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. 

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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

The Cocktail Shack

The Cocktail Shack BrightonA Tiki shack-style bar is the focal point at the bijou joint that is … The Cocktail Shack. Old furniture and vintage signs set the tone and the backdrop of Regency Square and Brighton’s skeletal West Pier remind you of where you are.

Rum is a key contender with over 20 to choose from. If that’s not your bag, try a twist on a Negroni, made with tequila – it’s a bittersweet and earthy number. For a savoury sensation, try the Truth Be Told with gin, coriander, pineapple and jalapeño water.

Curious cocktailians, holiday-makers from the hip hotel above and discerning Brightonians can be found sipping in this quality addition to the Brighton cocktail scene. If you can’t be bothered to go home, check in to the quirky Artist Residence hotel above.

Best Bars tip: The newly opened ping pong room downstairs is perfect for a round of rum punch pong or for a straight-up rally. It’s definitely one of the best looking tables we’ve ever seen, so grab your paddles pals.

— Lucy Britner, @Britner

The Cocktail Shack Brighton collage

The Christmas Steps

The Christmas Steps Pub BristolNew backstreet Bristol boozer, The Christmas Steps, offers plenty of hipster charm and craft beer to boot.

Indeed, craft ale takes centre stage, with locally brewed options from Arbor Ales, Moor Beer Company and beyond championed behind the bar. Although local ales get their due attention, you’ll still find national favourites like Dark Star served on cask. The menu offers poshed-up pub grub – think Wye Valley lamb burger or deep fried Cornish whitebait – and Sundays serve roast dinners with a gastropub twist.

The Christmas Steps occupy a characterful old building down the historic steep backstreet of the same name. Dressed in black, the building stands out from the crowd, and the interior is just as moody with medieval chandeliers and old brick walls – it’s a charming, old-fashioned look with a totally modern feel.

Best Bars tip: Owned by the forward-thinking team behind Bristol’s Crack Magazine, the music line-up at the pub is just as exciting as its weekly music quiz – check listings in advance.   

— Laura Richards, @Lala_Richards

The Christmas Steps Pub Bristol

Roxy Ball Room

Roxy Ballroom LeedsReady to step it up a notch from pint lifting to more energetic varieties of boozy sports? Then alcoholic playground Roxy Ball Room is the destination for you. Pool, table tennis and the soon-to-be Olympic-qualifying art of beer pong (well here’s hoping) await you in this bright and spacious city centre bar.

Reflective of the venue, the drinks menu is pure fun. The long cocktail list consists of humorous twists on classics, featuring the likes of the Pingstar Martini, Mojito Served Straight and Balls Deep In Chocolate. Sharing pitchers are also available so get in the spirit with the Caipbeerihnia, a mixture of Caçhaca, lime and mint topped off with craft IPA. As expected, the bar has a large offering of American lagers to fuel beer-based games and if you work up an appetite, tuck into tempting American-style bar snacks (3 plates for a tenner) and sharing platters.

Set to a backdrop of indie classics and feel-good tunes, this is a fun-time venue that attracts a diverse and lively crowd for pre-drinks, parties or less conventional date nights.

Best Bars tip: If you don’t want to reveal your world-class beer pong skills to the public, you can hire the bar’s private area, which is fully kitted-out with games tables and additional perks like city views, stocked fridges and optional buffet-dining. 

— Mieke-Kyra Smith, @mieke_chu

roxy ballroom leeds

The Lord Clifden

Lord Clifden Birmingham insideQuite rightly in both the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and the Good Pub Guide, The Lord Clifden is a recipient of not one, but three Observer Food Monthly awards. Known for its collection of urban street art, with the likes of Banksy, D*Face, Obey, Faile and Army Lion on its walls, the pub and beer garden feels full of life and energy.

With seven continental lagers on tap, as well as being one of only two pubs in Birmingham to supply “Budvar Yeast”, the Lord Clifden is truly hops-head heaven. Food-wise, pub classics are made to a very high standard so any order is a strong order.

The outdoors ping-pong table helps attract the younger crowd, while skilled DJs regularly grace the alfresco decks.

Best Bars tip: Summer’s major sporting events are projected on the giant outdoor screen. Just note, the kids can only come along between 12-3pm.

— Tom Cullen

Lord Clifden Birmingham terrace

 

Kosmonaut

Kosmonaut, Manchester

One of the must visits for any to-do list. Kosmonaut takes away the outer-space element, and throws in a luxurious booze cupboard with food and music to match.

Boasting on average 60 craft beers, alongside a recently jazzed up cocktail menu with punny names such as Totes Amazeballs, My Sharona and the perfect lovers tiff creation, Make Love Not War – a gin-based drink with elderflower, lychee and strawberry. Not all loved up? Perhaps the more Monday morning suitable Crying At The Piscotech – with amples of Pisco and marmalade mixed with lime and apricot – will do the trick as you stare dreamily / crying into the wonders of the Northern Quarter.

Spot on for a Sunday roast too, and they tweet the hell out of new beer offerings, so there’s always something good to drink at this neighbourhood hangout.

Best Bars tip: Get a booth early. They’re like gold dust once 6pm hits.

— Dave Marsland

Kosmonaut, Manchester

The New Cross House

The New Cross House

The New Cross House has been around for hundreds of years – and it’s no wonder, being so popular with crews both young and old. In its most recent incarnation, it proves a real hot spot in the area, cleverly juggling between excellent food and a great range of beers and cider, in a venue that takes classic pub to new levels.

You’ll find a brew to suit your taste here – from Florence Brewery real ales to bottles of local craft beer. If wine is what you’re after, get a bottle of Don Duela Gran Reserva with some blue cheese flatbread for an impromptu cheesy red session.

Don’t feel down if the front room seems packed – the New Cross House’s best feature is its beautiful beer garden, complete with table tennis and a two-storey treehouse-cum-shed. Get comfortable and order yourself one of the wood-oven pizzas; we love the speck, pesto, spring onions, ricotta and mozzarella combo.

Best Bars tip: Bit too full? They’ll pack your pizza to go. If you decide to go for a meal with fries, forget the usual mayo and ask for a serving of the aioli – splendid. 

— Gaëlle Laforest, @gaellelaforest

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