Guide to New Year’s Eve 2018 parties and events in London
Find out what’s on in London this New Year’s Eve 2018. Including the top parties and events in central, north, south, east and west London.
What a year 2018 has been! While some of you may have enjoy the year, there’s some others that can’t wait to put it behind them. However, 2019 is sure to be a year of uncertainty and change for Londoners as the UK leaves the EU. But whatever the new year holds, why not make the start of it a good one.
This New Year’s Eve, there will be a wide range of entertainment and activities to suit all tastes. From clubbing to themed parties to posh dinners to concerts. Many of these events will set out in advance, so make sure you get your tickets as soon as possible.
Most events are over 18s, unless otherwise stipulated.
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. Tickets went on sale in November so tend to sell out well in advance. There will be a lot of congestion or potential closures of some tube stations around the Embankments so check with TFL before you travel. Tickets: £10. For more information of where you can and can’t access without a ticket, visit the London.gov.uk website.
- New Year’s Eve @ View From The Shard
Watch the fireworks from the highest party in London, featuring DJs, complimentary champagne toast and 360 degree view of the capital. 10pm-2am. Tickets from £199. View From The Shard, Floor 72, Joiner Street, London Bridge, SE1 9QU. Nearest station: London Bridge. For booking, visit View From The Shard.
- A Vintage New Year’s Eve @ Cahoots
Vintage lovers will enjoy this post-war shenangians in an old underground war shelter, featuring a Moet & Chandon champagne reception, Bottomless cocktails, live entertainment by the Hotsie Totsies, New Year’s Eve toast and DJ set by The Roustabouts. Dress code: Post-war chic. 8pm-3am. Tickets: £150pp (includes a table for the evening, Moët & Chandon champagne reception, Bottomless cocktails all night and food rations & canapés). Cahoots, 13 Kingly Court, Soho, W1B 5PW. Nearest station: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus. For booking, visit the Cahoots website. For Metro Girl’s review of Cahoots, click here.
- New Year’s Eve Snow Ball @ Tropicana Beach Club
Tropical themed night club has a wintry makeover, featuring live entertainment, DJs playing R’n’B, party anthems, and Latin beats under a snowball installation. 6pm-4am. Tickets £30-£70. Tropicana Beach Club, New London Theatre, Parker Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5PW. Nearest station: Covent Garden. For more information, visit the Tropicana Beach Club website.
- Studio 54 New Year’s Eve @ Sky Garden
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the top of the ‘Walkie Talkie’ in the bars and restaurants of the Sky Garden with views over London. Relive the glamour of Studio 54 with food, drink, nine-piece live party band and DJs. 6pm-2am. Tickets range from £110-£395 depending on bar or dining package. Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, City of London, EC3M 3BY. Nearest station: Fenchurch Street or Monument. For booking, visit the Sky Garden website. For Metro Girl’s review of the Sky Garden, click here.
- Mr Fogg’s Victorian Masquerade Ball
This fabulous masquerade ball kicks off with a Moët & Chandon Champagne and canapé reception. Expect entertainment and bottomless Bombay Sapphire and Star of Bombay libations, opera singers, a silhouette artist, Victorian games and DJs playing electro swing. 8pm-3am. Table tickets: £145pp, Bar tickets: £90pp. Mr. Fogg’s Residence, 15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair, WIJ 6JD. Nearest station: Bond Street or Oxford Circus. For more information, visit the Mr Fogg’s website.
- New Year’s Eve Stand Up Show @ Comedy Store
See in the new year laughing your socks off with Tom Lucy, Shappi Khorsandi, Larry Dean, Rhys James, London Hughes, Mark Simmons, MC Laura Lexx, Zoe Lyons, Christian Reilly, Nigel Ng and Larry Dean. There are two shows – an early one if you’ve got plans for midnight or the later one, with a DJ spinning tracks for the after-party. Two shows at 6pm and 9.30pm. Finishes at 2am. Tickets start from £25 (early show) or £50 (late show and after party). The Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE. Nearest stations: Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the Comedy Store website.
- The Prohibition Party
Welcome the new year, 1920s style at this prohibition-themed party from Bourne & Hollingsworth, featuring live music, gramophone DJs, gambling, dancers and cocktails. Dress code: 1920s. 9pm-3am. Tickets from £55. In a secret London location to be revealed two weeks before. For more information, visit the Prohibition Party website.
- Mr Fogg’s New Year’s Gin Jamboree
Gin lovers will enjoy their special NYE celebration. Featuring tipsy parlour games with Phileas Fogg, gin tasting, complimentary glass of Moët & Chandon champagne and more. 8pm-3am.Tickets: £50. Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour, 1 New Row, Westminster, WC2N 4EA. For more information, visit the Mr Fogg’s website.
- New Year’s Eve Spectacular @ Southbank Centre
The Southbank Centre is transformed into one big party venue, featuring five floors of themed nightclubs, seven bars, two live acts, 12 DJs, eight dance lessons, Lucky Voice riverside karaoke booth and views of the fireworks display over the River Thames. The clubs will focus on different eras from the 1920s until the present day. Around midnight, some of the action will move to one of the balconies (weather permitting) for a great vista of the New Year’s Eve fireworks over the Thames. 7pm-2am. Tickets start from £105. Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX. Nearest station: Waterloo. For booking, visit the Southbank Centre website.
- New Year’s Eve Gala Ball @ The Rivoli
Enjoy a rockin’ New Year’s Eve at London’s oldest surviving ballroom. DJs will be playing , jive, ballroom, pop, festive tracks and party classics. 8pm-1.30am. Tickets: Adults £25, Children 6-12 yrs £12. Rivoli Ballroom, 350 Brockley Road, Crofton Park, SE4 2BY. Nearest station: Crofton Park. For more information, visit the Rivoli Ballroom website. For Metro Girl’s review of a night at the Rivoli, click here.
- Bunga Bunga Venetian New Year’s Ball
Greet 2019 Italian style at flamboyant venue Bunga Bunga. Expect a Belvedere Espresso Martini on arrival, a six-course Italian feast and live entertainment, DJs and karaoke. From 7pm until late. Tickets: £85. Bunga Bunga, 37 Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 3BA. Nearest station: Clapham Junction, Queenstown Road Battersea or Battersea Park. For tickets, visit the Bunga Bunga website.
- Up On The Roof’s NYE Disco with Greg Wilson @ POW
Popular Brixton venue Prince Of Wales is hosting a rooftop party. DJs include Greg Wilson, Yam Who? (Midnight Riot Records), Rob Alldritt, MOVE DJs (Matt Sharp & Leo Gee), Chris Wheatley, Mister Shiver & Si Kurrage. 8pm – 5am. Tickets from £25. Prince of Wales, 467- 469 Brixton Rd, Brixton, SW9 8HH. Nearest station: Brixton For more information, visit the POW website.
- Romeo + Juliet Ball @ Heads + Tails
West Hampstead new cocktail bar is hosting a Baz Luhrmann-inspired Romeo & Juliet Ball. Including nibbles, welcome cocktail and food voucher for the gourmet street food stall. Live DJs from 9pm until late. Pick your side – Capulets or Montague. 5pm-5am. Tickets from £35 (£45 for reserved seating). Heads and Tails, 175 West End Lane, West Hampstead, NW6 2LH. Nearest station: West Hampstead. For more information, visit the Heads + Tails website.
- Ultimate Power NYE
Enjoy a night of classic rock and power ballads. 9pm-4am. Tickets from £18.50. Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High Street, Camden, NW1 8QP. Nearest station: Camden Town. For booking, visit the Ultimate Power website.
- Club de Fromage – The New Year’s Eve Spectacular
London’s biggest NYE pop party! Expect huge pop, rock, disco and indie anthems, pyrotechnics show at midnight, confetti cannons, giant balloons, sing-alongs, balloon drop, huge screens and the legendary Fromage stage show. 9pm-4am. Tickets from £23.75. O2 Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road, Kentish Town, NW5 1JY. Nearest station: Kentish Town. For tickets, visit the Academy website.
- The Blitz Party’s New Year’s Eve Special
Step back in time to the 1940s for a themed night of patriotic revelry, featuring swing dancing, big band music, cocktails, performers, dance classes and vintage makeovers. Dress code: 1940s glam, home front utility clothing and allied uniform. Tickets: £55 including a dance class (8pm-9pm). Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, EC2A 3PQ. Nearest station: Old Street or Shoreditch High Street. For tickets, visit the Blitz Party website.
- Last Nights Of Havana
Cuban-themed pop-up is hosting a special NYE party, featuring live jazz band, salsa dancing, DJs, delicious cocktails and Cuban street food. 6pm-1am. Tickets start from £35 (includes a glass of Moët & Chandon and other treats). Last Nights Of Havana, Quayside Bar, Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane (Gate Entrance), Wapping, E1W 2SF. Nearest station: Shadwell or Wapping. For more information, visit the Last Nights Of Havana website.
- The Carnival Of Light @ The Troxy
A spectacular display of lights, lanterns, trippy visuals and circus acts with DJs spinning drum’n’bass, deep house, tech house, trance, techno and bassline at this stunning Art Deco venue. Open 9pm-4am. Tickets from £38.50. Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, Limehouse, E1 0HX. Nearest station: Limehouse. For tickets, visit the Troxy website.
- NYE House Party @ Oslo
Hackney drinking, dining and entertainment destination is hosting a big NYE party. Featuring three rooms of music. live DJs and more. 9pm-late. Tickets: £10. Oslo, 1A Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL. Nearest station: Hackney Central or Hackney Downs. For more information, visit the Oslo website. Check out Metro Girl’s review of Oslo.
- New Year’s Eve with Dave Drake @ Kansas Smitty’s
Get musical at East London’s underground jazz cave with a live music from Dave Drake and his band, Prosecco and lots of Juleps. 8.30pm-3am. Tickets from £40. 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.
- New Year At The Red Mansion
Flamboyant party in a unusual venue, featuring 3 dancefloors, 1 art room, VIP areas , 2 lounges and street food. Featuring DJs Fabrizia, Amin Sane and Hatim; musicians, live performers and entertainers. Dress code: Red! 9pm-4am. Tickets start at £36 (standard entrance). A secret north-west London address to be sent to guests 48 hours beforehand. For tickets, visit The Mansion London website.
- The Little Blue Door
The ‘flatmates’ are hosting a sumptuous New Year’s Eve bash, with our course dinner party, midnight countdown and a DJ-led house party. Tickets range from £10 (after 1am entry) to £55. The Little Blue Door, 871-873 Fulham Road, Fulham, SW6 5HP. Nearest station: Parsons Green. For more information, visit The Little Blue Door website. Check out Metro Girl’s review on The Little Blue Door.
- Party Animals @ Natural History Museum
A late-night party at the iconic Natural History Museum. Featuring animal-themed activities, silent disco, DJs, Musical Bingo, sampling edible insects, Massaoke, song requests, and chance to roam the galleries. 8pm-1am. Tickets: £99 (members £89). Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD. Nearest station: South Kensington. For tickets, visit the Natural History Museum website.
- New Year’s Eve Chicago Speakeasy @ Barts
Quirky ‘speakeasy’ style bar is hosting a party 1920s-style featuring Veuve Clicquot Champagne reception, unlimited beer, wine, house spirits and cocktails and entertainment. 9pm-4am. Tickets from £85 (inc Moët & Chandon Champagne reception, Bottomless beers, wines, house spirits & mixers and Belvedere cocktails). Barts, Chelsea Cloisters, 87 Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, SW3 3DW. Nearest station: South Kensington or Sloane Square. For more information, visit the Barts website. For Metro Girl’s review of Barts, click here.
For a guide to what’s on in London in January 2019, click here.
For a guide to London’s festive pop-ups and Christmas cocktails, click here.