From a huge carnival experience to reliving the blitz in an air-raid shelter, party at these unique, quirky and downright fun events in London to ring in the New Year. Bye, bye 2016, you've been... interesting.
Sick and tired of the usual New Year's Eve parties and club nights packed to the rafters? Well, London's where it's at if you want to do something a little different to celebrate the end of another year. Full of weird and wonderful nights, welcome in 2017 at one of these London parties and you'll not regret going out when the clock strikes midnight.
The Blitz Party
Time to run for cover at The Blitz Party, London’s most authentic 1940s party. Hosted in impressive and atmospheric railway arches, step back in time into an authentic air-raid shelter, complete with sandbags, hurricane lamps, reconnaissance maps and blackout curtains. Victory curled ladies and uniformed soldiers can expect a night of live music, classic cocktails and 40s-style revelry. Live big bands perform a repertoire of '40s classics and modern favourites remixed to resemble the style of the era, the perfect soundtrack for land girls and the home guard to cut a rug on the dance floor. The bars will be stocked with a carefully chosen selection of modern takes on classic cocktails all washed down with hearty snacks from the mess stall. Starting at 9 p.m. and roaring 'til 3 a.m., the tickets are priced at £55. Stay at The Hoxton in Holborn for a super stylish weekend.
The Details: Bunker opens at 9 p.m. (entertainment starts at 10 p.m.)
Venue Address: B1, Victoria House Basement, Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1B 4DA
Carnivale New Year's Eve Ball
Featuring jaw-dropping entertainers, flowing caipirinhas and a lavish four-course feast, Battersea Evolution’s Carnivale extravaganza is one epic party. After a memorable year for the country, immerse yourself in the vibrant Brazilian culture, with a live stream of London's world-famous firework display when the clock strikes midnight, unlimited booze, adrenaline-fuelled dodgems, casino tables and DJs scratching the decks until the wee hours. Get a group together and stay close by in a park view apartment.
The Details: Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with welcome canapés; the banquet is served at 9 p.m.
Venue Address: Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ
Put 2016's woes behind you at Pop Brixton's huge New Year's Eve party, Phantasmagoria. You're promised to be trasported away to another world with a fantastical onslaught of sound, performance and an immersive light show. Performers will add to the out-there vibe and rumour has it, some of London's best DJs are planning on making an appearance. With a purse-friendly £5 entrance fee, it's a no-brainer. Your friends and you could stay in this gorgeous private home in Brixton and make a weekend of it.
The Details: Doors open at 7 p.m. and closes at 3 a.m.
Venue Address: Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8PQ
Dark Circus NYE Party
Roll up, roll up for an evening of uninhibited dancing, pleasure seeking and spectacular entertainment this New Year's Eve at the Dark Circus Party. Hedonists come dressed in their corsets, collapse their top hats and run away to the circus. The Dark Circus Party will throw you into a carnival of curiosities – a dark, dreamy and ever-so-slightly depraved world of illusion and unbridled visual delight. The party’s entertainment follows a traditional circus bill, but with a twisted Dark Circus theme; guests can expect awe-inspiring aerial acts, treacherous trapeze artists and ethereal silks performances. Sip on potent cocktails and peruse the stage from the intimate curtained areas on the mezzanine level or pay a visit to Miss Marguerite’s painted wagon for a lesson in costume make-up. Pay £55 a ticket and get your freak on already.
Why not stay at the nearby Great Northern Hotel and celebrate New Year's in sheer, unadulterated luxury, too? Need we say more.
The Details: 9 p.m.to 3 a.m.
Venue Address: The Grand Hall St Pancras, Euston Road, London, WC1H 9AU.
Go Wild at Enclosure NYE Party
Take your life in your hands and jump into the lion's den at London’s quirkiest venue, Foundation Bar's Enclosure Party, a fully immersive zoo-themed event. Dress up as your favourite animal and join the Foundation crew as they put a roaring night with entertainment, snake charmers, bongo players, body painting and three-course dining. Plus, the resident DJ will be spinning the tracks until 4 a.m. Early bird tickets are priced at £15 and if you fancy dinner, standard tickets with dinner range from £30 - £35. Make the slick Covent Garden Hotel your lair for the weekend.
The Details: Happy Hour starts at 5 p.m. and the party goes until 4 a.m.
Venue Address: 5 Langley Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9JA
Hogmanay Hootenanny Ceilidh Night
Now in its fifth year, Ceilidh Night’s New Year’s Eve Hogmanay Hootenanny celebration is the most traditional way to say goodbye to the old and hello to the new, with London’s best ceilidh band guiding you through the final hours of 2016 and the first of 2017. Hosted at Fusilier House in Balham, this year’s Hootenanny will feature all the traditional dances and some special new jigs for the night with an expert caller guiding you through the steps. Joined by Westerham Brewery, there will be plenty of tasty ales, lagers, and ciders, as well as wine, bubbles and cocktails throughout the night. So get on the dance floor, throw some shapes, count down to the new year, sing Auld Lang Syne and welcome 2016 the only way these guys know how – by having the best night out with your nearest, dearest and sweatiest friends. Balham's easily accessible from central London so we'd recommend staying at South Place Hotel, a short walk from Bank station, where you can hop on the Northern line.
The Details: Doors open at 9 p.m. and shut at 1 a.m.
Venue Address: Fusilier House, 213 Balham High Rd, London, SW17 7BQ
This New Year's Eve, London’s most glamorous pleasure-seekers are invited to shake out their tassels, unfurl their feathers and elude the beady eye of the law at the most lavish Prohibition Party yet. In an age of loosening morals, soaring stocks and bootleg barons, opulence and exuberance is the order of the day at The Prohibition Party. Guests will be transported back to the giddy magic of the roaring '20s, a time when footloose flappers danced the Charleston, card sharp cads tried their luck at the roulette table and everyone quaffed on the free-flowing bootlegged booze. Throughout the glitzy night, live bands will make you move your dancing feet, DJs will hit the gramophones, silent cinema will be screened, alongside dancing troupes and gambling tables. In order to escape the prying eyes of the police, cocktail menus are circulated hidden inside the pages of books and drinks are served in teacups. Pretty darn spectacular for the £55 ticket fee.
The Details: Doors open at 9 p.m. with a floorshow and the gambling starts at 10 p.m.
Venue Address: A top secret Central London Ballroom, revealed two weeks prior to event.