What To Do In London On New Year's Eve

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What To Do In London On New Year's Eve

Please note, this article refers to events which took place on 31 December 2016. We'll be updating it with 2017 events closer to the time, so keep checking back.

Our New Year's Eve guide is sponsored by Smart Group.

Whether you want to see in 2017 with a massive party, or would like to spend the last day of 2016 in an altogether more chilled manner, there are plenty of ways to celebrate New Year's Eve in London.

Browse the offerings below, and get those NYE plans wrapped up.

Photo: Michael Garnett

Parties and clubbing

VINTAGE PARTY: The Vintage New Year's Eve Party is back at Southbank Centre, consisting of seven pop-up vintage nightclubs with music from the 1920s-90s, plus dining options, a hair and beauty salon, and a private terrace over the Thames, from to watch the fireworks. From £79, book in advance, 7pm

VIENNESE GALA: Barbican Centre hosts a Viennese New Year's Eve Gala, complete with dancers in traditional 19th century Viennese costumes, and music from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. £19.50-£45, book in advance, 7.30pm

See in the new year at a Viennese Gala

DINNER DANCE: Waltz the night away at the lighthouse at Trinity Buoy Wharf with Disappearing Dining Club. Tuck into canapés and a supper club-style three course meal, or buy an after dinner ticket and turn up for the dancing. £100 f0r dinner and dance, £35 to join the party after dinner, book in advance, 7pm-4am

DANCE WITH DIPPY: Have a last tango with Dippy, Natural History Museum's diplodocus, before he's removed from the museum in January. For the first time, the museum holds a New Year's Eve Ball — choose from a ball ticket, or pay extra for an adeed three-course meal. From £130, book in advance, 8pm-1am

SOHO THEATRE: See in the New Year with a cabaret show at Soho Theatre, hosted by Bourgeois & Maurice, or simply spend the evening in the theatre's bar. £50 for the show/ £10 for bar only, book in advance, 9pm-3am

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Colour, costumes and crazy cocktails at this Carnivale extravaganza

Do something different this New Year's Eve; see in 2017 at a spectacular carnival themed party in Battersea.

Acrobats and dancers provide exotic entertainment left, right and centre at the Carnivale 2016 New Year's Eve Ball, inspired by Mardi Gras.

Begin the evening with street food canapés, followed by a gourmet three-course meal. The party really takes off after this, with a funfair, live band and DJs — with so much to do, you'll be disappointed when the night ends.

At midnight, the London fireworks display will be live streamed, so you can get in on the action without having to battle the crowds (and the cold).

Carnivale 2016 New Year's Eve Ball takes place at Battersea Evolution. Book your tickets (£175 per person) here.  Quote ‘LONDONIST16’ to receive 10% off your booking.

Alternative New Year's Eve events

The Glenn Miller Orchestra is at Barbican Centre

ICE SKATING: Why not take a twirl on the ice at one of London's winter ice skating rinks? Various prices, advance booking recommended.

KEATS CITY WALK: Follow the footsteps of poet John Keats and his days as a radical medical student on this guided walk in the City of London. You'll see his birthplaces, and places where he lived and studied. Starts at Moorgate tube station. £10-£12, book in advance, 11am-1.30pm

FAMILY CONCERT: Take the kids along to St Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square for a family conert featuring two timeless children’s classics: Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and excerpts from Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals, with The Flight of the Bumblebee and some Christmas carols thrown in for good measure. £10, book in advance, 11.30am

1940s CONCERT: The Glenn Miller Orchestra performs a selection of wartime hits at Barbican Centre, joined by jazz vocalists Catherine Sykes and Mark Porter. £16.50-£32.50, book in advance, 2.30pm

OPERA MATINEE: Kick off the celebrations with a candlelit concert at St Martins in the Fields in Trafalgar Square, where arias and scenes from operas will be performed. £24, book in advance, 3.30pm

TWILIGHT CLIMB: Why not watch the sun set on 2016 with a twilight climb Up At The O2? Walk over the dome and admire the London skyline at dusk. £35, book in advance, 4pm-6.30pm

CHRISTMAS AT KEW: Why not spend the evening exploring the Christmas Trail at Kew. The gardens are illuminated with an impressive light display, including laser beams and a tunnel of lights. There's a traditional funfair to keep the kids happy, and food and drink stalls dotted around. Adult £18/child £10, book in advance, 5pm-10pm

COMEDY: Charlie Baker, Jo Caulfield, Markus Birdman, Larry Dean and Phil Nichol take to the stage for The Comedy Store's New Year's Eve stand-up show near Piccadilly Circus. Choose from show (£26-£31) or show and after party (£47-£52, book in advance, from 6pm

When Harry Met Sally is on at Prince Charles Cinema

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY: Head to Leicester Square's Prince Charles Cinema for a screening of When Harry Met Sally, starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. Each ticket includes sparkling wine and a party popper. £11, book in advance, 6.30pm

MORE COMEDY: Markus Birdman, Alistair Barrie and two other comedians yet to be announced are on the bill at Amused Moose's comedy night. The show is followed by a New Year's Eve party at the venue, The Water Rats on Gray's Inn Road. £20-£29.50, book in advance, 8pm

CEILIDH: Get your dancing shoes on and take part in a New Year's Eve Ceilidh at Cecil Sharp House in Camden. Don't know the steps? Don't worry — the dances will be, er, danced through first. Age 10+.£28, book in advance, 8pm-1am

Last Updated 04 January 2017