The year is almost up and boy, has it gone quick! We’re another year older, another year wiser (maybe not), and now it’s time to get the party started once again. If you’re looking for something different this year, we’re here to help. There’s no shortage of things to do on NYE in London, but here’s just a few of that stand out from the crowd.
Fancy a cruise? The Queen of Hoxton will be decked out (pardon the pun) in true 70s cruise liner fashion. The ground floor acts as the top deck and will be decorated with portholes, life rings, and swooping seagulls. If you make your way below deck, you’ll find the dance floor complete with disco balls, a decadent combo of red cabaret style curtains and glitzy metallic drops, so you can dance the night away in style.
Big Apple Hotdogs will be serving the ‘Love Truncheon’ and ‘Pimp Steak’ complimentary hot dogs from 8pm – 10pm, with a stripped-back menu served until 4am. If you want something different this New Year’s, the Queen of Hoxton is the place to be. You’ll be knocking back retro cocktails, popping champagne and dancing all night long to a mixture of feel-good house, dirty disco, ‘yacht rock’ (whatever that is) and boogie from 1977 to 2014. Extra points go to those who attend in nautical-themed costume or 70s dance floor attire, so jump aboard and set sail towards a thumping hangover!
Ever wondered what New Year’s Eve was like back in the 1940s? Actually, it was probably quite depressing, but what would it be like to have a wartime themed NYE party? Well, The Blitz Party have the answer. They’ve turned the Great Suffolk Street Warehouse into a six-room air raid shelter complete with searchlights, sandbags, blackout curtains, oil lamps, military bunk beds for seats and ration books replacing bar tabs. There will be DJs spinning big band classics along with live swing bands, wartime snacks, original newsreels and wartime films to complete the illusion. We’ll forgive you if, after a few of their gin cocktails and pints of Spitfire, you think you’ve time-travelled.
Could there been any better way to celebrate the first few hours of 2014 than being 310m above London? Definitely not. You’ll enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of the city while London is lit up by the spectacular fireworks at the stroke of midnight. Each ticket includes canapés, bowl food, a welcome cocktail, free-flowing beer and wine, and DJ sets throughout the night…we’re getting dizzy just thinking about it. That, and thinking about the price (oh yes – it’s £375).
It almost goes without saying, but if you’re stuck for what to do this New Year’s, head down to the South Bank for a truly spectacular blaze of fireworks, and bask in the merriment of the crowd. At the very least, it will get you in the mood to head out to the many club nights, bars, pubs, house parties that will welcome you with open arms as a fellow NYE reveller. Or just stay at home, crack open a bottle of fizz and watch the fireworks on BBC1. The choice is yours.