Things To Do In London On New Year's Eve

Things To Do In London On New Year's Eve
Celebrate New Year's Eve at The Candlelight Club

Whether you want to start 2022 with a bang, or would rather spend the last day of 2021 in an altogether more chilled manner, there are plenty of ways to celebrate New Year's Eve and see in 2022 in London.

Browse the best events taking place in the capital on 31 December, and get those New Year's Eve plans wrapped up.

London's New Year's Eve fireworks

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London's New Year's Eve fireworks by the Thames aren't happening this year. The Mayor of London's promised us something to get excited about instead, although it'll likely be an online do.

New Year's Eve parties and clubbing in London

See in 2022 at Ballie Ballerson

BALLIE BALLERSON: A ball pit is an unusual place to see in the New Year, but that's what's on offer at Shoreditch party venue Ballie Ballerson. We wouldn't want to be the ones running the event timetable though — there seems to be an incredibly complex system about which tickets grant you access to different parts of the venue such as the bar and the ball pit at different times. Basically, if you want to be living your best 'bazinga' life when the clock strikes midnight, book well in advance. On the plus side, the 'until 9pm' tickets make it an option for somewhere to start your night before heading onto somewhere else for midnight. From £5, book ahead, 5pm-4am

ABBA DISCO: Tribute act ABBA Mania take to the stage at Boisdale of Canary Wharf, welcoming 2022 in a glittering frenzy of flares and platform boots. Choose whether you book in for dinner, or turn up later and just enjoy the show as midnight approaches. From £99.50, book ahead, 6pm-2am

Photo: The Candlelight Club

BAR ELBA: We're fans of Bar Elba; it's got twinkly lights, fruity cocktails, and views over London's rooftops — as well as being handily located across from Waterloo station. Light It Up is the theme of the venue's NYE shindig, taking place five storeys up. DJs, live music, burgers, games and giveaways are all part of the fun, and your ticket gets you unlimited drinks for the duration of the party. From £125 per person, book ahead, 7pm-1am

CANDLELIGHT CLUB: Step into the 1920s at Candlelight Club's Jazz Age New Year's Eve party. Expect cabaret from Champagne Charlie, live music from the Bubbly Boys, vintage DJing, Charleston dance routines from the Gatsby Girls and a glimpse into what 2022 has in store, from fortune teller Lucius. The party takes place in a secret location, and 1920s outfits are very much encouraged. Choose between a regular ticket, or splashing out for a four-course dinner. From £45, book ahead, 7pm-2am

The London New Year's Eve Ball at Evolution Battersea

HILTON LONDON PARK LANE: It's a classy affair over in Park Lane, consisting of a masquerade ball with the option of a three-course dinner too. Head to the Grand Ballroom for a welcome drink, live entertainment, photo booth and DJs. Dress code is formal, masquerade masks essential. From £85, book ahead, 7pm-3am

LONDON NYE BALL: Head to Evolution London in Battersea Park for an apres-ski themed party to see in 2022. It's a huge event, with no expense spared on decor — think huge chandeliers, towering Christmas trees, and snow blizzards. Begin with a four-course banquet accompanied by live entertainment, followed by a funfair, live bands and DJs. £190 per person, book ahead, 7.30pm-3am

SKYLIGHT AT TOBACCO DOCK: East London's rooftop bar and party venue Skylight at Tobacco Dock hosts a shindig to see in 2022. The rooftop party takes place over three floors with live DJs, and a glass of champagne on arrival. £39-£49, book ahead, 8pm-2.30am

Head to The Grand to see the Vengaboys perform live

VENGABOYS AT CLAPHAM GRAND: Woah! We're going to... Clapham. Alright, it's not quite Ibiza but The Grand is the place to be for a live appearance for none other than the Vengaboys this New Year. Other guest performers are yet to be announced, but in true Grand style we're promised drag queens, confetti cannons, giveaways and more as the clock approaches midnight. From £23, book ahead, 9pm-2am

COTTONS RUM SHACK: Start 2022 off Caribbean-style at Cottons Rum Shack in Vauxhall. Choose between the bar, lounge or patio areas, and party to live DJs playing RnB, hip hop, reggae, soul and club classics. As you might expect, the cocktails here are largely rum-based, but there's plenty of champagne to get 2022 off to a flying start too. From £30 per person, book ahead, 9pm-4am

ALL STAR LANES: Regular RnB and hip hop club night Supa Dupa Fly hosts a NYE special at All Star Lanes in Brick Lane. Pick from two different rooms, depending on your music taste, or wander between them all night. From £15, book ahead, 9pm-4am

Things to do on New Year's Eve in London that aren't parties

Take a winter carriage ride in Richmond Park

ICE SKATING: Why not take a twirl on the ice at one of London's winter ice skating rinks? From Somerset House to the Natural History Museum to Hampton Court Palace, there's an ice rink somewhere nearish you. They may be closing earlier tonight, but there's time to get a mid-afternoon, or maybe early evening, skate in. Various prices, advance booking recommended.

WINTER WONDERLAND: It's the last week 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 (although it may close early today)

WINTER CARRIAGE RIDES: Operation Centaur is running its winter carriage rides around Richmond Park in daylight hours this New Year's Eve. Up to six people can hop in the brake and enjoy a ride through the park, snuggled up under a blanket. The experience also includes refreshments before the ride and a tour of the working stables. £477 for up to six people, book ahead, 10.30am-1.30pm

Last chance to see The Nutcracker at The Royal Albert Hall this year

AUSSIE NEW YEAR BRUNCH: In a nice touch, particularly for any Australians who can't get home for the festive season this year, Bar Elba in Waterloo hosts an Aussie New Year brunch, where you can raise a glass to 2022 as the clock strikes midnight in Australia. Enjoy a cocktail reception, followed by an Aussie-style brekkie (avo on toast, burgers on the barbie...), and two hours of bottomless cocktails, beer or bubbles. £60, book ahead, 11.30am-2pm

THE NUTCRACKER: Today's your last chance to see The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall this season. See the Birmingham Royal Ballet tell the story of Clara, her toys, and the kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score. £10-£98.50, book ahead, 12pm/4pm

Last Updated 18 October 2021