Eight great New Year’s Eve parties in the UK

Whatever your budget, music tastes or wardrobe options, you’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy this New Year’s Eve in the UK. Here are the top eight places we’d love to find ourselves at as the clock strikes 12.

The UK is the place to be when it comes to larger-than-life New Years Eve celebrations. photo credit: ecstaticist via photopin cc

The UK is the place to be when it comes to larger-than-life New Years Eve celebrations. photo credit: ecstaticist via photopin cc

1. Shhh!!

Time: 21:00 – 04:00
Venue: The Library, 235 Upper Street N1 1RU
Cost: £8.00

Happenstance Radio presents Shhh!! – a very loud celebration at The Library in Islington. Partygoers can look forward to a cocktail reception and secret garden party, as well as 4 DJs and 2 live singers – Rude Audio, Maya Schenk, Tani G, Tina Mali and Brother Olu will keep you dancing until the early hours of the morning!

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Happenstance Radio presents Shhh!! at The Library in Islington.

2. Bavarian Beerhouses

Time: 19:30 – 03:00
Venue: Bavarian Beerhouse, Old Street + Tower Hill, London, as well as Bristol
Cost: £29.50

You don’t have to travel to Germany to experience an Oktoberfest-style New Year’s Eve – simply spend the last night of 2013 at one of three Bavarian Beerhouses. With plenty of German food, drinks and festive German (and international) music provided by the DJs, you won’t have to book a light to Germany to experience a German NYE! Arrive early for a welcome cocktail, enjoy a full hot and cold Bavarian buffet and a complimentary glass of Champagne at midnight.

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There are plenty of Oktoberfest-style New Year’s Eve parties in London.

3. Hollywood

Venue: London Film Museum, 1st floor, Riverside Building, County Hall, London SE1, 7PB
Cost: £150 (Standard) £250 (VIP)

Who needs to party like a rock star when you can party like a movie star? Spend a night at the Oscars, with a movie-themed New Year’s Eve party, hosted by the London Film Museum. Walk the red carpet to the glamorous County Hall, where an evening of sheer entertainment and style awaits you. Standard tickets prices include entrance to the London Film Museum, a view of the London Eye Fireworks Display, cocktails, canapés, a premier show band, Djs and more!

The London Film Museum is hosting a 'Hollywood'-themed part on New Year's Eve.

The London Film Museum is hosting a ‘Hollywood’-themed part on New Year’s Eve.

4. Bristol

If you live in Bristol, you won’t need to go very far to find some of the hottest parties happening on New Year’s Eve this year, from intimate music performances in some of Bristol’s best pubs to massive club parties at venues like Lakota and Motion. Other events include a 1920s Prohibition Party, a Science Fiction-themed party and a Jurassic Rave at 02 Academy.

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The Square Club is hosting a ‘Prohibition Party’ on NYE.

5. Down the Rabbit Hole

Time: 20.00 – 04:00
Venue: Love & Liquor, 34 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 5UA
Cost: £25

Described as “Alice in debauch-erland”, this dress-up party promises to deliver in true Love & Liquor style! Expect champagne from tea pots, tequila from mini jam jars, appearances from sexy mad hatters and short tempered caterpillars and a whole lot of music, including hip hop, house, disco and party hits.

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Down the Rabbit Hole: a Wonderland-themed party at Love & Liquor.

6. Edinburgh Hogmanay 

The Edinburgh Hogmanay offers three days of spectacular events, including the concert in the garden with none other than The Pet Shop Boys, a candlelit concert, torchlight procession and the New Year’s Day Loony Dook.

Edinburgh Hogmanay: Regarded by many to be the biggest party in the UK.

Edinburgh Hogmanay: Regarded by many to be the biggest party in the UK.

7. Yager Bar – “Rio”

Time: 21:30 – 04:00
Venue: Yager Bar, 2 Old Change Court, London, EC4M 8EN
Cost: £20 / £25

Experience the rhythms of Rio with London Groove at the Yagar Bar this New Year’s Eve. Two dance floors will keep you moving to the sounds of Commercial RnB, Hip Hop, Deep House, Samba Salsa and Latino Grooves. The dress code is sexy, stylish and bright and no under 21s will be permitted.

'Rio' is an ultra-smart Rio de Janeiro-themed party at Yager Bar in London.

‘Rio’ is an ultra-smart Rio de Janeiro-themed party at Yager Bar in London.

8. The Nutcracker New Year’s Eve party

Time: 20:00 – 04:00
Venue: Ruski’s Tavern, 1 Kensington High Street, London W8 5NP
Cost: £35

Promising to be the swishest party in town, The Nutcracker New Year’s Eve party at Ruski’s Tavern in Kensington is a black tie affair in Russian tradition. There will be a number of live music performances, DJs, plenty of vodka and a bunch of other surprises throughout the night.

The Nutcracker: a black tie Russian affair.

The Nutcracker: a black tie Russian affair.

  • Jodie Faulkner

    Celebrating the new year brings a fresh start of opportunity and blank slates. On New Year’s Eve parties, London comes alive with fireworks and celebrations in every corner of the capital.