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New Year’s Eve is getting closer and with so much on offer you might be in need of a little inspiration. We’ve collated the best mix of what’s going on in the city, from cruises to comedy, club nights to cinema screenings. The most popular events will sell out so remember to book tickets in advance.
Mayor of London’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display at the EDF Energy London Eye (FREE)
London’s spectacular New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display at the EDF Energy London Eye is famous around the world. This event will be very busy with around 250,000 people gathering to watch the fireworks. There are designated viewing areas, but these will close once full so get there early. Celebrations will continue until 12:45am with a live DJ set. Make sure you plan your journey in advance with Transport for London (TfL) as there will be major changes to public transport and services will be extremely busy.
The London Comedy Cellar – New Year’s Eve Special (£30)
If comedy is more your thing then why not head to The London Comedy Cellar. On New Year’s Eve there’s a fantastic line-up including French award-winning TV star Marcel Lucont, Michael McIntyre Roadshow star Ava Vidal and international comedian Nik Coppin. But the night doesn’t stop there because the ticket price also includes a special NYE Love Candy clubnight which will play all the classic floor fillers and best new releases.
Southbank Centre presents a Vintage New Year’s Eve (£115)
A Vintage New Year’s Eve Party at the Southbank Centre is back following its success last year. Transforming the Royal Festival Hall into four floors of decadent entertainment, there’ll be five pop-up vintage nightclubs, stylish dining, a hair and beauty parlour, photo studios and a private terrace overlooking the Thames to view London’s world famous NYE fireworks.
New Year’s Eve Operetta Matinee at St-Martins-in-the-Fields (From £9)
Enjoy a beautiful afternoon concert at the historic St-Martin-in-the-Fields church. The landmark will play host to a wonderful array of arias and scenes from favourite operas and operettas presented by rising stars from London’s Royal Academy of Music.
NYE River Cruise with Golden Tours (from £119)
Welcome the arrival of the New Year on a Golden Tours Thames cruise– the perfect way to see the city. While on-board enjoy breathtaking views of London’s famous landmarks spectacularly illuminated for the New Year Celebrations, such as St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. At midnight raise your glass of bubbly and celebrate in style as you watch the magnificent fireworks display over the world famous London Eye!
New Year’s Eve Skate at Somerset House (£62)
See in the New Year at London’s most spectacular ice rink. Skate at Somerset House is offering you the opportunity to glide on the ice with entertainment from a live DJ. As the clock strikes 12, enjoy champagne and exclusive access to the River Terrace for a fantasic view of the Mayor’s Fireworks on the Thames. You”ll also have access to Tom’s Skate Lounge where you can buy festive mulled wine, hot chocolate, cocktails and warming snacks!
New Year’s Eve 2013 at The O2 featuring The Prodigy (£75)
If you’re looking to rave the night away to world-renowned superstars then head to The O2. It’s the ultimate New Year’s Eve party featuring The Prodigy alongside a DJ set from Rudimental, a live performance from the original ninja-DJ Jaguar Skills, London dubstep-rock band Modestep and Slipmatt. If that’s not your cup of tea, you won’t be short of options; alternative parties in the O2 Arena include Kisstory and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs headlining at Building 6.
The Artist in concert at the Royal Albert Hall (£25-£65)
See multi-award winning film The Artist dramatically brought to life on stage with the London Symphony Orchestra playing the soundtrack alongside the high-definition screening at the Royal Albert Hall.
NYE at the Bavarian Beerhouses in Old Street and Tower Hill (£29.50)
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in typical Oktoberfest-style. The Bavarian Beerhouses in Old Street and Tower Hill ensure their guests have lots of fun- Bavarian-style. Expect considerable amounts of eating, drinking and partying. Enjoy a Bavarian buffet followed by a disco- which means a DJ playing international and German songs.
Gatsby New Year’s Eve Party at Mansion Bar (£75)
Gatsby’s 1920’s mansion is recreated for this NYE party. Mansion Bar is pulling out all the stops so dress up in your best flapper dress or braces and prepare to enjoy live Jazz and Blues with Charleston dancers. There’ll be plenty of Champagne and canapés as well as live coverage of the fireworks along the Thames.
Fuerzabruta at The Roundhouse (£39.50)
Looking for something a little different this New Year’s Eve? Catch the legendary Fuerzabruta at The Roundhouse. This weird and wonderful theatrical experience features mind-blowing visual effects and is sure to leave you speechless.
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