Guide to New Year’s Eve parties in London 2015/2016
This is last year’s guide. For the 2016/2017 guide to New Year’s Eve in London, click here.
Can you believe 2015 is nearly over? Many people can’t wait to put the year to bed once and for all, but why not say goodbye in style and welcome 2016 with a bang. For those who want something a bit more exciting than staying in a M&S Meal For Two and Jools Holland, there’s a host of celebrations, from clubbing, to meals and fancy dress or fireworks, depending on your taste and budget. With all the listings below, I would highly recommend booking in advance to take advantage of some early bird prices and to avoid disappointment as many will sell out. Many events won’t be taking walk-ups. The festivities have divided into the best events in Central, North, South, East and West London to help you plan your last night of 2015.
Don’t forget, TFL will be providing free public transport from 11.45pm on New Year’s Eve until 4.30am on New Year’s Day.
- 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 fireworks display near the London Eye. Since 2014, City Hall has introduced a £10 fee to cover costs. Tickets went on sale in early December. There will be a lot of congestion or potential closures of some tube stations around the Embankments so check with TFL before you travel. For more information of where you can and can’t access without a ticket, visit the London.gov.uk website.
- Bourne & Hollingsworth Presents: The Midnight Ball
Step back in time to a time of balls, princesses and heroes. Featuring live music, cocktail bar, DJs and horse-drawn carriage rides. Dress code: Black tie for men and cocktail dresses/ballgowns for ladies. 9pm–3am. Early bird £50, General admission £60 (9pm – 3am), Cocktail and canapé reception plus general admission – £90, (7pm – 3am, includes glass of champagne on arrival, canapés and bowl food from 7.30pm). The Dutch Hall, 7 Austin Friars, City of London, EC2N 2HA. Nearest station: Liverpool Street or Bank. For tickets, visit Ticketporte.
- New Year’s Eve Stand Up Show – Comedy Store
Start your night off with some comedy from MC Paul Thorne, Mike Gunn, Pete Johansson, Marlon Davis and Rob Deering. After you’ve laughed yourself silly, there will a DJ spinning tracks after for some dancing. Doors open at 5pm, 2 shows at 6pm and 9.30pm. Tickets £29-£49. The Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE. Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the Comedy Store website.
- Prohibition 1920s New Year’s Eve party
Say hello to 2016 in 1920s style at this prohibition-themed party, includes live music, gramophone DJs, gambling, dancers and cocktails. Must dress in 1920s costume. 9pm-2am. Tickets: £45. In a secret London location. For more information, visit the Bourne And Hollingsworth website.
- Cahoots presents a New Year’s Eve Knees-Up
Welcome in 2016 in post-war style, with a champagne reception, entertainment from Hotsie Totsies and DJ Emilio playing fabulous jazz and lindyhop. 8pm-4am. Tickets: £120 (bar), £150 (table) – Includes Moët Et Chandon champagne reception, bottomless Belvedere cocktails, bottle of house spirits for two, plus food rations served all evening. Dress code: Debonair vintage. Cahoots, 13 Kingly Court, Soho, W1B 5PW. Nearest tube: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus. For booking, visit the Cahoots website. For Metro Girl’s review of Cahoots, click here.
- Amor Boat Party
Party as you cruise down the Thames, while having the best view of the capital’s fireworks on this four-hour boat party. House music by Amor and Space DJs over two decks. Boat party 8.30pm-1am, After-party @ Konnect in Victoria from 8pm-6am. Tickets: £25-£115. Boat departs from Westminster Pier. Nearest station: Westminster. For more information, visit the Amor Boat Party website.
- Masked Carnival Do Brazil @ Barrio Soho
Swap London for Rio at this carnival-inspired party, featuring Taste of Brasil Samba dancers, a limbo competition, welcome cocktails, a giant Caipirinha luge and confetti cannons. Dress code: Carnival masks, traditional white or samba chic. 8pm-4am. Tickets: £15 (include complimentary welcome cocktail). Barrio Soho, 6 Poland Street, Soho, W1F 8PS. Nearest station: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Barrio Soho website.
- NYE @ Sky Garden
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the top of the ‘Walkie Talkie’ in the Sky Garden with views over London with entertainment from 9-piece band The Soul Jets. Book a space in one of the restaurants or the bar. 9pm-1.30am. Tickets (inc access all areas, glass of champagne on arrival and at midnight): £150 for one, £450 for three. Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, City of London, EC3M 3BY. Nearest station: Fenchurch Street or Monument. For booking, visit Billetto. For Metro Girl’s review of the Sky Garden, click here.
- Vintage New Year’s Eve Party – Royal Festival Hall
Travel back in time with a glamorous extravaganza of live bands and DJs spread across seven pop-up vintage nightclubs from various eras, with dining, bars, beauty parlours and photo studios also on site. 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. 7pm-2am. Tickets start from £99. Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. Nearest tube: Waterloo. For more information, visit the Southbank Centre website.
- New Year’s Eve @ Rumpus Room
Mark New Year’s Eve with a 1920s Atlantic voyage themed bash at the Rumpus Room in the swish Mondrian Hotel overlooking the Thames with a live 8 piece jazz band and DJ. Dress code: 1920s. 8pm-3am. Tickets: General admission (inc canapés and champagne) £69, other packages start from £199. Rumpus Room, Mondrian, 20 Upper Ground, Southwark, SE1 9PD. Nearest station: Blackfriars, Southwark or Waterloo East. For more information and booking, visit the Back Of House website.
- Proud New Year’s Eve Burlesque Ball
A fabulous party with fire-acts, burlesque performers, live bands, DJs, balloon drop and more. Tickets start from £12, then go up or down depending on your arrival time. Proud, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, NW1 8AH. Nearest station: Chalk Farm or Camden Town. For more information and tickets, visit the Proud Camden website.
- Guilty Pleasures & Ultimate Power present Hullaballoo NYE
Enjoy a night of classic rock and power ballads at the Forum. 9pm-4am. Tickets from £21. The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road, Kentish Town, NW5 1JY. Nearest station: Kentish Town. For more information and tickets, visit the Ultimate Power website.
- Sweet ’16 NYE Bash @ Drink Shop Do
Welcome 2016 with DJs playing floor-fillers and old skool classics, cocktails, candy bar and confetti cannons. 7pm-3am. Tickets from £10. Drink Shop Do, 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.
- Club de Fromage and Burn Down The Disco’s NYE Shindig
Enjoy a trip through the musical decades, featuring 2 rooms of pop, rock, indie, soul and rock n roll as well as giant balloon drops, confetti cannons and giveaways. Fancy dress encouraged. Tickets start from £20.25. O2 Academy Islington, 16 Parkfield Street, Islington, N1 0PS. Nearest tube: Angel. For more information, visit the Club De Fromage website.
- Analog NYE @ Scala
Clubbers will love the Analog NYE party with KDA, Sam Supplier, Marc Talein, Ill Phil, Lee Walker, B2B Jacky, Shenin Amara & AR, Deejay ‘S’ Rob Burden, Chris Jones, Tylah Sanchez, Darren Nimble, Gavin Wilson, Glandular Fever, UGI, Emile Luther Vine, Deep Inside You and more. 8pm-6am. Tickets: £15-£30. Scala,
- Black Tie Beach Ball @ Bunga Bunga and Cocobananas
Bunga Bunga and Cocobananas will be coming together to bring a fusion of the very best of Italian and Brazilian culture to Battersea. The ball kicks off with a seven-course Italian banquet and Belvedere cocktail from 7pm, before moving on to dance at the beach party at Cocobananas. Dress code: ‘black tie on the beach’. 6pm-4am. Tickets: £90 ball & dinner, £20/£30 beach party. Bunga Bunga, 37 Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 3BA and Cocobananas, 101 Howie Street, SW11 3BA. Nearest train station: Clapham Junction, Queenstown Road Battersea or Battersea Park. For more information visit the Cocobananas or Bunga Bunga websites.
- Life Is A Cabaret NYE @ Belair House
Welcome in 2016 in glamorous style at Dulwich’s stunning Georgian mansion Belair house. 7pm onwards. Tickets: £30. Belair House, Gallery Road, Dulwich, SE21 7AB. Nearest station: West Dulwich or North Dulwich. For more information, visit the Belair House website.
- Love Rave NYE @ Coronet
There’s something for all dance fans at this huge Moondance and United rave at the Coronet across various rooms. DJs include Matrix & Futurebound, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, DJ Luck & Mc Neat, Ratpack, DJ Phantasy and Nick Blackmarket, Ramsey & Fen, Brookes Brothers, Bryan G, Uncle Dugs, Scott Garcia, Mikee B, Jason Kaye, DJ Sy, Top Buzz, EZM, Bonnie Blaze, Huck Finn, Mr X and many more. 8pm-6am. Tickets: £15/£40. The Coronet Theatre, 28 New Kent Road, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6TJ. Nearest station: Elephant & Castle. For tickets, visit Resident Advisor.
- Slide & Get Diverted NYE @ POW
DJs across three rooms include Gilles Peterson (Midnight Set), The Reflex, Rob Alldritt. Elijah Collins. Steve Robinson, Mark Hume. Donna Love. Killed Kasette. Patrick Cresswell. Marsham and Lloyd Evans. 9pm-6am. Tickets: £25-£35. The Prince Of Wales, 467 Brixton Road, Brixton, SW9 8HH. Nearest station: Brixton. For booking, visit the POW website.
- Casino Royale NYE 2015 @ The O2
Celebrate the New Year in 007 style at The O2 with a luxury VIP casino (including poker, roulette and blackjack tables), confetti explosions, champagne, dinner and music. Dress code: Casino Royale. 7-10.30pm dinner, 10.30pm-5am party. Tickets: £15-£65. More for tables. All Bar One, The O2, Greenwich Street, North Greenwich, SE10 ODX. Nearest station: North Greenwich. For more information, visit the NYELondon2015 website.
- UV NYE @ Bounce Shoreditch
Ping pong, music, drinking and UV light. Including free ping pong all night, UV face artists, prize-giving and more. Tickets £10 (earlybird), £15 (standard). Bounce, 241 Old Street, Shoreditch, EC1V 9EY. Nearest station: Old Street. For more information, visit the Bounce website.
- Kansas Smitty’s Late Late Show – NYE Edition
Get musical at East London’s underground jazz cave with the Kansas Smitty’s house band and lots of juleps. 8pm-3am. Tickets: £15. Kansas Smitty’s, 63-65 Broadway Market, Dalston, E8 4PH. Nearest station: London Fields or Cambridge Heath. For more information, visit the Kansas Smitty’s website.
- The Hydra : Bugged Out Live NYE
Celebrate NYE with a banging club night from The Hydra and Bugged Out crew, featuring Julio Bashmore, Derrick Carter, Shanti Celeste, Dan Beaumont, Lemmy Ashton and more. 10pm-6am. Tickets: £15/£25. Studio Spaces, Unit 2, 110 Pennington Street, Wapping, E1W 2BB. Nearest station: Shadwell. For tickets, visit the Resident Advisor website.
- Hed Kandi NYE – McQueen
House gurus Hed Kandi host a fabulous party at this sleek two-storey bar, restaurant and club. Sexy and smart dress code. 7pm-5am. Tickets: £25-£60 (dining options available). McQueen, 55-61 Tabernacle Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4AA. Nearest station: Old Street. For more information, visit the Hed Kandi website.
- Wring In The New Year @ Wringer & Mangle
East London’s newest drinking and dining destination is hosting a party with three course meal, live music, an extensive cocktail menu and a heated terrace. Tickets: £34pp. The Laundry Building, 2-18 Warburton Road, London Fields, E8 3FN. Nearest station: London Fields. For more information, visit the Wringer & Mangle website.
- Sparkle & Skate New Year’s Eve Party @ Natural History Museum Swarovski Ice Rink
A New Year’s Eve party with a difference at the stunning Natural History Museum Swarovski ice rink. As well as unlimited skating over three hours, there will also be complimentary festive drinks and canapes, a DJ on the decks and dancing. 10pm-1am. Tickets: £69pp. Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD. Nearest tube: South Kensington. For booking, visit the NHM Skating site.
- New Year at the Silver Mansion
A party extravaganza over 2 dance floors and 3 lounges, featuring entertainment from DJs Joffrey Bogarts, Pete Goodwin, Amin Sane and Kathleen. There will also be VJ displays, dancers and fire shows. Dress code: Silver. 9pm-4am. Tickets start from £25. In a secret North West London venue which will be revealed 48 hours before. For tickets and information, visit The Mansion website.
- New Year’s Eve Hoedown
Go all-American at the Beaver Lodge, where you’ll be greeted with a Moët & Chandon champagne reception. With a midnight cowboy countdown and all-American tunes from DJ Jailhouse Jamielisa. Open 9.30pm-5am. Tickets: £20 advance, £30 on the night. Beaver Lodge, 266 Fulham Road, Chelsea, SW10 9EL. Nearest stations: West Brompton or Fulham Broadway. For more information and booking visit the Beaver Lodge website.
- Uncle Barts New Year’s Eve House Party
An all-night house party in a quirky ‘speakeasy’ style bar featuring unlimited beer, wine, house spirits and a special Belvedere Cocktail menu. 9pm-4am. Tickets: £90 (early bird), £120 (on the door). Barts, Chelsea Cloisters, 87 Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, SW3 3DW. Nearest station: South Kensington or Sloane Square. For more information, visit the Barts website.
- NOVA NYE @ The Jam Tree
The Chelsea branch of the Jam Tree pubs is hosting a night of music, food and drinks. As well as a cosy heated garden, there will be a hog roast, cocktails and music from DJ Trio Tryptig. If you’re up for fancy dress, the theme is ‘when I grow up I want to be’. Tickets: £20 (inc hog roast and a cocktail). The Jam Tree, 541 Kings Rd, Chelsea, SW6 2EB. Nearest station: Imperial Wharf or Fulham Broadway. For more information, visit the Jam Tree website.
For a guide to what is on in London in January, click here.
For a guide to London’s Christmas markets and fairs, click here.
Or for a list of London’s open-air ice rinks this winter, click here.