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If you’re a fan of disaster films, you’ve probably seen London destroyed on the big screen a fair few times. If the Mayans were right, however, you might soon see it for real, as the ancient civilisation predicted that 21 December 2012 would be the end of the world. Although this might seem like a good excuse to hide under the duvet, London’s finest party organisers are giving you plenty of opportunity to go out in style. We’ve rounded up some of the best ways to spend your last hours in London – nice knowing you!
The End of the World Party, Village Underground
Hosted by the team that has put on more than 50 “end of the world” parties in the last four years (they must be a fairly pessimistic bunch…), this Shoreditch party is guaranteed to be one of the most detailed and debauched in town. Starting at 10pm, the night allows you to choose the songs you dance to, live out your final fantasies in the Last Wish room and generally behave as if you won’t have to worry about a hangover in the morning. Tickets are £8, get yours quick before they sell out. 21 Dec
The End of the World Party, Proud Camden
Head to this popular venue’s Stables Bar for a night of half-price drinks, doomsday shenanigans and music from top DJs – including a special guest at midnight. Highlights include confetti cannon, the chance to confess your sins and an air raid siren that heralds the advent of half price shots. Entry is free if you’re on the guestlist, see the website for full details. 20 Dec
Brian Cox and Robin Ince’s End of the World Show, Hammersmith Apollo.
Go out laughing at this logical comedy show from the hosts of BBC Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage. Brian Cox and Robin Ince bring some of the finest minds in comedy, science and music together to celebrate human achievement in earth’s final hours. Tickets start from £25. 21 Dec
The Last Supper Club, Shoreditch
Make your last meal a memorable one at this exclusive dining experience in Shoreditch. You can choose between dining in the Ark, which has an eclectic and regularly changing selection of three-course menus, or make your apocalypse a bit more casual in the street food area. A doom-fuelled selection of drinks is also available and booking in advance is highly recommended – see their website for full details. 6-22 Dec
Popstarz at Hidden, Vauxhall
The world’s first alternative gay night is hosting a special End of the World Party in Vauxhall, featuring giveaways, apocalyptic makeovers and a special stage show at midnight. Entry is free before 11pm, see the flyer for full details. 21 Dec
Real Nice and Eta Present the End of the World, West London
Spending your final hours in a West London warehouse might not sound too appealing, but when you factor in world-class DJs, a killer light and sound system and a fair few apocalyptic surprises it suddenly sounds like a plan. Tickets are £20. 21 Dec
Pirate Radio Party Presents Aztec Mixdeck: A World’s End Boat Party
Cruise down the Thames with the Pirate Radio Party, who promise music, theatrics and “the best atmosphere this side of the apocalypse”. Seen from the river, London at night is certainly one of the prettiest last views you can get. Tickets are £20 if you’re quick. 21 Dec
Loud Noise End of the World Party at Cable
Head to South London for an apocalyptic party featuring a huge line-up of top DJs. Tickets start from £8. 21 Dec