Guide to New Year’s Eve 2013 parties in London
Find out what parties and special events are on to welcome in 2014.
- New Year’s Eve firework display over the River Thames
Thousands expected to take to the north and south of the River to watch the free fireworks display near the London Eye. Wrap up warm and bring a flask of mulled wine! There will be a lot of congestion or potential closures of some tube stations around the Southbank so check with TFL before you travel. For more information, visit the London.gov.uk website.
- Belle Epoque Dark Circus Party
See in 2014 at a party celebrating the ‘glamorous, provocative and a little bit risqué’, featuring music, DJs from across the decades, dance routines, freak show and acrobatics. Tickets: £50. 9pm-3am. The Grand Hall St Pancras, Euston Road, WC1H 9JE. Nearest tube: Kings Cross St Pancras. For more information, visit the Dark Circus website.
- Space Las Vegas Hotel – Pacha
House music lovers should get down to Pacha for the special Las Vegas-themed edition of Space. DJs on the bill include Ray Foxx, Seb Fontaine and Nick Bridges. Fancy dress encouraged, but not compulsory. Tickets start from £45. 9pm-6am. Pacha, Terminus Place, Victoria, SW1V 1JR. Nearest tube: Victoria. For more information, visit the Pacha website.
- Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve – Café De Paris
Celebrating New Year’s Eve as Jay Gatsby would have done. Champagne and canapé reception, club and party anthems. Fancy dress encouraged. Tickets start from £50. 9.30pm-3am. Café De Paris, 3-4 Coventry Street, W1D 6BL. Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Café De Paris website.
- New Year’s Eve Stand Up Show
Start your night off with some comedy from Phil Nichol, Ian Stone, Paul Thorne, Nathan Caton, Jeff Innocent, The Noise Next Door. After you’ve laughed yourself silly, there will a DJ spinning tracks after for some dancing. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets: £59. The Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE. Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the Comedy Store website.
- Vintage New Year’s Eve Party – Royal Festival Hall
The team behind the Vintage Festival (Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway) put on a glamorous extravaganza of live bands and DJs spread across pop-up nightclubs, bars and beauty parlours. Music and looks from across the decades, including 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Around midnight, some of the action will move to one of the balconies for a great vista of the New Year’s Eve fireworks over the Thames. Tickets start from £95. Starts 7pm onwards. Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. Nearest tube: Waterloo. For more information, visit the Southbank Centre website.
- Prohibition 1920s New Year’s Eve party
See in 2014 in the style of 1924 at this prohibition-themed party at a secret Central London location. includes live music, gramophone DJs, silent cinema, roulette, blackjack, dancers and cocktails. Must dress in 1920s costume. Tickets: £50. 9pm-3am. Location to be revealed two weeks before. For more information, visit the Prohibition 1920s website.
- ’60s Chic Party – Bar Soho
Sixties-themed party at the two-floor Bar Soho. Music: RnB, commercial, ’90s and club classics, and some ’60s of course. Fancy dress encouraged. Tickets start from £10. Bar Soho, 23-25 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 5JL. Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, visit Bar Soho’s website.
- Carnival do Grace
Brazilian-style band, Capoeira artists, dancers, fire artists, stilt walkers and DJs at the Grace Bar in Piccadilly. Tickets start from £12.50. 42-44 Great Windmill Street, W1D 7NB. Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Grace Bar website.
- Circus New Year’s Eve – Roxx @ Code
Pop-up bar Roxx hosts their twisted Rock ‘n’ Roll circus party at Code. Tickets: £25. 9pm-3am. 4 Winsley Street, W1W 8HF. Nearest tube: Oxford Circus. For more information, visit the Roxxclub website.
- Prohibition Party – Opal
Dress in 1920s costume for this Prohibition-themed party at Opal by the Thames Embankment. Complimentary canapés and champagne reception 7-8pm. Music will be commercial pop, hip-hop and R&B. 7pm-4am. Tickets: £20. Opal, Hungerford House Victoria Embankment, WC2N 6PA. Nearest tube: Embankment or Charing Cross. For information and tickets, visit the Opal website.
- Farewell 2013 Party @ Bounce
Celebrate the New Year with drinking, dancing and ping pong! Ticket includes free ping pong, canapés & stone baked pizzas (8.30pm-11pm), tournament & games hosts, challenge table (play against the robot) and UV ping pong throughout the night – test your game with black light matches. Tickets: £43. 8.30pm until late. Bounce, 121 Holborn, EC1N 2TD. Nearest tube: Chancery Lane. For more information and tickets, visit the Bounce website. For Metro Girl’s review of Bounce, click here.
- The Blitz Party NYE Special
Relive the spirit of the Blitz in a 1940s-themed party at an ‘air raid shelter’ in Borough. Fancy dress compulsory, so think military wares and victory rolls. 9pm-3am. Tickets: £50. Great Suffolk Street Arches, 29 Great Suffolk Street, Borough, SE1 0NS. Nearest tube: Southwark. For tickets, visit the Blitz Party website.
- New Year’s Eve at the Clapham Grand
The Clapham Grand is offering three packages depending on what whets your appetite – comedy or club or both. Early birds wanting a laugh can see the comedy show featuring Paul Chowdhry, Jarred Christmas and Phil Nichol from 7pm. Alternatively those who just want to dance can arrive from 10pm onwards for the club, featuring club classics and commercial dance all night and a live PA from Baby D. At midnight there will be a live link-up with Big Ben, balloon drop and party canons. Tickets: (club only) £10, (comedy only) £25 or (comedy and club package) £40. Venue closes at 4am. Clapham Grand, 21-25 St John’s Hill, SW11 1TT. Nearest train: Clapham Junction. For more information, visit the Clapham Grand website.
- 80s NYE at the Southside Cocktail Club
Eighties-themed party at the Southside in Battersea, where fancy dress is strongly encouraged and the tunes will be from the era… of course! Tickets: £60 (including free bar all night!!!). 8pm-3am. Southside Cocktail Club, 56 Battersea Rise, SW11 1EG. Nearest train/overground: Clapham Junction. For more information, visit the Southside website.
- NYE @ The O2 starring The Prodigy
Legendary dance group The Prodigy headline the O2 for a super gig to welcome in 2014. Supported by Rudimental, Jaguar Skills, Modestep & Slipmatt. 8am-3am. Tickets: £75. O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, North Greenwich, SE10 0DX. Nearest tube: North Greenwich. For more information and tickets, visit the axs.com website.
- Secret Agents’ Ball – The Driver
From the team behind the Bond Ball, the Secret Agents’ Ball will be full of James Bonds, Austin Powers, and Bond girls partying across three rooms. Fancy dress is encouraged. As well as a drinks reception, there is also an option for dinner beforehand. DJs will be spinning house, electro and disco, while guests can try their hand at poker at the casino. Tickets: £20-£45 in advance. Time: 8pm-5am. The Driver, 2-4 Wharfdale Road, King’s Cross, N1 9RY. Nearest tube: King’s Cross St Pancras. For more information, visit The Driver’s website.
- New Year’s Cabaret Ball – Proud Camden
The unique Proud Galleries are seeing in 2014 with a cabaret ball, featuring circus performers, bands and DJs. Tickets start from £24 (pre 9pm entry). Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, NW1 8AH. Nearest tube: Chalk Farm or Camden Town. For more information and tickets, visit the Proud Camden website.
- Studio 54 NYE – Drink Shop Do
Glam 1970s disco at Drink Shop Do in Caly Road. From 7-10pm, they’ll be serving ’70s style drinks at ’70s prices! 7pm-3am. Tickets start from £20-£30, more on the door (if any left that is!). 9 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, N1 9DX. Nearest tube: King’s Cross St Pancras. For more information and tickets, visit the Drink Shop Do website.
- Down The Rabbit Hole New Year’s Eve Party
Love & Liquor hosts a Alice in debauch-erland party, featuring champagne in teapots, tequila from jam jars, fire displays and burlesque dancing. Fancy dress encouraged.. Resident DJs playing a mash up of disco, house, hip hop and party bangers. Tickets: £25. Love & Liquor, 34 Kilburn High Road, Kilburn, NW6 5UA. Nearest tube: Kilburn High Road. For more information, visit Love & Liquor’s website.
- New Year’s Eve at the Roof Gardens
If you want to start off 2014 in style, then the stunning and unique Kensington Roof Gardens is a good place to be. Includes complimentary cocktails and canapés for early arrivals, live music in the Marquee, a DJ all night, fireworks at midnight and food from 2-3am. 8pm-3am. Tickets: Earlybird £125, £135 after these have sold out. 99 Kensington High Street (entrance on Derry Street), Kensington, W8 5SA. Nearest tube: High Street Kensington. For more information, visit the Roof Gardens website.
- Noir’s Year’s Eve: Film Noir @ Goat Drink
Party at the Goat bar – upstairs from the Goat restaurant – at this glamorous party hosted by Madame Noir. Featuring sultry jazz, deep house and risqué acts. Dress code: Femme fatale, black tie, vintage noir and red. Goat Drink, 333 Fulham Rd, SW10 9QL. Nearest tube: South Kensington or Fulham Broadway. For more information and tickets, visit the Goat Drink website.
- NYE Love Boat Party – Queen Of Hoxton
Step aboard the Queen of Hoxton for a Love Boat themed New Year’s Eve party to propel you into 2014 like a smooth sailor. Music from Jacques Renault, Punks Jump Up official, The Menendez Brothers, Magnier (The House of Disco) and Tapped. Also include complimentary hotdogs for early arrivals. Dress code: ’70s or nautical-themed. 8pm onwards. Tickets start from £17.50. Queen of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, Hoxton, EC2A 3JX. Nearest tube: Shoreditch High Street (overland). For more information, visit the Queen Of Hoxton website.
- Supa Dupa Fly – All Star Lanes
Bowl, dance, eat, sing karaoke and drink. Music: 90s to mid 2000s hiphop and R&B VS Garage. 8pm-4am. Tickets £19 in advance, £25 on the door. Bowling £5pp, karaoke £7pp. All Star Lanes, 95 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6QL. Nearest tube: Shoreditch High Street (overground) or Aldgate East. For more information, visit the All Star Lanes website.
- Hollywoodland @ MC Motors – Ruby’s
Ruby’s hosts a New Year’s party in the theme of the golden age of Hollywood. Featuring performances from Francesca Gavin (Dazed & Confused) and The Lovely Jonjo. Dress code: Old Hollywood glamour. 8pm-3am. Tickets: £20 (includes free Bellinis on arrival). 76 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, N16 7XB. Nearest overland: Dalston Kingsland. For more information and tickets, visit Ruby’s website.
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