Things To Do In London On New Year's Eve

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Things To Do In London On New Year's Eve

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New Year's Eve party at Southbank Centre: things to do in London on New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve at Southbank Centre

Whether you want to start 2019 with a massive party, or would like to spend the last day of 2018 in an altogether more chilled manner, there are plenty of ways to celebrate New Year's Eve and see in 2019 in London.

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

New Year's Eve parties and clubbing in London

The Magic of Vienna - New Year's Eve event at Barbican, London
The Magic of Vienna comes to Barbican on New Year's Eve

MONTAGUE AND CAPULET: Heads and Tails bar in West Hampstead stages the masked ball from Romeo & Juliet, with cocktails, nibbles and a smart dress code — although fancy dress is welcome. £35-£45, book ahead, 5pm-5am

SKYLON: A five-course meal, live music and Thames views are offered at Skylon — but they don't come cheap. Band Tokyo provide the music, with hits from the 1950s to the present day, and guests have access to Royal Festival Hall's terrace for the fireworks. £325, book ahead, from 6.30pm

SOUTHBANK CENTRE: The vintage themed party at Southbank Centre is back this year, with five floors of themed club nights, ranging from the 1920s to the present day, interspersed with live orchestras, dance lessons, and outdoor terraces offering a midnight view of those world-famous London fireworks. From £85, book ahead, from 7pm

NINE LIVES: This London Bridge cocktail bar puts on a tropicalifornication themed party. Choose whether you spend the whole evening there and enjoy a 9-course tasting menu, or head there after other dinner plans for dancing after 11.15pm. £15-£90, book ahead, from 7pm

VENETIAN BALL: Enjoy a mysterious and eccentric evening at Bunga Bunga Battersea. Begin the evening with a Belvedere Espresso Martini on arrival, followed by a six-course Italian feast and live entertainment. After midnight, take part in karaoke or dance until the small hours at the Venetian ball. Dress to impress. £85, book ahead, from 7pm

SWAN AT THE GLOBE: Ring in the New Year at Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe with a 4 course feast, followed by a DJ and dancing in the bar until late. Want something more relaxed? The Swan bar serves sharing boards, bar snacks and cocktails from 7pm until late alongside a DJ and views of the London skyline. Book ahead, from 7pm

HIGHLAND HOOLEY: Scottish restaurant Mac & Wild hosts a Highland Hooley in the City. Enjoy a 5 course Scottish feasting menu  including Hand-Dived Scallops, Mac & Wild’s Scotch Egg, traditional Haggis Neeps and Tatties. Plenty of whisky is available throughout the night, and a live band sees in 2019. £75, book ahead, 7pm-2am

THE MAGIC OF VIENNA: Waltz your way into 2019 at Barbican's event dedicated to the Magic of Vienna. The Johann Strauss Orchestra performs the music of the Strauss dynasty, making for a glamorous, romantic New Year's Eve. £19.50-£44.50, book ahead, from 7.30pm

New Year's Eve party at Natural History Museum, London
Party under the whale at Natural History Museum

HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR: Quaglino's hosts two dinner sittings tonight — book a seat at the early one if you're heading on to a party elsewhere, or book the later meal and stick around at Quaglino's to see in 2019. It's a Hollywood theme, so they're rolling out the red carpet and recreating the elegance of a Hollywood Awards Night, with ‘paparazzi’ ready to pounce. £100-£200, book ahead, from 7.30pm

NEW YEAR'S EVE AT NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM: Animals are the unsurprising theme of the Natural History Museum's New Year's Eve party. Dance the night away under Hope the blue whale — the largest creature ever to have lived — or head for the silent disco. Try edible insects, play musical bingo, enjoy live music, and explore the exhibitions, all before the midnight countdown. £99, book ahead, from 8pm

NEW YEAR'S EVE CEILIDH: For something a bit different, head to Cecil Sharp House in Camden for the New Year's Eve ceilidh. It doesn't matter whether you're an expert dancer or completely new at it, the steps are walked through and everyone is welcome. £35/£25, book ahead, 8pm-1am

New Year's Eve at The Garden Room

FIREWORKS PARTY: B&H Garden Room throws a lavish party with cocktails, canapés and a view of London’s fireworks. Begin with a sophisticated cocktail reception at the 10th floor venue. Canapés will be served throughout the evening, and the rooftop bar gives 180 degree views of the fireworks. £180, book ahead, 8pm-2am

GREAT GATSBY: Plate Shoreditch ends the year with an ode to The Great Gatsby. Start with a 5 course sit-down dinner, followed by DJs supplying the soundtrack to free-flowing champagne. £25-£69, book ahead, 8pm-2am

VICTORIAN MASQUERADE BALL: Phileas J Fogg invites everyone to his Victorian Masquerade Ball at Mr Fogg's Residence. Enjoy a Champagne and canapé reception upon arrival. Don a mask for an evening filled with entertainment and bottomless Bombay Sapphire and Star of Bombay libations, with opera singers and a silhouette artist, Victorian games and DJs. £90-£145, book ahead, 8pm-3am

STUDIO 41: Expect a night of revelry and debauchery at this party at Jack Solomon's in Soho, themed on the infamous New York 70s party scene. Dance to eclectic music from five different DJs, plus live music performances and dancers. Dress code is all things disco. £35-£50, book ahead, 10pm-5am

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

Christmas at Kew 2018 - things to do on New Year's Eve in London
It's one of your last chances to see Christmas at Kew 2018

ICE SKATING: Why not take a twirl on the ice at one of London's winter ice skating rinks? From Somerset House to Canary Wharf, and JW3 to Hampton Court Palace, there's an ice rink somewhere near you. 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)

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, not to mention the impressive fire garden. There's a traditional funfair to keep the kids happy, and food and drink stalls dotted around. Adult £19.50/child £12, book in advance, 5pm-7.40pm

CHRISTMAS AT LONDON ZOO: The team behind Christmas at Kew (above) have also brought their expertise to London Zoo this Christmas, for a festive light trail through the zoo. Most of the animalsare tucked up in bed, but they're recreated in the form of light sculptures along the 1-mile trail. £19.50 adult/£13 child, book ahead, 4.45pm-8pm

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. £11, book ahead, 6pm

COMEDY CARNIVAL: Pick from venues in Leicester Square and Clapham for Comedy Carnival's New Year's Eve shows. At time of writing, the acts have yet to be announced, but choose between just a show ticket, or a show + club ticket, to continue partying long after the show's over. Various prices, book ahead, from 7pm

Last Updated 12 December 2018