16 of the Best London New Year’s Eve Parties
You could toast in 2018 on the sofa in your pants, glugging Tesco prosecco from the bottle, but it would be rude not to hit the party scene in a city brimming with such epic NYE celebrations, from watching the fireworks with bottomless cocktails on a Waterloo rooftop, to a raucous music quiz where everyone’s dancing on the tables. Ditch the PJs for DJs and join us for a party to remember at one of these awesome venues.
All-you-can-drink rooftop party
See in the new year with a view of the South Bank fireworks, without the hassle of joining the hectic tourist crowd. Waterloo got its first rooftop bar this year — it’s themed on the Mediterranean style party island of Elba, where Napoleon got exiled to. Once you’ve paid your (rather hefty) entrance fee it’s unlimited cocktails, beer and wine all night, along with tasty food from burger guys Dip & Flip.
7pm–3am. Tickets from £150 (pricey, yeah, but all booze and food included).
Bar Elba, Mercury House Rooftop, 109–117 Waterloo Road, SE1 8UL
Fresh to Shoreditch is a new Camino, inspired by Castille y León of Northern Spain. The latest venue has a great little heated terrace out the front that’s open all year round! Head here for NYE, where you can tuck into a Spanish-style celebration with bubbles and tapas, all followed by dancing into the early hours. There’s also fun NYE stuff going on at the other Camino locations in King’s Cross, Bankside and Blackfriars.
Camino Shoreditch, 2 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BL
Ham Yard Hotel
Hot gin roof
Tucked away from Piccadilly Circus is this secret leafy rooftop bar, perched on the top of Ham Yard Hotel. Up here is a magical little garden and a spacious terrace, heated over the winter months. This year, for one night only, the bar is putting on a special one-off evening for NYE, with warming twists on classic drinks like hot G&Ts and hot Negronis, teamed up with canapés and cheese boards.
8pm till late. Tickets are £50 per person, which includes access to the roof, a drink on arrival, canapés and a charcuterie board.
Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, W1D 7DT
City rooftop party
New Canary Wharf rooftop Bōkan is throwing a sky-high bash to see in the new year. With a great little dockside location, Bōkan is spread over three high-rise floors, with a bar and restaurant offering killer skyline views. But the top option for the 31st (literally, it’s at the very top) is at Bōkan 39 & Roof Terrace, where you can party the night away overlooking the city lights, while resident DJs pump out the party tunes.
9.00pm–1.00am. £500 per person (!), but we suppose it’s only 2018 once?
Bōkan, floors 37–39, 40 Marsh Wall, E14 9TP
Live music & cocktails
See in the new year in one of the city’s best regarded cocktail bars, Oriole. The speakeasy is putting on a musically focussed bash, with razzmatazz jazz band Boneshaker, who’ll be playing everything from the roaring twenties and beyond, with exotic Latin rhythms, tangos, salsas and mambos, French chanson, film noir soundtracks and golden age jazz classics — you’ll be dancing all night long! Team it all up with some banging Oriole-style cocktails and you’ve got an epic NYE planned.
8pm till late. Tickets are £50 per person and include entry, a glass of Champagne and entertainment.
Oriole, Smithfield Markets, East Poultry Avenue, EC1A 9LH
Blues Kitchen Camden
The New Orleans-inspired bar will always guarantee you a fun night out of dancing the night away. For NYE, the Camden branch is throwing a Tarantino-themed bash, with their resident band The Beekays bashing out some classic tunes from epic cult movie scenes, such as Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon — when Uma Thurman goes for it on the air guitar in Pulp Fiction — and Stuck In The Middle With You — in the ear-cutting torture scene with Mr Blonde (ug!) in Reservoir Dogs. And of course you can keep the party going, topped up on whiskey cocktails all night long.
7pm–4am (but no entry between 11.15pm and 12.30pm). Tickets are £25. Dinner tickets are also available — book on 020 7387 5277, or email [email protected]
Blues Kitchen Camden, 111–113 Camden High Street, NW1 7JN
London Cocktail Club
Fun-packed party bar
London’s ultimate party bar is celebrating a BIG NYE across its various venues in the city. It’s the first ever New Year celebration for the Liverpool Street venue, which opened earlier in the year. At this liquor land funfair, you’re encouraged to come dressed head to toe in glitter, sequins and sparkles galore. Luckily if you’re running low on the glitz, the ‘Glitter Angels’ will be on hand to add some extra twinkles. At Shoreditch, they’ll be throwing a Times Square-style night, complete with a ball-drop countdown, and lots of Champagne cocktails. Meanwhile in Shaftesbury Avenue, they’re channelling Havana Nights vibes with daiquiri fountains and mojitos a go-go. In Islington there’s a masquerade party, and in Covent Garden there’s a black and white theme, with a side of martinis. Almost too much fun stuff to choose from!
All celebrations from 5pm–3am. Tickets from £10.
London Cocktail Club, various locations
Us Londoners can’t get enough of a Blitz-style bash — get your 1940s fix at Shoreditch party venue Village, where you can welcome the new year with big live bands, lots of classic cocktails and a swing dance class, if you want to polish up your moves.
8pm–late. Tickets from £55.
The Light Lounge
Fireworks on the big screen
If you want to catch THAT firework display, but you don’t fancy fighting your way through the crowds, (or the inevitable rain), how about bagging a place at this new Soho bar, where you can catch all the pops and bangs from the comfort of a mega 100-inch screen, cocktail or two in hand? Now that’s way more appealing!
The Light Lounge, 1 Newport Place, WC2H 7JR
These guys are renowned for pulling of huge elaborate events in secret locations. For New Year, they’re throwing an epic party with two dance floors and three DJs playing electro house, R&B and hip hop into the early hours. There’ll also be a live saxophonist and percussionist, plus fire and cage dancers, not to mention the face painters and jugglers! The theme: Think PINK. It’s going to be a wild one.
9pm–4am. Tickets start at £25.
The Mansion London, secret location
Sounds Familiar NYE Party 2017 at Jerusalem Bar and Kitchen
Hilarious music quiz
If you don’t fancy sprucing up for a huge club night (a.k.a blowing all of your money) but are still up for doing something, this affordable and outrageous music quiz night is a great bet. Here the mood is highly jovial and by the end, everyone is dancing on the tables (we’ve tried and tested it, and it’s extremely fun). Forget boring quiz questions, Sounds Familiar is all about trying to guess one legendary classic tune from another, remixed to make it extra danceable. From Beastie Boys, to Beach Boys — broken up by MC Quizzical, who raps about celebrities while you guess who they are. Then there’s the Pile of Sh*t round — where co-host DJ Al plays the worst records that he can think of. When it’s all over, you’ll dance away with your quiz team rivals until your legs won’t hold you up up any longer.
Quiz 6.30pm–10.30pm. Followed by dancing until 2.30am. From £15 for a disco-only ticket.
Bourne & Hollingsworth House Party
Cocktails & canapés
Known for putting on magical party events, B&H’s renowned NYE Midnight Ball party has already sold out, but the good news is they’re also putting on various other big events on the 31st, so you won’t miss out! At their London townhouse, there’s going to be a sophisticated cocktail party. It kicks off with a canapé and cocktail reception, followed by a slap up three course banquet. Then on to the dance floor, where there’ll be a string trio and a DJ to finish off the night!
7pm–2am. Canapé and cocktail package: £40pp, plus dinner is £80pp. If you’ve got a bit of a gang and have money to burn, there’s also the option to book a private dining banquet, £960 for 12 guests.
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, EC1R 0HU
Lights, Camera, Party at The Roof Gardens
Fireworks & flamingos
If you’ve got a brimming bank account, you may want to toast in 2018 on top of these stunning sprawling rooftop gardens. Richard Brandon’s sky-high Eden is putting on a glitzy Hollywood NYE bash, so get your glam on and join the crowd for a canapé and cocktail reception, gourmet barbecue and a sparkling fireworks display at midnight. They’ll even be rolling out the breakfast canapés at 2am — sorted!
8pm–2am.Tickets £160 and includes canapés, some food and drink, all entertainment and a mini bottle of Moët.
Kensington Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, W8 5SA
Dickie’s Bar and Corrigans Mayfair
Drinks & dancing
One of our favourite spots in Mayfair is Corrigan’s newly revamped Dickie’s Bar, a mish-mash between tradition and trendy, with nods to a classic hunting lodge and trendy patterned sofas to boot. The restaurant will be putting on a great little NYE shindig, with live music and Champagne cocktails from Dickie’s (the drinks here are top notch). We’ve partied here before and we can attest to the fact that owner (celeb chef Richard) can throw a damn good party. That’s all the info they’ll give us for now, but we’ll have more details very soon!
Dickie’s Bar & Corrigans Mayfair, 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, W1K 7EH
The Rooftop at Trafalgar St. James
Room with a view
With bird’s eye views of Trafalgar Square, this huge rooftop bar is finally up and running again after it closed earlier this year for a brand new makeover. It’s the ultimate place to head to on NYE, as you can catch views of the fireworks from up high. With canopy covered seating, heaters and lots of classic cocktails to keep you snug while you take in those views.
Trafalgar St. James, 2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, SW1A 2TS
The Wigmore and The Artesian
The Wigmore, which opened just a few months ago, is putting on a New Year’s knees-up, with live DJs from 8pm. The place is a swish version of an old-school drinking tavern, with a large centre bar, high ceilings, and lots of craft beer on tap. Expect great food on the night, with a menu designed by the legendary Michel Roux Jr. Or you may want to see in the new year next door, drinking crazy cocktails at The Artesian, which has just got a hot stuff new team heading up the bar (Remy Savage from Paris famed Little Red Door, and Anna Sebastian from Beaufort Bar at the Savoy), so you can expect great stuff! Email [email protected] for more info or to book.
8pm–late. Tickets at The Wigmore £60pp; tickets at The Artesian £70pp.
The Wigmore, 15 Langham Place, Regent Street, W1B 3DE
The Artesian, 1C Portland Place, W1B 1JA