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Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2017 in London

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Happy New Year! 2018 is coming…

What a year 2017 has been – Trump shenanigans, the on-going Brexit negotiations, a wave of harassment allegations in Hollywood, the horror of Grenfell Tower and more. There are many of us who are looking forward to closing the door on this year and greeting 2018 with open arms. Fortunately, there’s a host of celebrations to help you welcome in the new year 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. Whatever you do, have a good one!

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.

Central London

  • 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 fee to cover costs, this year’s being £10. Tickets went on sale in November. 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.

  • Vintage New Year’s Eve Party @ Royal Festival Hal

Travel back in time with a glamorous extravaganza of live bands and DJs spread across six pop-up vintage nightclubs from the 1920s to the 1990s, with dining, bars, beauty parlours and photo studios also on site. 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 £99. Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX. Nearest station: Waterloo. For booking, visit the Southbank Centre website. For more information, read Metro Girl’s blog post on the evening.

  • New Year’s Eve Stand Up Show – Comedy Store

See in the new year laughing your socks off with MC Mandy Knight, Felicity Ward, Jeff Innocent, Tom Lucy and The Noise Next Door. 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. Doors open at 5pm/8pm, two shows at 6pm and 9.30pm. Tickets £27-£65. The Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE. Nearest stations: Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the Comedy Store website.

  • Black Cat NYE and Black Cat Ball

London’s dark and daring cabaret show is offering two opportunities to see in the New Year in the Spiegeltent in Leicester Square. The cabaret show at 6.30pm for early starters or the Black Cat Ball from 9.30pm, features a cabaret show, promenade circus spectacle, live music, roving performers and extended DJ set. 6.30/9.30pm-2am. Tickets: 6.30pm cabaret show £24-£29, Black Cat Ball £55 (includes glass of bubbly). Spiegeltent, Leicester Square, WC2H 7NA. Nearest station: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus. For tickets, visit Black Cat website.

  • Great Gatsby 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. Food, drink, entertainment and DJs. 6pm-2am. Tickets prices start from £95. 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.

  • Life Of A Legend @ Playboy Club

The Playboy Club pays tribute to its late founder Hugh Hefner with a decadent bash. The club will be transformed into the Playboy Mansion, with games area, film zone, photo studio, live music, DJs, American canapés, complimentary midnight fizz and, of course, bunnies. 8pm-3am. Tickets: £49. Playboy Club, 14 Old Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1ND. Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner. For more information, visit the Playboy Club website.

  • Prohibition 1920s New Year’s Eve 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: £55. In a secret London location to be revealed two weeks before. For more information, visit the Prohibition Party website.

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Gaze out over London at View From The Shard

  • New Year’s Eve Party @ The Shard

Watch the fireworks from the highest party in London, featuring welcome cocktail, DJs, complimentary champagne toast, goody bag and 360 degree view of the capital. 10pm-2am. Tickets: £199. View From The Shard, Floor 72, Joiner Street, London Bridge, SE1 9QU. Nearest station: London Bridge. For booking, visit View From The Shard.

  • Vintage New Year’s Knees Up @ Cahoots

Vintage lovers will enjoy this post-war shenangians in an old underground war shelter, featuring a Moet & Chandon and canape reception, Bottomless Belvedere cocktails, live entertainment by the Hotsie Totsies, New Year’s Eve toast and DJ set by The Roustabouts. Dress code: Post-war chic. 5pm-3.30am. Tickets: Bar £100, Table £150. 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 @ Flight Club

Dancing, drinking and darts at the Bloomsbury branch of Flight Club. Featuring DJs playing party hits, 90 minutes social darts session, fizz on arrival and more. 7pm-2am. Tickets from £15. Flight Club, New Oxford Street, Bloomsbury, WC1A 1BS. Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road. For tickets, visit DesignMyNight.

  • New Year’s Eve @ Devonshire Club

The City’s private members club is opening its doors for the New Year. Start your night with welcome drinks and canapes, before a decadent three or five-course dinner in the brasserie. Live entertainment from The Night Lights and DJs until the early hours. From 6.30pm until late. Tickets range from £50 (members)/£75 (non-members) to £255 depending on package. Devonshire Club, 5 Devonshire Square, City of London, EC2M 4YD. Nearest station: Liverpool Street. For more information, visit the Devonshire Club websiteRead the rest of this entry

Party through the decades at a Vintage New Year’s Eve @ Southbank Centre

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Party through the decades as you welcome 2018 at the Vintage New Year’s Eve Party
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Fancy something a bit different than a house party or your local pub for New Year’s Eve? How about celebrating the dawn of a new year in a vintage nightclub and enjoying stunning views of the capital and its fireworks?

Returning to the Southbank Centre this month is A Vintage New Year’s Eve Party, an extravaganza of dancing, drinking, dining and more from HemingwayDesign. Curators Wayne, Gerardine and Jack Hemingway will transform five floors of the Royal Festival Hall into vintage nightclubs, dining rooms, a vintage hair and beauty salon and photo studios. At midnight, guests will have the opportunity to watch the capital’s iconic fireworks over the Thames from the riverside terrace (weather permitting).

Highlights of this year’s party include:

  • The Torch Club

Enjoy the sounds of the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s with live big band music from Alex Meedham and his 18 piece orchestra. Meanwhile, DJ Daddy Rich will be spinning original vinyl and dance, while vintage dance tutors Mark & Hoc will be showing guests the moves from yesteryear.

  • Bar Bonkers

Experience pure joy as you immerse yourself in the world of ’80s and ’90s, with the best pop, rock and dance anthems, musical bingo and karaoke. Cheer along to the sounds mixed by disco dancing DJ Anna Greenwood, Jess Indeedy, DJ Helix, while their dancing grannies deliver a special edition of Indeedy Musical Bingo.

  • The TIKI Bar

Sip colourful cocktails while gazing over stunning views of the River Thames in a very tropical pop-up. Listen to the sounds of 1950s exotica Martin Green and DJ Martin Karminsky while revellers show off their samba and mambo skills, as hula girls do the limbo.

  • The Studio

Explore the history of disco as The Studio revisits some of the greatest club nights from the mid ’70s to the early ’80s. Partiers will be treated to the sounds of funk and disco, to electro and Northern Soul.

Throughout the evening, top Jive teacher Andrew Hall will help guests learn the Jive basics, while DJ Mr Jinx will be hitting the decks and The Jive Romeros will be mixing classic American and early British rock ‘n’ roll in Let It Rock. After midnight, The Clore Ballroom will become a cabaret club with live performances and vintage dancing and music.

In addition to the wealth of entertainment, there are also some dining packages available to add on to your ticket. Guests can feast on a three-course meal and have the use of a reserved table by the main ballroom floor for the whole night and access to a dedicated bar. Or if you want something lighter, there is also a buffet dining option.

  • A Vintage New Year’s Eve Party takes place on 31 December 2017 from 7pm until late. At Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX. Nearest station: Waterloo. Tickets: Party £99 (second release), £119 (final release), Add buffet for £35, Add dining, reserved table all night and access to dedicated bar for £85. For more information and tickets, visit the Southbank Centre website or phone 020 3879 9555.

For a guide to what else is on in London in December, click here.

For a guide to London’s other New Year’s Eve events, click here.

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Guide to New Year’s Eve parties in London 2016/2017

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Run away to the Dark Circus Party this New Year’s Eve
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After Brexit, Trump and a string of entertainment icons dying, it’s safe to say many of us are looking forward to seeing the back of 2016. Fortunately, there’s a host of celebrations to help you welcome in 2017, 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 2016.

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.

Central London

  • 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 fee to cover costs. Tickets went on sale in November. 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.

  • New Year’s Eve Stand Up Show – Comedy Store

Start your night off with some comedy from MC Charlie Baker, Jo Caulfield, Markus Birdman, Larry Dean, Phil Nichol. 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 £26-£52. The Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE. Nearest stations: Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the Comedy Store website.

  • New Year at the White Mansion

Flamboyant party spread over two floors, including 1 art room, 1 VIP area and 2 lounges. Featuring DJs Joffrey Bogart, Fabrizia, Amin Sane, musicians Aaron Liddard and Sam, live performers and entertainers. Dress code: White. 9pm-4am. Tickets start at £24. Address to be sent to guests 48 hours beforehand. For tickets, visit The Mansion London website.

  • Prohibition 1920s New Year’s Eve party

Say hello to 2017 in 1920s style at this prohibition-themed party, includes live music, gramophone DJs, gambling, dancers and cocktails. Dress code: 1920s. 9pm-3am. Tickets: £55 or £65 with a dance class. In a secret London location to be revealed two weeks before. For more information, visit the Bourne And Hollingsworth website. Read the rest of this entry

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.

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2016, we’re ready for you! Party the night away as you say goodbye to 2015

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.

Central London

  • 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.

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Head underground for post-war frolics in Cahoots

  • 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.

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Guide to New Year’s Eve 2014/2015 parties in London

This guide is for 31 December 2014. For New Year’s Eve for 2015 into 2016, click here.

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Tunes: What music will help you see in the new year?

Can you believe the year is nearly over already? As always, it appears the past 12 months fly by at an alarming rate and it’s already time to say ‘sayonora 2014’ and ‘konnichiwa 2015’. If you can’t be bothered with the stress (and cleaning up the next day!) of organising your own bash or can’t quite see the allure of spending it on the sofa with Jools Holland and co, there is plenty of parties on across the capital. While this guide doesn’t claim to be comprehensive listings (there are 100s after all!), Metro Girl has handpicked some of the highlights of the party calendar for 31 December 2014. For most events, I would strongly recommend booking in advance, with many tipped to sell out and unlikely to have tickets on the door.

Don’t forget, TFL will be providing free public transport from 11.45pm until 4.30am on New Year’s Day.

To browse and buy tickets for new year’s events in London, check out Cluboid.com. Use the discount code ‘CAPITAL’ to get money off.

Central London

  • 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. Although usually free, this year City Hall has introduced a £10 fee to cover costs. Tickets went on sale from 1–15 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. SOLD OUT

  • New Year’s Eve with John Newman – Rumpus Room

Mark New Year’s Eve being entertained by pop star John Newman at the Rumpus Room in the swish new Mondrian Hotel overlooking the Thames. Dress code: Glam. 8pm-3am.  Tickets: Standing (inc canapés and champagne) – £65, tables start from £275. 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.

  • Friday I’m In Love: New Year’s Eve Singalong – Prince Of Wales Feathers

London’s favourite singalong club night is coming to Warren Street to mark the dawn of 2015. Dance and singalong (as a group – not individual karaoke… thankfully!) to your favourite ’80s and ’90s hits. 8pm-2am. Tickets: £20, include a glass of Prosecco on arrival. Prince Of Wales Feathers, 8 Warren Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 5LD. Nearest station: Warren Street or Euston Square. For more information and tickets, visit the event’s Facebook page.

  • Vintage New Year’s Eve Party – Royal Festival Hall

The team behind the Vintage Festival put on a glamorous extravaganza of live bands and DJs spread across six pop-up vintage nightclubs from various eras, with 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. Starts 7pm onwards. Tickets start from £117.50. Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. Nearest tube: Waterloo. For more information, visit the Southbank Centre website.

  • ’90s Superheroes Party – Earlham Street Clubhouse 

Nineties bar Earlham Street Clubhouse are hosting a superheroes-themed New Year’s Eve bash. With complimentary cocktails for early arrivals 7.30-8pm. Fancy dress strongly encouraged. 7pm-3am. Tickets: £15. Earlham Street Clubhouse, 35 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9LD, Nearest tube: Leicester Square or Covent Garden. For tickets, visit the Design My Night website.

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Ready to toast 2015?

  • Back To The Future Party – Bar Soho

As 2015 is famously the year Marty McFly ended up in the future, Bar Soho are drawing on the iconic film franchise to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Featuring live entertainment from Daddy Soho and the Soholites. Guests will be transported (1950s style) to the ‘Enchantment Under the Sea’ dance. Tickets start from £15. Bar Soho, 23-25 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 5JL. Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the Bar Soho website.

  • New Year’s Eve – Basement Sate

New cocktail and pudding bar Basement Sate in Soho is celebrating the advent of 2015 with booze, desserts and music. Tickets include one cocktail, one glass of champagne and a selection of canapés. With entertainment from DJ Franck Bombard and Lola. 8pm until late. Tickets £45. Basement Sate, 8 Broadwick Street, Soho, W1F 8HN. Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus or Oxford Circus. Tables can be booked by emailing table@basementsate.com.

  • New Year’s Eve at M

The City of London’s newest food and nightlife venue M will be hosting their first New Year’s Eve party featuring eight course tasting menu from the RAW restaurant, accompanied by sparkling Sake and live music. £49 per person for 8 courses and entertainment. M, 2-3 Threadneedle Walk, 60 Threadneedle Street, City of London, EC2 8HP. Nearest station: Liverpool Street, Fenchurch Street or Cannon Street. For more information and booking, visit the M website.

  • Black Tie Masquerade Ball – Kettner’s

Kettner’s in Soho will be hosting a masquerade ball, featuring cabaret show, swing dance lessons, burlesque performances, a live band and DJs over two floors and three bars. 9pm-3am. Tickets: £50 for party or £125 including dinner at The Apartment. Kettner’s, 29 Romilly Street, Soho, W1D 5HP. Nearest station: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Kettner’s websiteSOLD OUT

  • New Year’s Eve Stand Up Show – Comedy Store

Start your night off with some comedy from Stephen Grant, Prince Abdi, Jarred Christmas, Romesh Ranganathan, Pete Johansson and 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. SOLD OUT

  • UV NYE Party – Bounce

Ping pong bar and restaurant Bounce will be lit up with a UV light installation so everyone will be glowing. Guests encouraged to dress in vibrant UV clothing. Including unlimited, free UV ping pong all night, UV face artists to glowify guests, cocktail prizes for the best UV outfits and retro party anthems spun by DJ Mighty Atom vs Nick Terrific. 8.30pm until 3am. Tickets: £15. 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. SOLD OUT

  • Belle Epoque’s Dark Circus Party

Enjoy an evening of ‘abandoned dancing, pleasure-seeking and spectacular entertainment’, featuring Bourne & Hollingsworth’s atmospheric production, amazing cocktails and performances from the Torture Garden. 9pm-3am. Tickets: £40. The Grand Hall St Pancras, Euston Road, WC1H 9JE. Nearest tube: Kings Cross St Pancras. For more information, visit the Dark Circus website. SOLD OUT

  • Prohibition 1920s New Year’s Eve party

Say hello to 2015 in 1920s style at this prohibition-themed party, includes live music, gramophone DJs, gambling, dancers and cocktails. Must dress in 1920s costume. 9pm-3am. Tickets: £40. Bloomsbury Ballroom, Bloomsbury Square, Bloomsbury, WC1B 4DA. Nearest tube: Russell Square or Euston. For more information, visit the Prohibition 1920s website. SOLD OUT

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Guide to New Year’s Eve 2013 parties in London

This guide was for 31 December 2013. For the 2015 guide, click here.

Central London

  • New Year’s Eve firework display over the River Thames

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    Cheers! London will be full of popping champagne corks

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.

party Ibiza © Memoirs Of A Metro Girl 2013

Let’s party!

  • 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.

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Happy New Year! Reflecting on MOAMG’s first year of blogging

Tower Bridge Olympic rings © Memoirs Of A Metro Girl 2012

Our favourite bridge – Tower Bridge all lit up

2012 has been an amazing year for London – the Jubilee, the Olympics and Paralympics, the opening of The Shard… While 2013 doesn’t have quite the same once-in-a-lifetime events scheduled, who knows what will happen!

Memoirs Of A Metro Girl was ‘born’ in May 2012. After thinking about starting a blog on and off for years, I finally took the plunge in the weeks leading up to the Queen’s Jubilee as there was so much buzz in the capital. I am so proud to be a Londoner and have always enjoyed sharing my knowledge of the capital with visiting friends and family from abroad.

As the blog grew in visitors, I was constantly seeking out new things to write about. The good thing about having a blog is it spurs you to make the most of London, instead of perhaps being lazy and think you’ll do it another day (I have been guilty of that!). As a Londoner, you can often take the city’s sights for granted because they’ll always be there.

So in eight months of blogging, I’ve posted on a range of subjects, including history, architecture, events, festivals and travel which has attracted very different visitors. In 2013, I hope to continue the way I go on, covering events and finding parts of secret London and continuing to grow the blog’s audience.

I would like to thank all the readers and Twitter/Facebook followers for their continued support of the blog and also ask to help spread the word to your friends and family if you like what you read.

Here’s MOAMG most popular blog posts of the year…

Follow the Wenlocks: Olympic discovery trails around London

No ticket, no problem! Guide to enjoying the Olympics in London for free

Inside out: A rare chance to step inside the Lloyd’s Building at Open House

Shop til you drop: Guide to London’s Christmas markets and fairs

Where’s the party at? Guide to New Year’s Eve celebrations in London

Happy New Year for 2013!

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A stunning September sunset over the river during the Thames Festival

Where’s the party at? Guide to New Year’s Eve 2012 celebrations in London

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Cheers! London will be full of popping champagne corks

2012 has been a year for celebrations – the Queen’s Jubilee, the Olympics and Paralympics… so why not finish 2012 on a high note and party one last time. Although increasing amounts of friends are staying in for New Year because they find it ‘doesn’t live up to the hype’, I personally have always gone out and done something different every year and always had a good time. I try to start the night with moderate to low expectations and keep an open mind… perhaps that’s my secret to having a string of brilliant New Year’s Eves for the past decade.

So obviously there are 100s of New Year’s Eve events on in London and I don’t have the time or inclination to list them all – I do have a full-time job after all! But if you’re looking for some inspiration, here’s a few parties that caught my eye. Whatever you do, hope you have a Happy New Year!

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Central London

  • 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.

  • NYE Stand -Up Show – The Comedy Store

Start your night off with some comedy from Pete Johansson, Imran Yusuf, Paul Tonkinson, Curtis Walker, Stefano Paolini and The Boy With Tape On His Face. After you’ve laughed yourself silly, there will a DJ spinning tracks after for some dancing. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets: £55. The Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, London 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: £80 in advance. Starts 7pm onwards. Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Nearest tube: Waterloo. For more information, visit the Southbank Centre website.

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London’s skyline will be lit up with a pyrotechnical display

  • Winter Prom Party – The Refinery

London Grooves host the Winter Prom Party at this Southwark venue, playing Commercial RnB, 90s Old Skool, Funky House and Club Classics. Tickets: £25 (going up to £30 after 24th Dec). Times: 9.30pm-3am. The Refinery, 110 Southwark Street, London SE1 0TF. Nearest tube: Southwark. For more information, visit the London Groove website.

  • 1920s Flapper Glamour New Year’s Eve Party – Dirty Martini

1920s-themed party at the Mayfair branch of Dirty Martini. Fancy dress is encouraged with a complimentary prosecco cocktail on offer for  those who arrive before 9pm. Tickets £20. Times: 8pm-3am. Dirty Martini, 10c Hanover Square, London W1S 1JH. Nearest tube: Oxford Circus. For more information, visit the Dirty Martini website.

  • New Year’s Eve – Bounce

Food, drink and… ping pong is a great choice for someone looking for something a bit different. Located at the new ping pong bar in Holborn, tickets include stone-baked pizzas, canapes, DJs and free ping pong all night. Tickets: £40. Doors open 8pm. Bounce, 121 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD. Nearest tube: Chanchery Lane. For more information, visit Bounce’s website.

East London

  • Belle Epoque’s Circus Party, New Year’s Eve Extravaganza – Village Underground
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Be welcomed into the ‘sensational, sequinned and often shady world of the circus’, featuring music, DJs from across the decades, dance routines and acrobatics. Fancy dress encouraged. Tickets: £41.80 (inc booking fee). Times: 9pm-3am (acrobats start @ 10pm). Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, London EC2A 3PQ. Nearest tube: Old Street or Shoreditch High Street (overland). For more information, visit the Belle Epoque website.

  • Mat Horne presents Session NYE – Queen of Hoxton

Party featuring a rooftop silent disco with sounds from Mat Horne, Babyshambles, The Milk, Ryan Paul, Maddox and others. Times 8pm-4am. Tickets: £20 (+booking fee). Queen of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, Hoxton, London EC2A 3JX. Nearest tube: Shoreditch High Street (overland). For more information, visit the Queen of Hoxton website.

South London

  • Defected In The House New Year’s Eve Party – Electric Brixton

Iconic house label Defected will be hosting 10 hours of some of the world’s finest underground house DJs, including Dennis Ferrer, Deetron, Noir, Copyright, Simon Dunmore and Sam Divine. Tickets start from £40 (+booking fee). Time: 9pm-7am. Electric Brixton (formerly The Fridge), 1 Town Hall Parade, Brixton, London SW2 1RJ. Nearest tube: Brixton. For more information, visit Electric Brixton’s website.

  • New Year’s Eve Party of comedy and clubbing – 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 Live at The Apollo star Sara Pascoe, British Comedy Award nominee John Moloney and brilliant Canadian comic Glenn Wool 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 performance from Robbie Craig with Woman Trouble. At midnight there will be a live link-up with Big Ben, balloon drop and party canons. Tickets start from (club only) £15, (comedy only) £25 or (comedy and club package) £40. Venue closes at 4am. Clapham Grand, 21-25 St John’s Hill, London SW11 1TT. Nearest train: Clapham Junction. For more information, visit the Clapham Grand website.

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Vintage fun: Several venues in the capital are hosting fancy dress bashes, including 1920s parties

North London

  • 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-£30 in advance. Time: 9pm-5am. The Driver, 2-4 Wharfdale Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9RY. Nearest tube: King’s Cross St Pancras. For more information, visit The Driver’s website.

  •  Shake – The Electric Ballroom

Music: Dance, indie, electro, pop from the 70s, 80s and 90s and feel good anthems. Dress code: Smart and sexy. 9pm-4am. Advance tickets £20 (not inc. booking fee), £25 on the door. Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High Street, London NW1 8QP. Nearest tube: Camden Town. For more information and tickets visit Electric Ballroom’s website.

West London

  • Blagclub NHG New Year’s Eve – Blagclub Notting Hill Gate

Intimate party with DJs playing a mix of party styles and classics. Tickets: £10 in advance (+booking fee). Blagclub, 1st floor, 68 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3HT. Nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate. For more information, visit the Blagclub website.


For daytime activities around London on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, check out the MOAMG blog post on What’s on this Winter: Fun things around London this December.