NYE 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 2020 starts on a high
Lead image: Natural History Museum (photo: © Trustees of the Natural History Museum)
1 New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at The Chesterfield, Mayfair
This New Year’s Eve, The Chesterfield Mayfair is hosting a very special Black Tie Gala Dinner in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), Britain’s national orchestra. A talented string quartet of RPO musicians will provide entertainment throughout the evening, as guests enjoy an exquisite seven-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Nathan Hindmarsh, including dishes such as Scottish langoustine, roasted goose with caramelised pear and Isle of Mull cheddar cheese with black truffle doughnut. Each course will be paired with wines from Red Carnation’s very own vineyard in South Africa, Bouchard Finlayson. After dinner, you’ll retire to the hotel’s candlelit Conservatory for a Lanson Champagne reception to ring in the New Year. Priced £215pp (or £170pp without paired wines). From 8pm. Click here to book.
35 Charles Street, Mayfair W1J 5EB; chesterfieldmayfair.com
2 Omakase Menu with 1976 Lanson Champagne at The Rubens at The Palace, Westminster
If you really want to push the boat out, pop the cork on a 1976 Lanson Champagne, a coveted vintage magnum carefully crafted by Lanson’s Chef des Caves. Lanson has been the official supplier to the Royal Family since 1884, and if it’s good enough for the Queen… This exceptional champagne will be served at alongside an exquisite 21-course omakase menu of the finest sushi and sashimi prepared by Chef Suren Karki and served in The Leopard Bar at The Rubens at The Palace, located across from The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. £150 per person. Click here to book
39 Buckingham Palace Road, Westminster SW1W 0PS; rubenshotel.com
3 Creatures of the Night 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, donning some UV body paint, making nocturnal animal masks, taking a shot in the dark (there will be bars serving drinks and light refreshments all night) and shaking your thang at the Museum of the Moon silent disco. You can also roam the galleries and dance the night away with the Massaoke band and DJ. 8pm-1am. Adults £99. Members £89.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 5BD; nhm.ac.uk
4 Great Gatsby Party at Sky Garden, the City
Sky Garden is hosting a resplendent Greta Gatsby themed 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 – complete with the best view of the fireworks in town – the evening will be accompanied by live music from a swing band 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 with canapes and bowl food. Tickets start from £125pp (access only and a welcome drink), increasing for table reservations and dinner bookings. Note: The venue is a naturally ventilated garden, so don your faux fur and velvet! Over 18s only, ID required for entry).
20 Fenchurch Street EC3M 8AF; skygarden.london
5 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 up to 15 years £450. 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 up to 15 years, £800).
150 Piccadilly W1J 9BR; theritzlondon.co
6 The Milestone Hotel, Kensington
Celebrate the New Year in style with us in Cheneston’s Restaurant with a special five-course menu, plus petit fours, crafted by Executive Chef Daniel Putz. Start with the likes of seared yellowfin tuna or wild mushroom croustade, before a celeriac veloute with Bramley apple and blue cheese. The mains include choices of roasted fillet of Dedham Vale beef wild mushrooms, Loch Duart salmon en croûte, and double baked cheese soufflé. Next is a delicate palate cleanser of champagne granita before desserts such as milk chocolate tart with dulce de leche and salted peanut ice cream, coconut panna cotta with spiced pineapple carpaccio or a selection of artisan cheese. From 8pm onwards. £225pp (£112.50 for kids under 12). View the full menu here and click here to book.
1 Kensington Court, Kensington W8 5DL; milestonehotel.com
7 New Year’s Eve at The Shard
Where better to spend New Year’s Eve – and get the best view of all the fireworks – than London’s tallest building? Bag yourself a ticket for The Shard’s NYE bash and you’ll get a complimentary cocktail to begin the celebrations and a free glass of Moët & Chandon champagne to toast in the New Year. Once you’ve feasted your eyes on the glorious views of London all lit up for Christmas, head to the dance floor for a live DJ set. Tickets from £249 with VIP Tables available, but book soon, there are only 250 tickets up for grabs. 10pm-2am.
32 London Bridge Street SE1 9SG; theviewfromtheshard.com
8 The Montague on the Gardens, Bloomsbury
See in the New Year in style at the Montague with a four-course candlelit dinner and live music. Dinner will be served in the hotel’s The Blue Door Bistro, starting with a glass of champagne on arrival and finishing with coffee and petits fours. In between you can enjoy starters of white onion soup with truffle glaze, H Forman and Son smoked salmon with caviar, or pan-fried foie gras, followed by a main of fillet of beef with Madeira sauce, black pudding croquettes and cauliflower purée, roast monkfish with red pepper dressing, puy lentils and pancetta, or artichoke and spinach risotto. Dessert options include Bea Tollman’s rice pudding with candied nuts and caramel sauce, and chocolate fondant. After dinner, you can enjoy live music in the Leopard Bar, where you’ll toast in the New Year. £90pp. See the full menu here and click here to book.
15 Montague Street, Bloomsbury WC1B 5BJ; montaguehotel.com
9 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. Located within the official South Bank Zone for the fireworks, you’ll have one of the most exclusive views in London from the comfort of your cosy, heated, private spot. Choose from three packages – a Snow Globe with canapes, winter starters, Jimmy’s Alpine fondue & Côte de Boeuf feasting boards, and unlimited drinks all night, plus champagne at midnight (£4,000 for up to 10 people). Alternatively, opt for a spot at Jimmy’s Bar, a covered and heated bar area offering welcome canapes, an Alpine burger, Martin Miller’s Gin cocktails, bubbles at midnight and late night Croque Monsieurs (£100pp). The third option is the Jimmy’s Lodge, the cosy upstairs Alpine retreat serving a New Year’s feast of canapes, winter starters, Alpine fondue, Côte de Boeuf and poached pear dessert, as well as mulled wine, Martin Miller’s Gin cocktails and champagne at midnight (£300pp). 7.30pm-2am. To book see designmynight.com.
78 Waterloo Bridge SE1 9PX; jimmyslodge.com
10 The Rubens at The Palace, Westminster
The Rubens at The Palace has a number of options for New Year’s Eve. In the vibrant red New York Bar, you can enjoy a sharing platter of four dishes with a bottle of Lanson Champagne while listening to live music (6pm-2am, £110 for two guests, click here to book. Alternatively, opt for a sushi sharing stand created by Chef Suren Karki with a bottle of Lanson Champagne and live jazz music in The Leopard Bar (6pm-1am, £130 for two guests, click here to book). Finally, you can enjoy a New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner in The English Grill, choosing dishes from the à la carte menu, including an amuse bouche, intermediate course of champagne sorbet, flambéed dessert and petit fours (from 5.30pm, last seating 10.30pm, view the menu here and click here to book).
39 Buckingham Palace Road, Westminster SW1W 0PS; rubenshotel.com
11 The London New Year’s Eve Ball at Battersea Evolution
The London New Year’s Eve Ball is an all-inclusive New York themed party including a four-course dinner, unlimited drinks, dodgems, a DJ and more. The menu, designed by Smart Hospitality, features canapés such as vegetable gyoza, New York Hot Dogs and Barbeque Empanadas, followed by a starter of either Smoked Salmon or Double Baked Cheddar Cheese Soufflé, mains of Roast Surrey Farm Sirloin of Beef or Butternut Squash Risotto. For dessert, it’s Sticky Toffee Pudding followed by a selection of fine cheeses. Tickets include unlimited house beer, wine and soft drinks all night, a sparkling wine and canapé reception, dinner, all entertainment – including the DJ, dodgems and disco, and live streaming of London’s world-famous firework display. There’s also a free shuttle bus to London Victoria after midnight and a dedicated taxi rank.
Battersea park, off Queenstown Road SW8 4NW; smartparties.co.uk
12 The Prohibition Party by Bourne & Hollingsworth
Step back to the age of loosening morals, soaring stocks and bootleg barons at The Prohibition Party by 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 bootlegged booze. Held in a secret London location revealed two weeks beforehand, 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 pre-party dance class from 8pm-9pm. Tickets £55-£75. 9pm-3am.
13 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 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, with a cash bar. The cruise boards at Bankside pier at 8.30pm, disembarking at Bankside pier at 1am. Then there’s the River Princess cruise for £170, which also adds in a drinks package. Boarding 8.45pm from Westminster Pier and disembarking at 1.15am at Westminster. Both cruises will grant you a view of the fireworks from Lambeth Pier at midnight and a dancefloor with DJs playing party classics and chart hits.
14 The LaLiT London’s New Year’s Eve Ball with Raja, Tooley Street
The LaLiT London’s exclusive New Year’s party, held in the gorgeous Baluchi restaurant – a grand dining hall with a tall, vaulted ceiling and dazzling sapphire-blue chandeliers – will pair a glamorous, uplifting drag show with a four-course, authentic pan-Indian fine dining experience. Exciting guest performers include RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Raja and the iconic Holy Mother of Gawd, Virgin Xtravaganzah, as your host, as well as alien beauty queen Juno Birch, Cleopantha, Burlesque Goddess and Twerk Queen, and Bolly Illusion, the Diva Dancer from Manchester. DJ Lewis G Burton will be on the decks to keep guests dancing till 1am. From 7pm. Tickets are £120. Click here to book. You can also enjoy all this with an overnight stay and New Year’s Day late breakfast from £599.
181 Tooley Street, London Bridge SE1 2JR; thelalit.com
15 Duck and Waffle’s 24 Hour Celebrations
Duck & Waffle will fête the new decade with an unforgettable 24 hour affair, from sunset to sunrise and sunset again! Of course, you don’t need to commit to the full 24 hours! Choose from a number of experiences created for diners, night owls, early risers and brunch enthusiasts. The Early Dining sitting runs from 6pm-9pm, with complimentary champagne and canapés at the bar before a five-course tasting menu (£195pp), while Late Dining runs from 9pm-2am, featuring the same dining package as Early Dining with the addition of a festive 2020 countdown with DJs and live performances (£325pp). Alternatively, you can opt for the Bar Celebration from 10pm-2am, with a complimentary welcome cocktail and canapés, DJs and live performances (£125pp, plus £50 for an open bar package), or the Sunrise After Party, a lively late night bash celebrating the first sunrise of the decade with a la carte dining (2am-9am, reservations strongly encouraged). If you’re more of a New Year’s Day kinda person, opt for the New Year’s Day Brunch, where you can enjoy a enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling and a three-course prix-fixe for £49pp (9am-5pm).
110 Bishopsgate EC2N 4AY; duckandwaffle.com
16 SAMBAZONIA New Year’s Eve at SUSHISAMBA, Covent Garden & Heron Tower
SUSHISAMBA will ring in 2020 with an epic SAMBAZONIA rainforest celebration befitting of a brand-new decade. Inspired by the mystery and allure of the Amazon rainforest, SAMBAZONIA will transform the night into an immersive experience with live performances, high energy DJs, colorful installations and an epic countdown. Executive Chef Andreas Bollanos has whipped up a number of menu offerings, from early dining to the midnight countdown and beyond, with highlights including Crispy Wagyu Taquitos, Toro Tiradito, Black Cod, Wagyu Beef Ishiyaki and signature Samba Rolls. Choose between SUSHISAMBA Heron Tower – where you can immerse yourself in a 500-plus LED light installation overlooking the city – or welcome the new decade in the rainforest-esque surrounds of SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden. Bar celebrations tickets from £75 at Covent Garden and £150 at Heron Tower.
17 Studio 54 at 100 Wardour St, Soho
100 Wardour St is going all Studio 54 this New Year’s Eve. Having ruled the world for 33 months, 100 Wardour St is bringing it back for one night only, paying homage to the glory days of disco. DJs and dancers will takeover the Bar & Lounge upstairs, with live music from Belair downstairs in the Restaurant & Club. Tickets are now available, starting from £30 for early-bird partygoers. Dining is also available, starting at £60 in the Bar & Lounge from 6pm-9pm (check out the menu here), and £75 for the early sitting in the Restaurant & Club from 5.30pm-7.30pm, or £150pp for the late sitting is available from 7.45pm at (check out the menu here). For more details or to book dinner or drinks tables, email email@example.com or call 020 7314 400. Open 6pm-4am.
100 Wardour Street, Soho W1F 0TL; 100wardourst.com
18 A Bollywood New Tear’s Eve Feast at Brigadiers, the City
Indian BBQ restaurant & drinking tavern Brigadiers will be ringing in 2020 with a celebratory Bollywood Feast Party. A four-course tasting menu – featuring dishes of Masala Chicken Skins, Mangalorean Crab Samosas and Original BBQ Butter Chicken Wings before a hure Shahi Lamb Biryani dish – will be served while the London School of Bollywood dancers do their thing and a dhol drummer keeps the energy up. The bar will be serving bespoke wine pairings, champagne by the glass, bottle or magnum and free-flowing lager or house cocktails. Once the food and entertainment is over, the resident DJ will spin a fusion of Bollywood and contemporary hits late into the night. A vegetarian menu is also available. £75pp for early sittings (until 7.30pm), or £90pp from 7.45pm until late, including a glass of Champagne on arrival. Wine pairing is available for an additional £50pp per person, free-flowing lager £20pp.
1-5 Bloomberg Arcade EC4N 8AR; brigadierslondon.com
19 Southbank Centre’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular
Party through the decades and enjoy a front-row seat to London’s iconic New Year’s Eve fireworks at Southbank Centre. The Royal Festival Hall will be transformed into a set-dressed spectacular with five floors of fun and two new themed rooms for NYE 2019. Merry-makers will have access to six bars and get to enjoy live acts, 15 DJs, continuous dance lessons, and outdoor spaces to watch the UK’s largest annual fireworks display. 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. Pick your decade and dress to impress! Tickets from £115 including a glass of fizz.
Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX; southbankcentre.co.uk
20 The Twisted Circus NYE Festival at Shaka Zulu, Camden
The Twisted Circus NYE Festival comes to Shaka Zulu end 2019 with our dazzling acrobats, dancers, fire breathers and sword swallowers. Amazing circus performances will take place throughout the evening, as DJs spin the latest tunes in R&B, Hip Hop, House, commercial chart and party anthems. The award-winning venue will be decked out in fabulous Twisted Circus style – perfect for the ‘gram – setting the scene for a seven-hour spectacular. Bar access, table reservations and dining packages are available, with bar access tickets starting from £40 (book here). Book a table for queue jumping, a seating area for your group and table service (minimum spend required starting from £520). Dinner packages are priced £55pp and £95pp for three courses, including dishes such as sirloin steak, 8oz rump of lamb, Chermoula sea bass and porcini mushroom ravioli (to book call 020 3376 9911). Dining from 5.30pm or 7pm. Party from 9pm-4am.
1 Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden NW1 8AB; shaka-zulu.com
21 Quaglino’s Presents Masquerade, St James’s
Welcome in 2020 in spectacular style with a night at Quaglino’s Masquerade New Year’s Eve party. Don your masks and make your way down the iconic Quaglino’s staircase to enjoy a three-course signature menu, accompanied by a great line-up of live music. Either reserve a table in the bar for drinks and canapes, or bag a table to dine on an exquisite menu designed by Executive Head Chef Nuno Goncalves. After dinner, you can dance the night away with live entertainment from headliners The Fellas, as well as warm-up performances from The Gents and the resident DJ from 1am-4am. The early dinner sitting costs £110pp (last booking arrivals accepted at 7.30pm), while the main sitting costs £220pp (reservations accepted from 7.45pm onwards). Bar packages from £160 for two people.
Quaglino’s, 16 Bury Street, St James’s SW1Y 6AJ; quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk
22 Old School House Party at 640East at The Arches, Bethnal Green
Miss the days of epic house parties with your friends on New Years Eve? Games, great music and a raucous time? Then head for The Arches in Soho, which is offering you the chance to say farewell to 2019 by partying like you’re 19 again with unlimited prosecco and food from resident food trader, Piadina Project. And the best bit? No mess to clean up in the morning! Tickets £45 for entry and unlimited prosecco or £55 for entry, unlimited prosecco and a Piadina and fries. Click here to book.
159-161 Malcolm Place, Bethnal Green E2 0EU; 640east.co.uk
23 The Parisian Cabaret New Year’s Eve Party at Archer Street, Soho
Archer Street is channelling the spirit of Paris in the 20s for a Parisian Cabaret New Year’s Eve spectacular. The talented team of West End performers will be getting you into the groove with a whole host of your favourite musical numbers, including special performances of Elephant Love Medley and all the best songs from Moulin Rouge. A complimentary Green Fairy cocktail or glass of Billecart-Salmon Champagne will await you on arrival, and canapés will be served between 7.30pm and 10pm. The dress code is ‘elegant attire with perfect grace’ – think Sparkling Diamonds and Lady Marmalade. Tickets are £40pp including a red carpet entrance, complimentary cocktail or glass of Billecart-Salmon Champagne, canapés, live performances throughout the evening, a photographer and a complimentary cloakroom. To book call 020 7734 3342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 7pm-3am.
3-4 Archer Street, Soho W1D 7AP; archerstreet.co.uk
24 Studio 54 at The Ned, the City
The Ned is throwing it back to the 1970s for a Studio 54-inspired disco across the Grand Banking Hall this New Year’s Eve. Enjoy an evening of feasting, live music and entertainment, with disco balls and performances from resident acts, plus sets from special guests. Tickets are £250pp including entry, free-flowing drinks including beer, wine, fizz and cocktails, plus all-you-can-eat feasting across the ground floor (click here to book, 8pm until late). On 1 January, you can recover with Ned’s New Year’s Day Brunch Feast. Expect plenty of brunch dishes to help with the hangover, including English breakfast dishes, salads, lobster, oysters and more festive roasts. There will also be live entertainment all afternoon from The Nickel Stage (£65pp, £32.50 for kids aged 6-12, under six free).
27 Poultry, the City EC2R 8AJ; thened.com
25 Bombay Vintage Glam at Dishoom Kensington
Head for Dishoom’s Art Deco Kensington café for a glamorous New Year’s gathering. The team will be serving two decadent set menus (one for veggies, one for omnivores) featuring celebratory dishes such as Lamb Raan Biryani and Paneer Bemisal. Kensington’s very own Marine Liners, a six-piece lineup, will then take to the stage for an evening of searingly hot jazz featuring the exquisite vocals of Fini Bearman. Menus are priced at £80pp non-veg and £75pp veg. Tables can be booked from 8pm and you can keep the table till closing at 1am. To book email email@example.com. At all other Dishoom branches, you can enjoy bottles of fizz and thaals laden with decadent dishes (Covent Garden, Carnaby, Shoreditch and King’s Cross will be serving the all-day menu all evening), alongside tipples from the Permit Room and retro tunes, with space to dance. Open till 2am. Bookings can be made via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), but there will be space for walk-ins throughout the evening.
26 New Year’s Eve Gold Venetian Ball at Bunga Bunga Battersea
Bunga Bunga Battersea is hosting a dazzling Gold Venetian Ball this New Year’s Eve. Renowned for their glamour and mystery, Bunga’s twist on this traditional, elaborate Italian affair will marry both dinner and dancing, with plenty of surprises in between. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a welcome glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne, before feasting on a five-course Italian banquette, followed by live entertainment to inspire both the talented and the bold to take to the stage for karaoke after the countdown. Strike gold on the mic as the clock strikes midnight, and be ‘all that glitters’ as the ball rolls into the early hours. Alternatively, swing by later for the after-party and dance all night long with DJs on every floor, including in the recently refurbished Gold Club Bunga. All night ticket £85pp (7pm-3am); after-party ticket from £20pp (10pm-3am). Click here to book.
37 Battersea Bridge Road, Battersea SW11 3BA; bungabunga.com
27 Bun House x Wun’s Bang Bang Rock ‘n’ Roll New Year’s Eve Party, Soho
To see out 2019 in style, Z He and Alex Peffly, the husband and wife team behind Bun House and Wun’s, will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party that captures the groove and spirit of 1960s late night Hong Kong. Taking place at Wun’s Tea Room on Greek Street, the event will see the lights dimmed and the volume raised, as Wun’s basement bar comes to life with the sounds of surf rock. Guests are encouraged to embrace the theme of surf rock glam, a style fusing Southern California’s surf culture and David Bowie’s glam rock. Book into one of the velvet booths in the neon-lit bar and enjoy a selection of complimentary bites and a bottle of Taittinger champagne. A streamlined menu of late-night snacks will also be available to buy from the ground floor Tea Station, which will be transformed into a Snack Counter for the evening offering coal grilled skewers, slow braised beef brisket and Bun House’s signature steamed buns. Drinks for the evening will include their signature Basil & Grape and Shiso & Cucumber cocktails, alongside beers celebrating Hong Kong’s craft beer scene and plenty of fizz. 10.30pm-5am. Tickets are £15 in advance (click here to book) or £20 on the door, including a glass of complimentary bubbles for guests arriving before 11pm. Dine at Wun’s from 27-31 December and spend over £40 per head for free entry to the party.
23 Greek Street, Soho W1D 4DZ; tearoom.bar
28 New Year’s Eve Chicago Speakeasy at Barts, Chelsea
Shimmy-on down to London’s most notorious speakeasy – located somewhere on Sloane Avenue – for a glitzy evening behind Barts’ secret black door. Barts is going all out this year with a double celebration – the venue’s 10th birthday and a century since Prohibition came into force in the US, which was effectively the birth of the speakeasy. Once inside, you’ll be transported back to the 1920s Chicago scene for an illicit Gatsby-esque party with lawless liquor from Moët & Chandon and Belvedere. You can either buy a Bar Ticket, which includes a welcome glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne and free-flowing Belvedere cocktails, beers, wines and house spirits all evening, or opt for Table Tickets to guarantee a post for the evening, with both a bottle of Belvedere Vodka and Moët & Chandon Champagne per four shady associates. Tickets from £85pp (click here to book). 9pm-4am.
Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Ave, Chelsea SW3 3DW; barts-london.com
29 New Year’s Eve Underground Knees-Up at Cahoots, Soho
Swing into the New Year in true 40s fashion with a jolly good New Year’s Eve Underground Knees-Up. The Scoundrels at Cahoots in Soho are marking five years of high-spirited hi-jinks with one hell of a shindig featuring bottomless cocktails, rousing performances and a DJ to keep you on your feet till 3am. Dapper chaps and dazzling dames will be welcomed on entry to the Underground with a Grey Goose La Vanille cocktail to kick-start the evening, before filling their boots with scrumptious rations and indulging in a selection of spiffing bottomless cocktails. Later on, the tube station will be taken over by wartime trio Hotsie Totsies, who will be performing vintage classics, followed by the incredible Roustabouts, who will ramp up the energy with a smashing DJ set. Tickets from £100pp (click here to book). 8pm-3am.
13 Kingly Court, Carnaby W1B 5PW; cahoots-london.com
30 New Year’s Eve James Bond: For Your Eyes Only at Maggie’s, Chelsea
Prepare to be shaken, not stirred, this New year’s Eve as Maggie’s rolls out the red carpet Bond-style for with For Your Eyes Only. In eager anticipation of the 25th Bond installation, No Time to Die, due to be released in spring, Maggie’s is granting guests the license to thrill as we ring in 2020. Be sure to arrive suited and booted, for a night steeped in 007 glamour, which will begin with a Belvedere cocktail reception and contain a lethal combination of 80s and Bond hits. Tickets from £20pp when you book in advance (on the door, £40pp). 10pm-4am.
329 Fulham Road, Chelsea SW10 9QL; maggies-club.com
31 Bubbledogs x Two Lights New Year’s Eve Champagne & Fried Chicken Party, Fitzrovia
This New Year’s Eve, bubbledogs, the Champagne bar in Fitzrovia by award-winning sommelier Sandia Chang, is teaming up with American restaurant Two Lights for a Champagne & Fried Chicken Party. Two Lights will be taking over the bubbledogs kitchen with their signature Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Biscuits with Gravy & Jalapeño Mayo (£15), while Sandia and the team will be pouring their favourite grower champagnes behind the bar and offering a small a la carte menu of bubbledogs classics. As midnight nears, bubbledogs’ resident DJ will be spinning the decks. 5.30pm-1am. Tables can be booked here but there will be room for standing and walk-ins on the night.
70 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia W1T 4QG; bubbledogs.co.uk
32 The Blue Posts, Soho
There will be dancing till late on New Year’s Eve at The Blue Posts, the modern pub where Soho meets Chinatown on Rupert Street. The pub will be playing banging tunes and serving craft beers and cocktails, including the pub’s famous Negroni and the new Snowgroni (made with Birds botanical spirit, Belsazar White Vermouth and Suze bitters), as well as specially selected wines. Entry is free. 7pm-late. Register via eventbrite. Also, at Evelyn’s Table, the intimate kitchen bar in the converted wine cellar of The Blue Posts, the team has devised a five-course menu served over three sittings. Available for only 12 seats per sitting, the menu includes a series of seasonal dishes such as roasted Isle of Mull scallop with cauliflower purée and seaweed butter sauce; rigatoni ditalini with parmesan velouté and fresh Périgord truffle; and a dark liquid chocolate fondant with grapefruit and jasmine tea ice cream. Priced £75 for the 5.30pm sitting, £80 for the 7.45pm sitting and £120 for the 10pm sitting, which includes a glass of Krug Rose Champagne and an additional dish of roasted duck liver with spiced pear and sherry. Click here to book.
28 Rupert Street, Soho W1D 6DJ; theblueposts.co.uk
33 Zuma’s First Ever NYE Party, Knightsbridge
Zuma is throwing its first ever NYE dinner and party, showcasing its a la carte menu alongside signature and premium tasting menus. With no date in the calendar quite like New Year’s Eve, the Zuma team has decided to introduce a DJ to the popular Japanese restaurant in Knightsbridge for the first time ever. Playing live sets from 10pm onwards, Zuma Abu Dhabi’s resident DJ, Lucas, will keep the party going until late. For bookings and further information, contact the reservations team on 020 7584 1010.
5 Raphael Street, Knightsbridge SW7 1DL; zumarestaurant.com
34 Mambista’s New Year’s Eve Wing Ding at The Portico Gallery, West Norwood
Mambista – the Latin, African and Jazz dance party, closes the curtains on 2019 with one Grupo Lokito’s dynamite dancefloor mix of Congolese Soukous and Cuban Salsa fire. Once again, they will be supported by DJ Gerry Lyseight spinning his superior selection of Latin, African and Jazz from far and wide. Tickets are £20 in advance online or £25 on the door (including complimentary mulled wine and party paraphernalia). 9pm-2am.
23a Knight’s Hill, West Norwood SE27 0HS; porticogallery.org.uk
35 Rated R New Year’s Eve at The Book Club, Shoreditch
Rated R touches down at The Book Club this New Year’s Eve to ring in 2020 with your favourite R&B and rap anthems all night. From Southern Hospitality, the people that bring you the legendary Hip Hop Karaoke, Rated R is a night of classic R&B and hip hop bangers from the 90s, Noughties and right now. There’ll be no shortage of sing-alongs and party jams from London’s best DJs and the most welcoming atmosphere anywhere in Shoreditch. Tickets from £10.
100-106 Leonard Street, Hackney EC2A 4RH; thebookclub.eventcube.io
36 Sexy SEAries New Year’s Eve party with DJ Malik at Sexy Fish, Mayfair
Sexy Fish is celebrating its 4th anniversary with the Sexy SEAries, a series of live performances, huge parties and surprise celebrity appearances in partnership with The House of Suntory. Next up is an outrageous New Year’s Eve party with DJ Malik. The evenings feature roaming performances from Sexy Fish characters in spectacular costumes, plus the return of The Sexy Fish Orchestra, complete with sharks and dolphins playing the bongos and the sax. All this, alongside great food and cocktails from The House of Suntory. On-demand beauty app Ruuby will also be available to apply a bespoke Sexy Fish makeup look for you at home, before you join the party. No tickets are required, you simply need to book a table, but there will be a minimum spend of £275pp.
7 Berkeley Square, Mayfair W1J 6BR; sexyfish.com
37 Piece Of Your Heart at Mthr at The Collective Canary Wharf
Mthr at The Collective Canary Wharf is ringing in the New Year with the recently Grammy-nominated Goodboys. Straight out of south London, their infectious hooks and energy-driven melodies are sure to get you moving. Complete with slick decor, innovative cocktails and incredible views across the London skyline, Mthr is a party pad that ticks all the NYE boxes. Standing tickets £45 (including entry and two glasses of bubbly). For guaranteed tables with drinks for parties of 8+, please enquire via email@example.com. Doors open at 9.30pm, doors close at 11pm, live show starts at 11pm, DJ until 3am. Over 18s only (ID required).
20th floor, The Collective Canary Wharf, Crossharbour Plaza E14 9YF; mthrlondon.com
38 Hello Darling, Waterloo
Darling House is throwing a massive house party in their eccentric two-story residence featuring six madcap rooms crammed with artwork and oddities. For just £30 a ticket, including a drink on arrival, you can get right involved in a good old fashioned house party with singing in the bathroom, dancing in the bedroom and magic in the library. There will be entertainment throughout the night from their fabulous ‘flatmates’, including drag acts and cabaret (click here to book). Alternatively, enjoy a quirky supper club for £65 per person, including a sparkling welcome drink on arrival, followed by a bespoke five-course menu dreamt up by the resident chef, with views of the London fireworks at midnight and a narrator to bring a touch of drama to the evening (click here to book). 7pm-2am.
131 Waterloo Road, Lambeth SE1 8UR; hellodarling.london
39 Enter The 20’s at Neverland, Fulham
Head for Neverland in Fulham for Enter The 20’s, a flapper-themed party to celebrate the second coming of the 20’s. Tickets include a glass of bubbles on arrival, as well as a hog roast to keep you fueled throughout the night. A DJ will be keeping the party going all night, playing Hip Hop, R’n’B and Commercial Pop as you roam the winter wonderland, complete with river views. Tickets from £35. Tables are available for larger parties. Click here to book. 7pm-1am.
364 Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham SW6 2TY; winterlandlondon.com
40 New Year’s Eve at The Crown and Greyhound, Dulwich
Celebrate the New Year at The Crown and Greyhound in Dulwich. The incredible Love For Sale, a London based Blue Note Jazz band, will be playing what they describe as ‘jazz for even those whose don’t like jazz!’ They’ve spent previous New Year’s Eves playing the likes of Sydney Opera house, so it’s not one to be missed. When the clock strikes midnight, there’ll be a balloon drop and complimentary Aperol Spritz. Tickets are £10 and can be booked via the pub’s website under ‘New Year’s Eve Ticket’.
73 Dulwich Village SE21 7BJ; thecrownandgreyhound.co.uk
41 Champagne on Ice New Year’s Eve Party at the Natural History Museum
‘Rink’ in 2020 with the Champagne on Ice New Year’s Eve Party at the Natural History Museum Ice Rink. Eat, skate, be merry and count down to midnight on the glistening ice as the clock strikes midnight. Skate from 9pm-10.45pm or from 11pm until 12.30am. A DJ in the Café Bar upstairs will keep the party going until 1am. Tickets are £33pp, including entry to the Café Bar, an extended skating session, and a glass of champagne on arrival.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 5BD; nhm.ac.uk
42 The South London Soul Train at The Bussey Building, Peckham
The South London Soul Train is hosting a New Year’s Eve bash at The Bussey Building, and with four floors and five rooms to explore, you sure won’t run out of dancing tunes. Each room has a different theme, including The Funk Pit and The Disco Wonderland, supplying you with enough jazz, funk, soul and disco to keep you rocking till the early morning. The South London Soul Train promises to take you on a ‘Non-Stop Magical Mystery Tour’ so get your tickets now! 9pm-6am. Tickets £30 (click here to book).
CLF Art Cafe, Block A, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST; clfartcafe.org
43 New Year’s Ceilidh at St Thomas’ Church, Balham
Ring in 2020 the Scottish way with Fiddle Paradiddle’s Hogmanay Hootenanny: New Year’s Ceilidh 2019. The night will feature all the traditional dances and some special new ones for the night, with Fiddle Paradiddle guiding you through the steps before accompanying your dancing with rowdy folk tunes. A pop-up bar will be stocked with beer, cider, wine, bubbles, whisky and gin, and there’ll also be a candy bar for a sugar boost. Tickets £50-£60.
Telford Avenue, Balham SW2 4XW. To book see designmynight.com