New Year’s Eve is a tricky one to get right, but relax, The Resident has picked out some of London’s best New Year’s Eve parties to make sure 2019 starts on a high
Lead image: Natural History Museum (photo: © Trustees of the Natural History Museum)
1 Party Animals at Natural History Museum, South Kensington
Channel your inner-party animal by dancing beneath the largest creature ever to have lived this New Year’s Eve. Hosted in collaboration with experiential events company It’s Unknown, the Natural History Museum’s end of year bash promises to be an unforgettable night packed with animal-themed activities. Pick up your complimentary drink before trying your luck at Musical Bingo, sampling edible insects or having a hoot in the silent disco. There will be the opportunity to make animal masks, roam free in the galleries, submit a song request to the Love Cats, or simply dance the night away with the Massaoke band and DJs. 8pm-1am.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 5BD; nhm.ac.uk
2 Studio 54 Party at Sky Garden, the City
Sky Garden is hosting a resplendent Studio 54 party this New Year’s Eve, complete with sparkles, sequins and live music from a nine-piece party band. Set among Sky Garden’s ice-gilded greenery with the best view of the fireworks in town, the evening will be accompanied by vibrant live music so you can dance all night long. Decadent dining packages are available at Sky Garden’s restaurants – Fenchurch and Darwin Brasserie – and you can also make party bookings in the Sky Pod and City Garden bars. Tickets start from £110 per person, including a welcome drink on arrival.
20 Fenchurch Street EC3M 8AF; skygarden.london
3 New Year’s Eve at Tonteria, Chelsea
Go all out at London’s premier Mexican-style club, Tonteria, this New Year’s Eve. Venture into a subterranean fiesta with a live DJ spinning epic mash-ups and remixes of the year’s best Top 40 house and hip-hop hits. One of the club’s most famous features, the Tequila Express, is a sure fire way to get the party going, then, as the DJ counts down to midnight, raise a glass of complimentary champagne and toast the advent of 2019 among some of London’s finest party-goers. To amp up an already explosive NYE, pick up a VIP package and be treated like royalty with reserved seating and bottle service. 8pm-4am. Tickets from £30.
7-12 Sloane Square, Chelsea SW1W 8EG; tonteria.co.uk
4 New Year’s Eve at Jimmy’s Winter Lodge
Combine two of London’s finest winter features – pop-up igloos and the NYE Fireworks – at Jimmy’s Winter Lodge this year. As well as a feast of cheese and steak and fizz at midnight, your beautiful glass igloo will be filled with and a DJ-curated soundtrack and, of course, your besties. Located within the official South Bank Zone for the fireworks, you’ll have one of the most exclusive views around London from the comfort of your private terrace. Food and fireworks tickets start from £75, with complimentary canapes and street food all evening, as well as a glass of fizz at midnight and croque monsieurs from 1am (additional drinks can be ordered at the bar). All inclusive food and drink tickets are £250.
78 Waterloo Bridge SE1 9PX; jimmyslodge.com
5 New Year’s Eve at The Shard
Dance to your hearts content this New Years Eve at the tallest building in London, The Shard. Enjoy a complimentary cocktail to begin the celebrations and then head to the dance floor for a live set from DJ Santero. As the clock strikes midnight, you’ll be handed a glass of champagne to toast in 2019, and with 360 degree views of the capital, you’ll have the best vantage point as fireworks light up London’s skies. Tickets from £199 (limited availability). 10pm-2am.
32 London Bridge Street SE1 9SG; theviewfromtheshard.com
6 New Year’s Eve at The Ritz
The Ritz London hosts two black-tie dinners accompanied by a regimental marching band, a lone piper and a firework display, all in one night. The Palm Court will host a black-tie event with a five-course dinner, a glass of Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, the Len Philips live dance band, the traditional sounds of bagpipes and a 14-piece military marching band, who will escort you into the Michelin-starred Ritz Restaurant to see in midnight with a firework display over the garden and live music and dancing with The New Atlantics’ nine-piece live band. Tickets £895, kids £445. Alternatively, you can spend the whole evening at the Ritz Restaurant’s black tie gala dinner with a six-course menu and half a bottle of Taittinger Comtes de Champagne. Tickets from £1,500 (kids £750).
150 Piccadilly W1J 9BR; theritzlondon.co
7 The London New Year’s Eve Ball at Battersea Evolution
The London New Year’s Eve Ball, this year themed Around the World in 80 Days, offers you a whistle-stop tour around the world with memorising decorations and spectacular light displays. The menu has been designed by the top caterer in the country, featuring canapés inspired by the different countries of the world followed by a four-course sit-down dinner featuring teriyaki glazed salmon, sirloin of beef, and dark chocolate melted pudding. The venue will be kitted out with ornate temples of Japan, souks of Marrakech, hot air balloons and even the hanging gardens of Babylon. Entertainment includes Chinese dragons, cirque performers, a DJ, bumper cars, a casino and live streaming of the fireworks from midnight. Tickets are £185pp. 7.30pm-3am.
Battersea park, off Queenstown Road SW8 4NW; smartgroupltd.co.uk
8 The Prohibition Party by Bourne & Hollingsworth
Step back to the age of loosening morals, soaring stocks and bootleg barons at The Prohibition Party, also by party legendsBourne & Hollingsworth. Be transported back to the giddy magic of the Roaring 20s, a time when footloose flappers danced the Charleston, card sharp cads tried their luck at the roulette table, and everyone quaffed free-flowing bootleg booze. Held in a secret central London location, The Prohibition Party features multiple themed rooms teeming with live music, DJs on gramophones, gambling, dancing troupes and cocktails. You can also opt to take a one-hour dance class with Swing Patrol. Tickets from £55. 9pm-3am.
9 Thames New Year’s Eve Cruises
Experience the New Year’s Eve fireworks from London’s best possible viewpoint – the Thames. River Thames Cruises is offering two cruise options this year. Hop on board the MV Thames Princess for £135pp for a firework cruise with an informal food package that includes roast chicken with lemon and thyme stuffing, minted new potatoes, a mixed green salad and cheesecake. The cruise boards at Bankside pier at 8.30pm, disembarking at Bankside pier at 1am. Then there’s the MV River Princess cruise for £170, which also adds in a drinks package. Boarding 8.45pm from Westminster Pier and disembarking at 1am at Westminster.
10 The LaLiT London, Tooley Street
The LaLiT London’s exclusive New Year’s party will pair mind-bending burlesque from Claudia Contortionist with a formal five-course dinner. Start the night right with festive fizz on arrival, before dining on oysters with cucumber and gin foam; tandoori monkfish with coriander and coconut chutney; and Sula spiced roast saddle of red deer with yoghurt sauce. As the clock strikes midnight, DJ Carly Foxx will take to the decks as you dance into the small hours. Tickets are £125, kids £70.
181 Tooley Street, London Bridge SE1 2JR; thelalit.com
11 New Year’s Eve at Duck and Waffle
Head over to Duck and Waffle this New Year’s Eve for a night of delicious canapés, cocktails, music and Duck and Waffle’s famous views. You’ll be welcomed by a Duck & Waffle cocktail and a selection of canapés. Make sure to take a break from all the eating and drinking and dance to the DJs that will be spinning all night. Enjoy decadent dishes including their Dorset Crab, Marmite Glazed Ox Cheek and chocolate fondant for a sweet end to 2017. Bar tickets £125pp; early dining tickets £195pp; late dining tickets £325pp.
110 Bishopsgate EC2N 4AY; duckandwaffle.com
12 The Blitz Party by Bourne & Hollingsworth
Step into an authentic British air-raid shelter complete with sandbags for this lavish 1940s themed party hosted by Bourne & Hollingsworth. Dress up as a uniformed soldier or victory curled lady and dance to live music with lavish cocktails in hand all night long (The Blitz Party operates a strict 1940s dress code). Live big bands will perform a repertoire of 40s classics and modern favourites remixed to resemble the style of the era, the bars will be stocked with modern takes on classic cocktails and there will be hearty snacks from the mess stall. Tickets from £55. Opens 9pm with an optional dance class from 8pm.
Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane EC2A 3PQ; theblitzparty.com
13 The Bedford, Balham
Balham institution The Bedford is back and promising a suitable legendary New Year’s Eve party with drinks, delicious dishes, dancing and discs spinning until 3am. Comedy fans can enjoy a cracking stand up show from 8.30pm (tickets cost £22.50), while entrance to the pub and Club Room (post comedy) is just £10 per person. Come New Year’s Day, The Bedford will be open from 12-9pm with a free hangover-fixing Bloody Mary for those who choose to dine.
77 Bedford Hill, Balham SW12 9HD; thebedford.com
100 Wardour St is going all Havana nights this New Year’s Eve with the Fiesta del Soho. The evening will start with a delicious three-course meal in the restaurant, followed by lively beats, killer cocktails and a dash of Cuban spice. to see the new year in with pizzazz. The menu includes starters of salt-baked celeriac, yellow fin tuna tartare or confit rabbit & duck liver terrine; followed by a main of Ironbark pumpkin & tortellini, Atlantic halibut fillet or Herefordshire fillet of beef. For dessert, choose from glazed Manjari 64% chocolate parfait, Brandy snap cannoli or Marinated pineapple Carpaccio. Early Seating is £65pp, main seating £130pp. The party goes on till 4am.
100 Wardour Street, Soho W1F 0TL; 100wardourst.com
15 The Wolf of Wall Street Party at Madison, St Paul’s
Unleash your inner wolf this New Year’s Eve for an unforgettable Wolf of Wall Street-style evening at Madison. There’ll be dancers, sax, percussion and Jordan Belfort-approved hedonism (well, nothing that should require the FBI to intervene) and all night dancing to the tracks spun by Madison’s resident DJs. Madison’s unique positioning atop One New Change grants you the best of both worlds, as you party the evening away indoors or out on the terrace, with great view the city and the famous London fireworks. Open till 2am. Bar tickets £135pp including a welcome drink and canapés until 9pm.
One New Change, St Paul’s EC4M 9AF; madisonlondon.net
16 Brigadiers, the City
Indian BBQ restaurant & drinking tavern Brigadiers will be ringing in 2019 with a celebratory seafood feasting menu, Bollywood karaoke, on-tap cocktails, and party cards to unlock their legendary whisky vending machine. The menu includes a Carabineros Masala Prawn Cocktail, Malai Monkfish Tikka and a sharing Tandoori Masala Lobster Tawa Biryani followed by Gingerbread & Clementine Falooda for dessert. Prices from £75pp for the early sitting (5.30-7.30pm or £105pp for the late sitting from 7.45pm till late. There are also bespoke party packages featuring Bollywood Karaoke or a private games room. You can even request a personal whiskey trolley!
1-5 Bloomberg Arcade EC4N 8AR; brigadierslondon.com
17 The Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve at Meraki, Fitzrovia
Meraki, the contemporary Greek restaurant and bar in Fitzrovia, is offering DJs, live entertainment and fine dining this New Year’s Eve. Dinner, created with the finest Mediterranean ingredients and served with warm, generous hospitality, will be accompanied by a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blanc. Dishes to choose from include sea bream carpaccio, duck breast with parsnip puree and berries, and Mont Blanc Melomakarano with pear sorbet for dessert. Afterwards head for the bar for a complimentary cocktail and a night of live music to ring in the New Year. Priced at £98pp.
80-82 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia W1W 7QT; meraki-restaurant.com
18 Southbank Centre’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular
Party through the decades in one unforgettable night at Southbank Centre, with a front-row seat to London’s iconic New Year’s Eve fireworks. The Royal Festival Hall will be transformed into a set-dressed spectacular with five floors of themed club nights, seven bars, two live acts, 12 DJs, eight dance lessons and outdoor spaces. Six themed pop-up nightclubs will transport you with music from the 20s to the present day, interspersed with live orchestras, specialist DJs, dance lessons and photo studios that will make your New Year’s Eve the most memorable yet. You can also Sing in the New Year with Lucky Voice! Pick your decade, dress to impress and enjoy a night of entertainment and elegance. Tickets from £125.
Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX; southbankcentre.co.uk
19 New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner at Sunborn Yacht
Enjoy a night on the water with friends and family this New Year’s Eve at the Sunborn Yacht Hotel near ExCel at Royal Victoria Dock. Celebrate with dinner and a great view of fireworks across east London, or stay the night in one of the 136 bedrooms on board. The Gala Dinner will take place in the Land’s End restaurant, followed by a live band and a DJ. The four course dinner, plus canapés, features the likes of seafood chowder with buttermilk scones, pan-roasted 6oz beef fillet with Pomme Anna & red wine jus, and chocolate fondant with dulche de leche sauce. £105pp.
Sunborn Yacht Hotel E16 1DR; sunbornhotels.com
20 Boxpark Shoreditch, Wembley & Croydon
Boxpark Croydon will be ringing in the New Year in style by hosting a special black & white garage themed party. Entertaining the crowd on the night is the UK’s favourite garage collective, So Solid Crew. The ‘21 Seconds’ group will be joined in the celebrations by Oxide & Neutrino, Shola Ama, DJ Blondie, and more to be announced. Over at Boxpark Shoreditch, Don Letts & Scratch Perverts will be playing the best reggae, hip hop, disco, electronic and party anthems, while Boxpark Wembley is hosting a family friendly daytime rave with Raver Tots – the family event where kids and adults can hit the dance floor and ring in the New Year together in a rave style atmosphere. Come the evening, it’s time for an ABBA disco with an ABBA tribute duo followed by an 80s and 90s disco, DJs and old school hip-hop and R&B in Beatbox bar.
21 The Savoy, Strand
Famous for its dark opulent interiors, dramatic serves and live performances, The Savoy’s beautiful Beaufort Bar, will be offering guests unlimited canapés and Champagne this New Year’s Eve for £250pp. The recently launched menu – Music, Magic & Drama – offers a refined selection of grower Champagne and sparkling wine, expertly prepared mixed drinks and an in-depth whisky selection. To accompany this, a selection of sweet and savoury canapés will be available throughout the evening from almond macarons foie gras parfait and charred Hertford beetroot fillet with black truffle aioli, plus salted caramel rocher with crunchy wafer and hazelnut. Alternatively, Kaspar’s at The Savoy and Thames Foyer will also be offering a spectacular four course meal with a welcome glass of Louis Roederer Brut for £350pp.
The Strand WC2R 0EZ; savoychristmas.com
22 Skylight Rooftop at Tobacco Dock
Spend New Years Eve at Skylight Rooftop, London’s most imaginative rooftop destination, which will be hosting a rooftop party over three floors with ice skating, street food, cocktails and DJs. The venue will not only be in prime position to see some of the city’s most impressive firework displays but will also be screening the official London display across 12 screens. Themed around an urban après skate bar, the east London venue will transport you to a wintry wonderland perched above the city with cosy igloos and huts, heated après skate bars, winter cocktails and more. Tickets from £30 including Moet & Chandon champagne on arrival.
Rooftoop at Tobacco Dock Pennington Street E1W 2SF; skylight.designmynight.com
23 Last Nights of Havanna, Wapping
Looking for some tropical fun? Tobacco Dock’s latest pop-up, Last Nights of Havana, will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Party with a live jazz band, salsa dancing, DJs and cocktails. Last Nights of Havana’s pre-revolution party is inspired by 1940s and 50s Havana, evoking a time when rum cocktails, cigars, Cadillacs and unbridled glamour were the order of the day. Expect live entertainment from professional salsa dancers and jazz band Los Habanos by Sambroso Sambroso, while feasting on Cuban street food and rum cocktails. Tickets start from £35 including a glass of Moët & Chandon and other treats.
Tobacco Dock Wapping Lane Gate Entrance E1W 2SF; designmynight.com
24 OSLO Hackney’s New Years Eve House Party
OSLO in Hackney presents The New Years Eve House Party, with each of its three rooms becoming familiar house-party hang-outs. The Lounge will be hosting Valhalla, where the sofas have been pushed to the side of the room, the TV is on mute and Dave has brought around his speakers and lighting rig. The DJs will be playing hip-hip, R&B, pop, house and UKG into the early hours. The Kitchen, famously the hub of any good house party will be in the bar and restaurant area, with the Locomotive DJs serving the best in disco, funk and boogie alongside retro classics. OSLO’s Green Room is becoming The Garden, where Pop Confessional will be bringing the guilty pleasures and sing along tunes to the yard all night long. Tickets from £10.
1A Amhurst Road, Hackney E8 1LL; oslohackney.om
25 The Mansion Party at Belair House, Dulwich
Diamond Noir & Electric Circus present an exclusive New Years Eve Soiree at Belair House in Dulwich. The beautiful Georgian manor house, established in 1785, transports you from the city to the countryside, with four party rooms, an open terrace overlooking Belair Park and a choice of two bars. DJAY R and DJ LONGERS will be bringing you the best in club classics and party anthems all night. 10pm-3am. Tickets £30 plus booking fee.
Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AB. To book see eventbrite.co.uk
26 Hotel du Vin at Cannizaro House, Wimbledon
Raise a glass and see in the New Year with style at Hotel du Vin in Wimbledon. Whether you are just looking for a special night out with a closed one or a bigger bash with family and friends, the hotel is offering numerous options. A four course dinner in the beautiful bistro will set you off to a good start, followed by live music until the early morning hours. The menu includes options such as garlic roasted scallops and tiger prawns, lobster and crab chowder, beef wellington, roasted saddle of venison and rhum baba for dessert. Tickets £129pp including a glass of champagne.
West Side Common, Wimbledon SW19 4UE; hotelduvin.com
27 Winterland’s Apres Ski NYE Party, Fulham
Escape to the slopes without leaving London at Winterland’s Apres Ski NYE Party. Go curling, play table tennis and beer pong, sing your heart out in the karaoke booth and enjoy a mouth-watering hog roast, before watching fireworks over the Thames and hitting the dancefloor for a set by DJ Harry Land. There’ll also be sparklers and fireworks over the Thames at midnight. General Admission is £28.50, including mulled wine on arrival (before 9pm) and fizz, a hog roast, live music and DJ. You can also book an igloo, a party lodge or a toasty cabin for more intimate celebrations.
Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham SW6 2TY; winterlandlondon.com
28 Peckham Levels’ NYE Open House
With panoramic views of London’s fireworks, an overall capacity for 1,200 visitors across the level and amazing food and drinks, Peckham Levels is one of the best places to see in the New Year in south east London. There will be DJs playing soul, funk, house, RNB, Afrobeat and disco all the way through until the early hours of 2018, and best of all, it’s free entry all night. Book an NYE party package in advance to beat queueing at the bar before midnight – drinks will be brought to you just before midnight. For £85 you’ll get two bottles of prosecco, eight shots of Jagermeister and streamers, party hats and party poppers (email firstname.lastname@example.org to get yours).
Level 6, 95a Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4TG; designmynight.com
29 Little Nan’s, Deptford
Little Nan’s is celebrating New Years Eve in their Deptford Arches of Dreams, with Granddads Shed (next door) also in the mix, there will be not one but two dance floors. Pop round early for chats and eats, and at about 8pm most of the furniture will be moved outside to make way for a good old dance. The bar will be fully stocked with teapot cocktails, cocktails in vases, craft beers, vodka candy shots, prosecco and wine, plus the Grandkids will be playing a medley of 70s disco, 80s hits and 90s anthems until 2am. Entry is free but bookings are required.
Arches 13-15, Deptford Market Yard SE8 4BX; deptfordmarketyard.com