Celebrate in Style: London's Best New Year’s Eve Parties to Book Today
Forget tacky club nights or battling the crowds at the fireworks and plan ahead for the perfect 2016–17 London New Year’s Eve
£130 - £193.50
Enjoy the last dance with Dippy the giant Diplodocus skeleton that's long graced the Natural History Museum hall before it head off on national tour in 2017. With all the fascinating oddities of one of our favourite museums plus the partying pedigree of Guilty Pleasures, the first ever Natural History Museum New Year's Eve Party is set to one of London's liveliest options. Expect all the music that makes you want to get up and dance, face-painting fun and some positively prehistoric companions. Standard entry includes cloak room and welcome drink - and there's the option to upgrade to a three course.
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Skate at Somerset House: SOLD OUT
£45 (spectators), £62 (skaters)
Let the New Year glide in as you watch the fireworks on the river terrace of Somerset House, skate at the rink until 11:30pm and enjoy Fortnum's Rosé champagne and rarebit at Fortnum's Lodge. There's a DJ and spectators, not just skaters, can fully enjoy an evening in the very heart of London at this iconic building, by watching the rink from the Skate Lounge with a drink. Fernandez & Wells supply tapas and nibbles and a quarter bottle of champagne for every guest is included in the ticket. A great venue for seeing the Westminster fireworks.
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Cheeky night out at La Soirée
£120 before December 26
Should odd entertainment be forgot and never brought to mind? Got to La Soirée and see the full show and then enjoy an afterparty, dancing until 1:30am at the spiegeltent in Leicester Square. La Soirée is a genre-defying alternative cabernet and circus night. Its cheeky performances surprise and shock and include the English Gents, who serves up the full English of comedy burlesque (think bowler hats and union jack pants). New performer, singer Acantha Lang (pictured) has a voice that nearly takes down the tent. We gave the show 5*s in our review and we reckon they know how to throw a party as good as the show.
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Feel the fizz at The Candlelight Club: SOLD OUT FOR NEW YEARS EVE
Standard entry £55, early bird £50
The Candlelight Club are extending their reign- open until 2am on New Year's Eve, booking is already open for their fun and jazzy vintage-style parties. See in the New Year like they did in the Jazz Age, with music and cabaret from Champagne Charlie and his band the Bubbly Boys, followed by DJ Auntie Maureen. The music might be of the Jazz Age, but fortune tellers are on hand to tell you what you can look forward to in 2017. "I seee... I seee... a large glass of champagne".
Dine and Dance: Disappearing Dining Club New Year’s Eve extravaganza
£35 without dinner, £100 with dinner
The Disappearing Dining Club have a reputation for providing some of London’s best high-end pop-up restaurant experiences. Last year they were at the atmospheric Docklands lighthouse again for dinner and dancing with top DJs and beef wellington. This year, it's to the lighthouse again! This time, there's DJs until 4am and a Balearic feast.
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Party with Bourne and Hollingsworth
The Dark Circus
Bourne and Hollingsworth throw a good party. This year, there's not one, not two, but four New Year's Eve experiences to throw yourself into, feathers first. There's the prohibition-themed party at a secret location ‘concealed from the prying eyes of patrol officers’. Then there's The Dark Circus at The Grand Hall, St Pancras, for a wild night out in the Belle Epoque. There's the WW2 themed party that will ensure you're putting on the Blitz at Victoria House, and finally the B&H house party. The team have covered all their bases for vintage and wacky entertainment. Just make sure you adhere to their dress codes. There's a time and a place for polyester, and it isn't in the 1940s.
Achieve Great Heights at The Roof Gardens in Kensington New Year’s Eve Special
Don’t fancy an underground speakeasy? Last year the stunning surroundings of The Roof Gardens in Kensington, London's only private members club on a rooftop, opened its doors a crack to let in a Prohibition-themed party. This year the floodgates open for a whole full-blown circus party. Kensington will have its very own Big Top on it's rooftop, featuring acrobats jugglers and stilt walkers. Then there's a drinks reception and seasonal barbecue plus breakfast canapes at 2am... 'and a few shocks and surprises along the way'.
A New Year's Arrivals Lounge: The Grand Gatsby- Searcy's Champagne Bar
Searcy's has one of the best locations in London for celebrating the incoming New Year- the upper concourse of St Pancras Station, a dramatic setting for a specialist champagne bar where you can wait for your new year to come in, without the usual station delays. Come for a New Year's Eve dinner, 1920s style. Enjoy canapés and a champagne reception and a special three course menu, including your pick of five different starters, main courses and desserts. Our choice? soufflé, venison loin, then winter Eton Mess. Flapper dresses and bow ties are essential in the dress code.
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A Hassle Free NYE House Party: Little Yellow Door
"Our House, Your Party”, is Little Yellow Door’s mantra. Last year was supposed to be the 'second and final' New Year's Eve celebration but of course they're doing another one! Plans haven't been finalised yet, but at least we know when it is. With a rotation of international resident flatmates bringing their cuisine with them, the Notting Hill gang are excellent hosts. We were dubious about the flat-share concept behind Little Yellow Door, but it works. It has all the mod cons and expert cocktails of a bar, with none of the cold commercialism. Plus, they debuted an emoji text menu.
Dress up to the Nines: New Year at The Mansion
Forget sticky carpets and grimy nightclub loos, and welcome in 2017 from the decadent surroundings of a London Mansion. You don’t need to be friends with oligarchs and heiresses to dance the night away in some of the city’s sleekest properties. Party people The Mansion arrange exclusive events in the most impressive of private spaces. This year will be at one of there best venues, in London NW1. With a supremely classy white colour theme, you'll be feeling decadent in no time.
Southbank Centre’s Very Vintage Event
Image: Neil Buchan Grant
Part of the Southbank's Winter Festival, A Vintage New Year's Eve Party is a mainstay of London New Year’s Eve events, and always seems to sell out. It's partly due to its amazing proximity to London's fireworks without any of the tourist crowds- and this goes some way towards explaining the higher price tag. Tickets are bookable this week for members with general sale yet to be announced. Celebrate the New Year by looking back at the best of the past with five floors of immersive entertainment across the Royal Festival Hall. Six pop-up clubs spanning all eras of music will lead you through the decades right into 2017. A private terrace overlooking the Thames gives prime viewing of the New Year's Eve fireworks.
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