Still at a loose end for New Year’s Eve? Check out these sometimes debauched suggestions in London:
Spend New Year’s Eve in an Igloo
Experience a winter pop up with the cosiest bar on the river with the return of the private dining igloos. Jimmy’s winter igloos, together with Martin Miller’s Gin, have installed a “Northern Lights” igloo spectacle. Decked out with Icelandic texture and topped with themed cocktails you will surely be transported to iceland.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Docklands Riverside
Fancy stylish riverside fun, you’ll find it at DoubleTree by Hilton Docklands on Rotherhithe Street. Tuck into a four-course dinner with bottomless drinks and live entertainment. Later head on to their private boat and enjoy unlimited fizz, beer and wine as you cruise along the River Thames and gaze up at London’s legendary firework display.
New Year’s Eve Drag brunch Old Compton Brasserie
Old Compton Brasserie in Soho its throwing its first-ever New Years Eve Drag Show, for one night only! Perfection from head to toe, hostesses Velma Celli and Portia de Fosse will lead proceedings from 7pm with their sharp tongues and beautiful live vocals, as guests are treated to divine dining.
The evening will be split into two sittings. The early sittings, which can be booked between 6pm and 7:30pm, are £50 per person and allow for a 2-hour sitting, perfect time for some sequins and sass before heading out for the night.
If you book the later sitting between 7:15pm and 10pm, you get to keep the table for the whole night. Alongside the drag acts, resident DJ will have you partying well into the early hours before spilling out into Soho to see where the night leads. Dress to impress.
Café De Paris: The Champagne & Chandeliers Cabaret Show.
Café de Paris in Picadilly Circus is no stranger to the extravagant, the beautiful and the bizarre. Drawing on nearly 100 years of tradition, you will be welcomed with a Moët reception until 10pm for all. Following a delicious 3-course meal, hostess Miss Polly Rae will lead guests through an evening of inspired, unrestrained showmanship. The show has an incredible variety of true masters of their craft, including ferocious fire performers, aerial artists, circus oddities, burlesque and more.
Doors open at 6pm, and the last dinner sitting begins at 7pm, allowing for an 8:15pm show time. At 10pm the show will end, the ballroom tables will swiftly be removed and the club night begins, with resident DJ Lewis Player gracing the decks until 4am. Tickets start from £35 for entry to the Champagne and Chandeliers Show and admission to the club night afterwards, which features dancers dripping in diamonds and live circus acts. For dining options, tickets start from £60, which grants admission to the show and the club. Wear your most glamorous garments; it is impossible to overdress for this cabaret!
Stargazer Cruise with City Cruises
The New Year’s Eve Stargazer Cruise offers guests a panoramic view of the city’s fireworks on a glass-roofed CityLiner. Enjoy a picnic with friends and family including a small bottle of champagne (or soft drink), sandwich, crisps and chocolate to start the year off right on the River Thames. www.citycruises.com/special-events/new-years-eve/stargazer
Departing Tower Pier for two-and-a-half hours at 22.30 on 31st December 2019.
Prices from £199 per person
Moulin Rouge Event at Circus Bar & Restaurant in Covent Garden
Think Montmartre Paris and celebrate like a true bohemian at Circus! The Veuve Clicquot champagne will be flowing alongside a night of world-class performances and delicious Pan-Asian dining, the perfect way to ring in the new year. The centre ‘stage table’ will see a range of cabaret talents, pop-up circus acts and skilled beauties performing in this unique and quirky venue in London’s vibrant Covent Garden. Choose a three-course dining option or bar tickets, with the opportunity to can-can through the night, with DJs spinning tunes until the early hours.
Early tickets are available from 6:30pm cost £90 per person for a three-course dining experience. Tickets from 9.30pm cost £140 per person and include a four-course dining experience and welcome drink plus you can keep your table for the evening,
The Piano Works West End
Rock up to The Piano Works for a black-tie dinner and party with a list of song requests. There are two venues: West End and Farringdon. Several price points start at £20, and the live music will be going throughout the night as the live band play request after request. After 2am a DJ keeps churning out music until 4am.
Tropicana Beach Club – cabaret comes to the beach
Tropicana Beach Club is launching its all-new immersive dining experience, The Tropicana Beach Club Cabaret Show. The venue famed for its poolside paradise and hunky lifeguards is set to bring ferocious fire, gravity-defying acrobatics and so much more with its new dining experience.
Exotic hosts, such as live singing UK drag act Velma Celli and famous cabaret compere Chastity Belt will guide you through the evening. Famed for their acid-tongues, the hosts will keep you on the edge of your seats as acts from around the globe, including contortionists, hand balancers and fire performers strut their stuff.
Dinner will be a delicious Caribbean inspired feast. Expect everything from sharing platters of Tropicana Beach Club’s signature tacos to the brand’s famed Taco Sticks, Piri Piri Chicken Skewers and Caribbean Goat Curry.
Limbo into 2020 with its brand-new Cabaret show followed by top London DJs playing throughout the evening until 4am. Tickets for the dining experience start at £35.