London is brimming with incredible New Year's Eve parties, from classic cheese nights to heads-down, all-out raving. So avoid being that person texting your mates the day before asking what house parties you might be invited to. Our definitive round-up of the evening's events makes it easy for you to track down the perfect NYE bash, whatever it is you're looking for. And remember, if you're still standing after all the NYE fireworks and dancing, there's plenty of opportunity to start the celebrations all over again on New Year's Day.
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NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTIES IN LONDON
Beckenham Place Mansion is a suitably grand setting to ring in the New Year, and this party hosted by the Cigarette Records crew will take place across two atmospheric rooms: the first dedicated to disco, funk and soul, the second playing grime, garage, house and jungle. Rinse FM founder DJ Slimzee will be behind the decks, joined by DJ Fast of the Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Eric Boss, Javano and Jonny Drop. Frankly, it sounds like an epic.
The terrier-tongued Bianca Del Rio hosts a dragtastic NYE bash featuring DJ sets from Lady Bunny and Miss Orry, and performances from Mariah Balenciaga, Victoria Secret, Donna Trump and Cookie Kunty. It’s the perfect way to ring in 2020 in genuinely savage style.
The long-running indie and soul night heads to Holloway Road for its NYE bash this year. Expect to hear everything from The Smiths to The Supremes, and Tammi Terrell to Le Tigre, and to be in very good company: the HDIF New Year’s Eve party always sells out.
This Cambridge Heath venue is promising a ‘neon-soaked night of fully-fledged debauchery’ featuring one room of hip hop and R&B, another of disco classics, and a third with serious carnival vibes – including actual sand. And if you find that you need a breather, simply head to the heated roof terrace on the top floor. Nice.
Awesome Tottenham venue The Cause ends its ‘first chapter’ with this epic 16-hour NYE party. The owners haven’t said what (if anything) the next chapter might involve, but for now, this is your chance to dance the last dance in The Cause’s current home.
Hackney Wick venue Club Mick’s is throwing its first ever NYE bash – and they’re not messing bout. Techno ledge Andrew Weatherall will be delivering an epic five-hour headline set, with support from fellow Bristolian James Dyer and Club Mick’s stellar resident DJs. And best of all, they’re not hiking up their prices just because it’s New Year’s Eve. Nice.
Cargo, a Shoreditch club with a large outdoor terrace area, is doing NYE with ‘pure non-stop party vibes’. DJs will spin commercial club music and, in a separate room, R&B and hip hop, while you sustain yourself with street food, drinks from the tiki bar and cocktails. Oh, and if you like confetti canons, you won’t be disappointed.
Ring in 2020 in Camden with a combination of live music from DjeuhDjoah and Onipa, and DJ sets from Soul City’s residents. You can either spend the night on the Jazz Cafe’s dance floor or, if you don’t mind spending a bit more, in the mezzanine restaurant.
The queer club night that says it’s ‘vaguely inspired by Mariah Carey’ – well, aren’t we all? – rings in the New Year with drag shows, pop bangers and are kinds of messy fabulousness. Make sure you arrive by 10pm to catch the first shows.
A cool but classy NYE all-nighter featuring a six-course meal – including a welcome drink of White Port & Tonic – followed by DJ sets from Neil Thornton, Midnight Riot’s Sean Innit and Mr Shiver. They’ll be playing vinyl only on the venue’s Hi-Fi sound system, so you’re guaranteed a night that sounds as great as it tastes.
As you’d expect from the enduringly popular Kisstory brand, this NYE party is all about the ‘best old skool & anthems’. DJs dropping crowd-pleasers on the night will include ‘Do You Really Like It?’ hitmakers Pied Piper and MC DT.
The Glitterbox posse take over massive Canada Water venue Printworks for New Year’s Eve. The DJ line-up hasn’t been announced yet, but you’re guaranteed to get the customary spangly Glitterbox production values including confetti canons, mirrorballs and glamorously-costumed dancers.
One of London’s best party throwers is teaming up with E1 once again to throw a New Year’s Eve celebration that’s hard to rival. Cult stars of the city’s underground dance scene (DEBONAIR, Midland, Krywald & Farrer) will be combining with some international big hitters (GiGi FM, Hunee) for one of the biggest nights around. Definitely one not to miss.
The Shoreditch club’s Saturday night staple is taking over on New Year’s Eve for a night of decadence. Resident DJs Joshua James will be joined by legendary selector Move D for an evening of beats and bleeps in the basement that continues into the early hours, while Hifi Sean takes care of proceedings upstairs.
Double trouble at Oval Space and the Pickle Factory as the two venues team up to smash out an epic NYE bash. London clubbing legend Gilles Peterson lines up house, disco and jazz records for a sweet start to 2019, sharing the booth with Kamaal William’s electronic music alter ego Henry Wu and Donna Leake. Over the road, Dan Shake steps up to the plate with an unprecedented six-hour set. This is a twofer you'll definitely want to book early.
Ain't many clubs in London that make you wiggle like Wiggle. The underground dancefloor botherer has been marking its 25th year in style in 2019, and this night at Peckham Gallery brings its anniversary celebrations to a close. Although certain DJs are still being kept under wraps, the involvement of Colin Dale, Nathan Coles and Eddie Richards ensure it’ll be crammed with techno and house all the way through to 6am.
Although the Seven Sisters venue's NYE party’s line-up is still TBA, you’re in for a treat if last year’s bookings are anything to go by. House legend Maurice Fulton swung by for extended set to see in 2019, so you can guarantee the spot will have someone just as good lined up to mark the entry into a new decade.
The Brixton pub-based club is going big once more for New Year’s Eve. At the stroke of midnight, genre-hopping icon Nightmares On Wax will be taking to the decks at the Prince of Wales for the very first time for three hours of back-to-back bangers. But that’s not all – London party people London Disco Society, Rob Alldritt and Chris Wheatley will be keeping the dancing going until 5am.
Peckham natives Rhythm Section will be bringing family and friends together for an evening of intimate partying in SE15. Expect a stripped back, vinyl-only affair from Bradley Zero’s crew in the area’s newest venue. And, with just a 220-person capacity, you’ll have to move quick to secure your spot.
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