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New Year's Eve-nts

The places to be on New Year’s Eve

Written by . Published on December 16th 2011.

New Year's Eve-nts

DECIDING where to go on New Year’s Eve can be stressful. The night creeps up on you out of nowhere and you’re so full of turkey sandwiches and mince pies that the concept of organizing a night out becomes both daunting and tiresome. And although there a hundreds of events going on in the city, it just seems too many to choose from. To make things a little easier, we’ve whittled it down to the events that guarantee a night to remember and the best possible start to 2012.

Egg New Year’s Eve: Rio Carnival

8pm – 10am

Egg, King’s Cross

£35.00 per person + booking fee

Rio de Janeiro is world famous when it comes to jaw-dropping, show-stopping party extravaganzas and for New Year’s Eve; it is one of the most desirable places to wave goodbye to the year past.

In an attempt to recreate this notorious carnival spirit, Egg will be transformed into a tribute to the Brazilian city. Picture decadent scenes of white and gold, live bands, Rhythms Of The City and Minibloco, a whole host of percussionists and Latin fusion dancers coming together in a true carnival atmosphere.

Bodymove will be setting up Brazilian Big Top in Egg’s heated garden, which will be hosted by Club Popozuda. Expect a blend of hip-hop, reggaeton and dancehall, with live samba. It is set to be an explosive night.


The Animal Party The Animal Party

10pm – 4am

A secret warehouse in E2, Bethnal Green

Advance tickets: £25 

Once again, The Last Tuesday Society is due to fulfill its reputation as providers of alternative, outrageous nightlife. Not only that, they’ve made the event all the more exclusive by throwing it at a secret location. ‘Dress like a beast and prepare to act like one’, is the motto for the event.

Prizes will be given for the most impressive animal transformations. There will be music from DJs Penny Metal and The Delinquent Dandy, amongst others, spinning anything from gypsy to exotica, as well as a live set from Mariachi Jalisco. Plus a chocolate fountain and hosts Suzette Field's famous cheese board and Viktor Wynd's midnight cake feast. Let your imagination run riot with this one – the more bizarre, the better.



Secret Cinema

Matinee and evening, exact times TBC

£35 and concession tickets are £25 in advance 

An intriguing, mysterious movie night with a twist, Secret cinema is dedicating an unforgettable event to New Year’s Eve excitement seekers. The film and theme is kept under lock and key until the day, revealed hours before showing. Expect live music and DJs and hundreds of actors to recreate the film as you stumble across the set. There will be plenty of food stalls and an impressive set decoration. Perfect for those wishing to avoid anything mainstream and who love a surprise.


Trevor Nelson NYE

9pm – 3am

Camden Centre, Camden Town Hall, Judd Street, WC1H 9JE

£45 –  £55 + booking fee

Trevor Nelson is BBC Radio’s top black music presenter across 1xtra, Radio 1 and Radio 2. This New Year’s Eve, he is bringing his musical tastes and talents to Camden. This is the only event you’ll find in central London offering free drinks (except champagne) for an average of £50 a ticket. Not only that, it all takes place in a covert but fabulous 1930s ballroom and offers Caribbean cuisine as the night takes hold. The event is strictly over 23s and offers VIP tickets from £75 – £85. Guaranteed to hit the spot for urban music lovers everywhere.


The O2 presents NYE RE:WIRED with Kasabian, Chase & Status Live & Zane Lowe

The O2



The O2 are proud to announce the high quality collaboration of modern music legends Kasabian, Chase & Status and Zane Lowe in a high-powered performance to welcome in the New Year. Set to be a party to end all parties, this glorious celebration of the best the musical world has to offer, is guaranteed to deliver a night to remember and a ringing in your ears to carry you through the whole of January.


Ce Soir 2 

Ce Soir

7:15pm – 2am

Battersea Evolution, Chelsea Bridge Entrance, Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ

£125.00 per person + booking fee

This exceptional package includes canapés and a three-course dinner, after dinner mini ice-creams and a survivors breakfast served at midnight, which includes bacon butties and hotdogs. Guests will be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, followed by half a bottle of wine per person. The spectacular evening promises elaborately themed rooms and bars and entertainment from acrobats, fire-eaters, trapeze artists, silks, adagio, dancers and contortionists. There really will be something to feast your eyes on everywhere you look, not forgetting a DJ set, dodgems and casino tables. The glamorous décor and candlelit tables make for an exclusive feel and an unforgettable experience.


Pacha New Year’s Eve: Space Vegas

9:30pm – 6am

Pacha, Terminus Place, SW1V 1JR

£50.00 per person + booking fee

The Vegas Hotel offers the most upmarket clubbing experience the city has to offer, upmarket in terms of fancy dress at least. What better way to see in the New Year then by being transported to the bright lights of Vegas, where beautiful meets bizarre and glamour comes in every shade and variety. Expect the lot: casinos to showgirls, Elvis to circus acts. DJs for the night will include a lineup of Space favorites.

In terms of fancy dress, think of the most elegant image you have, subvert it as much as you can, and voila. Dress code includes: film stars, celebrities, show girls, Elvis, cowboys, Indians, paparazzi, American footballers, gangsters, pin-ups, performers, circus acts, casino hands, reverends, pimps, porn stars, prostitutes, feathers, glitzy glam, playboys, tourists etc.


Comedy Carnival

The Grand, 21 – 25 St John's Hill, SW11 1TT

Show: 8pm – 10pm

Club: 10pm – 3am

The Grand, Clapham

£25.00 per person + booking fee

Why not laugh your way into 2012? The Comedy Carnival aims to do just that, featuring the very best in stand up comedy, followed by a club night with top DJs at The Grand after the show. Perfect for accommodating for a variety of tastes when it comes to celebrating.

The New Year's Eve show is proud to host some of London's most talented comedians. Previous New Year's Eve shows have included the stars of Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, such as Mock the Week star Milton Jones, Perrier Award nominee Hal Cruttenden and Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Andrew Lawrence.


Duckie ‘Copyright Christmas’

10 December 2011 – 31 December 2011

4pm, 7:30pm and 9:30pm



The legendary satirical theatre group has turned its hands to the portrayal of the monstrous consumerism that fuels the modern family’s Christmas. Copyright Christmas
asks you to step inside the Duckie superstore in an act of enlightenment behind the decaying arcades of branded Britain. The show anticipates the demise of Western capitalism, facing serious issues with ironic joy at their expense. The perfect show for those who like to let their thoughts wonder and for anyone who might have had enough of the festive hedonism circulating around the city like wildfire.

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