So, you’ve stuffed yourself silly at Christmas, watched Home Alone so many times you can recite it word for word, and have experienced enough festive cheer for another 12 months. What’s next?
Before you start setting life goals for 2018, there’s the small matter of bringing in the New Year. Goodbye 2017, and hello the big One-Eight. There is nowhere finer than celebrating New Year in London. But what do you do and where can you go?
That is, indeed, the question. Fortunately, the answer caters to a multitude of tastes. The Big Smoke features an array of activities, from partying hard to watching the fireworks over the Thames.
No matter what you’re looking for, rest assured that we’ll find the perfect way for you to kick-off 2018 in style. Read on and discover our selection of the best New Year activities in London.
Let’s not beat around the bush - New Year is a time for celebration. Which means it’s time to party. The options in London are endless for New Years’ parties, and we’ve rounded up some of the best places to dance until the early hours.
Cargo is located under the railway arches in Shoreditch and offers a varied range of sounds that cater to different tastes. The night is called Full Circle, and there will be live music acts and resident DJs. Entry is even free before 7 pm. Be sure to sample their street food before the party starts.
Legendary Fabric has become one of the party venues to define London’s vibrant clubbing scene. It initially shut down last year but was reopened after mass demand from the public. The NYE Fabric event features several top DJs playing the latest techno sounds.
O2 Academy, Brixton
Playaz NYE is coming to the O2 Academy in Brixton and plans to help you kick-start your New Year in style. The night includes British hip hop and garage legends, including Roots Manuva and the Heartless Crew. Ragga DJ General Levy will also be playing on the night.
Egg Ldn, Kings Cross
With more than five dance floors, those visiting Egg at New Year’s are certainly spoilt for choice. There is also the bonus of ice cannons, lasers, confetti, explosions and unique decorations. It’s safe to say that Egg is pulling out all the stops for the transition into 2018.
These are just a selection of the best venues hosting NYE parties. There are, however, a plethora of options in the capital that provide you with the chance to shake a leg and get down.
Fireworks on the Thames
Ahh, what better way is there to welcome a new year than by sending loads of fireworks off into the sky? We can’t think of many, which is why celebrating NYE with a dazzling display of fireworks is the way to go.
As Big Ben strikes at midnight, London turns into a palette of colours as fireworks hit the sky and light up the capital. You can buy official tickets to the event. However, there are a few spots around the city where viewing is free.
Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath is a favourite, while Cannon Street and Tower Bridge are both popular hangouts. Wherever you decide to go to get your free firework fix, make sure you arrive early. The best areas fill up quickly.
If you don’t fancy watching the fireworks on land, take to the seas (well, the river) and enjoy the displays. Experience luxury treatment for one night with a three-course meal and champagne on tap. Round the evening off with the fireworks display going off right over your head at midnight.
Once the cruise has finished, there’s often a trip to a nearby bar included. Enjoy the rest of the night’s festivities by shaking a leg. If, however, a cruise with dinner isn’t your thing, ramp up the excitement levels with a speedboat ride along the Thames.
The experience lasts 30-minutes, and get you back just in time to watch the display and welcome in the New Year. Enjoy speedboat thrills before chilling to a pretty assortment of colours in the sky.
The Magic of Vienna, Barbican
If the words ‘Strauss dynasty’ mean anything to you, then the Magic of Vienna is a New Year’s treat in waiting. The Magic of Vienna concert takes place at the Barbican and provides a 19-century ballroom for a night of dancing. Tickets start at £19.50.
Bringing in the New Year comes in many forms. For those who don’t feel like partying all night, there are loads of restaurants around London offering a culinary experience. Most of them feature a special New Year menu for a set price.
All Star Lanes, Brick Lane
If fancy dress and 1920s vibes don’t float your boat, how about a throwback to the 90s? All Star Lanes in Brick Lane is going heavy on the glow sticks and upping its neon game to embrace the Britpop era.Tickets are £25, bowling is not only included but highly recommended, and you can even hang around for a dance after dinner.
Hix Soho, Soho
If you’re looking for something slightly more upmarket, a seasonal set menu at Hix Soho should be on the agenda. There is dancing after dinner, but if it’s just the food you’re after, serving starts from 8 pm and costs £95 per person. The menu is made up of A la carte dining of British dishes.
The Candlelight Club, secret location
As we get ready to embrace the future, take a trip to the past with dinner at the Candlelight Club. They’re channelling their inner Great Gatsby to offer a dining experience set to the backdrop of 1920s New York. The four-course meal starts at £115 per person.
Get ready for 2018
Whether you’re looking for all-night parties, the best restaurants, firework displays or quirky and quaint experiences, London has you covered. The saying ‘something for everyone’ can be rather cliché, but as far as London goes, it hits the nail on the head.
We’d love to know what you’re doing for New Years. Will you be taking up one of our suggestions or do you already have plans in place? Sound off in the comments below and share your plans.
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Happy New Year from everyone at Movebubble.