New Year’s Eve
FIREWORKS: All you need to know is here. Plan your night, go prepared for cold, crowds and queues. Make sure you know how you’re getting home afterwards. Enjoy!
The following things have run recent promotions with Londonist – they really want you to come to their parties!
FUERTABRUZA: Experience the mesmerising aerial antics of Fuerzabruta at Roundhouse, followed by DJs and dancing in the main space.
WHITE MISCHIEF: Be fabulous and dress fancy for White Mischief’s New Year’s Eve Variety Extravaganza at beautiful Bush Hall with vaudevillian entertainment.
SOUTH BANK: Quaff fizz and watch fireworks on South Bank, whether you opt for dinner and the outdoors, Southbank Centre’s Vintage party or OXO Tower’s black tie masked ball.
ICE BAR: Dress to impress 007 style for a Bond-themed party at Ice Bar, including a sumptuous dinner in the warm followed by ice cool cocktails in the eponymous frozen room (don’t worry, we’re pretty sure there won’t be a car chase through the Ice Bar, like in Die Another Day).
We selected a few choice things a while back – do please check ticket availability before you get your hopes up.
CONCERTS & PARTIES: Our picks of NYE classical concerts and quirky parties
CLUBBING: Our recommendations for NYE clubbing
COMEDY: Club nights for laughing, not dancing
And what did you recommend, dear readers?
New Year’s Day
CYCLING: Join Greenwich Cyclists on their New Year’s Day Bike Ride from Cutty Sark to Erith and back. Free, just turn up (with a bike, spare inner tube and lights) 10.30am-3pm
RUNNING: Join a Parkrun near you. There are runs running on Hampstead Heath, Greenwich Park, Richmond, Highbury Fields (9am), Dulwich Park, Hackney Marshes and Ally Pally (10am). Free, just turn up.
PARADE: The New Year’s Day Parade will brighten up central London on Wednesday 1 January with marching bands, cheerleaders, dancers, acrobats , floats and more. 21 London boroughs are taking part, competing for best entertainment under the theme of the swinging sixties. It’s BIG and it starts on Piccadilly by Green Park, processing to Westminster, between 12-3pm
SOHO PUBS: Forget the detox, the Seven Noses of Soho New Year’s Day Pub Special will help you find the elusive noses and toast 2014 in four fine pubs. Tickets £20, book, 12-3pm
FOOTBALL: London Football Guide has mapped all New Year’s Day London fixtures for you. Click through, scroll down and look for the turquoise pins.
WALKS: London Walks have three New Year’s Day specials on offer; themed around the Beatles, Regents Canal and Poetry in Performance. Click here, scroll down to “Hello 2014″…. £9, just turn up, check times.
CANALS: Join the annual New Year’s Day Towpath Walk with the Inland Waterways Association from Regents Canal. Free, just turn up, 2-4pm
GALA FUN: Barbican’s New Year’s Day Gala with London Concert Orchestra promises New Year classics and favourites including Land of Hope and Glory, Hornpipe, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and more. Tickets £19.50-£44.50 (includes 1 drink), book, 2.30pm
BAROQUE: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment play Bach, Purcell and more in their New Year’s Day Concert at King’s Place. Tickets from £19.50-£39.50, book, 3-4.40pm
CLUBBING: Resident Advisor has loads of listings for New Year’s Day clubbing, whether it’s early morning, afternoon or all night.
What did we miss, what else is going on? Let us know in the comments.