret London location for a night of 1920s-inspired live music, DJs on gramophones, fancy dress, swing dance classes and gambling dens.
There’s an immersive aspect too, with promises of a hedonistic party within a party that can only be accessed by ‘meeting your underworld contact at a secret location’.
Where is it? Secret location
How much? General admission tickets cost £55 and will just give you access to the space, while £75 tickets include a one hour dance class.
The Blitz Party
Taking place in Village Underground, which will be transformed into an air-raid shelter, this New Year’s Eve party will recreate the wartime glamour of 1940s London. Expect a corker of a night, with classic cocktails and vintage-style revelry as live big bands perform a repertoire of classics and modern favourites remixed to resemble the style of the era.
Where is it? 54 Holywell Lane, East London EC2A 3PQ
How much? Tickets are £55 for general access or £75 for a one hour vintage dance class at the beginning of the night.
The Candlelight Club
Speakeasys and the Roaring Twenties are popular themes when it comes to New Year, but some say no one does it better than The Candlelight Club. Due to not having a fixed venue, the events are ever-roaming so we don’t know where you’ll be partying into 2019 yet, but it’s guaranteed to be central.
Expect a cabaret performance, live music, vintage DJing, Charleston dance routines and a glimpse of what next year has in store from the fortune tellers, all for £55. If you’re worried you’ll be peckish, £60 will get you a four course meal, too.
Where is it? Secret location
How much? From £55
Mr Fogg’s Victorian Masquerade Ball
This experimental chain of bars, named after the famed explorer himself, is known somewhat for its bonkers events. And this New Year, it absolutely won’t disappoint. At the Mayfair branch guests will be donning their finery and face masks for the Victorian masquerade ball on the 31 December.
Bar tickets are priced at £90, while tables are £150, all of which will get you a champagne reception, bottomless cocktails, canapes and enjoyment of live entertainment and a DJ.
Where is it? 15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair, West London W1J 6JD
How much? From £90
This immersive Italian experience will be raging on in Covent Garden from 7.30pm until 4am, delighting guests throughout the night with wacky stunts from ‘The Don’ and his gangsters, a live band, medley of variety acts and a four-course meal.
From 11pm revellers will be pulled on to their feet as the tables are parted and the countdown and dancing begins. Tickets for the whole event are £90 which gets you a welcome cocktail, food and glass of champagne at midnight, while a £25 ticket will get you into the after party post 11pm with a glass of bubbles.
Where is it? 167 Drury Lane, Central London WC2B 5PG
How much? From £25
Budget New Year’s Eve parties
The Instagrammable pub garden that is The Prince will be holding a boozy late night party with availability for walk-ins (a rarity in London on the 31), with tickets priced at just £10.
Street food vendors like Patty & Bun and Coqfighter will be serving food all evening, and the large three bars will be on hand to keep you watered. DJ Peter Bartella will be on the decks and although the fireworks aren’t visible from the venue, screens will be live streaming them at midnight. Tickets also include two house drinks and a glass of fizz at the countdown.
Where is it? 14 Lillie Road, West Brompton Crossing, South London SW6 1TT
How much? £10
93 Feet East
Brick Lane’s 93 Feet East is throwing the mother of all parties for those who want to get down until the small hours of 2019. Lost in Wonderland will start at 9pm and continue until 5am, across an impressive four rooms, each playing a different genre.
Although tables can be bought for as much as £1000 (which gets you eight bottles of alcohol, including champagne, tequila and Grey Goose), VIP tickets start at just £35 which includes a glass of champagne, pizza at 2am to keep you going and a private bar area for the evening.
Where is it? 150 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, East London
How much? From £35
All-Out Glamour New Year’s Eve Parties
We can’t imagine a better spot to admire the New Year’s fireworks than at the top of London’s iconic Millbank Tower, which looks over directly to the Thames and the incredible show that will be happening, come the stroke of midnight.
But it’s not just the location that Sky Bar has got going for it. This luxury venue is providing an all-out indulgence package for guests to enjoy, which includes canapes, a champagne toast, live music and DJs, films and unlimited popcorn (for when your feet need a rest) and a gourmet breakfast as the sun comes up. Pure magic.
Where is it? 21 – 24 Millbank Tower, Westminster, SW1P 4QP
How much? Ticket prices: standard (includes all of the above) £245 and VIP (unlimited alcohol) £495 - booths and tables also available
If you’re looking for a venue with a certain je nai se quoi for the biggest party of the year, The Ned, with its Grade II listed architecture, live band, towering ceilings and marble columns and plethora of bars and restaurants should just about do the trick.
This year, the venue is putting on a huge New Year’s Eve extravaganza, with tickets priced at £250 for free-flowing drinks, including beer, wine, fizz and cocktails, an all-you-can-eat feasting menu and live entertainment on the Nickel Stage, plus surprise guests to help ring in 2019.
Where is it? 27 Poultry, East London EC2R 8AJ
How much? £250
The Natural History Museum
Looking for something a little bit different to celebrate the year gone by, and look to the one ahead? Well, how about partying underneath the skeleton of the largest creature to have ever lived, in a 138-year-old building, surrounded by ancient artefacts?
Well, for £99 you can roam this iconic museum, try Musical Bingo, sample edible insects, rave at the silent disco, explore the exhibitions and get involved in the Massaoke. Sounds like a night to remember to us.
Where is it? Cromwell Rd, Kensington, West London SW7 5BD
How much? £99
The Ham Yard Hotel
This stylish Covent Garden Hotel is throwing a sophisticated bash to welcome 2019, inviting ticket holders for a three-course dinner at the bar and restaurant, starting with a glass of champagne and a selection of canapes.
Throughout the evening from 9.30pm an acoustic band will provide live music, until midnight when the state-of-the-art screening room will show the fireworks while you raise a martini glass to the new year. Tickets for the whole evening are priced at £95.
Where is it? 1 Ham Yard, Soho, Central London W1D 7DT
How much is it? Tickets for the whole evening are priced at £95
Located on the backstreets of Farringdon, down a mysterious looking set of stairs, Oriole is a treasure of a bar just waiting to be found. Peachy, palm-covered wallpaper covers the walls while dark wood, leather booths and explorer-like touches give it a faraway feel.
Famed for its atmospheric live music and experimental cocktails, it’s a venue that promises a special New Year. Tickets for entry on the night are £100, which includes a welcome drink, the cabaret performance and live jazz music, but all other food and drink will need to be purchased as extras.
Where is it? E Poultry Ave, East London EC1A 9LH
How much? £100
It doesn’t get much more glamorous than The Ritz, does it? Those looking to go all out (and we mean all-out) can purchase tickets at the infamous hotel’s Rivoli Bar, Palm Court or Ritz Restaurant, depending on what tickles your fancy.
For £895 you can attend a glamorous black-tie-event in the Palm Court with a five-course dinner, live band, bagpipe parade, 14-piece military marching band and firework display. While over in the Ritz restaurant for £1500 you can enjoy a six course dinner with half a bottle of Tattinger champagne and entertainment from a nine-piece live band, bagpipe player and 14-piece military marching band, as well as the firework display.
Where is it? 150 Piccadilly, St. James’s, West London W1J 9BR
How much? £895
Sky-high bars and restaurants are generally thought to be the best places to catch a glimpse of the New Year fireworks, but if you really want to get close to the action, surely floating on a luxury boat on the Thames is an unbeatable spot.
Elizabethan will be setting sail at 7.30pm on the 31 December for its only ticketed event of the year, a five-hour cruise down the river, where guests can enjoy prosecco and canapes, followed by a three course dinner and heaps of live entertainment.
Where is it? Butler’s Wharf Pier, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE
How much? £295
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