The Handbook
The Handbook
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By | 19th December 2013

Clichéd it may be, but we have to say it: how on earth is another year over already? If, like us, you’re suffering from a bit of vertigo this December, make sure you grab hold of the last few moments of 2013 and head to one of London’s best New Year’s Eve events. The winning theme this year is clearly The Great Gatsby, but there are plenty of other options too, from sophisticated 5-, 6- and 7-course dinner menus, to NYE-themed film screenings and a winter wonderland grotto. Whichever you choose, make it a night to remember.

Aqua Shard

Start 2014 looking down over London at Aqua Shard. With dinner and dancing, it is a classic way to see in the New Year. The menu features dishes such as scallop and truffle carpaccio, pumpkin ravioli and wild mushroom custard, and a white truffle milkshake which we are very intrigued by! A band will be performing throughout dinner, followed by a DJ who will be playing until the early hours of the morning. www.aquashard.co.uk

Beaufort House

If you’re looking for somewhere sophisticated to celebrate New Year’s Eve this year, then look no further than Beaufort House. There will be a fabulous five-course set menu, including game and vegetable terrines and venison and mushroom wellingtons, followed by French fun (and we all know the French are high in the sophistication stakes) and frivolity at ‘Le Bal Masque Chez Beaufort House’. The dress code is ‘masquerade and all things French’- so start planning those outfits now.  www.beauforthousechelsea.co.uk

Boisdale of Canary Wharf

This New Year’s Eve  Boisdale of Canary Wharf is bringing the glamour and excitement of Elvis in Vegas to London. Guests will receive cocktails on arrival, as well as Boisdale banknotes which can be exchanged for chips at the casino tables. Boisdale will then host a four-course meal which will include pheasant, scallops and beef wellington, with entertainment from ‘Suspiciously Elvis’ including renditions of ‘Jailhouse Rock’, ‘American Trilogy’, ‘Viva Las Vegas’! www.boisdale.co.uk

Bounce

Bounce are well and truly saying good bye to 2013, in fact they’re done with the year and are just looking forward to welcoming in 2014 with a night of, you’ve guessed it ping pong. If dressing up and formal dinners just aren’t your thing, then Bounce is for you. With plenty of pizzas and substantial canapés, there is free ping pong all night, see if you can outsmart the ping pong – playing robot and win whilst playing in the dark with UV ping pong. www.bouncepingpong.com

Broadway House

Broadway House over in Fulham loves to party – so much so that rather than just throwing one party to celebrate the start of 2014, they are throwing two! In the first floor restaurant and Brasa, guests can add an element of mystery and secrecy to the night with the masquerade ball. But if you want more of a fiesta then the Mexican party is just the thing for you, taking over the ground and second floor and the roof terrace; there will be Mexican DJs, a Mariachi band, piñatas, authentic tacos and another live band! www.broadway-house.com

Bunga Bunga

King of the parties, Berlusconi is throwing a NYE party to remember at  Bunga Bunga this year. Guests will be transported back to the 18th century and the Italian ‘City of Canals’ for a Venetian Masquerade Ball. Hosted by the oh so Italian Barbarella group, guests will receive a complimentary Venetian mask – so no need to worry about heading into the Christmas shopping crowds – as well as a Belvedere Pure cocktail reception, a 7-course banquet, and entry to the after-party. Or simply skip straight to the after-party, where Bunga Bunga’s resident DR Spider and Ollie Twist will host. www.bungabunga-london.com

Bush Hall

For the second year running, White Mischief will be hosting the NYE Ball at the Bush Hall Ballroom, a grand, chandelier-lit venue perfect for a New Year’s Eve party. Expect the unexpected, with performances from cabaret, circus, aerial and music acts, as well as DJs and dancing – and a special midnight ceremony with a few White Mischief surprises. Guests can choose from a number of ticket options: come just for the midnight ceremony, or for the whole show, and perhaps add a 2-course meal in and make a complete night of it! Make sure you book your tickets early, as this is sure to be a sell-out event. www.bushhallmusic.co.uk

Café de Paris

Taking inspiration from the success of Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation, Café de Paris are hosting a Great Gatsby themed party. With a Champagne and canapé selection available, and a mix of club and party anthems playing it is sure to be one of the hottest parties in London this New Year’s Eve – let’s hope it is like the party’s at Gatsby’s house! www.cafedeparis.com

Charlotte Street Hotel

This New Year's Eve, why not book in to OSCAR at Charlotte Street Hotel? They’re screening ‘When Harry Met Sally’ in the private cinema and a live screening of the midnight fireworks. Not before, of course a for a four-course meal including a glass of Pommery Brut Royal, well it would be wrong not too. A fabulous way to experience the excitement of New Year’s Eve without having to queue in the cold for hours! The menu will include delights such as salmon terrine, crispy goat’s cheese, seared scallops, chicken breast, and fillet of hake. www.firmdalehotels.com

Dirty Martini

This NYE, head to Dirty Martini Covent Garden, Hanover Square or Bishopsgate to experience a night of 1920s decadence. Wear your best 1920s flapper dress and spend the night with a selection of Dirty Martini’s infamous martinis. Guests will be treated to a complimentary glass of prosecco on arrival, and some of London’s best DJs will be there to get the party started. So grab your friends, get those costumes sorted and book your tickets now! www.dirtymartini.uk.com

Disco

This year’s Disco theme will be 1973 – the year when disco moved from  an underground scene into a worldwide phenomenon. Disco’s resident DJs, Hugo Currie and Joey Nelson, will be there with their vinyl entertainment, which will take discoers through the musical journey of disco, from the 1970s to nu-disco and Daft Punk. Can’t dance? Steal some moves from the choreographed dance routines or just do your best ‘Dad’ dancing. www.disco-london.com

Eclipse Bars

Eclipse South Kensington and Eclipse Chelsea will both be celebrating the start of the new year with Studio 54-inspired events, paying homage to the debauchery and deviance of 1970s New York nightlife. Tickets to the venues will include a complimentary cocktail on arrival and Crackbaby shots throughout the night. The dress code is black tie and sweet sophistication, so prepare your most glamorous outfit and book into Eclipse for a night of New York deviance. www.eclipsebars.com

Floridita

Floridita and its Tropicana girls are bringing in 2014 in Cuban-style with ‘The History of Cuban Music’. The night will start with Trovatur and a 7-piece band, followed by Cuban Combination later on. Head Chef Sascha Rieb has created dishes such as cream of lobster bisque with brown shrimps and a shellfish and saffron veloute, and Floridita’s infamous cocktails will be mixed all night. Party-goers can choose to purchase bar tickets with a complementary cocktail on arrival, or tickets to include a 3-course meal and booth tables for the night are also available. Salsa your way into the New Year at Floridita. www.floriditalondon.com

Hibiscus

For a deliciously stylish dinner this New Year’s Eve, head to Hibiscus on Maddox Street, where they are arranging a bespoke 6-course tasting menu. All of the ingredients are fresh and seasonal, so the finalised menu is being kept tightly under wraps and will only be released a week in advance! An accompanying wine flight is also available which will complement all of the dishes on the menu perfectly. Dietary requirements can be accommodated on request www.hibiscusrestaurant.co.uk

Home House

This year, Home House over in Portman Square will be transforming into a Winter Wonderland for a New Year’s Eve party like no other. The theme is ‘White Winter Wonderment’,  and party goers are encouraged to get into the spirit and dress up -so be sure to get your best Jack Frost, ice angel and snow queen outfits together. Step inside the magical Home House, play in the snow, frolic in the frost, and celebrate the start of a sparkling new year. www.homehouse.co.uk

Hutong

Spend New Year’s Eve at the Shard, with the best views in London. Hutong will be serving up a show-stopping 7-course meal, including dishes such as barbecue Peking duck, lobster, beef tenderloin and steamed celebration buns. Of course there will also be a DJ and other entertainment to help you celebrate the start of a new year. www.aquahutong.co.uk

Kettner’s

Kettner’s, the Georgian townhouse and legendary Soho eating destination, will be bidding auf wiedersehen to 2013 with a theme complementing the gloriously decadent style that has been its trademark since its 1867 opening: the incomparable glitz of 1920s Berlin. In the Ballroom, live ragtime, jazz and swing music will be played, while the Kabaret Room will play host to the mistress of the ukulele, daring burlesque, seductive singing, beguiling magic, and acid-tongued comedy. Styling, touch-ups and photography will be available in chic pop-up boutiques, and a range of specially designed Herr Kettner’s Kabaret cocktails will be available at all three bars. So for a night of indulgence and debauchery, be sure to book into Herr Kettner’s Kabaret. www.kettners.com

Maggie’s

As tradition dictates, Maggie’s will be celebrating like it’s NYE 1979. Guests will take part in the countdown from the 70s to the 80s, which will include a dance through the decades procession with live percussion. With a ‘Big Fat 80s fancy dress’ dress code, you can be as creative as you like: we say leg warmers have to appear at least once! There will be a Champagne reception, and bacon butties will be served at 2am to stave off any dancing -induced hunger as a New Year’s morning snack. www.maggies-club.com

Mansion Bar & Parlour

Mansion Bar & Parlour will be hosting ‘The 1920s Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Celebration’, featuring a Champagne reception and an unlimited bar until 9.30pm. Hot and cold canapés and mini puddings will be available throughout the night, and live Jazz acts including Lucky Dog Dance Band Trio and Charleston dancers will perform. There are lots of different packages available including stays in the boutique hotel and New Year’s Day brunch, so head to Mansion Bar & Parlour for a NYE party not to forget! www.mansionbar.co.uk