London New Year’s Eve Party Guide 2019

By Matthew Pearson

Have a rummage around in our 2019/20 London New Year's Eve Party Guide. We've covered North and East and South and West, and some Central bashes too. There's plenty of choice out there, including...

  • A number of 90s nostalgia fests all over the city
  • Some great parties offering views of the Mayor of London Fireworks
  • A set of cool cabaret and burlesque shows
  • Parties that will take you into 2020 via the 1920s
  • Much, much more...

Central

The Candlelight Club

Forget the 2020s. You’re going to a party at the start of the Roaring 20s. That’s the 1920s, kids. Head 100 years into the past at The Candlelight Club, an entirely candle-lit prohibition-era party held in a secret London location. Put on your glad rags, do the Charleston and sip champagne in dapper and flapper style. 7pm - 2am. From £40. The Candlelight Club, somewhere in Central London. Location is revealed 2 days before the event. For more info and to book, go HERE.

Hot Chip New Year’s Eve House Party

Party with one of the best UK bands to have appeared since the Millennium at London’s Steelyard. Their expressions on the promotional posters might make it look like they don’t want to be there, but that won’t be the case on the night. They’re doing a 4 hour DJ set, taking you right up to midnight and into the new decade. 8pm - 5am. From £45. The Steelyard, 13-16 Allhallows Lane, London EC4R 3UL. For info and to book, head HERE.

Gettin’ Pingy With It at Bounce

A 90s nostalgia New Year’s Eve party with a difference...and that difference is ping pong. Yep, London’s premier table tennis venue is throwing a big event this NYE, a mega ping pong party with tournaments, games tables, a 90s dress code and nostalgic wave after nostalgic wave crashing over the dancefloor. 8pm - 2am. From £25. Bounce Farringdon, 121 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD. For more details and to book, click HERE.
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Glitter Ball at Ballie Ballerson

Get balls deep in the NYE atmosphere at Ballie Ballerson, London’s top adult ball pit place. There’s a sentence you might not have imagined reading at the start of the decade. Get some time in the pit and let the child go, before you definitely, definitely, definitely hunker down to the hard work of becoming an adult next year. Definitely. 9.30pm - 4am. From £22.40. Ballie Ballerson, 53-54 Berwick Street, London W1F 8SP. For details and tickets, go HERE.
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New Year’s Eve at Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration

Head up, up, up and away on a marvellous adventure and see in the new year at Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration. With the style of the golden age of exploration and invention all around you, settle in for an evening high class Victorian entertainment, with live singers and feather dancers. All aboard (the life-size Victorian train carriage inside the venue)! 9pm - 2am. £50. Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration, 1a Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9HH. For details and to book, go HERE.
mr-foggs.com

North

We Love the 90s N.Y.E 2020

If you’re not ready to show your love for the decade just gone, this could be the London New Year's Eve party for you. An hour of bottomless retro drinks; tunes from The Spice Girls, Blur, Oasis and Nirvana; and prizes for the best dressed...this is one of the best nostalgia nights this NYE. 9pm - 4am. £25. Number Six, 6 Inverness Street, Camden, London NW1 7HJ. For tickets and more info, head HERE.

California Love 90s/00s NYE Hip Hop and RnB Party

Another festival of nostalgia in North London. A London New Year's Eve party with 2Pac, Biggie, Aaliyah, Eminem and Wu-Tang, Cali Love is bringing two decades worth of the best Hip Hop and RnB to the Lockside. 9pm - 4am. From £15. Lockside Camden, 75-89 Upper Walkway, Camden Lock Place, London NW1 8AF. For tickets and more info, head HERE.

Deaf Rave Presents NYE

Everyone’s welcome (including hearing and disabled people) at this deaf rave, organised as a celebration of the UK and international deaf community. 3 rooms of Soul, RnB and Hip Hop, Baseline and Dubstep, UK Garage, Grime and Drill. 8pm - 3am. From £22. Colours Hoxton, 2-4 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU. For tickets and more details, head HERE.

Twisted Circus NYE Festival

Spend your evening in the company of sword swallowers, acrobats and stilt walkers at this OTT London New Year's Eve party. The circus is in town for the big countdown, with a perfect selection of pop and dance tracks soundtracking the chaos. 9pm - 4am. From £40. Shaka Zulu, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London NW1 8AB. For more details and tickets, head HERE.
twistedcircusuk.com

Brew Year's Eve 2019

See out the decade that made your mate suddenly give a flip about beer at Brew Year’s Eve. It’s a London New Year’s Eve party that knows what it likes and absolutely will not settle for anything else. You get a free beer or glass of bubbles included in the ticket price. 7pm - 2am. From £7.50. Brewhouse and Kitchen Islington, Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ. For more details and tickets, head HERE.

South

Up on the Roof’s NYE Discos with Nightmares on Wax

Legendary Warp Records DJ and producer Nightmares on Wax headlines this rooftop party in Brixton. He’ll be playing a 3 hour midnight set. 8pm - 5am. Prince of Wales, 467 Brixton Road, London SW9 8HH. For tickets and more details, head HERE.
pow-london.com

The 2019 London New Year’s Eve Ball

They’re channeling the city that never sleeps at this NYC-themed NYE ball. See Central Park, abuzz with activity, and Times Square filled with lights at this all-inclusive event. 7.30pm - 3am. £190. Evolution London, Chelsea Bridge Gate, Battersea Park, Queenstown Road, London SW8 4NW. For tickets and more info, head HERE.
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A Happy Ending at New Year’s Eve

An immersive London New Year’s Eve party that throws together a huge number of fairy tales into a chaotic, intoxicating whole. Head down into the Waterloo Vaults and live happily ever after. Until 4am. 8pm - 4am. £25. The Vaults, Leake Street, Waterloo, London SE1 7NN. For more details and to book, click HERE.
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NYE by the Thames

Head feet first into 2020 at this Caribbean theme party. It’s right by the Thames, offering great views out onto the main London fireworks display. There’s an unlimited jerk chicken buffet and rum punch between 9pm and 10pm, so make sure you’re down there for that. 9pm - 4am. £30. Cottons Restaurant, Unit 12, Flagstaff House, St Georges Wharf, Vauxhall, London SW8 2LE. For more info and to book, head HERE.

New Year’s Eve Dinner and Party at Union Street Cafe

Head over to Southwark’s Union Street Cafe for an evening of Italian food and partying. Choose from a three course or four course menu, with courses including lobster with soft polenta, wild mushrooms and tarragon pesto. Once the dessert spoons are down, it’s time for some lively jazz from London Django Collective to whisk you off past midnight. 7pm - 1am. £95. Union Street Cafe, 47-51 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0BS. For tickets and details, go HERE.

East

One Night in Vegas Featuring Suspiciously Elvis

Boisdale in Canary Wharf are hosting The King this year, with an Elvis tribute act there to ring in the new year. See out 2019 with dinner and a stage show taken right out of Elvis’s late period Vegas days. This jazz venue, restaurant and bar boasts a fine a la carte menu celebrating the best in British produce and a bar with over 1000 malt whiskies. 6pm - 3am. From £55.50. Boisdale of Canary Wharf, Cabot Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 4QT. For details and to book, head over HERE.
boisdale.co.uk

New Year’s Eve: Skylight 2020

Head up to Tobacco Dock’s Skylight for an evening of special guest DJs, dancing and ice skating on a rooftop in East London. Put on your skates for a spin out on the ice, then lace up your dancing shoes ready for the countdown. 6pm - 2.30am. From £45. Skylight, Tobacco Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London E1W 2SF. For more details and to book, go HERE.

SUPA DUPA FLY X NEW YEARS EVE X ACE HOTEL

One of London’s hottest and biggest Hip Hop and RnB night is taking over two floors of Shoreditch’s Ace Hotel for their New Year’s Eve Party. Expect 90s and 00s stuff on one floor, new stuff on the other, played by a host of leading and celeb DJs. 9pm - 5am. From £15. Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ. For details and tickets, head HERE.

RATED R NYE

One of the other big hitters in East London Hip Hop and RnB nights, Southern Hospitality (the people behind Hip Hop Karaoke) are at The Book Club this NYE. Starting from 8pm, expect big singalongs and party jams, taking you from the 90s, through the 00s to right this very minute. 8pm - 3am. From £1. The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH. For info and bookings, go HERE.

Prohibition Party New Year’s Eve Special

Johnny Law has closed down all your favourite watering holes. The city’s gone dry. Everywhere except the Prohibition Party that is. This popular 1920s themed night is going big this time out, with more opulence, more elegance and more extravagance planned for their New Year’s Eve party. Expect beautiful dresses, exquisite drinks, fabulous music and a raid about midnight. Quick few bucks in the right hands and it’ll all get going again. 9pm - 3am. From £55. Secret East London location. For more details and to book, head HERE.
rohibitionpartylondon.com

West

NYE 10 Year’s of Proud Cabaret

Celebrate the 10th birthday party of Proud Cabaret, the wildly popular, wild, excessively well-received and excessive cabaret show. Expect fire breathers, acrobats, circus performers, aerial artists and...the unexpected. They offer excellent views of the main London fireworks too. 6.30pm - 11pm. From £39. Proud Embankment, Waterloo Bridge, 8 Victoria Embankment, London WC2R 2AB. For more info and to book, click HERE.
proudcabaretembankment.com

NYE Night Market Party

Catapult yourself into the new year at this 90s throwback event held at the Market Hall Victoria. There’ll be plenty of street food, a live band taking 90s classics requests and lots of 90s themed games throughout the evening. 8pm - 2am. £35. Market Hall Victoria, 191 Victoria Street, Victoria, London SW1E 5NE. For more info and to book, head HERE.

Moon and Mischief New Year’s Eve Extravaganza 2019

Go big to see out the year in style at this cabaret, circus act, drag and burlesque New Year’s Eve party. Get ready for the big countdown with a number of acts popping up all around the dance floor. This is one of the most unpredictable New Year’s Eve parties in town this year. 8pm - 2.30am. From £15. Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road, London W12 7LJ. For more info and to get your hands on some tickets, go HERE.
moonandmischief.com

New Year at the Gold Mansion

This private venue will be decked out in golden finery for this year’s New Year’s Eve party. With an exclusive, luxurious feel all about the place, this is the party for those wanting to get a bit of glam in their lives before the decade’s out. Expect roving musicians, DJs across three dance floors and fire shows, cage dancers and aerial performers. 9pm - 4am. From £36. Held at a secret London venue. For details and to book, head HERE.

New Year’s Eve: Creatures of the Night

Get nocturnal at Creatures of the Night, the New Year’s Eve party held at the Natural History Museum. Grab a complimentary drink, try your luck at musical bingo and cover you and your mates in UV body paint for the Museum of the Moon silent disco. It looks set to be a hoot. 8pm - 1am. £99. The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD. For details and bookings, go HERE. So that's what's on at New Year's Eve in 2019, party-wise. But what's on at Christmas this year, everything-wise? Well, find out HERE.

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EGX 2019: What You Need To Know

EGX finished this weekend. London, nay, Britain's biggest gaming tradeshow's curtain call was on Sunday. Games were played. Costumes were worn. Laughter was had. If you didn't get the chance to go this year, or are thinking of going next year. Well, we've got this tidy little writeup just for you. So let's talk about EGX 2019. What is EGX What happened at EGX 2019 Tips for visiting EGX 2020 Hang on a minute, I stumbled on this page by accident. What is EGX? Well, firstly, thanks for sticking around. Secondly, EGX - formerly the Eurogamer Expo - is a gaming tradeshow. In layman's terms, it's where developers and publishers come to show off their shiny new video games. Gaming's biggest companies like Sony and Nintendo were in attendance. But it's also a showcase of smaller games from independent developers. It's a fantastic mix of big-budget spectacle crossed with unique experiences. There’s loads more there too. Merch, food, drink, competitions, cosplay, board games... the list goes on, but we’ll get to that. So how about EGX 2019? What happened this year? Lots, thankfully! This year it was held at the ExCel Centre. Those of you who’ve been there will know how big it is. But for those of you who have never had the pleasure: it’s big. Really big. Entering the foyer is daunting in itself! It’s huge. It would take you a good 5 minutes to walk from one end to the other. And it was full of people. Some in the colourful costumes of their favourite gaming characters. Others in more casual attire. Once you’ve equipped your wristband, you’re moments from the show floor. The booming music slowly rising as you approach the entrance. The flickering lights, signs and logos come into focus. You have arrived. If it’s all about video games, then talk about them! What was shown? EGX 2019 boasted perhaps its biggest line-up ever. Sony and Nintendo, as mentioned, both had a big presence on the floor. Sony boasted a presentation of Hideo Kojima’s unclassifiable Death Stranding, which stars a wealth of A-list talent. When players get their hands on it this coming November, they'll be controlling The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus as he...delivers packages in the post-apocalypse? We’re still not really sure yet. Players also got their grubby mitts on the Final Fantasy VII Remake, and the new Call of Duty, to name but a few. Nintendo held Mario Kart and Splatoon competitions, and had a wealth of new and old games to play. The Witcher 3 made its triumphant way to the Switch’s weaker hardware recently, and was available on the floor. And speaking of The Witcher, its creators, CD Projekt RED, were also in attendance. They were showing one of the most anticipated games of next year – Cyberpunk 2077. Nice. What about the smaller games you mentioned? Unique to EGX 2019 is the Rezzed Zone. It’s a significant showcase of independent talent from across the globe. And best of all, many of the developers are in attendance, so you can chat to them while you wait, or even as you play. It’s a fantastic insight into the industry, one that is sadly absent from the bigger players. Highlights include Valfaris, a sidescroller with a heavy metal influence. And Blasphemous, a dark, gothic jaunt through a gruesome world seeping with religious themes and iconography. Alongside this, they also have a Careers Fair, for anyone seeking advice on entering the industry. And even a section dedicated to university graduates. No other gaming expo does as much to help budding developers as EGX. What about esports? Was anyone flossing at EGX 2019? We hope not, but yes, esports had a big presence at EGX this year. Capcom’s Streetfighter Pro Tour held its 2019 European Finals this year. Big Bird beat Infexious 3-1 to take the crown, and the £7000 top prize. And no, those aren’t their real names. Big Bird now takes his convincing form to the Pro Tour Cup in December, where he’ll be up against Victor ‘Punk’ Woodley, and Bonchan. There were also Overwatch and Tekken tournaments, and the aforementioned Nintendo competitions too – all open to the public. So, if you like a healthy dose of competitive gaming, EGX has you covered and then some. And when I’m all gamed out, what else can I do? Depends on what you want. Cosplayers are obviously more than welcome, and can compete to see who has the best costume of all. There’s the Tabletop section, where you can watch or play a number of, well, tabletop games. There are panels featuring internet personalities and game developers, and meet and greets with the very same. If you want merch, you got merch. You can pick up clothing, figures, games, and tech from across the sector. There’s bars and coffee spots, depending on what your poison is. An assortment of food options. You can even get tattooed there. There really is no reason to leave. Ever. Well, until 6pm. Unless you have a weekend pass, in which case, you can stay until 10pm. The whole things sounds super positive with absolutely no negatives at all... Hold on a second. We didn’t say that. There are a couple issues that brought the experience down a bit. Firstly, remember those big games we mentioned earlier? Death Stranding? Final Fantasy VII Remake? Cyberpunk 2077? Well, if you want to experience them, you need to have booked a slot or you risk queueing for upwards of two hours. The problem is, this wasn’t mentioned at any point before we arrived. Some of these bookings required downloading an app. We arrived at 1pm, and very quickly found that every slot for every game/experience had been long booked. It’s a shame. If we had known about it beforehand, we would have booked. And secondly, the food. While there are some recognisable spots like Subway, you’ll be queueing a long time to get your hands on a 6 inch. We settled for a little wrap place off the beaten path that had no queue. That was a mistake. Without naming names, it was really bad – bordering on inedible. We weren’t even sure if the chicken was properly cooked. But these shouldn’t put you off going to EGX next year. Far from it. Overall it was an incredible experience that we’d recommend in a heartbeat. Speaking of... Tips for people going to EGX 2020 If EGX 2020 is like EGX 2019, it will be open from Thursday to Sunday. If so, pick up a weekend pass and head there early on Thursday. Doors are at 10am, and it will likely be quieter as most of us have jobs. Take the day off. You deserve it. Fewer people means smaller crowds and smaller queues. It’s the best chance you have to see and play what you want. And given the release of the next Xbox and PlayStation next year, turnout will likely be larger. If you can’t make it on Thursday, still aim to arrive there as early as you can. The early bird catches the worm is no truer than at EGX. Pick appropriate footwear. You'll be doing a lot of walking. You don't want to be wearing your best heels. Eat before you go. From our experience, queues for food grew considerably at typical lunchtimes. Think 12-2pm. If you eat well before you go, you’ll avoid the queues and have your pick once the busy period dies down. Alternatively, go with an empty stomach and eat lunch early. Take a coat, it’s cold in October. But make sure you dress light beneath it. The show floor gets pretty warm. And you don’t want to be sweating up a storm while getting your gaming on. Thankfully, they have cloakrooms on-site if you don’t want to carry it around. Plan ahead. With so much to see, make sure you know when certain events/talks are taking place. We were handed a lovely schedule when we arrived, but feel free to do your research ahead of time. And there ends the lesson. Thanks for reading all of these words. We’ll definitely be attending EGX next year, and we hope to see you there! In the meantime, go find your new favourite watering hole. Or go check out Namco Funscape for some arcade goodness.
Dom Bewley

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