Celebrate With Style in the Capital
With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, we’ve compiled our pick of the best New Year’s Eve parties in London this year. Read on to find your perfect party.
New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest nights on the annual calendar. Out with the old and in with the new – a chance to start a new year afresh and celebrate the end of the previous.
Most people like to enter the New Year at some sort of party, a night with friends, celebrations and general fun. Yet with such high recurring demands for a night which is celebrated on a yearly basis, can New Year’s Eve ever really live up to the pressure? High expectations naturally lead to dissatisfaction, and many people wake up disappointed with their memories of the previous night – those that remain at least.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. London hosts an array of extravagant nights out on New Year’s Eve, offering something different to the repetitiveness of the usual yearly party. The fireworks you see on TV are just the beginning (you can order tickets here). Read on to discover our pick of the best of London’s New Year’s parties for 2015/2016.
Kensington Roof Gardens
99 Kensington High St, London W8 5SA – www.virginlimitededition.com/en/the-roof-gardens
Head down to Kensington and celebrate New Year’s Ever in style – on top of a roof, that is now owned by Richard Branson.
With three enchanting heated gardens, you can party outdoors without having to worry about the December cold. With incredible views of London, you’re bound to witness an explosive array of New Year’s fireworks, all from the comfort of this luxury bar. As with many venues at this busy time, it is best to call ahead to make sure there is availability and to make sure that the gardens are open.
1 Dover St, London W1S 4LD – www.mahiki.com
Fancy something from a bit further afield? Mahiki will give you just that. Bringing Hawaii to Dover Street, Mahiki is a stylish tiki bar offering the best in tropical cocktails. This bar has gone all out to provide its customers with an authentic Hawaiian experience, which will leave you feeling as though you’re celebrating the New Year in a true tropical paradise.
Follow in the footsteps of royalty this New Year’s Eve, with Prince Harry counted as a Mahiki alumni, as well as popstars, such as Rhianna. Sign up to the Mahiki guest-list to increase your chances of entry, and be sure to get their early to get a place in this haven of escapism.
287 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5EW – www.raffleschelsea.com
If you want to party with the rich and famous this year, then Raffles is your best shot. Although the guest list is unashamedly exclusive, get inside this private member’s club and you’ll feel like a real life member of Made in Chelsea.
To experience the luxury of Raffles, it’s not about what you know but who you know. If you aren’t already a member, your best bet of gaining entry is to know an existing member and add yourself to the Raffles guest-list online. Usher in the New Year with a bottle of the finest champagne at London’s most exclusive party.
Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AB – www.shaka-zulu.com
For something a little more accessible, but with an arguably more interesting theme, consider Shakazulu this New Year’s. Decorated with mock Zulu antiquities and African iconography, Shakzulu is one of the least pretentious of London’s high end clubs. Again, this club is at the top of its game when it comes to cocktails, and its stock of fine wine is just as impressive. You will also need to get on their guest list to get in.
Guest List entry is a requirement for all of these elite clubs, but even that won’t necessarily guarantee you a place at the capital’s best New Year’s parties. To ensure your night doesn’t end in disappointment, considering booking a table or purchasing a VIP ticket. This is a great way to add a little extra glam to your night and the best way to ensure you receive top service from the waiters and waitresses. If none of the aforementioned clubs take your fancy, why not browse some more of London’s best nighclubs. Leave the monotony and repetitiveness of the usual New Year’s Eve party this year and get down to the capital for a taste of the high life.