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 ensure 2018 starts on a high
Lead image © The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London
1 Natural History Museum Under The Sea Bash
Reign in the New Year at the Natural History Museum’s Under The Sea-themed bash. Hosted in collaboration with Guilty Pleasures – the UK’s biggest and boldest celebration of contemporary and retro pop – the event was inspired by the new blue whale, Hope, in the redeveloped Hintze Hall. As well as a silent disco, musical bingo and Massaoke – a mass singalong to live indie, rock and pop hits with the lyrics up on screen – you can also create your own message in a bottle and explore the Dinosaurs gallery. The bars will be serving ocean-themed cocktails and the decor will transport you to an underwater fairytale. Tickets are £129 (£116 for members).
Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 5BD; nhm.ac.uk
2 Sky Garden’s Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Party
Party into the New Year 1920s style at the iconic Sky Garden this New Years Eve. Perfect for viewing the fireworks across the Thames as well as dancing the night away, Sky Garden’s event is a can’t miss. The chic Gatsby dress code and decked out space will transform you to the age of flappers and prohibition. Live music followed by a DJ late into the night is a guarantee this party isn’t going to end early.
20 Fenchurch Street EC3M 8AF; skygarden.london
3 New Year’s Eve at the Roof Gardens
The Roof Gardens in Kensington has cultivated an event ensuring this is a New Year’s you’ll never forget. They aim to transport you to the Hollywood hills for a night of glamour. From renowned DJs and specialty cocktails to a live band, canapés and a gourmet item from the BBQ grills, the night is full of drinks foods and fun. Tickets are priced at £120 for Club members, with standard tickets costing £160.
99 Kensington High Street W8 5SA virginlimitededition.com
4 New Year’s Eve at Jimmy’s Winter Lodge
Head over to South Bank and enjoy a winter feast, cocktails and a spectacular view of the fireworks. Choose from sitting in their famous globes that give the best view of the fireworks, the upstairs Refuge Restaurant and the bar area. Four Globes are available for a gourmet winter feast for a 5 course menu, arrival cocktail, beer and wine all evening and costs £3,000 per snow globe, which seats up to 10 people. Enjoy warm fondue on the cold winter night as well as a selection of canapés. The winter feast consists of mulled wine, cured gravlax salmon, smoked goat’s curd and game terrine on brioche, followed by the traditional alpine fondue served with a selection of artisan charcuterie, new potatoes and bread. The tickets are priced at £30 and include 1 arrival cocktail, food, beer and wine all evening along with bubbles at midnight.
Southbank Centre Belvedere Road SE1 8XX; 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 and experience DJ Santero as you take to the dance floor. There’s nothing more picture perfect than the 360 degree views and a glass of champagne when the clock strikes midnight, making the first few moments of 2018 ideal. The event begins at 22:00 and the tickets are limited and cost £199.
32 London Bridge Street SE1 9SG; theviewfromtheshard.com
6 New Year’s Eve at The Ritz
The Palm Court transforms into a glamorous 1920’s themed black-tie event for one night only this New Years eve. There will be a four course meal created by Executive Chef, John Williams MBE and you can toast the New Year with a glass of Krug Champagne. To start off the night a 14-piece military marching band will escort you into The Ritz Restaurant. The entertainment for the night continues with Elle & The Pocket Belles singing vintage swing and modern-day classics accompanied by a three-piece band. The traditional sounds of bagpipes from The Lone Piper will also be included in the entertainment. As the clock strikes midnight, you can watch their firework display over the garden before dancing the night away in The Ritz Restaurant to the sounds of ‘The New Atlantics’ nine-piece live band. The event is priced at £895 per adult and £445 per child.
150 Piccadilly W1J 9BR; theritzlondon.co
7 London New Year’s Eve Fireworks
This year, after a hiatus from hearing Big Ben’s bells ring, the New Years Eve Fireworks kick off with the legendary sound. Tickets have been instated the last couple years due to the immense amount of interest in the Fireworks. Get your tickets and ensure a spot to see the show up close and personal and to ring in 2018 in the most festive way possible. The show is enjoyed by over 100,000 people as well as being streamed online for many more to see. Tickets are priced at just £10.
Victoria Embankment, Westminster SW1A 2NS; london.gov.uk
8 The Blitz Party by Bourne & Hollingsworth
Step into an authentic British air-raid shelter complete with sandbags, hurricane lamps, reconnaissance maps and black out curtains 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. And beware – The Blitz Party operates a strict 1940s dress code. Denim may be acceptable in the munitions hall and trainers do squeak nicely in the gymnasium, but that is where they should remain. Go hard or go home with this fully immersive New Year’s Eve celebration. Tickets from £55. Bunker opens 9pm, Floorshow and entertainment from 9.30pm (optional dance class from 8pm).
Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane EC2A 3PQ; theblitzparty.com
9 The London New Year’s Eve Ball at Battersea Evolution
The London New Year’s Eve Ball, this year themed Après 2017, will transform Battersea Evolution into an Alpine wonderland. The après-ski party kicks off with sparkling wine, canapés and live entertainment, before a four course meal with winter favourites like Pumpkin and Ricotta Filled Gnocchi and Roast Surrey Farm Sirloin of Beef. After dinner the party really starts with dodgems, alpine games, entertainers, contortionists and aerial acrobats while the DJ keeps the dancefloor full for hours. London’s world-famous firework display will also be live streamed, and transport options include free parking, a dedicated black cab rank and a free shuttlebus to London Victoria after midnight, where you can hop on the free night tube. Tickets are £180pp.
Battersea park, off Queenstown Road SW8 4NW; smartgroupltd.co.uk
10 The Lost Palace of Atlantis at 8 Northumberland
Discover the Lost Palace of Atlantis at 8 Northumberland this New Year’s Eve. Tables are adorned with treasures of this underwater world, pearl crusted and shimmering. The keepers of the palace serve a grand banquet, drinks flow into sparkling glassware and the night fills with music. The evening kicks off with a champagne and canapé reception, followed by a four-course dinner and unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks all night. There’ll be a live party band, followed by DJ, and you’ll have a spectacular view of the famous London fireworks from Northumberland Avenue. Oh, and there’s a free photo booth to capture the evening, as well as a glass of champagne at midnight and breakfast rolls served at 12.30am. Tickets from £250pp.
8 Northumberland Avenue, Westminster WC2N 5BY; 8northumberland.co.uk
11 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 legends Bourne & 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.
12 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. In the mood to eat early and pop over to another event? Duck and Waffle has you covered with their early dining ticket and vice versa with their late dining ticket. Enjoy decadent dishes including their Dorset Crab, Marmite Glazed Ox Cheek and chocolate fondant for a sweet end to 2017. Standard tickets £125pp; early dining tickets £195pp; late dining tickets £325pp.
110 Bishopsgate EC2N 4AY; duckandwaffle.com
13 Thames New Year’s Eve Cruises 2017
Hit the high seas this New Year’s Eve and experience the fireworks from the best possible viewpoint. The four-hour cruise will include a buffet with dinner and dessert, prosecco at midnight and a bar on board. A DJ and disco entertainment will be provided on board to keep the party going through the New Year. At midnight, toast the arrival of 2018 with a glass of Sparkling Wine while listening to Big Ben ringing in the New Year and watching the spectacular fireworks display from your floating grandstand. The cruise, starting at Millbank Pier at 8.30pm, is priced at £136pp and finishes at 12.30am.
14 Southbank Centre’s Vintage Extravaganza
Go back in time this New years and experience the 20s 30s and 40s come to life with music, decorations and food all to theme. The Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall will transform into five floors ranging from nightclubs and dining rooms to a vintage hair and beauty salon. Venues included are The Torch, Bar Bonkers, The Tiki Bar and The Studio. Overlooking the London skyline on the Royal Festival Hall Terrace, it’s the ideal location for watching the fireworks light up the city. Entertainment includes live act Alex Meedham & his 18 piece orchestra, multiple DJs and even the top Jive dance teacher Andrew Hall who will teach people the basics of Jive dancing throughout the night. Tickets from £99 (dining tickets are available for an additional £85 and buffet tickets for an additional £35).
Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX; southbankcentre.co.uk
15 K West Hotel and Spa, Shepherd’s Bush
Enjoy a stress free New Years Eve and let K West Hotel take care of all the logistics of the big night. Their New Years Eve package includes a five-course tasting menu with a glass of Champagne on arrival, and a late-night drink to bring in the New Year. Guests will not have to worry about the taxi ride home as the package includes an overnight stay, a cooked breakfast at Studio Kitchen on New Years Day and late checkout at 1pm. The Party into 2018 package is priced at £319.
Richmond Way, Shepherd’s Bush W14 0AX; k-west.co.uk
16 New Year’s Eve at Flight Club
Fancy a more casual game night this New Years Eve? Head over to Flight Club Darts for Social Darts, DJs, fireworks screening and champagne with their signature sausage rolls. Get a group of friends together for a darts tournament that will ensure you’re laughing and smiling into 2018. The event will be held at both their Bloomsbury venue and their Shoreditch venue. The event is priced at just £15.
17 Sunborn Yacht Hotel’s Gatsby Party
Enjoy a night on the water with friends and family this New Year’s Eve at the Sunborn Yacht Hotel. Celebrate with dinner and the best possible view of the fireworks, or stay the night in one of the 136 bedrooms on board. The night is Great Gatsby themed and will transport you to a time of glamour and prestige. The dinner package is priced at £130pp includes 7 course dinner at Land’s End including bottle of Laurent Perrier Champagne per couple, with live band and DJ Entertainment after the meal. The overnight accommodation package is priced from £305pp, including a stay in a classic or executive room, seven-course dinner at Land’s End including a glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne, with live band and DJ Entertainment after the meal.
Sunborn Yacht Hotel E16 1DR; sunbornhotels.com
18 The Black Cat Cabaret and Black Cat Ball
Choose from two celebrations this year with the Black Cat Cabaret and The Black Cat Ball. The early cabaret show is encompassed in 1920s surroundings of the Paradiso Spiegeltent at Underbelly’s Leicester Square pop-up festival. The show includes showgirls, acrobats, comic street singers, musicians and aerialists. Tickets from £29. Alternatively, The Black Cat Ball, starting later at the Paradiso Spiegeltent, features a cabaret show, a promenade circus spectacle, live music from the carnival show-band Tankus the Henge and The Black Cat Dandy DJs. The dress code is gold, red or black and guests are encouraged to wear to the theme of silver-screen sirens and dapper chaps. Tickets from £65pp with a glass of bubbly.
Leicester Square WC2H 7DE; theblackcat.info
19 Boisdale at Canary Wharf
Boisdale of Canary Wharf is providing a musical option for your New Years celebrations this year. The event is a tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The West End Jerseys are playing all of their greatest hits while serving a delicious three course meal and a glass of champagne. Looking to get dinner at Boisdale before heading to a party? Boisdale has a set New Years menu priced at £49.50. The three course meal is paired with the magic of Dan Farrant, a notable magician who is sure to keep you entertained throughout the night.
15 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf E14 4QT; boisdale.co.uk
20 Asia De Cuba’s Cuban New Year’s Eve
Switch up your traditional festive feast and pop into Asia De Cuba for their 1950s Cuban-themed New Year’s Eve party. Complete with a six piece cuban band and an array of dancers, the night is sure to be one to remember. You are served a glass of Champagne on arrival, followed by a five-course dinner and Cuban sandwiches at 12:45am to keep you dancing all night long. The set menu includes Cuban favorites with a twist like Steamed Seabass, Plantain Fried Rice and Tunapica Tartare. The menu is £135pp.
45 St Martin’s Lane WC2N 4HX; morganshotelgroup.com
21 Berners Tavern, Fitzrovia
Divulge in a luxury festive meal at Berners Tavern at The London Edition this New Year’s Eve. Starters include favourites like Norfolk Quail and Cure Salmon. Luxurious mains make Berners Tavern the perfect venue for celebrating, with options like Highland Venison Wellington and Lobster Risotto. Decadent deserts like the Red Velvet Cake and the Chocolate and Hazelnut Flaming Alaska ends the meal on a sweet note. The menu is priced at five courses with a champagne cocktail for £100pp for the early setting and £185 for the late setting.
10 Berners Street W1T 3NP; bernerstavern.com
22 Hotel Café Royal, Regent Street
Stay overnight at Hotel Café Royal and enjoy an eight course dinner in the Domino with a welcome glass of Champagne. The eight course meal starts off with a bang with the Salad of Native Lobster with fennel and green apple. The menu goes on to include delicacies like Truffled brie with celery, apple and walnuts and Tournedos of beef périgourdine. Dinner it is priced at £195pp. The New Year’s Eve package is priced at £888.
68 Regent Street W1B 4DY; hotelcaferoyal.com
23 Avista at Millennium Mayfair
Modern Italian restaurant Avista at Millennium Mayfair is throwing a New Year’s Eve feast created by Executive Head Chef Arturo Granato. With three AA Rosettes already under his belt and famed for his modern take on traditional Italian fare, Executive Head Chef Arturo Granato has crafted a special seven-course menu of mouthwatering dishes. The menu opens with oysters and caviar, followed by dishes including scallop carpaccio, duck and foie gras ballotine, buffalo mozzarella ravioli with lobster, and wild sea bass, followed by a dark chocolate sphere with raspberries, salted caramel and hazelnut. The seven-course menu is £125pp, including a glass of Champagne on arrival and entertainment throughout the evening.
39 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair W1K 2HP; avistarestaurant.com
24 Aviary, Finsbury Square
Embrace London’s hottest pop-up this year – the igloo – at Aviary. Sip on sensational cocktails and dine beneath the stars while enjoying London’s iconic skyline from 10 floors up on Finsbury Square. Each Igloo can host 10 guests for drinks and nibbles with a minimum spend of £850 per igloo (time restrictions apply). There are also two VIP Igloos for dining for up to 8 guests in the Palm rooms, where minimum spend is £2,000 per Igloo for 8 guests dining. Aviary Restaurant is also offering a four-course menu for £129pp, with a glass of champagne and dishes like roast fillet of wild Brixham turbot and rib of beef with buttered poached lobster. For those just looking for somewhere to toast in the new Year, you can also grab a bar ticket for £50pp to join the fun from 9pm with live DJ and a glass of bubbles. Open from 6pm until 2am.
Montcalm Royal London House, 22-25 Finsbury Square EC2A 1DX; aviarylondon.com
25 Bōkan, Isle of Dogs
Countdown to 2018 from Bōkan’s fabulous rooftop. Enjoy a six-course tasting menu with wine pairings, an open bar from 10pm-2am, snacks served from 11pm-1am, live entertainment and DJs spinning into the wee hours. Head Chef Aurélie Altemaire’s tasting dishes include lobster salad, foie gras ravioli, seared sea bass and Black Angus beef fillet. After dinner, head up to Bokan 38 and 39 to dance the night away with views of the fireworks across London. The New Year’s Eve package is £350pp including all of the above. New Year’s Eve tickets are £290 including the six-course tasting menu with wine pairings. Tickets for Bokan 38/39 are £100pp including entry from 10pm, open bar from 10pm-2am, snacks from 11pm-1am and live entertainment.
40 Marsh Wall, Isle of Dogs E14 9TP; bokanlondon.co.uk
26 The London Cabaret Club’s Around The World Masquerade Ball
The London Cabaret Club at The Bloomsbury Ballroom will host a New Year’s Eve Around The World Masquerade Ball, featuring spectacular entertainment and music, expertly crafted cocktails and cuisine from around the world. The evening includes a champagne reception, a four-course meal and a full-scale cabaret show with performances inspired by all corners of the globe – think fire breathers, aerialists and contortionists. Guests will also be able to enjoy live streaming of global firework displays and an after party until the early hours. The Masquerade Ball will take place across three unique spaces within the glamorous 1920s Art Deco venue: The Rose Room, The Long Bar and The Ballroom. Tickets for Masquerade Ball are priced £95pp for the Silver package (entry from 10pm), £295pp for the Golden package (including dinner and show) and £450pp for the Diamond package (including Don Pérignon Champagne and canapé reception plus dinner and show). Dress code is black tie.
The Ballroom, Victoria House Bloomsbury, Holborn WC1B 4DA; thelondoncabaretclub.com