New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and if you’re keen to do something a little different this year (that will require a new outfit purchase), head to a quirky London soiree. DesignMyNight have kindly given us the low-down on where to find these goings-on all over the capital. From an extravaganza in London’s only UV ball pit bar to a pink mansion party with circus acts and a clairvoyant; get ready to have the best New Year’s Eve yet.
Okay, so this party is not heels-friendly; but it’s all for good reason because it involves rollicking around in a giant ball pit. Yep, you heard that right. If you want to awaken your inner child this New Year’s Eve, Ballie Ballerson’s New Year’s Ball Out is the place to be. Expect two ball ponds with over a million balls (one of which is glow in the dark), and in between dips and dives, you can enjoy theatrical cocktails and free Champagne when the clock strikes 12. If you’re looking for a party with the fun factor, this is it.
Don your sparkliest gown and prepare for a little time travel, because one of Mayfair’s best bars is throwing it back to 1920s Manhattan for an immersive prohibition party like no other. You’ll be thrown into a world of warring mobsters, where ‘Mad Dog’ Moriziano is plotting murderous revenge against Johnny “The Doctor” Costello – unless he can come up with one million pounds by midnight, that is. This heart-quickening action will be unfolding around you whilst you sip on ‘secret’ cocktails and tuck into a three-course meal. With bubbles and post midnight hot dogs, it’s going to be a New Year’s to remember.
Twisted Circus is back once again for New Year’s Eve and their event looks both kooky and marvellous in equal measure. For one night only, The 02 Forum will be transformed into a madhouse where all kinds of glamourous circus freaks await; we’re talking spinning aerialists, sword-balancing daredevils and synchronised swingers at every turn. The dress code is smart, so if there’s an outfit you’ve been lusting over, you’ve now got the perfect excuse to splash out.
It’s you’ve heard of Cahoots, you’ll know that these guys are pros when it comes to throwing a vintage shindig. They have a 1940s-themed soiree planned for 31st December and it will kick off with a Moët & Chandon Champagne reception followed by canapés; with bottomless Belvedere cocktails seeing you up until midnight, and beyond. Thought it couldn’t get any better? You thought wrong. The Hotsie Totsies will be providing the best in lindy hop and vintage beats to keep you swinging all night long.
Hardcore 90s devotee? There’s only one place for you this New Year’s Eve and that’s at All Star Lanes’ 1997-themed party in Brick Lane. Celebrating the decade’s undying love of neon, Britpop and questionable fashion choices; if you’ve been dying to whip out your best 90s outfit; this is your chance. Naturally, the soundtrack will be non-stop 90s all through the night, and for only £20 you’ll get a welcome cocktail, fizz at midnight and a game of bowling. As it is New Year’s Eve, go all-out fancy and add on a two-course meal with drinks.
Barts is one of Chelsea’s quirkiest (and most Instagrammable) bars, and this year they’re throwing one helluva New Year’s Eve bash. Come in the most glam outfit you can muster, find the secret entrance and get ready to step into a secret 1930s Chicago speakeasy. You can expect live soul music, an oh-so-decadent Veuve Clicquot Champagne reception followed by free-flowing Belvedere cocktails and bacon butties when the clock strikes 12.
Three words: pink dress code. If that wasn’t enough to entice you to New Year at The Mansion; there’s a prize for best dressed and a whole host of quirks to look forward to. Set across three dancefloors, prepare to be well and truly dazzled as jugglers, fire shows, glamourous cage dancers, saxophonists and psychedelic movie showings unravel around you. Be fashionably early and you’ll be rewarded with 2-4-1 drinks before 10pm, and they will have street food on hand to cure your hunger pangs should you need a pick-me-up. Feeling mystical? Visit the clairvoyant to see what awaits you in 2018…
Fancy bidding farewell to 2017 in a jaw-droppingly beautiful alpine wonderland? Of course you do. This weird and wonderful après ski party is going to be as festive as ever; think snow blizzards, ski lifts suspended from a starlit ceiling, 20 ft Christmas trees, roaring log fires and fur-covered chesterfield sofas. Your ticket will include a Champagne reception with canapés, a delicious three-course meal and unlimited wine or beer through the night. Entertainment-wise: there’s going to be a light show and performances from acrobats and contortionists.
Looking for the ultimate way to kick off your New Year’s Eve celebrations? Put on your best 1920s gladrags and travel 36 floors above London to the stunning Darwin Brasserie. They’re saying goodbye to 2017 in a spectacular fashion with a four-course menu featuring the likes of pressed ham hock terrine and chocolate and raspberry cremeux. You’ll get all this with a glass of fizz, and an unforgettable backdrop of London’s skyline, of course.
London Cabaret Club are hosting a Masquerade Ball to see in the New Year, and you’ll be treated like a VIP when you visit. The quirky spectacle will feature fire breathers, aerolists and highly skilled contortionists. There’s an assemblage of packages to go for on the night too; though a Dom Pérignon Champagne and canapé reception, a four-course wine-led dinner with a party bag, round-the-world fireworks show and DJ till five may just top them all.
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