Best New Year’s Eve Parties in London

From fireworks spotting to late-night masquerade balls to no-bookings events, we’ve rounded up the BEST New Year’s Eve parties around. Let’s go into 2015 with a bang!

ALTERNATIVE NYE EVENTS

Earlham Street Clubhouse 90s Superhero Party90’s Super Hero Party at Earlham Street Clubhouse
Because this bar knows how to do 90s kitsch right. Come dressed in your finest superhero regalia and find your very own Superman (or woman) to save you at midnight.
Tickets are £15 including entry and complimentary superhero cocktails from 7:30pm-8pm.
7pm-3am. 35 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9LD

All Star LanesNew Year’s Rockin’ Eve at All Star Lanes 
Retro rock ‘n roll tunes will be spun by the DJ into the wee hours. From funk and soul to DISCO — you’ll be swinging and shaking on AND off the lanes. Dress code is hip cats and dolls, and there’s a £100 bar tab up for grabs if you’ve come in the best fancy dress. Get stuck in to some bowling, boozy shakes, and drag *that* guy or gal into the kissing photo booth for some naughtier fun.
Free entry. New Year’s Eve package is £30 which includes two courses, a glass of prosecco and a game of bowling.
Open until 3am. Various locations.

Bounce Ping Pong HolbornUVNYE at Bounce
Because you might want to let out that competitive spirit to see out 2014. Bounce is a ping pong mecca and the whole place will be lit up by UV lights — so we reckon it’s best to don your whitest whites. There will be unlimited UV ping pong all night (with free play on ALL tables), UV face painters to make you glow, special cocktail prizes for the BEST UV outfits and DJs spinning retro party anthems.
Tickets are £10-£15.
8:30pm-3am. No entry after 11:30pm. 121 Holborn, London, EC1N 2TD.

LAB interiorThat 70’s NYE at LAB
If you fancy a bit of nostalgia, why not boogie on down to renowned cocktail bar LAB (London Academy of Bartenders), famous for being the birthplace of the original Pornstar Martini, for an inspiring 70’s themed party. Expect great cocktails, champagne and bartenders who really know their stuff all to the tune of 70’s classics all night long.
Tickets are £25 for earlybird, £30 for general admission, both including a complimentary cocktail and shooter on arrival.
8pm-3am. 12 Old Compton Street, W1d 4TQ.

CHEAP

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NYE at The Sun Tavern
With a host of DJs playing rock n’ roll from every era, new east London hot spot The Sun Tavern offers punch cocktails, classic mixed drinks and fine ales. If you fancy something a bit Irish, they have over 40 different spirits from the land, including whiskies and tasty poitins.
£5 per ticket for guaranteed entry before 9pm. Tickets on sale at the bar.
Open until 3am, 441 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 0AN.

Callooh Callay Shoreditch

New Year’s Eve at Callooh Callay
Head down to this quirky Shoreditch venue, entering a world through a wardrobe reminiscent of a certain C.S. Lewis novel, you will find a transformed dance floor with glitz, glamour and beautifully constructed cocktails within one of the coolest hotspots in the area. Dazzle your way into 2015 with some of the best and deliciously strong cocktails you’re likely to drink anywhere in east London.
Standard entry is £15, with a seat at the main bar costing £20 and upstairs bar seating costing £25.
7pm-2am. 65 Rivington St, London, EC2A 3AY.

The Cat and Mutton NYENew Year’s Eve 2015 at The Cat & Mutton
Party into the wee hours at one of the best East End boozers around. Resident DJs will be on hand to give you the greatest funk, soul and disco tunes all night long. *And tickets are hella cheap.*
Tickets are £5.
Open until 3am. 76 Broadway Market, London, E8 4QJ.

Looking Glass Cocktail Club ShoreditchTry Hard Party at Looking Glass Cocktail Club
Ah Shoreditch. You love it or hate it. But mostly love it. And we can all admit that it’s often filled with one too many “try hards” so here’s your chance to have a go (in the friendliest of ways). So come in your best “try hard” outfit — i.e. like you just rolled out of bed and haven’t bathed in weeks, but your hair is perfectly dishevelled. Performer Maya Petrovna, neo-burlesque artist Lolo Brow and DJ Testu Gomorrah are gonna smash New Year’s Eve and bring Shoreditch its best party yet.
£10 before 10pm, £15 after.
8pm-5am. 49 Hackney Rd, Hackney, London E2 7NX.

FANCY DRESS

london cocktail club oxford circusBlack and Gold Masquerade NYE at London Cocktail Club Oxford Circus
A night of masked men and masked women with classic LCC tunes pumping all night long. If you get in early, you’ll be treated to 2-for-£10 cocktails from 7pm-9pm. And the DJs will be hitting the decks at 10pm.
Tickets are £10-£40 and include various treats.
7pm-3am. 4 Great Portland Street, London W1W 8QJ. 

Kettner's SohoBlack Tie Masquerade Ball at Kettner’s Soho
This is a pricier option, but if you want to get really fancy for New Year’s — then get in here. The opulent Georgian townhouse provides the perfect setting for a masquerade ball, with lots of rooms for exploring (and midnight smooching). Plus there will be cabaret, swing dance lessons, burlesque performances, live music and DJs until 3am.
Tickets are £50-£110, some tickets include cost of three-course dinner.
Doors at 7:30pm-3am. 29 Romilly Street, London, W1D 5HP.

main hall steam and rye cocktail bar london“New York, New York” New Year’s Eve at Steam and Rye
Dazzling dancers and a live band playing all of your favourite American movie soundtrack hits, this is a taste of life in the Big Apple (1920s-style). Whether you just want a bit of a dance, dinner too, or your very own VIP carriage … there’s an option for everyone — just depends on your budget.
Dancing tickets are £20, dinner and dancing tickets are £50-£70, VIP carriages from £500.
6pm-3am. 147 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3V 4QT.

The Blues Kitchen NYE TarantinoTarantino Party at Blues Kitchen Shoreditch
Party down like you’re at Jack Rabbit Slims, with live music, fancy dress, five-dollar shakes and a TWIST CONTEST! And of course DJs will be on hand playing the finest vintage soul and soundtrack tunes until 4am.
Party tickets are £25. Party and dinner tickets are £50.
7pm-4am. 134-136 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3AR.

NO BOOKING REQUIRED

Lost and Found NYENew Year’s Eve at Lost & Found
Classic cocktails, fruity vodka shots and free entry, if that sounds like your cup of tea then why not try this little bar in Balham. Relatively unknown, this cocktail bar has been open just over a year and is the perfect location to enjoy a cool and comfortable evening with tunes pumping until 3am. Plus they have their own vodka luge. Boom!
Free entry.
5pm-3am. 10 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9RG. 

Pub on the park exterior

NYE at Pub on the Park
Watch fireworks at this popular pub on the edge of London Fields, with two DJs spinning some of their best tunes over two floors, prizes and pub ale to enjoy in a huge beer garden (and it’s heated!). Best of all it’s free — and you don’t even have to book.
Free entry.
12pm-2am. 19 Martello St, E8 3PE. 

New cross inn stage

Nightbus to Catford NYE at New Cross Inn
A cheap and alternative way to welcome in 2015. A one-off special with DJs playing motown, ska, northern soul and reggae in south east London, you can turn up without a booking and pay a few quid. Cheap as chips.
£5 entry, £3 before 9pm.
8pm till late. New Cross Inn, 323A New Cross Road, SE14 6AS.

LUXE

Madison's interior Paul Winch-Furness / Photographer
Paul Winch-Furness
Midnight Madness at Madison
For those who fancy an evening of class and entertainment, look no further than Madison for a night of burlesque, cirque de soir acts, DJ superstars and even a string quartet. The night begins with a prosecco reception, canapes throughout the evening, a champagne mini at midnight, evening snacks and one of the very best spots to watch the fireworks.
8pm-2am. Rooftop Terrace, 1 New Change, St Paul’s, London, EC4M 9AF.
Le Pont de la Tour Tower Bridge
Welcome the new year à la française with sophistication and beautiful French cuisine with a six-course menu, including truffles, lobster and foie gras. Earlier seating can secure those with larger purse strings a place on their very own The Eramus to view the famous firework display down the Thames in style. Those who’d like to dine later with feet firmly on the ground can enjoy the same dining experience at a lower cost. There will be live music to accompany your night whilst you sip unlimited champagne all night long.
Until 2am. 36D Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE.
— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips; Nicola Carruthers, @Nik_Carruthers

Casa Negra

Casa Negra ShoreditchCasa Negra is the east London sister to Soho’s foodiest sex shop, La Bodega Negra — and she’s just as naughty. With black walls, brightly coloured bulbs, and mismatched folding chairs — this Mexican eatery is cheeky, casual, and most importantly, fun.

Keep it classic or go off piste, either way … you are going to get a banging agave number. The Tequila Old Fashioned is smooth as silk with Herradura reposado, agave, aromatic bitters and an orange twist. We’re always partial to a slushie … and Frozen Margaritas are the BUSINESS here. Go traditional, fruity, or take a whole flight and get a selection of four. Hungry? Good, you’re in the right place. We can’t come here without getting guacamole, then convince your mates to get a selection of tacos. From soft shell crab to mushroom to braised pork, they’re all delightful little nibbles.

Don’t come here for a quiet conversation, bring the gang along for tequila shots galore and all the Mexican spiciness you could ask for.

Best Bars tip: Want to carry on late into the night? Head downstairs to the Playroom for a dark and sexy clubbing experience until 4am. Yep, 4am. 

— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips

Casa Negra Shoreditch Slushies

7 Best Halloween Parties in London: Pugs, Potions & Pumpkins

Devilish Dog Walk
© Ian Morrison/Dogstar Photo – dogstarphoto.co.uk

So it might be an American holiday, but admit it – Halloween is simply irresistible and London is definitely down with the dead. From bingo bashes to Discopaths, this city will boo-zing late into the night.

Sunday 26th October: All Dogs Matter Halloween Dog Walk, The Spaniards Inn
Because we love dogs. And Halloween. So whether you want to dress up your pup as Batman, Chewbacca or a fairy princess … come and join your fellow dog lovers in the name of charity (and all things fluffy/hilarious). Head to the pub at 10:30am to sign up and the walk sets off at 11am. And don’t forget, the clocks are going back an hour that day. And since there’s going to be a fancy dress competition — best dressed warlock/witch and spookiest — this is one that you don’t want to miss.
Registration 10:30am. Entry £5. Spaniards Road, NW3 7JJ.

Drink Shop and Do pumpkin carving27-30 October: Pumpkin Carving, Drink, Shop & Do
They slice off the tops, you dig out the gooey stuff in the middle and carve the pumpkin a terrifying face — but be careful with that sharp knife as they can’t be held responsible for any missing fingers. The bar will give you a FREE pumpkin when you buy a Halloween cocktail (one per person, pumpkin hoarders).
Free with a Halloween cocktail, 6-8pm, 9-11pm. Reservations required (some slots fully booked). 9 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX.

Indeedy Musical BingoFriday 31st October: Indeedy Bingo Halloween Spooktacular
The popular bingo-with-a-musical-twist party goes all Halloweeny, landing in Shoreditch Town Hall for a weird and wonderful (but mostly weird) spectacular. There’ll be dancing on tables, inflatable bananas, spooky potions and definitely some games. Dance in the moonlight, throw back a few witches’ brews, and get creeped out by the Town Hall-turned-Haunted House. There’s also a fancy dress competition and a mass Thriller dance — led by the Indeedy Granny Pack and trust us, they know how to get down.
9pm-2am. Tickets £15 in advance (including a drink), £20 on the door. Shoreditch Town Hall, 308 Old Street, EC1V 9LT.

Disco Soho DiscopathFriday 31st October: Discopath, Disco Soho
DISCO will be hosting their first ever film screening … a spine-chilling and famously frightening, 70s-style cult classic, DISCOPATH! Yes that’s right fright fans … Discopatch follows the story of Duane Lewis, a New York cook who becomes insane when hearing Disco music. You can chow down on nibbles from a specially designed Retro Discopath menu and sup on an abundance of boozy hard shakes. Once the film is over, all those who haven’t run off to hide under the covers (or been killed by the Discopath) will be welcomed to stay for a freaky Friday night in funky town, so you can commit murder on the dancefloor into the early hours. There will be roller skating waitstaff, a deadly dance-off comp, prizes for best costumes and some sinister surprises and ghoulish giveaways. Click here to watch the film trailer.
Tickets hereDoors at 7:30pm until late. 13 Kingly Court, W1B 5PW.

Trailer Happiness HalloweenFriday 31st October: Trailer Halloween with Fine Spirits, Trailer Happiness
The bar will be transformed into a tiki-infused Halloween haunt with an awesome themed drinks menu. The top three costumes will win a free drink and there will of course be the Trailer photo competition where the best photo of the month wins a £30 bar tab.
To book tables, send an email to reservations@trailerh.com.
5pm-late. 177 Portobello Road, W11 2DY. 

Earlham Street Clubhouse HalloweenFriday 31st October: Nightmare on Earlham Street, Earlham Street Clubhouse
Something wicked this way comes. Go and shake the shackles of Halloween this fright night with sweet and saucy 90s vibes, spookily seductive cocktails and mouth watering pizzas. Take a romp in the snogging cupboard. Let loose with a layback. Take a tumble with the tangled Twister.
6pm-3am. Free entry until 10:30pm — £10 thereafter. 35 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LD.

Bounce Zombie Apocalypse bunkerFriday 31st October: Halloween UV Zombie Apocalypse Bunker, Bounce
This Halloween, in order to escape the rampaging hordes of Zombies sweeping through Europe and now London, Bounce will be throwing open its doors in order to shelter you from the threat of the undead. It has been discovered that UV light causes the cells in a zombies body to rupture and explode. Armed with this knowledge, Bounce will be turning on ALL the UV lights, for added safety. So come dressed in UV friendly clothes, and then let the on-site facepainter pretty you up. And best of all, after 11pm all the tables will be FREE to play on. No booking, no cost. Gamesmakers will be on hand all night running special anti zombie games (whatever they are).
Tickets here12pm-2am. 121 Holborn, EC1N 2TD.

— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips

Oslo

Oslo Hackney bar
© Sebastian Barros

Multi-function, music-led Oslo fits the Hackney bill, with an effortlessly cool look and a unique, chic take on Scandinavia.

Local brews from the borough are championed behind the bar, with Five Points crafting a bespoke Oslo Lager – a light, hoppy option. In keeping with the bar’s name, the Nøgne IPA hails from Norway, while Brooklyn, Goose Island and Anchor Steam bolster the beer range. Bar snacks include “death by bacon” chips with bacon ketchup – what a good way to go – and a few Scandi twists add excitement to dishes elsewhere on the menu.

Ethereal materials drape from the ceiling adding a colour contrast to wooden benches and exposed brick walls. Hairy Hackney dwellers pile in after work, but evenings are just as buzzing – the upstairs is given over to club nights and gigs.

Best Bars tip: Be bold and order the Oslo burger, which comes with an individual shot of hot oxtail to knock back first.

— Laura Richards, @Lala_Richards

Oslo Hackney
© Sebastian Barros

The Liars Club

Liars Club Manchester bartenders and fireA bright and flaming Tiki den, The Liars Club is all about having a real good raucous time. From cheeky flaring tricks from the bartenders to bangin’ reggae tunes to bamboo huts – you’d struggle not to cut loose down here.

Tiki is the name, and rum is the game … and they’re playing for keeps with over 100 different rums on the backbar. If you’re really going for it, order a Zombie – and while the fiery passionfruit husk flames on be careful not to set yourself alight. And to be honest, if your cocktail isn’t on fire here … you’re probably not doing it right. For one of the house signatures that’s only slightly less boozy, try the Sarsaparilla Soother – aka “the (self-proclaimed) best drink ever made” – made with Jamaican sarsaparilla root cordial, condensed milk, vanilla, Bacardi and Appleton Rums as well as a slew of other secret ingredients. This is rummy sweetness that’s bound to please.

The happy dancing drinkers here are a wonderful mishmash of young professionals, bar industry types, uni students and the like. And everyone is here to have fun, so don’t take yourself too seriously or you won’t get lei’d.

Best Bars tip: Prepare yourself for a wild and crazy night, and don’t be surprised when you walk outside and the sun is coming up.

— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips

The Liars Club Manchester

Forge

Forge London barForge’s ethos is very much “work hard, play hard” – not surprising for this massive City boozer that attracts a crowd all times of the day. It’s big on the industrial trend, with old pipes, comfortable leather and a touch of modern art.

Drinks wise, the cocktail list is 100 serves long, with 20 available at any time, and names scrapped for numbers. Try No. 51, long and summery, or the short and tangy No. 32. The food is also a real highlight. With an open kitchen showing off its pit and spit, Forge is a great spot for a plate of meat. Try the fillet steak, beautiful and tender, or the cider pork belly which comes with seriously impressive crackling. Sweet tooth? The pineapple crème brûlée cannot be recommended enough.

Expect suits enjoying great food and the lengthy cocktail menu during the day, and letting things loose in the large downstairs club area at night, or getting cosy into the low-lit booths. You might even spot a celeb or two …

Best Bars tip: Become an early week regular – on Mondays, buy two main meals and the cheapest is free, and cocktails are £5 all night on Tuesdays.

— Gaëlle Laforest, @gaellelaforest

Forge London bar downstairs

Aloha

Treasure Chest Aloha LIverpoolSo Tiki it hurts, Aloha’s Polynesian carvings, colourful flowery wallpaper and bars set in wooden shacks transport guests to tropical climes where rum is king and Piña Coladas are served in fresh pineapples.

This large basement bar attracts a fun crowd who are keen to dance in the packed room to classic songs and cheesy numbers.

The bar staff are quick off the draw, firing through drinks to quench the thirst of the throngs. Pirate’s Grog – Aloha’s house punch – is an easy-drinking, fruity number with mystery ingredients in it that will please even the fussiest of drinkers.

Best Bars tip: Groups should pre-book a booth, with different packages available that offer sharing drink options in treasure chests, Aloha Doubloons to spend or just spirit and mixers brought to the table.   

— Laura Foster

Rum Aloha Liverpool