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Things To Do In London On New Year's Eve

By Lindsey
Things To Do In London On New Year's Eve

Unless you're lucky enough to be invited to a penthouse overlooking the Thames, fireworks, music and Big Ben’s ‘bongs’ will involve a lot of standing around in the cold, navigating big crowds and a battle for the public toilets. The fireworks go off at the London Eye riverside and will hopefully be awesome, and handily televised for the stay-at-homes but if you'd rather spend your bongs doing something away from the jolly heaving crowds, here are a few suggestions:

Go massive: with 'less than 1000 tickets remaining' Full on Ferry at the O2 is a humungous rave (£45)

Be bestial: dress up as a fabulous beast for the Last Tuesday Society's Animal Party in a private warehouse in E2 (£25)

Dine and dance: the Disappearing Dining Society host a massive dinner dance at Factory 7, EC2 with ticket options for dinner and dance, drink, snack and dance or just dance (£80-£10)

Do it posh: skate, groove and quaff champagne while enjoying a great view of the London Eye fireworks at Somerset House (£50)

Find some folk: Frog Morris' New Year's Eve Ding Dong mixes folk rock, steampunk, cabaret and a very silly disco at the Montague Arms, New Cross (£5)

Bling it: spit some hip hop karaoke and crunk up your dance moves at the Players' Ball courtesy of The Social (£15 adv, £20)

Flex your superpowers: or at least, dress like you've got some for Superheroes at the Dogstar, Brixton (£5 earlybird, £10)

Be out-outfitted: Bourgeois and Maurice will bring the 'fashion that’s so high you’ll wonder what you’ve taken' and entertain you with a special Fa La La La La show at Soho Theatre, whose Downstairs bar will stay open till 2am (£25)

Feel the heat: dancing to afro-latin funk at the tropicalista party at Rich Mix (£15 adv, £20)

Go old skool: with I love the 80s/90s at Kentish Town Forum (£8 adv, £12)

Pretend it's illegal to drink booze: at the 1920s themed Prohibition Party at a secret location — so the cops don't find you (£45)

Get Victorian: at beautiful Hoxton Hall with The Tassel Club Vaudeville Show (£40)

Wear a mask: Paradise by Way of Kensal Green throws a masquerade ball (£25)

Be shocked: by twisted cabaret and avant-garde performance with Forbidden Cabaret at an undisclosed location (£22.50-£35).

Have it indie: at the Bull and Gate for Club Fandango featuring a set by Ed Harcourt (early bird tickets £10)

Get mashed-up in a car park: Urban Nerds will be out in force for a night of underground electronic, bass and dubstep in Hearn Street, Shoreditch (£35)

Be proud: of your Guilty Pleasures as they get outed in the Southbank's Queen Elizabeth Hall and get a great view of the fireworks from the riverside terrace (£50)

And remember, there will be free travel home between 11.30pm and 04.30am.

Still not sorted? Visit London has a huge list of NYE club nights all over London.

What did we miss? What are you up to? Let us know in the comments.

Last Updated 14 December 2011

Alasdair Walrus

I'm going to a new year's eve ceilidh at the Battersea Mess and Music Hall in South London! What better way to bring in the new year than some dances, drinks, mild bruising, and a bit of auld lang syne at midnight?!


Going to Babble Mayfair it was awsome last year!! DJs were great - danced all night!


Best new years eve party at Tottenham Court Road Station, Central Line platform westbound.