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This Weekend Welcome 2016 To London 31.12.15 - 03.01.16
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This Weekend Welcome 2016 To London 31.12.15 - 03.01.16

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Updated: 27 September 2016
Another year over…and what a wonderful year it was! With such an amazing array of highlights to choose from, it’s certainly hard to imagine how 2015 could ever be beaten! However, the pressure is already on to make 2016 the best year yet; and what better way to start it off than with this fantastic selection of events, activities and experiences. From Egyptian discos to folk dancing, you can be sure we have the first weekend of 2016 covered.
Bar & Kitchen
Bar & Kitchen | Courtesy of KK Communications © Wringer + Mangle

Wring In The New Year With Wringer And Mangle

31 December 2015

A highly appealing option for anyone’s New Year festivities, Wringer and Mangle plan to bring in 2016 in true East End style. Offering lucky guests a tasty three course meal, live music and a decadent selection of hand-crafted cocktails, there’s no better place to welcome in the new year. To top it all off, the heated terrace will ensure there are plenty of post-midnight cuddles in the beautiful outdoor courtyard. What are you waiting for!

The Book Club Celebration
The Book Club Celebration | © Fresh To Death

Egyptian Disco

31 December 2015

The Book Club’s whacky New Year event promises to be one of the most entertaining ways to spend the celebrations; offering party-goers an eclectic mix of Egyptian-themed décor paired with glitter, confetti and an impressive lineup, including Wayward and Reg Naylor. With Shut The Front Door hosting, this occasion looks set to be the most sparkly party going for those who love to dance until dawn. Make sure to grab your black kohl and headdress on your way!

Ceilidh Dancing Folk Of The Wood
Ceilidh Dancing Folk Of The Wood | © Charlotte Levy

New Year’s Eve Hogmanay Ceilidh

31 December 2015

Have you heard of ceilidh dancing before? If you haven’t, this is your chance! With a fiddle to get your feet moving and a Scottish caller to instruct the dancers, Folk of the Wood welcomes both amateurs and old-timers. The bar will be serving up mulled wine, champagne and craft ales, while hungry dancers can take a break and relax with a hot wrap or a cake. Lace up your dancing shoes and choose your partner; this event looks to be one of the most uproarious New Year celebrations in the capital!

New Year’s Day Parade
New Year’s Day Parade | Courtesy of LNYDP

London New Year’s Day Parade

January 1 2016

The London New Year’s Day Parade has been around since 1987 and gets bigger and more exuberant every year. Today, the event is televised as well as being watched by hundreds of thousands of people on the city streets. Offering spectators the chance to see performers from all over the world including acrobats, magicians and musicians, the LNYDP starts at 12pm in Piccadilly and looks set to be an incredible start to 2016.

Rum cocktails
Rum cocktails | © Anya Holdstock

Bourne & Hollingsworth’s NYE House Party

31 December 2015

Creative lifestyle company Bourne & Hollingsworth have got a night of mystique and magic in store with their New Year’s Midnight Ball. Party-goers are encouraged to don their best suits and ballgowns to dance the night away in style. If you’re intrigued by glitz and glamour, this event endeavours to provide guests with the utmost elegance and sophistication. Keep an eye out for some of their other exciting events throughout 2016!

The interior of Jamrach’s shop, taken from The London Illustrated News, 1887
The interior of Jamrach’s shop, taken from The London Illustrated News, 1887 | Courtesy of Horniman Gallery

London’s Urban Jungle

Saturday 19 December 2015 — Sunday 21 February 2016

An exciting new exhibition is currently on show at Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill; exploring Charles Jamrach’s impact on both Victorian popular culture and the exotic animal trade. With a fascinating array of newspaper articles and objects from the Horniman collections, the display is a great opportunity for those interested in the Victorian era to peruse a unique collection. There are plenty of other exhibits available to visitors for a day out to remember.

Slava’s Snowshow
Slava’s Snowshow | © Vladimir Mishukov

Slava’s Snowshow

16 December 2015 – 3 January 2016

If you’re looking for a fun-filled festive event, award-winning Slava’s Snowshow has enjoyed worldwide success with audiences of all ages in the 20 years it has been running. Simultaneously funny and magical, the unlikely mix of clowns and snow nonetheless delights, with real blizzards of snow and impressive theatrical devices in play to create one of the most breathtaking shows around.

Winter at Southbank
Winter at Southbank | © Belinda Lawley

Winter At Southbank Centre With Natwest

Tuesday 27 October 2015 — Sunday 17 January 2016

London’s South Bank is always one of the most magical places in the city at Christmas. Offering a selection of different street foods, mulled wine and homemade gifts, take the time to stroll along the lit pathways edged with fir trees with friends or family and soak up the atmosphere. For the thrill-seekers, the Roller Disco is open for business, while for craft-lovers there are even Gift Workshops available. With countless events and activities available, it’s worth heading there this weekend to see what all the fuss is about!

It’s a race against time, are you ready?
It’s a race against time, are you ready? | Courtesy of Time Run

Time Run

Escape The Room adventures are becoming ever-more popular in London and Time Run is definitely one of the best. An adventure for 3-5 people, participants must work together to complete puzzles and challenges before the time runs out. An exhilarating and exciting experience, players will solve riddles across time and history to emerge (with luck!) victorious at the end. For those who love a challenge, Time Run is set to be increasingly popular in the new year.

Waffle On at The Watch House

This is definitely something for all the foodies out there; pop-up Waffle On are preparing to deliver freshly made waffles into the hands of hungry Londoners. Customers can choose between a wide range of sweet or savoury toppings, including bacon, egg, seasonal fruits, Belgian chocolate or salmon! Seeing as the wintry chill is showing no signs of letting up just yet, a fresh buttermilk waffle smothered in hot sauce and cherries is the perfect antidote to those January blues!