Forgot to book your weekend-gateway on the slopes? Stuck in gloomy London for yet another New Year’s Eve? There is nothing a good party can’t fix. Forget about vegging out in front of the telly and setting your garden on fire trying to shoot off fireworks. Welcome 2019 in style and with your feet on the dance floor.
There are plenty of parties to choose from in London, and while others will be rubbing shoulders in packed clubs in Soho and Camden, you can have the night of the year with the bonus of being able to walk home.
The Carnival of Light at Troxy, Stepney
Troxy is being transformed into a trippy, supernatural underwater space garden this year. The Carnival of Light does what it says on the tin and celebrates New Year’s Eve with a party full of colourful LED lights, psychedelic visuals, and circus-like performances set to a huge dance soundtrack that spans drum’n’bass, deep house, tech house, trance, techno, and bassline for days.
If you’re still not convinced, think of all the visual installations and decor, parades of light puppets snaking around you in metaphysical shapes and colours, lasers, CO2, and confetti showers. When the balloon drops at midnight, the party is only just beginning. You will be dancing until the dawn, surrounded by other party-goers covered in neon body paint and extravagant outfits.
Expect live DJs spinning the mix all night, themed cocktails and loads of dancing space set in the quirky Grade II-listed Art Deco music venue.
VIP ticket includes standard event entry ticket + T-Shirt and LED Baton, UV Paint, and Glow Strips Pack.
To find out more head to Troxy‘s official website
490 Commercial Road
London, E1 0HX
NYE Tropicalista at the Rich Mix, Bethnal Green
If you’d rather be on a beach somewhere far, far away but can barely afford a Stansted Express ticket, Tropicalista at Rich Mix will do the trick.
Join the 10th edition of the tropical party at Rich Mix where DJs and live bands will be bring the sounds of Afro, Latin, and UK Bass music. Get your blood pumping with Baque de Axé, who show off the carnival sounds of Northern Brazil with their incredible live show.
Keeping the party going Rich Mix will welcome some of London’s finest selectors of global sounds. Movimientos’ own dancehall caballero Cal Jader and Arriba La Cumbia’s Russ Jones will be stepping up to the decks spinning the best in Latin & Tropical beats, from the old school to the new.
Cool down with frozen margaritas and mojitos from the cocktail bar surrounded by inflatable palm trees and enjoy the beach-side atmosphere.
This party is set to make you shake and sweat like no other, so in the end it almost feels like being on a vacation.
Visit Rich Mix’s website for more info
35-47 Bethnal Green Road
London E1 6LA
Big Chill, Brick Lane
This urban bar and eatery in the heart of Spitalfields is known for parties that pack a punch. The wide selection of drinks and cocktails certainly help.
This year they’re going back to back with ’90s and ’00s R’nB reggae and hip hop to celebrate the New Year.
The Brick Lane branch of this contemporary bar lounge has Truman’s RAW tanks hanging from the ceiling above the bar, meaning bartenders above 6ft tall might have to crouch when shaking up the cocktails. Unpractical, but kind of worth it.
With table football, live DJs, plenty of space, and comfy leather seats, there is something for everyone in this boutique festival venue so make sure to grab your tickets early and avoid missing out on great fun.
Plus, there is a free cocktail with every ticket before 10pm so you really have no excuse to stay home.
Visit the official site of Big Chill for more info about the event
London E1 6QL
Bop’n’Fresh NYE at the Star Of Bethnal Green
If an East End boozer is more of your thing, why not wash down all the sins of 2018 with pints of beer and g&t’s in this quirky Bethnal Green pub that turns into a wild disco bar in the evening.
The dominant tunes will be hip-hop, funk, RnB, disco, doul, UK garage, whatever gets you off your seat and pulling shapes. There is also a private karaoke room which you can hire for your group of friends. The Star of Bethnal Green has been featured in Time Out as one of the reasons to visit this part of the city and we definitely think it should be on your list, even if you’re just popping in for a round of shots.
There is also the possibility to continue your nocturnal wanderings towards EC1 as all the hipster bars and clubs are virtually on your doorstep.
Check out The Star of Bethnal Green’s website for more info
359 Bethnal Green Road
London E2 6LG
E1 and Pecolate, Brick Lane
E1 and Percolate join forces to bring you a very special 12-hour New Year’s Eve party.
Yep, you heard right. This NYE you can party for 12 hours straight, without having to feel even a little bit guilty.
The DJs performing are all incredibly accomplished musicians and singular artists – their productions take in electronica, jazz, and classical alongside that serious dance floor weaponry.
As top-notch DJs a restless eclecticism runs through everything they do; expect soul, funk, boogie – into house, techno, afrobeat and the bits between you wouldn’t dare put a name to.
Joining them is a killer supporting cast. Glasgow’s Eclair Fifi continues to knock socks off all over the place with her DJ sets – and virtually, via a wicked regular NTS slots & thaat Boiler Room. While Peach is told to be one of the best breakthrough artists of the year – with some of the bounciest and bestest house, techno and electro about – yes please.
The list goes on and on but one thing is for sure: this is set to be the longest celebration of the New Year so come full of energy and ready to party till you drop.
Book tickets via Resident Advisor
110 Pennington Street, Wapping
London E1W 2BB
Oval Space x The Pickle Factory NYE, Bethnal Green
The NYE Oval Space and The Pickle Factory join forces for a double-venue party befitting the magnitude of the occasion. Your ticket grants access to both venues, which hosts the finest DJs across the dance-music spectrum, accompanied by extra-special production flourishes.
At Oval Space, UK icon and perennial taste maker Gilles Peterson brings his worldwide brand of house, disco, jazz, and whatever else he plucks from his legendary 50,000 strong record collection. Joining him, Oval Space’s resident-in-chief Sadar Bahar flies over from Chicago, sound-tracking the infamous midnight countdown with his unparalleled selection of rare funk and soul. Don’t worry, Lama Sumo and Lakuti will pump some techno down your veins and the team will ensure a world class party until dawn.
Meanwhile across the road at The Pickle Factory, there will be plenty of DJs spinning the mix and ensuring equally eclectic experience. Drinks, confetti, and an endless line-up are set to make your New Year celebration a one of a kind experience.
This is Oval Space’s biggest party of the year with a banging line-up that shouldn’t be missed!
Book tickets via Oval Space website.
29–32 The Oval
London E2 9DT
Even the biggest clubs and warehouses in London can get quite pesky on the last day of the year. If you’re not a fan of sweaty armpits, Skylight has an open-air party on its timetable. The bash will feature special guest DJs and party favours all night long, with numerous bars and seating spaces located across the venue to ensure the ultimate comfort.
If you’re in doubt because of the weather, don’t be. Skylight has some covered seating areas that will protect you from rain. Rest assured the boozy drinks will provide the warmth you need to enjoy your night. When the time arrives, you will be able to see the London fireworks display live as well as on 12 big screens.
Join the crowd for a unique experience and a first-class viewing point of the dazzling firework displays with a free glass of champagne to toast the New Year.
Check out Skylight London for more info
Tobacco Dock, Pennington St entrance
St Katharine’s & Wapping
London E1W 2SF
NYE at The Coborn, Bow
Spending the last night of the year in a cosy atmosphere of our fav local pub sounds surprisingly good. This year Coborn is hosting a special NYE party with a free entry for everyone who isn’t a fan of big crowds and over-priced drinks.
Apart from a free party with a DJ spinning the mix until 2am, you can also choose to have your NYE dinner here, with a special four-course menu for £60. If you wish to book a table and ensure yourself a place to relax, you can simply do so by purchasing a bottle of champagne.
However, if you feel energised enough to be dancing all night just come for a free party and ice-cold drinks served until two in the morning.
Celebrating at Coborn is a perfect way of spending time with your family and friends in a cosy pub atmosphere, or to predrink locally before hitting the town.
Visit Coborn‘s website for more info
8 Coborn Road, Bow
London E3 2DA
Last night of 2018 at Last Nights of Havana, Shadwell
Inspired by the famously opulent playground that was 1940s and 50s pre-revolution Havana, the re-imagined Quayside Bar at Tobacco Dock will evoke a time when rum cocktails, cigars, Cadillacs and unbridled glamour were the order of the day.
Come down for a hot night full of Cuban music mixed with contemporary UK tunes and dancing in the rhythm of Latino disco classics. The cocktail bar will be serving equally tropical drinks, with a full Bacardi portfolio and a selection of unique bottles from the Caribbean.
Themed NYE refreshments are also on the menu. Delicious Cuban snacks and street-food style dishes will be available throughout the night, including grilled plantain with mayo guava sauce, marinated steak and grilled sandwiches.
This is your last night of 2018, so it might as well feel like a hot night out in the heart of the abstract Cuban capital.
Visit Last Nights of Havana official website for more info about the event
Tobacco Dock – Wapping Lane Gate Entrance
London E1W 2SF
The Crown NYE Party, Bow
The idea of The Crown’s NYE party is to either throw your own celebration in one of their function rooms on the upper floor or to book a festive dinner with specially curated dishes before you head out.
However, if you are only looking to consume liquids, you can also pop in for a night full of music and alcoholic beverages in the comfort of a lovely terraced pub with a view on the beloved Victoria Park.
With their beautiful interiors and outside beer garden, as well as winter garden featuring exposed brickwork, cute wooden tables, and a unusual chandelier, you will be sucked in to the atmosphere of this friendly pub and will find yourself unable to leave. In a good way of course. The drinks menu is never-ending, the food is great, and the lovely staff will treat you to a glass of bubbles if you stay until midnight. Do we need to add anything else?
Find out more via The Crown‘s website
223 Grove Rd, South Hackney
London E3 5SN
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