Ditch the New Year traditions this December and attend one of these extra special NYE parties to bring in London. From silent discos to 1920s fancy dress, enjoy your big night out at one of these weird and wonderful shindigs.
Natural History Museum, South Kensington
You guessed it, it’s animal fancy dress at the Natural History Museum’s New Year’s Eve bash. You can expect an unforgettable night packed with wild activities. As well as dancing all night long, you’ll be free to explore the exhibitions Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Life in the Dark, try your luck at musical bingo, have a hoot at the silent disco, make your own animal mask, sing along to great pop, indie and rock anthems with an awesome live band and more.
Tickets: £99 for non-members, £89 for members.
Central London (exact location to be revealed two weeks before the event)
Step back in time for a night of glamourous razzmatazz at this central London speakeasy. Guys and dolls, dig out your best glad rags – think flapper dresses with feathers and shirts with suspenders.
Brought to you by the awesome Bourne & Hollingsworth team who specialise in creating unique and quirky events, Prohibition Party New Year’s special will transport guests back to the roaring twenties. Throughout the night, there will be live bands, DJs on gramophones, a silent cinema, dance troupes, gambling tables and much more. Fancy dress is a must otherwise you’ll be turned away at the door!
Tickets: £50 general admission early bird tickets.
Banking Hall, 14 Cornhill
The Silent Sounds disco pioneers are taking over the beautiful Banking Hall this New Year’s Eve. You and hundreds of other partygoers will come together in the art deco-style main hall to sing and dance the night away. There will be three DJs to switch between on the night, so expect anything from pop, rock and awesome party classics to keep you going until the wee hours.
Tickets: £50–£55, depending on how quickly you make your purchase.
There will be five floors of awesome music entertainment at this year’s Southbank Centre New Year’s Eve party.
In the Torch Club you’ll be swinging to live performances of 1920s, 30s and 40s tunes. At midnight, this room will transform into a Cabaret Club to keep you on your toes. Perhaps the Let It Rock room will whip you into frenzy with a mix of classic American and British rock ‘n’ roll songs. Head to Disco Royale for pure 1970s and 80’s funk and Motown, or check out Bar Bonkers for all-killer, no-filler musical bangers.
If all that’s not enough, the Tiki Bar, with its cocktails and limbo competitions will see you through to 2019.
This is truly an evening to suit every taste and you’ll even be able to watch the spectacular Southbank fireworks from the centre’s riverside terrace.
Tickets: £105 – this includes a glass of fizz and access to the Southbank Centre’s Riverside Terrace to watch the London fireworks display.
Travel all over the world in one night with this breath-taking whistle-stop tour across the globe. From ornate temples to an igloo bar lit by the northern lights, and from Chinese dragons to the hanging gardens of Babylon, there’s load to keep you occupied for this very special day.
Tickets include a sparkling wine and canapé reception, four-course banquet, unlimited house beer, wine and soft drinks, entertainment, dodgems, DJ, dance floor and a free shuttle bus to London Victoria after midnight. It’s set to be epic!
Tickets: £185 each.