It is one of the biggest parties of the year. We pull out all the stops to find the greatest events London has to offer, put on our finest glad rags and ensure we see the New Year in with a bang. The capital hosts an extraordinary array of New Year’s Eve parties, from the weird and wonderful to the extravagant. Whether you’re a club hopper or enjoy good food in luxurious restaurants, you’re sure to find something that suits you down to the ground.
London is also the place to be if you’re looking for something different and a night that you’ll never forget. We have scouted the most unusual nights London has to offer; from a Medieval Banquet to a Viennese Ball you won’t be disappointed with our New Year’s Eve party short list.
Blitz Party New Year’s Eve Special
It’s time to route around your grandma’s wardrobe to find that spectacular dress she wore in the ‘40s. The Blitz Party celebrates the New Year in true vintage style. Dress up as a war hero or a ‘40s siren and dance the night away as live bands perform their renditions of the decade’s greatest hits. Let’s get the bunker swinging this New Year’s Eve and celebrate in true retro fashion.
Where: The Arches, 481 and 482 Reliance Square, Shoreditch, EC2A 3EY
Ticket Price: £40
A Vintage New Year’s Eve Party
If it’s a vibrant retro scene that you’re after, the Royal Festival Hall might just be the place for you. From authentic cocktails, live bands and DJ sets that take you back to the ‘20s and through to the ‘90s, to films and glamorous pop-up venues, there is something here for everyone. At the Torch Club you can meet the UK’s best George Formby impersonator, at the Soul Casino you boogie the night away, at Let It Rock you can show off your karaoke skills and at the Pick Up Joint you’re sure to have a giggle at the crazy costume changes. There is so much to do at the Royal Festival Hall; they even have a beauty parlour there.
Where: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
Ticket Price: From £65 or £139.50 per person including a three course meal.
Viennese New Year’s Eve Gala
Want to know how Cinderella felt at midnight, waltzing with her Prince charming? At the Barbican this dream can become a reality. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing some Strauss classics, Johann Strauss Dancers will be performing in the ballroom and you can be left to find the Prince of your dreams. The Viennese New Year’s Eve Gala has been a tradition of the Barbican for over 25 years. If you have been spending your New Year’s Eves in London bars and clubs and you’re ready for a change, the Gala could be the perfect event for you.
Where: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS
Ticket Price: From £19.50
Medieval Banquet New Year’s Eve
King Henry VIII and his court will be hosting a tremendous feast for you and your friends. Not only will you be provided with a five course meal, the entertainment will also be majestic. No expense has been spared by the King, from magicians and jugglers to minstrels, medieval tumblers, knights, contortionists and troubadours, your feast is sure to be nothing less than theatrical.
Where: Ivory House, St Katherine Docks, London, E1W 1BP
Ticket Price: £110 per adult, £80 per child (4-17 years)
“Alternative Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in London” is a sponsored post written by AFD, one of the UK’s best fancy dress retailers. If you will be dressing up as a ‘40s starlet, war hero or medieval king this New Year’s Eve you’re sure to find the perfect costume at AFD.