It’s been a good year, hasn’t it? Aside from the ups (read: downs) of 2022, it seems widely accepted that 2023 needs to be less dramatic.
For those lucky enough to head out and celebrate New Year’s Eve, below are some of the city’s best parties to entertain you, from dancing among the dinosaurs to celebrating famous South Londoners. Elsewhere are Irish bands, ice skating and an open bar – yes you read that right – in one of London’s most desirable drinking spots. In other words, there will be no shortage of good times on December 31. If you’re looking for a last-minute option, either grab your tickets as soon as possible – another thing that’s going to go wrong this year is definitely not the vibe – or call the venue to check their on-site service policy; many places keep several tickets for walking. All the best in 2023!
For its first ever New Year’s Eve party, a great bar in East London invites you to big guns. DJ Yoda, the award-winning DJ and producer, will be on board with a multi-genre mash-up while the bar team will do what they do best and craft the right cocktails. There are two events, with early seating hours for cocktails and snacks from 5pm to 7.30pm; while others can kick in from 8pm and party with DJ Yoda until 2am, complete with cocktails, snacks and champagne.
From £55, 3rd Floor, Devonshire House, 3 Bishopsgate, EC2, panpacific.com
Everyone’s favorite Peckham Pub is famous for hosting fun parties, and this New Year’s Eve promises more of the same. Culture NYE: So South will be a celebration of all things South London, spread over all three floors of the huge facility. DJs will be featuring hip hop, R’n’B, afrobeat and disco, while ravers are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite South Londoners – John Major, anyone?
£11.50, 1 Clayton Road, SE15SE15, princeofpeckham.co.uk
Natural History Museum
In 2023, a colossal museum in south Kensington will fill up with diplodocus. To celebrate Dippy’s current residence, this year’s festivities will take a prehistoric twist with Jurassic-themed performers, quiet discos and musical bingo. regulars. You’ll even have the chance to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, and we encourage you to dress up in jurassic disco – the best dressed for the evening will also win an award.
£99, Cromwell Road, SW7, nhm.ac.uk
If you’re looking for live music, head to Ronnie Scott’s for three different shows that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. The Brand New Heaves acid jazz-funk band will perform in the main show, and the king of dirty jazz, TJ Johnson, will host a cocktail party upstairs. Johnson will be followed later by DJ Emii and Mike Vitti, who will be doing the Funky Nation NYE Special until 3am.
From £50, 47 Frith Street, W1, ronniescotts.co.uk
Exale Brewery and Taproom
Walthamstow’s Exale Brewery and Taproom on the Blackhorse Beer Mile is celebrating this New Year’s Eve. The festivities begin at lunchtime with food from Auld Hag’s own scotch, fresh beers and a selection of specialty cocktails that will be on tap throughout the day. In the meantime, music will come courtesy of All Alones, followed by DJs with a big party to keep guests entertained until 2am.
Unit 2C, Uplands Business Park, E17, exalebrew.co.uk
One of London’s hottest new bars, Common Decency is located in the stunning Nomad Hotel in Covent Garden. Tickets are expensive, but on the first night of New Year’s Eve, world-class bartenders Leo Robitschek and Liana Oster will be entertaining guests all night long in an open bar offering the legendary Nomad cocktails as well as champagne and spirits. Expect dancing, delicious food, and surprise performances from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM.
£250, 28 Bow Street, WC2, thenomadhotel.com
No London Christmas season is complete without skating around Somerset House, and this New Year’s Eve on the ice is accompanied by music from Soho Radio, a DJ set from drag racing royal Jonbers Blonde and a house party from Foundation FM. Ice skating and dancing can also be fueled by fondue and champagne – and at midnight you’ll have front row seats to the fireworks show.
From £55, Strand, WC2, Somersethouse.org.uk
You will need deep pockets for a party planned by Savoy. The Savoy: It’s Showtime New Year’s Eve kicks off with champagne in the River Room before guests head to the ballroom for a four-course dinner with wine and spectacular entertainment. And the location of the iconic hotel on Thameside means seeing these fireworks adds the icing on the cake. If you have plans elsewhere before midnight but are staying the night, £100 tickets will come with after party tickets along with a live band (everyone at the gala has access to the after party as part of their ticket).
595 pounds, Strand, WC2, savoychristmas.com
A beloved spot on Commercial Road hosts what is probably the best party in town as part of the special Road to Eldorado festival. The art deco interiors will be re-furnished and the performers and production team will turn them into their own little world for the night. Sets by legendary artists such as Horse Meat Disco, Cirque du Soul and Anish Kumar await revelers. And the best piece? The party doesn’t end until 4am.
From £39.94, 490 Commercial Road, E1, troxy.pl
Foyer and reading room, Claridge’s
If you’re looking for an elegant party, a table at Claridge’s is a welcome option. Serves a feast in the foyer and reading room, starting with a glass of champagne and Royal Oscietra caviar on pancakes, before a three-course menu that includes classics such as seafood cocktail, beef wellington and dark chocolate truffles.
£300, Brook Street, W1, Claridges.co.uk
English sparkling wine and an Irish band are on the cards for those celebrating at The George’s 18th-century pub on Great Portland Street. Divided into two floors, four-course dinners with loose English mousse will be served upstairs, and dancing with live music and a DJ will take place downstairs until late.
From £10, 55 Great Portland Street, W1, thegeorge.london