Things To Do In London On New Year's Eve

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Things To Do on New Year's Eve is sponsored by the Après London New Year's Eve Ball.

Whether you want to see in 2018 with a massive party, or would like to spend the last day of 2017 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.

Parties and clubbing

Experience the Magic of Vienna at Barbican

THE MAGIC OF VIENNA: Waltz and whirl your way into 2018 as Barbican puts on an evening of live music from the Strauss dynasty, which entertained Viennese high society throughout the 19th century. £19.50-£44.50, book ahead, 7.30pm

UNDER THE SEA: Natural History Museum has embraced the subaquatic in a big way this year. Its NYE party has an Under The Sea theme too. See in 2018 under the blue whale skeleton in the Hintze Hall, after taking part in a silent disco, musical bingo and massaoke. Make sure you put on a deep sea themed costume too. £89-£129, book ahead, 7.30pm-1am

CEILIDH: Dance in 2018 at a good, old-fashioned English ceilidh. Cecil Sharp House in Camden hosts a night of dancing for all experiences, whether you're a complete beginner or a seasoned pro. £30, book ahead, 8pm-1am

A Vintage New Year's Eve Party at Southbank Centre. Image: Neil Buchan Grant

VINTAGE NEW YEAR'S EVE: Southbank Centre's legendary Vintage New Year's Eve is back, converting Royal Festival Hall into five separate vintage nightclubs. Choose from a buffet ticket or a full dinner ticket, and enjoy music from the 1920s to the 1990s. From £75, book ahead, 7pm


Alpine Wonderland New Year's Eve Ball

A forest of magnificent fir trees; a bustling Alpine Square: frosted fizz and canapés; a four-course banquet; unlimited free house beer, wine and soft drinks; acrobats performing from the rooftops; casino tables; a rustic funfair; free shuttle bus at the end of the night. Now THAT'S how to spend New Year's Eve. Après London New Year’s Eve Ball, Battersea Evolution, £180, Londonist readers get a 10% discount on tickets using code LONDONIST17, 7.30pm-3am. (sponsor)


Alternative New Year's Eve events

End 2017 with a screening of When Harry Met Sally.

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

WINTER WONDERLAND: It's the penultimate day of this year's Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Get stuck into the markets, food and drink stalls, giant ferris wheel, ice rink,  ice kingdom, circus shows and more. 10am-10pm

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 £18.50/child £12, book in advance, 5pm-7.40pm

It's still Christmas at Kew

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY: Head to the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square for a screening of 1989 rom-com When Harry Met Sally. I'll have what she's having. £12.50, book ahead, 6.30pm

COMEDY CARNIVAL: The line-up's yet to be announced, but tickets are on sale already for this year's New Year's Eve Comedy Carnival at Bar Rumba near Leicester Square. £35 (7pm-10pm)/£50 (7pm-5am), book ahead, 7pm