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Six of the best alternative NYE events in London

Posted at 12:15 pm, December 27, 2013 in Food & Drink, Fun London, Music & Nightlife
Shard © The View from The Shard

Standard New Year clubbing not good enough for you, eh? Uninspired by the hundreds of dancing and drinking options on offer, are we? Looking for something that the hoi polloi won’t have on their pedestrian radar, perchance? Well, Picky McFussy, it’s a good thing you’re in London, as there’s loads of alternative goodness and weirdness going on this New Year’s Eve.

The View from The Shard New Year’s Eve Party

If you want to feel like more of a big deal than Ron Burgundy this NYE, you’d best go and soak up unrivalled, panoramic views of London from the tallest building in western Europe, while supping complimentary champers and free-flowing beer and wine. Soundtracking this sky-high extravagance will be DJs belting out all sorts of party tunes and banging beats.

New Year at The White Mansion

This lavish offering is themed around a fictional 19th century Danish actress who disappeared at a London NYE party. Standard. But really it’s just an excuse for an insanely plush knees-up in a secret Notting Hill locale, with a live swing band, electro-house DJs and fire-spinning. Dress code: white, to match the AWOL actress’s dress. And covering yourself in flour/Tipp-Ex isn’t acceptable. Just stupid.

One Big Night Out New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl

Bored by the thought of staying in just one venue for NYE? Go on a bloody big pub crawl then, yeah? The OBNO crew will shepherd you around various Soho boozers – with one free drink in each – before you all fall into a club for midnight. Bring Alka-Seltzer.

New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance

The class system isn’t dead. Don’t believe us? Check this high-end foodie extravaganza, where three types of ticket allow incremental amounts of fun. Penny-watchers simply get entry to the drinking and dancing (at 11pm), mid-levellers get a few cocktails and canapés for £30 (9pm start), and wad-wavers can pay £100 for a four-course meal and welcome cocktails at 7pm. Top hat, monocle and cane optional.

Venetian Masquerade Ball

It wouldn’t be NYE without the freaky fun of a good ol’ masquerade ball, but this one offers something extra. No, not a full ‘Eyes Wide Shut’-style room (you wish), but a seven-course dinner with cocktails, for £85. Hopefully you’re allowed to take the mask off while eating. Or you can just grab a £20 party-only ticket.


If you’d prefer to see in the new year eating yourself into oblivion, Street Feast’s NYE offering could be what you’re after. They’ll be extending their stay at Hawker House in London Fields with regular stalls including Baba G and Rola Wala, Sweet Tooth Factory, Yum Jungle and Vinn Goute, plus a champagne bar, jazz band and DJs (if you can move after all the food). Splash out on Ben Spalding’s Stripped Back 10 dish taster menu for £66 or just grab a £10 (for early or late arrivers) or a £15 ticket and eat, drink ad dance yourself happy.
Tristan Parker
Still not quite satisfied? Check out what else is going on in London on NYE.

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