Things To Do In London On New Year’s Eve

Photo by Massimo Usai

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.

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  • http://www.sextoys2you.co.uk/Rabbit-Vibrators/c20/index.html Rabbit Vibrator

    It’s the place to be at new year

  • http://twitter.com/alasdairwalrus 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?!
    http://www.ceilidhmusicandmess.com/newyear

  • denis

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

  • Ganda

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