If New Year’s Eve plans have you in a completely stress; do you stay in, do you go out, do you kiss your crush at midnight or will the alcohol have got the better of you? Then you need to forget all of that, you need to go out and party. You need to say ‘Thanks 2015, but you’re done now, hello 2016’. Just like that of course. As ever London steps up to the mark with it’s parties and here are some of our favourites from 1920s jazz to house and hip hop.
What: Live band and private fireworks in the courtyard
Why: Rosewood Hotel’s elegant restaurant, Holborn Dining Room are turning into a party destination this New Year’s Eve. Live entertainment begins at 6pm with a DJ set to instantly get you in the party spirit, 5-piece band Beat will takeover at 11pm, bringing 2016 in with covers of Stevie Wonder and Daft Punk – perfect for dancing. Tickets include a glass of the house ‘R’ de Ruinart Brut for all guests, and unlimited access to Holborn’s Delicatessen sweet factory. The most magical part of the night? A private fireworks display in the courtyard at midnight.
Where: Rosewood London, High Holborn, London
What: Decadence and debauchery
Why: With prizes for best-dressed it will pay to make an effort with your outfit at Hush this New Year’s Eve. The Mayfair brasserie and cocktail bar is being inspired by ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ and all the decadence and debauchery Jordan Belfort would expect. A ‘Money Can’t Buy’ dinner includes lobster with gold leaf, champagne and truffles and a ‘Hush Money’ casino set the tone for a night of partying.
Where: 8 Lancashire Court, Brook Street, London, W1S 1EY
What: Fireworks, flappers and 2am breakfast canapes
Why: One of the most magical venues in London, The Roof Gardens are equally as appealing this New Year’s Eve as they would be on a summer evening. Cocktails on arrival then wine and beer kick off the 1920’s themed party. The Tudor Walkway and Tudor Garden Marquee host a winter BBQ and casino. Midnight will play host to an impressive fireworks display and then – the best bit – breakfast themed canapés brought round at 2am. DJs will perform throughout the night as well as a brass band on a live stage.
Where: 6th and 7th Floor, 99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, W8 5SA
What: 2016 via 1977
Why: As we celebrate entering another year, rewind time and head back to the 1970s, but staying this side of the pond. A 5-course dinner consisting of fillet of beef and chocolate tart will line the stomachs of party goers dancing till late. Tickets are available for the dinner and dancing, as well as party only tickets which include a welcome cocktail. Groovy.
Where: 354 King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UZ
What: Unlimited drinks
Why: If drinks and parties are your kind of bag then Crab Tavern has you sorted with the holy grail of fun requirements: unlimited drinks. Choose from a selection of house wine, beers and their special NYE cocktail over the 1 and a half hour period from 8-9.30pm with canapés throughout the evening. Head to the dance floor to boogie the night away with the resident DJ and cheers in the new year with a complementary glass of bubbles at midnight!
Where: Unit 7, Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS
What: A decadent soiree inspired by the Bright Young Things
Why: We may be about to enter the new year but for one night only the Booking Office at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel will be stepping back in time to the debauchery and excess of the 1920s to host Midnight in London; a decadent soiree inspired by the Bright Young Things. Don your finest 1920’s clothing to enjoy dinner and cocktails as Swing band, Café Manouche entertain guests throughout the evening playing music befitting of the period.
Where: Euston Road, London, NW1 2QR
What: Eat, drink and party
Why: The West End cocktail bar is pulling out all the stops to ring in the new year with a smashing line up, extensive cocktail list and a DJ to keep you dancing on the tables until the small hours. The NYE menu will feature dishes like Beef & Wild Mushroom Gyoza with white truffle cream, and Steamed Chillean Sea Bass with Pink Champagne, yuzu kosho, baby beetroot & Chinese celery to tantalise your taste buds.
Where: 27-29 Endell Street, Westminster, London, WC2H 9BA
What: Cabaret, dinner, James Bond parties and much more
Why: Cafe de Paris celebrates their 91st New Year’s Eve with a selection of packages that range from Champagne followed by 3 course dinner with 2 hours of the best of Showtime Cabaret from 2015 finishing off partying in the club to the small hours to just the classic cabaret show to a James Bond themed party with a Martini and canape reception, DJ’s and an amazing midnight countdown. VIP Tables available for up to 10 guests.
Where: 3-4 Coventry Street, St James, London, W1D 6BL
What: Let’s party like it’s 1929
Why: Prince got it so wrong, we aren’t going to party like it’s 1999, we’re going to party like it’s 1920s (think more Great Gatsby than Westlife I Have a Dream which was number 1 at the end of 1999, don’t you know?). An 8-piece jazz band will perform live in the glamorous Rumpus Room at the top of the Sea Containers giving guests an incredible view of the fireworks. Afterwards a DJ will play late into the night. Make the most of the night with the overnight package that includes two tickets to the party with guaranteed seating, a bottle of Perrier- Jouët Champagne, as well as a full buffet breakfast on New Year’s Day.
Where: Mondrian London at Sea Containers, 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PD
What: Gin & Jazz
Why: Start off 2016 by celebrating the Golden Age of jazz and classic cocktails! Vintage jazz band, The Shirt Tail Stompers will be performing live at the InterContinental Park Lane where the gin cocktails and Champagne will be flowing. Tickets include a cocktail on arrival, sharing platters, Champagne at midnight and a table at Gin and Jazz. So start practising your Charleston and LindyHop now – there was no nae nae-ing back in the 20s.
Where: One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London, W1J 7QY
What: Eclectic House and Hip Hop in Hackney
Why: Cat Lovers, the disco and house connoisseurs are heading over to Hackney to throw their New Year’s Eve Party at BL-NK. If you’re into your eclectic house, hip hop and dance then you need to make sure you get a ticket as they have Damiano von Erkert, Throwing Shade, KRL and Earl J on the line-up. They say the way you spend New Year’s Eve is the way you’ll spend the rest of the next year, so you know 2016 is going to be one amazing party!
Where: 25 - 27 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3LT
What: Start 2016 on a high
Why: Sky Pod inside Sky Garden are letting you dance the night away on the 31st and with a 9-piece band how can you resist? Champagne on arrival and at midnight is included in the ticket price and the views are pretty much priceless – think of all the fireworks you’ll be able to look down on. If you’d prefer to dine and not dance, their other two restaurants are good bets; the Darwin Brasserie will serve a 4-course meal in casual, buzzy surroundings, and for fine dining restaurant Fenchurch, a 5-course meal and champagne. Plump for the later sitting and sneak onto the viewing balcony for a view of the fireworks.
Where: 20 Fenchurch Street, London
What: For disco worshippers
Why: The Chapel Bar are looking to Studio54 in it’s heyday as inspiration for their New Year’s Eve party. Dig out your most disco-appropriate white and silver clothes as you boogie the night away to Last Days of Disco DJs keeping this feel-good genre alive and kicking. Tickets for the event include New York deli style canapés and signature Last Days of Disco disco jellies on arrival – who needs champagne anyway?!
Where: 29a Penton Street, London N1 9PX
What: Chef's dessert table and DJs through to 5am
Why: SW3’s Mimosa are giving promising their guests a night of food and entertainment on the 31st December. Asian spiced beef tartare and lobster salad will lead up to the biggest excitement… the chef’s dessert table. With a big night ahead of us we think mini mango spheres and cheesecake in shot glasses are totally justifiable. The DJs take over at 10.30pm when HYPE head honcho Cross End, Jimmy’s resident Farouk and Sessions favourite Nicolai will keep you moving until 5am.
Where: 86 Fulham Road, London SW3 6HR
What: Japanese feast with unlimited booze
Why: See in the New Year Japan-style as you tuck into a lavish Japanese feast plus free flowing alcohol which is totally unlimited booze. Rhe owner of Kurobuta, Scott Hallsworth, will have his signature canapes circulating the party as a live DJ will playing out tunes – all on the fifth floor at Harvey Nichols!
Where: 312 King's Road, London SW3 5UH
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