However many times you decide to make New Year’s Eve plans early, it never quite seems to happen that way - for most of us, Christmas takes over from November onwards and before you know it Boxing Day has arrived and there are still no solid plans for bringing in 2016.
Fortunately, this year we’ve put together a guide to our pick of the best events happening in London this New Years Eve, from watching the fireworks at Victoria Embankment to a budget-blowing luxury party at the top of the Gherkin - plus a few Quentin Tarantino parties and a Karaokethon for those seeking something a little different. Happy New Year, and we’ll see you in 2016!
We may be slightly biased, but we reckon London’s New Years Eve fireworks display is quite possibly the best in the world, with millions tuning in to watch the impressive pyrotechnics from home, never mind all the people taking to the streets to watch. As with previous years, the best viewing areas are ticketed off to ensure everyone gets the best view possible, with spots on Victoria Embankment, Southbank and Westminster Bridge for a mere £10 a ticket. If you fancy your chances there are plenty of other places along the river to see the fireworks from, but you might have to camp out reasonably early so bring a bottle of wine or two!
Address: Various locations
Fancy a trip to New Orleans this year but can’t quite afford the £500+ flights, never mind the premium hotel prices? No problem - Shoreditch bar NOLA are putting on a New Years Eve Party worthy of the Louisiana capital complete with live Rhythm and Blues music from the Joe Strouzer house band. Tickets cost £150 per person, which includes a private table with table service, fancy Ruinart Champagne to start, complimentary wine, spirits, beer and cocktails all night (doors close at 3am) and tasty New Orleans-style traditional canapes to snack on during the evening.
Address: Nola, 68 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3AY
Phone: 020 7772 98512
If you’re not keen on waiting in the crowded cold to watch the fireworks this year, take to the high seas (well, the Thames) this New Years eve instead with an exclusive boat party on the Golden Sunrise boat which will give you an unadulterated view of the midnight display. What’s more, during this four hour cruise you can also take in all the spectacular sights of London, including Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament, while enjoying a meal and celebrating with beers, wine and spirits from the open bar. The party starts at 9pm with a glass of champagne on arrival, and you can expect plenty of Top 40 and Disco hits to dance the night away to from the DJ too. Tickets cost from £99 per person.
Address: Millbank Pier, London SW1P
Quentin Tarantino-Themed Parties
There are a staggering three parties across London inspired by the cult director this year for Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill fans. First up is the Tarantino party at the Blues Kitchen in Camden, where soundtracks from his most renowned films will be played by live bands throughout the night until 4am, and tickets cost £25.
Meanwhile at The Exhibit in Balham , they’ve decked out the venue with references to this iconic director to create a truly immersive Tarantino experience, with a menu of items including Big Kahuna Burgers and Jackie Brownies, a Jack Rabbit Slim’s Twist Contest (with a £500 bar tab prize), DJS playing soundtrack songs and prizes for the best costume. Finally, the Silly Rabbit event in Dalston encourages guests to get in character for a night of music, prizes and disco dances for just £10 a ticket.
Address: Various locations
Bring in the New Year with a decadent soiree at the cool Dead Dolls House in Angel, where they’re holding a Black & White Masquerade Ball on December 31st. Dress up in your finest monochrome outfit for a sit down banquet or a three course feast, followed by plenty of champagne and late
night dancing to DJs playing everything from Funk & Soul to Hip Hop until 6am. Tickets start at £25 for the party portion of the evening.
Address: 35 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NN
The kooky, vintage-inspired Simmons bars across London are famed for having a relaxed party atmosphere and unbelievably cheap drinks for such central locations, and their New Years Eve party is no different with an open bar house party-style evening for just £50 - which includes unlimited drinks all night! DJs will also be there to play classic tunes and party anthems until 3am, so your guaranteed a New Year’s to remember which doesn’t break the bank.
Address: Various locations, including Soho, Camden and King’s Cross
Ring in the New Year with a strike at one of the popular All Star Lanes bowling venues across the city, where they’re hosting a Sixties-themed celebration with food, drink and a round of bowling for just £30 - plus a complimentary glass of Prosecco to celebrate with when the clock strikes midnight. The party continues well after this though, with music, drinks and dancing until the small hours. Not a fan of bowling? You can just come for the party at the bar, and best of all entry is completely free.
Address: Various locations, including Brick Lane and Holborn
Embrace your inner Scot with this year’s Hogmanay Hootenanny from Fiddle Paradiddle (try saying that after a few drinks), which celebrates New Years Eve in the traditional style found north of the border. Hosted at Fusilier House in Balham, you can expect all the usual ceilidh classics such as Strip the Willow and the Gay Gordons, and there will be an expert caller on hand to guide you through the steps if you're a ceilidh novice. Westerham Brewery will be there serving tasty ales and ciders, and the bar is also fully stocked with wine and cocktails. Make sure to learn the words for Auld Lang Syne too - you’ll be singing it at midnight!
Address: Fusilier House, 213 Balham High Rd, London, SW17 7BQ
Treat yourself to an unforgettable New Years Even atop of one of London’s most iconic buildings with a ticket to this White Tie extravaganza held in Searcy’s bar in the roof of the Gherkin. Transformed into a snow globe for the evening with a dusting of snow and white decorations, guests will be treated to a glass of vintage champagne and canapés on arrival, before enjoying a five course meal in the restaurant on the 39th floor then dancing the night away under the stars and watching fireworks light up the city. Tickets for the dinner package cost £290 per person.
Address: 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8EP
Phone: 020 7071 5025
Better start warming those pipes, because it’s all about the singing at the Star of Kings New Years Eve Party this year as they host a seven-hour long Karaokethon! For just £12.50 keen singers can spend the night belting out tunes over two floors, while enjoying bargain drinks from the bar. If you need to rest your vocal chords for a bit there will also be DJs playing party classics on both floors - although you can also sing along if you want!
Address: 126 York Way, London N1 0AX
Phone: 020 7458 4218
Main image credit: Ginny