Ugh. Anybody else get stressed about New Year’s plans? The futile Google searches. Pestering your mates to throw a house party. Flirting with the thought of staying in (stop kidding yourself). So, in the name of festive cheer and goodwill to all, here's a helping hand: these are YPlan's top picks for NYE.
New Year's Eve at The Little Yellow Door: Our House, Your Party
Spillages… cigarette butts… dealing with that one guy nobody seems to know, who's making himself extremely comfortable in the kitchen — house parties are hard work. Thankfully, the flatmates at The Little Yellow Door are the ultimate party Samaritans and opening their doors for the night. They’re being kicked out of their premises come January so it’s sure to be a no-holds-barred affair. Swing by to say goodbye.
31 December at The Little Yellow Door, Notting Hill
New Year’s Eve with Bondax, Chris Lorenzo + Darius
Bondax are the electro/garage/disco duo that Dazed described as the “aural equivalent of sipping an ice-cold Pimm's on the balcony of your council estate flat”. XOYO is the club where you can’t see further than a foot in front of you. Combine the two and you’ve got a really awesome NYE party, albeit one where you’re bound to get lost once or twice. But that’s all part of the fun, right?
31 December at XOYO, Shoreditch
Horse Meat Disco’s NYE Party
New Year’s Eve isn’t a night for deep, introspective techno with everybody dancing in a line facing the DJ. No: it’s a night for banging choons. A night where you’re supposed to puncture a lung yelling to your mates to get on the floor when your jam comes on. A night where you enter the club with five friends, and leave with 50. These are the nights that Horse Meat Disco cater for best. Catch them kicking down 2016’s doors at The Nest.
31 December at The Nest, Dalston
New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball
Masquerade balls have been in vogue since the 15th Century. Must be that kick people get out of anonymity. Make like a Venetian and mask up for Proud Cabaret’s Masquerade Ball. And remember — this is your chance to be the person you’ve always wanted to be, so make sure you’ve got a suitably debonair backstory prepared. Now, we’re not going to tell you who we’re going as… but, if you meet a cheese tycoon who goes by the name of Mr Aubrie Roquefort, give him a kiss from us.
31 December at Proud Cabaret City, Fenchurch Street
New Year’s Eve at The Silver Mansion
Want to instantly make any party 10 times cooler? Don’t tell anybody where it’s happening until two days before. Adding the element of surprise is a sure-fire method to get everyone involved suitably excited. But it's the party itself that really counts, and these guys don't disappoint: they have art displays, fire shows, cage dancers and plenty more to make the Silver Mansion party one you'll remember. Beats two packets of tangy cheese Doritos and a criminally weak punch, hands down.
31 December at a secret location, North west London
Crab Tavern’s New Year’s Eve Party
Now we know that some of you don’t want to go out clubbing anymore. Yup: you’re sick of these “kids” in their crowded “clubs” with their new-fangled electronic “music”.
We know what you want from your NYE party: space; atmosphere; the ability to converse at a reasonable volume; enough alcohol to make a small elephant lose consciousness. Is that too much to ask? Not at the Crab Tavern it ain’t. With unlimited drinks, you can leave your wallet in your pocket and focus on having fun grumbling about the youth of today.
31 December at the Crab Tavern, Liverpool Street
NYE Party at The Sugar Hut
One for you reality TV fans. We know TOWIE is a (very) guilty pleasure but haven’t you ever wondered what it’s really like to party with the best of Essex? They certainly know how to do NYE glammed up. Likely to be as good for people watching as it is for champagne sipping this night is guaranteed to be an eye opener.
31 December at The Sugar Hut, Brentwood