Tickets are already sold out for this year’s installment of the annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks spectacle on Victoria Embankment. But this is NYE in London we’re talking about – there is no shortage of awesome places to ring in the new year. With something for every budget, here are our top 10 favourite ways to celebrate the arrival of 2018.
The Blitz Party
Britain is at war and bombs are reigning heavily down upon 1940s London, but The Blitz Party will be in full swing. London’s ladies and the Home Guard are coming out to play in an authentic air-raid shelter, reinforced with sandbags and hidden from the planes overhead by blackout curtains. Live big bands will perform contemporary classics alongside modern favourites remixed in the 1940s fashion.
Tickets from £55
📍 Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, London, UK, +44 (0) 20 7422 7505
Perch atop Primrose Hill
Sure, tickets for the NYE Fireworks on Victoria Embankment are sold out. But since when have fireworks been an exclusive affair? At nearly 63 metres above sea level, Primrose Hill is a popular panoramic site for people looking to watch the luminous exhibition in Central London fireworks, which is less than three miles away. Remember to clean up after yourself, whatever food or drinks you bring along.
A Vintage New Year’s Eve Party
Across the Thames from the Victoria Embankment NYE Fireworks, Southbank Centre’s A Vintage New Year’s Eve Party in Royal Festival Hall promises to be an elaborate NYE extravaganza. Five vintage nightclubs will be thumping out tunes from the 1920s all the way through to the 1990s, while food and drink will be available throughout the night. A range of tickets are available for different prices – including buffet and dinner options – so check out the website to find one that’s right for you.
Tickets from £99
📍 Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London, UK, +44 (0) 20 3879 9555
Apart from being one of London’s most iconic landmarks, Tower Bridge is also one of the closest spots to view the Victoria Embankment NYE Fireworks display that falls outside the ticketed zone. Dress up warm because spectators here are faced with an icy wind bouncing off the chilly river water. This is another one to bring your own drinks for.
Head to Hampstead Heath
Anyone based in North London or East London who wants to see some festive fireworks but can’t be bothered trekking to Primrose Hill has another option. Head to Hampstead Heath, North London where hordes of Londoners flock to observe the dazzling Thameside display from afar – just over four miles away – on Parliament Hill. BYOB and wrap up warm.
All-Inclusive NYE Thames Boat Party
Herald in the new year in style with an All-Inclusive NYE Thames Boat Party on Golden Jubilee. This maritime evening will include a four-hour cruise, a plate of chilli con carne and a bottomless supply of beer, wine, single spirits and soft drinks throughout the evening. Champagne, shots and bottles of wine can be purchased on the night. As midnight approaches, the boat will moor up as close to the NYE Fireworks as possible – check the site for full details. Not looking for food and drinks? Check out their Golden Star pay-as-you-go package further down the same page.
The DSD Big Fat Quizzical of the Year
Quiz away some of the final few hours of 2017 at The DSD Big Fat Quizzical of the Year, just over five minutes’ walk from King’s Cross station. Don’t fancy the NYE quiz? Turn up at 10pm and hit the dance floor to usher in the new year with everyone’s favourite pop, hip-hop and RnB anthems from the 1990s through to 2017 courtesy of DJ Huw Joseph. Hot dogs and free popcorn by the bucket will be available to satisfy any hungry bellies.
Tickets from £5
📍 Drink, Shop & Do, 9 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London, UK, +44 (0) 20 7278 4335
Calling all cads and flappers. Revel in the glory of the Roaring Twenties at the Prohibition Party in Central London where cocktail menus will be hidden in books while tea cups hold elicit drinks. There will be live jazz, DJs on gramophones and dancing troupes throughout the various rooms to get the party going. Attendees must adhere to a strict 1920s dress code or face being turned away at the door.
Tickets from £55
📍 Central London: exact location revealed two weeks before NYE
Guilty Pleasures at KOKO
Why not spend the biggest night of the year in one of the most grandiose party venues that London has to offer? Guilty Pleasures at KOKO, everyone’s favourite theatre turned honky-tonk, promises a pumping NYE bash to remember, complete with DJs, dancers, live bands and plenty of raunchy cabaret.
Tickets from £22.50
📍 KOKO, 1A Camden High Street, Kings Cross, London, UK, +44 (0) 20 7388 3222
Sin in the City
St. Paul’s rooftop bar Madison will be hosting a Sin City-themed evening of Vegas-style glitz and glam. Sin in the City will include croupier tables for anyone who fancies a flutter, a paparazzi wall for making memories, and a midnight mini Moet, as well as music from DJ Dan Healey and live performances from Stefano Cestra on percussion and Ben Barnett on the sax. Best of all, at six storeys high and less than a mile and a half from Victoria Embankment, the spacious terrace is an ideal viewing platform for the fireworks.
📍 Madison, Rooftop Terrace, One New Change, London, UK, +44 (0) 20 3693 5160